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Posted: July 14, 2012 10:05 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2012 10:05 p.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, July 27
See hot air balloons inflate, illuminate and ascend in the evening or tether in the early morning at the fifth annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 in Santa Paula. Music, wine, beer and food tastings, car show, arts and crafts, kids activities. Use promo code “RCM” for an online ticket discount and to support Rancho Camulos Museum. Info:

Saturday, Aug. 4
Second annual SCV Pool Party, hosted by Single Mothers Outreach, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Cost: $10 per person, (age 3 and under free). Activities: Synchronized swimming show, barbecue, music, games, raffles. Info: or 661-288-0117.

Sunday Aug. 5
Join the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation for an afternoon of wine tasting, entertainment, raffles and more, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Cheer s at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita. Costs $40 per person. Proceeds benefit local public schools. Info: 661-414-4465,

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Comedy all-stars Tammy Pescatelli, John Heffron, Alonzo Bodden and special guest Jay Leno will perform in a “Comics For The Cause” fundraiser benefiting the SCV Youth Project Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. VIP pre-party at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45-65; add $35 for VIP party, limited to 100 people. Info:

Saturday, Aug. 11
“Silents Under the Stars” event, will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug.11 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. The featured silent film is a rare William S. Hart film called “The Whistle.” It is one of Hart’s hard-to-find non-Western movies. In addition, there will be a Bill Hart Western short. The event includes dinner, a Western Theme Silent Auction, and Western and Bluegrass music by the “All Digital String Band.” Tickets are $50 each. For information visit or call 661-222- 9542.

Saturday, Aug. 18
Circle of Hope’s 11th Annual Vine 2 Wine Classic, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at city of Santa Clarita’s Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Cost: $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Experience an elegant evening featuring more than 100 vintners, wines and champagnes, Beer Garden of Hope, foods, a raffle of rare and desirable wines and silent auction. Call 661-254-5218 or email for more information.

Upcoming Events Ongoing

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.

Walking Wonders group at Rioux Park
Walking Wonders welcomes beginning, intermediate or advanced walkers, go at your own pace, 8:30-9:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Drive Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 6233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Info: 661-222-9536.

Men of Harmony Chorus seeks voices
The SCV Men of Harmony Chorus meets 7:30-9:45 p.m. every Tuesday, Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley Street Santa Clarita. The group’s specialty is singing in four-part harmony without musical accompaniment, also known as a cappella singing. All singing men in any voice range are welcome. The 15-man group entertains for local organizations and enjoys vocalizing on a regular basis. Wouldn’t you rather sing along than sing alone? Info: Dave Norman at 661-259-6109,

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

‘Primp Your Pit’ spay or neuter
To help reduce the number of homeless dogs, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) will spay or neuter Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes for $20 while funding lasts. Also included is a nail trim. Make an appointment by calling 323-730-5303.
Domestic Violence Center counseling
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita will be offering free group sessions for survivors of domestic violence 10.-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All group sessions are free and will be held at 24509 Walnut St. Newhall, CA 91321. Info: 661-259-8175.

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.
Summer beach bus from Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita Transit is offering affordable weekend bus rides to Santa Monica Beach now through Sunday, Sept. 2. Tickets are $3 for children and adults, $1.50 for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Buses depart Santa Clarita beginning at 8:40 a.m., with return trips from Santa Monica at 3:30 p.m. Visit for bus routes and schedules. Info: 661-294-1BUS (1287).

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

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.

Open poetry reading at Barnes and Noble
Open poetry reading and vocals 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Host: Ann Alexander. Info: 661-254-5903.

Heads Up volunteer training classes
Heads Up Therapy with Horses, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is accepting candidates for its free volunteer orientation and training classes. Minimum age required is 14; those 14-17 need a parent’s signed approval to join the program. Graduates receive certificate and proceed to extended hands-on training. Heads Up specializes in therapeutic riding and equine therapy interaction sessions for children and adults with special needs and is located in Canyon Country. To sign up, call Nancy at 661-312-6184. Info: 661-297-7433,

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: 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, Aqua Dulce.

