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Your Community Calendar: Feb. 10, 2013

Posted: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
From left, Marge Galipeau, Bernie Galipeau, Ron Whalley and Anne Marie Whalley enjoy meals and conversation at St. Clare's Catholic Church's 34th annual Lenten Fish Fry in Canyon Country on Friday. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal) From left, Marge Galipeau, Bernie Galipeau, Ron Whalley and Anne Marie Whalley enjoy meals and conversation at St. Clare's Catholic Church's 34th annual Lenten Fish Fry in Canyon Country on Friday. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)
From left, Marge Galipeau, Bernie Galipeau, Ron Whalley and Anne Marie Whalley enjoy meals and conversation at St. Clare's Catholic Church's 34th annual Lenten Fish Fry in Canyon Country on Friday. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

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

The Sierra Pelona Rock Club meets 7:30 p.m. on Soledad Canyon Road every third Thursday of the month. Members have interest in mineralogy, geology, paleontology and other disciplines. Info:

Fridays ongoing

St. Clare’s 35th Annual Lenten Fish Fries will be held Fridays Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Dinner is served from 4:30 – 8 p.m. Menu: Beer Battered Alaskan Cod, Rice Pilaf or French Fries, Coleslaw, Rolls, $8.50 for a 2-piece dinner, $9.50 for a 3-piece dinner. Take out is available. Proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. St. Clare is located at 19606 Calla Way in Canyon Country. 661-252-3353,

Sunday, Feb. 10

The sixth annual Black History Month celebration will take place 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at William S. Hart Regional Park 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Celebration features an art show and historical exhibits, including panels of historical photography and commentary compiled from national archives. Info: 661-259-1750.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host a free workshop 6:30 - 7:30 p,m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Santa Clarita Canyon Country Community Center. Dr. Alex Kopelowicz will be the evening’s featured guest, answering any questions regarding mental illness. Info: 818-994-6747 or 661-360-8002.

Thursday, Feb. 14

The Valencia Women’s Connection will hold its “Happy Heart” luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita 91353. The event is open to all women in the SCV, and will feature doctor/rapper/author Sam Kojoglanian and inspirational speaker Tracy Klehn. Info: Reservations are $16 and can be sent as a check to Glenda Lundberg, 22536 Paraguay Drive, Santa Clarita 91350. 661-297-5589 for additional details.

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Burbank African Violet Society hosts its next monthly club meeting 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 21, at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 West Magnolia Blvd., in Burbank. The program will be presented by guest speaker “Mike” from Green Arrow Nursery and the topic will be on “Rose Cultivation.” Guests are always welcome. Info: 818- 951-3597.

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 to the Lasagna Dinner are $30 per person. Call Barbara 661-259-1649.

Table sponsors have until Feb. 15 to make reservations for the SCV Senior Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Event to be held 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, with tickets costing $100 per person. Info: 661-259-9444 or visit

Saturday, March 2

College of the Canyons Foundation 2013 Silver Spur Celebration dinner to be held 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at The Globe Theater, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Dinner and auction to honor Barry and Pati Gump, ticket prices to be determined. Info: 661-362-3737 or

The Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Castaic Lake. Event features supporters of all kinds, with each person who plunges into the chilly water will raise a minimum of $50 for the Special Olympics. Info: Register at or 661-253-2121.

The Santa Clarita Track Club is hosting its 3rd annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K run Saturday, March 2 at Bridgeport Marketplace. All proceeds from the run will benefit the Students Off And Running (SOAR) program that provides a fully supported training experience to youth wishing to run the LA Marathon. Info:

Saturday, March 9

Fil-Am Association of SCV, Inc. to host annual Induction of Officers 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. The association serves the community through its yearly scholarship program and community-oriented fundraising projects. Live entertainment will be led by popular local singing group Back on Track, with special guest attendees such as Bob Kellar and Dan Espiritu. Tickets are $65. Info: 661-296-1234.

Saturday, March 16

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley hosts the fifth annual Poker Tournament 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Valencia Summit Clubhouse 24600 Buy-in is $100.and a spectator ticket is $35. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets also include Irish fare and one drink. Blackjack games will also be available during the event for $40. First place winner will receive a seat at the World Series of Poker. Second place will receive a flat screen TV and Blu-ray player. Third place will receive an Apple iPad. Info: Terra Bruns at 661-373-0151.

Sunday, March 17

Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita to host “Mischief and Malarkey” fashion show and botique 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Event to be hosted by Mr, Ed Masterson, with professional models and exciting surprises also in the works. Luncheon begins at noon. Info: For all other event info, including ticket pricing, call Sandi Naba at 661-645-1893 or send an email to

Saturday, March 23

Individual and team walkers and runners can now sign up online to participate in Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Third Annual Walk for Kids with Cancer, scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium. This year’s event will also include a Run. The early bird registration rate for walkers is $25 per person before March 1. The registration fee for the run is $30 before March 1 and $35 after March 1. The walk will begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. Registration for the run will begin at 7 a.m., with the run starting at 8 a.m. The fundraiser will take place rain or shine. To register online, visit

The USC SCV Alumni Association will help harvest produce that is donated to the SCV Food Pantry from 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Santa Clarita Park. All supplies and tools will be provided and volunteers will receive a USCervice t-shirt. Info: Register at or 661-313-4478.



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

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,

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

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-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

 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,

SCV Food Pantry needs volunteers

The SCV Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to pick up donations from local markets and businesses. Drivers must have a valid California driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 lbs. and the willingness to help those less fortunate in the Santa Clarita Valley. Volunteer drivers are asked to commit to one day per week. Regularly scheduled pick ups with Food Pantry vehicles are made Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Substitute drivers are also needed to be available on call. Info: 661-255-9078 or

Volunteers needed at Senior Center

The SCV Senior Center calls for volunteers for the following tasks: Pack nutritious meals for homebound seniors, 6-10 a.m.; deliver meals to homebound seniors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; serve meals and clean, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. One day a week is all it takes to make a difference. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or

Senior Orchestra seeks players

Bring your instrument and join the fun, all instruments and skill levels welcome, 2:45-5 p.m., Mondays, Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, multi-purpose room, 26705 Bouquet Canyon, Saugus. Info: 661-298-9553 or 661-296-4977.


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