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Posted: May 11, 2008 4:30 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2008 5:04 a.m.
Community Safety - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Santa Clarita Valley Station, will host two Community Safety Programs at separate locations. The first event will be held Monday, May 12 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons (26455 Rockwell Canyon Road) in Aliso Hall, Room 101. The second event will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Castaic Elementary School, 30455 Park Vista Drive in Castaic. Information will be provided on brush clearance, evacuation procedures, emergency response training and more. For information contact Deputy Laurie Baylis at (661) 799-5164,, or Deputy Patrick Rissler at (661) 799-5159,

Boys' Night Out
- You are cordially invited to attend Boys' Night Out for barbecue, drinks and cigars on Friday May 16 at 6 p.m., at the home of Bob Kellar, 26166 Ravenhill Rd., Santa Clarita. For information call (661) 251-0783. $100 per person. All proceeds benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita.

Super Jazz
- The Super Jazz Festival and Competition, hosted by West Ranch High School, will be held on May 17 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all-day admission. Thirty-three schools will be in competition. West Ranch High School is located at 26255 West Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Professional jazz musician performances and clinics will be held as well. For information call (661) 513-1233.

Photo Competition - The Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is has about 75 members, many of whom will be at the group's annual print competition on May 17 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Bridgeport Lake Club, 27002 Edgewater Lane in Valencia. There will be over 100 prints on display, live jazz and valet parking. From 9 a.m. - noon that same day, all of those prints will be judged by a panel of pros and the public is welcome to watch and listen. All Corked Up and Santa Clarita Camera are sponsors of the event. For information visit the camera club Web site at or e-mail

Upcoming Events

Soccer Signups
Registration for this fall's AYSO soccer season is underway for Newhall, Valencia, Stevenson Ranch and surrounding areas. Walk in registration will be held at a series of elementary schools or you can register online at Registration will be held from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the following dates at these schools: May 13, Valencia Valley Elementary, 23601 Carrizo Dr.; May 15, Meadows Elementary, 25577 N. Fedala Rd. Registration closes May 31. For more information, visit or e-mail or

Lilac Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, the 26th annual Lilac Festival will celebrate spring's arrival in the alpine village of Pine Mountain Club in the Frazier Park area. It's a weekend of music, arts and crafts, good food and children's activities for all ages. And, yes, there will be blooming lilacs. The event kicks-off at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning with a, followed by the dramatic arrival of a team of acrobatic skydivers parachuting onto the golf course. Throughout the weekend, a variety of food and arts and crafts (more than 100 vendors) will be available in the village, as will children's activities. Entertainment will take place each day in the village gazebo and the pavilion outside Madd Bailey's Pub. Helicopter rides, offering a bird's eye view of the mountain and valley area, will take off from the pad near the fire station. For information contact Mark Bailey at (661) 242-8810.

SCV Computer Club
The 6 p.m. session of the May 14 meeting of the SCV Computer Club will feature a trip down memory lane with a look at computer equipment from the past. Newer technology will then be demonstrated by Bruce McFarland as he shows attendees how easy it is to start and maintain a blog using World Press and associated themes and plug-ins. Mike McCort from CSI, Cyber Specialists International (Data Recovery and Computer Forensics specialists), will talk about computer forensics during the 7 p.m. portion of the meeting. He will also touch on data recovery. For further information, visit or call 252 8852.

Spirit Games
Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley will host its 7th annual Spirit Games on Saturday, May 17. Over 700 athletes from Southern California will compete at various venues across the valley from approximately 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This year's theme is "The Spirit of Joy." Competition will take place at these locations: basketball and Tennis at Hart High School, bocce in Newhall Park, basketball at the Newhall Boys and Girls Club, tennis and basketball at Placerita Junior High School. Dr. Mark Crear, two-time Olympian, motivational speaker and performance consultant will emcee this year's event. The opening ceremony, which starts promptly at 8:45 a.m., will include a parade of athletes and torch run by local law enforcement personnel. An Olympic Village will be open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Newhall Park, with booths, games, music, and food available. These Spirit Games are open to the public at no charge. Volunteers are still needed to assist with this event. Interested individuals should contact the Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley Office at 253-2121 or e-mail as soon as possible.

