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Posted: June 19, 2008 1:34 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Lexus Jazz and Blues Series - The sounds of live jazz and blues bands once again fill Town Center Drive in Valencia during the 10th annual Lexus of Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series. These Friday night events feature regional, national and international entertainers in a quaint street party setting while offering interactive activities for adults and children.

This year's series will run through Sept. 5. (There is no concert on Friday, July 4.) Hours for the concerts are 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and they take place on Town Center Drive adjacent to the Hyatt Valencia. There is a variety of interactive programming for the entire family, including a Children's Area. No pets or outside food or beverages allowed. Admission is free.

The concert lineup includes:
June 20 - Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys
June 27 - Jeff Jensen Band
July 11 - Gino Matteo
July 18 - Doña Oxford
July 25 - Louie Cruz Beltran
Aug. 1 - Lightnin' Willie & The Poorboys
Aug. 8 - Lori Andrews JazHarp Quartet
Aug. 15 - Tom Nolan Band
Aug. 22 - Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
Aug. 29 - The Delgado Brothers
Sept. 5 - Michael John & The Bottom Line

For more information regarding the series or sponsorship opportunities, call Barbara Myler at (661) 290-2911.

Evening Under the Oaks - The second annual Evening Under the Oaks will be held at the home of Mayor Bob Kellar on June 21 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The outdoor event, which raises funds for the Santa Clarita Symphony, will have a western theme this year and guests are invited to wear their best western "duds."

Dinner will be high-falootin' barbecue, and there will be a mini-western town featuring a general store, bandstand and a saloon reminiscent of the "Gunsmoke" television show. Entertainment will feature The McGrath Project band, as well as musicians from the Santa Clarita Symphony. Admission is $100. For reservations contact the Santa Claria Symphony at (661) 284-6044. For information visit

Star Wars Under the Stars - The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Tesoro Adobe Historic Park presents Star Wars Under the Stars, A Family Night at the Movies. Free games, dinner, music and museum tours are provided. The event is going to take place on Saturday June 21, at 7 p.m, at Tesoro Adobe Historic Park, 29350, Avenida Rancho Teroso, Valencia. For more information call (661) 259-1750.

June 28
Repertory East Playhouse fundraiser - The REP will host Summer Evening with the REP: A New Love on Saturday, June 28 at the River Village of Valencia, starting at 7 p.m. The black tie optional fundraiser will include a petit buffet, wine bar dessert, silent auction and dancing. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $135 for couples. Special ticket packages are also available. For more information visit or contact the Repertory East Playhouse at (661) 288-0000.

Upcoming Events

Towsley Canyon bird hike
The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority will host an early morning bird hike at Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. Bring your binoculars and meet at the entrance to the park at 24255 The Old Road in Newhall. The program is free, parking is $5. For information call (323) 221-9944.

Fibroid tumor seminar
A free seminar on fibroid tumors will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave. in Van Nuys. Discussions will cover: what fibroids are and what are their symptoms; the medical consequences of living with fibroids; hysterectomy and myomectomy; and alternative treatments, such as uterine artery emoblization. There will also be a question and answer session. Seating is limited. Call (866) 362-6463, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reserve a seat.

Sierra Club events
Moonlight Conditioning Hike Wednesday June 18. Moderate five mile, 1,200 foot gain to view San Fernando Valley. Meet at 7 p.m. at trailhead. Leaders: Gaylon Rodin (284-5613), Mary Ellen Dittemore (254-8543), Ken Kerner (251-5156).

Moderate six mile, 1,000 foot gain along PCT through mixed conifer forest. Dinner at summit, back to trailhead by dark - Saturday June 21. One hour to trailhead. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at Canyon Country rideshare point. Leaders: Dave Morrow (254-5245), Mary Ellen Dittemore (254-8543).

Mount Islip Sunday June 29. Moderate seven mile, 1,500' foot gain hike via Little Jimmy CG. Great views of Crystal Lake on one side, far ranging desert on other. This is bighorn sheep country. One hour to trailhead. Meet at 8 a.m. at Santa Clarita rideshare point. Leaders: Ed Benison (254-7517), Ken Kerner (251-5156).

