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Session to focus on current events

VALENCIA - This month's meeting of the American Association of University Women will feature current events of the Santa Clarita Valley. Representatives from Placerita Canyon Nature Center and the city of Santa Clarita will be on hand to discuss local happenings. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mimi's Cafe, 24021 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. The cost is $17 and the meeting is open to the public. For information, or to R.S.V.P., call Teresa Leonard at (661) 296-3049 or e-mail leonbrook(at)aol.com.

-Daily News

Artists can share work at meeting

VALENCIA - Artists of all types are invited to share their work and creative vision at a Round Table event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. The event, sponsored by Artists Helping Artists, is open to anyone involved in the arts including musicians, fine artists, writers, actors, poets, songwriters and arts educators. Those who attend are encouraged to bring business cards, fliers and portfolios. The suggested donation is $2 for Aha! members or $4 for returning nonmembers. The meeting is free to all first-time attendees. For information, call Trish Lester at (661) 254-1242 or e-mail her at AHA(at)TrishLester.com.

-Daily News

Tyke Hike planned at local hospital

VALENCIA - A Tyke Hike will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Greeley Building at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Designed for siblings of new babies, the Tyke Hike gives children the opportunity to learn about what having a new baby in the house is all about. Children will learn how to behave safely around a newborn, the proper way to hold a baby and where their mom stays when she comes to the hospital.

A Parents Preview tour will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, also in the Greeley Building. This informative program introduces expectant parents to the hospital's maternity services, including patient registration and business office procedures. This is an adult-only tour. For information about either hospital tour, call (661) 253-8051.

-Daily News

Foster, adoptive parents needed

CANYON COUNTRY - The Children's Bureau is in need of foster and adoptive parents for children in need of loving homes. Qualifying families receive extensive training, financial assistance and 24-hour support to aid in the care of their foster or adoptive children. Children's Bureau is dedicated to helping children remain with their siblings, so families who can give several children a home are especially in demand. A meeting will be held for those who are interested from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. For information, call (800) 730-3933, Ext. 203 or visit the Children's Bureau Web site at www.all4kids.org.

-Daily News

Workshop to aid small businesses

VALENCIA - A free workshop titled Disaster Recovery for Small/Medium Businesses will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Women's Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. The goal of this workshop is to educate small and medium business owners on the importance of preparation, planning and testing in ensuring their business survives a disaster. Steps on how to implement a plan for continued operation of the business after a disaster will be discussed. For information, or to register for the workshop, call (661) 702-9049.

-Daily News

Harvest Festival to feature games

VALENCIA - A Harvest Festival featuring carnival games, an autumn craft and refreshments will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Admission is free, but a donation of a canned food item for the SCV Food Pantry is requested. For information, call the library at (661) 259-8942.

-Daily News

Kids can attend free Reptile Club

NEWHALL - The Reptile Club will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 for ages 7 to 12 and from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 for ages 13 to 17 at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. There will be live animal displays and a reptile related topic to discuss during each session. Topics will include native reptiles and amphibians, snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises, crocodiles and alligators and more. The club is free and is sponsored by Pet Adventure of Canyon Country. For information, call the Nature Center at (661) 259-7721.

-Daily News

Advisory Council seeking members

NEWHALL - The Advisory Council of the SCV Senior Center invites interested residents to apply for membership. There is no cost and membership involves only a couple of hours a month for meetings. The next meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Come to visit and meet the current members. For information, call (661) 259-9444.

-Daily News

Toy Express set for ninth season

SANTA CLARITA - The Metrolink Holiday Toy Express is preparing for its ninth season of collecting toys for disadvantaged children. Metrolink will once again be partnering with Southern California firefighters for an annual Spark of Love toy drive. The Newhall and Santa Clarita stations will be accepting donations at 8:25 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., respectively, on Nov. 25. The Via Princessa station will be collecting toys at 8:10 p.m. Dec. 10. A Metrolink train, completely decked out in holiday lights, will stop at each station and present a free show featuring Santa Claus while the firefighters collect toys. For information about the Holiday Toy Express, call Francisco Oaxaca at (213) 425-0255.

-Daily News

Tour is to feature decorated homes

The Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Home Tour League will present its 25th annual Holiday Home Tour, featuring four local homes decorated for the holidays, on Dec. 3. The homes featured this year include a custom-built, country-style home in Newhall; a traditional Peachland estate in Newhall; a custom-built Sand Canyon home; and a modern Robinson Ranch home. The tour is open to all adults and children over 12 years of age and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Dec. 3. A holiday boutique will take place in conjunction with the Home Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Assembly Hall in Newhall. Home tour tickets are $20, or can be purchased the day of the event for $25. The holiday boutique is open to the public at no charge. For information, or for ticket locations, call the hospital's Health Foundation office at (661) 253-8082.

-Daily News

Coping with grief focus of session

VALENCIA - Jeff Zhorne, director of the Grief Program of Santa Clarita, is offering a free community presentation on moving through loss, grief resolution and learning to risk in relationships again. Reactions to loss vary widely and most people have little education about their responses. This presentation will take place at 7 p.m Monday in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For information, call (661) 810-9157 or visit www.thegriefprogram.com.

-Daily News

Contests backed by DAR chapter

SANTA CLARITA - The Alliklik chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is the local sponsor of the Junior American Citizen contest for students in preschool through 12th grade and an American History essay contest for students in grades five through 12. The JAC contest consists of either a work of art or a work of creative expression. All works should be original and should follow the theme ``Benjamin Franklin: The Many Talents of an American Patriot.'' The theme for the American History essay contest for grades five through eight is ``Benjamin Franklin: More than a Revolutionary.'' The theme for grades nine through 12 is ``The Santa Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts.'' The deadline to enter each contest is 5 p.m. Dec. 17. For information and a list of complete contest rules, call Donna Yantis at (661) 259-1610.

-Daily News

Donations sought for teen memorial

SAUGUS - The city of Santa Clarita's Blue Ribbon Committee is seeking donations for the construction of a Teen Memorial at Central Park to commemorate the many teens that have lost their lives in traffic incidents in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Blue Ribbon Committee, which is spearheading the memorial, provides education and special programs for teens. For information, call Tess Simgen at City Hall at (661) 255-4956.

-Daily News
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