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Posted: April 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Dates to watch
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

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.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at historic Melody Ranch. Music, food, shopping and kids activities. Shuttle parking at Railroad Avenue and 13th Street, Newhall. Tickets are $20 for one day adult pass. Children are $10 for one day pass. Info:

Friday, April 27
How the West was Won Trap Shoot to benefit Carousel Ranch. No shooting experience necessary. Form a four person team and enjoy a morning of trap shooting at Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall. Info: Call 661-268-8010.

Sunday, April 29
The 12th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Teabags Tea and Garden Tour will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The event will be held at the spectacular garden home of Sally Coss in Valencia. Features tea, handmade savories and desserts. Perfect Mother's Day present. Call Wendy 661-254-2350.
Sunday, May 6
Taste of the Town, the annual food tasting event to benefit the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center will be held 1-5 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at Mann BioMedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. More than 40 food and beverage booths and entertainment. Tickets are $75 each, all inclusive, for general admission and $125 each for reserved umbrella seating. Info and tickets:

Friday, May 18
The Standup Guys will perform a clean comedy show to benefit the SCV Habitat for Heroes, 8 p.m. Real Life Church, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Tickets $15 before May 11, $17.50 after. $20 for VIP tickets. Contact: Sarah Steffen 818-884-8808, email

Saturday, May 19
Cowgirls and Crystals to benefit Carousel Ranch. 2 p.m. to dusk. Proceeds will be used to fund programs for therapy on horseback for disabled children and adults. Event will be held outdoors in the Western Town at the ranch, 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Agua Dulce. Included in the day's upscale cowgirl fun is a gourmet barbecue, shopping, line dancing, horseback riding and roping lessons. Info: or 661-268-8010.

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

Low-cost spay & neuter services
AngelDogs Foundation provides low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats through its mobile clinic the first three Wednesdays of each month behind Backwoods Inn Restaurant, 17846 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or

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, New-hall. Info: 661-259-7721, or

Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club
The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club is a nonprofit organization and the focal point for all things Corvette locally. Monthly meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., first Thursday of every month at Marie Callender's, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Social meetings are held 6 p.m., third Thursday of every month at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Info:

Beginners for Cuban-style salsa dance
Cuban-style salsa lessons, no partner required, beginners 7-8:15 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9 p.m., Wednesdays, $5, Courtyard Marriott, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia. Info: 661-618-1105.

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

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. 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.

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. 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.

Single Mothers Outreach sells pins
Single Mothers Outreach is selling custom-designed pins to honor mothers for Mother's Day. Residents are also invited to purchase pins to donate to SMO parents as a Mother's Day gift. Pins cost $25 each and may be purchased at Fresh Boutique, 24419 Walnut St., Newhall; La Via Bella at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24300 Town Center Drive, Suit 106, Valencia; and through SMO's website at

NAMI Family-to-Family support
A 12-week support and education program meeting Wednesdays, April 11-June 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Covers the many aspects regarding serious mental illnesses, hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Fernando Valley. Free. Info: 661-360-8002.

Earth Day carnival at Rituals Salon
Earth Day-themed activities for kids, bake sale, eco-friendly crafts and more., 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Rituals Colour Salon, 26918 The Old Road, Valencia. Buy five tickets for $20; proceeds benefit Surfrider Foundation and Global Greengrants Fund. Info: 661-799-9910.

Spa day fundraiser for Hadassah
Women's organization Hadassah Kolot Nashim hosts a spa day fundraiser with vendors, mini-services for a fee and more, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Costs $10 at the door; raffle tickets cost $5 for two, $10 for five. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Proceeds benefit Children at Risk. Info:, 661-252-0650.

Autoimmune disease support
The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group meets 2-4 p.m., the fourth Sunday of the month (April 22) 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:, or Jena Minassian at, 661-312-8913.

Blood drive at Santa Clarita Courthouse
Donate blood and receive a free movie ticket and a chance to win a $50 gas card, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, April 23, Santa Clarita Courthouse parking lot, 23747, Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Walk-ins welcome, appointments appreciated, identification required. Info: 661-253-7334,

‘IndoctriNation' movie screening
Trinity Classical Academy presents "IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America," a documentary about the American public school system from a Christian standpoint, 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: 661-296-2601.

Choral Music Festival at Grace
The 24th annual Choral Music Festival will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. More than 500 local students representing 12 SCV schools will perform. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for students. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Choral Educators Association scholarships and study grants.

