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Your Community: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Posted: May 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 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

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

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 three-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 playerContact 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, raffles, 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.

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

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

Happy Feat Running Club welcomes all
Walkers and runners of all levels, beginner to experienced, are welcome to join this 8- to 10-week 10k and 10-mile challenge training program. Meets every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. beginning June 9, at Chuck Pontius Commuter Trail, 22921 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Info:

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,

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

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.

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. 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 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.

Newhall School District spring concerts
Student orchestras and choruses of the Newhall School District perform at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1 at Wiley Canyon Elementary School, 24240 La Glorita Circle, Newhall. A $3 donation is requested to support the district’s music program. Info: Monica Solis-Kaplan at 661-877-6486.

‘Queen of the Sun’ screening
The SCV Fair Elections Committee presents “Queen of the Sun,” a 2012 documentary film about colony collapse disorder in bees, its impact on the economy and solutions for action, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Free. Info: Carole Lutness at 661-755-3772.

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:

Asthma and allergy screening
A nationwide screening program sponsored by the. Learn if you are at risk for asthma or find the cause of your nasal allergies at this screening program sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital COC Education Center — Pavilion Building, 25727 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Refreshments served. Info: Dr. Farhadian at 661-259-6996.

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 BBQ/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, their 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.

NAMI San Fernando Valley pizza night
The Los Angeles County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) holds its pizza night fundraiser 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor, 9000 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. Get a chance to win drawings and door prizes, and learn about the upcoming NAMI charity walk in October. Drawing tickets cost $10 or three for $25 if purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit NAMI. Info: 818-994-6747,,
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,,

Meet the Grant Makers for nonprofits
Local nonprofits are invited to learn how to improve their fundraising efforts and see their organizations thrive 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free admission; RSVP for parking pass, otherwise pay $2 for parking. Info: 661-362-5871,,

‘The Foreigners’ on stage at Legion post
American Legion presents “The Foreigner,” a comedy Broadway play, 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 10 at 25427 Spruce St., Newhall. Tickets cost $35 for Friday and Saturday shows and $25 for Sunday. Proceeds benefit the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Girls State Program. Info: Christie Marks at 661-714-3335.

Hoefflin Foundation Fellowship Program
In Support of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation Fellowship Program join in dance lessons and wine/cheese reception for a $25 donation per couple. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.  Cocktail attire.  Foundation Fellowship Program is led by Dr. Jonathan Finlay, Director of Neural Tumors Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The fellowship funded by the Michael Hoefflin Foundation allows time for Dr. Finlay to pursue more clinical research, continue mentoring younger colleagues and to develop new programs around the world. RSVP to Shaunie Lebouef: at or 661-250-4100. For more information visit


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