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Posted: July 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 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

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 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-themed 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

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,

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

‘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.

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 California 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,

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).

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. Hosted by 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, 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Aqua Dulce.

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)
Info:, 661-250-3787.

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 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.

Burbank African Violet Society
The Burbank African Violet Society will meet 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Magnolia Park United methodist Church, 2828 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Guests welcome. Info: 818-951-3597.

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 clinic 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 The Boys & Girl’s Club of Santa Clarita Valley, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. 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.

Saxtravaganza concert
Saxtravaganza, a local saxophone ensemble consisting of members ages 12-60, performs its 13th annual concert featuring music by Debussy, Mozart, Elgar, Bizet, Lauridsen and more 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at West Ranch High School’s auditorium, 26255 Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Free. Info:

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 its post-apocalyptic take on “Macbeth” Saturdays and Sundays, July 14-29, 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:

Lou Gehrig’s/ALS support group
Information and support for those with ALS, as well as their families and friends, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Free. Info: 818-865-8067.

‘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’s event will be held 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 for volunteers. 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 hosts a general meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Iris Carignan demonstrates pastel painting. Free. Info: or 661-244-7689.


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