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Posted: May 6, 2009 2:25 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Spirit Games needs volunteers
Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley 2009 Regional Spirit Games will be at Saturday, 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.

LETMESAIL April calendar of events
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host:
Sunday, April 26; "SNAP Flag Football & Cheer Kick-Off Day"; 1-3pm; College of the Canyons Upper Field; 26455 Rockwell Cyn. Rd.
Monday, April 27; "LMS Drama Club" History of Rock & Roll; 6:30-8:30pm; Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

Search and Rescue's ‘12 Weeks, 12 Hikes'
The Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team will hold the "12 Weeks, 12 Hikes" challenge from through May 31. Adult registration is $50. Info:

Sports Club meeting
California's Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callendar's across from Magic Mountain on The Old Road in Valencia. Membership is open to anyone 21 or older. Info:, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

Soccer signups until May 31
Registration for the upcoming Fall AYSO soccer season will take place April through May 31 for the Santa Clarita Valley. There are a series of walk-in registrations at local schools, though one can also be registered online. AYSO Region 678 is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that provides age-specific soccer programs for children from age 5 to 18. Parent-volunteers welcome. Info:

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 wil 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.

Scooter's Jungle YMCA fundraiser
The SCV YMCA will hold a fundraiser for kids and adults 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at Scooter's Jungle, 28230 Constellation Road, Valencia. Scooter's Jungle is a themed, indoor playground. The fundraiser will help the YMCA continue to offer services to families who cannot otherwise afford them. Tickets can be purchased at the YMCA at 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Tickets are $10 for kids (age 2 and under are free) and $5 for adults. Pizza and beverages will be available for a nominal fee. Admission can be purchased at the door by cash or check. Info: (661) 253-3593,

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.
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.

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

Pet Expo features ‘Dog Whisperer'
The Pet Expo USA will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons. Cesar Millan, "The Dog Whisperer" to appear and "Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog" is scheduled to perform. Pet entertainment, celebrities, food, music, vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, adoptions green products, services, reptiles, birds, fish, animal therapy, dog rescue. Info: (661) 210-6885, e-mail:

Breakfast with the Gibbons fundraiser
The Breakfast with the Gibbons Fundraiser will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. 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 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 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. Fnd 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. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 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. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Free. 22704 West 9th St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0750.

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 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 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. Info: 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.

661Arts is an alliance of artists and arts organization working together to create and promote awareness of culture in our members, our audience, and in the community as a whole. Many creative groups and individuals in the SCV are working towards the goal of making our valley a place where the arts thrive.

Click here to sign up for the 661Arts email list where you will receive the 661Arts monthly newsletter, performances, photos and video of recent works from arts organizations in the SCV. We can guarantee your information will not be shared, and you will not be spammed. Signing up today enters you in the drawing; one lucky subscriber will win a special package including free admission to a variety of upcoming performances, and a work of art by a 661Arts member.

Old Town Newhall Farmers' Market
Tis' the season to be berry. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are back in season at the Old Town Newhall Farmers' Market. Become a frequent visitor every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Market Street between Main Street and Walnut Avenue. Shop from professional grocers, for healthy wholesome produce and flowers grown in local fields from Oxnard to Temecula.

"What is for dinner?" Tonight, make a fresh fruit salad, from the grocers at the Farmers' Market. You will also find year round produce, such as tomatoes, carrots, soybeans, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach. While you are there, get the last of the seasons daffodils or the beginning of the seasons sunflowers to brighten up your dinning table. Keep it local at the Old Town Newhall Farmers' Market every Thursday! For more information, visit

Parkmobile Party Packages
Do you have a birthday party, family reunion or company picnic coming up? Choose one of our four fabulous party packages to celebrate your special day! Each two-hour party package is designed for ages five years and older. You can choose to have your party at a City of Santa Clarita park or in the front yard of your home. For more information, call (661) 284-1465 or email

Performing Arts Center
Tom Rush and the Lovell Sister (May 16)
As the man who arguably paved the way for the folk-pop sound of the '60s, Tom Rush's decades-long impact on the American music scene has been profound. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him a legend with audiences around the world, and his Club 47 concerts helped propel into stardom such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin and many more! For more information, visit

Los Lobos (May 29)
Broke into the mainstream music scene with its stirring rendition of the Richie Valens classic "La Bamba" for the big-screen movie, but began in 1973 as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles. The band has evolved into a respected artistic entity searching for themes and topics that are an interpretive pulse of our times. For more information and to purchase seats, call (661) 362-5304.


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