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Posted: May 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 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


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

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 to attend.


A Night of Paranormal Investigating will be held to benefit the SCV Historical Society on Saturday, May 19. Limited availability. Sundown Dinner, paranormal activities presentation, special guest Mark Christopher Nelson of www.positively A night of paranormal investigation will be held. $75 per person. All proceeds to benefit the Historical Society. Tickets: Linda Casebolt, 661-510-9438.


Monday, May 21

Sponsorships, foursome and individual player reservations are now available for the seventh annual golf tournament sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, set for Monday, May 21 at Robinson Ranch Golf Course. Most sponsorships come with four player spots. Player packages include golf cart, range balls, green fees, lunch on the turnaround and a post tournament awards dinner. Players who select the tournament’s Mulligan packet also receive a chance to win a vacation, and four names will be drawn to participate in a $100,000 Shoot Out at the end of the tournament. Info:


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


Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club

The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club is a nonprofit organization and the focal point for all things Corvette locally. For information on monthly meetings visit


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.


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,


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.


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, Suite 106, Valencia; and through SMO’s website at


Carousel Ranch calls for volunteers

Carousel Ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons to children with special needs. Volunteers must be at least fifteen years of age. Responsiblities will include working in lessons and ranch chores. Lesson times are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1-5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Summer hours starting in June art: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 4-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Gail to sign up for a time and day at 661-268-8010. Carousel Ranch is located at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Santa Clarita.


Bridges to Ability Activities calendar

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

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

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

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


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.


Free hearing screenings

Advanced Audiology celebrates National Women’s Health Week by providing free hearing screenings for local women on Monday, May 14. Info:, 661-253-3277.


Republican Women Federated meeting

Monthly meeting of Republican Women Federated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 at The Paseo Club, 27640 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Howard Hyde, a former socialist progressive Democrat who defends and promotes free markets, limited government and capitalism, speaks on “Republican Priorities, Strategies and the Hispanic Vote.” Lunch and program costs $20 for members, $25 for non-members, RSVP requested. Info:, 800-799-2721.


Mountain ‘Lions in the Landscape’

National Park Service ecologist Dr. Seth Riley talks about his mountain lion research and the local ecosystem, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Free.


Sierra Pelona Rock Club meets

Dick Flaherty gives a slide presentation on western rock collecting areas including Southeast Oregon sites famous for plume agates, varied obsidians and moss agates at the Sierra Pelona Rock Club meeting set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the Clubhouse of Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Those interested in mineralogy, lapidary, genealogy, paleontology and related subjects are welcome. Info:,


Leadership Network educational forum

The SCV Nonprofit Leadership Network meets. Guest speaker Allan Pressel shares his tips on how to become a dynamic presenter Wednesday, May 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Union Bank, 23620 Lyons Ave., Newhall. RSVP required. Bring your lunch. Info:, 661-714-6774


Plein air artists day at Rancho Camulos

Artists are invited to spend the day at the Rancho Camulos Museum to capture their impressions of the rancho on canvas, paper and film 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, May 21. Reserve your spot by Thursday, May 17; send your name, address, email and phone number to Hillary at or call 805-832-9435. Costs $22. Info:


AngelDogs fundraiser at Chick-fil-A

Enjoy a meal at Chick-fil-A on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., present an AngelDogs Spirit Night flyer, and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to AngelDogs Foundation, a non-profit mobile spay/neuter clinic based in the Santa Clarita Valley. Email for flyer. Chick-fil-A is located at 24180 Magic Mount Parkway, Valencia.


Burbank African Violet Society meets

The Burbank African Violet Society will meet 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Club member Bernadine Pousel will present a program on the care and propagation of growing a Streptocarpus. Guests welcome. Info: 818-951-3597.


‘The Way of St. James: Pilgrimage Paths”

St. Stephen’s Church in Santa Clarita, located at 24901 Orchard Village Road, invites the public to a 90-minute slide presentation on the Way of St. James, its geography, history and modern day pilgrims, presented by historian, Carolyn Randall. Every year, thousands of pilgrims walk the Way of St. James. The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in St. Stephen’s Upstairs Lounge and is free to the public. Questions may be directed to the Church office Monday through Friday by calling 661-259-7307.


