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Posted: May 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 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. Live music art displays, food trucks and more. Info: 661-250-3787 or
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 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

A communitywide art festival showcasing the talents of local youth is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School, 28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Suite 200, Castaic. The event will feature Demos, live music, games, hands-on activities and more. Free. Info:

The 11th annual Fight It! 5K Race including a 10K and 1K to benefit the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund will be held Saturday June 2. Walkers and runners of all ages are welcome to participate. Events start at: 7:30 a.m. 1K, 8 a.m. Cost for pre-registration is $10-35 depending on race choice.The race will be held at Central Park, Cross Country Trail located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Info: or email
Sunday, June 3
The annual Arthritis Walk at Six Flags Magic Mountain begins with registration at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 3 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. 8 a.m. Warm Up and program followed by 9 a.m. Walk, one or 3-mile options. 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Festival Zone, Kids Zone, entertainment and refreshments. For more information and to register, call Debbie Martin at: 323-954-5760 x262 or 818-388-5077. Visit:

"Let Music Fill the Air" with the Santa Clarita Master Chorale and Children's Honor Choir 3:30 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Tickets: $26 / $20 / $14. To be held at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. For more information or tickets, visit, or call 661-362-5304.
Monday, June 4
Child & Family Center's 14th Annual Golf Invitational "Tee It Up Fore the Kids" 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Robinson Ranch Golf Course, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $250 per player. Contact Chris Chegwin at 661-644-6058 (cell) for additional information.

June 23-24
The 12th annual Green Valley Art Walk, a fine art and crafts fair featuring artwork from around the world, live demos, wine and cheese tasting, beer tasting, art auctions and more, will take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, at 15419 Spunky Canyon Road, Green Valley. Line music by Black Daniels Band, New Leaf and Stephen Cull. Free. Info: 661-270-9353.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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,

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, 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 15 years of age. Responsibilities 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 23, 30 SNAP ice skating open ice nights; 7-9 p.m.; Valencia Ice Station, 27745 Smyth Drive, Valencia
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.

‘Equus' at Performing Arts Center at COC
College of the Canyons' Theatre Department ends the spring semester with its production of "Equus," the award-winning adult drama by Peter Schaffer, 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,

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 email 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.

Discussion with candidate Al Ramirez
A "reverse round table discussion" with U.S. Senate Candidate Al Ramirez, hosted by the SCV Congress of Republicans, Republican Assembly and Conservative Republicans of California, is slated for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91390. Free; RSVP at Info:

‘Planning for the Unexpected' talk
Marc Emmer, author of "Intended Consequences," presents "Planning for the Unexpected: A Recipe for Creating More Value in Times of Turbulence" 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 23 at University Center, Room 258, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Emmer will share his insights on how nonprofits and educators can anticipate external factors and seek out strategies that will fortify their ability to deliver against their mission. RSVP to

Author visit at Canyon Country Library
Catherine Bybee, author of "Wife by Wednesday," speaks about publishing, writing e-books and her novel 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Free. Part of Friends of the Library's "Author Visit" series. Info: 661-251-2720,

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 Road. 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,

Santa Clarita Valley Blues Festival
The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Festival will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Mountain View Park, 28502 Seco Canyon Road, Saugus. Free event includes a day of great blues, car show, Kids Zone, firetruck rides, US Marines, art show and vendors. For information email

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.

Lou Gehrigs/ALS support group
Information and support for those with ALS, families and friends, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: 818-865-8067.

Silvery Beams at Towsley Canyon
How do animals adapt to the night shift? Explore Towsley Canyon by the light of the silvery moon. Suitable for all ages. Meet outside the front gate of Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon, 24335 The Old Road, Newhall at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Free program, parking $7 inside park. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and presented by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority. Info: 310-858-7272 x131.

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, June 5, 661-254-6604.

Summerhill Soiree for Alzheimer's Assoc.
Support the Alzheimer's Association at the second annual Summerhill Soiree with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, live jazz music, complimentary valet and more, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Summerhill Villa, 24431 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $35 per person or $60 per couple. RSVP to Mary Dembkowski or Kim Duffy, 661-254-9933,,

‘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 June 9). 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 who need hours welcome. Info:

Twilight Garden Party with food and wine
Twilight Garden Party with progressive wine and food pairing 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at College of the Canyons Honor Grove, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $35 per person, $60 per couple. At each campus location, guests will be served food and wine paired to compliment the ambiance of the garden. Chairwoman of the Friends of the Gardens and Master Gardener, Diane Benjamin and garden enthusiast, Barbara Schulman will offer interesting pointers about sustainability and planting in the SCV, followed by other venues. For tickets or more information contact Cindy Biehahn 661-362-3737 or RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, June 1.

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, June 14. Call for location. Info: Kathy Phillips at 661-259-9845 or Diane Benjamin at 661-250-8345,



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