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Your Community Calendar: Dec. 16, 2012

Posted: December 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Final performances of "The Nutcracker Ballet" by the Santa Clarita Ballet Company will be held today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

 

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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
www.sensesonmain.com.

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.



Sunday, Dec. 16

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. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets call 661-362-5304.



Wednesday, Dec. 19

The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s music program will present Maestro John Swinford and the Silvertone Singers in a selection of holiday songs at the Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. Info: 661- 259-9444.



Thursday, Dec. 20

The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s singers and musicians will perform at the Newhall Community Center’s holiday celebration, Thursday, Dec. 20, 5-7:30 p.m., and will be accompanied by musicians from local elementary and junior high schools. Light refreshments will be available. The Community Center is located at 22421 Market St., Newhall, adjacent to the Metrolink train station.



Thursday, Dec. 20

Join the USC SCV Alumni, Supporters, Family and Friends at our Annual Holiday Party 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the home of Rick and Suesie Toole in Valencia. Dinner by Stonefire. Beer and wine included. $25 per person. Fundraising raffles. All proceeds go to scholarship fund. Scholarship applications/questions for undergrad students for the 2013-14 school year will also be available. Must register and prepay thru the USC website by Dec 18. https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/SCA/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=139530



Help is needed regarding Hart High School’s annual Holiday Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 6-9 p.m. Help is requested preparing different platters of food, as is making toy and gift card donations. Those interested in offering assistance should email hartasb2013@gmail.com.



Friday, Dec. 21

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s music program will perform at Westfield Valencia Town Center 7-9 p.m. Conducted by Maestro John Swinford, the Silvertone Singers, Silver Belles, Silver Beaux and Memory Makers will perform holiday songs in the courtyard area outside JCPenney. Info: 661-259-9444.



Through Dec. 25

Annual collection drive for care packages for the troops in Afghanistan. Need: Granola bars, beef jerky, white and black cotton sport socks, canned ravioli with pop tops, three-blade razors, international phone cards (AT&T only), AA/AAA batteries, winter scarves, chemical hand warmers and Starbucks coffee. Please include a card or letters of thanks. Cash donations accepted to cover shipping costs. Cash donations can be made to: Prayer Angels for the Military, 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, or through PayPal online www.prayerangelsforthemilitary.com.

Drop off locations at American Family Funding, 28368 Constellation Road #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St., Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia. Contact: Prayer Angels for additional locations, 661-799-8865, 818-606-9677, prayerangelsforthemilitary@yahoo.com.



Gifts of love and appreciation to help out our hospitalized wounded warriors and their families. Need: Sweatshorts, Sweatpants (Pull on type), Zippered Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, Boxer Shorts, Pajamas, Lounge Pants, Sandals/flip flops (size 8-12) and Blanket throws.

Gift cards for local restaurants and stores: Taco Bell, Subway, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, In&Out, Dennys, Marie Calenders, Outback, Starbucks, Walmart, gas cards. Include a card or letter of thanks.

Cash donations accepted to cover shipping costs can be made to: Prayer Angels for the Military, 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, or through PayPal online www.prayerangelsforthemilitary.com.

Drop off locations at American Family Funding, 28368 Constellation Road #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St., Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia. Contact: Prayer Angels for additional locations, 661-799-8865, 818-606-9677, prayerangelsforthemilitary@yahoo.com.

 

Help troops call home for the holidays. Phone cards are purchased with proceeds from recycled and re-conditioned cell phones through the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program.

Need: Donate your old cell phones or AT&T International phone cards. Cash donations can also be made to: Prayer Angels for the Military, 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, or through PayPal online www.prayerangelsforthemilitary.com.

 Drop off locations at American Family Funding, 28368 Constellation Rd #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St, Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia. Contact: Prayer Angels for additional locations, (661) 799-8865, (818) 606-9677, prayerangelsforthemilitary@yahoo.com

 

Blankets of Love. Hand made blankets, throws, quilts and afghans are being requested from the community for several efforts of caring and comfort for the holidays. SCV homeless, seniors and veterans will be presented with these gifts and some will be going out to our troops in Afghanistan and wounded warriors. Cash donations accepted to cover shipping costs can be made to: Prayer Angels for the Military, 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, or through PayPal online www.prayerangelsforthemilitary.com.

Need: Hand-made blankets, throws, quilts and afghans. All sizes are needed. Winter scarves are also needed.

Drop off locations at American Family Funding, 28368 Constellation Road #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St., Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia. Contact: Prayer Angels for additional locations, 661-799-8865, 818-606-9677, prayerangelsforthemilitary@yahoo.com.



Monday, Dec. 31

Spend New year’s Eve with The REP. The Midnight Circus will be held at 26635 Valley Center Dr., Santa Clarita. 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Black tie and gowns in black, white and solid colors with accents of red. Tickets $125 per couple. Info: 661-288-0000 or www.repeastplayhouse.org.



 Saturday, Jan. 19

Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark Volunteer Open House. Become a part of where the history, myth and romance of Old California still linger. Lead tours or volunteer to assist with other museum activities depending on your interests and availability. Join us as we expand to meet the needs of our new Visitor Center. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: www.ranchocamulos.org or 805-521-1501 to sign up for the Volunteer Open House.

 

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.



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.



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. Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, New-hall. Info: 661-259-7721,
info@placerita.org or www.placerita.org.



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.



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

 Docent led public tours are available without appointment Saturdays at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and by appointment year-round. See the “Home of Ramona” including the 1853 adobe, 1867 chapel and winery, 1930 schoolhouse, and beautiful grounds, and then view the 1910 silent film “Ramona” that was filmed on location at Rancho Camulos. The suggested donation for the tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 5. Entrance to the non-profit museum which is on private property is only allowed with a docent escort. Check the website before going in case of closures due to weather or special activities. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: 805-521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org



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.headsuptherapy.org.



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 lbs. 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@scvfoodpantry.org.

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