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Posted: August 14, 2010 3:06 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch

Santa Clarita Valley Boutique vendors fundraiser benefitting Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, 9 a.m.-9p.m., Aug. 19, Lakeshore Valencia Clubhouse, 24316 Venturi Drive, Valencia. Vendors include Beijo Bags, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Dazzle Me Designs, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Partylite Candles and more, raffle grand prize is $600 spa package, silent auction until 8:30 p.m. Info: (818) 454-9669 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. 21
The Hart Quarterback Club is hosting its 25th Annual Golf Tournament at Robinson Ranch Golf Course, shotgun start at noon, Saturday, dinner, prizes, raffles, silent auction, all proceeds will benefit the Hart High Football Program. Info: (661) 259-9811 or

VFW 6885 Barbecue Cookoff, noon-4 p.m., 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 252-6885.

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

Sept. 11
The Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor Dinner will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Individual Ticket price: $150. Sponsorship tables are available. The 10th annual Woman Of Honor Dinner will recognizing Jacquie Petersen, the “Jewel” of the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information, contact the BFF office (661) 702-8712.

Help maintain a portion of the Santa Clara River — one of the last natural rivers in Southern California at the annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo. Gloves, trash bags, snacks and special giveaways for participants provided. 11 a.m. Soledad Shopping Center, 18386 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. For more information visit:  or call city of Santa Clarita Environmental Services at (661) 286-4098.

Sept. 25
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley will host the first “Box City” event to benefit efforts to aid homeless families in the SCV. Participants raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and contributions and sleep overnight in a cardboard box “home” as a resident of Box City in order to raise awareness of homeless families in the SCV. 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 — 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Real Life Church, 23844 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info:

Upcoming Events
California Rangers equestrian group
California Rangers, a non-profit youth equestrian group, is looking for new members. No riding experience or horse needed. Open to boys and girls ages 9 to 17. Group rides one-night weekly, 6-8 p.m., year-round. Info: (661) 645-2962.

Sports Club meeting
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, September’s book is “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble Valencia, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free. For info and book selections visit or call (661) 702-8712.

Stitches from the Heart
Group needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters, and hats for babies in need; items are donated to hospital all over the country. Patterns available and donated yarn appreciated for our seniors. Info: (877) 985-9212 or

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.

Rancho Camulos historic landmark
Docent-led public and group tours offered 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from February-November, special group and school tours available, suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children and students, proceeds benefit Rancho Camulos’ nonprofit museum — a National Historical Landmark where the early California lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment, 5164 East Telegraph Road, Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or

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.

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

Parenting group for singles or couples
Learn how to help children develop self discipline, problem solving skills, responsibility and self esteem, as well as why children misbehave and specific strategies to help solve those problems, $35 per group session, sliding fee available, 5 p.m., Mondays, 25050 Peachland Ave., Suite 255, Newhall. Info: (661) 644-7803.

Senior Center lectures/clinics
All lectures held 1-2 p.m., room A6, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, Ext. 138.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — Why Americans are choosing cremation over in-ground burials, presented by Alan Benedict of Neptune Society.
Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Osteoarthritis vs. Osteoporosis: ‘What’s the Difference?’ will be presented by family practitioner Dr. Gregory Castillo of Providence Health & Services/Facey Medical Group.
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 3.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — Free hearing checks provided by Audiology Associates, 11 a.m.-noon, in Respite Office.

WorkSource workshops
Held at Santa Clarita WorkSource California office, College of the Canyons University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road,  Suite 259, Valencia, unless location otherwise indicated. Info: (661) 799-WORK.
Tuesday, Aug. 17 — Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — Enterprise Zone orientation, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 19 — Interviewing skills, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20 — Bank of America recruitment, 2-4:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 23 — Interview coaching, one-on- one appointment, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Job hunter’s club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 26 — Transferable skills, 2-4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 27 — CalJobs internet job search, 9-10:30 a.m. and Bank of America Recruitment, 2-4:30 p.m.

Community 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:
Saturday, Aug. 21 — Sullivan/Rustic Canyon, moderate six mile hike, meet 7:45 a.m. at Queensferry and Bayliss Roads, bring bug spray.
Saturday, Aug. 28 — Whitney Canyon, cool, short hike, wear long pants, meets at 8 a.m., Park and Ride at the end of Newhall Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 4 —  Dawson Gap to Vincent Gap, moderate eight mile high country  hike, meet at 7:20 a.m., Vons at corner of Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon Roads.
Saturday, Sept. 11 —  Six-mile loop at Towsley, plus additional two mile loop if it’s not too hot, meet at 8 a.m., Towsley Canyon, bring sun protection.
Saturday, Sept. 18 — Big Santa Nita Canyon loop, nine mile strenuous hike, not recommended for beginners, meet at 5:45 a.m., Towsley Canyon.

Single Mother’s Outreach kickoff
Santa Clarita Valley single parents are invited to enjoy a cup of tea, meet other single parents, and learn more about what’s happening this fall at Single Mother’s Outreach, 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, Desert Streams Church, 26873 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Info: (661) 288-0117.

Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit
Overview for the Aid and Attendance benefit available to eligible wartime veterans or their surviving spouses, which can offset some of the costs of medical, assisted living, home health care or nursing home expenses, 5 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17 and 10 a.m. - noon, Wednesday, Aug. 18, Summerhill Villa Senior Living, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-9933.

Mes Amies ‘Up Close and Personal’
Betty Ferguson Foundation Mes Amies women’s group will host their annual Woman of Honor meeting with Jacquie Peterson, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17. Info: (661) 702-8712 or e-mail

Toastmasters Specialty Club
The mission of the Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment, opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, meetings held  at 5:30 p.m., every other Tuesday, Aug. 17 and 31, Specialty Labs building, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-7867.

AARP driver-safety program
Refresher class qualifies participants age 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, prerequisite is regular AARP eight-hour class in past four years, $12 members, $14 nonmembers, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Santa Clarita Valley 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, Sunday, Aug. 22 - Buzz Maddoz Octet, Sept. 26 - Sardo’s Jazz Holiday with Pete Kier, Oct. 24 — Scott Lowe Big Band, Nov. 28 — Evie & All That Jazz; $6 senior center members, $7 jazz-club members, $10 nonmembers, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220.

Introduction to chakras and Reiki
Free class taught by Joan Darlene, Reiki master, offers info on chakras, Reiki, and how the two are related, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 252-0650.

Braille Institute Mobile Solutions 
The Braille Institute Mobile Solutions Van offers a wide variety of services for the visually impaired, including sale of assistive devices, library services registration, and resource referrals. Appointment required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444,ext. 125.

Light the Night Caruso’s fundraiser 
The SCV-Newhall Optimist Club is sponsoring a Light the Night fundraiser from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25, Caruso’s Italian Restaurant, 18340 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 296-0782.

High Impact workshops
Trade Shows — learn strategies, techniques and practices used by veterans to improve results, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25; Community Exhibiting — learn the tricks to inexpensive and successful exhibiting at community events, 11 a.m, Thursday, Aug. 26. Lunch included. Coco’s Restaurant, 24930 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Info: (661) 600-3048.

Wise Weighs weight loss workshop
Serving anyone currently trying to lose weight or who wants to lose weight, design your diet, no stress, includes workbook and lunch, 7 a.m. -2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, LaQuinta Inns and Suites, two for one Signal special. Info: or (661) 373-1899.

Hart Cheer Spirit Day

Girls ages 5 to 12 are welcome for a day of learning cheers, chants, jumps, a short dance routine, and pizza lunch with the Hart High cheerleaders, 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, Hart High School Large Gym, $45, participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and photo. Info:


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