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Your Community Calendar: March 3, 2013

Posted: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

St. Clare's 35th annual Lenten Fish Fries will be held 4:30-8 p.m. each Friday through March 22. St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country.

 

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.

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: www.sierrapelona.com.

Fridays ongoing

St. Clare’s 35th Annual Lenten Fish Fries will be held Fridays March 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 two-piece dinner, $9.50 for a three-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, www.st-clare.org.

Friday, March 8

Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers 23630 W Valencia Blvd. Telescope viewing to be held after the meeting, public welcome. Info: 661-713-4828.

The Zonta Club of SCV is now accepting applications for the Young Women in Public Affairs award. The local winner of the award, which is based on community service, leadership and knowledge of women’s issues, receives $1,000 and advances to further district competition. Deadline to submit is March 8. Info: www.scvzonta.org or 661-296-1362.

The Agua Dulce Women’s Club hosts its second Annual Friday Night Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 8 at the Agua Dulce Women’s Club, 33201 Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Event will both support the New Building fund and recognize the club for its service to the community. Info: www.adwc.org or 661-268-1737.

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 Valencia 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. to 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 Rosescordino@gmail.com 661-252-4958 or Diane Benjamin dianetheflowerlady@earthlink.net 661-250-8345.

Tuesday, March 12

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) will hold its Spring meeting 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 at IHOP, 24737 Pico Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. CalRTA is a statewide organization working for the rights and benefits of retired educators, with quarterly meetings held every year. Info: 661-254-1616 or m.mimikern@ca.rr.com.

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. Buy-in is $100.and a spectator ticket is $35. Tickets can be purchased at www.siscv.com. 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 its 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, Canyon Country. 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 surprises also in the works. Luncheon begins at noon. For all other event info, including ticket pricing, call Sandi Naba at 661-645-1893 or send an email to SBNaba@gmail.com.

Monday, March 18

The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association (SCAA) will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers 23630 W Valencia Blvd. In attendance will be plein air painter Rich Brimer, who will demonstrate oil painting. Info: 661-254-5267.

Saturday, March 23

Individual and team walkers and runners can now sign up online to participate in Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Third Annual Walk for Kids with Cancer, scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium. This year’s event will also include a Run. The early bird registration rate for walkers is $25 per person before March 1. The registration fee for the run is $30 before March 1 and $35 after March 1. The walk will begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. Registration for the run will begin at 7 a.m., with the run starting at 8 a.m. The fundraiser will take place rain or shine. To register online, visit www.MHF.org.

The 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 uscscvalumni@gmail.com or 661-313-4478.

Thursday, April 25

The 12th annual LUNAFEST fundraising film festival will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Downtown Newhall. LUNAFEST, hosted by the Zonta Club of SCV, promotes awareness about women’s issues by highlighting nine short films made by women filmmakers. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Zonta Club’s local and global programs. General admission is $25. Info: 661-886-5967 or www.scvzonta.org or www.lunafest.org

Saturday, April 27

Volunteers needed for the AngelDogs Foundation’s first annual Rock, Walk and Wag dog walk to take place Saturday, April 27 at Central Park, 27150 Boquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Those volunteering would help set up, break down, coordinate traffic, register check-ins and more. Full and part time shifts available. Info: rockwalkwag.org or Michelle@AngelDogsFoundation.org

Sunday, April 28

The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association’s “Spring Art Festival and Sale” will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Le Chen Cuisine, 12624 Sierra Highway. Exhibit features 30 SCAA artists with an optional brunch or lunch at a discount of 15 percent. Event is one day only and free to the public. Info: 661-251-4315 or 661-244-7689.

 

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.



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 three 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 info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org



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 5 with all proceeds benefiting the philanthropic programs of the local Chapter, including Operation School Bell. Last year more than 2,000 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: Alsantaclarita@gmail.com, 661-259-8019 or visit www.assistanceleaguesantaclarita.org.



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.scveducationfoundation.org or contact Ann Unger at aunger@scveducationfoundation.org 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 www.angeldogsfoundation.org.



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 Paintcare.org/California.

 

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.



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, www.scmenofharmony.com.



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 www.SCVPetAssistance.com.



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,
info@placerita.org or www.placerita.org.



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: www.happyfeatrunning.com.



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.



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, www.scorela.org.



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



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, www.headsuptherapy.org.



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. 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.

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