Wine for the Cure
During the month of May, Vino 100 is partnering with Hope Wine to raise awareness of women's health issues and engage people in the fight against breast cancer by offering an award-winning coastal California Chardonnay that benefits two great causes. With every purchase, Hope Wines donates 50 percent of its profits to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In addition, Vino 100 Valencia will donate 10 percent of Hope Wine Chardonnay sales during May to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center. Vino 100 is located at 28112 Newhall Ranch Road at the intersection of Copper Hill Drive in Valencia. For more information, call (661) 294-6886 or visit

Relay For Life
The annual Relay For Life walk-a-thon, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, is seeking individual participants and teams for the event, as well as sponsors and donations. This year's event will be held at Central Park May 31 - June 1. For information visit or e-mail

Sierra Club Event
Climb to Wilson Saddle Sunday, May 18. Meet at 8 a.m. at Walker Ranch entrance to Placerita Canyon State Park. Leaders: Gaylon Rodin (262-0568), Melinda Arredondo (298-9024).

LETMESAIL (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities will be hosting the following May events for registered clients:
- Monday May 19, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., SNAP Flag Football at the College of the Canyons Upper Field.
- Monday May 19, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Special Needs Sibling program at Bridgeport Elementary MPR, 23670 Newhall Ranch Rd.
- Wednesday May 21, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wellness Wednesday "Building Healthy Relationships - Part III," L.A. County Regional Center, 28470 Ave. Stanford, Suite 100.
- Saturday May 31, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hang Loose Bowling night, Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall.
- For all the events RSVP required by calling Kristel at LETMESAIL (661) 702-8555 or e-mail For more information visit

Mobile Solution Van
Mobile Solutions, a specialized van that brings Braille Institute's programs and services to people who are not able to go to the center in Los Angeles, will be making a stop at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, on Tuesday, May 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visitors can receive free low-vision consultations and learn more about receiving talking books almost immediately. For more information call (323) 663-1111, ext. 1242.

COC Studio Jazz Ensemble Swings
On May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the award-winning College of the Canyons Studio Jazz Ensemble will present a concert of popular and big band swing music. The concert will take place in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting the COC Box office at (661) 259-5304. For information call KC Manji at (661) 362-5913.

'The Full Monty'
The Repertory East Playhouse will continue its Main Stage Series with the hit Broadway Musical "The Full Monty." There will be an opening night gala on Friday May 16, starting at 7 p.m., with the curtain at 8 p.m. The musical runs through June 14. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18/$16. Advance reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, purchase on-line at or call (661) 288-0000. The REP is located at 24266 Main St. in Newhall.

Live Jazz
Live Jazz will perform at the Santa Clarita Valley Photographer's Association Print Competition on Saturday May 17, at 5 p.m. at the Bridgeport Community Center in Valencia. Join Alyse Korn, Scott Roewe and David Tranchilla performing jazz at the spring competition. It will be an evening of photo viewing, prize awards, jazz and wine. The event is free. Wine and snacks provided by All Corked Up. For information visit

The 10th annual Santa Clarita Christian School Golf tournament to benefit the SCCS Athletic Department starts on Monday, May 17, at 8:45 a.m. Sponsorships available. Golfers pay $200. Come join the game for a fun day of golf and fellowship at the Tournament Players Club. For more information call (661) 252-7371.

Golf Classic
The Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Drive Safe Golf Classic tournament returns to Valencia Country Club on May 17. The day of events, including a $50,000 grand prize Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, offers a wide array of team sponsorship and advertising opportunities to benefit emergency and trauma services at Henry Mayo. Tickets can be purchased separately for the awards dinner and auction, which caps the day on the greens. For more information call (661) 253-8082. Volunteers are welcome and should call Andrea Hilton at (661) 253-8086.

