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Posted: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch

Saturday, June  4

Fortieth annual benefit auction for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, live and silent auctions, gourmet food, raffle, entertainment and dancing, 5 p.m., Saturday, June 4. Auction donations gratefully accepted. Info: (661) 254-3063 or

Inaugural Stars and Stripes BBQ & Salsa Showdown will benefit 999 for Kids, Military Activation Committee, Fueled by the Fallen and Soldiers’ Angels. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Road, Castaic. Food, games, live music, craft vendors, a Kids’ Zone with pony rides, bounce house, dunk tank, slide and more.  Entry fee of $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 and under includes a BBQ card to allow tastings at each entrant’s booth. Info: or (661) 294-6309.

Santa Clarita Rotary Club third annual Luau 6-10 p.m. Tickets $75 each. Held at the Werner Sand Canyon Estate, 2011 Beaver Run Road, Canyon Country. The Rotary Club of Santa Clarita is holding its annual fundraising event to benefit several SCV non-profits. Contact Connie Green 661-296-9521

Sunday, June  5
The Arthritis Foundation’s Pacific Region’s Let’s Move Together Arthritis Walk for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys raises money for research through fun and fitness, registration 7:30 a.m., walk 9 a.m., Sunday, June 5, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia. Info: (818) 935-4502 or
Tuesday, June  7
The Manga Club at Barnes & Noble in Valencia 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,  June 7, (661) 254-6604.

Saturday, June 11
Santa Clarita Elks Club will host the second annual Car Show and Chili Cookoff 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday, June 11 at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Crock-pot chili cook-off entry $10, car show entry $20. Trophies, silent auction, horseshoes and music. All proceeds benefit the philanthropy programs of the Elks. Info: (661) 251-1500

Saturday, June  12
Vine2Wine Classic presented by Circle of Hope.  1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Tickets: $50 each. Mann BioMedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Road, Valencia. Beer garden, library wines, jazz music, art exhibit, wine pull. Info: or (661) 254-5218.  

Moonlight Stroll. 7 p.m. at Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Free. Parking $7. Wander the trails under anearly full moon. Uncover which plants and animals are adapted to this transition time and maybe even see a few elusive nocturnal animals. Meet at Towsley Canyon’s front parking lot for this easy hike. Two hours. Program sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and presented by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Upcoming Events
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.

Interior design disasters for HGTV
Homeowners in the Santa Clarita Valley are sought who have an interior decorating disaster. HGTV is now casting energetic, fun-spirited homeowners who want to remedy their failed decorating attempts. Friends and families of homeowners may also apply — if you think your friend/relative needs a decorating intervention. Homeowners: Must have created a hideous room (that can be fixed cosmetically). Horrible color schemes, decorating “themes” gone wrong, “kitschy” becoming tacky. Loud designs welcome. Must have a family member or close friend who is troubled by the hideousness of the room. (Can be the homeowner him/herself.) Rooms that were decorated by the home’s previous owner will not be considered. Home must be within 60 miles of Los Angeles. Taping begins in mid-June, casting is occuring now. To apply email Cole Schneider at:, or call: (303) 872-8688.

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.

Ombudsman program volunteers
Become a state-certified ombudsman or advocate who investigates complaints made by, or on behalf of, nursing homes and board and care home residents, volunteers receive 36 hours of classroom training to receive certification. Info: (800) 334-9473 or (661) 945-5563.

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
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, New-hall. (661) 259-7721.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Bridges to Ability Activities calendar
Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Saturday, June 4 “Hang Loose Night” Dinner and the Stars; 6:30-10:30 p,m,; call B2A office for event details.
Sunday, June 5 SNAP Kickball Practice;    6-7:30 p.m.; LARC Ranch Field; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.
Monday, June 6 “Anchors Aweigh” hike day; 10-11 a.m.; call B2A for meeting place.
Monday, June 13 “Cooking Club; Summer Dairy Menu; 6-8 p.m.; location TBA.
Saturday, June 18 “Bridges to Volunteerism” Habitat for Humanity event; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; call B2A to register and event details.
Sunday, June 19 SNAP Kickball practice; 6-7:30 p.m.; LARC Ranch Field; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.
Friday, June 24 STARZ event Escape’s “Annie” production; 10 a.m.; SCPAC at COC; 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.
Sunday, June 26 SNAP Kickball Tournament; 6-8pm; LARC Ranch Field; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.
Wednesday, June 29 “Anchors Aweigh” Wellness Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; NLACRC; 28470 Avenue Stanford.
Thursday, June 30 “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.
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.

