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Your Community Calendar: Oct. 21, 2012

Posted: October 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Image from last year's Wine Affair. Image from last year's Wine Affair.
Image from last year's Wine Affair.

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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

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 today at Rocky Mountain Candy Company on Town Center Drive or at the Michael Kors store on The Patios.

Thursday, Oct. 25

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,

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.

Friday, Nov. 2

Individual tickets and tables for 10 guests are available for the annual Tribute Dinner sponsored by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. This year philanthropist and ultra-volunteer Shelley Hann will be honored.Tickets are $100 each and include a hosted champagne reception, dinner, auction and entertainment. Info: or call the Zonta message line 661- 252-9351 and request a personal follow-up.

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, 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 from 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

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, Newhall. Info: 661-259-5857.

Rent-a-Santa from Zonta Club of SCV

Santa Claus, with a full entourage of elves and Mrs. Claus, is available for community events, private or corporate parties, family holiday get-togethers and personal visits with local children through the Rent-A-Santa program offered by Zonta Club of SCV. Cost is $100 per hour, and early reservations are recommended, especially for the most popular few weekends before Christmas. Discounted rates are available for longer visits. Zonta Club is still seeking volunteers to fill out its ranks of Santas for the holiday event. The club has a supply of costumes and handles all the booking arrangements. Call Barbara Cochran at 661-251-1352 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Manga Club meets at Barnes and 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.

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.

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, Newhall. 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.

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 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.

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.

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,


Upcoming Events By Date


Stanley Cup visits Magic Mountain

The Stanley Cup, awarded to the NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings, is scheduled to make an appearance at Six Flags Magic Mountain 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Park guests will have the opportunity to get up-close, personal photos with the coveted trophy. Veteran award-winning television play-by-play broadcaster, Bob Miller, will also be on hand to greet guests.For information call (661) 255-4111 or visit us at

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 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct 19-20 and Oct. 26, 27 and 28. General admission $15 per person Bring two cans of food For SCV Food Pantry and receive $5 off admission. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Info:

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.

Tri-Valleys Aging

 Network forum

The Tri-Valleys Aging Network will host a forum on changes in the healthcare industry, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.. Titled “Healthcare Services in Transition in the Santa Clarita Valley – One Perspective” the event will be led by Roger Seaver, president and CEO of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The cost for the event is $10 for pre-registered attendees, or $15 at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring brochures, flyers and business cards. Free educational materials will be available.

To register or for more information, contact SuzAnn Nelsen at (661) 259-9444 or The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St. in Newhall.

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. 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

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

SCV Koi & Water

Garden Club meets

The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club ( meets on the fourth Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. (This month’s meeting is Sunday, Oct. 28). This club is comprised of people with ponds or building a pond sharing ideas and experiences. For information call 661-296-9252 or 661-259-6437.

Musical Jazz Band Sounds of WWII

College of the Canyons music department will present the fan favorite concert event “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. This year’s performance will include performances by the college’s Jazz Combo band and the Studio Jazz Ensemble. The concert will include many popular tunes from the WWII era, including “Moonlight Serenade,” “Sunny Side of the Street” and “Little Brown Jug.”

 The groups will perform under the direction of COC music director KC Manji and be accompanied on stage by guest singer, Katherine Lench-Meyering. Lench-Meyering’s professional experience includes performances at the Hollywood Bowl alongside tenors Sergio Franchi and Placido Domingo in the Tony Award-winning musical “Nine” and in “Goya: A Life in Song.”

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens. For more information about the COC music department’s presentation of “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II” or to purchase tickets contact the PAC Box Office at 661- 362-5304 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 and screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. offers special lecture. Available scholarship money for up to 10 fine or performing arts students who attend event and submit critical response paper following film. Info: 661-362-3737 or 661-362-5604.





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