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Posted: May 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Dates to watch

 

Third Thursdays

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 www.sensesonmain.com.

 

Saturday, May 12

Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s annual Open House and Family Festival will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. The event is free. There will be guided hikes, animal presentations and displays, music, historical reenactors, crafts demonstrations, informational booths concerning wildlife, conservation and indigenous peoples and a treasure hunt. Panning for “gold,” face painting and children’s crafts will also be featured for a nominal fee. Food and drink are available. Info: www.placerita.org.

 

Come and meet Santa Clarita’s famous singing apes at the Gibbon Conservation Center’s spring open house, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 19100 Esquerra Road, Saugus. Tours, gift shop, face painting, beverages, snacks and more. Tickets cost $10 for aduts, $5 for children 5-12 and seniors. Admission is free for children under 5 and mothers. Info: 661-296-2737, www.gibboncenter.org.

 

Friday, May 18

The Standup Guys will perform a clean comedy show to benefit the SCV Habitat for Heroes, 8 p.m. Real Life Church, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Tickets $15 before May 11, $17.50 after. $20 for VIP tickets. Contact: Sarah Steffen 818-884-8808, email ssteffen@humanityca.org.

 

Rock the Rhythm Beat the Odds, an effort to stage the world’s biggest drum circle, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 18 at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free. First come, first seated. Gates open at 10 a.m. $20 reserved seating tickets are available. Info: www.rocktherhythm.org.

 

Saturday, May 19

Special Olympics of Southern California will host the 11th annual Regional Spirit Games on Saturday, May 19. The games begin with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. More than 600 athletes will compete in a variety of  events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at William. S. Hart High School, Newhall Park, Boys & Girls Club of SCV, Placerita Junior High School and West Ranch High School. Event includes an Olympic Village in Newhall Park with music, food and family activities. The public is invited to attend.

 

Saturday, June 2

The 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of SCV Benefit Auction will be held Saturday, June 2 with doors opening at 5 p.m. Live and silent auctions. The location is yet to be determined. The  theme is Heroes Among Us — A Gala Celebration. General admission ticket for two: $25. Gala dinner seating is $85 per person. Table sponsors begin at $650. For information visit www.scvbgc.org.

 

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.

 

Low-cost spay & neuter services

AngelDogs Foundation provides low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats through its mobile clinic the first three Wednesdays of each month behind Backwoods Inn Restaurant, 17846 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or www.angeldogsfoundation.org.

 

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.

 

Free spine education at Henry Mayo

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s free Spine Education Program is now also offered at the Outpatient Physical Therapy’s location in the Golden Valley Plaza. The class offers valuable information on how you can take better care of your spine, including lifestyle changes that may help with pain management and prevent future injuries. Classes meet 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at Henry Mayo’s Outpatient Therapy Services, Golden Valley Plaza, 19013 Golden Valley Road, Suite 125, Santa Clarita. Info: 661-253-8959.

 

Walking Wonders group at Rioux Park

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 Speed Skating Club

The Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club meets 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on every Thursday of every month at the Ice Station, 27745 Smyth Drive, Valencia.  Learn to speed skate on ice as fast as Apolo Anton Ohno.  $15  Free speed skates provided.  Info: www.scssc.net.  No RSVP necessary.

 

Mint Canyon Moose Lodge activities

Activities available for members of the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country include: Mondays, hamburger night; Tuesdays, steak or chicken night; Wednesdays, pizza night; Thursdays, tacos; Fridays cook’s choice; Sundays 8:30-11:30 a.m. breakfast. Info: 661-252-9830.

 

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: 661-296-1969.

 

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 www.SCVPetAssistance.com.

 

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. Info: 661-259-7721, info@placerita.org or www.placerita.org.

 

Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club

The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club is a nonprofit organization and the focal point for all things Corvette locally. For information on monthly meetings, visit www.scvcc.org.

 

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.

 

Mental illness support group

A support group for family members of those with serious mental illnesses is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month, Santa Clarita Department of Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Suite 210, Valencia. Info: 661-360-8002.

 

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, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.\

 

Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters

Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters meets  6:45-8 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the Santa Clarita City Hall, Council Chambers. Get an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches and offering constructive evaluation. Free parking available at 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. No RSVP necessary.

 

Business counseling by SCORE

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free resources and expertise to existing and start-up businesses in order to maximize their success, including business planning, problem analysis and more. Individual counseling sessions are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Appointments preferred, but not necessary. Info: 661-964-9390, www.scorela.org.

 

TOPS weight loss support group

TOPS Santa Clarita Chapter, a support group for weight loss, hosts regular meetings 7-8 p.m. every Monday at South Valley Church, Room 6, 24551 Valley St., Newhall. Info: Kathy Beggane at 661-802-1511 or Jeanie Druebert at 818-353-5015.

 

Rancho Camulos national landmark

The early Californio lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment at this nonprofit museum. Docent-led public and group tours are offered at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday February through November and by appointment year-round. Located on Highway 126, two miles east of Piru and 10 miles west of Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for children/students. Check before going for special event closures. Info: 800-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.

 

Special exhibit at Hart Museum

The William S. Hart Museum will host an exhibit featuring objects in the Natural History Museum and Hart Museum relevant to two Academy Award Best Picture nominees, “Hugo” and “The Artist,” through June 3. Learn about the costumes, film props, equipment and historical artifacts used in both films. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with tours every half-hour. Free admission. William S. Hart Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: 661-254-4584.

