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Posted: August 18, 2009 8:31 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Help save a life during Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Summer Blood Drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Henry Mayo/COC Clinical Education Center, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. All blood types are needed. Register online at and enter sponsor code: henrymayo. Info:  (661) 253-8888.

Sample outstanding boutique wines courtesy of Vino 100 at the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer “A Pour for the Cause — Panoramic Edition.” 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Sky Tower at Magic Mountain. Enjoy enticing edibles from Buca di Beppo. Cost: $25. Advance purchase required.

Aug. 22
Enjoy great food, fine wine and ale, live music and entertainment at the 18th annual Senior Benefit “Hot August Nights” to benefit the SCV Senior Center foundation 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 at Mann Biomedical Park on 25170 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. Info: Jill Bondy (661) 259-9444 x112 or

Aug. 29
Carousel Therapeutic Riding Ranch’s 13th annual fundraiser “Heart of the West” will be held 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Blomgren Family Ranch. Watch a children’s riding demonstration, enjoy dinner, live and silent auction, casino games and music. Info: Heather Edwards (661) 268-8010 or

Sept. 13
Los Angeles Retarded Citizens will host their annual fundraiser at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 to benefit their operations budget, which has recently been hit by state and federal cuts, at their Santa Clarita Valley Ranch. Entertainment from Tom Nolan Orchestra and a buffet lunch. $125 per person or $325 per family. Info: (661) 296-8636, ext. 219.

Sept. 14
Birdies for Books 19th annual charity golf tournament will be held at the Valencia Country Club,  27330 North Tourney Road, Valencia. Proceeds from event support College of the Canyon’s efforts to provide educational opportunities for students and community members of all ages. Info: For sponsorship information  contact the Foundation Office (661) 362-3737.

Sept. 19
Dianne Van Hook, chancellor of College of the Canyons will be feted at the 10th annual Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor dinner Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tournament Players Club in Valencia. Tickets and info: (661) 702-8712,

Sept. 26
The Boy Scouts of America will honor Bill and Cathy Kennedy, Rick and Ann Patterson and Joe and Barbara Schulman. The dinner reception will be held at the Valencia Hyatt Regency. Info: David Cline (818) 933-0106 or

Oct. 3
All Corked Up hosts the International Wine Festival at College of the Canyons on Saturday, Oct. 3. Enjoy wine tasting, regional foods and a raffle, tickets: $50. Proceeds will benefit the SCV Performing Art Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach program. Info: (661)799-7979 or

Jazz & Blues  Concert Series

The Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway adjacent to the Hyatt Valencia returns  7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 28. Music, food and beverage and activities for kids. Admission is free. 24500 Town Center Drive., Valencia.

Bcak to School at Take Two resale
Assistance League is featuring a “Back to School” event during the month of August at their Take Two Resale Shop located on 24364 Main Street. Hours: Monday- 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday- 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday-9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-10 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit various philanthropic groups, donations welcomed. Info: (661) 255-1991 or

Special education services in SCV
The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) serves Castaic, Newhall, Saugus, Sulphur Springs, and William S. Hart Union High School District to provide special education services for students with identified disabilities from birth to age 22. Info: (661) 294-5398.

Docents needed at Rancho Camulos
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.

Help for your aching back
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has the information you need—
Henry Mayo’s free Spine Education classes are held the second Wednesday of every month, from 5- 6 p.m. in the Outpatient Therapy Services/Ambulatory Care Center, 25751 McBean Parkway, Suite 310. RSVPs are encouraged as space is limited. Optional educational material is available for $5. All ages are welcome. To RSVP, call (661) 253-8959.

Dog rescue seeks volunteers
The Brittany Foundation, a no-kill sanctuary located in Agua Dulce, is looking for dog lovers to help at their ranch. Duties can include cleaning kennels, walking or playing with dogs, grooming and bathing, repairs, and office work or grant writing, as well as assisting at fundraising and adoption events or baking for bake sales. Info: (661) 803-2909 or

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 5 -7 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 17. Attendees need to RSVP (661) 294-5540 and provide  name, parent name and daytime telephone number.

