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Posted: October 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Dates to Watch

Third Thursdays, ongoing

The city of Santa Clarita hosts a themed party 7-11 p.m.  every third Thursday of the month, on Main Street in Newhall. Free. Enjoy live music and entertainment, art displays, food trucks and more. Info: (661) 250-3787 or

Sunday, Oct. 9

Free family fun at the 11th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Featuring $30 adoptable pets from L.A. County Shelters, pet-related vendors, Ventura County Sheriffs K9 Search & Rescue demos, Fun Dog Show, and more. Info:

Saturday, Oct. 15

The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association presents the Art Classic XXII, an exhibit with more than 130 pieces of art, live entertainment, complimentary wine and beverages, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, 2-5 p.m.  Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Dressy attire encouraged. A free public viewing is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Info: (661) 244-7689,

Step Out: Walk for Diabetes. A 4.5 mile benefit walk to help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes starts at 9 a.m. at Bridgeport Park on Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive in Valencia. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Includes live entertainment, activities and more. Info:

Circle of Hope eighth annual Theatrical Tea. “A Year in the Garden of Hope” will be held 1-4 p.m. at a private estate in Sand Canyon. $55. Classic tea fare, silent auction and raffles, free valet parking, entertainment and many surprises throughout the day.  Circle of Hope is an SCV non-profit organization focused on helping our neighbors fight breast cancer. Info: Janet Hinde (661) 254-5218, email or visit

Sunday, Oct. 16

The Wine Affair: Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds, will take to the streets of Town Center Drive in Valencia 2-6 p.m. The fourth annual event is presented by Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley to benefii the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, to help women who are unable to afford detection services, and the new Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tickets are available at $40 in advance; $50 after Oct. 9.  This event is limited to participants ages 21 and over.  Tickets will be sold on-line at or may be purchased by sending a check to SIGSCV, Attention: The Wine Affair, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, 91380-1350.

Breakfast with the Gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 19100 Esguerra Road, Saugus. Bring friends and family and enjoy gibbon serenading and acrobatics, vegan breakfast, guided tour at 11 a.m., silent auction, gift boutique, and kids activities, including a visit by the Jumbo Shrimp Circus. Tickets are $35 for adults, prepaid, $5 more at gate. Info: or donations may be sent payable to GCC to: Gibbon Conservation Center, PO Box 800249, Santa Clarita, CA 91380.

 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, New-hall. Info: (661) 259-5857.


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


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 meets at Marie’s

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.


Bereavement support at Henry Mayo

Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Support Group: This support group helps anyone who is dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death in an effort to assure parents that they are not alone in their grief. The group meets Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Pavilion meeting room, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia.


Read With Me!seeks volunteers

The SCV Education Foundation seeks volunteers to assist students improve their reading skills in local public schools for this coming school year. Info: Ann Unger at or (661) 414-4465.


DivorceCare recovery support group

Sessions three-13 to be held 3-4:30 p.m., Saturdays Sept. 17-Dec. 3, open enrollment, $20 registration fee (scholarships available), New Life Assembly of God, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country.  Info: (661) 251-2770.


SCV Food Pantry seeks sponsors for run/walk

The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry seeks sponsors for the 18th Annual Run/Walk against Hunger, 1K Kiddie Run and Halloween contest, Sunday, Oct. 30. Various sponsor levels are available. All proceeds help provide supplemental food to those less fortunate. Info: or contact Belinda at (661) 255-9078 or


Farmers market at COC parking lot

The Santa Clarita Farmers Market is held every Sunday 8:30 a.m.-noon, College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8 in Valencia. Info: (805) 529-6266,


Free film screenings at COC

College of the Canyons hosts free film screenings at 7 p.m. in Hasley Hall room 101, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. All films are rated R or unrated. Info: The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 11 “When We Leave” and “Soul Kitchen”

Dec. 9 “Incendies” and “Farewell (L’Affaire Farewell)”


Free gardening classes

Gardening classes are held at the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. List of upcoming topics and times:

Oct. 16 and Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Planting from seeds or transplants

Nov. 2 and Nov. 6, 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. Thinning seed starts


Ian Gelig Memorial Barbecue

The Newhall American Legion hosts the Ian Gelig Memorial Scholarship barbecue Fundraiser with silent auction, raffle prizes and a special presentation, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Newhall American Legion Post 507, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children, includes all-you-can-eat lunch and two drink tickets. Proceeds benefit a $500 scholarship to local veterans or immediate family members. Info: JD Kennedy at or (661) 259-7507.


Te Vaka show at COC PAC

Te Vaka, a Polynesian music and dance group with a contemporary edge, performs 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:


Girl Scouts recruitment event

Come and discover what Girl Scouts is all about Monday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wiley Canyon Elementary School multipurpose room, 24240 La Glorita Circle, Newhall. Free; fun activities and snacks provided.


Domestic Violence Awareness event

College of the Canyons hosts its annual Domestic Violence Awareness event and donation drive from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the COC Honor Grove at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The event includes a student fashion show titled “EVERYbody is Beautiful” at 12:45 p.m., live music by Women on the Move and Kelly Zirbes at 1:15 p.m., and a special presentation by marriage and family therapist Lori Bauer at 2 p.m. in Mentry Hall, Room 343. Attendees are invited to decorate a T-shirt in the name of a victim or survivor of domestic violence, or donate dry and canned food items, baby wipes and other toiletries, and cash and gift cards. Info: Connie Tripp at (661) 362-5931.


