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Posted: October 18, 2008 8:54 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Breakfast with the gibbons
The Gibbon Conservation Center will host a guided tour of the largest group of gibbons in the Western Hemisphere, from 8:30 a.m. to noon today, including a vegan breakfast, a huge yard sale, gift shop and question and answer session with founder Alan Mootnick. Tickets: $35/adults, $30/seniors, $15/ teens, $10/children. GCC members receive $5 off admission. All proceeds benefit the gibbons. (661) 296-2737,

SCV Senior Center movie
The SCV Senior Center will show "Diary of Anne Frank" at 1:30 p.m. today at 22900 Market St. in Newhall. Donations: $1. Popcorn: 25 cents. All are welcome. (661) 259-9444.

Plein air paint at Vasquez Rocks Park
The Santa Clarita Artists' Association will host a plein air paint out from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Vasquez Rocks Park. (661) 625-0446,

Canyon Theatre Guild performances
Canyon Theatre Guild presents "Bad Seed" at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1. Matinee at 1 p.m. today. Canyon Theatre Guild also presents "Musical! The Bard is Back!" through Nov. 1. Matinees every Saturday at 1 p.m. Performance at 6:30 p.m. today. Matinee at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$12 for children under 18 and seniors over 62, $12-$15 for adults. (661) 799-2702.

All about opals
The Sierra Pelona Rock Club will be hosting "All About Opal" on Tuesday at the clubhouse of Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country.

Social ecology discussion at COC
COC Sustainable Development Committee and the campus' Heritage Committee will be presenting a social ecology themed panel discussion on the subject of "Urbanization, Race and Environment" from 2:30 to 3:40 p.m. Wednesday in Aliso Hall 101. (661) 362-5806.

Democratic Alliance for Action meeting
Santa Clarita's Democratic Alliance for Action will hold its last meeting prior to the Nov. 4 election at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. (661) 877-2775.

Domestic Violence Awareness event
"Women on the move," a group of Los Angeles area singer/songwriters, will perform at a Domestic Violence Awareness event at 11:45 a.m. at College of the Canyons Thursday in the Honor Grove. "Women on the Move" will also perform from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Old Town Newhall Farmers' Market on Market Street between Main Street (formerly San Fernando Road) and Walnut Street in downtown Newhall., (661) 254-1242.

Goddess fun and charity night
An evening of pampering will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, to benefit Circle of Hope. Activities will include a wine-tasting from Loose Goose, massage, hand and foot treatments and more. (661) 252-0650.

MOMS Club Bake Sale Benefit
The MOMS Club of Saugus will host a "Bake Shack" to benefit the family of Jacob Fierro, 2, who lost his battle with leukemia this week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Lombardi Ranch. E-mail Monica at

YMCA Halloween family night
The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA will host a Halloween Family Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday at the YMCA Facility on McBean Parkway. Free. RSVP required. (661) 253-3593.

COC hosts ‘In Good Taste'
The College of the Canyons Foundation Library Associates will host a wine tasting event, "In Good Taste" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the college library. Admission is $85 per person. Seating is limited. 21 and over. Dress code is business casual.

Healthy Woman's Day
The Zonta Club of the SCV and Samuel Dixon Family Health Center will be sponsoring Healthy Woman's Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Canyon Country Boys and Girls Club, 19425 Stillmore St. Free screenings for breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, plus a heart risk assessment. (661) 257-2339, ext. 302.

Church yard sale
The First Presbyterian church in Newhall will have a church yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday on the church's front lawn.

BBC Costume Party Extravaganza
The SCV Black Business Committee will host the first Costume Party Extravaganza from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at The Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Prizes for best costume, original costume and Thriller Dance Contest. (661) 294-5290.

Fall festival
The First Presbyterian Church in Newhall will host its annual fall festival from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

College planning workshop
College Planning Experts, Inc. is hosting a free workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Ranch High School. This is an informational workshop and nothing will be sold. Space is limited. (661) 295-9946,

Run against hunger
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry will host the 15th annual Run Against Hunger 5k run/walk on Oct. 26. Pre-registration fees are $25/adults, $20/seniors and children under 12. (661) 255-9078,

Saugus centennial celebration
The Saugus Union School District centennial celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bridgeport Elementary School park, 23670 Newhall Ranch Road. District officials are asking for the public to share memories and memorabilia of the district. E-mail your memories to (661) 294-5300,

Town hall meetings
Mayor Bob Kellar will host a series of town hall meetings in four communities of the city: Canyon Country, Newhall, Valencia and Saugus. The second meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Canyon Country at Mitchell Elementary School multi-purpose room, 16821 Goodvale Road. The third meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Newhall at Newhall Elementary School multi-purpose room, 24607 N. Walnut St. The final meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at in Valencia at the Bridgeport Elementary School multi-purpose room, 23670 Newhall Ranch Road. (661) 255-4314.

