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Your Community: Dates To Watch and Upcoming Events

Posted: October 20, 2009 6:22 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch

Oct. 22
Balance Point Spa Goddess Night will benefit Domestic Violence Center of SCV, 6 - 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Free snacks and beverages and mini-classes; small fee for raffle tickets, martinis, and mini-services, including angel readings, massages, hand paraffin and more. Info: (661) 252-0650.

Oct. 23
The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will host the “Friends Cabaret” benefit at the Valencia Hyatt.  Tickets are $30 including food. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. with cash bar.  For ticket information, call (661) 254-8886 or e-mail

Oct. 24
The Heritage Haunt Pumpkin Festival free family event includes 200 free pumpkins to be carved, 11 a.m.-3p.m. Free shows, music, makeup and paranormal demos, entertainment and a haunted hayride. SCV Historical Society, adjacent to Hart Park, 24107 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

Hollywood and Broadway: An Exclusive Evening with The Brat Pack, featuring theater and musical interpretations of favorite Rat Pack hits, 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, 24266 Main St., Old Town Newhall. Silent auction, food, and a cash bar. Evening raises funds for the Repertory East Theater’s Annual Fund. $25. Info: (661) 288-0000 or

Oct. 25
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station hosts the Annual Haunted Jailhouse, decorated by the SCV Boys and Girls Club, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, Sheriff’s Station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Safe, fun and adventurous outing for the whole family, costume judging, department displays, and game booths. Info: (661) 255-1121, ext. 5159 or

Oct. 28
‘Beauty Mark’ film and panel discussion on body image and disordered eating, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28,  Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Featured speakers include filmmaker Diane Israel, Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund, eating disorder therapist Michele Tamarkin, and sports dietitian Sheri Barke. Free. Early seating recommended. Info: (661) 362-3244.

Upcoming Events

Beginner salsa lessons
Free dance lessons through Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. No partner needed. Tips encouraged. Info: (661) 618-1105.

Power of Pink jewelry sale
Special Brighton Power of Pink bracelet and badge clip on sale at Cobblestone Cottage through Oct. 31 - purchases benefit The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center; Cobblestone Cottage, 24335 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-0209.

Halloween items at Take Two
Costumes, hats, shoes, and accessories available for Halloween ghosts and goblins at Take Two Resale Shop, 24364 Main Street, Newhall. Proceeds benefit various philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing for SCV children in need. Info: (661) 255-1991 or

Teen Moms support group
Supportive, non-judgmental environment for learning, growing, and encouragement, teaching and discussion groups, SCV Pregnancy Center. Teen moms and their babies welcome. Info: (661) 255-0082.

Vendors needed for boutique
Handcrafted, homemade items needed for Women of Peace Holiday Boutique, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, Old Orchard Clubhouse, 23919 Avenida Entrana, Valencia. Info: (661) 297-0698.

Postpartum Passages group
Support group helps moms ease into the transition that a newborn brings, facilitiated by trained specialists, 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation Building, Room 2, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. $10 per person. Info: (661) 200-BABY.

Run Against Hunger sponsors needed
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is seeking sponsors at all levels for the 16th Annual Run/Walk Against Hunger scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25 at Newhall Park. All proceeds benefit the less fortunate in the Santa Clarita Valley. Info: (661) 255-9078 or

SMO ‘Adopt-a-Family’ Program
Single Mother’s Outreach seeks compassionate Santa Claritans to ‘adopt’ and provide gifts for hard working families for this holiday season. Currently, there are 187 active families in the SMO program. Info: (661) 288-0117.

Rancho Pico food drive for Pantry
Fourth annual food drive to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, with students collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items from Nov. 2 - Nov. 20. Community is invited to bring donations to the Rancho Pico Library between 3 - 4 p.m. on school days, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch.

Canyon Country Elks Lodge
Bingo Games held twice a week at Elks Lodge No. 2379, Thursdays, 6 p.m, Sundays, noon, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 251-1500.

LETMESAIL event, activities 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:
Friday, Oct. 23 — Hang Loose Night at Heritage Haunt, 7 p.m., Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall.
Saturday, Oct. 24 — “Snowflakes & Service,” volunteer opportunity for Make-A-Difference Day, call office for details.
Monday, Oct. 26 — “LMS Drama Club” The Music Man Rehearsal; 6:30-8:30pm; 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.

Senior Center lectures/clinics

Wednesday, Nov. 4 — Audiologist Nola Aaronson of Audiology Associates will speak on “Are You Having Trouble Understanding?”
Wednesday, Nov. 11 —  Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital physician Dr. Ronald Schwartz will speak on influenza and colds.
All lectures held 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, Nov. 11 —  Registered dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free glucose testing, 11 a.m. - noon, Day Care office.
Every Wednesday- From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 ext. 138.

WorkSource workshops
Wednesday, Oct. 21 —  Unisea recruitment, 8:30 - 11 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22 —  Interviewing skills, 9 a.m. -  noon
All workshops held at Work Source California Career Resource Center, 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 25, Santa Clarita. Info: (661) 424-1062, ext. 10.

