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Dates to Watch and Upcoming Events: Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Posted: July 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.

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  

The Fourth of July festivities will begin with the 30th Annual Independence Day Classic, which begins at 8 a.m. at Newhall Park, located at 24933 Newhall Ave. Presented by the Santa Clarita Runners’ Club, races start at 7 a.m. for the 10K, 7:45 a.m. for the Kids K, and 8 a.m. for the 5K race/walk. Community members can register for races at
After the run, residents can enjoy the Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade, beginning at 9 a.m. beginning on Main Street in downtown Newhall.  The mile-long parade route, which will feature horses, floats, music, classic cars, military presentations and more, will travel down Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road before finishing at 16th Street.
The day’s festivities will culminate with the City of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Westfield Valencia Town Center starting at 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 12
Goddess Night benefitting Single Mothers Outreach 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Raffles, mini services, angel card readings, reiki. Bring a gift card donation. Info: 661-200-0743, Kat or 661-252-0650 Balance Point Spa.

Saturday, July 14
A Texas Hold ‘Em tournament to benefit the Santa Clarita-based Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Diamond Jim’s Casino, 118 20th St. W., Rosamond. Individual entry is $125, limited to 200 spots. Cash prizes and complimentary buffet. Registration/check-in starts at 11 a.m.; register online at

Saturday, July 14
The fourth annual High Heel-a-thon to stomp out domestic and teen dating violence will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 14 in downtown Newhall. The 150-yard walk (high heels optional) will begin at Market and Main Street. Benefits Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Break the Cycle and the Valley Trauma Center. Info: or

Sunday Aug. 5
Join the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation for an afternoon of wine tasting, entertainment, raffles and more, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Cheer s at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita. Costs $40 per person. Proceeds benefit local public schools. Info: 661-414-4465,

Saturday, Aug. 18
Circle of Hope’s 11th Annual Vine 2 Wine Classic, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at city of Santa Clarita’s Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Cost: $65 in advance, $75 at the door. An elegant evening featuring more than 100 vintners, wines and champagnes, Beer Garden of Hope, foods, a raffle of rare and desirable wines and silent auction. 661-254-5218 or email for info.

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
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.

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 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.

Men of Harmony Chorus seeks voices
The SCV Men of Harmony Chorus meets 7:30-9:45 p.m. every Tuesday, Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley Street  Santa Clarita. The group’s specialty is singing in four-part harmony without musical accompaniment, also known as a cappella singing. All singing men in any voice range are welcome.  The 15-man group entertains for local organizations and enjoys vocalizing on a regular basis. Wouldn’t you rather sing along than sing alone?  Info: Dave Norman at 661-259-6109,

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. Info: 661-259-7721, or

‘Primp Your Pit’ spay or neuter
To help reduce the number of homeless dogs, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) will spay or neuter Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes for $20 while funding lasts. Also included is a nail trim. Make an appointment by calling 323-730-5303.

Domestic Violence Center counseling
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita will be offering free group sessions for survivors of domestic violence 10.-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  All group sessions are free and will be held at 24509 Walnut St. Newhall, CA   91321. Info:  661-259-8175.

Happy Feat Running Club welcomes all
Walkers and runners of all levels, beginner to experienced, are welcome to join this 8- to 10-week 10k and 10-mile challenge training program. Meets every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. beginning June 9, at Chuck Pontius Commuter Trail, 22921 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Info:

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

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.


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