Candlelight Vigil
The second annual SCV Candlelight Vigil for the Military will be held on Saturday May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veteran's Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St., in Newhall. Take part in nationwide candlelight vigil to honor our deployed troops and those who gave their lives serving our country. Prayer Angels for the Military will be joined by Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, Chapter 82. We will have speaker, singer and very special prayer for our heroes. Glow sticks will be provided or you can bring your own light. For more information contact Suzon or Dale Gerstel at Prayer Angels for the Military at (661) 799-8865, (818) 606-9677, or, or go on-line at

Paintball Fundraiser
Paintball USA, in conjunction with Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, Chapter 82, of Santa Clarita, will be conducting a fundraiser on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Paintball USA is located at 34855 Petersen Road, Agua Dulce. Paintball USA will donate $10 to Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons for every individual who brings in a flyer and purchases a Paintball Admission Package on this date. Funds will be used to purchase items and postage to send care packages to our deployed U.S. troops, as well as to our wounded, to provide support to the families of our wounded warriors and fallen heroes, and to other military family members. For more information call (800) 919-9237 or visit

Tennis Block Party
A Tennis Block Party will be held on Sunday May 18, at the Summit YMCA park and tennis courts, from noon until 4 p.m. The event is free to the public. Summit Park is located at 26147 McBean Pkwy. in Santa Clarita. The party will include Quick start Tennis (parents teach kids how to play tennis in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere), Demo Racquet Court (test the latest equipment on the market, including the newest racquets), Doubles Clinic (teaching pros help teams make the most of their game - bring your partner and learn something new), Hitting for Prizes. The event is open to everyone. For more information call Mary Vaziri at (661) 714-4330.

EcoFest 2008
Valencia High School's EPA Club will be hosting the first EcoFest on May 18 at Valencia High School, 27801 Dickason Drive, in Valencia, from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. This event is intended to bring the community together for an afternoon of fun while exploring sustainable living through greener, healthier living options. Admission is free. Interested vendors and sponsors should contact Hannah Goldner at (661) 714-4563 or e-mail at

Salon Series
The Theatre Project SCV will offer three Sunday Salons, at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Pl. Performances are scheduled from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on May 18, June 29 and July 20 and include an afternoon from Broadway, film and television. Tickets are $25. For reservations and tickets call (661) 633-3550.

Zonta Golf
Golf reservations and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the third annual Zonta Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, May 19 at Robinson Ranch Golf Course. The tournament can accommodate up to 160 golfers. Sponsorships range from $5,000-title sponsor, to $2,000-eagle sponsors, $1,000-birdie sponsors and a $150-par sponsor. Individual golfers can register for $175 each, which includes golf cart, lunch on the course, a buffet awards ceremony at the end of the day and a gift bag. Play is on the Valley course and begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. For more information visit web site at www.scvzonta, or calling Pat Willet at 259-3845.

Consignment Sale
California Kids Consignment Sales will host their inaugural sales event at the Residence Inn Marriott Conference Center May 30 - June 1. Families with kids can make some money on gently used items their children have outgrown, such as toys, clothing, play equipment, and nursery items. All interested in participating can get more information at Registration closes May 16.

