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Posted: March 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
March 11 - April 15
St. Clare’s Catholic Church 33rd annual Lenten Fish Fry will be held 4:30-8 p.m. each Friday from March 11-April 15, $7.50 for two-piece dinner and $8.50 for three-piece dinner, available for dine in or take out. All proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-3353 or

Friday, March 18
Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean will host a Dancing with Our Stars preview dinner at the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter at 6 p.m. $100 per ticket with 100 percent of sales benefiting the shelter. 23021 Drayton Street, Newhall. Order tickets online at Info: (661) 644-3948.

Saturday, March 19
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation Pediatric Cancer Challenge Walk will benefit Southern California families and children affected by cancer, one- mile children’s walk and three-mile adult walk, 8 a.m.-noon, College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Walkers must raise or donate $25 each, teams forming now. Info: or (661) 250-4100.

March 26 & 27
The second annual Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show,  9 a.m.– 5 p.m., Saturday, March 26, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, March 27, Hyatt Regency Valencia, Town Center Drive, Valencia. Proceeds benefit Hart School District’s Project Prom.  $5 at the door. First responders,  active military and children 12 and under are free. $2 discount coupons available from show sponsors, and exhibitors. Info: (661)298-1220 or

Sunday, March 26
Yard sale for Castaic Animal Shelter to raise funds for its Big Sunday renovation project in May. Large assortment of items for sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Castaic Shelter, 31044 Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic. To donate items for yard sale, call Kim Kehl at (661) 714-9939 or Debbie Rosato at (661) 803-1842.

Sunday, March 27
Santa Clarita Master Chorale presents The Russian Collection, featuring music from Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and Arvo Part, 3:30 p.m, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets available online or by phone. Info: (661) 362-5304 or

Friday, April 1
Comedy for Canines fundraiser for The Brittany Foundation dog rescue in Agua Dulce with comedians Collin Moulton and Drake Witham, 8 p.m. silent auction/raffle, 9 p.m. show, JRs Comedy Club, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia (inside Marie Callender’s lounge). Tickets $20 plus two item food/drink minimum. Info: (661) 803-2909 or

Saturday, April 16
Seventh annual Walk for Hope, benefiting Circle of Hope, car show, vendors and food, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Castaic Lake Lower Lagoon, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive. Individuals, teams and dogs welcome,  registration $15-$25, info:

Friday, April 1
Comedy for Canines fundraiser for The Brittany Foundation dog rescue in Agua Dulce with comedians Collin Moulton and Drake Witham, 8 p.m. silent auction/raffle, 9 p.m. show, JRs Comedy Club, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia (inside Marie Callender’s lounge). Tickets $20 plus two item food/drink minimum. Info: (661) 803-2909 or

Sunday, April 10
Assistance League Santa Clarita presents its 22nd annual Footsteps 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Fun Run, 8 a.m., Newhall Park. Cost is $25 with a long sleeve shirt guaranteed with registration before April 5; same day registration is $25 without a shirt. All proceeds benefit Assistance League’s Operation School Bell, which provides school clothes and supplies to SCV children in need. Info: or

Thursday, April 14
Valencia Women’s Connection presents a spring fashion show, luncheon and presentation by Maria Ursu on “Life is a Puzzle until you find the missing PEACE.” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, $16, City of Santa Clarita Activity Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Info: (661) 297-5589.

Upcoming Events

Angel Food Bread of Life
The Angel Food program is for anyone who needs to stretch their grocery  budget; its Bread of Life signature box, with enough food to feed a family of four for about a week, for $31. Choose from 10 other options and order online with a credit card at by March 20 or fill out an order form at Valencia United Methodist Church by March 18, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Order deadline is March 20; pick up is Saturday, March 26. Info: (661) 255-1301.

Santa Clarita Garden club
Now forming. To  meet the second Monday of every month, 1:30 p.m. Info: Jay Kapac at (661) 775-3748.

Hart Park Walk Club
“Walking for Health,” light exercise with optional walking paths and pedestrian trails (3K), free, 9:15-10:45 a.m., Fridays, meet at Hart Park log cabin, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 702-8953.

Pet Assistance seeks volunteers
Pet Assistance, a nonprofit organization focused on providing low-cost spay and neuter services to the community, is looking for new members and volunteers, as well as donations. Info: (661) 260-3140.

A Light of Hope support group
Groups and programs to assist youth and young adults (ages 13-30) in recovery from the effects of alcohol, substance abuse or any other self-destructive behavior, families welcome. Al Anon parent and family meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 207, Saugus. Parent and youth/young adult support group, 7:30-9 p.m., Thursdays, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 207 (adults) or Suite 105 (youth/young adults). Info: (661) 513-4325 or

Parenting group for singles or couples
Learn how to help children develop self-discipline, problem solving skills, responsibility and self-esteem, as well as why children misbehave and specific strategies to help solve those problems, $35 per group session, sliding fee available, 5 p.m., Mondays, 25050 Peachland Ave., Suite 255, Newhall. Info: (661) 644-7803.

Together We Stand dance class
Dance class for kids and teens with and without special needs, basic movement, strength and motivation, $50 per month for one class weekly or $125 for three months of once-weekly classes, Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts, 23502 Lyons Ave., Suite 105, Newhall. Info: or (661) 222-7910.

