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Posted: March 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 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 takeout. All proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-3353 or

March 22-April 2
All proceeds from blow-dry services at Concerto Salon will benefit Japanese tsunami victims from March 22-April 2. Clients can donate additional funds, if desired. 23340 Cinema Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 287-3700 or

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 the William S. Hart Union High 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

Saturday, 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

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

Big Sunday at Castaic Shelter
The Castaic Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and materials for its Big Sunday shelter renovation project on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Materials needed include paint, paintbrushes, wood, nails, benches, plants, trees, gravel, office furniture, grooming items and chicken wire; labor needed includes plumbing, electrical or handy men and women. All donations are tax-deductible and will help improve the shelter and make the animals more comfortable. Info: Kim Kehl at (661) 714-9939 or

ACS Bark For Life
The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is looking for committee members for its inaugural event, which will raise funds for the American Cancer Society and recognize the caregiving qualities of our canine friends. Info: (661) 299-5536 or

Walking Wonders group
Walking Wonders welcomes beginning, intermediate or advanced walkers, go at your own pace, 8:30-9:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Drive Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 6233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Info: (661) 222-9536.

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.

All Valley LeTip meeting
Network with local professionals and business owners at the All Valley LeTip meeting, 7 a.m., every Thursday, Valencia Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info:

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.

Soroptomist of Greater SCV
Soroptomist International of the Greater Santa Clarita Valley meets at 11:30 a.m. every second Tuesday for a speaker luncheon and 6:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday for a business mixer, Tournament Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-5544 or

California Rangers equestrian group
California Rangers, a nonprofit youth equestrian group, is looking for new members. No riding experience or horse needed. Open to boys and girls ages 9 to 17. Group rides one night weekly, 6-8 p.m., year-round. Info: (661) 645-2962.

The Lost Patrol support group
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355,  chapter meeting/brunch  held monthly, usually at 10 a.m., third Sunday of every month, at Marie Callender’s, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (818) 508-9626.

Manga Club meets at Barnes & Noble
The Manga Club invites everyone interested in manga, comic books written and drawn in the Japanese style, to meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the community room at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. This month’s meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, (661) 254-6604.

Stitches from the Heart
Group needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need; items are donated to hospital all over the country. Patterns available and donated yarn appreciated for our seniors. Info: (877) 985-9212 or

Food Pantry seeks volunteer drivers
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to help pick up donations from local restaurants and markets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.  Info: (661) 255-9078.

Mental illness support group
The National Alliance of Mental Illness hosts an ongoing free support group for families and loved ones of those with a serious mental illness, 6:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday of each month,  Santa Clarita Mental Health Clinic, 23501 Cinema Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 360-8002.

Xi Tau Tau Chapter Meeting
Xi Tau Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets the second Monday of each month at members’ homes to unite in friendship and promote cultural development. New members welcome. Info: (661) 252-5470.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month, at the home and pond of members.  Club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences.  Info: (661) 259-6437 or (661) 296-9252.

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

Read with Me seeks volunteers
The Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students and improve their reading skills in local public schools for the coming year, volunteers are asked to commit for several months, one day a week for two hours. Info: (661) 414-4465 or

Beginners salsa dance
Cuban-style salsa lessons, no partner required, beginners 7-8:15 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 p.m., Wednesdays, $5, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 618-1105.

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 24 — Transferable skills/job readiness, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, March 25 — Cal Jobs Internet job search, 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 29 — Enterprise Zone orientation, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, March 31 — Second chance workshop, 2-4 p.m.

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.

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, $15 per person, proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity, 5-9 p.m., Friday, March 25, 28112 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info: 661) 294-6886 or

Job search workshop
“Finding the right job” will be the topic for the next LifeForward workshop offered by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 26, Desert Streams Church, 26873 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. For women only. Free. Info: (259-3845 or

Santa Clarita Street Fair
Monthly marketplace with vendors, arts, crafts, handmade items, new merchandise, gourmet food trucks and on Sunday, the farmers 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.

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 26 — Johnson Motorway trail to Fossil Ridge, 9.5 mile round trip, moderate hike, meet 8 a.m. at Towsley Canyon Gate.
Sunday, March 27 — Nature series with Jim Lowrey of Earth Skills, learn about local wildlife inhabitants and how to identify them by their tracks, suitable for all ages, 9:30 a.m., Placerita Natural Area, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall.

