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Posted: February 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.

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


Big Sunday at Castaic Shelter
The Castaic Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and materials for its Big Sunday shelter renovation project on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Materials needed include paint, paintbrushes, wood, nails, benches, plants, trees, gravel, office furniture, grooming items and chicken wire; labor needed includes plumbing, electrical or handy men and women. All donations are tax-deductible and will help improve the shelter and make the animals more comfortable. Info: Kim Kehl at (661) 714-9939 or

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. Applications for both awards available at

ACS Bark For Life
The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is looking for committee members for its inaugural event, which will raise funds for the American Cancer Society and recognize the caregiving qualities of our canine friends. Info: (661) 299-5536 or

Walking Wonders group
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.

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.

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.

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.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month, at the home and pond of members.  Club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences.  Info: (661) 259-6437 or (661) 296-9252.

A Light of Hope support group
Groups and programs to assist youth and young adults (ages 13-30) in recovery from the effects of alcohol, substance abuse or any other self-destructive behavior, families welcome. Al Anon parent and family meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 207, Saugus. Parent and youth/young adult support group, 7:30-9 p.m., Thursdays, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 207 (adults) or Suite 105 (youth/young adults). Info: (661) 513-4325 or

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

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.

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.

Together We Stand dance class
Dance class for kids and teens with and without special needs, basic movement, strength, and motivation, $50 per month for one class weekly or $125 for three months of once-weekly classes, Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts, 23502 Lyons Ave., Suite 105, Newhall. Info: or (661) 222-7910.

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, 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 refort 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.
Thursday, Feb. 24 — Transferable skills, 2-4 p.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, 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, noon-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.

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
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.

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
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

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

Mental illness caregiving 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 Ave., 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:

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.

ALS support
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 American Cancer Society of Santa Clarita Valley’s 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


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