WorkSource workshops
Held at Santa Clarita WorkSource California office, College of the Canyons University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road,  Suite 259, Valencia, unless location otherwise indicated. Info: (661) 799-WORK.
Thursday, March 17 — Interviewing skills/dress for success, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22 — Interview coaching, one-on-one appointment, 2-4 p.m.

Republican Women Federated meeting
Special quarterly evening meeting with guest speaker Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, Republican headquarters, 26523 Carl Boyer Drive, Santa Clarita. Light refreshments. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 253-4588 or (661) 299-1834.

Saugus High open house/orientation
Open house and eighth grade orientation, 5:30 orientation, 6 p.m. principal’s reception, 6:30 p.m. open house, other events including displays and demonstrations until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus.

Women and Politics dinner
Women and Politics presents Dinner and Dialogue with Patty Hobbs, president, of the National Federation of Democratic Women; attorney Susan Christopher, Castaic School Board Member; Marguerite Copper, National Women’s Political Caucus; Rosemarie Sanchez-Fraser (D), CA 38th Assembly District Rep; and Minerva Leah Williams Hoover, narrating. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, Carusso’s II Italian Restaurant, back room, 18340 West Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info:

AARP driver safety program
Qualifies participants 55 and over for three year automobile insurance credit, 1-5 p.m., Friday, March 18 and 8;30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, $12 AARP members, $14 non-members, attendees receive a certificate of completion, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Registration requested. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Genealogical Society meeting
“What’s New at the Los Angeles Family History Library” will be the topic of speaker Jon Schweitzer at the Santa Fernando Valley Genealogical Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 18, Chatsworth Train Station, 10038 Old Depot Road, chatsworth. Free, donations appreciated. Info: (818) 349-0878.

Dress on a Dime consignment sale
Sell your gently used clothing for top dollar or purchased new and gently used clothing for up to 90 percent off at the Dress on a Dime spring sale, Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20, 21444 West Golden Triangle Road, Saugus. Info: or (661) 877-2434.

Community Hiking Club
Nonprofit organization hosts local hiking excursions. Bring water and food, and wear hiking boots as well as layered clothing. Rain cancels all hikes. Information:
Saturday, March 19 —  Caballero Canyon, Garapito Trail to Eagle Rock, moderate, nine mile, 1,200 foot gain, northern Topanga State Park. Meet at Towsley Canyon Park gate at 7:50 a.m. for 8 a.m. departure.

Saugus High cheer clinic
Taught by the Saugus High School Cheer Squad, clinic will include basic cheer skills, jumps and chants, team and spirit building activities, T-shirt, photo and a performance for parents/friends. 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 19, registration at 7:30 a.m., performance at 11:30 a.m. $30. Reservations required by March 12 or walk-in and register on day of event for $35 (no T-shirt). Info: (661) 297-5134.

Caregiver Resource Day
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s annual free Caregiver Resource Day offers advice from leading experts, who will discuss Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges of caregiving and the vital need to take care of yourself, free adult day care available by preregistering, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 19. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 255-1588.

Artist Chris Cozen demonstration
The Santa Clarita Artist’s Association will host Chris Cozen, who will demonstrate acrylic paints from Golden Paints, covering pigments, product usage and various product lines, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia.

Speaker series at Beth Shalom
The Congregation Beth Shalom presents Rabbi Andrew Sacks, director of the Rabbanical Assembly in Israel and the Religious Affairs Bureau of the Masorti Movement, on “The color of Judaism in the Jewish state: The mix of religion and politics in Israel today and possibilities for tomorrow.” 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Saugus. Info: (661) 254-2411.

SCV Macintosh Users Group
The Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Computer Users Group monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, Valencia Mac, 24343 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Question-and-answer session followed by a presentation on iLife 11. Info: (661) 250-4149.

Career services workshops
College of the Canyons career services workshops are free. Open to the public on a first come, first serve basis and take place at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia, Student Center 128, unless otherwise indicated. Info: (661) 362-3286.
Wednesday, March 23 — How to create an effective resume offers tips on different types of resumes, cover letters, references and more, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

Relay for Life fundraiser
Eat at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Saugus on Thursday, March 24 and raise funds for Relay for Life by presenting flyer. E-mail for flyer. Info: (661) 296-1910.

Newcomers and Friends meeting
Ladies, remember Welcome Wagon?  Are you new to SCV or in a new place in life?  Join Newcomers and Friends for “Coffee Corner”, 10 a.m., Thursday, March 24. Find out about luncheons, activities and trips.  Info:  (661) 296-0872.

Meet the Winemaker
Toolbox Wine Company of Napa Valley co-founder Katie Hamilton Shaffer joins Vino 100 for an in-store tasting of Toolbox’s new releases, tickets $20 person, proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity, 5-9 p.m., Friday, March 25, 28112 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info: 661) 294-6886 or

Santa Clarita Street Fair
Monthly local-focused marketplace with vendors, arts, crafts, handmade items, new merchandise, gourmet food trucks and on Sunday, the Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m.-noon, free admission and parking, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, College of the Canyons, Lot 8, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 299-2139.

Fillmore’s annual Railfest
The Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society’s annual Rail Festival features speeder rides, model train displays, barbecue, frontier gunfighters, antique farm equipment, arts, crafts and movie prop display, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, free parking and admission, Central Park, 250 Central Ave., Fillmore. Info:, or


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