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Posted: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Dates to Watch
Now through Feb. 25
Feb. 25 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2011 Man and Woman of the Year, which recognizes and honors outstanding service to the Santa Clarita Valley area. Each 501(c)3 organization may nominate one man and one woman who has shown a long-time commitment to the community. Info: or (661) 259-7701.

Tuesday, Feb. 22
The Questers, Oak of the Golden Dream, is seeking new members interested in the preservation and restoration of historical sites, artifacts and the study of antiques. Informational meeting will be held 10:30 a.m. in Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 312-0255 or e-mail:

Saturday, Feb. 26
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Fair, free to the public, offers cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, balance and hearing screenings, 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.

Forty of Los Angeles’ top food trucks with convene at Central Park for the Food Truck Festival, $5 pre-sale, $10 at door, proceeds will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: or (661) 255-9078.

Casino Night benefiting Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, includes casino games, door and raffle prizes, appetizers, DJ, no-host bar and starter package of fun money chips, $30 or $50 for two in advance, $35 per person at door, Blessed Kateri, 22508 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. Info: (661) 296-3180 or

Sunday, March 6
All-you-can-eat Spaghetti Cabaret fundraiser for Performer’s House, which needs funds to move its operations after losing its location in Newhall, door prizes, desert auction and performances from residents past and present, 5-7 p.m., $5, Desert Streams, 26873 Ruether Ave., Saugus. Info:

Friday, March 11
Santa Clarita Valley Press Club will host the 14th annual Newsmakers Awards to benefit the Randy Wicks First Amendment Scholarship program 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Tickets are $80 each. Contact

Tuesday, March 15
“Dos and Dont’s of Wedding Planning” seminar  offers money saving tips, wedding preparation notebooks, champagne, appetizers and bridal keepsakes, registration required. 7 p.m. Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Info: (661) 296-6191.

Sunday, March 27
Santa Clarita Master Chorale presents The Russian Collection, featuring music from Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and Arvo Part, 3:30 p.m, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets available online or by phone. Info: (661) 362-5304 or

Upcoming Events
Zonta Club scholarships
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley offers two scholarships to young women pursuing further education. The Young Women in Public Affairs award applicants must 16 to 19 and demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations, due date is March 1, 2011. The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Award is open to women enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program to the final year of a master’s program in business, leading to a business-management career, deadline is April 1, 2011. Applications for both awards available at

Angel Food Bread of Life
The Angel Food program is for anyone who needs to stretch their grocery  budget; its Bread of Life signature box, with enough food to feed a family of four for about a week, for $31. Choose from 10 other options and order online with a credit card at by today or pick up an order form at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Order deadline is Feb. 18; pick up is Saturday, Feb. 26. Info: (661) 255-1301.

Walking Wonders group at Rioux Park
Walking Wonders welcomes beginning, intermediate or advanced walkers, go at your own pace, 8:30-9:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Drive Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 6233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Info: (661) 222-9536.

Hart Park Walk Club
“Walking for Health,” light exercise with optional walking paths and pedestrian trails (3K), free, 9:15-10:45 a.m., Fridays, meet at Hart Park log cabin, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 702-8953.

Child & Family Center meeting
The Child & Family Center will have its Auxiliary meetings on the first Thursday of each month, board room, Child & Family Center, 21545 Centre Pointe Parkway, 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.

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.

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.

Eat at Zapp, help Brittany Foundation
Help raise funds for The Brittany Foundation no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce. Zapp Simply Asian will donate 20 percent of every diner’s tab who brings in a flyer throughout the month of February; request a flyer from Zapp Simply Asian, 23360 Valencia Blvd., Suite H, Valencia.

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, Feb. 27 — Night Blooming Jazzmen
Sunday, March 27 — Denis LaPron’s Time Machine

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, 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.
Tuesday, Feb. 22 — Interview coaching, one on one appointment, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24 — Transferable skills, 2-4 p.m.

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, Feb. 26 — Manzanita Trail, 10.5 mile hike, 2,000 foot gain, some steep parts, bring lunch. Meet at Placerita Nature Center at 8:15 a.m. for 8:30 a.m. departure. 

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.

Level-one Reiki class by Joan Darlene
Reiki master Joan Darlene leads a class on basic reiki, 2-8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Space is limited, RSVP required. Info: (805) 338-7040.

Boys & Girls Club auction kickoff
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley will celebrate its 40th annual benefit auction on Saturday, June 11. Kick off meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, Newhall Boys & Girls Club, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 254-3063.

Free college planning workshop
Advice and answers about college admissions, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, College of the Canyons, Room 258, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.

