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Your Community Calendar: Dec. 2, 2012

Posted: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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

Thursday, Dec. 20, from 7-11 p.m. The December “Winter Folly” theme will include festive décor, live music, food trucks, specialty drinks, and event promotions from local shops and restaurants perfectly suited for the holiday season. To learn more about SENSES, visit

Sunday, Dec. 2

Pet photos with Santa to benefit Pet Assistance will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Pet Supply, Bouquet and Seco Canyon Roads, Saugus. Info: 661-260-3140.

Placerita Nature Center – Holiday Craft Faire will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 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.

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 Ave. of the Oaks, Newhall. Enter at the Friendly Valley main gate off Sierra Highway on Friendly Valley Parkway. Tickets: $10 available in the church office, 19246 Ave. of the Oaks Newhall, Monday – Thursday 8:30-11:30 a m. Info: 661-251-1311.

Interested in becoming a member of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team? Attend a membership driven 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive in Pasadena. Learn more about the organization, meet members of the team, see rescue demonstrations, and learn how you can help. For more information, visit

Wednesday. Dec. 5

Tolkien scholar Cliff Broadway will appear at the Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, 5 p.m. Dec. 5, for a screening of the award-winning documentary “Ringers Lord of the Fans” followed by a discussion. Info:

Thursday, Dec. 6

College of the Canyons guest professors Thea Alvarado and Svetlana Lynch will host a discussion 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 titled “Journey into Bilbo Hobbit’s Character, from Hobbit to Hero,” at the Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main St., Newhall. Info:

Friday, Dec. 7

The College of the Canyons music department will host the annual Holiday Jazz Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Performances by the Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Jazz band. Includes sing along to holiday classics, including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and more. Info: 661-362-5304 or

The Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main St., Newhall, will screen the animated film “The Hobbit: The Original Unedited 1977 Version: at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Info:

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Friends of Castaic Lake will hold a “Pride in the Lake Day” the second Saturday of every month (this month Dec. 8). 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:

Celebrate Bill Hart’s 148th birthday at the Cowboys and Carols concert held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the William S. Hart Mansion and Museum. Acoustic performance by Cow Bop and tours of the mansion, which will be decorated for the holidays. Info and tickets 661- 222-9542 or visit

Dec. 8 and Dec. 9

Electronics Recycling Fundraiser for Hart High School Cheer will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Anything electric except batteries and light bulbs. Large appliances $15 — free if you bring a TV or computer. Info:

Hart Park will host the Hart Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. The free, two-day event offers a variety of unique, hand-crafted items that make great holiday gifts. Info: 661-259-1750.

The Golden Valley High School marching band, jazz band and color guard are raising funds to help keep their programs going. The goal is to raise $2,000 with a Goodwill donation fundraiser, but it will only be possible if they can fill an entire Goodwill donation truck. Donations are being sought of clothes, small household items, shoes, blankets and jackets. If the truck is filled with boxes and bags of donations to earn the maximum funds. Drop off donations in the Student Parking Lot in front of Band Room on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (final drop off).

Get into the spirit of the season and help spread some holiday cheer. Six Flags Magic Mountain will offer free admission to anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more to the theme park on Dec. 8 and 9 for the annual Toys for the Holidays toy drive. A price tag and/or receipt should accompany the toy. Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, For information visit

Sunday, Dec. 9

Santa Clarita Master Chorale holiday concert, A World of Holiday Joy, will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $26, $20, $14 general admission and $21, $15, $10 seniors and students. Info: or 661-362-5304.

The Santa Clarita Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. Sunday, December 9, 2012 with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting will be held 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Canyon Country Park, 17615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Event will feature live performers, music, poems, and a slide show. Info: Diane Briones, 661-252-4654 or Alice Renolds, 661-252-4374. For more information about the national organization a call toll-free 877-969-0010.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Valencia Women’s Connection invites all women in the community to a “Festive Christmas Luncheon” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $16 each. Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Center Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Features speaker Anna Johns on how she faced personal and cultural challenges as the daughter of a career military father and how she searched for something better and found it in “Footprints on My Heart.” Scentsy consult Jennifer Santana will demonstrate how to decorate for a festive Christmas. Reservations: Glenda Lundberg, 661-297-5589. Make checks payable to: Valencia Women’s Connection and send to: Glenda Lundberg at 22536 Paraguay Dr., Santa Clarita, Ca. 91350. Valencia Women’s Connection is a non[profit organization, with an inspirational purpose, formerly known as Christian Women’s Club. We are not affiliated with a church or denomination and no membership is required. All women in the community are welcome.

Community members are invited to join Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar and the Santa Clarita City Council for an open house reception honoring the families of Gold Star Soldiers on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the first floor lobby of City Hall. The open house will pay tribute to Santa Clarita Gold Star families, who are commemorated on a holiday tree in the lobby of City Hall, which was part of the annual Festival of Trees fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. The evening will include comments from Kellar at 6:45 p.m. and light refreshments.

Saturday, Dec. 15

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Old Town Newhall Association and Newhall Bicycle Co. will host Newhall Lights. Participants will enjoy pedaling through Newhall on festively decorated bicycles while viewing homes decorated in holiday lights. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Newhall Bicycle Co., located at 24261 Main St., Newhall.

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall.

The event features a Latino-based Christmas celebration, called Posada.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided as well as vendors.

Docents on site to provide tours and a speaker to educate people on SCV and its history. There will be live Christmas music, as well. Info: Jamey R. Dinkel, director of archiving; supervisor, SCVHS at 661-254-1275

Dec. 15 and Dec. 19

Santa Clarita Ballet’s celebrated production of “The Nutcracker” returns. Follow Marie and her Nutcracker to the magical land of snow and sugar plums. “It’s a fun-filled enchanted evening the whole family will enjoy with professional guest artists, magical staging, exquisite costumes and the recognizable composition by Peter Tchaikovsky at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.” Performances are Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 661-362-5304.

Thursday, Dec. 20

USC SCV Alumni, supporters, family and friends annual Holiday Party 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Dinner by Stonefire. beer and wine included. $25 per person. Proceeds go to the USC SCV scholarship fund. Must register and prepay through the USC website by Dec 18. Questions? Email



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.

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

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.

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.angeldogs

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


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.

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.

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.

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,

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



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