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

Saturday, April 30
The 11th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Teabags Tea and Garden Tour will be held 1 p.m. at the Valencia home of Sally Coss. Tickets are $50 each and will include high tea and garden tour. Gift boutique. For tickets, call Wendy (661) 254-2350.

Sunday, May 1
The Child & Family Center’s Taste of the Town will be held 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The event will feature more than 40 of the SCV’s best restaurants, caterers and wine and beer purveyors. Tickets are $60 for general admission, and $100 for reserved umbrella seating. The price includes unlimited food and drink samples. To purchase event tickets, visit For more information call Cheryl Jones in the Child & Family Center Foundation office at (661) 255-6847, ext. 3018.

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host rose garden tours at two of its members homes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., light refreshments served, garden of Harvey & Sharon Kale, 9 a.m.-noon, 25711 Whispering Trees Way, Valencia, garden of Bob & Kitty Belendez, noon-3 p.m., 21133 Kingscrest Drive, Saugus. Info: (661) 296-5033.

Saturday, May 7
Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley presents its third annual Fiesta Poker Tournament, a Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $100 buy-in, first prize is a seat at the World Series of Poker and a two-night stay in Las Vegas, spectator tickets are $35 including dinner, registration 4 p.m., tournament at 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 803-8149 or

Sunday, May 15
Third annual Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food Festival will feature food trucks from kosher vendors, food from Sam’s Flaming Grill, the Yalla Truck and the Canter’s Deli Truck, a kugel cookoff, live entertainment,   dance instruction and an attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Record for the world’s largest falafel, $5, children 12 and under free, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, May 15, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

Tuesday, May 17
Annual meeting for the Santa Clarita Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, with speaker Sgt. Toni Lino, who continues to serve his country on active duty in the Marines despite a war-induced injury, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, lunch available for $12, Activity Center at SCV Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Saugus. Info:

Monday, May 23
Sponsorships, foursomes and individual player reservations are available for the sixth annual golf tournament sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Monday, May 23, Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Proceeds benefit local and international programs to advance the status of women. Info: (661) 252-9351 or

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

Shop JCPenney, benefit kids
Through April 26, JCPenney customers at Westfield Valencia Town center will be invited to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, which provides at-risk children access to life-enriching after-school programs with the SCV Boys & Girls Club. Info: (661) 297-3692.

Gently used clothing needed
Wayman Cleaners is collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories such as purses to distribute to the homeless and low-income populations in and around the SCV, clothes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at Wayman Cleaners, 23120 Lyons Ave, Suite 15. Info: (661) 259-5857.

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.

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 Foundation SCV staffs a hotline providing our community low-cost resources for cat and dog spaying and neutering. As a volunteer, you will use your telephone to return hotline calls as needed, about four hours a week. We provide training. Info: (661) 260-3140 or

Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Free family nature walk and native live animal presentation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., every Saturday. Docent-led bird walk every second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. Blooms of the Season wildflower walk every fourth Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. (661) 259-7721.

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.

Project Return self-help group
Peer support self-help group meets weekly 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Suite 200, Valencia. Info: (661) 288-4800.

Country music and dancing
Country dance party with DJ, line dancing, couples dances, and dinner, 7:30-11:30 p.m., first and third Fridays of each month, $6 with dinner, American Legion Post 507, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-7507.

Stitches from the Heart
Group needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little 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.

Toastmaster Specialty Club
Watch, listen and participate in efforts to become a better one on one or public speaker, 5:30 p.m., every other Tuesday, Specialty Labs Building, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-7867.

Fibromyalgia support group
Support group meeting second Saturday of every month, 10:30-noon, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 270-1961 or e-mail

Senior Orchestra seeks players
Bring your instrument and join the fun, all instruments and skill levels welcome, 3:30 p.m, Thursdays, Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, multipurpose room, 26705 Bouquet Canyon, Saugus. Info: (661) 298-9553 or (661) 296-4977.

ADD/ADHD/autism meetings
All natural approaches to dealing with ADD/ADHD/autism spectrum disorders, 1 p.m., first Saturday of every month (excluding holidays), se habla espanol, limited seating, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. RSVP: (661) 942-4220 or email

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.

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

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.

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.