Assembly candidates forum
The 34th District PTA hold a candidate's forum for the 38th Assembly District seat, moderated by the League of Women Voters, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Wiley Canyon Elementary School, 24240 La Glorita Circle, Newhall. Info: Suzan Solomon at
Women in History presentation
The SCV branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents its "Women in History" program, which will portray six illustrious women, including Ada Lovelace, Mary Fields, Dian Fossey, Frances Perkins, Mrs. Maggie Brown and Susan B. Anthony, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info:

‘The Koch Brothers Exposed' screening
See a screening of "The Koch Brothers Exposed," a documentary by Robert Greenwald, presented by the SCV Fair Elections Committee, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Free. Info: Carole Lutness at 661-755-3772.

‘Nation of Two' at Hart High School
Hart High School Theatre Arts Department presents "Nation of Two" by Tom Burmester, a drama about healing the wounds of war, 7 p.m. April 25-28 at Hart High School P2/Black Box Theater, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets cost $10. Info:,

Student artists reception at COC
The artists reception for the 17th annual Student Exhibition at College of the Canyons, which features work by artists of all creative disciplines, is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at COC Art Gallery, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free. Info: 661-362-3612.

Zonta hosts Lunafest Festival of Films
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosts the second annual Lunafest - Short Films by, for and about women, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Canyon Theater Guild, 24242 Main St., Newhall. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Zonta Club of SCV. Tickets: $25. Info:

‘Artpocalypse' at Saugus High School
Saugus High School hosts its annual Festival of the Arts featuring a student art gallery, poetry and short story readings, choir and dance performances, a craft zone and more, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the outdoor quad, 21900 West Centurion Way, Saugus. Free admission. Info: 661-297-3900.

Free private self-defense classes
Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios offers free, private 20-minute self defense classes on the last Saturday of each month (April 28) at 25844 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call 661-414-9070 to reserve a spot.
Play Day at College of the Canyons
Arts and crafts, storytelling, obstacle courses, karate and soccer demos, gymnastics, math and science activities and more for infants, toddlers and school-age children at Children's Play Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at College of the Canyons Honor Grove, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free. Info: Wendy Ruiz at 551-544-2752,

Astronomy Day by The Local Group
The Local Group Astronomy Club hosts Astronomy Day featuring different activities and lectures, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Placerita Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. See website for full schedule of events. Info:, Steve at 661-609-1739.

‘Wartime Romance: A Time to Remember'
A wartime romance musical honoring veterans and their families is set for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets cost $25-130 and are available for purchase online. Proceeds benefit Prayer Angels for the Military, Single Mothers Outreach and A Bridge to Home. Info:

Reiki level two class with Joan Darlene
Reiki Level Two Classwith Joan Darlene Reiki Master Teacher will be held Sunday, April 29. Class to be held at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call for details and reservations 805-338-7040 space is limited.

Backyard habitats presentation
Alan Pollack discusses creating backyard habitats in ‘Restoring Habitat' at noon on Sunday, April 29 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Learn how to build a garden that is attractive to wildlife as well as humans.

Free triathlon 101 information clinic
The Santa Clarita Triathlon Club hosts a free informative clinic 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at Heritage Park, 24155 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Learn about the sport, discuss transitions and nutrition and more. Open to all. Info:

Job fair at College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons hosts a job fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Attendees should dress in business wear, bring copies of their resumes and be prepared for on-site interviews. Info: 661-362-3286.
Bridges to Ability Activities calendar
Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:
May 1 "B2A STARZ" bead party day; 2-4 p.m.; Beads & Other Needs, 23416 Lyons Ave., Newhall
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 SNAP ice skating open ice nights; 7-9 p.m.; Valencia Ice Station, 27745 Smyth Drive, Valencia
May 5 Hang Loose Night Cinco de Mayo golf; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; meet at FreshWorks California Grill, 23440 Cinema Drive, Valencia
May 6, 20, 27 SNAP kickball practices; 6-7:30 p.m.; LARC Ranch, 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
May 7 Anchors Aweigh cooking club; 6-8 p.m.; location TBA
May 12 Bridges to Adventures Glam & Glide; 4:30-9 p.m.; meet at Bridges office, 28390 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at 661-702-8555 or Volunteer opportunities are available.

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, May 1, 661-254-6604.

‘Spring Sing!' at the SCV Senior Center
Celebrate spring with the romantic music of yesteryear, featuring the talents of The Silvertone Choir, The Silver Belles, The Silver Beaux and the Memory Makers, 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110,

‘FUNraiser' to benefit ministries
Shop, eat and play at this fundraiser benefiting SCUMC Women's Ministries activities 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Barnes and Noble, Bake You Happy and Baja Fresh, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Present the flyer at the register for a percentage of your purchases to benefit SCUMC. Info: Church office at 661-297-3783; download flyer at

Spring star party at College of Canyons
Observe the stars, Saturn, the moon and Mars at College of the Canyons' bi-annual Star Party, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 4, at COC's Canyon Country campus, 17200 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Hear from guest speaker Matt Wallace on the Mars rover project and more. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and beverages available for purchase. Info: 661-362-3801.



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