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Posted: December 5, 2009 9:24 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Dates to Watch
Community Tree Lighting at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital offers free 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.

Dec. 12
Third annual holiday scaling of The Beast to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, 7:30 a.m., where Newhall Ave. dead ends, just east of Highway 14. Sponsored by Santa Clarita Runners and Superior Alarm Systems. $20 pledge earns T-shirt and bragging rights. Info:

Historic homes will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public for viewing, noon to 5 p.m., Heritage Junction, William S. Hart Park, Newhall Avenue, Newhall. Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society open house. Info: (661) 254-1275.

32nd annual parade with this year's theme "Merry Christmas to Our Soldiers," live music, bike rodeo, jolly jumper, mechanical bull contest, bingo, horseshoe tournament, food and crafts for sale, noon, Saturday, Dec. 12. Bring a card, letter, or supplies to be sent to soldiers. Info: (8-5) 527-0527 or

Free holiday celebration with Santa's Village, games, crafts, jumper and refreshments, and children's gifts from Santa, 10 a.m. - noon, Richard Rioux Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 222-9536.

Dec. 13

Annual "Winter Wonderland" fundraiser to support rescue animals and violence prevention, includes sledding and playing in real snow, food, hay rides, unique holiday gifts, and appearances by the Santa Cow and the Ice Princess, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gentle Barn, 15825 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. $20 adults/$10 children. Info: (661) 252-2440.

Dec. 19

"Heart of the Holiday" food drive featuring dogs from The Brittany Foundation, samples of Margo's Bark Root Beer, treats, music, playtime, and story time for kids, noon - 3 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Buy supplies and food for the Brittany Foundation on-site and/or bring a new, unwrapped toy for "Toys for Tots." Info: (661) 260-2377, ext. 210.

Upcoming Events
Angelfood at Methodist Church
When your food dollars are shrinking, Angelfood at Valencia United Methodist Church is here to help. Contact us for information or ordering at

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 - Snowflakes & Service Volunteer Opportunity - 9 - 11 a.m., Help The Children, 26450 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country
Friday, Dec. 11 - Snowflakes & Service Holiday Night at the Races, 7 - 9:30 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

The Lost Patrol support group
Serving Vietnam era veterans and their families in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Simi, and Antelope Valleys, support group at 10:10 a.m. third Sunday of each month, Marie Callender's, 27630 North The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 296-6699 or

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

Assistance League holiday shopping
Take Two Resale Shop features holiday items and decorations for sale, as well as high-quality resale merchandise. Proceeds benefit various philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell. Info: or (661) 255-1991.

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 Pavilions. 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.

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. 12
Noon to 3 p.m. Free Pet Pictures with Santa (limit 2), near Bree's Pet Depot; pet adoptions by Angel's Canine Rescue at Bree's Pet Depot; 11 a.m. Saugus High Carolers perform around the Center; noon West Ranch High Chorale perform around the Center; 1 p.m. Hart High Carolers perform around the Center
Saturday, Dec. 19
Noon to 3 p.m. Free photos with Santa (limit 2), near Hallmark; Holiday Music by DJ Sammi Lanthier; Treats on the Square (Popcorn & Cotton Candy), near My House Plumbing & Bree's Pet Depot

Community Hiking Club
Saturday, Dec. 12 - Island Fox Nature Series followed by a nine-mile round-trip hike at Placerita Nature Center, 9:15 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13 - Condor micro-trash clean-up with girls scouts, 1 - 3:30 p.m. at Bear Divide.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 - SCV Green Meeting, 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17 - Canyon Trail at Placerita with Home School Kids, 8:15 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19 - Hike into the Narrows at Towsley Canyon, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19 - Devil's Chair Hike, seven-miles, altitude, 8:15 a.m.
Info: or

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

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

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

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 will receive a Heart Health passport and 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,

Labor of Love Saturday class
Expectant parents can learn more about the birthing experience and what to expect when the baby gets home, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Human Resources building, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. $150 per couple. Registration required. Info: (661) 253-8607.

Credit & credit history workshop
Covers the basics of borrowing, interest rates, credit cards, loans, credit reports, and credit scores, and how to build a solid credit history, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, Jo Anne Darcy Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Part of LifeForward, a free workshop series for women. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 252-9351.

Appleseed Shoots at Piru Rifle Range
Wes Thompson's Piru Rifle Range will host an Appleseed Shoot Saturday and Sunday, 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 Sunday Matinee
Shirley Temple's "The Little Princess" will be shown. There is also a Shirley Temple look-alike contest (pick up entry form at Senior Center), 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Canyon Country candle lighting
The Santa Clarita Chapter of Compassionate Friends will host their annual Worldwide Candle Ceremony to honor memories of children, siblings, and grandchildren, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Canyon Country Park, 17615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-4654 or

Master Chorale ‘Tis the 10th Season
The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will host a holiday concert 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 to celebrate the Chorale's 10th season in the SCV. Santa clarita Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets $26-$10. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit

Henry Mayo winter blood drive
Give back and help save a life by donating blood, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Tuesday, Dec. 15, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital/College of the Canyons Education Center, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Registration required. Info: (661) 253-8888 or www.givelife.



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