CHP Safe Senior Driving at center
The California Highway Patrol, Newhall area, will conduct a free four-week series of “Safe Senior Driving” classes at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center May 27-June 17. Held on consecutive Fridays from 1-2 p.m., the classes will promote education on: safe- driving  strategies; physiological and psychological changes that can affect driving; “CarFit” vehicle adjustments and knowing when it’s time to turn in your keys. No reservations needed. The Safe Senior Driving classes will be held in activity rooms A-1 and A-2. The SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Diana Sevanian, (661) 255-1588 ext. 128.

Brittany rescue
dog adoption
Meet adoptable dogs from The Brittany Foundation and learn about volunteer opportunities during an adoption event at 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,  Saturday, May 28, Pet Supply, 26831 Bouquet Canyon Road. Info: (661) 296-2654 or

Santa Clarita
Street Fair

Monthly weekend market featuring local artists, vendors, gourmet food trucks and live music, free admission, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 28 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, May 29 (held in conjunction with Farmer’s Market), College of the Canyons parking lot 8, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 299-2139 or

Valencia Women’s Connection lunch
Valencia Women’s Connection invites all women in our community to attend  a luncheon Thursday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $16,  inclusive. Held at  Santa Clarita Activity Center 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, 91351. Beauty makeover presentation by Lola Piraino, a salon owner and licensed cosmetologist specializing in color artistry, color correction and image consulting. Inspirational speaker: Carol Guttman: The former Real Estate Agent and Author presents:  “Home Improvement 101”, First fix yourself. Reservations: Glenda Lundberg, 22536 Paraguay Dr., Saugus 91350. Make checks out to Valencia Women’s Connection.   Info:  Glenda (661) 297-5589.Valencia Women’s Connection is a nonprofit organization with an inspirational purpose:  formerly known as Christian Women’s Club. Not affiliated with a church or denomination and no membership is required.  All women in the community are welcome.  Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries,

Family outdoor movie night
The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health will host the second annual free Outdoor Family Movie Night presented by Advantage Disposal 7-10 p.m., Friday, June 3, at  Valencia Heritage Park, corner of McBean Parkway and Newhall Rancxh Road in Valencia. Bring the family and a few blankets and enjoy the Dreamworks film “Magamind.” Enjoy a movie under the stars and raise funds for the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health. Pre-movie activities for the kids include face painting, crafts, raffle prizes, and more.  The “Snack Shack” will sell snacks. Shave It and other food vendors will be on hand to help raise funds. Purchase dinner and snacks at the event.

Grandparent/child advocates group
Advocates for Grandparent Grandchild Connection group meeting 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 4 at offices of Heart of The Canyons Church, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 106, Saugus 91350. A monthly group dedicated to reuniting grandparents and grandchildren.  It is comprised of grandparents, grandchildren, and parents united for the purpose to advocate for those children, to educate and bring into awareness, and support the grandparents who suffer from the loss of affection and contact with their grandchildren. Info:  Kathy Gorlick, group facilitator   (661) 714-2787
Fairytales, Fables and Creatures
Santa Clarita Master Chorale featuring the Santa Clarita Children’s Honor Choir present Fairytales, Fables and Creatures, 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5,  Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

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,  June 7, (661) 254-6604.

Starlight Ball for Optimist Club
The SCV-Newhall Optimist Club will host it’s first “Starlight Ball” 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, June 10. Entertainment, ballroom dancing, silent auction, door prizes, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 Lyonds Ave., Newhall. Donation $25 includes a real Italian dinner, beverages, and dessert. Info: Barbie (661) 645-0232. All proceeds benefit the SCV-Newhall Optimist Club Youth programs.

Route 66 Classic Car Show
Spectators are free, and vehicle registration is $10 (donated to Safe Rides). Location: Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Help celebrate Safe Rides 25th year serving the SCV. Car Shows are held on the second Saturday of the month, May through October, 5-9 p.m. Spectators are free, and vehicle registration is $10 (donated to Safe Rides). Enjoy great food and live music, while viewing classic cars. Trophies are awarded in 20 categories. Held at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Saturday, June 11; Saturday, July 9; Saturday, Aug. 13; Saturday, Sept. 10; Saturday, Oct. 8. Info:, or call (661) 298-1494.

Sierra Hillbillies June Dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will hold a Flag Day Dance on Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Caller Paul Waters will call squares and Joe Scarlatella will cue rounds. Red, white, and blue attire is encouraged. Info: (661) 298-7794, or visit


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