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Posted: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Dates to Watch

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

Wednesday, Oct. 31
“Trail of Treats,” hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Road, Castaic. Enjoy a hayride from Castaic Animal Shelter to safe and fun trick-or-treating at 10 spooky booths. Open to pre-teen children. Parking and admission is free. Info: 661 294-8829.

Friday, Nov. 2
Individual tickets and tables for 10 guests are available for the annual Tribute Dinner sponsored by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. This year philanthropist and ultra-volunteer Shelley Hann will be honored. Tickets are $100 each and include a hosted champagne reception, dinner, auction and entertainment. Info: or call the Zonta message line 661- 252-9351 and request a personal follow-up.

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 show schedule and exhibit rules, contact Kitty Belendez at 661-296-5033, or email Visit
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/tickets: Jeannie Carpenter 805-341-3063,

Nov. 9-21
Festival of Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center, (between The Patios and Sears). General admission: $6 age 15 and older; $3 age 4 to 14; $4 age 65+; free age 3 and under. Purchase general admission tickets at the door. No online sales. For hours and more information visit

Sunday, Nov. 11
Heads Up Horse Therapy Veteran’s Day Tea to benefit a new program dedicated to improving the quality of life returning veterans. Tea and sandwiches, comedian, music, raffle, silent auction. Tickets are $35 each. Event is 1-4 p.m. at Robinson Ranch Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Tickets: Beverly Hartigan, 818-253-5948.

Friday, Nov. 16
Holiday Hocus Pocus, the sixth annual magic show will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Festival of Trees at Westfield Town Center (between The Patios and Sears). Tickets available online at, in advance at the Festival, and at the door.

Upcoming Events Ongoing

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. Children’s toys will be collected, organized, and donated to charity. Info:,

Rent-a-Santa from Zonta Club of SCV
Santa Claus, with a full entourage of elves and Mrs. Claus, is available for community events, private or corporate parties, family holiday get-togethers and personal visits with local children through the Rent-A-Santa program offered by Zonta Club of SCV. Cost is $100 per hour, and early reservations are recommended, especially for the most popular few weekends before Christmas. Discounted rates are available for longer visits. Zonta Club is still seeking volunteers to fill out its ranks of Santas for the holiday event. The club has a supply of costumes and handles all the booking arrangements. Call Barbara Cochran at 661-251-1352 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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.scveducation or contact Ann Unger at or 661-414-4465.

Unwanted paint
SCV disposal sites
Santa Clarita community members can now dispose of used or unwanted paint for free at three local drop-off sites, including Sherwin-Williams, Vista Paint and Dunn Edwards. Sherwin-Williams is located at 21021 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country; Vista Paint is located at 20655 Soledad Canyon #1, Canyon Country and Dunn Edwards is located at 25520 The Old Road, Valencia. To find other paint drop-off locations in Southern California, visit the Statewide Database at

Volunteers sought
for Festival of Trees
Volunteers are needed during the annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 9-21, at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Shifts are 3-5 hours and run from early morning to late evenings, depending on the day. Volunteers under 14 can serve alongside a parent. If interested, sign up at All proceeds from this event benefit the local Boys & Girls Club.

Volunteers to build gingerbread houses
Volunteers are needed to build gingerbread houses to sell at the annual Festival of Trees benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Sports groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, workplaces and church groups are encouraged to build one or more as a team project. Pick up a kit from Clarice’s Cake and Candy Supply, 22936 Lyons Ave., Newhall, and return it by Nov. 2. The shop supplies the house, boards, and one bag of icing. Info: 661-259-0352.

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.

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

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.

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.
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.headsup

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, Agua 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@scvfood

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

Upcoming Events By Date

Heritage Haunt at
Heritage Junction
Heritage Haunt presented by the SCV Historical Society at Heritage Junction adjacent to Hart Park, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Heritage Haunt runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 28. General admission $15 per person Bring 2 cans of food For SCV Food Pantry and receive $5 off admission. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Info:

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. 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

Run Against Hunger
for SCV Food Pantry
The annual Run Against Hunger to benefit The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry will be held 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 28. Cost: Adults: Pre-Registration $20 Day of Race $25 Location: Newhall Park/South Fork Trail, 24923 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Entry fees: Kiddie Run: $10. Over 60 Under 12: Pre-registration $15, day of race $20; adults: Pre-registration $20, day of race $25. Info: Event Coordinator: Linda Lott at or visit

SCV Koi & Water
Garden Club meets
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club (scvkoiand meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. (This month’s meeting is Sunday, Oct. 28). This club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences. For information call 661-296-9252 or 661-259-6437.

Musical Jazz Band Sounds of WWII
College of the Canyons music department will present the fan favorite concert event “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. This year’s performance will include performances by the college’s Jazz Combo band and the Studio Jazz Ensemble. The concert will include many popular tunes from the WWII era, including “Moonlight Serenade,” “Sunny Side of the Street” and “Little Brown Jug.”
The groups will perform under the direction of COC music director KC Manji and be accompanied on stage by guest singer, Katherine Lench-Meyering. Lench-Meyering’s professional experience includes performances at the Hollywood Bowl alongside tenors Sergio Franchi and Placido Domingo in the Tony Award-winning musical “Nine” and in “Goya: A Life in Song.”
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens. For more information about the COC music department’s presentation of “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II” or to purchase tickets contact the PAC Box Office at 661- 362-5304 or visit

Sierra Hillbillies
Square Dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will be Celebrating Freedom with their dance 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Ken Ritucci will call squares and Anndrea Stephan will cue rounds. Casual attire is always welcome. For information, call 661-254-4272, visit, or find us on Facebook.

Free flu shots at
SCV Senior Center
The SCV Senior Center will have free flu shots available, Wed. Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., provided by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Flu shots will be given to those 50 years of age of older, and those considered “high-risk” due to chronic illness. The Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St. in Newhall. For more information call 661-259-9444.

Canyon Country
Community Center
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting Canyon Country residents to attend a public outreach meeting to learn about and provide feedback on the Canyon County Community Center 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex/ Activities Center, located at 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Residents are asked to share their ideas and recommendations for programs, activities and services to be featured at the future Canyon County Community Center. For more information about the Canyon County Community Center, contact City Recreation Superintendent, Toi Chisom at (661)250-3769 or Community Services Superintendent, Ingrid Hardy at (661) 250-3733. To provide feedback visit

Glenn Miller
Orchestra in concert
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra swings into the SCV 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at West Ranch High School Theater, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd, Stevenson Ranch. General admission is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Discount admission for students, seniors, Veterans, or Military is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For ticket sale locations, go to Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Brian Leff, Director of Jazz Studies, West Ranch High School, 661-222-1220 ext. 645, or email


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