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Posted: January 13, 2009 7:27 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Towsley Canyon is a year 'round home for some birds. 8 a.m. early morning bird hike in Towsley Canyon. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars and meet at the entrance of Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Two hour program. Info: or call (310) 858-7272 ext 115 Program sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and presented by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Jan. 24
The Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country will roast Carl Goldman, 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. roast, to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers. Tickets are available for $200 per individual or for varying levels by table of 10. Info: Mike Fisher at (661) 877-5219.

Jan. 30
The SCV Chamber annual Installation & Recognition Dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Dr., Valencia. Info: Nichole Swanson, (661) 702-6977 ext. 424.

Feb. 7
Certified sommelier instructor DiMaggio Washington will host wine-tasting classes at TPC Valencia. Lunch is provided, class runs 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $84/per class. Feb. 7, Wines of France, Part 1. Feb.21 France Part 2. March 7 Wines of Italy Part 1. March 21, Italy Part 2. April 11 Wines of Spain Part 1. April 25 Wines of Spain Part 2. TPC 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. (661) 288.1995 Students must be 21 years of age or older to enroll. Info: DiMaggio Washington, (310) 720-5401.

Feb. 13
Be transported to a "Romantic Evening in Paris" at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Sweetheart Gala from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Valencia. The 2009 sweetheart couple is Dale and Tamara Donohoe. The evening includes dinner and dancing with "Crush," an eight-piece band performing everything from Motown to Madonna. Sponsorships available, individual tickets $150 each. Info: Andrea Hilton, (661) 253-8082 or e-mail

Upcoming Events:
Hot Wheels exhibit in Santa Paula
The California Oil Museum will be showing "Hot Wheels: 40 years of Playing and Collecting" through Feb. 17. Exhibit available for viewing Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $1/youth and free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. Info: (805) 933-0076.

Farmer's Market at COC parking lot
The Santa Clarita Farmer's Market is held every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8 in Valencia. Info: (805) 529-6266,

Valencia Library book club
The Valencia Library Book
Club meets the first Thursday of the month in the community room at the library 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. February selection: "Bone People" by Keri Hulme.

Canyon Country Little League
On site sign-ups for Spring session of T-ball, baseball, and Fast-Pitch softball at the Canyon Country Little League Complex, 16066 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Programs available for all youth between the ages of 4 and 15. Info:

New youth football team
The Saugus Spartan Youth Football team is looking for members. Cost is $490. Age and weight restrictions apply. Practices and home games will be held at Saugus High School. Info:

Genealogical Society meeting
Shirley Harrington will present "The Verse by the side of the Road - Burma Shave" at the San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society meeting Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce room at the Chatsworth Train Station, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth. Programs are free, but donations are appreciated. Info:, (818) 349-0878.

Relay for Life meeting
Monthly Relay for Life committee meetings begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The committee will work to solidify goals for this year's 24-hour American Cancer Society SCV Relay for Life event scheduled for May 30-31 at Central Park. Info: (661) 298-0886,

Sibling rivalry seminar
Temple Beth Ami will host a seminar on sibling rivalry at 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Explore parenting techniques with guest speaker Cookie Spancer. $10 for Temple and Preschool members, $15 for the general public. 233023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Info: (661) 255-6410.

Travel Club meets at Barnes and Noble
The Travel Club of Santa Clarita meets the second Monday of each month at
Barnes and Noble. The social time starts at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00. This is a free gathering of people who want to learn about travel. People share their international and domestic travels with pictures and dialog. Info: Gwen, (661) 252-5806.

Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club
The SCV Computer Club will meet at 6 p.m. Jan 14 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall. Rob Malone will demonstrate some fun things to do with the iPhone, and Noel De Anda, owner of Precision Computers, will demonstrate and discuss the next version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 7. Info: (661) 252-8852,,

Welcome Mayor Frank Ferry at IHOP
The Santa Clarita Valley Chapter of the California Republican Assembly will welcome city of Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 Pico Canyon Road in Stevenson Ranch. Mayor Ferry will address a number of issues facing the City of Santa Clarita, including a brief "State of the City," the expansion of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Cemex project and Whittaker-Bermite Property clean-up efforts. The meeting is open to the public, and is free. Dinner will be available for $11.00. Info: Michael Hildebrand at or (661) 373-9387.

Health and Wellness lectures
Free and open to the public, the lectures take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Activity Rooms 1 and 2. Info: (661) 255-1588,
Jan. 14 - Presented by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Family Practice Physician Dr. Dewey Pillai discusses "Diabetes: Prevention and Management."
Jan. 21 - A "shared lecture" - Randy Bartlett of Audiology Services of Newhall discusses hearing issues and Denise Henderson, who lost her hearing several years ago, will talk candidly about coping with deafness.
Jan. 28 - Presented by Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Dr. Ana Lopez discusses "Hypertension: Diagnosis, Future and Treatment."

