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Posted: August 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 29, 2012 2:00 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
www.sensesonmain.com.



Friday, Aug. 31

Overdose Awareness Day to remember those lost to overdose will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, The Action Family Zone, 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: Bob Sharits, 661-309-0094.



Saturday, Sept. 8

A Night at the Coconut Grove honoring SCV Women and Men of Honor. This event will honor state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Santa Clarita Valley fashion icon Margo.  6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, Town Center Drive, Valencia. Proceeds benefit SCV nonprofits. Information: SCVwomenandmenofhonor@gmail.com.



Saturday, Sept. 15

Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Evening Under the Stars gala dinner and charity auction returns 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Mann Biomedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Road, Valencia. Catering by Salt Creek Grill, live entertainment featuring Journey tribute band DSB. Info: www.mhf.org.



Saturday, Sept. 22

Moonlight at the Ranch VI: Creatures of the Night, a  fundraiser to support the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation and Chamber of Commerce will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Honorary Co-Chairs: Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula) and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) represented by special guests: Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff. The costume-friendly event will be held at historic Limoneira Ranch on Cummings Road, in Santa Paula. More than 40 regional restaurants will offer tastings, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $60 each. For information visit www.moonlightattheranch.com.



Saturday, Oct. 6

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hosts its annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off with games, food and live music 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Road, Castaic. Admission is $5 for ages 14 and up, $3 for ages 7-14, free for children 6 and under. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Special Olympics. Info: 661-294-6309 or chilicookoff@lasd.org.



Sunday, Oct. 7

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley hosts the ninth annual fundraiser:  “Bras for a Cause 2012 – Salutes Our Hometown Heroes” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Oaks Grille, at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on beautifully decorated hand-made lingerie art and other silent auction items. Buffet lunch. Tickets: $65. Bra sponsors sought. Info: Patti Golding, 661-295-5786; 661-212-4338 or pattigo@hughes.net or Kaye Cruger, 661-200-1190 x31902; 661-263-1935 or crugerck@henrymayo.com.



Sunday, Oct. 21

“Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds” at the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s fifth annual The Wine Affair. The event will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Valencia Town Center. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 one week prior to the event. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.  Tickets are available online at www.thewineaffair.org, or may be purchased by sending a check to SIGSCV, Attention: The Wine Affair, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1350.

 

Upcoming Events Ongoing

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 at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon, Saugus. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or www.angeldogsfoundation.org.



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, www.scmenofharmony.com.



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.



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.



Summer beach bus from Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Transit is offering affordable weekend bus rides to Santa Monica Beach now through Sunday, Sept. 2. Tickets are $3 for children and adults, $1.50 for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Buses depart Santa Clarita beginning at 8:40 a.m., with return trips from Santa Monica at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.santaclaritatransit.com for bus routes and schedules. Info: 661-294-1BUS (1287).



Open poetry reading at Barnes and Noble

Open poetry reading and vocals 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hosted by Ann Alexander. Info: 661-254-5903.



Heads Up volunteer training classes

Heads Up Therapy with Horses, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is accepting candidates for its free volunteer orientation and training classes. Minimum age required is 14; those 14-17 need a parent’s signed approval to join the program. Graduates receive certificate and proceed to extended hands-on training. Heads Up specializes in therapeutic riding and equine therapy interaction sessions for children and adults with special needs and is located in Canyon Country. To sign up, call Nancy at 661-312-6184. Info: 661-297-7433, www.headsuptherapy.org.



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. 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: 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, Aqua Dulce.



SCV Food Pantry needs volunteers

The SCV Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to pick up donations from local markets and businesses. Drivers must have a valid California driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 pounds and the willingness to help those less fortunate in the Santa Clarita Valley. Volunteer drivers are asked to commit to one day per week.  Regularly scheduled pick ups with Food Pantry vehicles are made Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Substitute drivers are also needed to be available on call. Join the best group of volunteers in the Santa Clarita Valley and help your neighbors in need. Info: 661-255-9078 or info@scvfoodpantry.org.



Volunteers needed at Senior Center

The SCV Senior Center calls for volunteers for the following tasks: Pack nutritious meals for homebound seniors, 6-10 a.m.; deliver meals to homebound seniors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; serve meals and clean, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. One day a week is all it takes to make a difference. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or rclough@scvsc.org.

