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Posted: June 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Fridays, ongoing
The annual Lexus Jazz and Blues concert series featuring jazz musicians, food and kid games, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday nights through Aug. 26, at Town Center Drive in Valencia. Free. Lineup:
June 24 Delgado Brothers
July 1 Shari Puorto
July 8 Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
July 15 Jim Gibson
July 22 Tony Galla Band
July 29 Artwork Jamal
Aug. 5 Dona Oxford
Aug. 12 Reno Jones
Aug. 19 Michael John & the Bottom Line
Aug. 26 Tom Nolan

Grab your camping gear, pop a tent and enjoy a summer night under the stars at  the city’s second annual Great American Campout, 11 a.m. Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. $20 per person. Registration:

“Radio Hams” from Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys join in national deployment Public Demo of Emergency Communications 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25 Santa Clarita “hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities. The Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating at Castaic Lake Water Agency, Water Treatment Plant Conservatory Gardens, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus just above Central Park. Info:

Meridian Band CD release party, performs classic rock  at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave. Newhall, Sunday June 26 5-8 p.m. Raffle prizes. Band will perform songs from its newly released CD “Proper Introductions.”

Thursday, June 30
Six-week summer program for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Santa Clarita Service Center, 21515 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 118, Santa Clarita. $20. Learn Girl Scout traditions and earn a badge. Info: Irma Tamayo at (661) 287-1985 ext. 2372 or

Monday, July 4
A variety of events will be held in the SCV to celebrate the Fourth of July.
6:30 a.m. Santa Clarita Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on San Fernando Road between 5th and 6th streets in Newhall.
7 a.m. Santa Clarita Runners’ 10K Run-Walk starting and ending at Newhall Park
9 a.m. annual Fourth of July Parade down Main Street, Lyons Avenue to Orchard Village and ending at 16th Street.
Approx. 9:20 p.m. City of Santa Clarita Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Also: Fireworks over Stevenson Ranch and Castaic Lake.

Tuesday, July 5
The Manga Club at Barnes & Noble in Valencia 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,  July 5. For information call (661) 254-6604.

Upcoming Events
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.

Interior design disasters for HGTV
Homeowners in the Santa Clarita Valley are sought who have an interior decorating disaster. HGTV is now casting energetic, fun-spirited homeowners who want to remedy their failed decorating attempts. Friends and families of homeowners may also apply — if you think your friend/relative needs a decorating intervention. Homeowners: Must have created a hideous room (that can be fixed cosmetically). Horrible color schemes, decorating “themes” gone wrong, “kitschy” becoming tacky. Loud designs welcome. Must have a family member or close friend who is troubled by the hideousness of the room. (Can be the homeowner him/herself.) Rooms that were decorated by the home’s previous owner will not be considered. Home must be within 60 miles of Los Angeles. Taping begins in mid-June, casting is occurring now. To apply email Cole Schneider at:, or call: (303) 872-8688.

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.

Ombudsman program volunteers
Become a state-certified ombudsman 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.

Santa Clarita Garden Club
Now forming. To  meet the second Monday of every month, 1:30 p.m. Info: Jay Kapac at (661) 775-3748.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bridges to Ability Activities calendar
Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
Saturday, June 18 “Bridges to Volunteerism” Habitat for Humanity event; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; call B2A to register and event details.
Sunday, June 19 SNAP Kickball practice; 6-7:30 p.m.; LARC Ranch Field; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.
Friday, June 24 STARZ event Escape’s “Annie” production; 10 a.m.; SCPAC at COC; 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.
Sunday, June 26 SNAP Kickball Tournament; 6-8pm; LARC Ranch Field; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.
Wednesday, June 29 “Anchors Aweigh” Wellness Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; NLACRC; 28470 Avenue Stanford.
Thursday, June 30 “Anchors Aweigh” Volunteer Opportunity Mailing Project; Bridges office; 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
Saturday, July 9 Annual Summer Luau “Rockin’ Summer”; 7-9:30 p.m.; LARC Ranch; 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus.
Monday, July 11 “Cooking Club”; Red, White & Food; 6-8 p.m.; location TBA.
Sunday, July 17 “SNAP Flag Football” pre-season scrimmage; 6-7:30 p.m.; COC Upper Field; 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.
Wednesday, July 27 “Anchors Aweigh” Wellness Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; NLACRC; 28470 Avenue Stanford.
Thursday, July 28 “Anchors Aweigh” Volunteer Opportunity Mailing Project; Bridges Office; 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia.
RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at  (661) 702-8555 or Volunteer opportunities are available.

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.
July 13 “The Aging Eye: What Seniors Should Know About Their Vision”
July 13 Audiology testing from 11 a.m. to noon
July 20 Shannon Camaing, LVN, a Facey Medical Group Case Manager, presents “Senior Nutrition, and How to Reduce Your Risks for Heart Attack and Strokes.”
July 27 “What is Lymphadema — How Is It Treated?”

Farmers market at COC parking lot
The Santa Clarita Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-noon, College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8 in Valencia. Info: (805) 529-6266,

Route 66 Classic Car Show
Spectators are free, and vehicle registration is $10 (donated to Safe Rides). Location: Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Help celebrate Safe Rides 25th year serving the SCV. Car Shows are held on the second Saturday of the month, May through October, 5-9 p.m. Spectators are free, and vehicle registration is $10 (donated to Safe Rides). Enjoy great food and live music, while viewing classic cars. Trophies are awarded in 20 categories. Held at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Saturday, July 9; Saturday, Aug. 13; Saturday, Sept. 10; Saturday, Oct. 8. Info:, or call (661) 298-1494.