Health and Wellness screenings
Blood pressure: Provided by registered nurses, free blood pressure checks are administered every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Activity Room 3 (site of Adult Day Care Center).
Hearing: Randall Bartlett of Audiology Services of Newhall will provide free hearing checks on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Adult Day Care office.
Feet: Podiatrist Dr. Shane D. Rhodes of Canyon Foot Care will provide free foot screenings on Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Day Care office.
Blood sugar: Registered Dietitian Lori Robinson will provide free glucose sugar checks on Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Adult Day Care office.
Info: (661) 255-1588,

Republican Women Federated meeting
The Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at IHOP, 24737 Pico Canyon. The guest speaker will be Bob Hauter, District Director for Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon. Info: (661) 299-1834.

Community hiking club
Jan. 17 - Sierra Pelona - Moderate 6 mile hike with a 1,200 foot gain. Meet outside Towsley Canyon gate at 8:15 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead at 8:30 a.m.
Jan. 24 - Mt. Lowe to the Hotel Ruins - 6 mile round trip. Meet at Towsley Canyon at 8 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead in La Canada at 8:15 a.m.
Jan. 31 - Whitney Canyon to the Waterfalls - 5 1/2 mile round trip hike. Meet at the Park and Ride at the end of San Fernando Road at 8:15 a.m. Hike begins at 8:30 a.m.

Sierra Pelona Rock Club meeting
The Sierra Pelona Rock Club will meet Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Members will learn rock and mineral identification, followed by a hands-on workshop experience. The club promotes interest and education in mineralogy, lapidary, geology, paleontology and related subjects. Info: Mike Serino at (661) 255-5243,

Skate excursions to Simi Valley
The city of Santa Clarita offers excursion to Skate Lab in Simi Valley on Jan. 24 and Feb. 7. Skaters wishing to attend must bring a helmet, valid I.D. and city registration form provided at Guests ages 10 to 17 should bring a notarized SkateLab waiver, available at Kids under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The bus leaves at noon from the Activites Center at 20880 Center Pointe Parkway and returns at 5 p.m. Info: (661) 250-3739 or

Winter fitness for seniors
The Bouquet Canyon Seniors Apartment complex will host a new 50+ fitness program with ACE certified fitness trainer Linda Bennett on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 13.
Tuesday - 8:45 a.m. - Line dance class.
Thursday - 8:45 a.m. - Chair pilates class.
26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. $5 per class for seniors 60 and over, $6 per class for non-seniors. Info: (661) 993-3969 or (661) 259-9444.

Jan. calendar
LETMESAIL, (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living)for teenagers and adults with disabilities will host:
Jan. 20 - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - "Art Experience." Cupid's Ball Centerpieces, Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Jan. 22 - 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - "Tae Bo Exercise Class." Santa Clarita Christian Center, 26017 Huntington Lane, Suite B.
Jan. 23 - 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - "Anchors Aweigh Dance Class II." Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Jan. 24 - 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - "Red & White Bingo Night." Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road
Jan. 26 - 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - "Cooking Club," Heart Healthy Recipes. Adult Day Health Care Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road.
Jan. 28 - 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - "Anchors Aweigh Wellness Wednesday." Regional Center, 28470 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100.
Jan. 30 - 4 p.m. - "The Music Man." Please call the LMS office for play details and ticket purchase.
RSVP required by contacting Chris at LETMESAIL. Volunteer opportunities are available. Info: (661) 702-8555 or

Driver safety training
The AARP Driver Safety Program at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall will offer the following classes:
Feb. 20-21 - Friday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., full course.
Free: AARP members $12 or non-members $14. To register call the SCV Senior Center, (661) 259-9444.

Zonta workshop: Life balance
Success coach DeAnne Joy will lead a workshop 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24 which empowers women to bring balance to work and life commitments and helps to set goals. Valencia Library Community Room, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Info: DeAnne Joy, (661) 310-7981 ext. 302 or; visit

Sports Club meeting
California's Complete Sports Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at Marie Callendar's across from Magic Mountain on The Old Road in Valencia at 7 p.m. Membership is open to anyone 21 or older. Info: Don Gately, (661) 255-8873.

Newcomers and Friends meeting
Newcomers and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Bella Via Barista Cafe, 24300 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Newcomers and Friends is a social group open to all women new to the Santa Clarita Valley. Info:

Valencia Library events
The Valencia Library will host various events at the Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 Valencia Blvd. Info: (661) 259-8942,
Feb. 1 - 2 p.m. - Discussion and video presentation directed by John Kountz about the culture, history and ethnography of Afghanistan.
Feb. 14 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Watch a demonstration on melting, molding, marbling, dipping and coloring chocolate. Create your own chocolate treats.
Feb. 21 - 1 p.m.-4 p.m. - A hands-on vegetarian cooking class with Zel and Rueben Allen, authors of "The Nut Gourmet" featuring the cuisine of Afghanistan.
March 15 - 2 p.m.-3 p.m. - Jacqueline Berger will share her knowledge on America's First Ladies and their roles in history.
April 16 - 7 p.m.-8 p.m. - William Clark presents "Shakespeare in Song" combining his musical skills with the sonnets of Shakespeare.
April 18 - 11 a.m. - Doug Miller presents an informative discussion on how to get started researching your families genealogy.
April 18 - 2 p.m.-4 p.m. - A.J. Currado will teach a watercolor workshop focusing on basic technique and color theory.
April 19 - 2 p.m.-3 p.m. - Simi Advani will teach a Yoga Laughter class, focusing on simple laughter techniques and deep breathing for relaxation.


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