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Your Community Calendar: March 10, 2013

Posted: March 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Fridays ongoing

St. Clare’s 35th Annual Lenten Fish Fries will be held Fridays March 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, www.st-clare.org.

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.

The Castaic Lions Club meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Marie Callender’s, 27360 The Old Road. Info: www.castaiclionsclub.org.

Thursday, March 14

A free community presentation on the tools and skills needed for working through significant emotional loss, such as loss of a loved one, divorce or other losses, will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 14. The event will be conducted at Action Family Counseling, 22722 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: 661-733-0692 or visit TheGriefProgram.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 fourth annual “Vision in Education Dinner,” will be held 6 p.m. Salturday, March 16 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia will honor two women who epitomize vision in education. Proceeds benefit science education for students at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi), a tuition-free public charter school. Honored will be Marti Heinbaugh, Mission Valley Bank’s Regional Manager, and educator Jenny Williams. The event will feature cocktails, dinner, entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased at scvi-k12.org.

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, Canyon Country. Race will be run entirely on park trails, with pre-registration costing $21 or $27 with a shirt. Info: 661-259-8346.

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 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.

The 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Hall, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner of corned beef and cabbage, Irish potatoes and carrots with home baked Irish Soda Bread and desserts. Tickets are $30 for adults, $ 20 for children. Seating is very limited. Info: Steve Surjaputra at 661-753-3326.

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 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. In attendance will be plein air painter Rich Brimer, who will demonstrate oil painting. Info: 661-254-5267.

Tuesday, March 19

The Sierra Pelona Rock Club, is a member of the California and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. The general club meetings are open to the public and held 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the clubhouse of the Greenbrier Mobile Estates EAST, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. The scheduled program is rock hunting the Santa Monica Mountains. Refreshments will be served. Info: www.sierrapelona.com.

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.

Tuesday, March 26

The Castaic Lions Club meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Marie Callender’s, 27360 The Old Road. Info: www.castaiclionsclub.org.

Saturday, April 13

The WiSH Education foundation hosts its inaugural fundraiser at the Old Town Newhall Library 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The event will benefit students in the William S. Hart School District, and features wine tastings and gourmet food. Tickets are $75, and the event is for those age 21 and over. Info: www.WiSHscv.org or 661-799-9474.

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.

 

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.



Sing with the

Silvertone Singers

You’re invited to sing with the Silvertone Singers. The Santa Clarita Valley senior center volunteer chorus The Silvertone Singers invite you to come sing each Monday noon to 2 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Info: 252 0988.



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.

 

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, 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.



‘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.



Domestic Violence Center counseling

The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita will be offering free group sessions for survivors of domestic violence 10-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  All group sessions are free and will be held at 24509 Walnut St. Newhall, CA   91321. Info:  661-259-8175.



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.



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-2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.



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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