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Posted: May 26, 2009 4:11 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The 11th annual Relay For life  will begin 9 a.m. Saturday and end Sunday at 9 a.m. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Teams will gather at Central Park off Bouquet Canyon in Saugus and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Info: or e-mail:

The 2009 SCV Wine Classic will be held 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Dozens of new-release fine wines, rare and vintage wines, souvenir glasses and trays, gourmet food, live auction, silent auction. Tickets: $70 each $135 per pair through May 29. $80 each, $155 a pair at door. Designated driver: $35 each. Info: (661) 362-3737,

Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley will host the inaugural High-Heel-a-thon: To Stomp Out Domestic Violence.  The 150-yard walk will be held 9 a.m. Sunday, May 31.  A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley.  Begins at Hart Park and ends at the Walnut Street yellow Victorian center.Once participants cross the finish line, they receive a gift bag filled with goodies, an embroidered T-shirt and more. Participation fee is only $40. To participate as a sponsor or walker, contact Jodi Stokes, e-mail 

June 6
“How the West Was Sung” concert by the Santa Clarita Master Chorale. 8 p.m. Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. The Chorale will mark its 10th anniversary concert with ions like “Home on the Range,” “Skip to My Lou,” and “Shenandoah.” Info: (661) 254-8886, e-mail:,

June 13
The 38th Annual Boys & Girls Club of SCV Benefit Auction  will be held 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the  Mann BioMedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. Auction and dinner to benefit 3,500 youngsters at the Boys & Girls Club of SCV. Info: Ivan Price, (661) 254-3063. E-mail:,

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.

Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 713-8634.

Rancho Camulos offers tours

Docent led public tours are available without appointment February through November, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and year-round by appointment.  Rancho Camulos is a National Historic Landmark where the early Californio lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment and was the setting for “Ramona,” the 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson that generated national interest in the history of Hispanic settlement in California and the impact on Native Americans. Suggested donation for the one hour tour is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students. The Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5

Become a part of where the history, myth and romance of Old California still linger.  Lead tours or volunteer to assist with other museum activities depending on your interests and availability.  Join us as we expand to meet the needs of our new Visitor Center.  Info: or call the museum (805) 521-1501.

Farmer’s Market at COC parking lot
The Santa Clarita Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8 in Valencia. Info: (805) 529-6266,

‘Toastmaster’ public speaking group
The “Specialty Toastmaster Club” meets every other Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Specialty Labs’ Theater at 27027 Tourney Road. Meetings are for people who want to learn, practice and improve public speaking skills. Info: (661) 210-2435.

Soccer sign-ups until Sunday
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 parents. The class is held at the Newhall Area California Highway Patrol Station, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia.  Classes will be held 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.

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.
Wednesday, May 27 – Practice Interviewing – 9 a.m. to  11 a.m.

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson’s Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
June 20-21
July 18-19
Aug. 22-23
Sept. 19-20
Oct. 17-18
Nov. 14-15
Dec. 12-13
Learn proper shooting techniques and more at this family-friendly event. The Wes Thompson Piru Rifle Range is located at 6700 Holser Canyon Road, Piru, CA 93040. Info:

Open House at Gorman Learning
The Gorman Learning Center is a nonprofit, California public charter school with students who complete independent study and may also attend a learning center two days week. The center will host an open house and curriculum fair 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at  Gorman Learning Center at Faith Community Church, 24620 Meadowridge Dr., Newhall Parents of current, past and interested students are invited to peruse the educational choices available at Gorman Learning Center, while enjoying the displays of work from the Gorman Learning Center classes. Event info: (661) 478-1618.  General school info: (909) 307-6312.

Cameron Smyth to speak at IHOP
The SCV chapter of the California Repubican Assembly will welcome Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at IHOP, 24737 Pico Canyon Road, Valencia. Dinner is $11 and open to the public. Info and to RSVP Michael Hildebrand at or (661) 373-9387.

DAA will discuss health care
The Democratic Alliance for Action (“DAA”) meeting will feature Dr. Mel Kirschner of Health Care for All, California.  What are the current State and Federal health care proposals?  Can single payor best serve Californians?  7 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall.  All Dems welcome.  Info: (661) 222-7194.

‘Just Friends‘ Tea and Fashion Show
Includes an elegant English tea and luncheon, fashion show presented by Macy’s, silent auction and opportunity drawings. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30.  $60 per person.  Proceeds to benefit Holy Cross Hospital Medical Center. Info: Lucy Russo at (818) 700-8230 or the Foundation office at (818) 898-4600.

Iron Circus to benefit LETMESAIL
LETMESAIL and Metal Mullisha Events presents “Iron Circus,” Saturday, May 30. Features six top-tier professional freestyle motocross athletes performing an electrifying array of mid-art tricks across a 75-foot gap, and a performance by Asphalt Messiah. Proceeds benefit LETMESAIL, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic, social, recreational, and educational programs for its “differently-abled”  clients. Gates open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; kids under 12, $10 (cash only, no credit cards). Saugus Speedway,   22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 702-8855 or

Hoedown at Tesoro Adobe
Tesoro Adobe Historical Park and the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association will host a western-style hoedown noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Music, artwork and free tour of the museum. Guest of honor will be cowboy movie star Harry Carey Jr. A juried art show, themed Wild West Artists, will include landscapes, mountains, ranches, cowboys, cowgirls, cacti, horses, Longhorn steer, cows, etc. Art, photography and sculpture will be available for purchase.  Info:

