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Posted: December 29, 2009 9:35 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Dates to Watch
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, Hyatt Valencia, Town Center Drive, Valencia.  Special $40 ticket for after-dinner party from 9 p.m. - midnight includes dessert buffet, dancing, and more. 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. Engelmann Cellars will be showcasing their wine. Tickets: $60 per person — In Advance $100 per Couple — In Advance $75 per person at the door (21 and over). Hors d’ oeuvres by RSVP-The Catering Company, wine, beer, soft drinks and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Info: (661) 288-0000 or purchase tickets online at 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 on New Year’s Day. Your name will be added to the Polar Bear Club Plaque in the trophy case. The waterslide will be open and coffee and snacks will be provided. For information,  contact (661) 250-3766. Drop-ins are welcome at this event. Contact: Chris Lundie, (661) 250-3766 or e-mail:

Jan. 17
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., Valencia High School Theater, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 295-9616.

Jan. 21
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.,  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.

Upcoming Events
Saugus Swap Meet Coat Drive

Donate a clean, gently used or new coat at the donation box available every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday Jan. 1 - 31 at the shopper entrance gate to receive free Sunday admission; vendors receive $5 off selling space with each donation, Saugus Speedway and Swap Meet, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Donations will be distributed to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Shelter. Info: (661) 259-3886 pr

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

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.

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:
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.
RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

Senior Center lectures/clinics
All lectures held 1-2 p.m. in activity rooms 1 & 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Glaucoma with Dr. Craig Helm of Valencia Opthalmology.
Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Smarter Seniors Forum Health & Wellness event with County of Los Angeles Fifth District Department of Consumer Affairs. 1 - 3 p.m. in dining room.
Every Wednesday- From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3.
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Blood Sugar/Diabetes Clinic - registered dietitian Lori Robinsin will provide free blood sugar testing, 11 a.m. - noon, day care office.
Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 ext. 138.

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. Free. Info: (661) 296-5033, or e-mail RSVP requested.

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:

Happy New Year SCV Singles
Start the year with new friends and possibly a new relationship at SCV Singles mixer, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, Robinson Ranch Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Free. Info: (661) 252-8484.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Qualifies participants 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, eight hour class, 2 - 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, $12 AARP members, $14 non-members, SCV Senior Center, 22900 M arket St., Newhall. Info: (661) 255-0519.

Jani’s Giant Garage Sale
Organized by Congregation Beth Shalom for the family of SCV resident Jani Schofeld, a severely schizophrenic nine-year-old who’s been featured on Oprah due to the severity of her condition. Funds raised will help Jani’s parents with her care. Great selection of items at low prices; donations are also being sought. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Valencia. Info: or

Sierra Pelona Rock Club
Interested in mineralogy, lapidary, or geology? Bring your rocks and join the Sierra Pelona Rock Club for the ir monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:

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.

Grief share support group
“Your journey from mourning to joy” support group for those who have suffered a loss, 12 week program, 7 p.m., starts Tuesday, Jan. 26, New Life Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-4654 or (661) 916-2033.

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

SCV Elks Roast - Jay Thomas
Roast for Jay Thomas of Six Flags Magic Mountain, emceed by Bob Kellar, proceeds to benefit Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Saturday, Jan. 30, Santa Clarita Lodge No. 2379, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 257-2339, ext. 308 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

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

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.

Life Change/Infinite Possibility
Taught by Mike Dooley, 7 p.m., first Thursday of every month excluding holidays, no RSVP necessary. 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Info: (661) 942-4220 or

Project Return peer support
Self-help group for people who recognize they have a mental illness meets 12:30 p.m.Wednesdays and 12 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, #200, Valencia. Info: (661) 600-4689.

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.

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.

Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 713-8634.

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.

Parents with addicts group
A support group for parents who are coping with a son or daughter’s drug or alcohol addiction will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday night at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 27107 Tourney Road in Valencia, Conference Room #1 on the second floor. Adults only. Info: (661) 296-1939.

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 Street. Info: (661) 259-6109,

Narcotics Anonymous
If you believe you have a drug problem Santa Clarita Narcotics Anonymous is here to help. Info: (661) 299-5599 for referral.

Assistance League of Santa Clarita
Assistance League meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Assistance League  operates the all-volunteer Take Two Resale Shop located at 24364 Main Street in Newhall. Store hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: (661) 255-1991.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group, meets on Thursdays at Fellowship Christian Church, 226889 Bouquet Canyon Road, #C, in Saugus. Weigh-in from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Info: (661) 251-5144.
Duplicate bridge game in Castaic
There will be a duplicate bridge game every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex until the new addition is completed at the Senior Center in Newhall.  Info: (661) 803-2266.

Rancho Camulos Museum
Docent-led public  and group tours are offered by appointment year-round. Suggested donation, $5/adults, $3/children and students. Info: (805) 521-1501,  

Vasquez Rocks programs
The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a variety of events at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce.
Birds of Prey Presentation — The first Sunday of every month, at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.
Ranger Guided Hikes — The second, third and fourth Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. Meet at the park office.
Beginners’ Hike — Easy hike through the park, approximately one hour. Meet at the park office. Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Info: (661) 268-0840. 

Santa Clarita Artists’ Association
Monthly meetings of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association are held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, excluding holidays, at Westfield Town Center Mall Community Room. Non-members are welcome and may attend their first meeting for free. Info:


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