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Posted: May 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
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

Saturday, May 14

The Living Room Emporium and Camelot Moving and Storage are joining forces to present an enormous estate sale to benefit Single Mother’s Outreach, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., parking lot in front of Emporium, 27261 Camp Plenty Road, Canyon Country. Free delivery for large items. Info: (6610 505-5244 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

JRs Comedy Club will host the Celebrity Golf Classic at Robinson Rach Golf Club to benefit the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter, each foursome will have a comedian playing with their group, featuring comedians Don McMillan, Robert Hays from “Airplane”, Don Friesen, Mark Eddie, Bruce Baum, Jimmy Shubert, Jackie Flynn and host Randy Lubas, 10:30 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m., shotgun start, 5:30 p.m, 19th hole silent auction, 6:30 p.m. dinner, comedy show and awards banquet, $350 single player to $1,200 foursome, dinner/show tickets $75, sponsorship opportunities available. Info: (6610 259-2291 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.

Angel Food Bread of Life
The Angel Food program is for anyone who needs to stretch their grocery budget. The Bread of Life Signature box has enough food to feed a family of four for about a week and costs $35. Choose from 10 other options and order online with credit card at by May 15 or fill out an order form at Valencia United Methodist Church by May 13, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Distribution day is Saturday, May 21. Info: (661) 255-1301.

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, Ste. 200, Valencia. Info: (661) 288-4800.

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.

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.

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).
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 6.

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, May 5 — Resume Building, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10 — WorkSource Orientation, 2-3 p.m.

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.

Gourmet food-trucks rally
Do lunch with gourmet food trucks at City Hall West Parking Lot, 11;30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. A portion of food purchases benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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

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 at Castaic Lake
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/Child 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

Arroyo Seco’s 6th grade open house
Arroyo Seco Junior High School will host an open house for all incoming 7th graders, book fair, boxed dinners for sale, bake sale, tours, etc., 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 27171 North Vista Delgado Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 296-0991.

Pink Heals tour coming to the SCV
Pink Heals fire truck will roll into the Santa Clarita valley to support women who have received any kind of cancer diagnoses, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, Westfield Mall, Lot 4. Info:

Delta Kappa Gamma 
Delta Kappa Gamma, Eto Rho chapter, will host its annual new member invitation event, Wednesday, May 11, at the Egg Plantation in Newhall. Info: (661) 259-8474.

UCLA Blood Drive
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. Info: (661) 259-7307.

Foster parent
info meeting

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month, and a time bring awareness of the great need for families to open their homes to foster children, an information meeting with Children’s Bureau will be open to the public, 6 p.m., Thursday, May 12, Westfield Valencia Town Center, Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: (661) 272-9996.

Spring Fling Boutique/ RED
Tamar Verrone of Keller Williams Realty will host a Spring Fling Boutique to benefit Single Mothers Outreach as part of Keller Williams “Renew, Energize and Donate” day, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, Bridgeport Clubhouse, Valencia, 30 local vendors and businesses will participate. Info:

West Ranch High
jazz concert

West Ranch High School’s award-winning jazz bands will present their final concert of the year with jazz standards and contemporary arrangements, $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors, 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 222-1220, ext. 645 or

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.

Humor Helps fundraiser

Family friendly comedy event with talent provided by JRs Comedy Club including Don Friesen, Phil Perrier and Frank Lucero, proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter, $15, 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 15, Blessed Kateri’s Slattery Hall, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. Info: (661) 644-3948 or

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 Debutante information night
Applications for the 2011-2012 Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild Silver Rose Debutante program are being accepted from high school seniors (GPA of 2.5 or higher required) 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, the health hazards of a meat-based diet, agricultural and slaughterhouse 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:


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