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Posted: March 9, 2008 3:30 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
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Ongoing

'Wit' - The Repertory East Playhouse, located at 24266 San Fernando Rd., Newhall, will continue its 2008 Main stage season with the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Wit," written by Margaret Edson and sponsored by the Serve Pro, through April 5. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2: p.m. Tickets are $17, $15 for students or seniors. Group rates are available. Advance reservations are highly recommended. For ticket purchases visit www.repeastplayhouse.org or call (661) 288-0000.

Today
'Man of La Mancha' - Santa Clarita Regional Theatre, in association with Canyon Theatre Guild, presents "Man of La Mancha, Dream the Impossible Dream," at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center-COC through March 9. Tickets are $12 - $30. Free with a CTG Season Ticket. For more information call (661) 799-2702.

Smart Gardening Workshop -
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society is hosting a Smart Gardening Workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. This workshop is presented by Thomsen Environmental Consultants and is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles. Curtis Thomsen is the speaker. The workshop will include backyard composting, worm culture, grass recycling, native plant species, water-wise and fire-wise gardening. There will also be a door prize and refreshments. There is no charge, and the public is invited to attend. For more information contact Kitty Belendez, (661) 296-5033, or e-mail rosextckb@aol.com. Visit the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society Web site at www.scvrs.homestead.com.

Physics Day at Magic Mountain - Six Flags Magic Mountain will host its annual Physics Day on March 9 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. High school students will have fun and learn as concepts of physics come alive in the form of roller coasters. The day-long event will demonstrate the principles of acceleration, energy conversion and many others. Students are provided with a workbook that directs them to solve physics problems using the attractions at the park. Awards will be given at the end of a special competition.

March 10
2008 AT&T Champions Classic -
The popular golf event raises funds for local charities, including Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The 2008 AT&T Champions Classic is returning to Valencia Country Club March 10 - 16. Tickets for the event are now available at Henry Mayo Health Foundation's office and can be ordered by calling (661) 253-8062. Children 16 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a playing adult. Admission Gate Hours: Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (free to all spectators, grounds only). Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday 6:15 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information call (661) 260-1897 or visit www.attchampionsclassic.com.

March 15
Knights of Columbus St. Patrick's Day Race - On Saturday, March 15, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor their 28th annual 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) run. The race starts at 9 a.m. in the old oil town of Mentryville at the west end of Pico Canyon Road in Newhall. The race will be run entirely on trails in park property. Race entry forms are available in the Runners Lane shoe store on Bouquet Canyon Road (at Soledad junction) in Santa Clarita. Preregistration is $21 or $27 with a T-shirt. For more information call Mike McSkane at (661) 259-4384.

$1 million Hunger Challenge
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry has invited local schools to team up for the fourth annual Students Against Hunger in the SCV - Spring food Drive 2008. This event will take place through April 30. The winning school will receive an award certificate from the SCV Food Pantry. If you do not have a child in school, you can still participate by making a donation. Your donation will help with the commitment that "No child in the Santa Clarita Valley go to bed hungry." For information call Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078.

Procare Hospice Volunteers Needed
Procare Hospice of Mission Hills is seeking volunteers to provide support to those facing a life-limiting illness. Volunteers become part of the hospice care team by making home care visits, lending a listening ear, offering caregiving relief, assisting with errands, or providing bereavement support. A training class is beginning soon. For more information please call Linda Martinez or Sara Berman Rabbi/Chaplain at (818) 895-8000.

Food Donations
SCV Food Pantry asks local residents, organizations or schools to make donations through April 30. For every donation as a result of this challenge, Alan Shawn Feinstein will donate a proportionate amount to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Designate "Feinstein Challenge" on your check or at the time of the donation. For more information visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org.

Driver Safety Training
The AARP Driver Safety Program will host Driver Safety Training the second Friday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. of the month at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Four-hour refresher classes are also being offered on a Saturday of alternate months for those who have completed the AARP eight-hour within the past three years. These courses cover the rules of the road as well as safe driving strategies. Completion of either of these classes will earn each participant a three year certificate, and for drivers 55 and over, an auto insurance credit. Info: (661) 259-9444, admin@scvsc.org or www.scvseniorcenter.org.

Assistance for Teen Moms
The SCV Pregnancy Center provides a caring, nonjudgmental environment where Teen Moms can come together for support and encouragement. The program offers group discussion, insights into motherhood, child rearing and relationships, friendship building and mentoring, and life skills training. Dinner and childcare provided. Meetings every Thursday night 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For location, registration and information call (661)255-0082.

