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Posted: December 19, 2009 3:37 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Dates to Watch
The Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents "The Nutcracker Ballet" at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Info and tickets: (661) 251-0366.

"Blue Christmas Service" for people feeling sad and lonely during the holiday season, 4 p.m., Friendly Valley Community Church, 19246 Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall.


Santa Clarita Baptist Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with a candlelight service, including the singing of Christmas carols, special music from Worship Choir, and reading of the Christmas story, 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24, 27249 Luther Drive, Canyon Country.

Dec. 31
"LETMESAIL" New Year's Eve Ball is a New York City-themed evening with cocktails, hors d' ouevres, dinner, dessert bar, live entertainment, dancing, casino games, and a ball drop at midnight, Thursday, Dec. 31, Hyatt Valencia, Town Center Drive, Valencia. Funds raised will benefit LETMESAIL, a non-profit organization that features programs for teens and adults with disabilities. Info: (661) 702-8855 or

Carnivale di Venezia 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Repertory East Playhouse, Thursday Dec. 31. Meet the winemaker. Bret Engelman of Engelmann Cellars will be showcasing his wine this evening. Tickets: $60 per person- In Advance $100 per Couple- In Advance $75 per person at the door (21 and over) Included are: Hors d'oeuvres by RSVP-The Catering Company, wine, beer, soft drinks and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. A cash bar is available for mixed drinks. To purchase tickets call the box office at (661) 288-0000 or purchase tickets online at Dress for men is tuxedos or dark suit and tie; ladies is evening gown or cocktail dresses. All: Carnivale masks and/or costume. Repertory East Playhouse 24266 Main St.,Newhall.

Jan. 1
Join the official Santa Clarita Polar Bear Club 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1 and celebrate the New Year by taking a chilly plunge in the Aquatic Center's waterslide pool. (661) 250-3766. Drop-ins are welcome.

Upcoming Events
San Fernando High 50th reunion
Saracens class of 1960 are having a "Big 50" year reunion. Info: (818) 783-0393 or (661) 904-9507.

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:
Thursday, Dec. 24 - Snowflakes & Service Community Event, gift distribution to pediatric units, call office for more info.
Sunday, Jan. 3 - "Around the World in 90 Days" Japanese New Years Festival, 9 a.m. -2 p.m., call LMS Office
Monday, Jan. 4 - "Anchors Aweigh" Hike Day, 10 a.m., meet at Whitney Canyon Trail.
Monday, Jan. 4 - "Wonderful World Adventure Day Camp," 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., meet at LETMESAIL Office; 28304 Constellation Road.
Wednesday, Jan. 6 - "Wonderful World Adventure Day Camp," 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Meet at LETMESAIL Office; 28304 Constellation Road.
Friday, Jan. 8 - "Wonderful World Adventure Day Camp," 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., meet at S.C. Metro Link Station.
Monday, Jan. 11 - "Cooking Club" Japanese Experience; 6-8pm; Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Thursday, Jan. 14 - "Anchors Aweigh" Volunteer Opportunity, Help the Children; 9-11 a.m.; 26450 Ruether Ave.
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - "Art Experience," Origami Art, 7-9 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Thursday; Jan. 21 - Farmer's Market Experience, 5:30-7 p.m., meet at Old Town Newhall between Main & Walnut.
Saturday, Jan. 23 - "Hang Loose Night" Cherry Blossom Bingo, 7-9 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center; 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Sunday, Jan. 24 - "SNAP Flag Football" Pick-Up Game, 3 - 4:30 p.m., COC Upper Field; 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.
Wednesday, Jan. 27 - "Anchors Aweigh" Volunteer Opportunity, Mailing Project; 9-11:30 a.m., LMS Office 28304 Constellation Road.
Wednesday, Jan. 27 - "Anchors Aweigh" Wellness Wednesday New Year's Goals; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; NLACRC; 28470 Ave. Stanford, Suite 100.
Thursday, Jan. 28 - "Anchors Aweigh" Cardio Kickboxing Class; 9:30-10 a.m.; Santa Clarita Christian Center; 26017 Huntington Lane, Suite B.
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Hiking Club
Sunday, Dec. 20 - Palo Comado/Cheeseboro Canyons Loop, five miles, elevation gain.
Saturday, Dec. 26 - Henninger Flats, moderate, six miles, 8 a.m.
Info:  or .