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. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or

Upcoming Events by Date

Concerts in the Park in Saugus
The city of Santa Clarita presents a summer of free concerts at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, July 7 through Aug. 25, at Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.
July 21 The Basix (pop/rock)
July 28 The Atomic Punks (Van Halen tribute)
Aug. 4 The Walking Phoenixes (Johnny Cash tribute)
Aug. 11 The Durell Coleman Band (soul/R&B)
Aug. 18 Bandidos De Amor (Latin jazz)
Aug. 25 Wanted (Bon Jovi tribute)
Info:, 661-250-3787.

Cops and Cowboys dinner, dance
Annual celebration and fundraiser supporting the Van Nuys Area Division of LAPD with barbecue catering, dancing, live music and entertainment, raffles, celebrity guests, auctions and more, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets cost $50 and must be purchased in advance online 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 for the lush lawns of Hart Park. Entry is free to the public. William S. Hart Park, picnic grounds, 24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall.
Aug. 11 1-4:30 p.m. Gospel, praise and inspirational
Sept. 15 1-4:30 p.m. Bluegrass and country

Summer art festival for Artists’ Assoc.
More than 100 pieces of art and three artist demonstrations are featured in the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association’s Summer Art Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16-21 at Tournament Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia 91381. An artists’ reception is slated for 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 20. Artist demos are as follows:
July 16 6:30-8:30 p.m. Glen Knowles, figure-drawing, Barnes and Noble Community Room, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia
July 21 1-3 p.m. Frank Eber, watercolor, The Gallery, 24251 Town Center Drive, Suite 125, Valencia
July 21 3:30-5:30 p.m. John Paul Thornton, oil painting, The Gallery
To RSVP for a workshop, call Laurie Morgan at 661-244-7689. Seating is limited.

Republican Women Federated meeting
Monthly meeting of Republican Women Federated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at The Paseo Club, 27640 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Featured speaker is John Drew, Ph.D, a conservative professor of political science who was a communist in his youth and founder of the Marxist Student Association at Occidental College, where he became well acquainted with Barack Obama. Lunch and program costs $20 for members, $25 for non-members, RSVP requested. Info:, 800-799-2721,

Dive-in movie shows ‘Toy Story’ at pool
Enjoy a screening of “Toy Story 3” while floating in the pool or sitting on the deck at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center Friday, July 20 at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Doors open at 6 p.m. No outside food is allowed, but the Aquatic Cafe concession stand will be open. Costs $7 per person. Info: 661-250-3787,

Summer sky and telescope clinic
The Ventura County Astronomical Society holds a public star party and telescope clinit 8 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Moorpark College, Charles Temple Observatory. Learn how to set up your telescope and view the summer night sky. A $2 donation is appreciated for rent of the facility. Info:,, 805-520-9666.

Autoimmune disease support group
The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at a location to be announced later. July’s discussion topic is “Relationships and Chronic Illness.” This group is for individuals with any form of arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases. Support group meetings will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month. Info:,, 661-312-8913.

Foster parenting info meeting at mall
Children’s Bureau hosts a free monthly information meeting for those interested in becoming foster parents 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Children’s Bureau seeks caring families to adopt older children and large sibling sets. Qualifying families receive training, certification, stipend, benefits and 24-hour support. Info: 661-272-9996 or

‘Go-Go Beach’ at Black Box Theater
College of the Canyons’ Theatre Department presents “Go-Go Beach,” a 1960s musical comedy, 8 p.m. July 26-28 and 2 p.m. July 29 at the Black Box Theater at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets can be purchased one hour before the performance for $20. Info:, 661-362-5304.
Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Macbeth’
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival presents a post-apocalyptic steampunk take on “Macbeth” Saturdays and Sundays, July 21-29, at Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., pre-show at 7:30 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m. Info:

‘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 Aug. 11). 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. Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Groups and school community service students who need hours welcome. Info:

Santa Clarita Artists’ Association
Santa Clarita Artists’ Association general meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia.


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