‘Bunco or Bust’ fundraiser party

Fundraiser night with Bunco, a fast-moving dice game, and raffles set for 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Buy-in is $30 in advance, $40 at the door, includes beverages and appetizers. Proceeds benefit the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat: (661) 200-1201.


State of the City luncheon

Santa Clarita residents can hear directly from the City Council regarding top issues in the community 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Hyatt Valencia grand ballroom, 24500 Town Central Drive, Valencia. Costs $40 per person, include gift; RSVP required. Info:, (661) 255-4939,


Coping with loss of a loved one

A free community presentation on “Living With the Empty Chair at Holiday Dinners” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Education Center at Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 N. Tournament Road, Valencia. The presentation will be conducted by The Grief Program, an organization dedicated to guiding grieving people through loss issues step-by-step to a richer quality of life. Info: (661) 733-0692,


VIA 30th Anniversary

Join the Valley Industry Association as they commemorate their rich history, recognize three decades of success, and celebrate their future. Guests are encouraged to wear black or white, and accessorize with a colorful masque. 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, Hyatt Regency Valencia, Tickets available by phoning (661) 294-8088 or online at


Sierra Hillbillies October Dance

The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will hold a Harvest Festival dance on Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Doug Stanley will call squares and Milo Molitoris and Cinda Firstenburg will cue rounds. Bring canned and dried food goods, or items of personal hygiene, to donate to the SCV Food Pantry. Casual attire is encouraged. Info: (661) 298-7794, or visit


AARP driver-safety program

Qualifies participants 55 and over for three year automobile insurance credit. AARP Members, $12, non-members $14. 1-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.


Fruit and vegetable gardening classes

The University of California Cooperative Extension offers a four-class series for beginning gardeners with an interest in organically growing fruits and vegetables, starts 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15, Santa Clarita Community Gardens, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Costs $15 for one class, $50 for the series. To register, contact,, (661) 252-4958 or (661) 250-8345.


Holiday boutique at Sports Complex

The public is invited to check out the holiday-themed vendors 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic 91384. Great for gift ideas. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation.


Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea

Circle of Hope, a local nonprofit organization, hosts its annual afternoon tea 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “A Year in the Garden of Hope” and spotlights the holidays, seasons and Circle of Hope events throughout a year. Also features silent auction, raffle, live entertainment, free valet parking and more. Tickets: $55. Hosted at a private estate in Sand Canyon; directions will be mailed upon payment. To purchase tickets, contact: Janet Hinde at (661) 254-5218,,


Trigger point massage class

Learn how to perform a trigger point massage to relieve stress, improve blood flow and relax tight muscles,  7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; Nov. 1, 15, 29; Dec. 13, 27, at 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. Free with dinner by Italia. Most effective with a partner. RSVP required. Info: (661) 294-0429.


Newcomers and Friends

Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life? Join us for “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Learn about activities, luncheons, trips. Contact: (661) 296-0872.


‘I Hate Reality’

An art exhibit featuring the work of Les Biller is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, until Oct. 22, in the Art Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free. Info: (661) 362-3612.


Maternity tours at Newhall Memorial

Expectant parents are invited to a guided tour of Newhall Memorial’s maternity services unit 12:45 p.m. Oct. 22, at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Main Lobby, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-8799.


Angel Card Readings

Joan Darlene will offer angel card readings, 10 a.m.- 2p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, It’s a Grind Coffeehouse, 29641 The Old Road, Castaic. Space limited, first come, first served. Info: (805) 338-7040.


Henry Mayo Guild Royal fashion show

The Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild presents its 27th annual fashion show  and fundraiser with featured designer Lourdes Chavez, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. This year’s theme is a “Royal Fashion Show” and features designer fashion lines themed to the royal court of Buckingham Palace. Tickets: $90, include entry to the specialty boutique, luncheon and fashion show. Proceeds benefit Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s laboratory services. Info: (661) 253-8051 or


Harmony for Humanity

The Daniel Pearl World Music Days Harmony for Humanity second annual free concert will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Ruth Pearl of the Daniel Pearl Foundation will be present. Schools and talent from throughout the SCV will perform in the concert. Info:


Swing Jazz Club at SCV Senior Center

The Santa Clarita Swing Jazz Club, Sunday, Oct. 23 Lloyd Hebert’s Blue Lagoon band; Sunday, Nov. 27 Jimmy McConnell Big Band. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Open jam session 2-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. Info: Russ Evans, (661) 254-4220.


Autoimmune-disease support group

The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Marie Callendar’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. This newly formed group is for individuals with any form of arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases. Support group meetings will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month.  For more information and to sign-up visit: or by contacting the event coordinator, Jena Minassian, at or at (661) 513-4301.


MOMS Club general meeting

The MOMS Club of Saugus hosts a general meeting for families with kids who live in Saugus, 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 19, at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91350. Event includes a playdate and information about the organization. Free. Info: Membership VP Elif Erginer Schweizer at


Royal Wedding Hat Contest

Create and enter a hat that you would have worn to the Royal Wedding and vote for your favorite at the Heritage Reflections Questers’ “The Hat That You Would Have Worn to the Royal Wedding” contest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 29, William S. Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Costs $25 to enter your hat. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Heritage Junction in Hart Park. Info: Libby Hinze at (661) 254-7027.


Goodwill truck in Castaic

Northlake Hills Elementary School hosts a Goodwill donation truck from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Telly’s Drive-In Restaurant, 31703 Castaic Road, Castaic. Donations of gently used items and electronic waste are accepted. Telly’s Drive-In Restaurant offers a free 21 oz. drink for your donation receipt. Info: Lisa at (661) 257-7868.


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