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Posted: July 31, 2011 1:35 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2011 1:35 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:
Aug. 5 Dona Oxford
Aug. 12 Reno Jones
Aug. 19 Michael John & the Bottom Line
Aug. 26 Tom Nolan

Third Thursdays, ongoing

The city of Santa Clarita hosts a themed party 7-11 p.m. third Thursday of the month, on Main Street in Newhall. Free. Enjoy live music and entertainment, art displays, food trucks and more. Next event will be held Thursday, Aug. 18. Info: (661) 250-3787 or

Sunday, July 31
Friendly Valley Community Church Annual Concert will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31.  The Friendly Valley Community Church presents “Sounds For Summer” with Gary Gould. The “Instrumentalist Extraordinar” will present  the most requested saxophones hits, clarinet hits, Irish Penny Whistle from the Emerald Isle and eastern European Klezmer music.
Donation $10.  Tickets on sale in the church office. Friendly Valley Auditorium, 19345 Avenue of the Oaks,   Newhall. Enter at the Friendly Valley main gate off  Sierra Highway on Friendly Valley Parkway. Info: (661) 251-1311 weekday mornings from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 6
Enjoy one last summer fling before the kids go back to school at the Santa Clarita Valley Water Festival. Live music, water games, contests, dive-in movie, food and fun. 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Cost: $15 per adult, $7.50 per child. Contact: Single Mothers Outreach (661) 288-0117.

Saturday, Aug. 13
Western-style dinner, tour of the Hart Collection, silent auction and screening of “The Saga of Bill Hart” and Tom Mix’s “The Great K&A Train Robbery” 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Purchase tickets online for $50. Info:

Sunday, Aug. 14
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, Canyon Country. Admission: $100, includes dinner, live music,  and silent and live auctions. Info: Janine Jones at

Saturday, Aug. 27

The 15th annual Heart of the West presented by Princess Cruises Community Foundation will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Mosey over to the Agua Dulce Airport to support the children of Carousel Ranch.  Dinner by Salt Creek Grille, live and silent auctions, dancing under the stars by SOS Entertainment, spirits from Vincent Hill Station and a demonstration by the kids of Carousel Ranch.  Tickets: $85 each. VIP tickets $175.  Info: Heather Edwards, (661) 268-8010 or email Website:

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, New-hall. Info: (661) 259-5857.

Rubber Ducky Festival at Castaic Lake
The ninth Annual Rubber Ducky Festival is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct.22, at Castaic Lake. The family festival will culminate in a rubber duck race at 1 p.m. Rubber ducks are available for adoption at $5 per duck. Other adoption opportunities include: Quack Family (five ducks plus a free duck for $25); Quacker’s Dozen (10 ducks plus two free ducks for $50) and Duck Flock (20 ducks plus four free ducks for $100). Visit For more information on the event, call (661) 257-2339, ext. 302 or visit Proceeds from the event benefit Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Inc.

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.

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.

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.

The Power of Now Group Meeting

If you’re interested in the works of Eckhart Tolle, call Cliff Fletcher at (661) 755-1524. Meeting dates and location to be determined.

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Free family nature walk and native live animal presentation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., every Saturday. Docent-led bird walk every second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. Blooms of the Season wildflower walk every fourth Saturday, 9:30 a.m.. Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. (661) 259-7721.

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.

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 Cuban-style 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.

SCV Food Pantry seeks sponsors for run/walk
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry seeks sponsors for the 18th annual Run/Walk against Hunger, 1K Kiddie Run and Halloween contest, Sunday, Oct. 30. Various sponsor levels are available. All proceeds help provide supplemental food to those less fortunate. Info: or contact Belinda at (661) 255-9078 or

‘Everything Citrus’ Santa Paula art show
The Santa Paula Society of the Arts opens its 11th annual art show themed “Everything Citrus” with a free reception 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. Exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 2. Info: (805) 525-1104.

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.
Aug. 3 Audiologist Nola Aronson of Advanced Audiology presents “Age and Hearing Challenges” with free hearing screenings.
Aug. 10 Disaster Planner/Trauma Surge Coordinator Tony Magdaleo presents “Earthquake Preparedness: What You Should Know.”
Aug. 17 Patient Care Coordinator Lorin Bedwell of Pacific Pulmonary Services discusses “Respiratory (Oxygen) Care and Sleep Apnea Therapy.” Jane Zema, R.N. presents “Seniors and Health Literacy: Tips for Navigating Trusted Websites for Health Information.”
Aug. 18 Podiatrist Dr. Shane Rhodes of Canyon Foot Care provides free foot exams 11 a.m.-noon in the Supportive Services modular.
Aug. 24 Lymphedema therapist Kathy Caplan, P.T., C.S.S.T., discusses “Lymphedema Treatment and Therapy.”

