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Posted: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 26
The Boot Campaign raises money for soldiers healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds through the sale of military-issue combat boots. The Boot Ride motorcycle ride and rally — check in 10:30 a.m., roll out 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Event begins at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country and ends in Hollywood at The Happy Ending Bar. The cast of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and Discovery’s “The Deadliest Catch” will lead ride. Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke performs. Info:

Saturday, Sept. 8
A Night at the Coconut Grove honoring SCV Women and Men of Honor. This event will honor state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Santa Clarita Valley fashion icon Margo. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, Town Center Drive, Valencia. Proceeds benefit SCV nonprofits. Info:

Saturday, Sept. 15
Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Evening Under the Stars gala dinner and charity auction returns 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Mann Biomedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Road, Valencia. Catering by Salt Creek Grill, live entertainment featuring Journey tribute band DSB. For tickets and more information, visit

Saturday, Sept. 22
Moonlight at the Ranch VI: Creatures of the Night, a fundraiser to support the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation and Chamber of Commerce will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Honorary co-chairs: Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula) and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) represented by special guests: Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff. The costume-friendly event will be held at historic Limoneira Ranch on Cummings Road, in Santa Paula. More than 40 regional restaurants will offer tastings, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $60 each. For information visit

Saturday, Oct. 6
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hosts its annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off with games, food and live music 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Road, Castaic. Admission is $5 for ages 14 and up, $3 for ages 7-14, free for children 6 and under. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Special Olympics.
Info: 661-294-6309 or

Sunday, Oct. 7
Soroptimist International of the Greater Santa Clarita Valley hosts the ninth annual fundraiser, “Bras for a Cause 2012 – Salutes Our Hometown Heroes,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Oaks Grille, at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on beautifully decorated hand-made lingerie art and other silent auction items. Buffet lunch. Tickets: $65. Bra sponsors sought. Info: Patti Golding,
661-295-5786 or or Kaye Cruger, 661-200-1190 x31902 or

Sunday, Oct. 21
“Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds” at the Soroptimist International of Greater SCV’s fifth annual The Wine Affair. The event will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Valencia Town Center. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 one week prior to the event. Participants must be at least 21. Tickets are available online at, or by sending a check to SIGSCV, attn: The Wine Affair, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1350.

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, Newhall. Info:

Low-cost spay and neuter services
AngelDogs Foundation provides low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats through its mobile clinic the first three Wednesdays of each month at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon, Saugus. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or www.

Manga Club meets at Barnes and Noble
The Manga Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hosted by Cassie. Info:

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, www.

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 Saturdays and Sundays, 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: 661-294-1287.

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

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, www.

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. to 1 p.m. Summer hours starting in June: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 4-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 9 a.m. to 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.

SCV Food Pantry needs volunteers
The SCV Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to pick up donations from local markets and businesses. Drivers must have a valid California driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 pounds and the willingness to help those less fortunate in the Santa Clarita Valley. Volunteer drivers are asked to commit to one day per week. Substitute drivers are also needed to be available on call. Info: 661-255-9078 or

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. to 1 p.m.; serve meals and clean, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. One day a week is all it takes to make a difference. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or

Upcoming Events By Date

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.
Sept. 15 1-4:30 p.m. Bluegrass and country

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ at CTG
Canyon Theatre Guild presents jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 31 at the Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall. Tickets cost $15-17. Info: Box office at 661-799-2702,

Autoimmune disease support group
The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Boys & Girl’s Club of Santa Clarita Valley, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321. 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.

Koi & Water Garden Club meets
The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club ( meets 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday (Aug. 26) of the month This club is comprised of people with ponds, or building a pond, sharing ideas and experiences.
Info: 661-296-9252 or

Newcomers and Friends coffee meet
Ladies, are you new to SCV or in a new place in life? Join us for “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Learn about our 180 member social club with activities, luncheons and trips. Contact: 661-296-0872 or 661-254-0205.