University Women's dinner
Dena Maloney, founding dean of the new College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus, will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women's dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 28 at Mulligans, 25848 Tournament Road in Valencia. Cost: $17. RSVP by Oct. 27. (661) 297-7705, (661) 251-6967.

Money matters for young families
Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit financial firm, will host a free informational seminar at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at 26415 Carl Boyer Drive, (661) 295-9616.

New Naz Neewollah event
New Naz Church will host a backwards Halloween event, Neewollah, from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Trunk or treat begins at 7:45 p.m. Costumes welcome, but no scary or witch costumes. Bring a holiday non-perishable food donation for needy families. Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Road. (661) 259-5272.

STARS Golf Tournament
The Santa Clarita STARS Junior National Dance Team will hold its Fifth Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament on Nov. 1 at Elkins Ranch. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Banquet will follow. Players' packages and sponsorships for individuals and businesses are available. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Clarita STARS Booster Club. (661) 799-8427.

Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament
Tony Potts will host the second annual Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on Nov. 1 at TPC in Valencia. Admission is $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the SCV Youth Project. (661) 257-9688,

Annual city marathon
The city of Santa Clarita's annual marathon and half marathon will be held at 7 a.m. on Nov. 2 Kid K starts at 8:30 a.m. The city will host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (661) 259-2489,

Saugus High Dance Clinic
Saugus High School's Dance Team will host a dance clinic for children in kindergarten through 12th grade from 3 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Saugus High School gym. (661) 297-3578,

Flu shots at the SCV Senior Center
Free flu shots will be administered at the SCV Senior Center from 9 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 The shots will be given to individuals who are at high risk for flu. (661) 259-9444.

Caring for the caregiver
The Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center will host several workshops for caregivers from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the AV Inn & Conference Center at 44055 N. Sierra Highway. The workshops are free, but registration is required. (661) 945-4852.

Fencing with Fairbanks
William S. Hart Museum and Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will present "Fencing with Fairbanks," on Nov. 15 at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Celebration of Douglas Fairbanks will include displays of props and costumes, book signings, a catered buffet dinner and a private screening of "The Mark of Zorro." Tickets: $50. Seating is limited. (661) 254-4584.

Meet the artists at B&R Art Gallery
Judy Larson will make her eighth annual appearance at B&R Art Gallery, 17726 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. June Carey will make an appearance from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6. Both artists will hand-embellish canvas pieces at the shows. (661) 298-2038,

Literacy and Arts Festival
The SCV Education Foundation and the city of Santa Clarita will host the SCV Literacy and Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Festival includes live entertainment, strolling performers, storytelling, children's craft activities, author signings, food and more. Free. (661) 414-4465,

Saugus High Festival of Dance
The Saugus High Dance Team will host their annual Festival of Dance at Hart Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 Tickets: $15 for reserved seating, $10 for presale general admission, $13 at the door. (661) 296-5678.

Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner
The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner date will be held Feb. 20. The dinner will benefit the Respite Adult Day Care program offered by the SCV Senior Center. (661) 288-0186, (661) 259-0033, ext. 227.

Submissions sought for mag
The College of the Canyons literary magazine is seeking contributions of poetry, visual art, photography, fiction and creative non-ficton from COC students for its fall publication "cul-de-sac." Submission deadline is Oct. 10. To submit e-mail or visit

Cell Phones For Soldiers
The Hart High School cheerleaders are sponsoring the Cell Phones For Soldiers drive. Every cell phone turned in will be exchanged for a pre paid phone card and sent to U.S. Troops overseas through the non-profit organization Cell Phones For Soldiers. Bring your old cell phones to any home Hart football game and drop them off at the Hart Cheer booth. Phones can also be dropped off in the Hart H. S. Administration office until the end of the year. (661) 254-7231.

Heart Link Network meeting
The Heart Link Network meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Attendance is limited to 25 women. E-mail, (661) 513-0662.

Support for parents of addicts
A support group for parents who are coping with a son or daughter's drug or alcohol addiction will meet from 7 to 8 p.m every Tuesday night at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 27107 Tourney Road in Valencia, Conference Room #1 on the second floor. Adults only. (661) 296-1939.

Men of Harmony meets in Newhall
The Men of Harmony meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Newhall. Meetings held every first Tuesday evening of the month at Pizza Hut, 23430 Lyons Avenue. (661) 424-9009,

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group, meets on Thursdays at Fellowship Christian Church, 226889 Bouquet Canyon Road., #C, in Saugus. Weigh-in from 9:30 to 10 a.m. For details contact Diana at (661) 251-5144.

