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Your Community Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 6

Posted: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

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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

Tuesday, Jan. 8
The Placerita Canyon Natural Area is seeking volunteer-naturalists to take its 9-week training program, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 8. Classes run 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will teach participants about the natural environment. Fee: $45, which will cover all training materials. Info: 661-259-7721 or

Saturday, Jan. 12
The Saugus High School Dance Team will host an E-waste recycling event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Saugus High School parking lot, 21900 West Centurion Way, Saugus, (north of Bouquet Canyon Road). Old PC’s, laptops, printers, FAX machines, TV’s, monitors, radios, stereos, speakers, VCR/DVD players, phones, microwaves, vacuums, video game equipment, basically anything that plugs into an outlet qualifies as E-waste.

Canyon Country Community Center grand opening 10 a.m., 18792 Flying Tiger Drive, Canyon Country.

Sunday, Jan. 13
Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society free pruning, planting, and rose care seminar will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The seminar will feature Master Rosarians Bob Belendez, Kitty Belendez, and Steve Jones who will demonstrate how to properly prune various types of roses. The Master Rosarians will also explain how to plant bareroot roses, how to rejuvenate roses grown in containers, and how to fertilize and mulch. The club will also have a door prize, rose raffle, and refreshments after the seminar. There is no cost to attend, and the public is invited. New members who join the rose society (annual dues are $20 per family) will receive a year’s subscription to the club’s newsletter “Rose Ecstasy” and a 10 percent annual discount card good at Green Thumb Nursery all year. For more information contact Kitty Belendez at 661-296-5033, or e-mail RSVP so the Society can provide sufficient seating, handout materials, and refreshments. Visit the SCV Rose Society web site at

The Saugus High School Dance Team will host a Zumba Fitness Fundraiser event 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Saugus High School football field, 21900 West Centurion Way, Saugus, (north of Bouquet Canyon Road).Zumba Fitness classes feature steps set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the event or contact Debbie Mazzuca at 661-714-5730 for advance registration forms or additional information. Registration cost is $10. All ages are welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 17
The city of Santa Clarita is offering a seven-week Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program designed to teach residents basic survival skills in preparation for disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hazardous incidents and other life-threatening situations. CERT classes will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 17 through Feb. 28. To register for the CERT program visit or call 661-250-3708 for additional information.

 Saturday, Jan. 19
Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark Volunteer Open House. Volunteer to lead tours or to assist with other museum activities depending on your interests and availability. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: or 805-521-1501 to sign up for the Volunteer Open House.

Monday. Jan. 21
The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association invites guests to spend an evening with plein air oil artist Eric Merrell, who will offer an oil painting demonstration at the association’s meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd. Admission is free.

The Soroptimist Clubs of the Santa Clarita Valley are now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. This award honors girls, ages 14 to 17, who are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer activities. For more information and an application for this $750 cash award, visit The deadline is Jan. 21.

Thursday, Jan. 24
Join Newcomers and Friends for “Coffee Corner” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. The club is for women new to the Santa Clarita Valley or looking to change up the norms in their life. Call for location.Info: 661-296-0872 or 661-254-0205.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Experience Helen Hunt Jackson’s January 1882 visit to Rancho Camulos which inspired her to include this vestige of the Californio lifestyle as one of the settings for her novel “Ramona” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Rancho Camulos in Piru. Re-enactors will portray this event which forever changed the peaceful life at Rancho Camulos. The suggested donation is $10 and includes the regular museum tour. The Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: 805-521-1501 or
Through Jan. 31
Audio and large print books needed for Prayer Angels for the Military. A collection drive for wounded warriors and veterans is being conducted by Prayer Angels for the Military. Audio books, large print books, magazines, word search and crossword puzzles are needed. Donations are tax-deductible (501C3 non-profit). Cash donations are accepted and can be mailed to: Prayer Angels for the Military, Inc., 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, CA 91321 or through PayPal online Items can be dropped off 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 through Jan. 31.

Friday, Feb. 8
Queen of Hearts Masquerade Ball, 6-11 p.,m. Canyon Theatre Guild’s Valentine fundraiser at the Valencia Country Club. Dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets: $100. Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: 661-799-2702.
Saturday, Feb. 9
On Saturday, Feb. 9 bring your special someone to Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark to experience “Romance at the Rancho.” Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the beautiful romantic setting. A special treat will also be provided. The suggested donation is $14 per couple. Call 805-521-1501 to make a reservation. Rancho Camulos is on Highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5 at Santa Clarita and will be open for Romance at the Rancho as well as regular tours, 1-4 p.m. The Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or

The annual Sweetheart Gala hosted by SCV Women and Men of Honor to benefit Cardiac Care Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Dinner and dancing to the Jimmy Carnelli Orchestra. For reservations 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.

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
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

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

‘Primp Your Pit’ spay or neuter
To help reduce the number of homeless dogs, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) will spay or neuter Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes for $20 while funding lasts. Also included is a nail trim. Make an appointment by calling 323-730-5303.

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:

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

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,
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. Call Gail to sign up for a time and day at 661-268-8010. Carousel Ranch is located at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Aqua 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 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

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


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