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Posted: July 10, 2010 9:30 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Jazz and Blues Concert series with live music from regional, national and international entertainers in a quaint street party setting, no admission, concerts start 7 p.m., through Friday, Aug. 27. Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway, Valencia.
July 16 — Dona Oxford
July 23 — Jim Gibson
July 30 — Lightnin’ Willie & the Poorboys
Aug. 6 — Reno Jones

Have some laughs and help the homeless at the SCV Emergency Winter Shelter fundraiser, featuring comedian and owner of JRs Comedy Club Randy Lubas, 4 p.m., Blessed Kateri Church, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. $12. Silent auction held at 3 p.m. Info: (661) 607-5418 or
July 18
Annual Saxtravaganza concert, featuring an all-saxophone ensemble under the direction of Kathleen Maxwell with a variety of musical styles including marches, rags, movie themes and Latin jazz, free, 7 p.m., William S. Hart Auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

July 24
“Beyond Amazing: Magic Before Your Eyes” annual magic show benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley with the local ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. for close-up performances, $10, 3 and under free, West Ranch High School Theater, 26255 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: (661) 254-2582 or
Aug. 7
A Night at the Rancho at Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center invites guests to take an inside glimpse of what was once a working ranch, wine and appetizers, behind the scenes tour, catered meal at Cedar lodge, musical serenade and historical overview, $75, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope Gardens Family Center in Sylmar, 5:30-9:30  p.m. Info: (661) 294-6355.

Aug. 14
Experience the ‘Reel West’ at Silents Under the Stars, William S. Hart Park and Museum, includes a guided tour, catered buffet dinner and a screening of two Bill Hart silent films including “Hell’s Hinges,” $50, reservations required, 6 p.m., 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4584 or
Aug. 20
One Hit Wonder dance fundraiser to benefit Single Mothers Outreach, featuring 80s music and costume contest, appetizers, raffle prizes, retro drink specials, $35 per person, $60 per couple, 7:30 p.m -11:30 p.m., Paseo Club, Valencia. Info:

Aug. 28
Carousel Ranch’s 14th Annual Heart of the West fundraiser features a dinner auction, casino and children’s demonstration, sponsored by Princess Cruises, $85-$175, tables and sponsorships available, 6 p.m., Agua Dulce Airport, Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Info: or

Single Mothers back to school drive
Single Mothers Outreach is seeking donations of school supplies for the parents in their program, including backpacks, crayons, calculators, three-ring binders, folders, markers, pencils, paper, notebooks and rulers, donations accepted in office or pick up can be arranged, items needed no later than Friday, July 30, 24271 Main St., Newhall. Info: (661) 288-0117.

Christmas in July at Take Two
Get a jump on the holiday season by shopping at Take Two Resale, benefits the Assistance League of Santa Clarita and its Operation School Bell program, providing school clothing and items for children in Santa Clarita. Donations always welcome. 24364 Main Street, Newhall. Info: (661) 255-1991 or

Sports Club

California’s Complete Sports Club, also known as Century City Ski Club, meets 7 p.m., first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callendar’s across from Magic Mountain on The Old Road in Valencia.  Membership is open to anyone 21 or older. Info:, Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

Books and Better Education group
 The Betty Ferguson Foundation book club, called B.A.B.E., share ideas and learn something new during monthly book club meetings, second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble Valencia, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free. For info and book selections visit www.BettyFerguson.or or call (661) 702-8712.

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

The Lost Patrol support group
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355,  chapter meeting/brunch held monthly, usually at 10 a.m., third Sunday of every month, at Marie Callenders, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia. For updated locations and times info: (818) 508-9626.

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

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month, Sunday, July 25.  Club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences.  Info: (661) 259-6437.

Latin dance

Salsa lessons, no partner required, 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $5, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 618-1105.