T'ai Chi class at Senior Center
New students will be accepted for the 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday T'ai Chi class at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, during October. All ages welcome. $2 for seniors, $4 for non-seniors. The Senior Center also offers a Saturday morning class from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for $30 per month and a Tuesday-Thursday afternoon class from 3 to 4 p.m. (661) 259-9444,

Duplicate bridge game in Castaic
There will be a duplicate bridge game every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex until the new addition is completed at the Senior Center in Newhall. (661) 803-2266.

SCV Quilt Guild activities
The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The following is a list of upcoming activities:
Oct. 9 - Featuring Guild Member Nancy Mayer
Nov. 13 - Jake Finch on 12 Steps to Recovering Money from Your Fabric Addiction.

Special Olympics
The Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley is seeking volunteer coaches for their summer/fall sports teams. No coaching experience necessary, and all training is provided.
Saturday - 2-9 p.m.
Charity Softball Tournament at Castaic Regional Sports Complex
Oct. 16 - 5-9 p.m.
Tip A Cop Fundraiser at
Cowboy Cantina, Route 66, Claim Jumpers and Chili's.
For more information call (661) 253-2121 or e-mail

Rancho Camulos Museum
Docent led one-hour tours are conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Rancho Camulos Museum, located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway in Piru. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. Private group and school tours and special events such as weddings can also be arranged.
(805) 521-1501,

Vasquez Rocks programs
The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a variety of events at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce.
Birds of Prey Presentation - The first Sunday of every month, at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.
Ranger Guided Hikes - The second, third and fourth Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.
Beginners' Hike - Easy hike through the park, approximately one hour. Meet at the park office. Thursdays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (661) 268-0840.

Senior Center rummage sale
The SCV Senior Center will host a monthly rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. Items may be donated on the preceding Friday and Monday each month at 8 a.m. All funds raised benefit the SCV Senior Center.

Wildlife Waystation orientation
Wildlife Waystation offers volunteer orientation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. (818) 899-5201,

Santa Clarita Artists' Association
Monthly meetings of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association are held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, excluding holidays, at Westfield Town Center Mall Community Room. Non-members are welcome and may attend their first meeting for free.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Koi & Water Garden Club meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month The club is comprised of people who own or are building ponds that share ideas and experiences. (661) 259-6437,

Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Placerita Canyon Nature Center winter programs:
All events held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. (661) 259-7721.
Family Nature Walk: Every Saturday 11 a.m. to noon. An easy, 1-hour walk exploring the area's natural and cultural history.
Animal Presentation: Every Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. See, learn and ask questions about live native animals of the area.
Trail Team: First Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. Help repair trails, pick up litter and remove weeds. Fifteen minute safety orientation mandatory. Wear long pants, boots, and bring water.
Bird Walk: Second Saturday of the month. Walks start at 9 a.m. and last about two hours. They are free and there is no parking fee. Beginning bird watchers and families are welcome. Children aged 6 and older are welcome with a responsible adult. Bring binoculars and field guide.
Volunteer Orientation: First Saturday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Nature Center and Park.
Community Hiking Club, a new monthly community event that invites all ages to get into the outdoors, visit wilderness areas, and stretch their legs.
Community Nature Series: Learn about the animals and nature around.

Come sing the oldies
Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Monday at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. (661)296-3321.

Dance Cuban salsa
Free salsa classes are held at 11 a.m. every second and fourth Sunday at Newhall Park at 15th Street and 24909 Newhall Ave. Dancing is outside, so wear a hat and tennis shoes. (661) 618-1105,

Pride in the Lake
Staff and volunteers remove litter and landscape different areas of Castaic Lake from 9 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday of the month. Meet at the Lagoon launch ramp parking lot. Bring gloves and equipment. (661) 257-5034.

SCV Antique Auto Club
The SCV antique auto club will meet at 7:30 p.m. every second Saturday of the month at the Bouquet Canyon Church, 27000 Bouquet Canyon Road. in Saugus. All kinds of classic cars are welcome. E-mail, (661) 259-3570.

Overeaters Anonymous
Monday 8 p.m., Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road., Valencia.
Tuesday 7 p.m., Barnabus House 24417 Chestnut St., Newhall.
Thursday 7 p.m. "The Cocoon," 27013 Langside, Suite L, Santa Clarita.
Friday 11:30 a.m. Barnabus House, 22417 Chestnut St., Newhall.
Saturday 9.30 a.m., "The Cocoon" 27013 Langside, Suite L, Santa Clarita.
Contact Mary at (661) 252-3762.

Bereavement group
Bereavement groups meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through May at 10200 Sepulveda Blvd. #115, in Mission Hills. (818) 895-8000.