Al-Anon Family Groups
Sunday (last Sunday of month only): 10:30 a.m., Brunch/Speaker, The Cocoon - Mini Mall, 27013 Langside Avenue, Suite L, Canyon Country

Sunday: 5 p.m.. step & Tradition, The Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country

Monday: 9:30 a.m., Courage to Change, The Cocoon - Mini Mall, 27013 Langside Avenue, Suite L, Canyon Country

Monday: 7:30 p.m., Beginners, The Recovery Room, 17714 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m., 12 & 12, The Cocoon - Mini Mall, 27013 Langside Avenue, Suite L, Canyon Country

Wednesday: 12 p.m., How Al-Anon Works, The Cocoon - Mini Mall, 27013 Langside Avenue, Suite L, Canyon Country

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m., Discussion - Keep Coming Back, Henry Mayo Hospital Foundation Building, 23871 McBean Parkway, Room #1, Valencia

Thursday: 9:30 a.m., Book Study - The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage, The Cocoon - Mini Mall, 27013 Langside Avenue, Suite L, Canyon Country

Thursday: 6:30 p.m., Step & Tradition, Henry Mayo Hospital Foundation Building, 23871 McBean Parkway, Room #1, Valencia

Thursday: 6:30 p.m., Alateen, Henry Mayo Hospital (Nursing Pavilion), 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia

Friday: 9:30 a.m., One Day at a Time, The Cocoon - Mini Mall, 27013 Langside Avenue, Suite L, Canyon Country

Castaic Lake programs
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting two new programs at Castaic Lake Recreation Area.

For Movies at the Lake, the community is invited to bring snacks, a comfortable chair or blanket and enjoy a family movie in Paradise Cove on the lagoon. Vehicle parking is $11 but the movie is free. Movies are scheduled for July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3.

A Summer Campfire Talk Series will be held every Saturday at the new campground amphitheater, on the east side of the lagoon, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Topics are: June 21, Lieguarding; June 28, Insects; July 5, A Look at Nature; July 12, scuba diving. There will also be talks about sailing, kayaking, fishing, astronomy and local history. For information call (661) 257-4050.

LETMESAIL June calendar
LETMESAIL (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living) for teenagers and adults with disabilities, will be hosting the following June events for registered clients:

Friday, June 20, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Dinner and a Movie, Edwards Cinema; 18800 Soledad Canyon Road.

Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Tae Bo Exercise Class, Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.

Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Art Class, Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.

Monday, June 23, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cooking Club, Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.

Tuesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Nutrition and Cooking Class, Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.

Wednesday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wellness Wednesday Class "Emergency Safety", Regional Center, 28470 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia.

Saturday, June 28, 2 p.m., "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," COC Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Archery Class, Woodley Park.

Monday, June 30, SNAP Flag Football, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., COC Upper Field.

RSVP required by calling Chris at LETMESAIL (661) 702-8555 or e-mail For more information visit Volunteer opportunities are available.

Cherry-picking time
It's pick your-own-cherries time at several orchards in Leona Valley, and the activity makes a fun family outing. Among the orchards to choose from are Villa del Sol Sweet Cherry Farms, 6989 Elizabeth Lake Road, (661) 270-1356,; and Rhodes Orchard, 10600 Leona Ave., (661) 270-1569, The orchards will remain open through the 4th of July weekend or until the cherries are all picked out.

ACA meeting
The Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets on Thursday mornings from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Parklane Mobile Estates, 20401 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, 91351, space #651. For details, call (661) 298-1594.

Henry Mayo Social
The Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Guild will be holding its New Membership Social on Wednesday, June 18, 7 p.m. Prospective members are welcome to ask questions, meet the Guild and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, call the Henry Mayo Foundation office at (661) 253-8082.

Hot rods at the COC Art Gallery
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is holding a Hot Rod art exhibition from June 21 - July 12, which will showcase car-inspired artwork from several artists. A reception for the exhibition will be held on June 21 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. The reception will include a car show featuring hot rods and race cars outside the gallery, as well as a live performance of The Sound Waves in the college amphitheater. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission to the gallery and reception is free. The COC art gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information visit or call (661) 362-3415 or (661) 362-3494.

