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Posted: May 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

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 features 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 at the door visit Mann BioMedical Park, 20104 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. For more information visit

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. The sixth annual SCV Memorial Garden Tour to benefit the Cole William Larsen Foundation, which supports families of fallen and wounded military will be held at six SCV homes and gardens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information visit

Friday, May 6
Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 SCV Man and Woman of the Year dinner, 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency Valencia, Town Center Drive, $75, sponsor and table opportunities. Info: (661) 259-7701 or

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 SCV, Monday, May 23, Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Proceeds benefit 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

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. at Wayman Cleaners, 23120 Lyons Ave, Suite 15. Info: (661) 259-5857.

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.

Santa Clarita       Silvertone Singers
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30-3 p.m., Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 713-8634.

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.

California Sports Club meeting
California’s Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets 7 p.m., first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callender’s across from Magic Mountain on The Old Road in Valencia.  Membership is open to anyone 21 or older. Info:, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

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,  May 3, (661) 254-6604.

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.

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.

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

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.

‘Experiencing God’ discussion group
‘Experiencing God: Contemplative Living and Spiritual Practices’ learning and discussion group meets Sunday mornings, 9-10 a.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 259-7307.

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.

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, May 4 — Daniel Seny and Doris Van Dyke of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. will present “Identity theft protection and the importance of power of attorney documents and living wills.”
Wednesday, May 4 —Registered dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free blood sugar testing, 22 a.m. to noon, supportive services modular (For best accuracy, refrain from eating/drinking at least four hours before test).
Wednesday, May 11 — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presents endocrinologist and diabetes specialist Dr. Michael Garcia on “The many benefits of healthy eating.”
Wednesday, May 11 — Audiologist Randall Bartlett of Audiology Services of Newhall will provide free hearing checks, 11 a.m.-noon. (For people who do not wear hearing aids; all hearing-related questions welcome)
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 6.

Girl Scout Brownilympics
The Santa Clarita Valley Girl Scouts will be holding their annual Brownilympics, a day of fun and competition styled after the real Olympics, sponsorships available, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, Placerita Junior High School, 25015 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (771) 291-6222.

‘In Our Hands’ to be screened in SCV
To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, Congregation Beth Shalom will present filmmaker Sharon Rennert, granddaughter of Tuvia Bielski and director of “In Our Hands: A Personal Story of the Bielski Partisans.” 7 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Info: (661) 254-2411.

Free workshop five easy steps to 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.

UCLA blood drive in Valencia
A UCLA mini-mobile unit will accept blood donations, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, City Courthouse parking lot, 23747 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia. All donors will receive a free movie ticket. ID and registration required. Info: (661) 253-7334.

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 will benefit Compassionate Friends. Info: (661) 252-4654 or

Care for Your Heart health fair
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital invites the community to a free Care for Your Heart from 7:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, May 6, Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Participants will receive a heart health passport to visit several screening stations for complimentary cholesterol and glucose tests, blood pressure monitoring, height and weight measurement, and body fat analysis. Information on smoking cessation and stroke also available. Info: (661) 253-8408.

Kids Fishing Day/Stout Memorial
Sponsored by Friends of Castaic Lake, fishing for the whole family, cleaning stations, professional fishermen and loaner poles, food and giveaways, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Info: (661) 257-4050.

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

UCLA Blood Drive at St. Stephen’s
Held in conjunction with UCLA Health Systems, donors who give blood will receive a free Regal movie ticket, 2-7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, St. Stephen’s Episcopal church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Appointments requested.  (661) 259-7307.

Sierra Hillbillies square dance
The Sierra Hillbillies will hold a “Black Cat” dance at 7:30 p.m, Friday, May 13, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, with callers Bob van West and Andrea Stephan. Info: (661) 298-7794 or

Northlake Hills PTA Goodwill
Goodwill will partner with the PTA of Northlake Hills to raise money for student programs, as well as help Goodwill continue their many programs to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, bring your donated items from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 32545 Ridge Route Road, Castaic, tax receipt provided. Info: (661) 257-7868.

St. Clare’s Country Fair and Barbecue
Food booths, games, entertainment and more, all proceeds will be used to support SCV people in need, 2-9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, May 15, St. Clare, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-3353.

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.

Spring plein air artist’s day

The Rancho Camulos Museum presents its annual spring plein air artist’s day, with morning coffee, treats, lunch, beverages, docents in costume for tours and posing and the opportunity to capture the historic grounds on canvas, paper and film, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, May 16, $20, RSVP by Friday, May 13. Located on Highway 126, eight miles west of Fillmore. Info: (805) 832-9435 or

Silver Rose deb information night
Applications for the 2011-2012 Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild Silver Rose Debutante program are being accepted from high school seniors and questions about the program will be addressed at the Guild’s debutante information night, 7 p.m., Monday, May 16, La Quinta Inn, 25201 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 253-8051.

Free ‘Food Inc.’screening
The public is invited a free viewing of “Food Inc.” by filmmaker Robert Kenner, which takes a close look at the nation’s food industry, American farming, worker safety and the environment, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, DeSesa Chiropractic, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 294-0429 or

‘Finding Your Roots in Mexico’
Genealogist and historian John Schmal will present “Finding Your Roots in Mexico.” Free, donations appreciated. 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20, San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society, meeting room at Chatsworth Train Station, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Info: (818) 349-0878.

Valencia Fine Arts Festival
Event features artists presenting original works in all dimensions of two and three dimensional fine art, work is available for purchase, presented by West Coast Artists, 4-8 p.m., Friday, May 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, May 21 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, parking and admission are free. Info:

Benefit for Single Mother’s Outreach
Dr. Roger DeSesa will donate all services from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 21, in exchange for a donation to Single Mothers Outreach, no insurance will be billed for serves, new patients are welcome to receive a consultation,27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. Appointments requested. Info: (661) 294-0429.


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