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Posted: September 28, 2010 3:27 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2010 4:30 a.m.

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. Free, informational evening helps parents understand their teens and survive the teenage years,  ways to  communicate and connect with their children and guide them to make the right choices. Contact: Tess Simgen (661) 250-3708 or

Sunday, Oct. 3
Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley presents the seventh annual Bras for a Cause, noon-3 p.m.,Tournament Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. ‘Ports ‘O Call’ theme, steel drums, exotic refreshments, beautifully decorated bras,  hors d’ oeuvres and wine tasting, silent auction, opportunity drawing for Princess Cruise, merchandise from local vendors, $65. Info: (661) 645-1893 or

Join Mr. Six for the Six Flags Magic Mountain 5K Race and 1K Kids-Grandparents Walk benefitting the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, free parking on race day, $24.99 admission for registered participants, race T-shirts, 7:30 a.m. for 1K and 8 a.m. for 5K, $14.99 registration for 5K and $9.99 registration for 1K, register at (code 1874588). Info: (661) 259-9444, ext. 151.

Saturday, Oct. 9
The seventh annual Circle of Hope Theatrical Tea will take place noon-3 p.m. (also on 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; 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

Sunday, Oct. 10
The 10th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will take place at Hart Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with entertainment from Extreme Canine Stunt Show and the Fun Dog Show with celebrity judges including Shorty Rossi as seen on Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” show, plus pet-related vendors, people food, Kids Zone rides, and adoptable animals from Los Angeles County shelters with a special $30 adoption fee that includes spay/neuter and vaccinations, leashed pets welcome, free entrance, 24151   Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

Sunday, Oct. 17
Breakfast with the Gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center, where nearly 35 endangered singing acrobats of the Asian forest make their home, special fundraising event includes vegan breakfast, guided tour, silent auction, raffle, children’s area and entertainment, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., advance tickets $10-$35, free for ages 5 or under, group discounts. Info: (661) 296-2737 or

Saturday, Oct. 23
Santa Clarita Emblem Club #459 holiday  boutique and bake sale, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 17766 Sierra Highway, shop for a cause with over 50 vendors, including holiday items and tasty food, proceeds provide scholarships for local students and  holiday gift baskets for families in need. Info: (661) 313-3972.

Water Challenge Scholarship
Castaic Lake Water Agency Scholarship Program is open to all high school students in the Santa Clarita Valley, with scholarships awarded from $500 to $7,000 for investigating water issues in the SCV, creative and innovate individual or team projects, scholarship for continuing education after high school. Deadline is Oct. 12. Info: (click on school education).

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, options range between $21-$41, order deadline is Friday, Oct. 22, distribution is Saturday, Oct. 30, order online with credit card or pick up an order form at Valelncia Methodist United, 25718 McBean Parkway, deadline is Friday, Sept. 17 and distribution is Saturday, Sept. 25. Info: (661) 255-1301.

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.

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.

Learn to curl at Ice Station Valencia
Ice Station Valencia and the Hollywood Curling Club will host Learn-to-Curl Clinics for beginners ages 8 to adult, 7:45-10 p.m., Sundays, $15 per person, parties of four or more $10 per person, bring rubber soled shoes, warm sweater, jacket, and gloves, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Info:

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, Oct. 3 — Flag football and cheer practice - 4:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Upper Field, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Canyon Country.
Monday, Oct. 4 — LMS Starz drama club, 6:30 p.m., location to be determined.
RSVP required: Chris at LETMESAIL: (661) 702-8555 or Info: Volunteer opportunities are available.

Senior Center
All lectures held 1-2 p.m., rooms A1 and A2, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Diana Sevanian (661) 255-1588, Ext. 138.
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 6.
Wednesday, Sept. 29 — Abbott Pharmaceuticals presents rheumatologist Dr. Yoon Moon to discuss “Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.”
Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Miguel Palmer, branch manager of the local Social Security Administration office will discuss “Social Security and the Medicare Extra Help Subsidy Program” relative to prescription drug care coverage available through Medicare.