Bridges to Ability Activities calendar
Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Wednesday, April 27 — Anchors Aweigh wellness Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., NLACRC, 28470 Ave. Stanford, Valencia.
Thursday, April 28 — Anchors Aweigh volunteer opportunity mailing project, Bridges office, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at  (661) 702-8555 or Volunteer opportunities are available.

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 20 — Members of the Professionals Helping Seniors Santa Clarita Alliance will hold a meet and greet special event. Learn about this diversified networking group of local businesses and  how each entity helps seniors.
Registered dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free blood-sugar testing, 11 a.m.-noon, Supportive Services. Please refrain from eating/drinking at least four hours to test.
Wednesday, April 27 — Providence Health Services presents Dr. Gregory Castillo for “Ask The Doctor” — bring your questions.

Free healthy foods cooking class
Registered Dietitian Stephanie Correnti will conduct a free “Healthy Foods for a Healthier You” cooking and nutrition classes at the Senior Center in activity rooms A-1 and A-2 on Fridays through May 20. Pre-registration is required. New recipes and information each week. Classes run from 1-2 p.m. and then 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and are limited to 15 persons per session. Each person may attend one class each week. To sign up contact Diana Sevanian at (661) 255-1588 ext. 128 or email You may also sign up in person in the Supportive Services modular at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.

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:

Relay for Life fundraiser
Eat at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Saugus on April 21 and raise funds for Relay for Life by presenting flyer. Email for flyer. Info: (661) 296-1910.

Santa Clarita Street Fair
Monthly, family-friendly marketplace with arts, crafts and new merchandises from creative Santa Clarita Valley entrepreneurs, as well as gourmet food trucks. 8.a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 23, College of the Canyons, Lot 8 (adjacent to football field), 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Valencia. Free parking and admission. Info:

Trigger point massage workshop
Learn how to perform a trigger point massage to relieve stress, improve blood flow and relax tight muscles, taught by Dr. Roger De Sesa, a certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, free, dinner from Italia will be provided, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 294-0429.

Meditation workshop
Led by John Lewis Parker, experienced meditation instructor for more than four decades and graduate of Insight L.A. mindfulness-based stress reduction, this free one-hour meditation workshop is open to the public, noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, College of the Canyons meditation garden, behind tennis courts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3244.

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 St., Old Town 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 St., Old Town Newhall. Reservations required. Info: (661) 255-7087.

Friendly Valley Lawn Bowl Club
Friendly Valley Lawn Bowl club is holding its first open house to nonresidents to come and learn the sport of lawn bowling, includes free lessons, membership and refreshments, plus door prizes, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Info:

Author signing for ‘Blood Brothers’
Meet Santa Clarita Valley author Lisa Delong, who will sign her book “Blood Brothers,” about her challenges as a mother of two sons that battled leukemia, 7 p.m.,  Thursday, May 5, Valley View School, 19414 Sierra Estates Drive, Newhall. Books are $19.99, cash only and 20 percent of proceeds from the signing will benefit Compassionate Friends. Info: (661) 252-4654 or

VA Aid Benefits Workshop
Learn about Veterans Administration benefits and Medi-Cal for long-term care, how not to disqualify yourself for future benefits, avoiding costly tax mistakes and more, taught by Jane M. McNamara, Esq., Elder Law Attorney, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, free, Summerhill Villa, 24331 Lyons Ave., Newhall. 

Free workshop for change
Free workshop offering five easy steps to making a permanent change easy, taught by Dr. Roger De Sesa, a certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, free, followed by a question and answer session regarding the “Biggest Winner” competition, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 294-0429.

Grandparent Connection
A monthly group dedicated to reuniting grandparents and grandchildren, to advocate for those children, to educate and bring into awareness and support the grandparents who suffer from the loss of contact, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 7, Heart of the Canyons Church, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 106, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 714-2787 or

Placerita Canyon Open House
Annual Placerita Canyon Nature Center festival, family-oriented, pan for gold and wash clothes the pioneer way, visit the Herpatology Society and Sierra Pelona Rock Club tables, meet with environmentally oriented local nonprofits and enjoy a day in the outdoors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-7721.

Santa Clarita swing jazz club
Listen to live swing music and/or dance, held the fourth Sunday of each month at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, music from 2-5 p.m., cover charge of $6-$10,  free half hour swing dance lesson at 1:30 p.m. 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220 or (661) 298-7865.
Sunday, May 22
— Scott Roewe Pacific Swing Band


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