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Posted: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Sunday, 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.



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 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.



Saturday, Nov. 3

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host its free 19th annual Rose Show themed “Wild West Roses” on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Hart Hall at the William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Everyone is welcome to exhibit their home-grown roses at the show, including novices and children. You do not have to be a member of the SCV Rose Society to exhibit, and there are no entry fees. Bring your roses in a container of water, and the rose society will furnish the vases and the entry tags. There will be 76 prizes and more than 500 ribbons awarded. Rose entries will be received in the parking lot from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The rose show will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. (or as soon as judging is completed). The show will close at 5 p.m.  For a complete show schedule and exhibit rules, contact Kitty Belendez at 661-296-5033, or emailrosextckb@aol.com. Visit www.scvrs.homestead.com.

 

Sunday, Nov. 4

Jeannie, Chris and Tim Carpenter will host Sunset in the Vineyard Sunday, Nov. 4 2-5 p.m. Wine from private vineyards and food will be served. Live music and entertainment. Raffles and prizes. Proceeds benefit Assistance League programs, including Operation School Bell in the SCV. Info and tickets: Jeannie Carpenter 805-341-3063 or  www.assistanceleague-alsc.org.

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.

Jaycees need
Santa’s Helpers
SCV Jaycees to host 14th annual Santa’s Helpers event at Ice Station Valencia, Dec. 15. Volunteers and donations sought. Childrens 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.

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.

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.

Manga Club meets at Barnes and Noble
The Manga Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hosted by Cassie. Info: 661-254-5903.

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.

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.

‘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   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: happyfeatrunning.com.

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.

 

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, 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.

Mission Valley Bank
Blood Drive
Mission Valley Bank Blood Drive will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct.1 at Mission Valley Bank Valencia, 25060 W. Avenue Stanford, Valencia. Call to register: 661-775-4112.

USC Alumni
bowling event
USC SCV Alumni Association to host family bowling gathering Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Santa Clarita Lanes, 21615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. $20 for unlimited bowling, shoe rentals, food and drinks. Prizes. RSVP: 661-313-4478.

Sheila Stride 5K will be held in Valencia
The Sheila Stride is a 5K, 10K run/walk to benefit the Sheila R Veloz Breast Imaging Center. This nonprofit event will be held 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, with all proceeds going directly to the center. Pre-registration for this event is $20-$30 on Active.com. The run/walk will begin in the 23600 block of Creekside Road, Valencia, travel north toward McBean, right on McBean then right onto the South Fork Trail. The finish line will be on Magic Mountain Parkway near the start line.

Food Truck and
Bocce Ball Festival
The second annual Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. The event will run oon-5 p.m. and guests will enjoy gourmet food trucks, a bocce ball tournament, and three live bands. The family friendly event will benefit the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation and the National Association of Catering Executives. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060, Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children or $50 for VIP tickets, which includes festival entry and access to special tastings in the VIP tent. Info: www.boccefestival.com/#anchor or contact Jason Collis at jasoncollis@yahoo.com or 805-525-5736.

Light the Night at Bridgeport Park
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Santa Clarita Light The Night Walk will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia. Pre-event festivities start at 5 p.m., Walk starts at 7 p.m. Contact Margaux Badalato for details: 310-846-4731 or margaux.badalato@lls.org.
Milky Way
Galaxy Tour
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space preserve to host half-mile hike to a viewing platform, from which a high powered telescope will be used to see the stars Friday, Sept. 14. Hike to begin at the Victory Blvd. entrance. Info: 310-858-7272 ext. 131

ALS support group
Support groups provided by the ALS Association to meet Saturday, Oct. 6 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Pkwy. Mettings directed towards ALS patients, their family and friends. Free of charge. Info: 818-865-8067

‘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 Oct. 13). 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.

Bingo Benefit
Night of Bingo to be held at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse to benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center at henry Mayo Hospital. Prepaid buy-in $35, $45 entry at the door. Reservations being taken now. Prizes to be won. Info: Valencia Hills Clubhouse 24060 Oak Vale Drive 661-200-1200

 

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