“Hair” at COC
Performing Arts In honor of 40th anniversary celebration of COC and Woodstock, COC’s theatre and music department proudly present: “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” 8 p.m., Oct. 23, 24, and 2 p.m., Oct. 18 and 25, PAC Main Stage, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. $12 adults, $6 seniors and students with ID. Info: (661) 362-5304 or

LA Kids Consignment
Gently used children’s items including clothing, toys, books, and furniture at a fraction of the retail price, Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sunday, Oct. 25, in special partnership with MEND Poverty. Info: (661) 263-1220 or

Auction with a Purpose
Valencia Women’s Connection fall festival luncheon with silent and live auctions and speaker Pam Hage, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, Santa Clarita Activity Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. $22 per person, reservations required. Info: (661) 297-5589.

Democratic Alliance for Action
Candidate forum and regular monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 309-4322.

Adoption support and info meeting
In honor of National Adoption Month in November, Children’s Bureau will host monthly information meetings for those who want more information on adoption, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Qualifying families can receive training, certification, benefits (including medical for children) and 24-hour support.  Info: (661) 272-9996 or visit

Heritage Haunt at Historical Society
Haunted house, pirate cove, haunted hayride, nightmares of the Newhall Ranch House, “Ballet of Sleepy Hollow,” and more, 7 - 10 p.m., Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, SCV Historical Society, 24107 Newhall Ave., Newhall. All proceeds benefit the SCV Historical Society and the William S. Hart Union School District. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

Blue Shadows post horseshow
Youth equestrian drill team fundraiser and show featuring food, raffles, western drills and equitation, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, Peppertree Lane and Hierba Road, Agua Dulce (look for signs). Free. Info: (661) 268-0324 or

Music Student Service League
Reception and recital, 2 p.m., Summerhill Villa, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall.  Info: (661)

Underwater carving contest
Pumpkin carvers in SCUBA gear will create masterpieces underwater, while spectators watch live video, 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. Games, refreshments, and awards. Free. Info: (661) 250-3766 or

Golden Oak computer classes
Hands-on classes with preventive tips to help your hard drive last longer -  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Oct. 24 - “Security.” Golden Oak Adult School, 23201 Dalbey Ave., Valencia. $20. Info: (661) 253-0583 or

Healthy Woman’s Day screenings
Free health screenings from Samuel Dixon Family Health Center for uninsured or underinsured SCV women, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, Boys & Girls Club, Sierra Vista Junior High, Canyon country. Screenings include breast exam, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and heart risk assessment. Mammogram available on site if warranted. Sponsored by Zonta Club of SCV. Appointments are recommended; walk-ins accepted. Info: (661) 257-2339.

Women Activating Change speaker
Judge Graciela Freixes, the first female Cuban-American judge west of Miami appointed to the Superior Court of California in Santa Clarita by Gov. Schwarzenegger, will speak, 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Residence Inn, 25320 The Old Road, Valencia.  $20 including dinner. RSVP  by Oct. 23. Info: (661) 259-1861.

Joint replacement seminar
Free community seminar featuring a team of orthopedic surgeons who will discuss subjects ranging from treating arthritis to the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Hope Conference Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Registration required. Info: (818) 847-4535 or

Newcomers and Friends meeting
Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life?  Join group for coffee, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 24251 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Find out about upcoming luncheons, activities, and trips. Info: (661) 299-1834 or

Lance Miller champion speaker
Special Toastmaster meeting with Lance Miller, the 2005 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Specialty Lab, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 263-6066.

SCV Off the Grid meeting
Monthly meeting for group founded to promote solar, wind, and watershed technologies in the SCV, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27. RSVP for location directions. Info: (661) 259-3704.

Private Fright Fest at Six Flags
Limited tickets for a private Fright Fest include parking, park entrance, Fright Fest mazes, dinner, and dessert, 6 - 11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, Six Flags Magic Mountain. $75 per ticket; portion of sales to benefit Boys & Girls Club of SCV. Info: (661) 254-3063 or and enter 4kids promo code in upper right of website.

Spooktacular kids night out
Halloween-themed games, obstacle courses, trampoline play and run of the gym, with a special Halloween goodbye treat, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, Gymnastics Unlimited, 28373 Constellation Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 257-2496 or

Free ice cream at local McDonalds
Trick or treaters who visit McDonald’s in the Golden Valley Ranch shopping mall dressed in their Halloween costume will receive a free ice cream cone, Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Oct. 31, 19401 Golden Valley Road, Valencia.

Inaugural Monster Dash run/walk

Charitable event with race proceeds benefitting City of Hope, Saturday, Oct. 31, Lombardi Ranch, Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Participants encouraged to dress in costume. Petting zoo, wagon rides, face painting to follow race. Info: (661) 313-1366 or

Premier Halloween tea
The Tea Gardens & Party Wishes premier Halloween tea features special sandwiches, scones, cookies, petit fours, and choice of tea, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2  - 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, The Tea Gardens, 26111 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. $35 per person. Info: (661) 255-9832.

Bella Vita ballroom dancing

Ballroom social at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 (Halloween costume ball), Hyatt Valencia, Town Center, Valencia. $25. Learn salsa, cha-cha, swing, hustle, waltz, foxtrot and many other ballroom favorites. Info: (805) 405-1815.


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