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Your Community Calendar: Nov. 18, 2012

Posted: November 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
The annual Festival of the Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV will be open at the Westfield Valencia Town Center on The Patios now through Nov. 21.  The annual Festival of the Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV will be open at the Westfield Valencia Town Center on The Patios now through Nov. 21. 
The annual Festival of the Trees to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of SCV will be open at the Westfield Valencia Town Center on The Patios now through Nov. 21. 

Dates to Watch

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. 18

The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to attend the Fall Fine Craft Show on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Orchard Park, located at 25032 Avenida Rotella. The show is free, and provides residents with the opportunity to browse unique art pieces and handcrafted jewelry. Info: 661-250-3778 or

The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Tea Bags will host the group’s annual boutique 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the church,23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. The event will feature home made jams, breads, cookies — all with no preservatives, jewelry art, vintage jewelry and many handmade gift items.

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. Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus, 800- 353-5949. Hours: Sunday, Nov. 18: 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19

Santa Clarita Artist Association meets 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 24445 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. The meeting will feature the 2012 Art Classic winners discussing their winning pieces. Info: 661-244-7689;

Tuesday, Nov. 20

The Sierra Pelona Rock Club will meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 for a special demonstration on “Art Clay Silver” and it’s applications to jewelry making and lapidary. Clubhouse of Greenbrier Mobile Estates EAST, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, in Canyon Country. Interested in mineralogy, lapidary, genealogy, paleontology and related subjects? Visit Also Facebook at SierraPelonaRockClub.

Have you ever wanted to become a stronger speaker, or a stronger leader? If so, Quest Toastmasters Club #4643 of Santa Clarita would love to have you as a guest at one of the upcoming meetings. Meetings: 5:15 p.m. Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 18. Meeting adjourns at 6:45 p.m. Promenade at Town Center Apartments clubhouse, large theater room #2 gym entrance, 24811 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Info:

Thursday, Nov. 22

The Santa Clarita and Castaic Lions Clubs have joined again with the William S. Hart Union School District to host a gourmet Thanksgiving feast at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Students, parents, teachers, Scouts, church members, Lions, and many others have volunteered to decorate, prepare, cook and serve food, clean-up, and provide entertainment. Numerous individuals and businesses have donated dollars, food, and services. RSVP today at 661-259-9444. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24

The USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita invites all alumni, students, parents, friends or affinity of USC to watch as the Trojans take on Notre Dame at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 26876 The Old Road, Valencia. 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.

Sunday, Nov. 25

The festively decorated Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will stop at the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station to give holiday performances and collect donations for the “Spark of Love Toy Drive” 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Residents are invited to greet the Holiday Toy Express and bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends aboard the train. All toys will be donated to the Southland Firefighters’ “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” Guests will also be treated to holiday carolers from the Canyon Theatre Guild, hot chocolate and cookies from the Old Town Newhall Association. The Newhall Metrolink Station is located at 24300 Railroad Ave., Newhall. Info:

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Zonta, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and the Newhall Boys and Girls Club will sponsor a Girl’s Robotics Team. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to attend the meetings; Tuesdays beginning Nov. 27, until April 2013 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings will be a held at the Newhall Boys and Girls Club: 24909 Newhall Ave. Newhall. 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.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Women who are new in the SCV or in a new place in life, are invited to join the SCV Newcomers and Friends for “Coffee Corner” on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. The get together is a great way to learn more about the 180 member social clubs’ activities, luncheons, and trips. Info: 661-296-0872 or 661-254-0205.

Through Nov. 30

The city of Santa Clarita needs input on the needs of lower-income residents in the community. Take the Community Needs Assessment Survey at Available through Nov. 30.

Friday, Nov. 30

Holiday Home Tour VIP Gala to benefit the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will be held Friday, Nov.30. Guests attending this Preview Gala will enjoy an exclusive first look at the homes and enjoy a festive buffet dinner. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased from or 661-253-8051.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Holiday Home Tour and Holiday Boutique will be held Saturday, Dec. 1. An indoor holiday gift boutique will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive in Valencia. Open to the public.

The Holiday Home Tour will be open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Homes are open from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visit the Holiday Boutique on the day of the tour to purchase tickets and obtain the addresses of home on the tour.

The Galaxy Club of Old West Chapter will hold its fourth annual “Breakfast with Santa” 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Old West Masonic Center, 19310 W. Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall. Features home style hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and biscuits with gravy, juice, coffee and milk. Each child with receive a toy and a picture with Santa. The Old West Masonic Lodge will conduct their Child I.D. program at no charge to participants. Mrs. Santa will offer homemade candies and other goodies made by her elves and helpers. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling JoAnn Anderson at 661-252-2706 or email reservations to

The Women’s Ministry of Acton Faith Bible Church is set to host its 15th annual Holiday Boutique 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Event to take place at the High Desert School’s multi-purpose room, located at 3620 Antelope Woods in Acton. Enjoy a free cup of coffee or apple cider during your holiday shopping, as well as a tasty chili and cornbread lunch, with an accompanying bake sale and raffle prizes.

Dec. 1 and Dec. 2

Placerita Nature Center – Holiday Craft Faire will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 at Placerita Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Make wreaths and centerpieces from a variety of live greenery, holly, pinecones, mistletoe, dried fruit and seed pods. Kids crafts include candle dipping and pinecone art. Santa will make an appearance. Parking and admission are free. A modest fee is charged for wreath making and the children’s crafts. Visit: or call the Nature Center at 661-259-7721.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Join Friendly Valley Community Church at “Gary Gould — playing Holiday Music” for the Christmas and Hanukkah Seasons” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Friendly Valley Auditorium 19345 Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall. Enter at the Friendly Valley main gate off Sierra Highway on Friendly Valley Parkway. Tickets: $10 in the church office, 19246 Ave. of the Oaks Newhall, Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:30 a.m. Info: 661-251-1311.


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:,

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 or contact Ann Unger at 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

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 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,

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

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:

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.

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,

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,

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 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,



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