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Posted: September 4, 2010 4:05 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, (in the shopping Center at the corner of Valencia Blvd./Magic Mountain Parkway),  will host a Manga group 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Join the hosts of the brand-new book club, Aaron and Cassie, to discuss your favorite Manga series. Share your favorite Manga and discuss with others who share your interest in Manga. Meet in the event room on the right side of the store.

Sept. 11

The Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor Dinner will recognize Jacquie Peterson. It will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. $150, sponsorships available. For more information, contact the BFF office (661) 702-8712.

Help maintain a portion of the Santa Clara River at the annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo. Gloves, trash bags, snacks and special giveaways will be provided for all participants. 11 a.m. Soledad Shopping Center, 18386 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:  or city of Santa Clarita Environmental Services at (661) 286-4098.

The American Red Cross Hometown Heroes recognition brunch honoring Santa Clarita Valley heroes will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Terry Stone at (661) 200-1700 to reserve seats. Deadline is today.

9/11 Remembrance Car Show will feature the Batmobile, Herbie the Love Bug and cars from “Starsky and Hutch,” “Knight Rider,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Back to the Future” and more, flag display, guest singers, and local dignitaries, local fire, police and military personnel invited to eat free, event starts at 5 p.m., presentations at 8 p.m., Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:(661) 755-5427 or

Sept. 13
The eighth annual Special Olympics Southern California Santa Clarita Charity Golf Tournament raises funds for athletic training and competition for athletes 8 years or older in a variety of Olympic-type sports, 8 a.m., Monday, Tournament Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. $175 per player or $700 for a foursome includes lunch, refreshments, buffet, silent and live auction for player and significant other following event. Info: (661) 253-2121 or

Sept. 17
The Brittany Foundation will host their Comedy for Canines fundraiser with comic Pete George at JRs Comedy Club, 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, silent auction, raffle, buy now table, and more, tickets are $20, plus two-item food and drink minimum, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 803-2909.

Sept. 18
Santa Clarita Boy Scouts of America’s Leaders of Character Recognition Dinner will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Cost: $150 per person, $1,500 table. Location: Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills. Honoring: Honorable Howard P. “Buck” and Patricia McKeon, and Greg and Chell Amsler For information, call Jeff Prata (661) 212-1095.

Sept. 26
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. 4 p.m.-7 a.m., Real Life Church, 23844 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info:

Soroptomist Intl. of Greater SCV

The Soroptomist International of the Greater Santa Clarita Valley meets at 11:30 a.m. every second Tuesday for a speaker luncheon and 6:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday for a business mixer, Tournament Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-5544 or

Vendors wanted for holiday boutique

North Park Elementary School seeks vendors for their holiday boutique on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ten percent of all sales will benefit the Parent Teacher Association. Info:

Assistance League purse sale
Assistance League of Santa Clarita will hold a sale of gently used purses from Cobblestone Cottage at its Take Two resale store beginning Thursday, Aug. 26, 24634 Main St., Newhall.

California Rangers equestrian group
California Rangers, a nonprofit 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, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Free. For info and book selections visit 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

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: (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.

Mental-illness support group
The National Alliance of Mental Illness hosts an ongoing free support group for families and loved ones of those with a serious mental illness, 6:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday of each month,  Santa Clarita Mental Health Clinic, 23501 Cinema Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 360-8002.

Read with Me
seeks volunteers

The Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students and improve their reading skills in local public schools for the coming year, volunteers are asked to commit for several months, one day a week for two hours. Info: (661) 414-4465 or

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.

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, Sept. 12 — Flag football and cheer practice, 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
Monday, Sept. 13 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
Friday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 19 — Passport to Travel, San Diego fall fling, call for more details.
 RSVP required: Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

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, Sept. 7 — Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8 — Job hunter’s club, 2-3:30 p.m.

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, 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.

Pine Mountain Club Oktoberfest
The Pine Mountain Club Property Owners Association (PMCPOA) will host its 35th Annual Oktoberfest, festivities begin at 11 a.m. each day, Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5 in Lampkin Park, just west of the Village Center, with entertainment and activities including music and dancing, a variety of art and craft vendors, plenty of food and drink, and games for all ages. Free entrance and parking. Pine Mountain Club lies 18 miles west of Interstate 5 at the top of the Grapevine.  Exit at Frazier Mountain Park Road and follow the signs.  Info: (661) 242-3788 or

Piru Labor Day festival
Free Labor Day fun with Dan Torres and the new Piru River Band, games for kids of all ages, food from Poncho’s Restaurant, Eliva’s tri tip, barbecue chicken, U Scream Ice Cream, Piru Railway Cafe and Adrianna’s Tamales and carne asada, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, Piru Depot. Info: (805) 804-7520 or

‘Is your senior safe to drive?’

Free educational seminar will include important information and resources to help family members provide the best possible care for their aging loved ones, seminar led by Dr. Jill M. Brink, geriatric and dementia care specialist, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, Summerhill Villa, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (888) 296-2411, ext. 7.

Grief-recovery support group
A 13-week session for those struggling to accept the finality of the loss of a loved one, beginning Thursday, Sept. 9, cost $20 per individual (scholarships are available), 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Info: (661) 916-2033.

Stroke prevention and awareness fair
The Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will host a free stroke program with health screenings to include blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat and carotid Doppler (if indicated) along with information on fitness, nutrition, and more, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 11, Providence Saint Joseph Medical center, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Register by Sept. 7. Info: (888) 432-5465.