SCV Quilt Guild  activities
The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 -9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.  Annual dues are $25.
Nov. 12 — Guest speaker Alicia about batting
Dec. 10 — Guild holiday party

CLWA Landscape Education series

Learn how to conserve water while you beautify your landscape with free monthly workshops held at Rio Vista Treatment Plant & Conservatory Garden, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road (next to Central Park), Saugus. Info: (661) 513-1230.
Saturday, Sept. 19  Pest Diagnosis: Plant Diseases and Insects
Saturday, Oct. 17  Trees for SCV
Saturday, Nov. 21 – Soils and Fertilizers

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range

Wes Thompson’s Piru Rifle Range will host Appleseed Shoots on the following dates:
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:

Senior Center August lectures
All lectures held 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 — Candy Watson presents information on “Reverse Mortgages.”
Wednesday Aug. 26 — Dr. Amy Goff will hold a “Doctor’s Open Forum”, ask your medical questions.
Free Clinics will be offered at the SCV Senior Center. There will be no glucose checks or foot screening in August.
Every Wednesday- From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 ext. 138.

LETMESAIL August event calendar
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Thursday, Aug. 20 — “SNAP Cheer Practice”; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; LARC Ranch; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road.
Sunday, Aug. 23 — “SNAP Flag Football Practice”; 6-7:30 p.m.; College of the Canyons Upper Field; 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.
Monday, Aug. 24 — “Cooking Club” Chili Cook Off; 6-8 p.m.; Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Sunday, Aug. 25 — “Art Experience” Cornucopia in Pastel; 7-9 p.m. ; Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

High Impact event resource seminars

Wednesday, Aug. 19 - Smart Trade Show Logistics - Strategies and tricks of the trade shows and conferences to save thousands, increasing their ROI.
Thursday, Aug. 20 - Proven strategies and techniques to get maximum return for your investment on a community event.  Info: (661) 3048 or

Hart Quarterback Club golf tourney
The Hart High Quarterback Club hosts the 24th annual golf tournament to be held at Elkins Ranch Golf Course in Fillmore on Saturday, Aug. 22. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Prizes, raffles and auctions are included as well as a BBQ dinner to follow. Information and sign-ups t or call April at (661) 259-9811.

Summer days at the Hart Ranch
The Hart Museum is hosting Summer Days at the Ranch outside of the Ranch House from 9 a.m. - noon,  Saturday, Aug. 22, with activities and crafts for children ages 3 to 10, but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but donations will be accepted. Acorns, Sea and Sage: Chumash Native Americans. William S. Hart Park and Museum Ranch House, 24151 Newhall Ave. Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4584.

Little League fall registration
Canyon Country Little League is accepting registration for the fall softball, T-ball, and baseball season from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 29. Season starts on Sept. 19.  Open to boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 4 and 15. Info: (661) 298-1451 or

An evening of ballroom dance
Presented by Bella Vita Event Planning 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Valencia, Town Center Drive. Dance instruction from 8 - 8:30 p.m., demos until 11 p.m. Free parking, light snacking available. Info: (805) 405-1815.

$5 for $5 at Whole Foods
Celebrate Whole Foods Market Valencia’s five year anniversary with a $5 for $5 sale all day on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23. On Sunday, from noon - 3 p.m., there will be a party with free samples, nutrition info, great food, back to school lunch box ideas, face painting, music, and fun for the kids. Enter to win a shopping cart full of groceries. 24120 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia. Info: (661) 260-2377, ext. 210 or

Grandmother and Me Tea Party
The “Grandmother & Me Tea Party” will be held 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 Plaza Banquet Hall, 23710 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Come celebrate your mother and/or grandmother with lunch, dessert, tea and a fashion show. Tickets: adults-$38, children-$28, RSVP needed, tea attire. Nominate your mother and/or grandmother for the first SCV Queen Grandmother & SCV Queen Mother 2009. Info:

Breast cancer fundraiser

Enjoy a fun night out and help raise money for Angie, as she battles  breast cancer, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 at Scooter’s Jungle. A percentage of the night’s profits will be donated. $8 per child, $5 donation per adult. 28230 Constellation Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 775-3898 or

Hart District  meeting
The William S. Hart High School District will hold a meeting for families in Calgrove/Hidden Valley area on possible boundary adjustments at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, Placerita Junior High School, 25015 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0033, ext. 227.

