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Posted: January 23, 2009 12:06 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2009 1:00 p.m.
James Zoppe will host a "Challengers Tournament" Saturday at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center. James Zoppe will host a "Challengers Tournament" Saturday at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center.
James Zoppe will host a "Challengers Tournament" Saturday at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center.
Family History Fair
24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: Shirley Familia (661) 296-7625 for registration information, Bonnie Petrovich (310) 470-8718 for general and class information
Web site: view the PDF flyer at
Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: The 2009 Santa Clarita Valley Family History Fair will feature an exciting day of classes and workshops conducted by experts in family history, digital photography and scrapbooking. The keynote speaker will be Tom Underhill. Registration is from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., with the opening keynote from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Grapevine Winter Jousting Series
Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center, indoor arena, Lebec, Calif.
Phone: James Zoppe at (661) 245-4000
Web site:    
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m.: This "Challengers Tournament" is the first of three jousting tournament events, and features some of the best knights, warriors and war horses in jousting today. There will also be demonstrations in dirt skiing/boarding and swordsmanship, contests in archery, spear throwing, sack racing and shield hitting, nature and conservation presentations, food and beverages. Children five and under are free, ages six to 14 are $6. General admission is $10. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at 2 p.m. Directions: Take I-5 up the Grapevine to the Lebec exit and follow the "Joust!" signs.

Hit the Trail
Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: City of Santa Clarita Arts & Events Office (661) 286-4018
Web site:  
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Celebrate the city of Santa Clarita's 30 miles of off-street trails with professional cyclists competing in the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. The ride will end at Bridgeport Park, where there will be food, fun and giveaways. There is no cost to participate - just show up at one of three designated starting points (view the flyer PDF at the Web site) before 10 a.m. for a leisurely ride through Santa Clarita.

J.R.'s Comedy Club
Inside Marie Callender's, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 259-2291
Web site:
Notes: National level comics and pie, all under one roof. Admission is $12 (dinner and show packages starting at $24.99). Must be 18 and over or accompanied by an adult. Reservations required.
Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m.: Paul Ogata, San Francisco Comedy Competition winner. He recently moved to the SCV from Hawaii, and his comedy is about his heritage.

Route 66 Classic Grill
18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, CA 91351 Phone: (661) 298-1494
Saturday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.: UFC 94 pay per view.
Feb. 1, 3 p.m.: Super Bowl party. Come watch the game on a 10-foot TV - 15 televisions throughout the restaurant. Barbecue and drink specials, full bar and no cover charge.

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Phone: (661) 362-5304 Web site:
Sunday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.: Hunt Family Fiddlers


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