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:
Sunday, July 11 — SNAP Kickball Practice, 5-6:30 p.m., LARC Ranch, 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
Friday, July 16 — Hang Loose Night dinner and movie, 5-9:30 p.m., call for location.
Sunday, July 18 — SNAP Kickball tournament and barbecue, 5-7:30 p.m., LARC Ranch, 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
Monday, July 19 —  Cooking club firecracker meal and cupcakes, 6-8 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus
Friday, July 23 — Flip Flop Summer Bingo Night, 7-9:30 p.m., Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus
Wednesday, July 28 — Anchors Aweigh Wellness Wednesday, NLACRC, 28470 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia
Thursday, July 29 — Anchors Aweigh Volunteer Mailing Project, 9-11 a.m, LMS Office, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
RSVP required: Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

Hiking Club

Nonprofit organization hosts local hiking excursions. Bring water and food, and wear hiking boots as well as layered clothing. Rain cancels all hikes. Information:
Thursday, July 15 — Condor micro trash clean up with Alex, on Bear Divide, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., e-mail for directions.
Saturday, July 17 — Santa Paula Creek Hike, moderate 10 miles through picturesque St. Thomas Aquinas College, then wooded banks, swimming holes, and a 25-foot waterfall. Meet at Towsley Canyon, meet 6:50 a.m. for 7 a.m. departure.
Tuesday, July 20 — Native garden maintenance, learn about native plans, help weed and lay mulch, bring lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. E-mail for directions.
Saturday, July 24 — Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park, five mile round trip, 800 foot gain to the top, meet 5:50 p.m. for 6 p.m. departure, Towsley Canyon. Bring a flashlight or headlamp if uncomfortable using full moon as guide for night vision.
Saturday, July 31 — Walker Ranch Trail, ten mile round trip with 800 foot gain, meet on Placerita Canyon Road, meet 7 a.m. for 7:15 a.m. departure.

Summer with the Little Shepherd
Little Shepherd’s Nursery School is offering sign ups for Summer with the Shepherd, 9 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 26, 24317 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, two mornings is $210 and three mornings is $305, for children 3 to 5. Info: (661) 254-2312.

Open blues jam session at Vincenzo’s
The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Association hosts its monthly open pro jam session with headliner Five Yard Dog 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 11. Local musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join. Free for all ages. Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info:

Afternoon summer horse camp
Learn about horse safety, tacking, riding fundamentals, create crafts, play on water slide and make new friends, ages 5 - 16, July 12-16, $235, Oak Creek Corral, 27345 Sand Canyon, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 607-5971 or

Braille Institute seminars
Braille Institute is offering a free seminar on three Mondays, from 10 a.m.-noon, for those who are experiencing difficulty in daily living due to sight loss.
Monday, July 12 — Welcome to Braille Institute and the Business of Life
Monday, July 19 — Staying Connected
Monday, July 26 — Getting Around Town
Summerhill Villa, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP required. Info: (323) 663-1111, ext. 1188.

Genes and
longevity class

How much do our genes influence our longevity? Can we all strive to live to a healthy 100? Dr. Roger De Sesa, certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, will discuss the answers to these questions at a free health care class, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 27, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Ste. 65, Valencia, dinner from Italia will be provided, RSVP required. Info: (661) 294-0429.

SCV Escrow Assoc. Meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Escrow Association will hold their monthly dinner meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, $30 for dinner and seminar for non-members, Mark White of Golden Empire Mortgage speaks on obtaining home loans in the current market, Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 284-2900.

SCV Computer Club monthly meeting
Toon-FX presented by Arnie Kazdoy at 6 p.m. Learn how you can turn your digital images into abstract images and video. 7 p.m. Hold on to your data by backing up presented by Jay Cunnington. Admission is free. Meetings held at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: President Judy Taylour at or visit

Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night
Route 66 Classic Grill holds Bike Night, which includes live music, best bike contest, barbecue and drink specials will be held 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country 91387. Info: (661) 298-1494.

‘Planting a Family Tree Online’
Seminar with speaker Daniel Horowitz, genealogy and translation manager for, learn how to edit, create, and view your own family site, free, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society, Chatsworth Train Station, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Info: (818) 349-0878.

Republican Women Federated
Monthly meeting, guest Eric Golub will present a light-hearted look at serious politics, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, International House of Pancakes, 24737 Pico Canyon Rd., Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 299-1834.

