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Posted: December 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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

Thursday, Dec. 20, from 7-11 p.m. The December “Winter Folly” theme will include festive décor, live music, food trucks, specialty drinks, and event promotions from local shops and restaurants perfectly suited for the holiday season. To learn more about SENSES, visit

Sunday, Dec. 9

Electronics Recycling Fundraiser for Hart High School Cheer will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-9 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Anything electric except batteries and light bulbs. Large appliances $15 — free if you bring a TV or computer. Info:

Taylor Kellstrom and the SCV Book Exchange will host “Bowling for Kids” with proceeds to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The event will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall. To donate, sign up or for more information call Taylor Kellstrom at 661-714-8915.

Hart Park will host the Hart Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. The free, two-day event offers a variety of unique, hand-crafted items that make great holiday gifts. Info: 661-259-1750.

The Golden Valley High School Grizzly Marching Band, Jazz Band and Color Guard is raising funds to help keep its Marching Band, Jazz Band and Color Guard programs going. The goal is to raise $2,000 with a Goodwill donation fundraiser, but it will only be possible if they can fill an entire Goodwill donation truck. Donations are being sought of clothes, small household items, shoes, blankets and jackets. If the truck is filled with boxes and bags of donations to earn the maximum funds. Drop off donations in the Student Parking Lot in front of Band Room on Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (final drop off).

Get into the spirit of the season and help spread some holiday cheer. Six Flags Magic Mountain will offer free admission to anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more to the theme park on Dec. 9 for the annual Toys for the Holidays toy drive. A price tag and/or receipt should accompany the toy. Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, For information visit

Santa Clarita Master Chorale holiday concert, A World of Holiday Joy, will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $26, $20, $14 general admission and $21, $15, $10 seniors and students. Info: or 661-362-5304.

The Santa Clarita Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died.The 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting will be held 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Canyon Country Park, 17615 W. Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Event will feature live performers, music, poems, and a slide show. Info: Diane Briones, 661-252-4654 or Alice Renolds, 661-252-4374. For more information about the national organization a call toll-free 877-969-0010.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Community members are invited to join Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar and the Santa Clarita City Council for an open house reception honoring the families of Gold Star soldiers at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Event honors local Gold Star families, who are commemorated on a holiday tree in the lobby of City Hall. Event takes place in the first floor lobby of City Hall, and will feature comments from Kellar at 6:45 p.m., and light refreshments.

Info: 661-255-4939

Thursday, Dec. 13

Valencia Women’s Connection invites all women in the community to a “Festive Christmas Luncheon” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $16 each. Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Center Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Features speaker Anna Johns on how she faced personal and cultural challenges as the daughter of a career military father and how she searched for something better and found it in “Footprints on My Heart.” Scentsy consult Jennifer Santana will demonstrate how to decorate for a festive Christmas. Reservations: Glenda Lundberg, 661-297-5589. Make checks payable to: Valencia Women’s Connection and send to: Glenda Lundberg at 22536 Paraguay Dr., Santa Clarita, CA, 91350. Valencia Women’s Connection is a nonprofit organization, with an inspirational purpose, formerly known as Christian Women’s Club. We are not affiliated with a church or denomination and no membership is required. All women in the community are welcome.

Friday, Dec. 14

Community members who hope to wish outgoing City Manager Ken Pulskamp farewell are invited to attend a retirement event in his honor Friday at 6 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, located at 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets to the event are $35 per person and include dinner and entertainment. Info: Tickets can be purchased online at, or call 661-255-4939

Saturday, Dec. 15

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Old Town Newhall Association and Newhall Bicycle Company will host Newhall Lights. Participants will enjoy pedaling through Newhall on festively decorated bicycles while viewing homes decorated in holiday lights. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Newhall Bicycle Company, located at 24261 Main St., Newhall.

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society 25th anniversary celebration will be held noon-5 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Open house and anniversary celebration will feature a Latino-based Christmas celebration, called Posada. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. SCVHS will have docents on site to provide tours and a speaker to educate people on SCV and its history. There will be live Christmas music, as well. Info: 661-254-1275

Santa Clarita Ballet’s celebrated production of the Nutcracker returns. Follow Marie and her Nutcracker to the magical land of snow and sugar plums. “It’s a fun-filled enchanted evening the whole family will enjoy with professional guest artists, magical staging, exquisite costumes and the recognizable composition by Peter Tchaikovsky at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.” Performances are Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets call 661-362-5304.

Thursday, Dec. 20

USC SCV Alumni, supporters, family and friends annual Holiday Party 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Dinner by Stonefire. beer and wine included. $25 per person. Proceeds go to the USC SCV scholarship fund. Must register and prepay through the USC website by Dec 18. Questions? Email

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.

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

Unwanted paint
SCV disposal sites
Santa Clarita community members can now dispose of used or unwanted paint for free at three local drop-off sites, including Sherwin-Williams, Vista Paint and Dunn Edwards. Sherwin-Williams is located at 21021 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country; Vista Paint is located at 20655 Soledad Canyon #1, Canyon Country and Dunn Edwards is located at 25520 The Old Road, Valencia. To find other paint drop-off locations in Southern California, visit the Statewide Database at

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,

Pet Assistance seeks volunteers
Pet Assistance Foundation SCV staffs a hotline providing our community low-cost resources for cat and dog spaying and neutering. As a volunteer, you will use your telephone to return hotline calls as needed, about four hours a week. We provide training. Info: 661-260-3140 or

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

‘Primp Your Pit’ spay or neuter
To help reduce the number of homeless dogs, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) will spay or neuter Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes for $20 while funding lasts. Also included is a nail trim. Make an appointment by calling 323-730-5303.

Domestic Violence Center counseling
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita will be offering free group sessions for survivors of domestic violence 10.-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All group sessions are free and will be held at 24509 Walnut St., Newhall, 91321. Info: 661-259-8175.

Happy Feat Running Club welcomes all
Walkers and runners of all levels, beginner to experienced, are welcome to join this 8- to 10-week 10k and 10-mile challenge training program. Meets every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. beginning June 9, at Chuck Pontius Commuter Trail, 22921 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Info:

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.

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,

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,


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