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

Sunday concerts in Harbor Village
Summer Sunday concert series at 1 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 4 at Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Admission and parking are free. Some seating is available. Lineup:
July 31 Groove Pilots (rock ‘n’ roll)
Aug. 7 Jessi and Jared of Champagne Sunday
Aug. 14 Forbidden Fruit (reggae)
Aug. 21 The Four Pops (classic rock)

Rockin’ Summer Nights at the Westfield mall
Westfield Valencia Town Center hosts free, live entertainment with food samples from shopping center restaurants and a chance to win free gifts from Westfield retailers at 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: (661) 287-9050. Lineup:
Aug. 2 Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond cover)

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 are at these locations:
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

Marketplace in Valencia concerts

Free concerts at 6 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 12, at the Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater, between McBean Parkway and Lyons Avenue along the east side of The Old Road in Valencia. Info: Lineup:
Aug. 5 The Bruce Brothers (classic blues and R&B)
Aug. 12 Imagine (Beatles tribute)
Concerts in Central Park hosted by city
The city of Santa Clarita’s annual concert series. 7 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 27 at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Free. Lineup:
Aug. 6 Boogie Knights (disco revival)
Aug. 13 TIZER with Karen Briggs (jazz, fusion, diverse music)
Aug. 20 Surf City All Stars (surf music)
Aug. 27 Jack Mack and the Heart Attack (high-energy R&B and soul)

Learn to ‘Organize Your Life’
Learn how to organize your life 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 28470 Avenue Stanford, suite 100, Valencia. Bring lunch and a drink; RSVP required. Info: (661) 702-8555 or

Hart Swim reunion RSVP deadline
A reunion for all alumni and guests of the Hart Swim and Dive Team is set for Aug. 6. Deadline for online registration is July 27. Info:

‘Successfully Start Your New Business’ 
Learn how to prepare a written plan to build and grow a business and the best way to structure it 9-11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Costs $30 with a $2 parking fee. Contact: (661) 362-5900

Assistance League ‘Christmas in July’
Assistance League hosts its annual “Christmas in July” sale 1-4 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until July 31, at the Take Two Resale Shop, 24364 Main St., Newhall. Proceeds benefit various philanthropic programs. Info: (661) 255-1991 or

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. Next meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday,  Aug. 2, (661) 254-6604.

WorkSource Center Job Fair Aug. 5
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center hosts a free job fair from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 5 at Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Suite 250, Valencia 91355. Come dressed professionally and bring copies of your resume. Info: (661) 799-9675.

SCV Water Festival at Aquatic Center
Single Mothers Outreach hosts the family-friendly SCV Water Festival 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Games, music, water golf, food and more. Tickets: $15 for adults, $7.50 for children, $40 for family four pack, $250 for VIP Cabana. To purchase, call (661) 288-0117.

Lou Gehrig’s disease support group
Information and support for those with Lou Gehrig’s disease, their families and friends, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: (818) 865-8067, ext. 234.

Reiki level two by Reiki Master Joan Darlene
Reiki master Joan Darlene will offer a workshop on Reiki, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7. Balance Point Spa, 18385 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Limited space, RSVP required. Info: (805) 338-7040.

Whittaker-Bermite group meeting
The Whittaker-Bermite Citizens Advisory Group hosts a meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: Glo Donnelly at (661) 255-7556.

Henry Mayo’s Spine Education Program
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s free Spine Education Program offers valuable information on how you can take better care of your spine, including lifestyle changes that may help with pain management and prevent future injuries. Classes meet 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Henry Mayo’s Outpatient Therapy Services Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 310, 25751 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661)253-8959.

Summer Scraptastic RSVP deadline
Today is the deadline for Summer Scraptastic, a scrapbooking event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation with raffles, demos and more. Entry fee of $50 includes lunch and a gift. RSVP to Allison at (661) 269-1282 or Event  to be held 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Valencia Hyatt Regency, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia.

SBDC seminars for entrepreneurs
The Small Business Development Center teams up with Citi Community Development to host a series of free seminars for local entrepreneurs at Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Schedule is as follows:
Aug. 11 “Accessing Capital”
Sept. 15 “Monster Marketing Mistakes”
Sept. 30 “Social Media”
To register, visit, email or call (661) 362-5900.

Blood drive at Henry Mayo
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and American Red Cross will host a blood drive 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at  the Henry Mayo/COC Clinical Education Center, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. The blood you give is used in the community and may save the life of a friend or family member. Appointment required. Info: (661) 253-8888 or, sponsor code “henrymayo.”

Ice Cream Social informational meeting
Insurance Specialists Laura Caverhill and Sue Endress will provide a free ice cream, cookies, and information event noon-1 p.m. Thursday Aug. 11 in the Senior Center’s dining room. Bring your sweet tooth! Information will focus on the non-medical exam whole life policy which covers final expenses. The Senior Center is located at 22900 Market Street, Newhall, Info: Diana Sevanian, Senior Center Health & Wellness Coordinator, (661) 255-1588.

Route 66 Classic Car Show helps Safe Rides
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, Aug. 13; Saturday, Sept. 10; Saturday, Oct. 8. Info:, or call (661) 298-1494.

Valencia Women’s Connection luncheon
All local women are invited to attend the Valencia Women’s Connection August Luncheon featuring guest speakers Vicky Trujillo and Carol Lebeau, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Santa Clarita Activity Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Costs $16; RSVP to Glenda Lundberg at (661) 297-5589.

Wedding Pros ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ at Hyatt
Avoid the most common mistakes that could happen at your wedding. Spend an evening with the experts for a question-and-answer seminar presented by the Santa Clarita Wedding and Events Professionals. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. RSVP required. Limited seating.  $15 per bride includes one guest. Includes bride’s organizer, door prizes, champagne, appetizers and cake. Info: (661) 296-6191.


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