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Your Community Calendar: Oct. 14, 2012

Posted: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds of The Wine Affair. Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 on Town Center Drive.  Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds of The Wine Affair. Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 on Town Center Drive. 
Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds of The Wine Affair. Event will be held Sunday, Oct. 21 on Town Center Drive. 

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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

Saturday, Oct. 20

Astronomy Day 2012 will be held 1-10 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. The Local Group Astronomy club will host a program to learn about the Sun and night sky from SCV astronomers. Free children’s activities include constructing your own telescope, observing the sun safely and observing the night sky. 1 p.m. Secrets of the Sun; 1:30 solar observing; 2 p.m. build your own telescope (ages 5-10); 4 p.m. How Big is Big and How Far is Far?; 7-10 p.m. telescope viewing of the night sky in the library parking lot. Info: 661-259-8942,

An afternoon of fine art and musical entertainment, 2-5 p.m. Art Classic Gala, Saturday, Oct. 20. Complimentary wine and beverages, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Award winning fine art on exhibit. Tickets: $25. Hart Hall, Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info: 661-244-7689,

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, Oct. 27

The 10th annual Rubber Ducky Festival will be held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festival is family oriented, with rubber ducky regattas starting at noon. Grand prize is a $2,500 travel giftcard from Southwest Airlines. Rubber ducks available for adoption at $5 per duck. Info: or 661-257-2339.

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 7-9:45 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 show schedule and exhibit rules, contact Kitty Belendez at 661-296-5033, or e-mail Visit


Sunday, Nov. 4

Jeannie, Chris and Tim Carpenter will host Sunset in the Vineyard 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/tickets: Jeannie Carpenter 805-341-3063,

Upcoming Events Ongoing


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

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,

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

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 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,

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 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 lbs. and the willingness to help those less fortunate in the Santa Clarita Valley. Volunteer drivers are asked to commit to one day per week. Regularly scheduled pick ups with Food Pantry vehicles are made Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. 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.-1 p.m.; serve meals and clean, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or


Upcoming Events By Date


Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair

The 12th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and feature adoptable pets from L.A. County shelters, pet-related vendors, entertainment, the Famous Fun Dog show, food and family fun, (including well-behaved leashed pets). Adoptions are just $30 or $9 for cats over the age of 9 months. All pets are spayed/neuter and up to date on vaccines. Bow-Wows & Meows held at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Info:

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, 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

Republican Women Federated to meet

The Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated will have their monthly meeting 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Paseo Club. The club is proud to host speaker Elizabeth Emken, the Republican candidate for U.S. senate, via skype. Critical California propositions to be reviewed. Lunch is $20 for members and $25 for non members. RSVP required. Info: or 1-800-799-2721.

Night of Bingo for Veloz Imaging Center

A Night of Bingo will be held 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse to benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center at Henry Mayo Hospital. Prepaid buy-in $35, $45 entry at the door. Reservations taken now. Prizes. Info: Valencia Hills Clubhouse 24060 Oak Vale Dr., Valencia. 661-200-1200.

Heritage Haunt at

Heritage Junction

Heritage Haunt presented by the SCV Historical Society at Heritage Junction adjacent to Hart Park, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. A Haunted Car Show will be held 6 p.m. on Oct. 20. Heritage Haunt runs 6-10 p.m., Oct 19-20 and Oct. 26,27,28. General admission $15 per person Bring 2 cans of food For SCV Food Pantry and receive $5 off admission. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Info:

Bark for Life at Bridgeport Park

Bark For Life, a canine event to fight cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held 8-11:30 a.m. at Bridgeport Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. Along with the walk — one mile around the perimeter of the park — there will be many other activities, including a blessing of the dogs by Pastor Kevin Johnson from Real Life Church and cancer survivors who will talk about how much their dogs helped with their struggles. Vendors with dog-themed merchandise will be onsite and participants can have formal portraits taken with their dogs, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Activities and entertainment. Registration is $20 per dog. Info:

Zonta Club of SCV

LifeForward workshop

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita’s LifeForward workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Single Mothers Outreach, 26881 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country, and is open to all local women free of charge. Free childcare is available for women who register at least one week before the workshop at Topic: “Increase Your Self Esteem & Feel Good! – an interactive workshop about self-awareness and empowerment” with Shana Williams, is a life coach, writer, actor and domestic violence survivor. Participants also can register or obtain more information by calling 661-288-0117.

Interfaith panel

features speakers

Free, interfaith panel, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd. Valencia. The panel topic is “How Does Your Faith Bring Out the Best in People.” It is free and everyone is welcomed. Confirmed guests include Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian speakers.

Top 51 dinner and

dance event

Join the SCV’s movers and shakers at the seventh annual Top 51 Most Influential People celebration dinner and dance. Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Robinson Ranch Golf Club. Individual tickets are $75., table of 10 is $700. Call or email Maureen to reserve your seat. The event is open to the entire community, 661-287-5566,

Run Against Hunger

for SCV Food Pantry

The annual Run Against Hunger to benefit The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry will be held 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 28. Cost: Adults: Pre-Registration $20 Day of Race $25 Location: Newhall Park/South Fork Trail, 24923 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Entry fees: Kiddie Run: $10. Over 60 Under 12: Pre-registration $15, day of race $20; adults: Pre-registration $20, day of race $25. Info: Event Coordinator: Linda Lott at or visit

Free flu shots at

SCV Senior Center

The SCV Senior Center will have free flu shots available, Wed. Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., provided by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Flu shots will be given to those 50 years of age of older, and those considered “high-risk” due to chronic illness. The Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St. in Newhall. For more information call 661-259-9444.

‘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 Nov. 10). 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:

Jack Oakie Film

Series at COC

College of the Canyons to host annual Jack Oakie Film Series 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Event will commemorate Oakie’s career, which included 87 film appearances and an Academy Award nomination. Hollywood filmmaker Jack Epps Jr. offers special lecture. Info: 661-362-3737; 661-362-5604.



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