Mothers Online Community
As a part of The MommiesNetwork, SCValleyMommies.com is a non-profit organization that offers a free online community for moms in the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and surrounding areas. SCValleyMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on the online forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a "big kid" bed. Each month, many face-to-face events are offered for members, their children and their families. It is completely free to join. For more information visit www.SCValleyMommies.com.

Bereavement Group
If you are struggling with the loss of the loved one, come to be with others who are going through the same thing. We offer a safe environment for people to share their feelings, discuss their fears, and begin the healing process. Groups meet Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. through May at 10200 Sepulveda Blvd. #115, in Mission Hills. For more information call Sara Berman at (818) 895-8000.

Radio Club Meeting
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. For more information e-mail Thomas turner at f001@lacds.com or go online to www.w6jw.org.

Come Sing the Oldies
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Saugus. For more information call (661)296-3321.

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

COC/Food Pantry Food Drive
College of the Canyons is conducting a series of food drives to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. The first is already underway. COC students and staff are asked to participate by donating canned goods and other non-perishable items. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the food drive and distribution should contact Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078 or (661) 755-3190. Visit www.scvfoodpantry.org forinformation.

Pride in the Lake
Every second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., staff and volunteers help to keep Castaic Lake beautiful by removing litter and landscaping different areas each month. Meet at the Lagoon launch ramp parking lot. Please bring your own gloves and equipment, if you have it. For information call (661) 257-5034.

Sierra Pelona RockClub
Monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Rd., Canyon Country. The club promotes interest and education in mineralogy, lapidary, geology, paleontology and related subjects, with interesting speakers and field trips. Call Mike at (661) 252-5243 for more information. Bring your interesting rocks. The March 18 program features Justin Zxyzx, who will show a video on rock collecting in the Lone Pine area - which prepares members for the May/June field trip, looking for Amazonite/beryl, obsidian tears, and quartz crystals, as well as obsidian and pumice just north of Bishop.

SCV Antique Auto Club
Every second Saturday of the month meetings take place at the Bouquet Canyon Church, 27000 Bouquet Canyon Rd. in Saugus, starting at 7:30 p.m. All kinds of classic cars are welcome. For information e-mail caldwellbob@sgcglobal.net or call (661) 259-3570.

Free Income Tax Service for Seniors
IRS/AARP -trained volunteers are available to help seniors complete and electronically file income tax returns on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through April 10 at the SCV Senior Center. Priority will be given to low- and middle-income seniors. Low-income families will be considered if space is available. Appointments are required. They can be made by calling Elaine at the SCV Senior Center, at (661) 259-9444. Have with you at the appointment your ID (drivers license), Social Security card or similar, last year's tax return, if available, and 2007 tax information.

Overeaters Anonymous Meetings
Monday 8 p.m., Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Valencia.
Tuesday 7 p.m., Barnabus House 24417 Chestnut St. Newhall.
Thursday 7 p.m. "The Cocoon," 17746 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Friday 11:30 a.m. Barnabus House, 22417 Chestnut St., Newhall.
Saturday 9.30 a.m., "The Cocoon" 17746 Sierra Hwy., Canyon Country.
Contact Mary at (661) 252-3762.

Carousel Ranch Volunteers Needed
Carousel Ranch provides therapeutic riding lessons to children with special needs. Volunteers are needed to assist in the therapy sessions and ranch chores. Requirements: 15 years minimum age, responsible and physically fit. The personal rewards are immeasurable. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Denise at (661) 268-8010.

Assistance League
Assistance League is a volunteer organization committed to identifying and serving needs of the Santa Clarita Valley. Its signature project, Operation School Bell, provides new clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies to elementary school children in need. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. For more information call 255-1991 or www.assistanceleague-alsc.org.

Family Child Care Association
The non-profit Family Day Care Association of the SCV hosts a support group for child care providers and parent advocates that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the New Apostolic Church, 28877 Bouquet Canyon Rd in Saugus. For further information call 250-4238 or 263-2774 (president, Mary Gregory). Or e-mail marygregory1128@aol.com.

