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Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Nov. 9-21
Festival of Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center, (between The Patios and Sears). General admission: $6 age 15 and older; $3 age 4 to 14; $4 age 65+; free age 3 and under. Purchase general admission tickets at the door. Info:

Sunday, Nov. 11
Heads Up Horse Therapy Veteran’s Day Tea to benefit a new program dedicated to improving the quality of life returning veterans. Tea and sandwiches, music, raffle, silent auction. Tickets are $35 each. Event will be held 1-4 p.m. at Robinson Ranch Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Tickets: Beverly Hartigan, 818-253-5948.

Nov. 12-18
Operation Christmas Child is seeking shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. Seeks gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week Nov. 12 – 19. Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at Grace Baptist, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus, (800) 353-5949. Hours: Monday-Friday, Nov. 12-16: 3-5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18: 1-5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16
Holiday Hocus Pocus, the sixth annual magic show organized by the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Festival of Trees at Westfield Town Center (between The Patios and Sears). A series of magical stories, intertwined with the spirit of the season, will delight audiences. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an hour of close-up magic acts, followed by a family-friendly, professional-quality stage show featuring eight incredible performers at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 per person (Age 2 and under free). Tickets available online at, in advance at the Festival, and at the door.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Fourth annual Rescues On The Runway boutique 3 p.m. followed by 4 p.m. meet the rescues up for adoption and 6 p.m. dinner and celebrity catwalk and doggie contest. Guest star: Lassie. All proceeds save the lives of animals in the shelters. Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24000 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Seeking donations, vendors and volunteers. Tickets online $35 and $75. Info: 661-252-3232.

Turning Point Photography Exhibition 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, to benefit Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center. Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 Trevino Drive, Valencia. Refreshments, no-host bar, silent auction, raffle, opportunity drawing. Info: Terry Bucknall 661-253-8824.

Sierra Hillbillies
Square Dance
The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will be Celebrating Freedom with their dance 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Ken Ritucci will call squares and Anndrea Stephan will cue rounds. Casual attire is always welcome. For information, call 661-254-4272, visit, or find us on Facebook.

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.

Canyon Country
Community Center
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting Canyon Country residents to attend a public outreach meeting to learn about and provide feedback on the Canyon County Community Center 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex/ Activities Center, located at 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Residents are asked to share their ideas and recommendations for programs, activities and services to be featured at the future Canyon County Community Center. For more information about the Canyon County Community Center, contact City Recreation Superintendent, Toi Chisom at 661-250-3769 or Community Services Superintendent, Ingrid Hardy at 661-250-3733. To provide feedback visit

Glenn Miller
Orchestra in concert
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra swings into the SCV 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at West Ranch High School Theater, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd, Stevenson Ranch. General admission is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Discount admission for students, seniors, Veterans, or Military is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For ticket sale locations, go to Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Brian Leff, Director of Jazz Studies, West Ranch High School, 661-222-1220 ext. 645, or email

Holidays: Living With the Empty Chair
A free community presentation on coping with the loss of a loved one will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Action Counseling, 22722 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. The presentation will be conducted by The Grief Program, an organization dedicated to guiding grieving people through loss issues step-by-step to a richer quality of life. If you are suffering the pain of loss — whether through death, divorce or other losses — plan on attending this eye-opening presentation. For more information, call 661-733-0692 or visit

Food drive for SCV Food Pantry
Today through Nov. 10, De Sesa Chiropractic is collecting food to donate to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Bring two bags of non-perishable food items to the office at 27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Ste. 65, in Valencia, 91355. For a list of most needed items, visit

‘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. Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Groups and school community service students who need hours welcome. Info:

Hazardous materials collection at COC
College of the Canyons will host a free collection event for residents to dispose of paint and other hazardous materials 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the South Parking Lot off Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.

Alternative Gift Fair at St. Stephen’s
SCV Alternative Gift Fair returns to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The fair provides the opportunity to purchase gifts of peace and justice, gifts of shelter, water, food and medicine, or internationally hand-crafted gifts made available through the International Fair Trade Agreement. Open to the public. Info: St. Stephen’s church office, 661-259-7307.


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