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Posted: January 23, 2011 3:15 a.m.
Updated: January 23, 2011 4:55 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.

Jan. 23
Electronic waste disposal event to properly recycle computer monitors, television sets, computer systems, computer printers, laptop computers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, toner cartridges, power supplies, main frame units, networking equipment, mother board systems, VCRs, VCDs, DVDs, home entertainment systems, landline, cellular phones, and more. Microwave oven disposal for $5. No refrigerators, washers, dryers, fluorescent light bulbs, or household batteries will be accepted for disposal, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., William S. Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 755-2153.

Jan. 25
Family night at Chika-fil-A. Meet adoptable dogs from The Brittany Foundation and author Michelle Sathe, who will read and sign her newly-released book “Pit Stops: Crossing the Country with Loren the Rescue Bully,” 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, Chick-fil-A, 24180 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia.

Jan. 29
Join Prayer Angels for the Military to make Valentine’s Day cards and packages for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as wounded warriors, veterans, firefighters and law enforcement, noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall (behind Metrolink station). Donations of individually wrapped snack items, as well as drink packets, white or black cotton socks, quality three to four blade razors and heat-activated hand warmers are being sought. Info: or (661) 799-8865.

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.

Feb. 5

Saugus Girls Volleyball will host a Goodwill fundraiser from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. Bring your Goodwill donations to Saugus High School’s teachers parking lot, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus, and receive a tax-deductible receipt. Contributions raise funds for the volleyball team. Pick ups available. Info: (661) 212-8977.

Feb. 26
Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Fair, free to the public, offers cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, balance and hearing screenings, as well as stroke education and information on smoking cessation, breast cancer, diabetes and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., College of the Canyons Student Center, 26455 N. Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.

Upcoming Events

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 lectures/clinics
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. 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.”
Wednesday, Feb. 2 — 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. RSVP to Diana Sevanian at (661) 255-1588, ext. 128.
Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital presents endocrinologist Dr. Michael M. Garcia, who will discuss diet, exercise and health.
Wednesday, Feb. 16 — Certified senior advisor and Comfort Keepers In Home care owner Myles McNamara will present “Do you really know who you’re hiring into your home?”
Wednesday, Feb. 16 — Audiologist Nola Aronson of Advanced Audiology will provide free hearing rests, primarily for people who don’t wear hearing aids (all hearing related questions are welcome), 11 a.m.-noon, Supportive Services modular building.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — Providence Health Services/Facey Medical Group presents health educator Ginger Jacobs who will discuss home safety tips.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — Learn about federal health care reform and how it stands to impact Medicare, 2:30-4:30 p.m., presented by Tri-Valleys Aging Network, open to professionals in the field of aging and seniors. Lecture starts at 3 p.m., no charge to attend for seniors. Includes refreshments.

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. 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.

Community Hiking club
Nonprofit organization hosts local hiking excursions. Bring water, food and wear hiking boots as well as layered clothing. Rain cancels all hikes. Information:
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-foot 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.

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.

Santa Clarita Street Fair
The Santa Clarita Street Fair features vendors offering arts, crafts, handmade items, entertainment, gourmet food trucks on Saturday, certified Farmer’s Market on Sunday, admission and parking free, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, College of the Canyons, Lot 8, adjacent to football stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 299-2139.

SCV Mac users group meeting
The Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Computer Users Group meeting will be held, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, with a question and answer session to be followed by a demonstration of applications stores iPhones and iPads, as well as the new app store for Mac computers. Info: (661) 250-4149.

ESCAPE Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’
ESCAPE Theatre presents ‘Peter Pan,” with flying done  by ZFX, Inc. 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, 1 and 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 and 6, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 299-5264 or

Chaplinfest at Hart Park in Newhall
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 at Hart Park in Newhall. Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5. 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.

Say ‘I love you’ with singing valentines
Nothing tells someone you love them like a Singing Valentine.  Santa Clarita Valley’s own Men of Harmony Barbershop Quartets will serenade your sweetheart at home, at work or anywhere you choose in the Santa Clarita Valley. Your singing gift that says “I Love You” includes a two love song Serenade, a Valentine’s Day card with your personalized greeting and a flower gift. Valentine Serenades will be available Sunday, Feb. 13 and Valentine’s Day Monday Feb. 14. Regular delivery anywhere in the SCV between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. costs $45. Premier “Straight from the Heart” delivery will be within 15 minutes of your selected target time at a cost of $55. For Singing Valentine orders contact Cal (661) 296-2292 or e-mail Further information about Men of Harmony chorus and quartet performances is available at or by calling (661) 259-6109.

Xi Nu Zeta Lasagne Dinner at OLPH
The annual Xi Nu Zeta lasagne dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Newhall. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $30. Call (661) 255-1761 or (661) 254-6418.

Elks roast Duane Harte for Dixon
The 13th annual Elks Roast to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Elks Lodge No. 2379, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Roastee Duane Harte, master of ceremonies is City Councilman Bob Kellar, 5:30 cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner and roast. Info: (661) 252-8424 or

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.
Wednesday, March 23 — How to create an effective resume offers tips on different types of resumes, cover letters, references and more, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29 — How to prepare for a job fair offers tips on what to expect from a job fair, overview of resume techniques, interviewing skills, job search and applications, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

CLWA Landscape Education series
Learn how to conserve water while beautifying your landscape with free monthly workshops, Rio Vista Treatment Plant & Conservatory Garden, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road (next to Central Park), Saugus. Info: (661) 513-1230.


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