SCV Community Drum Circles
The Remo Recreational Music Making Activities Department is offering free community drum circles in Valencia, hosted by College of the Canyons, on the first and third Saturdays of each month. No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome. Drums will be provided by Remo Inc. but community members may bring their own drum, tambourine or other percussion instruments. The drum circles will take place at COC in room STUC-13 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. For more information contact John Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@remo.com or call (661) 294-5631.

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

Coaches Needed for Special Olympics
The Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley is seeking volunteer coaches for their spring sports teams. The organization is looking for any volunteers interested in being basketball, bocce ball, swimming, track and field, rhythmic gymnastics, tennis or golf coaches. No coaching experience is necessary, and all training is provided. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley office at (661) 253-2121, or email santaclarita@sosc.org.

Daffodil Days to Bloom
Daffodil Days, one of the American Cancer Society's oldest and most beloved annual fundraising campaigns, begins this month and runs through March 18. During that time, community members may pre-purchase the early March-delivered daffodils for themselves, others, or as anonymous Gifts of Hope for people in the Santa Clarita Valley who are battling cancer. This fundraiser has raised over $200 million over the past 13 years. The American Cancer Society is looking for daffodil representative sites as well as volunteers. For more information call (661) 298-0886, option 3, or 1-888-335-5858 or visit www.cancer.org.

Events at Valencia Library
The READ to a Dog program will be held for children every second Saturday of the month and the Kid's Book Club for 4th and 5th graders will meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. During March the Valencia Library will host several performances relating to women in history. Susan B. Anthony will be portrayed by Suzan Gallerito, member of Knott's Berry Farm's Entertainment and Education Team, Living Legends, and Women in Theater. This meeting is on March 16 at 2:00 p.m. Amelia Earhart will be portrayed by Roberta Bassin, a professional actress who has received acclaim for her performances on film, television, and stage. This meeting is on March 30 at 2:00 p.m. For more information call Sue Yamamoto (661)259-8942. For more information call (661) 259-8942 or visit www.colapublib.org.

Events at Newhall Library
Storytimes will be held for bilingual families, earlybirds, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Book Club meetings for third-fifth graders will meet once a month to eat, play games and discuss books. Newhall Library will also be having a Puzzle Day every Thursday. For event dates, times and further information call (661) 259-0750 or visit www.colapublib.org.

Events at Canyon Country Library
Pajama Storytimes are offered once a month for families. For further information call (661) 251-2720 or visit www.colapublib.org.

Infertility Support Group
Peer led support group for women, men and couples who are facing infertility will be held the second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. For location or more information visit waitingwomb@gmail.com or call (661) 257-2583.

Senior Center Fundraiser Campaign
The SCV Senior Center provided one or multiple services of an ongoing nature to more than 8,300 seniors last year - and that takes funds. The Senior Center is currently seeking community assistance in its annual campaign called "10 Bucks for a Better Future." Every adult in the community is encouraged to donate $10 during the campaign. $5 buys a senior transportation to an from the SCV Senior Center for five days; $10 buys a senior lunch at the Senior Center for a week; $15 buys home delivered meals for a week; $20 buys one day in daycare, including lunch, for one senior; $50 buys on shower grab bar and pays for installation in the home of a frail elder; $100 buys one day of emergency personal care service. For more information call (661) 259-9444.

SC Methodist Support Groups
The church will hold its Overeaters Anonymous support group every Monday at 8 p.m. in the Teacher's Lounge.
It will hold its Alcoholics Anonymous "We Know Only a Little Book Study" support group every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Room 7.
It will hold its Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book Study for Men" support group every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Youth Building.
The Santa Clarita United Methodist Church is located at 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road. For more information call (661) 297-3783.

WESPARK Support Groups
Free support for individuals who are in treatment or newly diagnosed with cancer:
Monday - 11 a.m., In-Treatment Support Group facilitated by Tara Shore, MA
- 6 p.m. Post-Treatment Support Group, facilitated by Tara Shore, MA
Tuesday - 11 a.m., Metastatic Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, LMFT
- 6 p.m. Caregivers Support Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, LMFT
Wednesday - 5:30 p.m., Guided Imagery, facilitated by Sara Fogan, CHT
- 7 p.m. Restorative Yoga, facilitated by Melissa Morgan
Thursday - 11 a.m., Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by Tara Shore, MA
- 6 p.m., Spouse and Partner Bereavement Group, facilitated by Sharon Earle, LMFT
Friday - 10 a.m., Gentle Yoga, facilitated by Susie Jacobson.
WESPARK Cancer Support Center, 26370 Diamond Pl., Suite 507, Santa Clarita. For more information about support groups contact Sharon Earle or Tara Shore at (661) 288-2322.

