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Posted: December 1, 2009 9:52 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Holiday Home Tour Preview Gala offers guests a first look at this year's home tour and a festive buffet dinner, 6 p.m., Tournament Player's Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. $125. Info: (661) 253-8051 or

Placerita Canyon Nature Center Associates present their annual Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Make your own Holiday Crafts with supplies provided. Wreaths, Yule logs, candle-dipping and pinecone birdfeeders are only a few of the crafts you and your children will enjoy making for a minimal charge. All proceeds benefit animal upkeep at the park. Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 W. Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-7721.

Tour three Santa Clarita Valley homes decorated in their holiday best during the 29th Annual Holiday Home Tour, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., locations revealed upon ticket purchase. Info: (661) 253-8051. Holiday Home Tour The Holiday Home Tour Boutique offers shoppers a wide array of handcrafted, unique gifts and is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Assembly Hall, 23233 West Lyons Ave., Newhall.

Celebrate Bill Hart's 145th birthday at Cowboys and Carols to be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the William S. Hart Mansion and Museum. $20. Music from the Cross Town Cowboys, tour of the mansion and refreshments. Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Native American children. Reservations required. (661) 254-4584.

A benefit concert by the Symphony of the Canyons will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, December 5, at the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is $7 and tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds raised will be used to buy instruments and music equipment for students in the Newhall School District music department. Info or to make donation arrangements contact Shaira Bhanji at (661) 255-8676 or

Dec. 6
Community Tree Lighting at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will kick off the season with holiday entertainment, refreshments, children's crafts and activities, letters to Santa, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 2 - 5 p.m. (tree is lit at 5 p.m.), 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: or (661) 253-8089.

Upcoming Events
Cell phones for soldiers drive

Hart High School cheerleaders will collect old cell phones for soldiers, which are recycled with funds used to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops serving overseas, throughout the month of December. Phones can be dropped off at the Hart High administration office at 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall, or at KHTS AM Radio Station at 27225 Camp Plenty Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 254-7231 or

Serendipity auction for Guild
Annual event raises funds for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild with opportunities to bid on auction items, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m., Residence Inn Banquet Room, The Old Road, Valencia. Info:

Spark of Love Holiday Toy Train
Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will visit the Newhall station 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and the Via Princessa station 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Bring a toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Info:

AARP Driver Safety Program
Refresher class qualifies participants 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance; eligible after completion of the eight-hour class within the past four years, 2 - 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. AARP members $12, non-members $14. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Operation Thank Our Troops
Community wide donation drive through Dec. 5 to collect items for holiday care packages and money for shipping to U.S. troops serving overseas. Donation barrels located at Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs, and Pavillions. Wish list items include personal toiletries, non-perishable snack foods, CDs, DVDs, and calling cards. Also needed are Beanie Babies for Afghan and Iraqi children and winter scarves for the troops. Help fill the packages from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, Newhall Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Info: or (661) 799-8865.

Artists' Association holiday boutique
The Santa Clarita Artists' Association will host a Holiday Boutique, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Valencia Library Community Room, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Artwork created by all 10 artists who were guest speakers in the 60 Minutes with an Artist series. Original art, prices around $25. Info: (661) 255-3050 or e-mail

Pet photos with Santa at Pet Stop
Have your pet's photo taken with Santa to benefit the Pet Assistance Foundation. First 8X10 is $10. Assorted photo sizes available. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, pet Stop, 19154 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country (located in the Vons Center.) Info: (661) 260-3140 or visit

Betty Ferguson holiday boutique
Betty Ferguson Foundation hosts its annual holiday fundraiser boutique in new location, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 25510 West Ave. Stanford, Suite 104, Valencia. Vendors needed. Info: (661) 702-8712.

Literacy and arts festival Hart Park
Free day of family fun and entertainment, including storytelling, music, dance, crafts, stage shows, ice sculpture, Build-A-Bot, book swap, and food, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

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:
Monday, Dec. 7 - Cooking Club "Snowflake Treats" - 6 -8 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus.
Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Art Experience Christmas Gift Project, 7 - 9 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus.
Thursday, Dec. 10 - Volunteer Opportunity - 9 - 11 a.m., Help The Children, 26450 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

Light Tour seeks street and homes
The annual Santa Clarita Valley Holiday Light Tour hosted by The Signal is now accepting entries. To enter submit entry form from Friday's Escape section found in The Signal. Theme is "Old Fashioned Holidays." Deadline is Dec. 2. Info:

Holidays at Valencia Granary Square

The Merchants of Granary Square invite you to celebrate at Granary Square, McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive in Valencia:
Saturday, Dec. 5
Noon to 3 p.m. Free photos with Santa (limit 2), near Hallmark, Holiday music by DJ Sammi Lanthier; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Kids magician with puppets and animal balloons by Doug Hoover; 1:45 to 2 p.m. United Studio of Self Defense demonstration by Rich Dolan; 2 p.m. Dance performance by Shooting Stars Dance Studio (Performances and near My House Plumbing & Great Wise Vitamins)

Rock Club Holiday potluck
Sierra Pelona Rock Club hosts its annual Christmas potluck party and white elephant sale fundraiser, noon, Sunday, Dec. 6. Info:

SCV Mother of Twins boutique
More than 20 vendors offering unique items, including baked goods, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Newhall. Raffles, plus free cookies and coffee. Portion of proceeds will benefit Carousel Ranch. Info:

Free admission to Magic Mountain
Earn free admission to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia Dec., 5-6 and Dec. 12-13 when you donate a $15 toy to the annual Toys for the Holidays toy drive. Price tag or receipt must accompany toy.

L.A. Orienteering Club meet
"Vasquez Variety Pack" nationally sanctioned orienteering event, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 - 6, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon, Agua Dulce. Info: (626) 398-8330.

Debra Beryle book signing
Author of "Singing the Song of Life: A One-Woman Symphony," will sign the book from 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, Borders Books, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 645-6741.

Children's Hunger Fund benefit
Pamper yourself before the holiday rush begins, take some time just for yourself while feeling good about helping less fortunate children, Sunday, Dec. 6. benefit for the Children's Hunger Fund. $75 includes massage, skin care tips and products, make-over touchup and tips, glamour photo, refreshments, giveaways and more. Reservations required. Space is limited. Contact Sue Saffir (661) 254-9392.

Spine Education Classes
Valuable information on how to take better care of your spine, including lifestyle changes for pain management and prevention of future injuries, 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, Outpatient Therapy Services Office, ACC Building, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 25751 McBean parkway, Suite 310, Valencia. Free. Reservations requested. Info: (661) 253-8959.

Free Community CPR Class
The American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR program teaches how to perform CPR in adults and how to help an adult who is choking, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Registration required. Info: (661) 253-8888.

Care for Your Heart Health Fair
Sponsored by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, attendees can visit several screening stations for complimentary cholesterol and glucose tests, blood pressure monitoring, height and weight measurement and body fat analysis, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market Street, Newhall. Info: (661) 253-8408.

Follow the Star to Bethlehem event
Follow The Bethlehem is a free walk through, or drive through event, depicting the life of Jesus Christ in 13 live scenes with actors, dramatic music, live animals and scripture, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 11-13. Walkers may enjoy hot chocolate, and caroling in the courtyard. Bring a non perishable food donation for Help The Children. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. (661) 252-0622,


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