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.
Wednesday, Sept. 29— Enterprise Zone orientation, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 30—Transferable skills, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5 — Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.

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.

Fall Poetry Festival  in Newhall
Author Richard Weekley (Zen Nam) will read and sign “Already There,” followed by the Fall Poetry Festival, with music and food, 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Laughing Buddha Garden, 24721 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-5215.

Fun in the Sun
Chili Cookoff
Annual ‘Fun in the Sun’ Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Jack B ones Equestrian Center in Castaic. More than 20 chili and other food booths, live bands, crafts, displays, demonstrations, Kids Zone, petting zoo, and animal adoptions, benefits Special Olympics of Santa Clarita, Heads-Up and Therapy on Horseback. $5 adults, $3 children, free for those under 6. Info: (661) 294-6355.

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Support  Group
Support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), their families and friends, provided by the ALS Association, Golden West Chapter, free, 1-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

Heritage Haunt auditions
Open auditions for working the Heritage Haunt, anyone interested in being an actor or helping out with the non-profit event can attend, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

Wiseweighs weight loss workshop
Seven-hour workshop to jump start the path to losing weight, special accountability activity, no-stress techniques, bring a guest for free, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, call for info, pricing and registration. Info: (661) 373-1899 or

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.

Gala Singers ‘Music in the Air’
Friend Valley Community Church presents ‘Music in the Air’ with the Gala Singers, a chorus of musicians and singers, 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, donations $10, 19246 Ave. of the Oaks, Newhall. Tickets available Monday-Friday mornings at church office. Info: (661) 251-1311.

Level One Reiki class
A Level One Reiki Class with Joan Darlene Reiki Master Teacher will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday Oct. 3 at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call to reserve space (805) 338-7040. Space is limited.

WSET wine education class
DiMaggio Washington will offer a WSET intermediate course 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, with the 1 hour exam on Oct. 24. $675. WSET is an internationally accepted Wine Education Program. Students will samples wines from around the world and receive 16 hours of class room instructions with textbook material. The Cellar, 26340 Diamond Place, Valencia. Info: (310) 720-5401.

Identify skills and qualifications
Learn to identify your skills and skills employers are seeking, effectively communicate and ways to further develop your skills, free,  open to the public, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, College of the Canyons, Student Center PDR No. 3, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3286.

Manga Club at Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia will host a Manga group 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, Oct. 5. Join the hosts of the brand-new book club, Aaron and Cassie, to discuss your favorite Manga series. Meet in the event room on the right side of the store.

‘Caring for Your Heart’ seminar
Speaker and cardiologist Dr. Sam Kojoglanian will speak on the cause and effects of your diet, lifestyle, stressors, aging and how it all affects your heart’s health, free, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, Pacific Senior Living, 24305 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 255-3100.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Beginning October 6, ACOA will meet at noon-1:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Ste. 200, Valencia. Info: (661) 288-4800.

Free Stellar Kart concert
Award-winning pop-rock band Stellar Kart will perform at South Valley Church, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, 24551 Valley St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-1515.

Bryan Chan’s musical showcase
Live acoustic music from local artists including Chan, Barry Cullison, Jeannie Willis, Kim Acurna, and Andy Rigod, fun for the whole family, 4-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, El Trocadero Steakhouse, 24274 Main St., Newhall. Info:

Betty Ferguson ‘Lunch & Learn’
The Betty Ferguson Foundation welcomes Phillis Stacy-Brooks, founder of Main Street Graphics, as guest speaker for its monthly ‘Lunch & Learn’ program, noon, Tuesday, Oct. 7, Valencia Industrial Center, 25510 W. Ave. Stanford, Ste. 104, Valencia. $10. RSVP required. (661) 702-8712 or

Hart High Choir’s annual fall concert
The Hart High School Show Choir will present its annual fall concert featuring musical numbers from Broadway shows performed by Hart’s award-winning choir, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8, tickets available at the door or in advance. Hart High School Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:


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