Fillmore’s annual Railfest
The Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society’s annual Rail Festival features railroad-related such as speeder rides, model train displays, barbecue, frontier gunfighters, antique farm equipment, arts and crafts and a display of movie props, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, free parking and admission, Central Park, 250 Central Ave., Fillmore. Info: (805) 524-0330 or

ALS support group
Support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends, provided by the ALS Association Golden West chapter, free, 1-:2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

Saugus High softball clinic
Training in all aspects of softball, taught by Saugus coaching staff and the 2011 softball teams, for girls ages 7 and up, includes lunch and beverages, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, April 4, $50 per player. Info: Richard Perez at (661) 433-2515 or

Bridges to Ability activities calendar
Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Tuesday, April 5 — B21 Starz, dance class practice, 5:30 p.m., location to be announced.
Monday, April 11 — Anchors Aweigh hike day, 10 a.m., call for meeting place.
RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at  (661) 702-8555 or Volunteer opportunities are available.

Bryan Chan’s Music Showcase
Live performances from Lee Ellen Starks, Bryan Chan, Holly Overin, Garry Corman and Tracy Newman & Reinforcements, 5-9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, El Trocadero Steakhouse, 24274 Main St., Newhall. Info: (661) 284-6615.

Relay for Life fundraiser
Eat at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Saugus on April 7 and raise funds for Relay for Life by presenting flyer. E-mail for flyer. Info: (661) 296-1910.

Senior Center lectures/clinics
All lectures held 1-2 p.m., rooms A1 and A2, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, ext. 138.
Wednesday, April 13 — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presents Dr. Devinder S. Kumar, anesthesiologist and pain specialist of Ultimate Pain Management in Valencia, who will discuss the latest developments in pain-management therapies.
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 6.

Blaire scholarship fundraiser
The Lauren Blaire Scholarship Fund will host a 50/50 raffle at the Saugus varsity softball game against Hart High, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, William S. Hart Pony Complex, 23427 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Scholarship is in honor of Saugus High softball player Lauren Blaire, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1998.

Fundraiser for New Leash on Life
Eat in or order out from Tomato Joe’s Pizza Bakery from 11 a.m.-9 p.m on Thursday, April 14 and New Leash on Life will receive 20 percent of the proceeds. Ask for a flyer from a volunteer on-site and meet adoptable dogs, too. Info: or (661) 255-0097.

Arbor Day celebration
Join the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita for our Arbor Day celebration, includes tree planting, garden tours, and children’s activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 16, Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info:

Shannon Hair Salon hair show
Annual hair show benefitting the Invisible Children Foundation, which aids children in Uganda that are forced into gang-type violence at a very young age, 6 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 100 percent of ticket sales and profits from silent auction will be donated, sponsors include Lee’s Wine Bistro, White Fig Designs, The Cookie Couture, Heather’s Hot Feathers and Bumble and Bumble, Shannon Hair Salon, 25377 Wayne Mills Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 799-7272 or

An evening of classic rock
Rock the night away with live music from The Convictions (Tim Pinch, Tim Baker, Robert Pierce and Bob Heller), all ages welcome, no cover, 5-8 p.m., Sunday April 17, Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info:

Western music jam
Live music from John Bergstrom, Jason “Buck” Corbett, Gency Brown, Jerry & Glenda De Jong, Gene C. and other musicians, bring your instrument for impromptu jamming, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, El Trocadero Steakhouse, 24274 Main St., Newhall. Info:

Songwriter Juni Fisher performs
Close-up and personal evening of entertainment with songwriter Juni Fisher, 8 p.m., Friday, April 29, $25 donation includes light refreshments, Outwest Western Boutique, 24265 Main Street, downtown Newhall. Reservations required. Info: (661) 255-7087.

Tumbling Tumbleweeds
The Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Mary Kaye return to Outwest for live country music, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30, $25 donation includes light refreshments, Outwest Western Boutique, 24265 Main Street, Old Town Newhall. Reservations required. Info: (661) 255-7087.


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