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Posted: March 9, 2010 10:15 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch

“Divorce — The Hidden Costs of Keeping the Family Home” with attorney Kelly Lise Murray, Vanderbilt legal writing professor, realtor and family mediator. Whether you are divorced, thinking of divorce, or somewhere in between, this free event will help you determine your best options for a stronger financial future. 7-9 p.m., Embassy Suites Valencia, 28505 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. (Info) (661) 254-3948, Ext. 103.

St. Clare Catholic Church’s 32nd annual Lenten Fish Fry. Takeout meals are available. Children and seniors eat for $7.50; adult dinners are $8.50, 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays, through March 26. St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country.

March 14
Knights of Columbus will sponsor the 30th annual 5K run, starting in Mentryville at the west end of Pico Canyon Road, Newhall, run entirely on trail in the park property, 9 a.m., $21-$27 pre-registration (parking fees included). Info: (661) 259-4384.

March 14
Santa Clarita Creative Guild presents the “Love Is in the Air” gala featuring local art and music, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a no-host bar, $15 pre-show, $25 at door, 2-5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 312-3422 or (661) 254-2404.

March 19
The 2008-2009 Newsmakers of the Year Awards hosted by the SCV Press Club in the Hyatt Regency Valencia. 6 p.m. cocktails. 7 p.m. dinner. Raffles only, no auction. Tickets $70. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and support for student journalism programs. For reservations call (661) 902-5590 or e-mail

March 25
Seminar on learning how to survive the need for long term care for yourself, family members, or loved ones without going broke, free, 10 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, The Old Road, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 295-9616.

March 26
Have some laughs and help homeless dogs at the same time at Comedy for Canines, a fund-raiser for The Brittany Foundation, a non-profit, no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce. Silent auction, raffle, and more. Show only tickets $20, plus two-item food and drink minimum. 8 p.m., JR’s Comedy Club inside Marie Callender’s Lounge, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 803-2909.

March 27
Uniquely fun inaugural family walk/run for Samuel Dixon Family Healthcare Centers with bagpipes, chocolate finish, and hero hotcakes breakfast will raise funds to ensure quality health care for uninsured and under-insured in our community, 8 a.m., Newhall Park, 24933 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tribute to local heroes in uniform to follow run, emceed by city of Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar. Info: (661) 257-2339 or

Upcoming Events
LETMESAIL 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:
Saturday, March 13 — “Hang Loose” Bowling & Buddies, 5-7:30 p.m., Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall.
Tuesday, March 16 — “Passport 2 Travel” Ski Day, Big Bear, all day, call LMS office for details.
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 and 2 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Wednesday, March 17 — Advance Care Planning and Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatments presented by Providence Health & Services palliative care manager Barbara Whitlatch and advance care planner Jonathan Urata.
Every Wednesday — From noon- 1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held in Activity Room 3.
Wednesday, March 10 - Blood Sugar/Diabetes Clinic with registered dietitian Lori Robinson, who will provide free blood sugar testing.
Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588 Ext. 138.

Income Tax Help for Seniors
IRS/AARP trained volunteers will be available to help seniors complete and file their income taxes, free, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons through April 14, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Participants need to bring a picture ID, copy of Social Security card, and last year’s tax return to appointment. Info: (661) 259-9444 or visit Elaine or Diane at the Senior Center from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

VHS Golf Fundraiser
Eat at Jersey Mike’s from 5 to 8 p.m. and 20 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Valencia High School boys golf team, Wednesday, March 10, Jersey Mike’s, 23872 Copper Hill, Valencia.

SCV Escrow Assoc. Meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Escrow Association will hold its monthly dinner meeting, featuring a program on GFE/HUD regulations with past CEA president Margarita Billings, $25 for non-members, 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, Marie Callender’s, The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 284-2900.

SCV Computer Club Meeting
Report on the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and an encore presentation of Rick Edwards’ video montage of photos taken during a trip to Kenya, free, 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 252-8852.

