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Today in the SCV: Saturday, May 5, 2012

Posted: May 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.

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Wildflowers program

What: A discussion on wildflowers and how physical settings affect what grows there. Free, $7 parking.

When: 8-10 a.m.

Where: East and Rice Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall 91321

Contact: 310-858-7272 ext. 131 or


Yard and craft sale

What: Galaxy Club holds a yard and craft sale.

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Masonic Lodge — Friendly Valley, 19310 West Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall 91321; enter at Friendly Valley Parkway gate off of Sierra Highway


Great Strides

What: A benefit walk to support cystic fibrosis. Free.

When: 9 a.m.

Where: Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355



Pet clinic

What: The city and Los Angeles County sponsor the annual pet vaccination clinic featuring license renewal, pet adoptions and free mico-chipping for dogs.
When: 9-10:30 a.m.

Where: Canine Country Dog Park, 20840 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91351


Gardening class

What: Castaic Lake Water Agency hosts a free landscaping class about indoor and outdoor water conservation tips. Free.

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Castaic Lake Water Agency, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91350



Free Comic Book Day

What:  Brave New World Comics hosts Free Comic Book Day with games, prices, art lessons, creator signings, Magic the Gathering and Heroclix gaming demos, food trucks and more. Free.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 22722 Lyons Ave., suite 6, Newhall 91321

Contact: 661-259-4745,


Cinco de Mayo celebration
What: A Cinco de Mayo Block Party with live music, family activities and entertainment. Food and drinks available. Free.

When: noon-9 p.m.

Where: Main St. between 6th St. and 8th St.


Adoption event

What: Cats and kittens are up for adoption as part of National Adoptions weekend.

When: 12-3 p.m. today and Sunday

Where: Petsmart, 19059 Golden Valley Road, Stevenson Ranch 91387

Contact: 661-250-8204


Veterinary hospital grand opening

What: Grand opening celebration for Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital. Tours, client education, raffles, freebies, dog adoptions and more. Free.

When: 1-4:30 p.m.

Where: 18840 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country 91351

Contact: 661-424-9900


Jazz cabaret series

What: The second performance in the Chancellor’s Cabaret Series, presented by College of the Canyons’ music department. The college’s vocal jazz choirs perform “Broadway Bound: A Musical Theatre Review.” Tickets cost $10-15.

When: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Where: University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-362-3674


‘Gentlemen for a Cause’ fundraiser

What: Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley hosts its “Gentlemen for a Cause” live auction and fundraiser. Bid on professional services offered by the community’s most talented gentlemen and special dates with bachelors. Tickets cost $40; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Domestic Violence Center.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Westridge Clubhouse, 27200 Sycamore Meadow Drive, Stevenson Ranch 91381

Contact: Suzanne Stone at 661-433-5383, Lorraine Furden at 661-877-6100 or visit


Saugus Dance spring show

What: Saugus High School’s Dance Team performs its National Champion Award-winning dances and many others at its spring show. Also features acts by other local high school dance teams and studios. Tickets: $10.

When: 7-11 p.m.

Where: 21900 West Centurion Way, Saugus 91350

Contact: 661-296-6326


‘Treasure Island’

What: West Ranch High School’s Theatre Arts Department presents “Treasure Island.” Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for adults.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch 91381

Contact: 661-222-1220


World percussion ensemble

What: The CalArts World Percussion Ensemble, Hands On’Semble and special guest Pete Lockett perform as part of as part of CalArts’ World Music Festival. Free.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Wild Beast music pavilion, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355



‘Babes in the Wood’

What: Theatrical company Theatre Britain performs “Babes in the Wood,” a British panto.

When: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 1:30 p.m., through May 13

Where: Acton Elementary Theater, 32248 Crown Valley Road, Acton 93510

Contact: 661-400-6320

Today in History
Today is Saturday, May 5, the 126th day of 2012. There are 240 days left in the year.
On this date in the SCV: In 1978, a fire damaged 20 vehicles at the Magic Ford car dealership in Newhall. The fire started when a power line snapped under strong winds and dropped into Newhall Valencia Plumbing storage yard next door.
Today’s Highlight in History: On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Puebla took place in Mexico as forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated troops that had been sent by Napoleon III during the so-called French Intervention. (The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory.)
One year ago: Solemnly honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Barack Obama hugged survivors at ground zero in New York and declared that the killing of Osama bin Laden was an American message to the world: “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”

Former AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney is 78. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 68. Actor Roger Rees is 68. Rock correspondent Kurt Loder is 67. Rock musician Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is 64. Actor Richard E. Grant is 55. CBS News corespondent John Miller is 54. Rock singer Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 53. NBC News anchor Brian Williams is 53. Rock musician Shawn Drover (Megadeth) is 46. Actress Danielle Fishel is 31. Actor Henry Cavill is 29. Soul singer Adele is 24. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris Brown is 23.


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