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Posted: March 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Third Thursdays
The city of Santa Clarita hosts a themed party 7-11 p.m.  every third Thursday of the month, on Main Street in Newhall. Free. Enjoy live music and entertainment, art displays, food trucks and more. Info: 661-250-3787 or

St. Clare’s Catholic Church 34th annual Lenten Fish Fry will be held 4:30-8 p.m. each Friday through March 30, available for dine in or take out. All proceeds from the dinners benefit local charities and families in need. 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Info: 661-252-3353 or

Sunday, March 18
Enjoy an evening of fashion and fun at Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s “Fashion, Fun & Fantasy” Sunday, March 18, at Hyatt Regency Valencia. Boutiques open at 3 p.m., with doors opening for the “Sunday Night Supper Show” at 5:30 p.m. A fashion show will be followed by comedy in the tradition of a Sunday night supper club.  The evening will close with extravagant styles from award-winning Dan Csicsai of Salon Glo. Individual tickets can be purchased at or by sending a check to SIGSCV, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1350. For sponsorship, tickets or more information, contact Pam Oneby at 661-803-2107 or

Wednesday, March 21
One March Night, a special wine and food pairing event, will be held to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of  SCV  Foundation at 6:30 p.m. on the patio of Salt Creek Grille in Valencia. Limited seating, tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door. RSVP by March 19. Call 661-254-3063 or purchase online at

Friday, March 23
Vision in Education Dinner to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School will be held Friday, March 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Sponsors, auction items and volunteers sought. SCVi is a tuition-free public charter school with the mission to inspire lifelong learners. Honored at this year’s dinner will be Dennis King of the William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees. Email:

Saturday, March 24
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation Pediatric Cancer Challenge Walk will be held 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Cost: $25. Location: College of the Canyons, Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. A noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and funds in support of families battling pediatric cancer. Info:  661-250-4100, or

Sunday, April 22
The Knights of Columbus host an Italian dinner 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Parish Hall at St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. On the menu is chicken parmesan, spaghetti, salad and rolls. Costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children (no chicken). Wine, beer, soft drinks and dessert available for an additional charge. Proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus Wheelchair Foundation, which purchases and delivers wheelchairs to the needy. Info: John Springer at 661-904-6523.

Upcoming events

Castaic Lions Club  scholarship deadline
The Castaic Lions Charity Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be offering the Lion Walt James Scholarship. To be eligible for the Lion Walt James Scholarship students must be a resident of Castaic or Val Verde, and be a graduating senior in 2012. The Lion Walt James Scholarship applications packet must be postmarked on or before April 14. The Lion Walt James Scholarship Application may be downloaded from the Lions website located at

TOPS weight loss support group
TOPS Santa Clarita Chapter, a support group for weight loss, hosts regular meetings 7-8 p.m. every Monday at South Valley Church, Room 6, 24551 Valley St., Newhall. Info: Kathy Beggane at 661-802-1511 or Jeanie Druebert at 818-353-5015.

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.

Youth football registration open
Online registration for the Santa Clarita Wildcats youth football program is now open. SC Wildcats welcomes all players ages 6-14 who will be attending West Ranch, Hart and Valencia high schools, or live in the Castaic area. Complete and submit forms at

Cheer team registration open
Online registration for the Santa Clarita Wildcats cheer program opens Monday, March 26. All girls ages 5-16 are eligible to join. Cheer team is trained by West Ranch High School cheerleaders. Complete and submit forms at

Special exhibit at Hart Museum
The William S. Hart Museum will host an exhibit featuring objects in the Natural History Museum and Hart Museum relevant to two Academy Award Best Picture nominees, “Hugo” and “The Artist,” through June 3. Learn about the costumes, film props, equipment and historical artifacts used in both films. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with tours every half-hour. Free admission. William S. Hart Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: 661-254-4584.

Fitness walk and seminar series
College of the Canyons’ Student Nutrition Advocates encourage leading a healthy lifestyle with the launch of its free Body, Mind, Wellness (BMW) Fitness Walk and Seminar Series. Schedule is as follows:
March 22 Meditation for Health and Happiness, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Meditation Garden (near East PE building, behind the tennis courts)
April 12 Canyon Country Campus educational fitness walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
April 19 Fitness Myths and Truths seminar, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Boykin Hall, Room 105
College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia; Canyon Country campus is at 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info:

Cars and coffee and breakfast at Galpin
Galpin of Santa Clarita hosts its monthly car show 7-10 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 23645 Creekside Road, Valencia 91355. Complimentary breakfast, games, photo opportunities, car clubs and more. Free.