Newcomers and Friends coffee
Ladies, new to the SCV? Join Newcomers and Friends for coffee on 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m., at Peet’s Coffee and Tea,  27047 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Group includes 170 members and offers luncheons, activities, trips. Info: (661) 299-1834 or

Macintosh users monthly meeting
Monthly Macintosh users meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. at Valencia Mac, 23333 Cinema Drive, Suite 100, Valencia. Following Q & A, the Mac OS X’s capability will be demonstrated. All Mac users and interested parties welcome. Info: (661) 250-4149.

Read With Me!   volunteers sought

The SCV Education Foundation’s READ WITH ME! program is set to start up for a second year. Volunteer orientation and informational meeting 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Age 18 years or older. Info: Ann Unger at (661) 414-4465.

DIVA - Drop in,  visit awhile
Make new friends and join in the fun at the monthly Betty Ferguson Foundation from 11 a.m. -  1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 25510 Avenue Stanford, #104, Valencia. Info: (661) 702-8712.

Santa Clarita    Gardening Club
Interested in gardening? Want to interact with other gardeners? The initial meeting of the Santa Clarita Gardening Club will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 25668 Dorado Drive, Valencia. All levels of expertise are welcome. RSVP required. Info: (661)  259-9845, (661) 250-8345 or

Bunco benefits Circle of Hope

Bunco at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, Sept. 5, 1-3 p.m., 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. $15 in advance, $20 at door includes appetizers and raffle tickets.  Proceeds benefit Circle of Hope, to financially and emotionally assist uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Info: (661) 254-5218.

Parkinson’s Disease 101

A class on the basics of Parkson’s disease for newly diagnosed patients and their families will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., complimentary luncheon from noon - 1 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Northridge Hospital Education Auditorium, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Free class, $1 parking. Info: (818) 885-8623.

Tenth annual Woman of Honor
Dianne Van Hook, chancellor of College of the Canyons will be feted at the 10th annual Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor dinner Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tournament Players Club in Valencia. Tickets and info: (661) 702-8712,

Courtroom artist at SCAA meeting
Bill Robles, courtroom artist and illustrator from widely publicized trials of Patricia Hearst, Rodney King, OJ Simpson, and Michael Jackson, will be featured at the Santa Clarita Artists Association meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. Westfield Town Center Community Room. between food court and JC Penney. Info: (661) 259-5479 or

Hart High Class of 1959 reunion
Members of William S. Hart High Class of 1959 celebrates 50 year reunion weekend of Sept. 25-27. The weekend will include Hart homecoming game, Maroon and Gray Dinner dance, Brunch at Marie Callenders and more. Info: Sharon (775) 721-7503, Barbara (661) 252-0847 or Judy (661) 251-0876.

Parents with addicts group
A support group for parents who are coping with a son or daughter’s drug or alcohol addiction will meet from 7 - 8 p.m. every Tuesday night at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 27107 Tourney Road in Valencia, Conference Room #1 on the second floor. Adults only. Info: (661) 296-1939.

Narcotics Anonymous
If you believe you have a drug problem Santa Clarita Narcotics Anonymous is here to help. Info: (661) 299-5599 for referral.

Assistance League of Santa Clarita
Assistance League meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Assistance League  operates the all-volunteer Take Two Resale Shop located at 24364 Main Street in Newhall. Store hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: (661) 255-1991.

Antique and collectors fair
Antique and collectors fair will be held on the last Sunday of every month, starting at 8 a.m. at COC, Parking Lot 8.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group, meets on Thursdays at Fellowship Christian Church, 226889 Bouquet Canyon Road, #C, in Saugus. Weigh-in from 9:30-10 a.m. Info: (661) 251-5144.
Duplicate bridge game in Castaic
There will be a duplicate bridge game every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex until the new addition is completed at the Senior Center in Newhall.  Info: (661) 803-2266.

Vasquez Rocks programs
The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a variety of events at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce.
Birds of Prey Presentation — The first Sunday of every month, at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.
Ranger Guided Hikes — The second, third and fourth Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.
Beginners’ Hike — Easy hike through the park, approximately one hour. Meet at the park office. Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Info: (661) 268-0840.  

Santa Clarita  Artists’ Association
Monthly meetings of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association are held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, excluding holidays, at Westfield Town Center Mall Community Room. Non-members are welcome and may attend their first meeting for free. Info:


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