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Posted: April 23, 2011 9:27 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2011 9:27 p.m.

Friday, April 29
Highlands Elementary Rockstar annual Carnival, featuring games, rides, bounce house,  bake sale, silent auction, theme baskets and gourmet food trucks from Los Angeles, 5-8:30 p.m., free admission, game/ride tickets are four for $1, all proceed benefit Highlands Elementary School PFO, 27332 Catala Ave., Saugus. Info: (818) 971-2656 or

Saturday, April 30
The 11th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Teabags Tea and Garden Tour will be held 1 p.m. at the Valencia home of Sally Coss. Tickets are $50 each and will include high tea and garden tour. Gift boutique. For tickets call Wendy (661) 254-2350.
Sunday, May 1
The Child & Family Center’s Taste of the Town will be held 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The event will feature more than 40 of the SCV’s best restaurants, caterers and wine and beer purveyors. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $100 for reserved umbrella seating. The price includes unlimited food and drink samples. To purchase event tickets visit For more information call Cheryl Jones in the Child & Family Center Foundation office at (661) 255-6847 x3018.

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host rose garden tours at two of its members homes, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., light refreshments served, garden of Harvey & Sharon Kale, 9 a.m.-noon, 25711 Whispering Trees Way, Valencia, garden of Bob & Kitty Belendez, noon-3 p.m., 21133 Kingscrest Drive, Saugus. Info: (661) 296-5033.
Friday, May 6
The 2011 SCV Man and Woman of the Year dinner, 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency Valencia, $75 per person. Info: (661) 259-7701 or

Saturday, May 7
Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley presents its third annual Fiesta Poker Tournament, a Texas Hold ’em style tournament with a $100 buy-in, first prize is a seat at the World Series of Poker and a two-night stay in Las Vegas, spectator tickets are $35 including dinner, registration 4 p.m., tournament at 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 803-8149 or

Sunday, May 15
Third annual Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food Festival will feature food trucks from kosher vendors, food from Sam’s Flaming Grill, the Yalla Truck and the Canter’s Deli Truck, a kugel cookoff, live entertainment,   dance instruction and an attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Record for the world’s largest falafel, $5, children 12 and under free, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, May 15, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

Monday, May 23
Sponsorships, foursomes and individual player reservations are available for the sixth annual golf tournament sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Monday, May 23, Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Proceeds benefit local and international programs to advance the status of women. Info: (661) 252-9351 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

Shop JCPenney, Benefit Kids
Through April 26, JCPenney customers at Westfield Valencia Town center will be invited to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, which provides at-risk children access to life-enriching after-school programs with the SCV Boys & Girls Club. Info: (661) 297-3692.

Gently used
clothing needed
Wayman Cleaners is collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories such as purses to distribute to the homeless and low-income populations in and around the SCV, clothes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Wayman Cleaners, 23120 Lyons Ave., Suite 15. Info: (661) 259-5857.

Manga Club meets at Barnes & Noble
The Manga Club invites everyone interested in manga, comic books written and drawn in the Japanese style, to meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the community room at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. This month’s meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, (661) 254-6604.

Bridges to Ability Activities calendar
Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Wednesday, April 27 — Anchors Aweigh wellness Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., NLACRC, 28470 Ave. Stanford, Valencia.
Thursday, April 28 — Anchors Aweigh volunteer opportunity mailing project, Bridges office, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
Friday, April 29 — Hang Loose Night dinner and movie, 6 p.m., Edwards valencia, 24435 Town Center Dr., Valencia.
Saturday, April 30 — B2A Starz film class, 4-7 p.m., SCV Film Festival, 24623 Walnut St., Newhall. RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at  (661) 702-8555 or 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.
Wednesday, April 27 — Providence Health Services presents Dr. Gregory Castillo for “Ask The Doctor” - bring your questions.
Thursday, April 28 —  Audiology Associates will provide free hearing tests, 11 a.m.-noon, Supportive Services modular building, primarily for people who do not wear hearing ads, all hearing-related questions welcome.
Wednesdays — Noon-1 p.m., Blood pressure checks held, Activity Room 6.

Trigger point massage workshop
Learn how to perform a trigger point massage to relieve stress, improve blood flow and relax tight muscles, taught by Dr. Roger De Sesa, a certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, free, dinner from Italia will be provided, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 294-0429.