Comedians of the Canyons at COC
Students enrolled in College of the Canyons advanced improvisational performance theater class presents an improv show 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30 in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202 on the Valencia COC campus. The show is free and open to the public. Info:

60 Minutes with a portrait artist
The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association presents Tandy Zorba, fourth speaker in a series of free art lectures entitled 60 Minutes with an Artist, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Tandy’s topic is Living Portraiture.  View Tandy’s work at: Info: (661) 618-8843 or (661) 251-0944. For additional information visit

Special Olympics at   GU in Valencia
Special needs athletes from throughout Southern California will converge upon Gymnastics Unlimited in Valencia 10 a.m. Sunday, May 31, as the local gym and the Santa Clarita Valley chapter of the Special Olympics host the gymnastics competition of the region’s Special Olympics summer games. Spectators will be admitted free. Gymnastics Unlimited, 28373 Constellation Road, Valencia, in the Rye Canyon Business Park. Info:

SCV Off the Grid meets at Saturn
SCV Off the Grid monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Discussions to promote solar, wind and watershed technologies in the SCV. One goal is to convert whole neighborhoods by getting HOAs to buy bulk and keep cost down for families that want to retrofit their homes. Saturn of Santa Clarita second floor meeting room, 23645 Creekside, Valencia. Info, RSVP to Steve Kassel (661) 259-3704.

Dive into shape with Aqua Fitness
Linda Bennett, fitness director of the SCV Seniors facility, will teach a Tuesday/Thursday session of Aqua Fitness at Bouquet Canyon Seniors facility, 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus beginning Tuesday, June 2.  Water Walking/warm-up begins at 8:30 a.m.  The Active class runs 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Students are asked to bring a towel, aqua shoes, sunscreen, and bottled water.  The cost is $5/class for those over 60, and $6/class for those under 60. Classes run through October.  Info: Linda, (661) 993-3969 or SCV Senior Center (661) 259-9444, or e-mail Linda at 

Art and jewelry boutique June 4
The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association (SCAA) and Artistic Smiles Family Dentist & Orthodontist will host a public reception with an art and jewelry boutique on 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 5-7 pm.  Affordable art and jewelry will be displayed for purchase as well as the art hanging on the walls of the corridor and dental rooms. Refreshments will be served. SCAA Members, Jackie Sofen and Peggy Patti will display miniature paintings in frames.  Jaylene Armstrong will showcase her jewelry. Jackie Nichols will be selling hand-painted wooden plaques and small paintings. Evie Ross will have a table of digital motivation prints. Artistic Smiles, 24155 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia.  (661) 222-7724.

Boy’s Night Out to benefit nonprofit
The  Boy’s Night Out to benefit Domestic Violence Center of SCV will be held 6 p.m. Friday, June 6. Men’s only BBQ and cigar night hosted by Bob Kellar – a catered yet casual event with an open bar and cigars. All proceeds benefit the Domestic Violence Center of the SCV. Info: (661) 259-8175.

Personal finance workshop
A free personal finance workshop will be held Saturday, June 6, at Valencia United Methodist Church at 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Professionals will present such topics as personal budgeting, mortgage counseling, credit counseling, insurance and wills. Child care will be provided. Reserve your spot at (661) 284-1866, ext. 121 and leaving your name and phone number. Info: Ron Vanek, (661) 904-4372.

ALS support group to meet
SCV ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) support group for all affected, including families will meet 1 p.m to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: Kimberley Daughton at (818) 865-8067 x225.

Fiesta Poker tourny fun at Westridge
The Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley’s Fiesta Poker Tournament will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Evening of poker, celebrities, prizes, plus festive food and beverages. Guests will have the opportunity to play for prizes and top honors in a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament alongside celebrities and professional poker players. Buy in is $100, with three rebuys at $40 each, and a final add on of $60. Buy in for cash games is $40. Guests and spectators can join in the fun for $25. 6 p.m. Westridge Horizon Clubhouse, 26960 Sycamore Meadow, Westridge. Info: (661) 803-8149.

2009 Memorial Garden Tour
The Memorial Garden Tour supports two worthy organizations: Wounded Warrior Project and TAPS (tragedy assistance program for survivors) This is a self-guided tour through various gardens throughout the SCV that accepts free-will donations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Info: Contact: Christi Larsen
Phone (661) 433-9141.  E-mail:

VIA Business to Business show
Valley Industrial Association Business to Business Industry Show Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. Booths and sponsorships are available. Info: (661) 294-8088 or e-mail

SCV Quilt Guild activities
The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.  Annual dues are $25.
June 11 — Speaker/designer Rob Appel from Cotton Ball quilt shop
July 9 — Guild auction
Aug. 13 — Game night
Nov. 12 — Guest speaker Alicia about batting
Dec. 10 — Guild holiday party

‘Stagecoach’ at Friday Flickers
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will present John Ford’s landmark 1939 Western film “Stagecoach” starring John Wayne at dusk (around 8 p.m.) Saturday, June 13. Gates open at 7 p.m. The film, which is part of the “Flickers at the Junction” film series, will be presented outdoors (weather permitting) at Heritage Junction, Newhall (inside William S. Hart Park) at 24107 Newhall Ave., Newhall. The suggested donation is $5, which includes free popcorn. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.


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