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Posted: May 2, 2009 7:38 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Spirit Games needs volunteers
Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley 2009 Regional Spirit Games will be held May 16 at Newhall Park, Boys & Girls Club, Placerita Junior High and Hart High. The games need about 600 volunteers. Contact Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley office at (661)253-2121 or visit

Red Cross honors heroes
The Red Cross is currently seeking nominations for SCV residents who have taken action in a time of crisis to help others in the past year and consistently show exemplary compassion. The American Red Cross will hold its annual "Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast" 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at the Valencia Hyatt, 2455 Town Center Valley, Valencia. All proceeds from the event will benefit Red Cross emergency response and educational services in Santa Clarita. Application forms can be downloaded at and accepted until June 15. Info: (661) 259-1805.

Start Smart class for teens at CHP
The Start Smart class is aimed at helping newly licensed drivers and future licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. Teens attend this class with their parent(s). The class is held at the Newhall Area California Highway Patrol Station, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Classes will be held May 19, June 23, July 23, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22. Attendees need to RSVP (661)294-5540 and provide name, parent name and daytime telephone number.

‘Beauty and the Beast' from D.E.E.
D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy, under the direction of Nancy Horak will present he one act junior version (featuring a younger cast) and the two act version (the older cast) of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Audiences are invited to a ‘Meet & Greet' for autographs and pictures with Belle and the rest of the cast, directly following each performance. All shows are free and open to the public. The Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater today, curtain at 6:30 p.m. and matinee performances, curtain at 2 p.m. Info: (661) 254-4543 or e-mail:

Sierra Club group hike events
SCV Sierra Club has the following group hike events available to the community. Hikers advised to wear lug soles and bring water, plus lunch. Rain cancels.
Sunday, May 3 - Fish Canyon - Moderate six to eight mile hike, 300' gain with many stream crossings. Meet 9 a.m. at Santa Clarita Rideshare. Info: (661) 252-2393.
Saturday, May 9 - Liebre Mountain - Moderate six mile hike, 1700' elevation gain. Meet 9 a.m. at Santa Clarita Rideshare. Info: (661) 252-2393.
Sunday, May 17 - PCT Ramble Mojave-Tehachapi - See one of the largest wind farms in North America. Hike five miles through wildflowers and wind farm on a little used section of the PCT. Meet 8 a.m. at Canyon Country rideshare. Info: (661) 254-8543 or (661) 297-4079.

Work Source workshops
The City of Santa Clarita and Work Source California present workshops focused on increasing job search results. Register at Santa Clarita WorkSource, 20655 Soledad canyon Road, Suite 25, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 424-1062.
Tuesday - Networking Job Club - Think outside the box in this workshop. Get professional career advice, creating marketing and job search tips, and networking from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday - Interviewing Skills - Gain more confidence, pick up tips and advice that you never knew from 9 a.m. to noon.
Friday - Enterprise Zone - Learn what the Enterprise Zone program is and how it may help you find employment close to home from 9 a.m to 11 a.m.
May 11 - Practice Interviewing -Put what you learned in Interviewing Skills to the test. You will be taped during a mock interview, with analysis afterwards on body language and much more from 9 a.m. to noon.
May 12 - CalJobs/Internet Job Search - Learn to complete a resume and/or applications online, as well as attaching your resume. This workshop also takes you through the process of signing up for CalJobs and exploring what it has to offer from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
May 14 - Resume Building - Think you know all there is to a resume? Think again. Should you use a chronological, functional, or combination resume? What are employers looking for? All these questions and more will be answers in this workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
May 15 - Transferable Skills - Find a new job with the skills you already have. Assess your skills, identify your accomplishments, and learn to target employers who will match what you are looking for from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Castaic Walk/Run at Lake Castaic
The 13th annual Castaic 1K/5K Walk/Run around Castaic Lake will be held at 8 a.m. today. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Forms and information available at or

New teams being formed for Flyers
California Flyers All Stars are now forming new teams. Clinic Evaluations will be held from May 4 through 13 at GymcheerUSA. Ages 4 and up. Everyone makes a team. Beginner to advanced. Info: (661) 299-6849.

