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Posted: January 9, 2010 7:48 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch


Internationally acclaimed African Children's Choir will perform a free community concert; donations accepted. 6 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Dr., Saugus. Info: (877) 532-8651.

Jan. 13
"Smarter Seniors Forum" presented by the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affair will include: telemarketing fraud, identity theft, abuse, advanced health directives, and reverse mortgages, 1 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (213) 974-7238.

Learn how to help pay for college in a tough economy during a workshop with Mick Endersbe, presented by Thrivent Financial Centre Pointe Group, 7 p.m., Valencia High School Theater, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 295-9616.

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

Jan. 17
Organized by Congregation Beth Shalom for the family of SCV resident Jani Schofeld, a severely schizophrenic 9-year old who has been featured on "Oprah" due to the extent of her condition. Funds raised will help Jani's parents with her care. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Valencia. Info: or

Jan. 21
Hart High School Show Choir will perform their annual Cabaret Pops Concert, conceived, directed, choreographed, and produced entirely by the students. 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, Hart High School auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

Children's bureau is seeking families to consider adoption of children 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 Speedway 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

San Fernando High 50th reunion
Saracens class of 1960 is 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:

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 in 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.

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. 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Seven Reasons Why People Choose Cremation in America with Alan Benedict of Neptune Society.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Doctor's Open forum with Dr. Amy Goff of Providence Health & Services.

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.

WorkSource workshops
Monday, Jan. 11 - Basic Computer Skills, 10 a.m. - noon

Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Job Fair, 10 a.m. - noon

Wednesday, Jan. 13 - 9 - 11:30 a.m., by appointment only

Thursday, Jan. 14 - CalJobs/Internet Job Search - 9 - 11 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 25 - Transferable Skills, 9 - 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - Networking Job Club, 9 - 11 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28 - 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.

Community Hiking Club
Sunday, Jan. 10 - Wildwood Park, moderate hike, 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 16 - Sierra Pelona, moderate hike, 8:15 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17 - Dearing Trail, five-mile round-trip hike, 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21 - Homeschool Kid's Hike at Golden Valley, 8:20 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23 - Fish Canyon, easy to moderate, 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Free

Info: or

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 as well as how to plant bareroot roses and more. Free. Info: Kitty Belendez at (661) 296-5033, or e-mail RSVP so that we can provide sufficient seating, handout materials, and refreshments,

Sixth annual bridal show
"Timeless Style or Modern Twist?" is the theme for this year's show, featuring planning seminars, fashion shows, raffles, vendors, food samples, and more, free admission, $5 parking, 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster. Info:

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 March 27.

Topics include study of native plants, ecology, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, geology, valley history and interpretive techniques. Other volunteer opportunities are available that do not require the nine-week training program. (English/Spanish) volunteers and docents needed. Info: (661) 259-7721 or e-mail:

Relay for Life Committee
Join the planning committee for Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, Residence Inn, Stevenson Ranch. Info:

Self defense class for women
Learn how to defend and protect yourself against attack, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, Temple Beth Ami Sisterhood. Free. Info:

Stroke Awareness Seminar
Providence Holy Cross presents a free seminar on the signs of stroke, including screenings for two triggers - high blood pressure and high blood sugar, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, North building conference rooms. RSVP requested. Info: (818) 847-4535 or

Preparing for New Baby
Farid Yashapour, M.D., will lead an hour-long discussion on "Preparing for pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby," free, 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, Providence Holy Cross Health Center, 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch, community room. Info: (888) 432-5464.

Craig Shoemaker "The Love Master"
Special weekend with four shows from one of the country's most popular comics, 7 and 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan. 16, JR's Comedy Club, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia (inside Marie Callender's lounge). $22 show, $34.99 dinner and show. Info and reservations: (661) 259-2291.

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 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 255-0519.

Friends of Libraries Book Sale
Used book sale to benefit the three Santa Clarita Valley libraries, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, JoAnne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-3980 or (661) 252-2255.

SCV Off the Grid Meeting
Founded to promote solar, wind, and watershed technologies in the SCV, organization holds monthly meetings, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, RSVP for address. Info: (661) 259-3704.

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

Early bird team registration due
Register now 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. or e-mail Info: (661) 298-0886, Option 3.



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