SC Ballet programs
The Santa Clarita Ballet Company and Academy will present two ballet programs during the weekend of June 21 and 22 at the Performing Arts Center at the College of the Canyons. "Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" will be offered as a matinee on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. On both nights, the company will present "Kingdom of the Shades," "As The Piano Rolls," and a new contemporary theatre dance choreographed by Artistic Director Carol Guidry. For tickets, call the Santa Clarita Ballet Company at (661) 251-0366.

SCV Macintosh Users Group meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at Valencia Mac, 23333 Cinema Drive, #100. Following a questions and answers period, there will be a demonstration on Apple's word processing and page layout program, Pages. Learn how to easily create beautiful, media-rich documents. All Macintosh users and interested others are welcome. For more information call (661) 250-4149 or (661) 252-3744.

The SCV BBC networking mixer
The SCV Black Business Committee will present their Networking Mixer on Thursday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison at Town Center, 24555 Town Center Drive, Valencia, 91355. Admission is $5 for BBC members and $10 for non-members. For more information call (661) 294-5290.

Democratic Alliance for Action
Learn the latest about Democratic candidates and find out how you can help at the DAA's monthly meeting, held on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Avenue, Newhall. For more information, call (661) 877-2775.

Young Performers Seminar
The SCV Theatre Project will present a Young Performers Seminar titled Navigating, Beginning and Becoming a Working Actor in the Entertainment Industry on June 28 at Valencia High School. For more information contact Andrea Slominski at (661) 263-9377.

Amateur Radio Week
The City of Santa Clarita celebrates Amateur Radio Week on the weekend of June 28 - 29, along with hundreds of other towns across the U.S., where thousands of Ham radio operators will provide on-air demonstrations, satellite communications, historical Morse code, voice and emergency preparedness activities. The Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will participate in the emergency preparedness exercise called Field Day. For more information, contact Danny White at (661) 296-2339 or

Rock Club potluck
The Sierra Pelona Rock Club' general meetings are suspended until Sept. 16, but the club will meet at Meadows Park in Valencia at noon on Sunday, June 29 for a reunion and potluck dinner. There will be a white elephant auction and bingo. For more information contact Mike at (661) 255-5243 or visit


Classes in Spanish 
Introduce your children to the basics of conversational Spanish. The College of the Canyons Community and Continuing Education program will offer classes for children ages 5 to 7 and their parents, and ages 8 to 10, Mondays and Wednesdays from July 7 to July 30. For more information call (661) 362-3300 or visit

Men of Harmony
Accomplished or shower-singers are welcomed to tune in with the Men of Harmony from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Newhall. Meetings take place on every first Tuesday evening at Pizza Hut on Lyons Avenue. For more information call (661) 424-9009 or visit

Sports Club
California's Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets the first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callender's on The Old Road at Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia at 7 p.m. A brief meeting is followed by a social hour. The club is open to anyone 21 or older. Activities include snow skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wake boarding, bicycling, air chairing, bowling, theater outings and more. For further information, call Don Gately at (661) 255 8873 or visit the club's Web site at

'My Fair Lady'
The Canyon Theatre Guild presents "My Fair Lady," through June 28, every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., every Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11 to $17. For more information call (661) 799-2702.

Beth Ami hosts Wilk's campaigning
Temple Beth Ami in Newhall will be hosting Scott Wilk's "From the School house to the White House - An Insiders Look at Political Campaigning" on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets call (661) 255-6410 or e-mail

Caregiver Resource Day
The Supportive Services Department of the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center is sponsoring a free morning symposium designed to provide assistance to the growing number of caregivers. This public service event takes place on Saturday June 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St. in Newhall. This half-day symposium will focus on caregiving issues to enable the attendee to learn new skills to help manage the stresses and frustrations of caregiving, how to reestablish control over their own lives, plan for the future, and manage difficult behaviors by loved ones. For information call 259-1647.

Acton 4th of July parade
The Acton July 4th of July Parade Committee Volunteers present their 45th Annual 4th of July parade on Friday, July 4th at 9 a.m. The theme will be "Olde Towne Spirit." For more information or to submit an application to participate in the parade, contact the Acton Chamber of Commerce at (661) 269-5785 or (661) 269-8406 or e-mail

Child & Family Center golf
The Child & Family Center is Going Green FORE the Kids at its 10th annual Golf Invitational on Monday, July 14 at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Cheryl Jones at (661) 255-6847, ext. 3018 or


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