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Your Community Calendar: Feb. 17, 2013

Posted: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 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

The Sierra Pelona Rock Club meets 7:30 p.m. on Soledad Canyon Road every third Thursday of the month. Members have interest in mineralogy, geology, paleontology and other disciplines. Info:

Fridays ongoing

St. Clare’s 35th Annual Lenten Fish Fries will be held Fridays Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Dinner is served from 4:30–8 p.m. Menu: Beer Battered Alaskan Cod, Rice Pilaf or French Fries, Coleslaw, Rolls, $8.50 for a 2-piece dinner, $9.50 for a 3-piece dinner. Take out is available. Proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. St. Clare is located at 19606 Calla Way in Canyon Country. 661-252-3353,

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Burbank African Violet Society hosts its next monthly club meeting 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 21, at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 West Magnolia Blvd., in Burbank. The program will be presented by guest speaker “Mike” from Green Arrow Nursery and the topic will be on “Rose Cultivation.” Guests are always welcome. Info: 818- 951-3597.

Acclaimed war poet Brian Turner will present his work at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in Hasley Hall Room 101. Turner’s appearance is in conjunction with the college’s “Celebrating the Humanities” program. Info: 661-362-5919.

Friday, Feb. 22

Zonta Club of SCV seeks nomination for ‘Women in Service.’ The Women in Service celebration allows the community to recognize women in SCV who have made a difference in the community or improved the status of women. Participating organizations nominate a member, after which nominations one person will be selected for the Carmen Sarro Award. Nominations must be returned by Feb. 22. Celebration event will be held Saturday, March 23, at Robinson Ranch. Info: Nominations are available at or call 661-252-9351.

Saturday, Feb. 23

The Xi Nu Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will hold its annual Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Money raised from the event goes to the Santa Clarita Scholarship Foundation. Tickets to the Lasagna Dinner are $30 per person. Call Barbara 661-259-1649.

Table sponsors have until Feb. 15 to make reservations for the SCV Senior Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Event to be held 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, with tickets costing $100 per person. Info: 661-259-9444 or visit

The Zonta Club of SCV is hosting a Life Forward workshop on tax survival tactics 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Single Mothers Outreach, 26881 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Sleighted to be presenters are Luis Bravo and Monica Crosthwaite, and free childcare is available for those registering at least a week in advance. Event is free. Info: 661-288-0117 or

The Annual No-Tap Bowling Tournament and Fundraiser to Benefit Individuals with Developmental Disabilities will take place 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Valencia Lanes. Along with bowling, the fundraiser will feature a silent auction. Sponsorship of one lane is $225, with two lanes costing $400. For additional info contact 661-296-4761 or or

Saturday, March 2

College of the Canyons Foundation 2013 Silver Spur Celebration dinner to be held 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at The Globe Theater, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Dinner and auction to honor Barry and Pati Gump, ticket prices to be determined. Info: 661-362-3737 or

The Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Castaic Lake. Event features supporters of all kinds, with each person who plunges into the chilly water will raise a minimum of $50 for the Special Olympics. Info: Register at or 661-253-2121.

The Santa Clarita Track Club is hosting its 3rd annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K run Saturday, March 2 at Bridgeport Marketplace. All proceeds from the run will benefit the Students Off And Running (SOAR) program that provides a fully supported training experience to youth wishing to run the LA Marathon. Info:

Saturday, March 9

Fil-Am Association of SCV, Inc. to host annual Induction of Officers 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. The association serves the community through its yearly scholarship program and community-oriented fundraising projects. Live entertainment will be led by popular local singing group Back on Track, with special guest attendees such as Bob Kellar and Dan Espiritu. Tickets are $65. Info: 661-296-1234.

The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering gardening classes lead by Master Gardeners Diane Benjamin, Rose Scordino and Carol Mireles. Classes are intended for beginning gardeners with an interest in organically growing fruits and vegetables. The classes will be held at the Community Garden at Central Park on four Saturday mornings 9 a.m.-noon, March 9, March 16, March 30 and April 6, April 20. Class fees are $15 for one class, $50 for the series. To register contact, 661-252-4958 or Diane Benjamin, 661-250-8345.

Saturday, March 16

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley hosts the fifth annual Poker Tournament 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Valencia Summit Clubhouse 24600 Buy-in is $100.and a spectator ticket is $35. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets also include Irish fare and one drink. Blackjack games will also be available during the event for $40. First place winner will receive a seat at the World Series of Poker. Second place will receive a flat screen TV and Blu-ray player. Third place will receive an Apple iPad. Info: Terra Bruns at 661-373-0151.

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor their 33rd annual 5k run 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Central Park in Saugus. Registration forms are available at Runners Lane shoe store, 22959 Soledad Canyon Road. Race will be run entirely on park trails, with pre-registration costing $21 or $27 with a shirt. Info: 661-259-8346.

Sunday, March 17

Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita to host “Mischief and Malarkey” fashion show and botique 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Event to be hosted by Mr, Ed Masterson, with professional models and exciting surprises also in the works. Luncheon begins at noon. Info: For all other event info, including ticket pricing, call Sandi Naba at 661-645-1893 or send an email to

Saturday, March 23

Individual and team wThe USC SCV Alumni Association will help harvest produce that is donated to the SCV Food Pantry from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Santa Clarita Park. All supplies and tools will be provided and volunteers will receive a USCervice T-shirt. Info: Register at or 661-313-4478.


Ongoing events:

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.

Call to artists for Face of California

The Santa Paula Art Museum exhibition, “Face of California,” will examine the issue of the recognizable character of California, both the place and the people. The creative intent is to explore any type of imagery that is representative of any aspect of California. The exhibit theme, “Face of California,” is open to interpretation by the artist as literal, allegorIcal, metaphorical, figurative, or any other approach to a person, place, idea, or thing.

Face of California is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in any media.

All styles of work are considered: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, batik, metals, and tapestry. No giclées, prints or reproductions will be accepted.

Artists may enter a maximum of 3 works. Exhibition dates: June 29 – Oct. 20.

Entry form and digital images due by Friday, May 24. For more information contact Jennifer Heighton or Julie Cluster at 805-525-5554 or

Assistance League

Seeks Sponsors

Assistance League Santa Clarita is now accepting sponsorships for their annual “Operation School Bell 5K Run/Walk”. Race day is Sunday, May 5th with all proceeds benefiting the philanthropic programs of the local Chapter, including Operation School Bell. Last year over 2000 SCV school children in need received clothing and shoes. Consider supporting this year’s event with a sponsorship or as a race participant. For information or to donate contact:, 661-259-8019 or visit

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


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,

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

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.

Mental illness support group

A support group for family members of those with serious mental illnesses is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month, Santa Clarita Department of Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Suite 210, Valencia. Info: 661-360-8002.

Project Return self-help group

Peer support self-help group meets weekly 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.

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.


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