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Posted: January 8, 2011 8:54 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2011 4:30 a.m.

Jan. 1 - Jan. 31
Saugus Swap Meet is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project.  Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Bring your coats and jackets to the Saugus Swap Meet located at 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus, on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 7 a.m.  and 2 p.m. All donated coats will be given to the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter.

Sunday, Jan. 9
The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host a free rose care seminar with tips on pruning and more,  2:30 p.m., SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info:  (661) 296-5033, or e-mail

Chinese language class, free to observe, 2-4 p.m., Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School, 28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Castaic. Additional observation classes throughout January and February; spring semester starts now for registration. Info: or (661) 505-8020.

Tuesday, Jan. 11
Ready to lose weight, exercise regularly, quit smoking or achieve another positive lifestyle change? Certified chiropractic wellness practitioner Dr. Roger De Sesa will present a free workshop offering five easy steps to making a permanent change, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 294-0429.

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center hosts its annual docent naturalist training classes, nine-work course, beginning today, learn from experts in their fields about local history, native plants, geology, anthropology and archeology. Info:

Tuesday, Jan. 18
Do’s and don’ts of wedding planning. Hosted by the Santa Clarita Wedding and Events professionals, this seminar will offer money-saving tips, bride keepsakes, wedding planning book, champagne, appetizers and a wedding cake, 7 p.m., Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 296-6191.

Saturday, Jan. 22
The Family History Fair will be held 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at                                            The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia. The Family History Library will conduct a day of classes and workshops free to the public. Instruction on online research, organizing your files and creating your own family history web site, among other topics will be offered by experts. Pre-registration is available online at: For class and registration information contact:  Kim Spendlove, (661) 291-1418 or

Jan. 22 and 23
Electronic-waste disposal event to properly recycle computer monitors, television sets, computer systems, printers, laptops, copiers, scanners, fax machines, toner cartridges, power supplies, mainframe units, networking equipment, mother board systems, VCRs, VCDs, DVDs,  landline or cellular phones, and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 755-2153.

Richardson Award applications
Soroptomist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime, violence, cleaning up the environment, and working to end discrimination or poverty, club-level winners first receive $500, then are eligible for awards up to $1,000. Download application. Info: or

Ombudsman program volunteers
Become a state-certified obudsman or advocate who investigates complaints made by, or on behalf of, nursing homes and board and care home residents, volunteers receive 36 hours of classroom training to receive certification. Info: (800) 334-9473 or (661) 945-5563.

Violet Richardson Award
Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley will awards $500-$1,000 to young women ages 14-17 who volunteer in the community or at school, applications are being accepted for the 2011 Richardson award, deadline is Jan. 15, 2011. Info: (661) 645-5643 or

All Valley
LeTip meeting
Network with local professionals and business owners at the All Valley LeTip meeting, 7 a.m., every Thursday, Valencia Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info:

Santa Clarita       Silvertone Singers
You are invited to join the Santa Clarita Silvertone Singers & Rhythm Review every Monday from 1:30-3 p.m., Bouquet Canyon Senior Living Facility (rec. room), 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: (661) 713-8634.

Pet Assistance seeks volunteers
Pet Assistance, a nonprofit organization, is looking for new members and volunteers, as well as donations. Info: (661) 260-3140.

Soroptomist 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 Player’s Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-5544 or

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.
California 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 Callender’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.

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 Callender’s, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia. Info: (818) 508-9626.

Project Return self-help group
Peer support self-help group meets weekly 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Ste. 200, Valencia. Info: (661) 288-4800.

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. Deadline is Jan. 21, pick up day is Saturday, Jan. 29. Order online with credit card or pick up an order form at Valencia Methodist United, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia.  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

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.

Toastmaster Specialty Club
Watch, listen and participate in efforts to become a better one-on-one or public speaker, 5:30 p.m., every other Tuesday (Jan. 18), Specialty Labs Building, 27027 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 877-7867.

Trifecta Triple Crown festival
Registration for triathlon, running and cycling events open online Dec. 1 for four -day sports festival based in Town Center on June 2-5, 2011. Info: or

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:

Santa Clarita swing jazz club
Listen to live swing music and/or dance, held the fourth Sunday of each month at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, music from 2-5 p.m., cover charge of $6-$10,  free half-hour swing dance lesson at 1:30 p.m. 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-4220 or (661) 298-7865.
Sunday, Jan. 23 — Fiddle, Sticks and Ivory Plus
Sunday, Feb. 27 — Night Blooming Jazzmen
Sunday, March 27 — Denis LaPron’s Time Machine
Sunday, April 24 — Jimmy McConnell Big Band
Sunday, May 22 — Scott Roewe Pacific Swing Band

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, Jan. 12 — Audiologist Randall Bartlett of Audiology Services of Newhall will provide free hearing rests, primarily for people who don’t wear hearing aids (all hearing related questions are welcome).
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presentation to be announced.
Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Jane M. McNamara, an elder law attorney and probate expert, will discuss “Probate; what it is and how to avoid it.”
Wednesday, Jan. 26 — Registered dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free blood sugar testing in room A-6. (Please refrain from eating/drinking four hours before test).
Wednesday, Jan. 26 — The Center for Health Care Rights and Providence Health & Services will present “An update on HMOs.”