Upcoming Events By Date

 

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ at CTG

Canyon Theatre Guild presents jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 31 at the Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall. Tickets cost $15-17. Info: Box office at 661-799-2702, www.canyontheatre.org.



Newcomers and Friends coffee meet

Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life?  Join us for “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Learn about our 180 member social club with activities, luncheons and trips.  Contact: 661-296-0872 or 661-254-0205.



Pine Mountain Club Fall Festival

The 37th annual Pine Mountain Club Fall Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2. A hometown parade will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. Saturday in PMC’s Village Center, with entertainment and  family-friendly activities, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink, and games for all ages.  The Arts & Crafts Faire starts each day at 9 a.m. Cake walks, raffle prizes, log-sawing and nail-driving contests, all set in a picturesque mountain community. Admission and parking are free. Pine Mountain Club and the Village Center are 18 miles west of Interstate 5, at the Frazier Park exit. Take Frazier Mountain Park Rd. west and follow the signs. For more information, a map, and vendor applications, visit www.pmcfallfestival.com.  



Teen library advisory board meeting

The Teen Advisory Board meets at 5-6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month, starting Sept. 4, in the Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Help plan programs and decide what books, magazines, music and movies the library will have. Ages 13-17 welcome. Time counts toward community service hours. Applications available at your local library. Info: 661-259-8942, www.santaclaritalibrary.com.

Manga Club meets on first Tuesday

The Manga Club will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (Sept. 4) in the community room at Barnes & Noble, Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. All fans of manga (Japanese graphic novels) are invited to attend.



Friends of the Library end-of-summer sale

The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library will host an End-Of-Summer Book Sale in September at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 22704 W. 9th Street, Newhall.  

Thursday, Sept. 6, 5-9 p.m.:  Friends of the Library members only, membership available at the door; Friday, Sept. 7, from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.:  Santa Clarita Educators Day, a special time for educators to shop exclusively; Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Open to the public; Sunday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Open to the public; Monday, Sept. 10, 1-7 p.m.:  $5 bag sale. Fill a book bag with any books $5.   

Info: friends@santaclaritalibrary.com or visit www.santaclaritalibrary.com.



Hart High School Cheer Spirit Day

 The award winning Hart High School Cheerleaders will host their annual Spirit Day event 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Hart High School 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall, in the large gym. Treat your aspiring cheerleader ages 5-12 to a day of learning the fundamentals of cheerleading. Cost: $40 which includes a commemorative T-shirt, photo, cheer souvenir and pizza lunch.  Registration forms at www.harths.org under Performing Arts/Cheerleading Upcoming Events.  Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event with registration starting at 10:30 a.m.  Info: 661-645-2438.



‘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 Sept. 8). 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.



Sierra Hillbillies 45th anniversary dance

The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will celebrate the “45th Anniversary Dance” 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Casual attire. Door prizes, food, festivities. Info: 661-254-4272, visit www.sierrahillbillies.org, or find us on Facebook. The Sierra Hillbillies sponsor square dance classes in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita Parks & Recreation Department. New Beginners I class starts Aug. 28. Consult Seasons Magazine.



Angeles Forest invasive plant cleanup

Help pull invasive plants that are preventing native plant recovery in the Station Fire burn area and get the Angeles National Forest back in shape, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14 and 28 and Nov. 11. Meet at Ralphs Supermarket, 10455 Sunland Blvd., Sunland. Moderate to strenuous work, removing plants by hand and with pick axes. Tools will be provided. Bring work pants, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, lunch and plenty of water. Pre-registration required to ensure enough tools for everyone; contact  Dianne at zuliebear@aol.com.



Sept. 11 Give Life Blood Drive

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care is joining forces with the American Red Cross to host the Give Life Blood Drive 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. To schedule your donation, call Diane Blair at (661) 287-4200. Space is limited.



AAUW hosts

membership brunch

The Santa Clarita Valley Branch of AAUW will hold its Annual Membership Brunch 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the home of Louise Schultz. RSVP: Ruth Shelby-Smith, 661-251-2155. Info: www.aauw-scv.org.

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