 

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. The club is made up of people with ponds or those building a pond who want to share ideas and experiences. Info: 661-259-6437 or 661-296-9252.

 

Single Mothers Outreach sells pins

Single Mothers Outreach  is selling custom-designed pins to honor mothers for Mother’s Day. Residents are also invited to purchase pins to donate to SMO parents as a Mother’s Day gift. Pins cost $25 each and may be purchased at Fresh Boutique, 24419 Walnut St., Newhall; La Via Bella at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 106, Valencia; and through SMO’s website at www.singlemothersoutreach.org/support.

 

Carousel Ranch calls for volunteers

Carousel Ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons to children with special needs. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. Responsibilities will include working in lessons and ranch chores. Lesson times are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1-5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Summer hours starting in June art: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 4-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Gail to sign up for a time and day at 661-268-8010. Carousel Ranch is located at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Santa Clarita.

 

Bridges to Ability Activities calendar

Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:

May 9, 16, 23, 30 SNAP ice skating open ice nights; 7-9 p.m.; Valencia Ice Station, 27745 Smyth Drive, Valencia

May 12 Bridges to Adventures Glam & Glide; 4:30-9 p.m.; meet at Bridges office, 28390 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus

RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at  661-702-8555 or chris@bridgestoability.org. Volunteer opportunities are available.

 

‘Babes in the Wood’ British panto

Theatrical company Theatre Britain performs “Babes in the Wood,” a British panto, on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m., at Acton Elementary Theater, 32248 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call 661-400-6320 for ticket information.

 

DKG Eta Rho chapter meeting

Delta Kappa Gamma, Eta Rho chapter, will hold its monthly meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Wood Ranch, 25580 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth in women educators and excellence in education.  For more information, call Penni Perrault, 661-259-8474.

 

Self-defense workshop series

College of the Canyons’ campus safety department offers a free three-week self-defense workshop for women ages 13 and up on Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., starting May 9 at COC’s EPEK-103 classroom (May 9) and WPEK-103-PE Gym (May 16-23), 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Learn personal safety tips for home, office, school or out and about, and self-defense moves in a safe and comfortable setting. Wear workout clothing, no strapless tops or jewelry; bring good walking shoes and a water bottle. Info: Tammy Castor at 661-362-3516, Joy Reilley at 661-362-3229, Lynne Lowe at 661-362-3331.

 

Gardening Club of Santa Clarita

Love to garden and want to meet new friends? The Gardening Club of Santa Clarita hosts a general meeting the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Next meeting will be held Thursday, May 10. Call for location. Info: Kathy Phillips at 661-259-9845 or Diane Benjamin at 661-250-8345, dianetheflowerlady@earthlink.net.

 

Spring jazz concert at West Ranch High

West Ranch High School’s lab band Wildcat Combo and Studio A jazz bands perform their spring jazz concert 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 at West Ranch’s school theater, 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5. Info: Brian Leff at bleff@hartdistrict.org.

 

POPS! jazz concert at COC PAC

College of the Canyons’ music department presents its annual POPS! Concert featuring its studio jazz ensemble, jazz combo bands and guest artists, under the direction of KC Manji, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 at Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Info: 661-362-5304, www.canyonspac.com.

 

‘Sweeney Todd’ at Canyon High

Canyon High School presents its musical production of “Sweeney Todd,” directed by Kristen Pechacek, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 at Golden Valley High School’s auditorium, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets cost $15. Info: chsweeneytickets@gmail.com.

 

Astronomical Society meeting Moorpark

The Ventura County Astronomical Society hosts its monthly meeting 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 11 in the Forum Auditorium at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. President Hal Jandorf and previous president Dave Holland speak about the upcoming annular solar eclipse and transit of Venus. Free. Info: www.vcas.org, vcas1@aol.com.

 

‘Pride in the Lake Day’ at Castaic Lake

The Friends of Castaic Lake will hold a “Pride in the Lake Day” the second Saturday of every month (this month May 12). Meet at the boat ramp at the Castaic lagoon at 9 a.m. and pick up trash until 11 a.m., followed by free hot dogs and chips for volunteers. Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Groups and school community service students who need hours welcome. Info: btracy@hartdistrict.org.

 

Get adjusted, help single parents

Dr. Roger De Sesa, a local wellness chiropractic practitioner, will donate all services from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, to customers in exchange for a donation to Single Mothers Outreach, a local nonprofit that empowers single parents. The office is located at 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, suite 65, Valencia.  Appointment required; call 661-294-0429.

 

Foster parenting info meeting in the SCV

Children’s Bureau hosts a free monthly information meeting for those interested in becoming foster parents 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Children’s Bureau seeks caring families to adopt older children and large sibling sets. Info: 661-272-9996, www.all4kids.org.

 

Mountain ‘Lions in the Landscape’

National Park Service ecologist Seth Riley talks about his mountain lion research and the local ecosystem, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Free.

 

Sierra Pelona Rock Club meets

Dick Flaherty gives a slide presentation on western rock collecting areas including Southeast Oregon sites famous for plume agates, varied obsidians and moss agates at the Sierra Pelona Rock Club meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the Clubhouse of Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Those interested in mineralogy, lapidary, genealogy, paleontology and related subjects are welcome. Info: www.sierrapelona.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Sierra-Pelona-Rock-Club.

 

Burbank African Violet Society meets

The Burbank African Violet Society will meet 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Club member Bernadine Pousel will present a program on the care and propagation of growing a Streptocarpus. Guests welcome. Info: 818-951-3597.

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