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.
Monday, Jan. 10 —  Resume review, one on one appointment, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Job Hunter’s Club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 13 — Transferable skills, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 —  Worksource orientation, 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20 —  Interviewing skills, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 24 —  Interview coaching, one on one appointment, 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25 —  Enterprise Zone orientation, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 26 —  Job Hunter’s club, 2-3:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28 —  Cal Jobs internet job search, 9-11 a.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, Jan. 15 — Mt. Wilson toll road to Henninger Flats, 10 mile round trip hike with 2,000 foot gain, bring poles, meet at trail head at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 — Boy Scout Trail to Whittaker Peak, 10-mile round trip hike with 2,000 foot gain, meet at Towsley Canyon gate at 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 23 — Monarch butterfly migration nature series in Goleta, short hike into Ellwood  Butterfly Preserve, short hike followed by walk along beach or cliffs, meet at Towsley Canyon gate at 8 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 — Sullivan/Rustic Canyon, moderately paced eight-mile hike with 800 feet elevation gain, see remnants of WWII Nazi camp and an artist’s colony, wear waterproof hiking boots, poles helpful, meet at Towsley Canyon gate at 8 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 30 — Lake Piru forest hike, 11-12 miles round-trip with 2,000 foot gain/loss, moderate to strenuous. Water, warm clothes and good boots with tread recommended, meet 7:30 a.m. at Temescal Ranger Station.

SCV Blues pro acoustic jam
Hosted by Michael Richard and Herbie Katz, this family entertainment event is open to musicians who want to bring an instrument and play along, 5-8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9, no cover charge, Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info:

Delta Kappa Gamma Eto Rho
Monthly meeting, women educators who were honored by the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation are invited and will be recognized, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, call for location. Info: (661) 259-8474.

SCV Computer Club meeting
Consumer Electronics Show report plus Windows tips and tricks, 6 p.m., featured guest speaker Mory Yohe, general manager at Staples will discuss tech support and rewards program, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 513-4612.

Protect your assets and independence
Seminar hosted by Santa Clarita Valley elder law attorney Jane M. McNamara will cover the “Four Steps to Protecting Your Assets and Independence,” including information on illness, Veterans Administration benefits, long-term care and more, free, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, Pacifica Senior Living, 24305 West Lyons Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 877-4368.

AARP Driver Safety program
Qualifies participants 55 and over for three-year automobile insurance credit, 1-5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15. $12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers. Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 259-9444.

Community health programs
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will offer the following programs and events to the community:
Wednesday, Jan. 13 — Spine education program, information and lifestyle change tips that can help with pain management and prevent future injuries, free, 5-6 p.m., Newhall Memorial Outpatient Therapy Services Ambulatory  Care Center, Suite 310, 25751 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-8959.
Thursday, Jan. 20 — American Heart Association approved CPR classes, free, 7-8 p.m., Newhall Memorial Human Resources Building, Rooms 4 and 5, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Registration required. Info: (661) 253-8888.
Friday, Feb. 4 — Care for Your Heart Health Fair, free, health screenings, health care tips, information to promote heart health, and staff on hand to answer questions, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 253-8408.

Republican Women Federated
Regular monthly meeting with speaker, current information, and lunch, $20, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 299-1834.

American Red Cross blood drive
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will host a winder blood drive for the American Red Cross, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, blood collected at the event is returned to Newhall Memorial for patient use, walk-ins welcome or registration online at Info: (661) 253-8888.
Don Jose de Ortega Chapter NSDAR
“The 60th Anniversary of the Korean War: A Naval Remembrance,” will be the topic of speaker Barbara Idle at the Don Jose de Ortega Chapter NSDAR luncheon meeting, Thursday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m., Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana. Info: (323) 255-9536.

Genealogical Society meets
“Organizing your genealogy” will be the topic of speaker Carma Lu Thompson, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, meeting room, Chatsworth Train Station, 10038 Old Depot Road, Chatsworth. Info: (818) 349-0878.

Senior cancer
survivor tea
For seniors who have survived cancer or are currently living with the disease, led by psychotherapist, humorist and author Judith Harris, a two-time cancer survivor, tea with party fare, and information on American Cancer Society, 12:30-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2. RSVP to Diana Sevanian at (661) 255-1588, ext. 128.

Chaplinfest at Hart Park
William S. Hart Park and Museum, and the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, “Modern Times” by hosting the 2011 ChaplinFest in Hart Park in Newhall. Among the events will be screenings of Chaplin films, exclusive Chaplin costume and prop displays, and access to the Chaplin vendor room. For more event information visit or call the Hart Museum at (661) 254-4584.

Career services workshops
College of the Canyons career services workshops are free. Open to the public on a first come, first serve basis and take place at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia, Student Center 128, unless otherwise indicated. Info: (661) 362-3286.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — How to create a professional online network using LinkedIn, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1 — How to survive and thrive on the job explores how to keep your new job by being aware of what could go wrong and understanding employer expectations.
Wednesday, March 9 — How to prepare for the interview offers an overview of common mistakes individuals make during interviews, sample interview questions to ask, and thank you letters, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 — How to conduct effective salary negotiations offers tips on the do’s and don’ts of negotiating, responding to salary history requests, alternate forms of compensation and more, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.


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