HMNMH Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed at Henry Mayo for numerous opportunities, such as patient interaction, driving the hospital's courtesy shuttle, and manning the information desk, among others. Volunteers are also needed to sew puppets that give a sense of comfort and calm to young emergency room patients.
In particular, Henry Mayo is seeking soft string instrument players to assist in patient and visitor relaxation by playing music at various locations throughout the campus. Info: (661) 253-8051.

Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Placerita Canyon Nature Center winter programs. All events held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (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 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 a.m. 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. Call the Nature Center for more information, or visit www.placerita.org.

Rancho Camulos Open for Tours
Rancho Camulos Museum has resumed its regular docent led tour schedule. Rancho Camulos is a National Historic Landmark where the early Californio lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment. What began as part of the 48,000 acre Mexican land grant, Rancho San Francisco, deeded to Antonio del Valle in 1839 is still a 1,800-acre working ranch. Rancho Camulos was also the setting for "Ramona," an 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson that generated national interest in the history of Hispanic settlement in California and the impact on Native Americans. The museum is a 10-acre portion of the ranch where visitors tour the main adobe, cocina, chapel, schoolhouse, and beautiful grounds. Tours detail the history and culture of the people of Camulos from the Tatavian Indians, through the del Valle family who established the rancho in the mid-1800s, to the Rubel family who purchased the property in 1924 and have preserved the significant historic features of the site. One hour tours are conducted Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. Private group tours and special events - such as weddings can also be arranged. The Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway in Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org.

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. the park ranger will lead a nature hike through the park. The hike will last approximately one hour. Meet at the park office.
Star Party - Join the Local Group Astronomy Club for an evening of star gazing Saturday March 15 (Tentative, call the park office for more info.)
Beginners' Hike - Easy hike through the park, approximately one hour. Meet at the park office. Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
For info call (661) 268-0840.

LETMESAIL
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities, will be hosting the following March events for registered clients:
Sunday March 9, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. SNAP Flag Football, Bridgeport Park.
Saturday March 15, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Hang Loose Night, LETMESAIL Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
Wednesday March 26 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wellness Wednesday, Building Healthy Relationships, North L.A. County Regional Center, 28470 Ave. Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia.
Sunday March 30 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Archery Class, Woodley Park.
Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information visit www.letmesail.org.

Family-Fun Purim Carnival
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holiday on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. On Purim, children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes, make noise and have fun. Congregation Beth Shalom invites the community to attend its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 9. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. There will be entertainment, snow cones, falafel, popcorn, pizza, games, a moon bounce, video games and many other fun activities for your entire family. Tickets for games and food are available for 50 cents each at the door. For more information call (661) 251-2411.

WorkSource Workshops
WorkSource will offer free workshops at the Santa Clarita WorkSource center, 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 25, Santa Clarita. These are free to the public and all will be held from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Practice interviews March 10 and March 24; Enterprise Zone Orientation March 11; Internet Job Search March 18; Discover Career Advisement March 25; Networking Job Club on March 19; Transferable Skills on March 12; Interviewing on March 20; Resume on March 27. For more information and to sign up call (661) 424-1062, ext. 10.

HMNMH March Events
March 10 - Bosom Buddies - A group for breast cancer patients and their families and friends invite you to a night of sharing and caring. Group meets in the Foundation Room #1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please RSVP with the American Cancer Society, (661) 298-0886, Opt. 3.
March 12 - Spine Education - Learn how to protect your spine and prevent back and neck injuries during a free spine education program from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Outpatient Therapy Services Office, ACC Building Suite 310, 25751 McBean Parkway. RSVP (661) 253-8959. Free.
March 13, 20, 27 - First Weeks Breastfeeding Support Group - Led by lactation specialists, this support group provides a nurturing place where you can meet other breastfeeding mothers, discuss breastfeeding related issues and get needed assistance. Group meets each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., in the ARU Dining Room, Pavilion. $10 per person. Info (661) 253-8238.
March 13, 20, 27 - Maternity Tours - An informative tour designed to introduce expectant parents to the hospital's maternity services. The tours take place every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Please meet in the hospital's main lobby at 6:45 p.m. No registration is required for this free adult-only class. Info: (661) 253-8607.
March 17-21 - Colorectal Cancer Prevention Week - Fecal Occult Blood Test packets will be distributed in March to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer and remind people about the importance of regular screenings. Kits will be available at the hospital's main information desk from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., March 17-21 and must be returned by 4 p.m. March 28. Info: (661) 253-8408.
March 20 - Free Community CPR Class - The American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR program teaches how to perform CPR in adults and how to help an adult who is choking. Classes are one hour long and open to anyone who wants to learn CPR but does not need to be certified. Register (661) 253-8888. Free.
March 20 - Tyke Hike - Children learn how to be a big brother or sister and how to behave safely around the newborn. No reservations are necessary. Group meets from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the hospital, Greeley Room ABC. Register in lobby. Free. Info: (661) 253-8607.

