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Posted: May 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 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


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:


Saturday, May 12

Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s annual Open House and Family Festival will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. The event is free. There will be guided hikes, animal presentations and displays, music, historical rein-actors, crafts demonstrations, informational booths concerning wildlife, conservation and indigenous peoples and a Treasure Hunt. Panning for “gold,” face painting and children’s crafts will also be featured for a nominal fee. Food and drink are available. Info:


Friday, May 18

The Standup Guys will perform a clean comedy show to benefit the SCV Habitat for Heores, 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 ropinglessons. Info: or 661-268-8010.


Special Olympics of Southern California will host the 11th annual Regional Spirit Games Saturday, May 19. The games begin with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. More than 600 athletes will compete in a variety of  events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at William. S. Hart High School, Newhall Park, Boys & Girls Club of SCV, Placerita Junior High School and West Ranch High School. Event includes an Olympic Village in Newhall Park with music, food and family activities. The public is invited to attend.


Saturday, June 2

The 41st annual Boys & Girls Club of SCV Benefit Auction will be held Saturday, June 2 with doors opening at 5 p.m. Live and silent auctions. The location is yet to be determined. The  theme is Heroes Among Us — A Gala Celebration. General admission ticket for two: $25. Gala dinner seating is $85 per person. Table sponsors begin at $650. For information, visit


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


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.


Free spine education at Henry Mayo

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s free Spine Education Program is now also offered at the Outpatient Physical Therapy’s location in the Golden Valley Plaza. The class 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 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at Henry Mayo’s Outpatient Therapy Services, Golden Valley Plaza, 19013 Golden Valley Road, Suite 125, Santa Clarita. Info: 661-253-8959.


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.


Mint Canyon Moose Lodge activities

Activities available for members of the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country include: Mondays, hamburger night; Tuesdays, steak or chicken night; Wednesdays, pizza night; Thursdays, tacos; Fridays cook’s choice; Sundays 8:30-11:30 a.m. breakfast. Info: 661-252-9830.


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: 661-296-1969.


Pet Assistance seeks volunteers

Pet Assistance Foundation SCV staffs a hotline providing our community low-cost resources for cat and dog spaying and neutering. As a volunteer, you will use your telephone to return hotline calls as needed, about four hours a week. We provide training. Info: 661-260-3140 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:


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.


Mental illness support group

A support group for family members of those with serious mental illnesses is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month, Santa Clarita Department of Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Suite 210, Valencia. Info: 661-360-8002.


Loss of child support at Henry Mayo

Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Support Group: This support group helps anyone who is dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death in an effort to assure parents that they are not alone in their grief. The group meets Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Pavilion meeting room, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia.


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, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.


Stroke support group at Henry Mayo

The Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group hosts a free meeting 4-5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in the Pavilion meeting room, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Stroke survivors, caregivers and family members are invited to attend. Free. Info: 661-253-8651.


Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters

Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters meets  6:45-8 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the Santa Clarita City Hall, Council Chambers. Get an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches and offering constructive evaluation. Free parking available at 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. No RSVP necessary.


Business counseling by SCORE

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free resources and expertise to existing and start-up businesses in order to maximize their success, including business planning, problem analysis and more. Individual counseling sessions are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Appointments preferred, but not necessary. Info: 661-964-9390,


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.


Read With Me! seeks volunteers

The SCV Education Foundation seeks volunteers to assist students improve their reading skills in local public schools for this coming school year. Info: Ann Unger at or 661-414-4465.


Baby care basics class at Henry Mayo

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital offers this class the fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Human Resources Building, Rooms 4 and 5, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia.


Tour Henry Mayo’s women’s unit

Expectant parents are invited to a guided tour of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s maternity services unit 1-2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month. Group meets in hospital lobby at 12:45 p.m., 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: 661-253-8607.


Rancho Camulos national landmark

The early Californio lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment at this nonprofit museum. Docent-led public and group tours are offered at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday February through November and by appointment year-round. Located on Highway 126, two miles east of Piru and 10 miles west of Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for children/students. Check before going for special event closures. Info: 800-521-1501,


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,


Veterans softball team seeks players

Want to play softball? A local team seeks active, reserve, guard, prior service and retired military to join. Info: Fred Malcomb at scvmilitarysoftball


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


Bridges to Ability Activities calendar

Bridges to Ability for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host the following events for registered clients:

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

May 17 Bridges to the Community workshop/finance planning; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; location TBA; call Bridges office

May 19 “Let Me Dance” dance marathon; 7-11 p.m.; Canyon High School main gym, 19300 Nadal St., Canyon Country

May 25 Hang Loose Night dinner and movie night; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; meet at Route 66, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Newhall

May 30 Anchors Aweigh Wellness Wednesday Sports & Physical Fitness; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; NLACRC, 28470 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Santa Clarita

May 31 Anchors Aweigh  volunteer opportunity; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Bridges office, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia

RSVP required: Chris at Bridges to Ability Foundation at  661-702-8555 or Volunteer opportunities are available.


‘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,


‘Treasure Island’ at West Ranch

West Ranch High School’s Theatre Arts Department presents “Treasure Island” 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5, in West Ranch’s theater at 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for adults. Info: 661-222-1220.


‘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


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