Newcomers and Friends club
Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life? Join us for “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23. Learn about activities, luncheons, trips.  Contact:  (661)296-0872.

Coping with loss with grief counselor
A community presentation on the tools and skills needed for working through emotional loss  7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in the Education Center at Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 Tournament Road, Valencia. Free. Info: (661) 733-0692 or

Transit workshop host by city
The city hosts a workshop to gather input from residents on improvements to the McBean Regional Transit Center 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in the Century Room, Suite 150, at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: City Project Manager James Tong at (661) 255-4366 or

‘Annie’ performed by Escape Theater
Escape Musical Theater presents “Annie” 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 299-5264 for tickets.

Santa Clarita Street Fair held at COC
Monthly weekend market featuring local artists, vendors, gourmet food trucks and live music, free admission, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 (held with Farmer’s Market), College of the Canyons parking lot 8, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info: (661) 299-2139,

Zonta Club presents life skills workshop
Workplace Success will be the topic for the next LifeForward  workshop offered by Zonta Club of the SCV 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Desert Streams Church, 26873 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. LifeForward workshops are offered free of charge. During this session, participants will learn what employers expect of employees and what employees should expect from employers. Presenters will be a panel of human relations professionals. Single Mothers Outreach Clothes Closet will present their version of “What to Wear/Not Wear on the Job.” At the conclusion, participants will be able to select a free outfit appropriate for an employment interview or placement in a new job. Free childcare for participants who register in advance. Info: email Participants can register for the upcoming workshop and request free childcare, if needed, at

Maternity tours at Newhall Memorial
Expectant parents are invited to a guided tour of Newhall Memorial’s maternity services unit 12:45 p.m., June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Main Lobby, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Info: (661) 253-8799.

Scott Gates and Salty Suites
Scott Gates and the Salty Suites an acoustic roots bluegrass band perform originals and standards 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center, 24265 Main St., Newhall. $20. Reservations  and info: (661) 255-7087,

The Great Desert Railroad Race
Documentary film producer Ted Faye presents “The Great Desert Railroad Race” 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Saugus Train Station in William S. Hart Park, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Free; includes movie screening. Info: (661) 254-1275 or

CD release show at Rock Candy Music
Local band A Basement Rendezvous celebrates the release of its first EP, “The Negro Spiritual,” 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Rock Candy Music and More, 28124 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Free. Opening act is Synthetic Colors. Info: (661) 263-9800.

Second annual Old Town Car Show
Old Town Newhall Second Annual Car Show 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Free. Cruise on down and see Street Rods and Classic Cars/Trucks. Enter your 1975 or older car. Show cars must arrive by 9 a.m. Call (661) 235-0730, 253-4440, or email

Intro to Girl Scouts  in Santa Clarita
Six-week summer program for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Santa Clarita Service Center, 21515 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 118, Santa Clarita. Costs $20. Learn Girl Scout traditions and earn a badge. Info: Irma Tamayo at (661) 287-1985, ext. 2372 or

Lou Gehrig’s disease support group
Information and support for those with ALS, their families and friends, 1-2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 2, at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

Movies in the Park at Castaic Complex
Bring your family to see indoor and outdoor movie screenings. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road in Castaic; West Creek Park at 24247 Village Circle West in Saugus; Richard Rioux Park at 26233 Faulkner Drive in Stevenson Ranch; and Val Verde Park at 30300 Arlington Road in Val Verde. Free; refreshments served. Bring blankets and dress warmly. Screenings will be held:
July 6 West Creek Park
July 8 Val Verde Park
July 15 Castaic Sports Complex
July 22 Richard Rioux Park
Aug. 3 West Creek Park
Aug. 19 Richard Rioux Park
Sept. 7 West Creek Park
Sept. 16 Castaic Sports Complex
Sept. 23 Richard Rioux Park
Sept. 30 Val Verde Park

Live acoustic music at Rock Candy
Local bands Odaal and The Mercury-Mars Unit play an acoustic show 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Rock Candy Music and More, 28124 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Free. Info: (661) 263-9800.

‘The Giver’ on stage at PAC
College of the Canyons Theatre and Festival of New American Musicals present “The Giver,” a musical based on Lois Lowry’s classic novel about a dystopian society 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355. Tickets: $15, sold at the door 90 minutes prior to curtain. Info: (661) 362-5304.

Mariachi Mystery Tour on stage
The Mariachi Mystery Tour covers Beatles songs, mariachi-style, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

Girl Scouts lock-in at Mountasia
Girl Scouts hosts a lock-in for girls from 6th through 12th grade 10 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. Friday, July 22, at Mountasia Fun Center, 21516 Golden Triangle, Santa Clarita. Costs $30 for registered Girl Scouts, $42 for nonregistered girls. Info: Irma Tamayo at (661) 287-1985 ext. 2372 or

Legacy of Hope gala for cancer
The American Cancer Society hosts its second annual Legacy of Hope gala, themed “Imagine—More Birthdays!” 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Robinson Ranch Golf Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Castaic 91387. Admission: $100, includes dinner, live music,  and silent and live auctions. Info: Janine Jones at

On Ensemble in concert at COC
On Ensemble combines Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:

Te Vaka show
Te Vaka, a Polynesian music and dance group with a contemporary edge, performs 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Info:


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