Kids in the kitchen
The Family Child Care Association of the SCV is hosting a hands-on workshop called Kids in the Kitchen, presented by Ann Koretz on Tuesday, March 11. This event will take place from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the New Apostolic Church, 28877 Bouquet Canyon Rd. There will be food ideas, handouts and free give-aways for the first 25 attendees. No childcare is available. Members are free, guests pay a $5 workshop fee. For more information contact Mary Gregory at (661) 263-2774 or marygregory1128@aol.com.

Academy of the Canyons
Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School is a William S. Hart Union High School District high school serving students in the Santa Clarita Valley who want to take advantage of the opportunity to complete college units while still in high school. Fall applications are now available. If you are considering enrollment at Academy of the canyons in the fall, please attend one of the following informational meetings with a parent: Wednesday, March 12, COC Cafeteria 7 p.m. For more information call (661) 362-3056 or visit www.academyofthecanyons.com.

SCVSingles
SCVSingles invite all Santa Clarita Valley singles to their next event at Robinson Ranch, March 13, at 7 p.m. Meet and mingle with other singles as you listen to music and enjoy drink and appetizer specials. For more information e-mail SCVSingles@gmail.com.

Real Estate Club Meeting
Investing in Real Estate Clubs will be meeting at the El Torito Restaurant, 27510 The old Road, in Valencia on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Topics include how to pay off a mortgage in a fraction of the time - without re-financing, and with little or no change in your payments or lifestyle. Tickets, $25 at the door, include dinner. Speakers start at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (877) 285-8669 or e-mail director@recclubs.com.

Team Trivia
The Newhall Educators' Family Fund (NEFF) is sponsoring a Team Trivia fundraiser in the ballroom of the Hyatt Valencia on March 13. Judges will include Marsha McLean, Laurene Weste, Patty Rasmussen and Bob and Diane Benjamin. This will be a fun evening of playing seven wounds of trivia. Teams are made up of a cross section of Newhall School District Employees. Each of these is attending in support of their colleague, Michelle Kennedy, and NEFF. Visit www.NEFFCares.org for more information.

Movies to Talk About
At Movies to talk About on Thursday, March 13, Environmental Technology II will take viewers on a worldwide tour, examining the leading edge of green technology. From the History Channel's Modern Marvels series, the film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at Vincenzo's Pizza Esperienza, 24504 Lyons Ave., in Newhall. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of SCV, the movie event is free and open to the public. Participants may purchase dinner or snacks at Vincenzo's if desired. Free soft drinks are provided. After the movie, Addison Marks from SunPower will talk about advances in solar technology. For information visit www.uuofscv.org or call (661) 254-7866.

Canyon Alumni Volleyball Game
Canyon High School Boys Volleyball will be having an Alumni game on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Canyon High School gym, 19300 Nadal St., Canyon Country. For more information call (661) 251-8923.

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:
March 13 - Gene Reyes on Hawaiian Quilts
April 10 - Claudia Blodget-Lye on Color
May 8 - Sylvia Davis on Fabric Stash Reduction
June 12 - Nancy Rink on Appliqué
July 10 - Guild Auction
Aug. 14 - Tammie Bowser on Quilted Photography
Sept. 11 - Game Night
Oct. 9 - Featuring Guild Member Nancy Mayer
Nov. 13 - Jake Finch on 12 Steps to Recovering Money from Your Fabric Addiction.
For information e-mail Adva Price at adva_p@yahoo.com or visit www.scvquiltguild.org.

Basic Cancer Screenings
Join Ranilo Asuncion, M.D., as he discusses the latest basic cancer screenings. He is a board certified internist on staff at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. This event will take place on Friday March 14, at Westfield Valencia Town Center 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For more information call (661) 287-9050.

