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Posted: November 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Nanette Thomas and Sherry Miller of Burbank look at decorated trees on the first day of the Festival of Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday. Festival of Trees runs through Nov. 21. A special Hocus Pocus family magic show will be held Nov. 16. Nanette Thomas and Sherry Miller of Burbank look at decorated trees on the first day of the Festival of Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday. Festival of Trees runs through Nov. 21. A special Hocus Pocus family magic show will be held Nov. 16.
Nanette Thomas and Sherry Miller of Burbank look at decorated trees on the first day of the Festival of Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday. Festival of Trees runs through Nov. 21. A special Hocus Pocus family magic show will be held Nov. 16.

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, music, raffle, silent auction. Tickets are $35 each. Event will be held 1-4 p.m. at Robinson Ranch Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Tickets: Beverly Hartigan, 818-253-5948.

“Humor” Helps,” a comedy show starring Alonzo Bodden from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing, will be held 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at Saint  Kateri Church, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. Tickets are $20 each. The fundraiser to benefit Bridge to Home Santa Clarita Shelter will feature live music, silent auction, other fundraising activities. The Santa Clarita Shelter provides shelter meals and sleeping accommodations,  plus  family assistance (including children) each year from December through March. For information visit

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, Nov. 11. Meet at Ralphs Supermarket, 10455 Sunland Blvd., Sunland. Pre-registration required to ensure enough tools for everyone; contact  Dianne at

SCV Alternative Gift Fair returns to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The fair provides the opportunity to purchase gifts of peace and justice, gifts of shelter, water, food and medicine, or internationally hand-crafted gifts made available through the International Fair Trade Agreement. Attending charities include: “Ten Thousand Villages” (hand-crafted items from the Third World), Angel Interfaith Network, Beads for Life, Episcopal Relief & Development, Bridge to Home (homeless shelter), Church World Services, Domestic Violence Center, Eighth Wonder Rice, New Leash on Life, Project Share the Grace, and Single Mothers Outreach. The SCV Alternative Gift Fair is free and open to the public. Info: St. Stephen’s church office, 661-259-7307.

Nov. 12-18
Operation Christmas Child  is seeking shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, seeks gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week Nov. 12 – 19. Drop off a packed shoe box at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus, 800- 353-5949. Hours: Monday-Friday, Nov. 12-16: 3-5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18: 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 12
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will sponsor the annual Crop Walk Monday, Nov. 12, with other congregations in the SCV. This year’s theme is “Ending Hunger One Step at a Time,” with 25 percent of all donations collected donated to SCV hunger organizations such as Family Promise, Church of Hope Food Pantry, Bridge to Home Homeless Shelter and the Fish Program. To sign up visit The Crop Walk begins and ends at St. Stephen’s Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. On-site registration 8 a.m. with Step-Off time at 8:30 a.m. Info: 661-259-7307.

The Santa Clarita Opera Guild meets 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. at 25506 Longfellow, Stevenson Ranch. The guest lecture will be from Dr. Ed Lieb an expert on the opera “Madama Buttefly.” Info: Ann Anderson 661-259-9619 for directions and information.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Learn how to reduce muscle tension. This free class is offered by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping to make communities healthier.  7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 13, Nov. 27 or Dec. 11. Bring partner.  27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Ste. 65, in Valencia, 91355.  RSVP:  661-294-0429.

The Castaic Lions Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Marie Callender’s on The Old Road in Valencia. In attendance will be guest speakers from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. Info: 818-613-5692.

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will host a free class on reducing muscle tension on both Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Bringing a partner is encouraged.  Info: RSVP by calling 661-294-0429. 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Ste. 65., Valencia.

Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Paseo Club, 27640 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Victory Party and presentation of awards for volunteerism. Members will elect officers for 2013.  Lunch and program $20 members, $25 non-members. RSVP required – or call 1-800-799-2721. Visit for details.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Pour into Sandy Hurricane Relief wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross 6-9 p.m. at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place Ste 100, Santa Clarita, Donors include private cellared wines and other items. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at 661-259-2000, payable in cash at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales and the auction, will go to the American Red Cross.

Thursday, Nov. 15
College of the Canyons to host annual Jack Oakie Film Series 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Event will commemorate Oakie’s career, which included 87 film appearances and an Academy Award nomination. Hollywood filmmaker and screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. offers special lecture. Available scholarship money for up to 10 fine or performing arts students who attend event and submit critical response paper following film. Info: 661-362-3737 or 661-362-5604.

Zonta, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and the Boys & Girls Club of SCV Newhall facility, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall,  will sponsor a Girl’s Robotics Team. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to the meetings 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays now until April 2013. Cost is $12 to join Girl Scouts and $18 for a six month  Boys and Girl’s Club membership. Info: Irma Tamayo, 661-287-1985, ext 2372.

Friday, Nov. 16
Holiday Hocus Pocus, the sixth annual magic show organized by the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 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). Children, as well as adults, will enjoy the magic and illusions in the beautiful Festival of Trees setting. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an hour of close-up magic acts, followed by a family-friendly, professional-quality stage show at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 per person (Age 2 and under free). Tickets available online at, in advance at the Festival, and at the door.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Fourth annual Rescues On The Runway boutique 3 p.m. followed by 4 p.m. meet the rescues up for adoption and 6 p.m. dinner and celebrity catwalk and doggie contest. Guest star: Lassie. All proceeds save the lives of animals in the shelters. Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24000 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Seeking donations, vendors and volunteers. Tickets online $35 and $75. Info: 661-252-3232.

The Aqua Dulce Women’s Club, a nonprofit community organization will host a Holiday Gift Bonanza with more than 35 vendors 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at  Aqua Dulce Women’s Club at 33201 Aqua Dulce Canyon Road, Aqua Dulce. Info:, or visit

The USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita invites all alumni, students, parents, friends or affinity of USC to a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov 17 at 26876 The Old Road, Valencia, as USC plays UCLA. There will be raffles and a silent auction  of various prizes with entire proceeds going to the USC scholarship funds. Info:, RSVP 661-313-4478.

The Cross Town Cowboys will be the headline act for the annual Harvest Fair held at Tesoro Adobe/ Harry Carry Rancho, 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valencia, 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 17. Admission is free. A donation of canned food is requested.  

Turning Point Photography Exhibition 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, to benefit Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center. Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 Trevino Drive, Valencia. Professional photographs and stories of breast cancer survivors. refreshments, no-host bar, silent auction, raffle, opportunity drawing. Info: Terry Bucknall 661-253-8824.

Magic of the Lights Gala at Festival of Trees 6;30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets: $75 each. Live auction of trees, gourmet food, no-host bar and entertainment by The Young Americans. Festive attire. $75 per person. Reservations required. Visit Info: 254-3063.



Gently used
clothing needed
Wayman Cleaners is collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories 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. 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.

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.
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 St.,  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,

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.


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