SCV Gardening Club Meets Monthly
Monthly meetings with speakers and opportunities to share gardening experiences. Anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to join, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11 and Tuesday, April 13. Info: (661) 250-8345 or

SCYSA Wildcat Cheer Registration
The SCYSA Wildcats will hold open registration for its cheer program. The SC Wildcats are members of the SCYSA, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a positive sports experience for children and families in the Santa Clarita Valley, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 13, Velocity Sports Performance, 25461 Rye Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

AARP Driver Safety Program
Qualifies participants 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, $12 AARP members; $14 non-members, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 13, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

St. Francis Dam History/Tour
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will host a tour of the site of the St. Francis Dam disaster in San Francisquito Canyon, preceded by a short lecture on the topic by dam expert Frank Rock, free lecture at 11 a.m., $35 bus tour leaves at noon, funds raised will benefit the society, Saturday, March 13, Heritage Junction Park, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

Republican Women Federated Meeting
Monthly meeting, with an opportunity to meet Republican City of Santa Clarita Council candidates, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 16, International House of Pancakes, 24737 Pico Canyon, Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 299-1834.

Valley Industrial Assoc. Luncheon
Monthly business luncheon with a presentation from Lynette Madsen, president and CEO of BPG Consulting Inc., on protecting yourself and  your business from identity theft, $40 member, $50 non-members, 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 16, Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 294-8088.

‘Mender of Hearts’ Seminar
The Tri-Valleys Aging Network presents Dr. Sam Kojoglanian, who will discuss heart health as well as other topics related to health and longevity, 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. RSVP requested. $10 pre-registered/$15 at door. Info: (661) 255-1588.

Free Community CPR Class
The American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Program teaches how to perform CPR for adults and how to help an adult who is choking, registration required, 7-8 p.m., Thursday, March 18, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Human Resources Building, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. (661) 253-8888.

Local Author Book Signings
Troy Andrew Smith and Margaret Brownley will sign their new books “Radersburg Gold” and “A Lady Like Sarah,” 4-8 p.m., Thursday, March 18, OutWest, 24265 Main St., Newhall. Info: (661) 255-7087.

Healthy Cooking/Eating on a Budget
Registered dietitian Stephanie Correnti will conduct a free six-week cooking demonstration on various food topics such as medically required meals, cooking on a budget, and more, including tasty samples of low-salt and low-fat recipes. 1-2 p.m., starting Friday, March 19, Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. RSVP required. Info (661) 259-9444, Ext. 110.

Connie Sparks Book Signing
Author and president of Wade Institute will sign her two  most recent books “Where’s the Money — Big Dollars to Do Big Business Like the Big Boys” and “Entrepreneur’s Guide for Starting a Business,” 5:30 p.m, Friday, March 19, Courtyard by Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 208-8229 or
Genealogical Research in L.A.
Speaker Jon Schweitzer on “Genealogical Research in the Los Angeles Area,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 19, Chatsworth Train Station, Chamber Meeting Room, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Info: (818) 340-0878.

2010 Women in Service Brunch
Brunch to honor outstanding volunteers nominated by non-profits at the request of Zonta Club of SCV, $35, Saturday, March 20, Robinson Ranch Country Club clubhouse. Info: (661) 252-8424.

SCV Rock Band Competition
Check out the hottest local rock bands as they compete for supremacy, free, 2-5 p.m.,  Sunday, March 21, Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 298-1494.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits
In honor of colorectal cancer awareness month, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will distribute free colorectal cancer screening kits to the community at several locations, including the information desk located in main lobby. Screening kits must be turned into hospital by April 9 for laboratory processing and results, call for additional Santa Clarita Valley locations. March 22-26, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-8408.

Ukrainian Easter Egg Class
Art teacher Olga Kaczmar will lead a class on pysanky, the process that produces intricately designed Ukrainian Easter eggs, 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, March 24, $40 non-members, free for members of the SCV Senior Center who are enrolled in first-quarter art classes. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

SCV Democratic Alliance for Action
Regular monthly meeting, where you can learn about the latest SCV, state, and national events as part of a warm and dynamic progressive group, all Democrats welcome, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24505 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 309-4322.


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