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Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Dates to Watch

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, 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 x31902; 661-263-1935 or

Saturday, Oct. 13

More than 1,200 area residents will come together to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Event will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mann Biomedical Park, 25141 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. The one-day signature fundraising walk benefits the American Diabetes Association. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  To register or learn more, call or email Lori Blumenthal at 661-295-0081 or Also, those interested in learning more about diabetes or registering online may visit

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 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.

Saturday, Nov. 3

The Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society will host its free 19th Annual Rose Show themed “Wild West Roses” on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Hart Hall at the William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Everyone is welcome to exhibit their home-grown roses at the show, including novices and children. You do not have to be a member of the SCV Rose Society to exhibit, and there are no entry fees. Bring your roses in a container of water, and the rose society will furnish the vases and the entry tags. There will be 76 prizes and more than 500 ribbons awarded. Rose entries will be received in the parking lot from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The rose show will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. (or as soon as judging is completed). The show will close at 5 p.m.  For a complete show schedule and exhibit rules, contact Kitty Belendez at 661-296-5033, or email Visit

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:,

Zonta Pillow Project seeks volunteers
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is looking for local women who sew and would be willing to help with a service project for breast cancer patients that the club will start this fall. With the help of volunteer seamstresses, the club plans to make heart-shaped pillows with a pocket for a hot or cold pack to give comfort for women after a mastectomy. Each pillow takes about 5/8 yard of fabric (1 3/4 yards make four pillows), preferably a soft, washable fabric in bright, cheery colors. Zonta would welcome donations of fabric, thread, fiberfill or Velcro, and also would welcome volunteers who would be willing to help fabricate a few of the pillows. Donors or volunteers can call Zonta Community Service chair Suzie Alziebler at 661-251–0838, and leave a message.

Read With Me! seeks volunteer readers
The SCV Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students improve their reading skills in local public schools for this school year. You will have an opportunity to impact a child’s life, gain a new friend and a new sense of purpose. For more information visit or contact Ann Unger at or 661-414-4465.

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

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.

Manga Club meets at Barnes & 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: 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 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.
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.


Upcoming Events By Date:


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. today, 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

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

Autoimmune disease support group
The SCV Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 2 p.m. today 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.

Mission Valley Bank
Blood Drive
Mission Valley Bank Blood Drive will be held 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Mission Valley Bank, Centre Pointe 26415 Carl Boyer Drive, Santa Clarita and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Oct.1 at Mission Valley Bank Valencia, 25060 W. Ave. Stanford, Valencia. Call to register: (Center Pointe) 661-253-9500. (Valencia) 661-775-4112.

Grand opening of Newhall Library
Mayor Frank Ferry and the Santa Clarita City Council, cordially invite the community to attend the Grand Opening of the Old Town Newhall Library. The grand opening event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include a street fair on Main Street in Newhall, library tours, special guests and a ribbon cutting. NO reservations are required.

Third annual
Box City
The third annual Box City will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Bridgeport Park 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia. Benefit to raise money and awareness to help the homeless. Open to all ages. Info:,, 661-257-1699.

Hart Museum
Day at the Ranch
Free events to be held at William S. Hart Park, , 9:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 29. Children can participate in various activities such as scavenger hunts and arts and crafts. Info:, 661-254-4584.

USC Alumni
bowling event
USC SCV Alumni Association to host family bowling gathering 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Santa Clarita Lanes, 21615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. $20 for unlimited bowling, shoe rentals, food and drinks. Prizes. RSVP: 661-313-4478.

Sheila Stride 5K will be held in Valencia
The Sheila Stride is a 5K, 10K run/walk to benefit the Sheila R Veloz Breast Imaging Center. This nonprofit event will be held 7 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, with all proceeds going directly to the center. Pre-registration for this event is $20-$30 on The run/walk will begin in the 23600 block of Creekside Road, Valencia, travel north toward McBean, right on McBean then right onto the South Fork Trail. The finish line will be on Magic Mountain Parkway near the start line.

Food Truck and
Bocce Ball Festival
The second annual Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. The event will run oon-5 p.m. and guests will enjoy gourmet food trucks, a bocce ball tournament, and three live bands. The family friendly event will benefit the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation and the National Association of Catering Executives. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060, Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children or $50 for VIP tickets, which includes festival entry and access to special tastings in the VIP tent. Info: or contact Jason Collis at or 805-525-5736.

Light the Night at Bridgeport Park
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Santa Clarita Light The Night Walk will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia. Pre-event festivities start at 5 p.m., Walk starts at 7 p.m. Contact Margaux Badalato for details: 310-846-4731 or

Milky Way
Galaxy Tour
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space preserve to host half-mile hike to a viewing platform, from which a high powered telescope will be used to see the stars Friday, Sept. 14. Hike to begin at the Victory Blvd. entrance.Info: 310-858-7272 ext. 131

Eastern Sky
Theater Auditions
Eastern Sky Theater company to audition male Christian actors for touring show “The Last Appeal” Saturday, Sept. 15 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Overcomers Church 8726 Haskell Ave., North Hills Ca. 91343. To audition contact Nancy Allison: 323-533-5707, No experience necessary.

SCV Job Fair
Free job academy and mini job fair to be hosted in conjunction with the Valley Industry Association at College of the Canyons Friday, Sept. 21. Fair provides readiness training and referral assistance for youth ages 16-21. Participating employers include AMS Fulfillment, Mountasia, Old Navy, Exact Staffing and Job Corp.






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