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Posted: May 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2012 2:00 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, 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:


Come and meet Santa Clarita’s famous singing apes at the Gibbon Conservation Center’s spring open house, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 19100 Esquerra Road, Saugus. Tours, gift shop, face painting, beverages, snacks and more. Tickets cost $10 for aduts, $5 for children 5-12 and seniors. Admission is free for children under five and mothers. Info: 661-296-2737,


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


Rock the Rhythm Beat the Odds, an effort to stage the world’s biggest drum circle, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 18 at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free. First come, first seated. Gates open at 10 a.m. $20 reserved seating tickets are available. Info:


Saturday, May 19

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.



Upcoming Events

Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club

The Santa Clarita Speed Skating Club meets 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on every Thursday of every month at the Ice Station, 27745 Smyth Drive, Valencia.  Learn to speed skate on ice as fast as Apolo Anton Ohno.  $15  Free speed skates provided.  Info:  No RSVP necessary.


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


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.


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,


Bridges to Ability Activities calendar

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

May 9, 16, 23, 30 SNAP ice skating open ice nights; 7-9 p.m.; Valencia Ice Station, 27745 Smyth 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.


‘Babes in the Wood’ British panto

Theatrical company Theatre Britain performs “Babes in the Wood,” a British panto, on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. ,and Sunday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m., at Acton Elementary Theater, 32248 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call 661-400-6320 for ticket information.


Jazz cabaret series at COC

The second performance in the Chancellor’s Cabaret Series, presented by College of the Canyons’ music department, is set for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. On Saturday, the college’s vocal jazz choirs perform “Broadway Bound: A Musical Theatre Review.” On Sunday, award-winning choirs Just Jazz and House Blend present “Rhythm and Blues: An Afternoon of Vocal Jazz.” Tickets: $10-15. Info: 661-362-3674.


Assistance League annual 5K Run

Assistance League presents its 22nd annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K Fun Run Sunday, May 6 in Newhall Park, rain or shine. Prior to the 8 a.m. start of the 5K race, children age 10 and under can register to take part in the Kids 1K Fun Run. All funds raised benefit Operation School Bell. Children in need in the Santa Clarita Valley receive clothing and shoes though this program. Assistance League Resale Shop is located at 24364 Main Street in downtown Newhall. Store hours are Monday, 1-4:00 p.m, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 661-255-1991. Donations welcome.  Online race registration www. or or call 661-259-8019.


May Square Dance for Sierra Hillbillies

The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will hold a Hillbilly Fiesta dance on Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m., at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Dennis Young will call squares and Anndrea Stephan will teach round dance and cue rounds. For information, call 661-254-4272, or visit


Assembly district candidate forum

Assembly District 38 candidates debate 8-10 a.m. Monday, May 7 at Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia, moderated by Jason Schaff. Tickets cost $40; RSVP required. Info: 661-702-6977; RVSP at


‘Live Life to the Plus’ health lecture

Whether you are  an athlete, coach, weekend warrior or coach potato, this lecture will profoundly affect how you view exercise and eating well. Join Dr. David Phillips for “Live Life To the Plus” May 7; 7:00 p.m. at The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Free; RSVP recommended. Info: 661-284-5970, or email


Sunshine Garden Club meeting

The Sunshine Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. The next meeting is set for May 8. Call Sima at 661-733-8838 for details and location.


Biggest Winner info meeting at De Sesa

Community info meeting for “Biggest Winner,” a 12-week lifestyle modification and weight loss program, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at De Sesa Chiropractic, 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Suite 65, Valencia. Info: (661-294-0429 or www.thebiggestwinner


DKG Eta Rho chapter meeting

Delta Kappa Gamma, Eta Rho chapter, will hold its monthly meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Wood Ranch, 25580 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth in women educators and excellence in education.  For more information call Penni Perrault, 661-259-8474.


Self-defense workshop series

College of the Canyons’ Campus Safety Deparment offers a free three-week self-defense workshop for women ages 13 and up on Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., starting May 9 at COC’s EPEK-103 classroom (May 9) and WPEK-103-PE Gym (May 16-23), 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Learn personal safety tips for home, office, school or out and about, and self-defense moves in a safe and comfortable setting. Wear workout clothing, no strapless tops or jewelry; bring good walking shoes and a water bottle. Info: Tammy Castor at 661-362-3516, Joy Reilley at 661-362-3229, Lynne Lowe at 661-362-3331.


Gardening Club of Santa Clarita

Love to garden and want to meet new friends? The Gardening Club of Santa Clarita hosts a general meeting the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Next meeting will be held Thursday, May 10. Call for location. Info: Kathy Phillips at 661-259-9845 or Diane Benjamin at 661-250-8345,


Spring jazz concert at West Ranch High

West Ranch High School’s lab band, Wildcat Combo and Studio A jazz bands perform their spring jazz concert 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 at West Ranch’s school theater, 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5. Info: Brian Leff at


POPS! jazz concert at COC PAC

College of the Canyons’ music department presents its annual POPS! Concert featuring its studio jazz ensemble, jazz combo bands and guest artists, under the direction of KC Manji, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 at Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Info: 661-362-5304,


‘Sweeney Todd’ at Canyon High

Canyon High School presents its musical production of “Sweeney Todd,” directed by Kristen Pechacek, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 at Golden Valley High School’s auditorium, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets cost $15. Info:


Astronomical Society meeting Moorpark

The Ventura County Astronomical Society hosts its monthly meeting 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 11 in the Forum Auditorium at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. President Hal Jandorf and previous president Dave Holland speak about the upcoming annular solar eclipse and transit of Venus. Free. Info:,


‘Pride in the Lake Day’ at Castaic Lake

The Friends of Castaic Lake will hold a “Pride in the Lake Day” the second Saturday of every month (this month May 12). Meet at the boat ramp at the Castaic lagoon at 9 a.m. and pick up trash until 11 a.m., followed by free hot dogs and chips for volunteers. Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Groups and school community service students welcome. Info:


Get adjusted, help single parents

Dr. Roger De Sesa, a local wellness chiropractic practitioner, will donate all services from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, to customers in exchange for a donation to Single Mothers Outreach, a local nonprofit that empowers single parents. No insurance will be billed for the services. New patients are welcome to receive a consultation, including exams, scans and x-rays, for a $50 donation. The office is located at 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, suite 65, Valencia.  Appointment required; call 661-294-0429.


Foster parenting info meeting in the SCV

Children’s Bureau hosts a free monthly information meeting for those interested in becoming foster parents 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12,  Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Children’s Bureau seeks caring families to adopt older children and large sibling sets. Qualifying families receive training, certification, stipend, benefits and 24-hour support. Info: 661-272-9996 or


Tributefest at Central Park in Saugus

Third annual Tributefest featuring tribute bands paying homage to eight legendary bands starts at 11 a.m. and runs till 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Tickets $40-60. Info:


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