Meditation workshop
Led by John Lewis Parker, experienced meditation instructor for more than four decades and graduate of Insight L.A. mindfulness-based stress reduction, this free one-hour meditation workshop is open to the public, noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, College of the Canyons meditation garden, behind tennis courts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 362-3244.

SCV Macintosh computer group
The Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Computer Users Group monthly meeting will include a Mac 101 review on topics every Mac user shold know, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, Valencia Mac, 24343 Magic Mountain Parkway (next to Target), Valencia. Info: (661) 250-4149 or (661) 252-7280.

Songwriter Juni Fisher performs
Close-up and personal evening of entertainment with songwriter Juni Fisher, 8 p.m., Friday, April 29, $25 donation includes light refreshments, Outwest Western Boutique, 24265 Main Street, Old Town Newhall. Reservations required. Info: (661) 255-7087.

Tumbleweeds at OutWest in Newhall
The Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Mary Kaye return to OutWest for live country music, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 30, $25 donation includes light refreshments, OutWest Western Boutique, 24265 Main St., Newhall. Reservations required. Info: (661) 255-7087.

Friendly Valley Lawn Bowl Club
Friendly Valley Lawn Bowl club is holding its first open house to non-residents to come and learn the sport of lawn bowling, includes free lessons, membership and refreshments, plus door prizes, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Info:

Girl Scout Brownilympics
The Santa Clarita Valley Girl Scouts will be holding their annual Brownilympics, a day of fun and competition styled after the real Olympics, sponsorships available, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, Placerita Junior High School, 25015 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: (771) 291-6222.

Author signing for ‘Blood Brothers’
Meet Santa Clarita Valley author Lisa Delong, who will sign her book “Blood Brothers,” about her challenges as a mother of two sons that battled leukemia, 7 p.m.,  Thursday, May 5, Valley View School, 19414 Sierra Estates Drive, Newhall. Books are $19.99, cash only and 20 percent of proceeds from the signing will benefit Compassionate Friends. Info: (661) 252-4654 or

Free workshop for change
Free workshop offering five easy steps to making a permanent change easy, taught by Dr. Roger De Sesa, a certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, free, followed by a question and answer session regarding the “Biggest Winner” competition, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info: (661) 294-0429.

Grandparent Grandchild Connection
A monthly group dedicated to reuniting grandparents and grandchildren, to advocate for those children, to educate and bring into awareness and support the grandparents who suffer from the loss of contact, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 7, Heart of the Canyons Church, 21618 Golden Triangle Road, Suite 106, Canyon Country. Info: (661) 714-2787 or

UCLA Blood Drive
Held in conjunction with UCLA Health Systems, donors who give blood will receive a free Regal movie ticket, 2-7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, St. Stephen’s Episcopal church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Appointments requested. Info: (661) 259-7307.

Sierra Hillbillies square dance
The Sierra Hillbillies will hold a “Black Cat” dance at 7:30 p.m, Friday, May 13, SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, with callers Bob van West and Andrea Stephan. Info: (661) 298-7794 or

Northlake Hills PTA Goodwill truck
Goodwill will partner with the PTA of Northlake Hills to raise money for student programs, as well as help Goodwill continue their many programs to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, bring your donated items from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 32545 Ridge Route Road, Castaic, tax receipt provided. Info: (661) 257-7868.

Placerita Canyon Open House
Annual Placerita Canyon Nature Center festival, family-oriented, pan for gold and wash clothes the pioneer way, visit the Herpatology Society and Sierra Pelona Rock Club tables, meet with environmentally-oriented local nonprofits and enjoy a day in the outdoors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: (661) 259-7721.

Valencia Fine Arts Festival
Event features artists presenting original works in all dimensions of two and three dimensional fine art, work is available for purchase, presented by West Coast Artists, 4-8 p.m., Friday, May 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, May 21 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, parking and admission are free. 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, May 22 — Scott Roewe Pacific Swing Band

Thriller is Flashback to the 80s
Fortieth annual benefit auction for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, live and silent auctions, gourmet food, raffle, entertainment and dancing, 5 p.m., $25 per couple. Location to be announced. Auction donations gratefully accepted. Info: (661) 254-3063 or

Fibromyalgia support group
Support group meeting second Saturday of every month, 10:30-noon, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: (661) 270-1961 or email

Senior Orchestra seeks players
Bring your instrument and join the fun, all instruments and skill levels welcome, 3:30 p.m, Thursdays, Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, multi-purpose room, 26705 Bouquet Canyon, Saugus. Info: (661) 298-9553 or (661) 296-4977.


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