Lou Gehrig's ALS Support Group
Support group for people with ALS, their families and friends, 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

Braille Institute's Mobile Solutions
The Mobile Solutions van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, offering services such as the sales of assistive devices, library services registration, resource referrals, and more, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Feb. 9, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444, ext. 125.

Rose care and pruning seminar
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society is hosting a free rose care and pruning seminar 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The seminar will feature Rose Consultants Bob Belendez, Kitty Belendez, and Steve Jones who will demonstrate how to properly prune various types of roses. The Rose Consultants will also explain how to plant bareroot roses, how to rejuvenate roses grown in containers, and how to fertilize and mulch. Door prize, rose raffle, and refreshments. There is no cost to attend, and the public is invited. New members who join the rose society (annual dues are $20 per family) will receive a year's subscription to the club's award-winning newsletter "Rose Ecstasy" and a 10 percent annual discount card good at Green Thumb Nursery all year. For more information contact Kitty Belendez at (661) 296-5033, or e-mail RSVP so that we can provide sufficient seating, handout materials, and refreshments. Visit the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society web site at .

Docent classes for Placerita Center
Placerita Canyon Nature Center Volunteer-Naturalist Training Program Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Nature Center 19152 West Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Sessions run from 9 a.m. -noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 11 with a graduation dinner planned for March 27. Topics of the program include the study of native plants, ecology, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, geology, valley history and interpretive techniques. No special background is required. Other volunteer opportunities are available that do not require the nine-week training program. Some of these are trail maintenance, office helpers and gift shop staff. (English/Spanish) volunteers and docents are especially needed. Info: (661) 259-7721 or e-mail: .

College funding workshop
Learn how to help pay for college in a tough economy during this workshop with Mick Endersbe, a nationally recognized expert in the field, presented by Thrivent Financial Centre Pointe Group, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, Valencia High School Theater, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 295-9616.

Early bird team registration due
Now is the time for teams to register to participate in the American Cancer Society's SCV Relay For Life, scheduled for May 22-23 at Central Park in Saugus. Early bird team registration of $100 is available until Jan. 19, after which team registration is $150. Registration assures a team of a campsite at Relay and allows team members to register and raise funds online. Captains can register a team by downloading a registration form from  or by sending an e-mail to Info: (661) 298-0886, Option 3.

Children's bureau adoption meeting
Children's bureau is seeking families to consider adoption of children currently in foster care , including single or married people, teachers, and retirees. Learn more at their monthly information meeting, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, Six Flags Magic Mountain Administrative Office, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. RSVP required to receive directions and drive-on pass to property. Info: (661) 272-9996.

Joint meeting for Zonta/Soroptomist
Celebrate the joint Zonta/Soroptomist meeting, guest speaker Judge Freixes, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, Valencia Hills Clubhouse, Valencia. Info: (661) 254-5931 or

ADD/ADHD/Autism meetings
All natural approaches to dealing with ADD/ADHD/autism spectrum disorders with Q & A and recipe exchanges, 1 p.m. first Saturday of every month (excluding holidays), se habla espanol, limited seating, RSVP required, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Info: (661) 942-4220 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.

Ski and sports club meeting
Santa Clarita chapter of Century City Ski Club meets at 7 p.m., first Tuesday of every month, Marie Callendar's, The Old Road, Valencia. Open to those 21 and older with an interest in snow skiing, snowboarding, wake boarding, bicycling, air chairing, theater outings, and more. Info: (661) 255-8873 or

SC Amateur Radio Club at City Hall
The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club welcomes amateurs and non-HAMs at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held in Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Club members volunteer for L.A. County Disaster Communications Services, DCS, and the city emergency radio services. Info:,

Food Pantry seeks volunteer drivers
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to help pick up donations from local markets on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Info: (661) 255-9078.

Hospice care volunteers sought
Provide support to those facing a life-limiting illness. Our volunteers become part of the hospice care team by making home visits, lending a listening ear, offering caregiver relief, and assisting with errands, as well as bereavement support. Training provided. Info: (818) 895-8000.

Orchestron meets Thursdays
Happy Times Orchestron meets 4 - 5 p.m. Thursdays at The Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Bring your instrument, all instruments and skill levels welcome. Info: (661) 298-9553.

Help for your aching back
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has the information you need-
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 wil be held 5 -7 p.m. Tuesdays on dates to be determined. 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.

Tesoro walk club meets twice weekly
The Tesoro walk club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Info: (661) 702-8953.

Men of Harmony meet in Newhall
The Men of Harmony meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. every Tuesday in the community room of the Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St.. Info: (661) 259-6109,


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