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Your community calendar: Jan. 20, 2013

Posted: January 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2013 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

Monday. Jan. 21

The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association invites guests to spend an evening with plein air oil artist Eric Merrell, who will offer an oil painting demonstration at the association’s meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd. Admission is free.

The Soroptimist Clubs of the Santa Clarita Valley are now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. This award honors girls, ages 14 to 17, who are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer activities. For more information and an application for this $750 cash award, visit The deadline is Jan. 21.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Castaic Lions Club will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 27630 The Old Road Valencia. Info:

Thursday, Jan. 24

Join Newcomers and Friends for “Coffee Corner” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. The club is for women new to the Santa Clarita Valley or looking to change up the norms in their life. Call for location.Info: 661-296-0872 or 661-254-0205.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Experience Helen Hunt Jackson’s January 1882 visit to Rancho Camulos which inspired her to include this vestige of the Californio lifestyle as one of the settings for her novel “Ramona” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Rancho Camulos in Piru. Re-enactors will portray this event which forever changed the peaceful life at Rancho Camulos. The suggested donation is $10 and includes the regular museum tour. The Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: 805-521-1501 or

The inaugural Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival will be held noon, Saturday, Jan. 26 at Reyes Winery 10262 Sierra Highway, Auga Dulce. General admission includes a specialty gift bag and gourmet food sampling. Info: Prepaid tickets $65, or $75 at the door. For more information visit or call 310-613-7445.

Zonta Club of SCV to host Financial Survival workshop for women 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Single Mothers Outreach, 26881 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Panel includes author Karen Mills and other guests. Free childcare available to mothers registering a week in advance. Info: 661-288-0117 or

Sunday, Jan. 27

SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, will host Jimmy McConnell’s jazz band 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at 22900 Market Street. Event is in conjunction with the Santa Clarita Swing Jazz Club. Admission is $7 for Club members, $10 for nonmembers. Info: 661-259-9444 or

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Santa Clarita Christian School, 27249 Luther Drive, Canyon Country will host an Open House for prospective families 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Info: 661-252-7371.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

The American Red Cross will host the seventh annual Battle of the Badges 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Bloodmobile. All participants will receive a free Mimi’s Cafe appetizer, along with two Laugh Factory tickets and a Battle of the Badges t-shirt. Info: 818-402-0300 or

Through Jan. 31

Audio and large print books needed for Prayer Angels for the Military. A collection drive for wounded warriors and veterans is being conducted by Prayer Angels for the Military. Audio books, large print books, magazines, word search and crossword puzzles are needed. Donations are tax-deductible (501C3 non-profit). Cash donations are accepted and can be mailed to: Prayer Angels for the Military, Inc., 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, CA 91321 or through PayPal online Items can be dropped off at American Family Funding 28368 Constellation Road #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St., Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia through Jan. 31.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 6

The College of the Canyons theater department will hold auditions for spring productions Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday Feb. 6. This spring’s lineup includes “subUrbia” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” Those auditioning should prepare a contemporary monologue no longer than two minutes. Info: 661-362-3432.

Friday, Feb. 8

Queen of Hearts Masquerade Ball, 6-11 p.,m. Canyon Theatre Guild’s Valentine fundraiser at the Valencia Country Club. Dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets: $100. Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: 661-799-2702.

Saturday, Feb. 9

On Saturday, Feb. 9 bring your special someone to Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark to experience “Romance at the Rancho.” Docent-led tours will focus on the love stories of couples associated with Camulos. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the beautiful romantic setting. A special treat will also be provided. The suggested donation is $14 per couple. Call 805-521-1501 to make a reservation. Rancho Camulos is on Highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5 at Santa Clarita and will be open for Romance at the Rancho as well as regular tours, 1-4 p.m. The Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or

The annual Sweetheart Gala hosted by SCV Women and Men of Honor to benefit Cardiac Care Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Dinner and dancing to the Jimmy Carnelli Orchestra. For reservations email

Friday, Feb. 15

Table sponsors have until Feb. 15 to make reservations for the SCV Senior Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Event to be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, with tickets costing $100 per person. Info: 661-259-9444 or visit

Friday, Feb. 22

Zonta Club of SCV seeks nomination for ‘Women in Service.’ The Women in Service celebration allows the community to recognize women in SCV who have made a difference in the community or improved the status of women. Participating organizations nominate a member, after which nominations one person will be selected for the Carmen Sarro Award. Nominations must be returned by Feb. 22. Celebration event will be held Saturday, March 23, at Robinson Ranch. Info: Nominations are available at or call 661-252-9351.

Saturday, Feb. 23

The Xi Nu Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will hold its annual Lasagna Dinner Saturday, Feb. 23 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Money raised from the event goes to the Santa Clarita Scholarship Foundation. Tickets: 661-255-1761; 661-255-1416.



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, New-hall. Info: 661-259-5857.

Assistance League

Seeks Sponsors

Assistance League Santa Clarita is now accepting sponsorships for their annual “Operation School Bell 5K Run/Walk”. Race day is Sunday, May 5th with all proceeds benefiting the philanthropic programs of the local Chapter, including Operation School Bell. Last year over 2000 SCV school children in need received clothing and shoes. Consider supporting this year’s event with a sponsorship or as a race participant. For information or to donate contact:, 661-259-8019 or visit

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.

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


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, New-hall. Info: 661-259-7721, or

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.

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

 Docent led public tours are available without appointment Saturdays at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and by appointment year-round. See the “Home of Ramona” including the 1853 adobe, 1867 chapel and winery, 1930 schoolhouse, and beautiful grounds, and then view the 1910 silent film “Ramona” that was filmed on location at Rancho Camulos. The suggested donation for the tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 5. Entrance to the non-profit museum which is on private property is only allowed with a docent escort. Check the website before going in case of closures due to weather or special activities. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: 805-521-1501 or

SCV Koi & Water Garden Club

The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month at the home and pond of members. The club is made up of people with ponds or those building a pond who want to share ideas and experiences. Info: 661-259-6437 or 661-296-9252.

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,

Carousel Ranch calls for volunteers

Carousel Ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons to children with special needs. Volunteers must be at least 15. Responsibilities will include working in lessons and ranch chores. Call Gail to sign up for a time and day at 661-268-8010. Carousel Ranch is located at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Aqua Dulce.


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