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Your Community Calendar: Sept. 9, 2012

Posted: September 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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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

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 Grille, 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.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Jeannie, Chris and Tim Carpenter will host Sunset in the Vineyard on Sunday, Nov. 4 2-5 p.m. Wine from private vineyards and food will be served. Live music and entertainment. Raffles and prizes. Proceeds benefit Assistance League programs, including Operation School Bell in the SCV. Info and tickets: Jeannie Carpenter 805-341-3063 or


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.

Jaycees need

Santa’s Helpers

SCV Jaycees to host 14th annual Santa’s Helpers event at Ice Station Valencia, Dec. 15. Volunteers and donations sought. Childrens toys will be collected, organized, and donated to charity. Info:,

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

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.

Rancho Camulos national landmark

The early Californio 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, www.rancho

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. 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.

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 SCV. Volunteer drivers are asked to commit to one day per week. Info: 661-255-9078 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. 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

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. Ninth Street, Newhall.  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

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 Facebook. The Sierra Hillbillies sponsor square dance classes in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita Parks & Recreation Department. New Beginners I class starts Aug. 28. Consult your Seasons Magazine for details.

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.-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

Interfaith Panel

at St. Stephen’s

SCV Interfaith Council hosts free panel 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Unitarian Universalism all present to answer your questions. Info: Spurling Hall, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Newhall 91355.

Grief therapy free information meeting

Program held to discuss skills needed for coping with emotional loss 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the education center at Christ Lutheran Church 25816 N. Tournament Road, Valencia. Info:, 661-733-0692.

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:

Zonta LifeForward Workshop

A free workshop on parenting and anger management will be offered to SCV women 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 15, as part of the LifeForward workshop series sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley at Single Mothers Outreach, 26881 Reuther Ave., Canyon Country. Free childcare is available for women who register at least one week before the workshop at www.singlemothers     A schedule of upcoming workshops is available at by clicking on LifeForward in the list of service projects.

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:

USC alumni game day lunch in Valencia

USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita will meet to watch the Stanford football game Sept. 15 at Big Wangs Restaurant 26876 The Old Road, Valencia. Proceeds of bill donated to USC SCV Alumni Association Scholarship fund upon request to waiter. Info: 661-313-4478.

Sierra Pelona

Rock Club Meeting

“Show and tell” meeting to mark return from summer break. Meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Clubhouse of Greenbriar Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Participants encouraged to bring their rock-related finds from summer. Info:

Rice Paper Art

at Senior Center

SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, to host rice paper art classes taught by Karen Mills 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays: Sept. 19, Sep. 26, Oct. 5. Senior rate is $80 for three workshops, non-senior rate is $105, plus materials fee. Info: 661-259-9444 for reservations.

Newcomers and Friends Coffee Corner

New female residents in the SCV invited to “Coffee Corner” 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Hosted by Newcomers and Friends, an 180 member social club. Info: 661-296-0872, or 661-254-0205.

Burbank African

Violet Society

The Burbank African Violet Society meets 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 10:00 at  the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 W, Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Program: “Leaf Bingo”.  Guests welcome.  Info: 818-951-3597.

Interesting and

Spectacular Comets

The Ventura County Astronomical Society (VCAS) 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.” For recorded information: contact Starline at 805-520-9666.

Koi & Water Garden Club  meets

The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club ( meets 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday (Sept. 23) of the month This club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences. Info: 661-296-9252; 661-259-6437.


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