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Posted: June 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2012 1:55 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, 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.

Saturday, June 9
The Santa Clarita Ballet Company will present "Peter Pan" at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Valencia. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows on Saturday, June 9. Tickets: Adults: $30 Orchestra/Box; $28 Balcony; children under 10: $26 any seat; seniors 65 and over: $26 any seat. Tickets: 661-251-6844.

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.

Friday, June 29
The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, hosts a Dive-In-Movie, on Friday, June 29, watch, "How to Train your Dragon." Enjoy the movie on the big screen while you float in the pool or lounge on the deck in the "balcony section."

Saturday, June 30
Santa Clarita Elks Club will host its charity fundraiser car show, poker run and chili cook-off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Crock-Pot chili cook-off entry $10, car show entry $20 (motorcycles are welcome), poker run $15. Trophies, silent auction, live music by Soundwaves, food and more. All proceeds benefit the philanthropy programs of the Elks and Habitat for Heroes. Info: (661) 251-1500.

Upcoming eventsGently 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

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.

Mental illness support group
A support group for family members of those with serious mental illnesses is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month, Santa Clarita Department of Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Suite 210, Valencia. Info: 661-360-8002.
Project Return self-help group
Peer support self-help group meets weekly 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.

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 scvmilitarysoftball

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.

Volunteers needed at Senior Center
The SCV Senior Center calls for volunteers for the following tasks: Pack nutritious meals for homebound seniors, 6-10 a.m.; deliver meals to homebound seniors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; serve meals and clean, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. One day a week is all it takes to make a difference. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or

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.

‘Birdhouse Extravaganza'
College of the Canyons' Art Gallery hosts an open house for its exhibit of unique birdhouses 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 4, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The pieces will be entered in a silent auction to support the Friends of the Fine Arts. Free. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 28. Info: 661-362-3612.

Historic transit of Venus viewing
The Local Group Astronomy Club will host a viewing of the Venus transit from 3 p.m. to sunset Tuesday, June 5 at the Babies ‘R' Us parking lot, 26573 Carl Boyer Dr., Santa Clarita. This is the last transit of Venus across the sun until 2117. Info:

Newhall district student art show
Student art from across the Newhall School District will be displayed for public viewing 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Valencia Valley Elementary School, 23601 Carrizo Drive, Valencia.

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.

Art walk in Newhall features tattoo art
"Art of the Tattoo"-themed art walk featuring art demonstrations, a fashion show, photo shoots, food trucks, live music by punk rock band Agent Orange, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 on Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Info: 661-250-3787,

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,,

Parks Commission meets at City Hall
The city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission holds a regular meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at City Hall Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: 661-255-4945.

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,,

‘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

‘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.

Senior Center movie screening at center
Santa Clarita Senior Center screens "The Artist" 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. Admission is $1 donation, popcorn costs 50 cents. Wheelchair accessible. Info: 661-251-7787.
World's largest swimming lesson
Be part of history as swimmers will gather for a Guinness World Record-breaking event 8-8:45 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Academy Swim Club, 28079 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Info:

Gardening Club of Santa Clarita
Love to garden and want to meet new friends? The Gardening Club of Santa Clarita hosts 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,

Iron Horse trailhead dedication
City councilmembers dedicate the Iron Horse trailhead at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, 25311 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. RSVP requested. Info:, 661-255-4939.

Zonta LifeForward workshop in SCV
Workshop designed for at-risk women. Family law attorney Erin Dixon presents "Income Sources for Child Support," 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 16, Desert Streams Church, 26873 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Free. Register at

Monthly music in Newhall's Hart park
County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Hart Park will present music in the park monthly on Saturdays beginning June 16. Bring your lawn chair, blankets, dancing feet. Entry is free to the public. William S. Hart Park, picnic grounds, 24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall.
June 16 1-4:30 p.m., salsa, merengue, cumbias and Latin jazz
July 13 1-4:30 p.m. Blues and jazz

Artmaking workshop at Vasquez Rocks
The public is invited to work on the construction of a new public art sculpture for the new interpretive center at Vasquez Rocks, a rammed earth time capsule, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17. Bring sunhats, water, sunblock, notebook, close-toed shoes and artifacts to add to the time capsule. Registration required. Contact or call 323-913-0915 to register and for location details.

Santa Clarita Artists' Association
Santa Clarita Artists' Association hosts a general meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Anne Hoffman demonstrates floral still life in oil. Free. Info: or 661-244-7689.

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,,



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