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Posted: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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

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. Information: SCVwomenandmenof

Tuesday, Sept. 11

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. Space is limited.

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. Info:

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.-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 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; 661-212-4338 or or Kaye Cruger, 661-200-1190, ext. 31902; 661-263-1935 or

Sunday, Oct. 21

“Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds” at the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s fifth annual The Wine Affair. The event will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 one week prior to the event. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.  Tickets are available online at, or may be purchased by sending a check to SIGSCV, Attention: 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, 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 at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon, Saugus. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or

Manga Club meets at Barnes & Noble

The Manga Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hosted by Cassie. Info: 661-254-5903.

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 St.  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

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.

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 www.santaclarita 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

Open poetry reading at Barnes and Noble

Open poetry reading and vocals 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Barnes & 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. 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 at 661-268-8010. Carousel Ranch, 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Agua Dulce.

Upcoming Events by date

Pine Mountain Club Fall Festival

The 37th annual Pine Mountain Club Fall Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 2. Entertainment and  family-friendly activities, arts and crafts vendors, food and drink, and games for all ages.  The Arts & Crafts Faire starts 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, visit www.pmc  

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, www.santaclarita

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 St., 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 p.m.-7:30 p.m.:  Santa Clarita Educators Day, a special time for educators to shop exclusively; Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to the public; Sunday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-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.   

Info: friends@santaclarita or visit

Hart High School

Cheer Spirit Day

 The award winning Hart High School Cheerleaders will host their annual Spirit Day event 10:30 a.m. - 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 are welcome the day of the event with registration starting at 10:30 a.m.  Info: 661-645-2438.

‘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 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 for volunteers. 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. Casual attire. Door prizes, food, festivities. Info: 661-254-4272, visit, or find us on Facebook.

AAUW hosts

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 including Tech Trek, STEM Stars and Women in History. RSVP: Ruth Shelby-Smith, 661-251-2155. Info:

Hart Show Choir Car Wash fundraiser

Car wash fundraiser to support the William S. Hart High School Show Choir. Tickets can be purchased in advance from a student or at the car wash. Cars $7, SUVs and trucks $10. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Info: 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall.


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