‘Equus’ at Performing Arts Center

College of the Canyons’ Theatre Department ends the spring semester with its production of “Equus,” the award-winning adult drama by Peter Schaffer, 8 p.m. May 17-19 and 2 p.m. May 20, at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Contains nudity and mature content; parental discretion is advised for minors. Info: Box office at 661-362-5304,


Blue Heat fundraiser for SCV Food Pantry

Santa Clarita Blue Heat collects donations for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Planet Soccer, 24331 Main St., Newhall. Donate five boxes of macaroni and cheese and get a free ticket to a SC Blue Heat game. Meet the team members, talk soccer and help those less fortunate in the community.


Special tribute to the Armed Forces

A special tribute to the Armed Forces will be held at Santa Clarita’s Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St., in Newhall, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The annual Armed Forces Day Festival scheduled at Hart Park on May 19 is cancelled this year. The Veterans Plaza event will be held instead. Bring a photo of your active duty loved one for the Military Board of Honor and if they’re deployed, bring their military address to be sent a care package from the community. Prayer Angels for the Military will be accepting donations for care packages being sent to SCV deployed men and women. Much needed items include Beef Jerky, granola bars, canned (pop-top) foods like ravioli, hearty soups and canned fruits,. Visit for a full list. Cards and letters of support are always a welcome and postage money is always needed. Donations can also be made through PayPal or mailed to 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall, CA 91321. Contact Suzon or Dale for additional drop off locations: (661) 799-8865 or email


Operation Free Ride on Armed Forces Day

Free open house at Heavens Hoofprints Equestrian Foundation, 30330 Byfield Road, Castaic, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Free horseback rides, crafts and games, horse trivia, food, horse demos, petting zoo and pony rides, pet portraits of your pet, horse adoptions and sales. Info: 661-645-0278; or


Annual ‘Super Jazz at the Ranch’

West Ranch High School’s annual jazz festival featuring professional and student musicians, plus special guest appearances and clinics, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. All-day general admission is $10; students and seniors pay $7. Food concessions available onsite. Info:, Brian Leff at


CalRTA scholarship luncheon in Valencia

CalRTA (California Retired Teachers Association) holds its scholarship meeting 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oakvale Drive, Valencia. CalRTA will present six $500 scholarships to high school seniors. Meetings are open to all retired educators. RSVP before May 18. Costs $15. Info: Anne Hazlett at 661-254-1616,  Gerry Morey at 661-259-5308 or e-mail Mimi Kern at


Artists’ Association meets in Valencia

Santa Clarita Artists’ Association hosts a general meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hollywood cartoonist Rich Arons demonstrates cartooning and the anatomy of a cartoon character. Free. Info: or 661-244-7689.


Newcomers and Friends coffee corner

Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life? Join us for “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24. Learn about activities, luncheons, trips. Info: 661-296-0872, 661-254-0205.


Coping with loss of a loved one

The Grief Program will discuss the tools and skills needed for moving through significant emotional loss  7 p.m., Thursday, May 24, in the Education Center at Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 N. Tournament Rd. If you are suffering the pain of loss — whether through death, divorce, breakup or other losses — plan on attending this free eye-opening presentation. Info: 661-733-0692 or visit


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 (May 26) at 25844 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call 661-414-9070 to reserve a spot.


Spring festival at North Park School

North Park Elementary School hosts its Spring Fling festival with a surfin’ safari theme 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at 23335 W. Sunset Hills Drive, Valencia. Inflatables, crafts, music, dancers, food and games. Game tickets cost $1, wristband is $20. Info: Nikki Baartman,


Free photography workshop at Lowes

Ted Dayton will teach participants about composition, exposure and how to process images using Photoshop in this free black and white photo workshop, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Meet in the parking lot at Lowes, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia, where participants will then walk to the Santa Clara River. The workshop will conclude at City Hall. RSVP requested. Info:


Barbecue and salsa showdown in Castaic

Team Santa Clarita Station will compete in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Barbecue and Salsa Showdown 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Road, Castaic. Barbecue and salsa booths, a Kid’s Zone, food and drink vendors, live music, race car displays games, retail vendors, military displays, LASD Department displays and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 7-14, free to children 6 and under, and includes a barbecue/salsa tasting card. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Southern California, 999 for Kids, Wives Behind the Badge and LASD Motorsports. Info:,, 661-294-6309


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