Wine Classic
The 20th annual Wine Classic will be held on May 31. The event is taking place in the Main Gallery at California Institute of the Arts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of vintage and current wines for tasting and purchase, as well as gourmet cuisine from some of the Santa Clarita Valley's finest restaurants and caterers. Discounts will be given to those who purchase tickets early. $65 each/$120 a pair through March 28, $70 each/$130 a pair from March 29 to March 30, $80 each/$150 a pair at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling (661) 362-3415 or (661) 362-5604. Visit

Norman Krieger
As part of Congregation Beth Shalom's Distinguished Performance series, acclaimed pianist Norman Krieger will perform in an exclusive fundraising event at Krieger's private residence in Valencia on Saturday May 31 at 7 p.m. The event will include a reception with the artist from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. and performance from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. All guests will receive an autographed copy of Kringer's new CD, "Brahms Piano Concerto Number One." Tickets are $120, which includes the private reception with wine and hors d'ourvres, Krieger's private recital and an autographed copy of his latest CD. For information call Mary at (661) 254-2411.

'Fasten Your Seatbelts'
The 50-voice Santa Clarita Master Chorale will perform "Fasten your Seatbelts" on Sunday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita. The program features choral blockbusters both classical and popular including "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana," a medley from "Sweeney Todd," "Over the Rainbow" and much more. Tickets are from $14 to $26 and are available online and by telephone and mail order. Order forms are available on the Chorale's Web site, For more information call (661) 254-8886, or e-mail, or write to Santa Clarita Master Chorale, P.O. Box 800459, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-0459.

Water Garden Tour
The fourth annual Santa Clarita Koi and Water Garden Tour will be held on Saturday June 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Santa Clarita Koi and Water Garden Club. Twelve private gardens will be open to the public for viewing with the purchase of a tour book. Since parking at each residence may be limited, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour books are available at Green Thumb Nursery, 23734 San Fernando Rd, Newhall, May 24-26, 31 and June 1 or at Rooms & Blooms, 24264 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, and vision Center at 26506 Bouquet Canyon Rd. in Saugus during normal business hours. An $8 requested donation covers entire traveling party. For more information call (661) 259-6437 or go on-line at

Civil War Day
Thousand Trails Preserve and the American Civil War Society present their annual Civil War Days at Thousand Trails preserve, 4700 Crow Valley Rd. in Acton on Saturday and Sunday June 7 and 8. Camps are open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday. A period dance and gambling hall are scheduled at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The cost is $5 per person. There is no charge for school groups. For information call Thousand Trails at (661) 269-1740.

Basketball Poker
A Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament to benefit Hart High School Basketball will be held Saturday June 7 at the Boys and Girls Club, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Prizes include $3,000/$1,000/$500 gift cards and much more. Players must be 18 and over to play. Space is limited for 270 people. Sign up early. $35 registration fee/$100 donation includes a buy-in of $1,000. Chips not redeemable for cash. Check-in at 4 p.m., cards dealt at 6 p.m. For more information call (661)755-1259.

Basketball Camp
Saugus Hoopsters Boys Basketball Camp is for children 8 - 14 years of age. It will be held June 10 - 12, at the Saugus High School gym. The cost $70. This is a skill development camp. Games will be coached by Saugus varsity players. For registration or more information e-mail

Star Wars Under the Stars
The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Tesoro Adobe Historic Park presents Star Wars under the Stars, A Family Night at the Movies. Free games, dinner, music and museum tours are provided. The event is going to take place on Saturday June 21, at 7 p.m, at Tesoro Adobe Historic Park, 29350, Avenida Rancho Teroso, Valencia. For more information call (661) 259-1750.

Caregiver Resource Day
The Supportive Services Department of the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center is sponsoring a free morning symposium designed to provide assistance to the growing number of caregivers. This public service event takes place on Saturday June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St. in Newhall. This half-day symposium will focus on caregiving issues to enable the attendee to learn new skills to help manage the stresses and frustrations of caregiving, how to reestablish control over their own lives, plan for the future, and manage difficult behaviors by loved ones. For information call 259-1647.

Hollister Shipmates Reunion
There will be a USS Hollister (DD-788) crew reunion in Branson, Mo. September 17-21. Shipmates are being sought. Contact Mrs. Nelda Rupp, 15440 SE Hartnell Ave., Portland, OR 97267. Call at (503) 656-4949 or e-mail at


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