SCV Rose Society meets at center

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society meeting will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.  Speakers: Sue Diller and Barbara Schneider on “How to Make Rose Arrangements.” Info: Kitty Belendez, e-mail

Successful Job Searching
What is involved in a successful job search, where to find jobs, strategies on listing and tracking your progress, networking, and more, free, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR 3, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

CalRTA fall luncheon
The California Retired Teachers Association will hold its fall meeting at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, International House of Pancakes, social hour at 10:30 a.m., luncheon at 11 a.m., Asssemblyman Cameron Smyth will be the special guest and speaker, $12, reservations required before Sept. 9. Info: (661) 254-1616 or

L.A.-style salsa dancing
Beginner class at 9:15 p.m., open dancing 10:15-11:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 11, 18, and 25, $10 cover includes one drink, no cover with dinner, Inca Bistro, 22896 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. Info: (661) 618-0115.

‘U.S. Constitution’ speaker and lunch
Criminal defense lawyer Angela Berry-Jacoby will speak on the topic of the U.S. Constitution at the Don Jose Ortega Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Reseda. RSVP required. Info: (818) 884-0224 or (818) 883-7843.

Astronomical Society meeting
The Ventura County Astronomical will hold its monthly membership meeting with speakers Robert Eklund and Al diCaziol on the topic “A Dialogue of the galilian Imagination: Seen Through the Twin Lenses of Science and Poetry,” 7:30 p.m.. Friday, Sept. 17, Mesa Union School multipurpose room, 3901 Mesa School Road, Somis. Info: (805) 520-9666.

Genealogical society meeting

“Mission Archives & Other Historical Treasures” will be the topic of speaker Jim A. Beardsley at the San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, Chatsworth Train Station meeting room, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Free entrance; donations appreciated. Info: (818) 349-0878.

OLPH 66th annual barbecue in Newhall
Our Lady of Perpetual Help will host its 66th Annual barbecue with a great variety of food and desserts, raffles, rides for the kids, face painting, games, car show, live entertainment and more, 6-11 p.m, Friday, Sept. 17, 3-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19. Free and open to the public. Info: (661) 373-3734.

Resume rally workshop
Learn effective resume and job search tips, free, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR 2, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, Canyon Country Campus, Quad 1, Building B, Room 110, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Mes Amies fun and games night
Betty Fergusion women’s group meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, with games, door prizes, pizza and popcorn, 25510 W. Avenue Stanford, Suite 104, Valencia. Info: or (661) 702-8712.

Women’s Joy of Living bible study
Every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 22, Grace Baptist Church will host a Joy of Living bible study for women, an interdenominational, in-depth study of God’s word in an informal, small group setting, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week course, child care available for ages 0-5 years. 22833 Copper Hill Dr., Saugus. Info: (661) 254-1039 or

Balance Point Spa charity night
Sponsored by Balance Point Spa and La Curcio Luxury Skincare Collection,  Goddess Charity Night will benefit Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita with events and activities including martinis for the cause, raffle, snacks, beverages, book signing, five minute stress management, mini-services such as angel card reading, channeled card readings and dream tending for $20 or mini massages for $15 or hand paraffin and hand massage for $10, admission is free, 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country.  RSVP requested. Info: (661) 252-0650.

Castaic Days outdoor festival

The third annual Castaic Days Outdoor Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Castaic Lake Recreational Area and will feature kayaking, Reptacular petting zoo, live stage entertainment, children’s bouncies, classic car show, used book sale on Saturday, climbing wall, Remo drum circles, model float plans, fishing demonstration, family fair activities and more, free entrance and free parking to the first 700 cars, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Info:

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, 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 non-members, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220.

Preparing for a Job Fair
What to expect from a job fair, how to prepare yourself, overview of resume techniques, interviewing skills, job search and applications, free, nooon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, College of the Canyons, Student Center 129, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

D’Wilfri Movies & Dance Tribute
Showdance presentation featuring students of D’Wilfri DanceArt and Entertainment, special guests include Michael Gier and Carlos Alberto Solis, dinner, show, and social dancing, 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 754-6513.

Circle of Hope Theatrical Tea
The seventh annual Circle of Hope Theatrical Tea will take place noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 or Sunday, Oct. 10, $50 buys a boarding pass for a world cruise of high tea, wear your favorite Panama, beret, or boater hat and festive resort wear, done on three classic tea courses, silent auction and raffle, profits benefit uninsured and underinsured breast cancer undergoing treatment. Private location in Newhall will be revealed upon ticket purchase. Info: (661) 254-5218 or

Awards art gala at Hart Park

The Santa Clarita Artist’s Association will host their 21st Annual Art Classic gala event, 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, $25 in advance or $30 at door, free public viewing at 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall. Iinffo: (661) 254-5267 or

17th Annual Run/Walk Against Hunger
Help scare away hunger by registering for the 17th Annual Run/Walk Against Hunger benefiting the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, company and school teams are encouraged, Halloween costume contest, and more. Sunday, Oct. 31. Info: (661) 255-9078.

‘Sunset in the Vineyard’
Assistance League Santa Clarita’s Third Annual ‘Sunset in the Vineyard’ will take place at Compa Vineyard and be an afternoon of tasting wines, cheeses and beer, all crafted in the Santa Clarita Valley by artisans, 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7. Info: (661) 255-5853 or

‘Cut-a-Thon’ fundraiser and holiday boutique
Concerto Salon & Spa will host a Cut-a-Thon from 10 a.m.-5p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 14, with proceeds to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, haircuts and blowouts $25 minimum donation, eyebrow waxing $10 minimum donation, 23340 Cinema Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 287-3700.


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