Sierra Hillbillies St. Pat's Dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will host its St. Patrick's Day Dance on Friday March 14, at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., in Newhall. Bill Horst will be calling and Cindy Mower on rounds starting at 7:30 p.m. Square dancing will begin at 8 p.m. For more information call Joanne Marrin at (661) 250-8828.

'My Fair Lady' Auditions
Director Patti Finley will be holding auditions for "My Fair Lady" on Saturday March 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Auditions will be at the CTG Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall. No appointment is necessary, just show up between the times mentioned. The entire audition process should take about an hour. All roles are open and actors should be able to play at least 20 years old. Be prepared with at least 16 bars of a show tune (preferably not from "My Fair Lady") and bring your own accompaniment CD or tape. There is no accompaniment provided. This is a large-scale musical with several speaking and/or principal roles as well as some featured dancing parts. There are no children in this production. For more information call the Canyon Theatre Guild box office (661) 799-2702.

Free Dance
Star Dance center will be holding an Easter Basket Drive/Free Dance Camp Saturday on March 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children ages 2 - 12. This event will be held at Star dance Center, located at 24264 Lyons Ave. in Newhall. Each participant is asked to bring a filled Easter basket, ready to be given to a needy child. Dance groups of different ages and styles will be held during the two-hour period and the Star Dance Team will perform. If you know someone who is in need of an Easter basket, or, for information and registration, call (661) 253-9909.

Summerhill Open House/Alzheimer's
Summerhill Villa, a senior living community in the Santa Clarita Valley, is hosting an open house from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday March 15. The guest speaker, at 1 p.m., will discuss updates on Alzheimer's disease. Refreshments, raffle prizes, tours. For information, call Mary at (661) 254-9933.

Carousel Ranch Tack, Bake Sale/Open House
Carousel Ranch, 34289 Rocking Horse Rd., Aqua Dulce, will host a multi-purpose fundraiser on Saturday March 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be a bake sale, used horse tack sale and open house. Funds raised from will be used to help send 18 riders to the Annual State Championship Horseshow for riders with special needs, on April 19 and 20. Carousel Ranch is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons to children and young adults with special needs. For more information call (661) 268-8010.

West Ranch Softball Casino Night
The Boys and Girls Club, at 24909 Newhall Ave., in Newhall, will be the location of a Casino Night fundraiser to benefit the West Ranch High School Softball Team on Saturday, March 15. Donation is $50 per person. Registration and Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Casino Night and Tournament start at 6 p.m. Entry fee includes dinner, one drink ticket, two raffle tickets, and casino chips. For more information e-mail Cassandra Perez at cperez@hartdistrict.org.

Komen Race for the Cure Team
The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center is forming a team to enter the Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer event on March 15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The team name is The Sheilas and can be accessed through the Web site: www.komenlacounty.org. Follow the links to race registration, join a team, and choose The Sheilas. Registration fee is $35. For further information call Holly Ware at (661) 254-5550.

St. Patrick's Celebration
On Saturday, March 15, Knights of Columbus Council 6016 will host their 32 annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall on Lyons Avenue. Irish Fiddlers will start the evening's entertainment starting at 6 p.m. World Step Dancers and the College of the Canyons Emeritus Choir will be performing Irish music to please the entire family. In addition, Celtic Dancers from the Los Angeles Celtic Arts Center will perform and offer all guests an opportunity to join in and learn some traditional Irish group dances. A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served, accompanied by Irish soda bread. Tickets are $25 or $40 for two adults. Children 6 through 12 are $10. Under 6 are free. For more information or reservations call Jack O'Shea at (661) 259-8574, Scott Franklin at (661) 254-2376, or Charley Allen at (661)254-1142.

Unitarian Universalist Programs
On Sunday, March 16 the Unitarian Universalist Church will combine a membership drive and the Special Collection for the UU Service Committee, which has provided aid and other services to various needs around the world.
The Unitarian Universalists hold services each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the SCV Senior Center at 22900 Market Street in Newhall. For more information call (661) 254-7866 or visit www.UUofSCV.org.

SCAA Events
Monthly meetings of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association are held on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., excluding holidays, at Westfield Town Center Mall Community Room. Non-members are welcome and may attend their first meeting for free. On March 17, western sculptor and painter Patrick Harper will be speaking and demonstrating his skills by sculpting a horse from clay. For more information about joining the SCAA, contact the membership chair.

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