Pine Mountain Club Fall Festival
The 37th annual Pine Mountain Club Fall Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2. A hometown parade will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. Saturday in PMC’s Village Center, with entertainment and family-friendly activities, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink, and games for all ages. The Arts & Crafts Faire starts each day at 9 a.m. Cake walks, raffle prizes, log-sawing and nail-driving contests, all set in a picturesque mountain community. Admission and parking are free. Pine Mountain Club and the Village Center are 18 miles west of Interstate 5, at the Frazier Park exit. Take Frazier Mountain Park Road west and follow the signs. For more information, a map, and vendor applications, visit www.

Teen library advisory board meeting
The Teen Advisory Board meets at 5-6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month, starting Sept. 4, in the Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Help plan programs and decide what books, magazines, music and movies the library will have. Ages 13-17 welcome. Time counts toward community service hours. Applications available at your local library. Info: 661-259-8942,

Friends of the Library end-of-summer sale
The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library will host an End-Of-Summer Book Sale in September at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 22704 W. 9th Street, Newhall.
Thursday, Sept. 6, 5-9 p.m.: Friends of the Library members only, membership available at the door; Friday, Sept. 7, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Santa Clarita Educators Day, a special time for educators to shop exclusively; Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public; Sunday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public; Monday, Sept. 10, 1-7 p.m. $5 bag sale. Fill a book bag with any books and the books and the bag are yours for only $5.
Information found at or

Hart High School Cheer Spirit Day
The Hart High School cheerleaders will host their annual Spirit Day event 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Hart High School 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall, in the large gym. Treat your aspiring cheerleader ages 5-12 to a day of learning the fundamentals of cheerleading. Cost: $40 which includes a commemorative T-shirt, photo, cheer souvenir and pizza lunch. Registration forms at under Performing Arts/Cheerleading Upcoming Events. Walk-ins welcome day of the event with registration starting at 10:30 a.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 (Sept. 8). 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:
Sierra Hillbillies 45th anniversary dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will celebrate the “45th Anniversary Dance” 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Charlie Robertson will call squares and Cindy Mower will cue rounds. Casual attire. Door prizes, food, festivities. Info: 661-254-4272, visit, or find us on Facebook. The Sierra Hillbillies sponsor square dance classes in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. New Beginners I class starts Aug. 28.

Angeles Forest invasive plant cleanup
Help pull invasive plants that are preventing native plant recovery in the Station Fire burn area and get the Angeles National Forest back in shape, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14 and 28 and Nov. 11. Meet at Ralphs Supermarket, 10455 Sunland Blvd., Sunland. Moderate to strenuous work, removing plants by hand and with pick axes. Tools will be provided. Bring work pants, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, lunch and plenty of water. Pre-registration required to ensure enough tools for everyone; contact Dianne at

Sept. 11 Give Life Blood Drive
Comfort Keepers In-Home Care is joining forces with the American Red Cross to host the Give Life Blood Drive 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. To schedule your donation, call Diane Blair at 661-287-4200.

AAUW hosts annual membership brunch
The Santa Clarita Valley Branch of AAUW will hold its Annual Membership Brunch to celebrate 44 years of service in the SCV and to kick-off the year’s activities, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the home of Louise Schultz. Discussion of community projects: Tech Trek, STEM Stars and Women in History. RSVP: Ruth Shelby-Smith, 661-251-2155. Info:

Saugus HS Class of 2002 reunion
Saugus High School Class of 2002’s 10-year reunion is set for 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Parlor, 7250 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046. Includes dinner, open bar and appetizers. Costs $90 per person. Info:

Interesting and Spectacular Comets
The Ventura County Astronomical Society will hold its monthly membership meeting 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in The Forum at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Speaker: Charles S. Morris “44 Years of Interesting and Spectacular Comets.” Recorded information: Starline at 805-520-9666.


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