Newcomers and friends of SCV
Ladies, are you new to the Santa Clarita Valley or in a new place in life? Join us for “Coffee Corner,” 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24. Call for details. Info: (661) 296-0872.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Fifth annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Santa Clarita Region’s year-round training and sports programs, 10 a.m., Saturday, March 5, Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Easy sign up for individuals and teams to raise money with online donation pages. Info: (661) 253-2121 or

Managing money and identity theft
LifeForward workshop by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley will focus on money management and identity theft, free, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, Desert Streams Church, 26873 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Free childcare for participants who register at least a week in advance. Info:

Santa Clarita Street Fair at COC
Monthly marketplace with arts, crafts, handmade items and new merchandise, gourmet food trucks on Saturday and certified Farmer’s Market on Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27, free parking and admission. College of the Canyons, Lot 8, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: or (661) 299-2139.

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.

The History of Warner Bros.
Author and Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society board member E.J. Stephens will present the history of the early days of Warner Bros as part of the Society’s lecture series, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, with a free talk and book signing, Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction, inside Hart Park, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

Mental illness workshop
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free six-week course with information on caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday evenings starting March 3, Turning Point, 27141 Hidaway Avenue, Suite 100, Canyon Country. Reservations required. Info: or (661) 250-2560.

Performers House yard sale
Fundraiser for the nonprofit Performers House, which offers residency and training for low-income performers, lots of items to choose from, Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 24263 La Glorita Circle, Newhall. Info:

Annual Al-Anon chili cookoff
SCV Convention of AA with Al-Anon & Alateen participation is having its 8th annual chili cookoff, speakers, 50/50 raffle and silent auction, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5, Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Tickets are $10-$15 pre-sale, $20 at door. Info: (661) 296-1976.

Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) support group
Support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their family and friends, provided by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, free, 1-2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

CalRTA spring luncheon
California Retired Teachers Association will hold its spring meeting 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, social hour at 10;30 a.m., general meeting with speaker Dr. Floyd Moos from College of the Canyons and luncheon at 11 a.m., $12, International House of Pancakes. Reservations requested. Info: (661) 259-9829 or

College 101: the search begins
Pegasus2edu will conduct a seminar with an overview of the many post-secondary options available, as well as the requirements for admission to the U.C. and Cal State systems, $25, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, College of the Canyons University Center, Room 107, 26455 N. Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (805) 657-1967 or

Coping with grief and loss
Learn the tools needed for working through significant grief and loss experiences, including death and divorce. Free presentation, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, Education Center, Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 N. Tournament Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 733-0692 or

Relay for Life fundraiser
Eat at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Saugus on March 10, March 24, April 7 and April 2 and raise funds for Relay for Life by presenting flyer. E-mail for flyer. Info: (661) 296-1910.

Elks Roast of Duane Harte
The 13th annual Elks Roast to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers will be held 7 p.m. 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, Saturday, March 12. Info: (661) 252-8424 or

Knights of Columbus St. Pat’s Day race
The Knights of Columbus will sponsor the 31st annual 5K St. Patrick’s Day Race, 9 a.m., Saturday, March 12, Central Park, Saugus, pre-registration cost is $21 or $27 with a shirt by March 7; add $4 on race day. Entry fees reduced for youths 17 and under. Race entry forms available at Runners Lane show store on Bouquet Canyon/Soledad Canyon Road junction. Info: (661) 259-8346.

St. Francis Dam tour with Frank Rock
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will host a tour of the site of the St. Francis Dam Disasters in San Francisquito Canyon, Sunday, March 13, as a fundraiser for the Society. Local expert Frank Rock will give a lecture, followed by the tour, which requires about one mile of walking. Snacks and motor coach transportation provided, $35 per person. Info: (661) 254-1275.

Sierra Pelona Rock Club meeting
The Sierra Pelona Rock Club celebrates its 52nd anniversary this year. Bring your photos and mementos to celebrate. Past members especially invited. Our interests are mineralogy, lapidary, geology and more. Bring your rocks and meet with us. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:

Astronomical Society in Ventura
Monthly membership meeting with Dr. Robert Piccioni on “Can Life be Merely an Accident?”, 7:15 p.m., Friday, March 18, Mesa Union School, 3910 Mesa School Road, Somis. Info: (805) 520-9666.

Caregiver Resource Day
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s annual free Caregiver Resource Day offers advice from leading experts, who will discuss Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges of caregiving and the vital need to take care of yourself, free adult day care available by preregistering, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 19. SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. (661) 255-1588.

Dress on a Dime consignment sale
Sell your gently used clothing for top dollar or purchased new and gently used clothing for up to 90 percent off at the Dress on a Dime sale, Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20, 21444 West Golden Triangle Road, Saugus. Info: or (661) 877-2434.

Pediatric Cancer Challenge Walk
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation will host its Pediatric Cancer Challenge Walk to benefit families and children affected by cancer, one mile kids walk and three mile adult walk, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 19, College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Walkers must raise or donate $25 each, teams are forming now. Info: or (661) 250-4100.

Artist Chris Cozen demonstration
The Santa Clarita Artist’s Association hosts Chris Cozen, who will demonstrate acrylic paints from Golden Paints, covering pigments, product usage and product lines, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia.


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