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Your Community Calendar: Sept. 16, 2012

Posted: September 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

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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, 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 ext. 31902; 661-263-1935 or crugerck@henrymayo.com.

Saturday, Oct. 13

This year, more than 1,200 area residents will come together to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. This year’s event will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mann Biomedical Park, 25141 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. The one-day signature fundraising walk benefits the American Diabetes Association. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To register or learn more, call or email Lori Blumenthal at 661-295-0081 or lblumenthal@diabetes.org. Also, those interested in learning more about diabetes or registering online may visit www.diabetes.org/valencia.

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 Westfield Valencia Town Center. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 one week prior to the event. 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.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Jeannie, Chris and Tim Carpenter will host Sunset in the Vineyard Sunday, Nov. 4 2-5 p.m. Tickets: Jeannie Carpenter 805-341-3063 or www.assistanceleague-alsc.org.

 

Upcoming Events Ongoing

 

Jaycees need

Santa’s Helpers

Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees to host 14th annual Santa’s Helpers event at Ice Station Valencia, Dec. 15. Volunteers and donations sought. Children’s toys will be collected, organized and donated to charity. Info: hcorcoran@me.com, wernertroy@gmail.com.



Zonta Pillow Project seeks volunteers

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is looking for local women who sew and would be willing to help with a service project for breast cancer patients that the club will start this fall. With the help of volunteer seamstresses, the club plans to make heart-shaped pillows with a pocket for a hot or cold pack to give comfort for women after a mastectomy. Each pillow takes about 5/8 yard of fabric (1 3/4 yards make four pillows), preferably a soft, washable fabric in bright, cheery colors. Zonta would welcome donations of fabric, thread, fiberfill or Velcro, and also would welcome volunteers who would be willing to help fabricate a few of the pillows. Donors or volunteers can call Zonta Community Service chair Suzie Alziebler at 661-251–0838, and leave a message.

Read With Me! seeks volunteer readers

The SCV Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students improve their reading skills in local public schools for this school year. You will have an opportunity to impact a child’s life, gain a new friend and a new sense of purpose. For more information visit www.scveducationfoundation.org or contact Ann Unger at aunger@scveducationfoundation.org or 661-414-4465.



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.



Business counseling by SCORE

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free resources and expertise to existing and startup 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.

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.



Open poetry reading at Barnes & Noble

Open poetry reading and vocals 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Barnes & 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 at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Agua Dulce.

 

Upcoming Events By Date

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. 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.



Sierra Pelona

Rock Club Meeting

“Show and tell” meeting to mark return from summer break. Meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Clubhouse of Greenbriar Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Participants encouraged to bring their rock-related finds from summer. Info: www.sierrapelona.com.



Rice Paper Art

at Senior Center

SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, to host rice paper art classes taught by Karen Mills 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays: Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 5. Senior rate is $80 for three workshops, non-senior rate is $105, plus materials fee. Info: 661-259-9444 for reservations.



Newcomers and Friends Coffee Corner

New female residents in the SCV invited to “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Hosted by Newcomers and Friends, an 180 member social club. Info: 661-296-0872, or 661-254-0205.



Burbank African

Violet Society

The Burbank African Violet Society meets 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 10:00 at  the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Program: “Leaf Bingo”.  Guests welcome.  Info: 818-951-3597.



Interesting and

Spectacular Comets

The Ventura County Astronomical Society (VCAS) will hold its monthly membership meeting 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in The Forum at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Speaker: Charles S. Morris “44 Years of Interesting and Spectacular Comets.” For recorded information: contact Starline at 805-520-9666.



Koi & Water Garden Club  meets

The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club (scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com) meets 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday (Sept. 23) of the month This club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences. Info: 661-296-9252; 661-259-6437.



Autoimmune disease support group

The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at The Boys & Girl’s Club of Santa Clarita Valley, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321. This 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. Info: www.meetup.com/SCV-ChronicPain-Support, Jmminassian@yahoo.com, 661-312-8913.

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