Breakfast with the Gibbons fundraiser
The Breakfast with the Gibbons fundraiser will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event includes a guided tour of the largest group of gibbons (small apes) in the Americas (including infants), a vegan breakfast, gift shop, and question and answer session with founder Alan Mootnick. Hear the gibbons "sing" their haunting territorial call - a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience. Adult $35, Senior $30, Teen $15, Child $10 (under 3 free), GCC members get $5 discount off admission. 9100 Esguerra Road, Saugus. Info: Alan Mootnick, (661) 296-2737. E-mail:

Water awareness open house
Castaic Lake Water Agency open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus, located at the top of the driveway above Central Park. Celebrate Water Awareness month at our annual public open house. Find water saving tips and information. All local water purveyors will attend. Free composting class and free landscape education class on water management/audit of your yard. Free refreshments, kids jumper, balloons and children's activities in beautiful 10 acre garden. Info: Karen Denkinger, (661) 513-1230. E-mail:

Fibromyalgia awareness
In recognition of National Fibromyalgia Awareness day, the SCV Senior Center will host a discussion with Joshua Potter, Esq., who specializes in fibro-related Social Security disability claims. Free. Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (805) 813-1028.

Drums of the world at library
Newhall Library presents "Marcus Miller: Drums of the World." Children learn how to use drums to express themselves, share ideas, and tap into their inner rhythm in this hands-on, interactive workshop. Held at 3:30 p.m. May 12. Free. 22704 West 9th St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0750.

Body image discussion at COC
Film and panel discussion about eating disorders and body image in men/women.
"Recovery ... It's a Journey, Not a Destination." Discussion with Sheri Barke, MPH, RD, CSSD and Michele Tamarkin, MA, MFT. Held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 13, College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus, Aliso Hall-101. Free and open to the public. Info: Sheri, (661) 362-3244.

Democratic Club's monthly meeting
The Democratic Club of Santa Clarita Valley, will host its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Railroad Cafe, 24307 Railroad Ave., Newhall. Info: or Minerva Williams (661) 295-9318.

Safe boating event at Lake Castaic
In recognition of National Safe Boating Week Flotilla 4-9 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold their annual one day safe boating event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16 at the Main (west) boat launch ramp at Castaic Lake, in the parking area. Boaters can speak with auxiliary members and receive free pamphlets and information on boating classes. There will also be a voluntary safety check station where vessel examiners will provide information on necessary state and federally required safety items. This is not an official boarding for law enforcement purposes. For further information contact Ralph Casale at (818) 769-1022 or (818) 508-9735; Howard Kelner, Vice Flotilla Commander (818) 429-4763.

SCV musicians unplugged show
The SCV Songwriters and Composers Circle will sponsor an acoustic music showcase from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 16 at the Egg Plantation, 24415 Walnut St., Newhall. Artists will perform originals as well as covers. The show is free and open to both adults and children. Info:

‘Fight it 5K' race and walk-a-thon
The eight annual "Fight it! 5K" race and walk-a-thon will be held at 8 a.m. May 16. Event raises funds for the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund. Registration prices vary. Info:, (818) 535-5616.

Ask an expert at Adult Day Care
Family Care Partnership and Partners in Care present "Ask an Expert" from 10 a.m. to noon, May 16 at Santa Clarita Adult Day Health Care Center. Expert panel will discussed caring for aging or disabled parents, friends, relatives, and spouses, including how to look for home help and respite and information on memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Refreshments and raffle. Free. 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (818) 837-3775, extension 146.

Fight for our Troops fundraiser
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 - Paintball USA's "Fight for Our Troops." Fundraiser will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Event supports Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons in purchasing items and postage to send care packages to deployed U.S. troops and the wounded at home as well as support for the families. Paintball USA will donate $10 for every individual who brings in a flyer and purchase a paintball admission package. Download a flyer at Info: (661) 253-0811.

Jewish food festival in Valencia
Temple Beth Ami will host a Jewish Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Bridgeport Marketplace, at the corner of McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road. Info: (661) 296-0552.


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