AAUW women’s award fundraiser
American Association of University Women host a fundraiser for the COC/MESA Women in Stem Award, which benefits a female student transferring to a university, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Vino 100, 28112 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Costs $20 at the door, includes wine instruction and refreshments. Ten percent of the day’s sales will benefit the award. Info: 661-254-2403.

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month (this month’s meeting is set for one week earlier, March 18) at the home and pond of members. The club is made up of people with ponds or those building a pond who want to share ideas and experiences. Info: 661-259-6437 or 661-296-9252.

Santa Clarita Artists’ Association meeting
Santa Clarita Artists’ Association hosts a general meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hong Kong impressionist Tim Tien demonstrates oil painting. Free. Info: or 661-244-7689.

SCOPE public meeting
The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment hosts a discussion and screening of the film “Future of Food” 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 at Valencia Hills Club House, Oakvale Drive, Valencia. Refreshments will be served.

ACT vs. SAT college workshop
Kaplan, the nationwide testing center, hosts an introductory workshop on the SAT and ACT tests for students 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 at Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: 661-259-8942,

Cowboy Festival volunteer roundup
The city calls for teens and adults ages 15 years and older to volunteer at the 2012 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch in April. Those interested should attend the volunteer roundup, 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Before attending, email Volunteer Services Supervisor Susana Coronel at for a registration packet. Info: 661-250-3708.

WWII vet speaks at Trinity Academy
Louis Zamperini, a WWII veteran and the subject of New York Times bestselling book “Unbroken,” will speak about his experiences 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 at Trinity Classical Academy, 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Valencia. Costs $10 per person, $15 per couple. Info: 661-296-2601.

Resume Rally at COC for job seekers
Meet with professionals who can provide pointers on how to make a resume and cover letter stand out during the job search and application process. Held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the staff dining room in the Student Center at College of the Canyons Valencia campus, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia; and at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus, Quad 1, Building 2, Room 110, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Info: 661-362-3286,

VIA monthly luncheon at country club
The Valley Industry Association hosts its monthly meeting, with local attorneys David Poole and Brian Koegle, who review the California Employment Law Update, to discuss social media in the workplace and more  11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. RSVP on or before March 15. Costs $45 for members, $50 for guests. Info: 661-294-8088 or

Newcomers and Friends coffee corner
Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life? Remember “Welcome Wagon”? Join us for “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21. Learn about activities, luncheons, trips. Info: 661-296-0872, 661-254-0205.

‘Creating Your Personal Narrative’
College of the Canyons’ National Champion speech team hosts “Storytelling: Creating Your Personal Narrative,” a scholarly presentation, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The presentation focuses on the art of oral interpretation and its power to help individuals bring about their own personal growth. Free admission. Info: 661-362-3434.

Canyon Country Advisory Committee
The Canyon Country Advisory Committee hosts a regular meeting 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March. 21, at Mint Canyon Moose Family Center Banquet Room, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Topics include the new fire stations in Canyon Country and the chloride issue. Info: 661-713-9344 or

Mental health awareness summit
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Health hosts a free symposium for mental health awareness 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Morning presentation, afternoon breakout sessions and resource fair.
Info: Karen Zarsadiaz-Ige at 213-351-5297.

Spring gift boutique in Canyon Country
The 10th annual spring gift boutique featuring hand made gifts and home decor by Santa Clarita Valley artists will be held 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, March 23 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 19601 Chadway St., Canyon Country. (Whites Canyon to Nadal, follow signs to Chadway.)

AARP Driver Safety classes at center
An eight-hour AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered through two consecutive four-hour sessions 1-5 p.m. Friday March 23, and 1-5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Classes are held in activity rooms A-1 and A-2.  Register at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: 661-259-9444.

Autoimmune disease support
The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group meets  2-4 p.m., the fourth Sunday of the month (March 25) at American Legion Post 507, 24527 Spruce St., Newhall. This group is for individuals with any form of arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases. Info:

Ukrainian Easter Eggs at St. Stephen’s
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church offers its free Pysanky egg decorating class 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in Spurling Hall, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Barbara Wampole and Olga Kaczmar teach adults how to use the traditional wax resist dye method of Ukrainian Easter egg decoration. Enrollees should bring one dozen (or one half-dozen) raw, room-temperature eggs; tools provided. Registration required; RSVP at 661-259-7307.


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