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Posted: September 11, 2010 5:10 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
Monday, Sept. 13

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

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting with presentations to include the California High Speed Rail Project, Vista Canyon Ranch update, info about the Santa Clarita City Council, CCAC Hometown Hero nomination, Santa Clarita library takeover, One Valley One Vision, Farm Bureau of Ventura County, River Rally report, unified development codes and more, free, open to the public, 7-9 p.m., Mint Canyon Moose Family Center Banquet Room, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 713-9344.

Friday, 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, all proceeds benefit homeless dogs at Brittany Foundation, inside Marie Callender’s lounge, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 803-2909.

Saturday, 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.

‘You can...’ event to raise awareness of the global problem of child sex trafficking, featuring singer Mandie Pinto, free, donations gratefully accepted, 5-9 p.m., Real Life Church, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info:

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

Wednesday, Sept. 29
Teen Scene Unplugged: Yikes! A Teenager Lives in My House! will be presented 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. This free, informational evening will help parents understand their teens and survive the teenage years.  Speakers will give parents insight into their teen’s world to help communicate and connect with their children and guide them to make the right choices. Contact: Tess Simgen (661) 250-3708 or

Upcoming Events
Soroptomist Intl. of Greater SCV

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 Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-5544 or

‘Get Fit and Stop the Violence’
Join Fit Body Boot Camp from for the ‘Get Fit and Stop the Violence”  membership good through Oct. 6 and $100 will benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita. Includes Ultimate Jump Start Nutrition Plan. Classes scheduled Monday-Friday at 5:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Workouts will take place Gymcheer USA. Info: (818) 635-9143.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

The Hart High School cheerleaders are sponsoring a cell phone for soldiers drive. Every cell phone turned in will be exchanged for a phone and sent to U.S. troops overseas. Phones can be dropped off until the end of the year to Hart High School Administration Office, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall or KHTS AM 1220, 27225 Camp Plenty Road, Unit 8, Canyon Country.

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.

Angel Food at Methodist Church
Angel Food program stretches your grocery budget with food items at discounted cost, one option is Bread of Life Signature box with enough food to feed a family of four for about a week for $31, order online with credit card or pick up an order form at Valencia Methodist United, 25718 McBean Parkway, deadline is Friday, Sept. 17 and distribution is Saturday, Sept. 25. Info: (661) 255-1301.

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.

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 salsa dance
Cuban-style salsa lessons, no partner required, beginners 7-8:15 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 p.m., Wednesdays, $5, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: (661) 618-1105.

‘Experiencing God’ discussion group
‘Experiencing God: Contemplative Living and Spiritual Practices’ learning and discussion group meets Sunday mornings, 9-10 a.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 259-7307.

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:
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.
Sunday, Sept. 19 — Flag football, 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
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. 14— Resume review, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 16— Interviewing skills, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 20—Interview coaching, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 21— Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.

Painted Turtle camp challenge ride
The Painted Turtle camp will hold its inaugural Camp Challenge Ride, a bike ride fundraiser, with 100 percent of funds raised to be used to provide life-changing camp experiences to children with serious and life-threatening medical conditions. Three routes, 18-mile loop, 36-mile loop, and 62-mile loop, registration is $25 with a suggested fundraising goal of $250, Sunday, Sept. 12. Info: (310) 451-1353 ext. 107 or

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:

Successful job searching
What is involved in a successful job search, where to find jobs, strategies on listing and tracking your progress, networking, electronic resources, and how to fill out an application, 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.

SCV Off the Grid meeting
Monthly meeting for SCV Off the Grid, founded to promote solar, wind and watershed technologies in the SCV, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, private location. Call to RSVP and get address. Info: (661) 259-3704.

Summer sky and Magellan show
Find out about starts and constellations and planets visible in the sky during the late summer of this year, 7:30 p.m., and Magellan: Report From Venus, narrated slide program recapping the accomplishments of recent Magellan Mission to Venus, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, California State University Northridge, Bianchi Planetarium, next to Citrus Building, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $$6 one show, $10 two shows non-students, $4 one show, $7 two shows for students. Info: (818) 677-5601.

Free chakra clearing meditation
Class led by Joan Darlene Reiki Master Teacher will be held 7 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 14. Call to reserve today – space is limited. Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. (661) 252-0650.

‘Massage for the Cure’ fundraiser
Massage Envy will host a one-day fundraiser with proceeds from each specially priced $49 massage to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer, Saturday, Sept. 14, Massage Envy, 23957 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 259-0878 or

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., Assemblyman Cameron Smyth will be the special guest and speaker, $12, reservations required before Sept. 9. Info: (661) 254-1616 or

‘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 including rib, Italian sausage, tacos, hamburgers and hot dogs, raffles, rides for the kids, face painting, games, car show, live entertainment and more with the theme “Route 66: Coming Home to OLPH,” 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.

Keeping Country in the Canyon
Join the Canyon Country Mustangs 4-H club for the second annual Keeping the Country In the Canyon Jamboree fundraiser 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept.18 at Oak Creek Corral, 27345 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Family-friendly event,   bring your camera.  Free admission to vendor craft fair which includes children’s clothing, candles, home decor, women’s fashions and more. Enjoy horse rides 11 a.m.-1 p.m., petting zoo 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Info:  Tracy (661) 607-5971 after 2 p.m. or e-mail Visit  to find out more about the Oak Creek Corral.   Or

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, Sept. 18 — Big Santa Nita Canyon loop, nine mile strenuous hike, not recommended for beginners, meet at 5:45 a.m., Towsley Canyon.

Free health assessment
Learn your body mass index (BMI), hip to waist ratio, saliva pH, and blood pressure with health assessments from Dr. Roger De Sesa, certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 18, De Sesa Chiropractic, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. Appointment required. Info: (661) 294-0429.

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

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.

Veterans’ Aid & Attendance benefit
Learn about VA benefits, financial assistance, qualifications, and help in covering the cost of senior living, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 or 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, Pacifica Senior Living, 24305 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP required. Info: (661) 255-3100.

Sierra Pelona Rock Club meeting
Did your summer rock? Bring your rock hounding finds to the Sierra Pelona Rock Club Show & Tell meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Club promotes interest and education in mineralogy, lapidary, geology, paleontology, related subjects. Info: (661) 255-5243 or

Mes Amies fun and games night
Betty Fergusion women’s group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, fun and games night on Tuesday, Sept. 21, with games, door prizes, pizza and popcorn, 25510 W. Ave.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 interdemonational, 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 Drive, 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, 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.

Autumn sky and Mt. Wilson show
Find out about stars and constellations and planets visible in the sky during the  early autumn of this year, 7:30 p.m., and 100 Years of Discovery at Mt. Wilson with Mike Simmons, president of Astronomers without Borders, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, California State University Northridge, Bianchi Planetarium, next to Citrus Buulding, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $6 one show, $10 two shows non-students, $4 one show, $7 two shows for students. Info: (818) 677-5601.


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