Find the ‘Happiness Prescription’
The public is invited to watch ‘The Happiness Prescription’ in which Deepak Chopra reveals how to rid the mind of negative thoughts, build fulfillment in life, grow rewarding relationships and handle stress effectively, presented by Dr. Roger De Sesa, certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Ste. 65, Valencia, dinner from Italia will be provided, free, RSVP required. Info: (661) 294-0429.

Newcomers and friends

Ladies, new to the Santa Clarita Valley? Join us for Coffee Corner, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 22, RSVP for location information. Info: (661) 296-0872.

Water 101
education program

Newhall Library presents Water 101, free program for adults who want to learn where their water comes from, where it goes, and why it matters, representative from Castaic Lake Water Agency will speak, free gifts, 2 p.m., Saturday, July 24, 22704 West 9th St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0750 or

Senior driver
safety program

American Association of Retired People driver safety program refresher class qualifies participants 55 and over for three year automobile insurance credit, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 24, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Registration required. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Santa Clarita swing jazz club
Hear live swing music played by various swing bands, free half hour swing lessons at 1:30 p.m., jamming musicians welcome, dancers of all ages invited, July 25 - Jimmy McConnell Big Band, Aug. 22 - Buzz Maddoz Octet, $6 senior center members, $7 jazz club members, $10 non-members, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220.

Aging Well Seminar
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Alliance presents ‘Aging Well - Taking Charge of Your Finances’ with speakers from Kealing Financial Services, Wells Fargo (reverse mortgages), Summerhill villa, Saugus Drugs, Roze Room Hospice, and more, free door prizes, refreshments, 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, SummerHill Villa, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 904-4939 or

Braille Institute Mobile Solutions
The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, services include the sale of assistive devices, library services registration and resource referrals, appointments required, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, July 29, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444, ext. 125.

Baseball family
fun night

Join the SCV Education Foundation for the baseball game between Lancaster JetHawks and Bakersfield Blazers, fireworks to follow game, Clear Channel Stadium, Friday, July 30, $8 per ticket, 50 percent of each ticket sale benefits foundation which purchases materials requested by local public school teachers. Info: (661) 414-4465 or

Zonta LifeForward workshop
Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, hosting  free workshop to help local women find balance between their responsibilities and personal lives, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 31, community room, Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blv.d, Valencia. Reservation requested. Info: (661) 252-9351 or

Save Water, Save Money seminar
Newhall Library presents Save Water, Save Money,  free program for adults who want to learn how to save money on their water bills and help the environment, Castaic Lake Water Agency representative will speak, free gifts, 2 p.m., Saturday, July 31, 22704 West 9th St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-0750 or

‘Grandmother’s Tea Party’
‘Grandmother’s Tea Party’ celebrates generations of women with a tea party and fashion show, a portion of proceeds benefit the Miss SCV Scholarship Program, $38 adults, $28 children 4-11, 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, Plaza Banquet Hall, Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: or (661) 252-3232, ext. 2.

‘Last Sip
of Summer’

Join the SCV Education Foundation for wine tasting, hors d’ouevres, raffles and music, proceeds help purchase project and program materials for local public school teachers, $35, 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, All corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Saugus. Info: (661) 414-4465 or

Square and
round dance club

Sierra Hillbillies will host dances, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, Rick Gittelman will call squares and Cindy Mower will cue rounds, and at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, John Reitmaier will call squares and Cindy Mower will cue rounds, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 298-7794 or

SCV Jaycees Texas Hold ‘Em Tourney
The Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees will host the Fifth Annual Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund/Debbie Templeton Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker, evening includes food, drinks, professional dealers, top 10 players receive a prize, door prizes, $125 players (21 and over) or $140 at door, guests (non-players) $40, tickets include meal with beer and wine, 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, City of Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Saugus. Info:

Fibromyalgia support group
Support group meeting second Saturday of every month, 10:30 - noon, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 270-1961 or

Senior Orchestra seeks players
Bring your instrument and join the fun, all instruments and skill levels welcome, 4 p.m, Thursdays, Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, multi-purpose room, 26705 Bouquet Canyon, Saugus. Info: (661) 298-9553 or (661) 296-4977.


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