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Posted: December 11, 2008 8:01 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Polar Express
On Wednesdays-Sundays through Dec. 28 enjoy the North Pole Express train ride from Fillmore to Santa Paula beginning 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.|

Participate in Christmas storytelling, snacking on cookies and milk and visits from Santa and his elves. Kids can even go in their pajamas for a trip to the North Pole.

Also on Friday and Sunday evenings through Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. have dinner with Santa. Gather the family for a holiday feast.

On Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21 you can also travel on the train to the Christmas Tree Farm to select and cut your perfect yuletide tree. In addition, Santa will be on board to visit children and families.
Reservations are required for these events.

For more information, call (800) 773-8724.

Ranching out
Enjoy free admission, cookies and cocoa at the Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Holiday Open House on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Visit the Museum Gift Shop and gently used-book emporium for some unique holiday gifts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shop at the Camulos Antique and Craft market for reasonably priced treasures and quality holiday crafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mrs. Santa will be there, too.

There is something for everyone at the Rancho Camulos Museum. Enjoy the unique setting and selection, as well.

Proceeds benefit the museum's programs for historical preservation, restoration, and educational efforts.

Rancho Camulos is the only National Historical Landmark in Ventura County.

It is the only early Rancho in California in its original rural setting and the "Home of Ramona" from Helen Hunt Jackson's famous novel. Camulos was the home of the early Californio del Valle family, obtained as a Mexican land grant, until 1924 when it was aquired by the current owners, the Rubel family.

Both families have preserved this slice of early California history for the public.

The Rancho Camulos Museum is located on the south side of highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5.

For more information, call (805) 521-1501.

Music from the Hart
Enjoy the Sounds of the Season every Saturday afternoon at the Valencia Marketplace.

This week hear the Hart High School Choir on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Valencia Marketplace spans nearly a mile adjacent (west) of Interstate 5 on The Old Road between McBean Parkway and Lyons Ave. in Valencia California. Both McBean Parkway and Lyons Ave. have exits off of Interstate 5.

It is approximately two miles south of Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For details visit

A great following
The 15th annual Follow the Star to Bethlehem program, sponsored by the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Clarita, will take place Friday through Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event celebrates the birth and ministry of the Savior. The church is located at 27265 Luther Dr. in Santa Clarita.

For more information, call (661) 252-0622 or visit

And then there were 2
Two performances of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" through Dec. 13 at the REP 24266 Main St. in Newhall, that is.

Just tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Don't miss the suspense.

For more information, call (661) 288-0000 or visit

Devil made us do it
See stars at the Devil's Punchbowl (28000 Devil's Punchbowl Road in Pearblossom) on Saturdays beginning at 8 p.m. Join stargazers for an evening of night-sky viewing through a professional 11-inch telescope.

See planets (and maybe even former planets), star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, quasars, pulsars, black holes, worm holes, red dwarves, white giants and more.

A Full Moon Hike will also take place Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Call (661) 944-2743 for more information.

Walking the walk
Experience nature by walking in Placerita Canyon, a unique east-west-running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities. Contact the Nature Center at (661) 259-7721, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.

A sweet experience
Enjoy the holiday spirit in the intimate surroundings of the Cougar Cafe for the Coffee, Cookies & Choir at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at on the Campus of College of the Canyons.

COC Choirs will once again transform the venue into a festive and friendly cafe with tasty treats and fabulous music.

With four diverse choirs performing, there is always plenty of music to satisfy everyone's musical taste.
For more information, contact For tickets to this special engagement, please call Julie Lawson at (661) 362-3674 or visit

Mules for sale
The opportunity to adopt a donkeys will come on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, located on the Rawhide Memorial Ranch & Sanctuary at 23500 Sand Canyon Road in the Tehachapi Mountains.

The Tehachapi Ranch is the corporate headquarters of Peaceful Valley and offers many donkeys that are available for adoption.

For more information, call (866) DONKS-31.

'Good cheer,' good times
Let the singers show you once again that it's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at the Santa Clarita Master Chorale's "Be of Good Cheer" concert Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the campus of College of the Canyons.

Among the tunes bringing you holiday cheer are "John Rutter's Fable," "Brother Heinrich's Christmas" and "A Christmas Garland" by Conrad Susa, a new work weaving together familiar favorites: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "We Three Kings," "Joy to the World" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." Brass accompaniment adds joy to the occasion.

For details, call (661) 254-8886 or visit

More COC tunes
New this year, the Santa Clarita Master Chorale presents a kid-friendly program that's sure to become an annual tradition for your family's holiday celebrations, Santa Clarita Master Chorale's "Holiday Gifts" program at 3 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

This 75-minute concert includes festive holiday tunes, sing-alongs and a visit from Santa. Admission is only $10, making it an affordable afternoon's entertainment.


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