Narcotics Anonymous
The Santa Clarita Valley helpline for Narcotics Anonymous is (661) 299-5599.
Sunday - 10 a.m. and Thursday 7 p.m. - Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Sunday - 7 p.m. - Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Highway., Canyon Country.
Thursday - 7:30 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, 24317 Newhall Ave., Newhall, upstairs.
Monday - 6:30 p.m. Denny's, 31724 Castaic Road., Castaic.
Friday 6:30 p.m. - FOR MALE ADDICTS ONLY - Barnabus House, 24417 Chestnut St., Newhall.
Monday - 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 24317 Newhall Ave., Newhall.
Friday - 8 p.m. Campfire (weather permitting, otherwise inside location), 9927 Soledad Canyon Road., Santa Clarita.
Tuesday - 7 p.m. - LADIES MEETING - NCADD, Valencia Plaza, 24460 Lyons Ave., Newhall.
Saturday - 8 a.m. - Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Tuesday - 7:30 p.m. Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway., Valencia, Rooms A & B, Canyon Country.
Wednesday - 7 p.m. Library Building, 3015 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park.
Saturday - 7:30 p.m. Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Sierra Vista Middle School, 19425 Stillmore St., Room #705, Canyon Country. Saturday - 7:30 p.m. Library Building, 3015 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park.
Saturday - 11:59 p.m. The Cocoon, 17746 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.

SC Amateur Radio Club
The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club welcomes amateurs and non-HAMs at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held in Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Club members volunteer for L.A. County Disaster Communications Services, DCS, and the city emergency radio services. E-mail,

Vietnam era veterans
"Lost Patrol" serves Vietnam era veterans and their families in Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Simi and Antelope Valleys. Join us on the third Sunday of each month at El Torito Mexican Restaurant, 27510 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, at 11 a.m. (661) 296-6688 or e-mail trooper76@earthlink.

Assistance for teen moms
The SCV Pregnancy Center provides meetings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m every Thursday night for a caring, non-judgmental environment where teen moms can come together for support and encouragement. Dinner and childcare provided. For location, registration and information: (661) 255-0082.

weSPARK cancer support
In-Treatment Support Group meeting, facilitated by Tara Shore, begins at 11 a.m.
Children Support Group meeting, facilitated by Tara Shore and Sharon Earle, begins at 4 p.m.
Post-Treatment Support Group meeting, facilitated by Tara Shore, begins at 6 p.m.
Restorative Yoga class, facilitated by Melisa Morgan, starts at7:30 p.m.
Integrative Yoga class, facilitated by Susie Jacobson, starts at 9:30 a.m.
Metastatc Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, takes place at 11 a.m.
Caregivers Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, meets at 6 p.m.
Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by Tara Shore, starts at 11 a.m.
Grief Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, starts at 6 p.m.
Gentle Yoga class starts at 10 a.m.
All meetings take place at 26370 Diamond Place, Suite 507. For more information call (661) 288-2322.

Hospice volunteers needed
Procare Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide support to those facing a life-limiting illness. Training classes beginning soon. For more information, call Linda Martinez at (818) 895-8000.

Sports Club
California's Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets the first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callender's on The Old Road at Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia at 7 p.m. A brief meeting is followed by a social hour. The club is open to anyone 21 or older. Activities include snow skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wake boarding, bicycling, air chairing, bowling, theater outings and more. For further information, call Don Gately at (661) 255 8873 or visit the club's Web site at

MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) of Stevenson Ranch is a nonprofit organization open to all mothers living in Stevenson Ranch. We offer weekly playgroups and monthly activities including mom's night out, field trips, coffee talks, and park dates. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about us, please contact Melissa Kau at

Men's health at SDFHC
Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. reminds the community that it offers targeted health care services for men, including diabetes treatment, preventative health care treatment for heart disease and stroke, and counseling/support for smoking cessation.
SDFHC operates three health centers in the Santa Clarita Valley - Canyon Country Health Center (661) 424-1220, Val Verde Health Center (661) 257-4008, and Newhall Health Center (661) 291-1777 - as well as outreach sites at College of the Canyons and California Institute of the Arts.
SDFHC offers a full range of health care services - physicals, immunizations and vaccines, screenings and diagnostic tests, well baby care, and family planning - to those who may not seek health care elsewhere. Patients pay based on their income. Easily accessible services are available for the entire family in both English and Spanish. Medi-Cal, Blue Cross and Healthy Families are all accepted, and a sliding fee scale is offered.

ACA meeting
The Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets Fridays 12-1 p.m. at the Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Dr. For more information, call (661) 607-2114.

DRA meeting
Duel Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step group for people who recognize they have mental health as well as substance abuse issues, meets Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Dr. For more information, call (661) 406-2003.


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