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Tuesday, December 1

•  Meditation Classes - Experience the benefits that meditation can bring into your life. When you quiet your mind and allow yourself some time to recharge, rejuvenate, and regenerate your life can have greater meaning. This practice provides you with greater awareness and a better ability to cope with stress, find solutions to problems and reconnect with more joy and peace.

Cost is $22.22 per class. Bring a guest and you can split the cost or have them attend for free for the first class!!
          Phone #: 661.964.9203
          Website: www.momentconnections.com

Tuesday, December 1 to Saturday, December 5

•  Come Christmas Sing! - Join The Master's College for their 26th annual "Come Christmas Sing" Concert Series! All of the major music ensembles will be performing selections to celebrate this festive season. This year's concerts will feature many familiar Christmas carols as well as a special performance of Handel's Messiah with full orchestra, chorus, and soloists. Christmas scenes will surround the audience, and a cheesecake dessert is also part of the evening. All concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets for the concerts may be purchased online or at the Box Office. The concerts will be held in the Bross Gymnasium on The Master's College campus.
          Phone #: 800-568-6248 ext.3193
          Website: www.masters.edu/music

Thursday, December 3

•  MB2 Raceway and Mission Community Police Counsel Host "Race for Youth" - Take to the track against Santa Clarita's and Los Angeles' finest law and fire professionals. Proceeds benefit DAPS Youth and Mission Youth projects;
          Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
          Phone #: 866-986-RACE

•  j.serraino, Ma Maison & Valencia Crossroads Retailers Host Holiday Shopping Party - Wine and dine while you shop! Spend $25 at each participating venue to be entered into a raffle for a basket of merchandise valued at $1,000;
          Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
          Phone #: 255-9944 or 799-7983

Friday, December 4

•  DANU: A CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND - Danu! A glorious mix of ancient Irish music and a new repertoire from today! Danu! Seven critically acclaimed albums and standing-room-only concerts around the globe! Danu! A musical journey to native Ireland featuring virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals in Irish and English! Danu! A high-energy, memorable, moving holiday experience not to be missed! Special guest appearance by members of the College of the Canyons choral music department!
          Time: 8:00 PM
          Phone #: 362.5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

•  Best-selling author Don Piper to speak in SCV - Best-selling author Don Piper (90 Minutes in Heaven) will be speakingat Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Book-signing will follow talk. Admission is $10.00. Proceeds will benefit local homeless and Nicaraguan Project Chacocente. Tickets are available at the VUMC office. For more information, please call (661) 255-1301 or e-mail umcv@umcv.org.
          Time: 7:00 PM
          Phone #: 661-255-1301
          Website: www.umcv.org

Friday, December 4 to Saturday, December 5

•  HMNMH Presents Preview Gala & Holiday Home Tour - Preview Gala Friday at TPC Valencia, Home Tour Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm featuring three beautiful homes located in Stevenson Ranch, Vista Ridge and Westridge. Holiday Boutique at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Saturday from 9am - 4pm.
          Phone #: 253-8051
          Website: www.henrymayo.org

Saturday, December 5

•  City of Santa Clarita Hosts Holiday Parade - All SCV children are encouraged to participate by walking in the parade and dressing up according to their family's holiday traditions. The annual Old Town Newhall Holiday Parade starts at 9:30 a.m., strolling down Main Street and ending at William S. Hart Park;
          Time: 9:30 AM
          Phone #: 286-4018
          Website: www.santa-clarita.com/holidayparade

•  COC Music Winter Spectacular - The Canyons Prelude Strings, COC Student Orchestra and Symphony of the Canyons combine to present a concert of orchestral winter classics including Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite." These performance groups are the three-tiered instrumental education programs offered by the college. The enjoyable programming and energetic performances provide a positive and creative outlet for student musicians throughout the valley. The Students Symphonic Orchestras are directed by Julissa Bozman and Dr. Paul Sherman.
          Time: 7:00 PM
          Phone #: 362.5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

•  Cowboys and Carols at Hart Park and Museum - Celebrate Hart's birthday during an evening of festivities including incredible entertainment, decadent food and joyous company;
          Phone #: 254-4584
          Website: www.hartmuseum.org

•  River Oaks Shopping Center Hosts Holiday Block Party - get in the holiday spirit with free entertainment like a strolling holiday brass band, a magical elf of stilts, plenty of arts and crafts for the kids (including ornament making!) free gift wrap and a free 5-inch by 7-inch photo with Santa (one per family). Canned and packaged food will be collected to support Help the Children. Located at the corner of McBean Parkway and Magic Mountain Parkway.
          Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

•  Santa Clarita Literacy & Arts Festival - experience a fun day of entertainment and activities showcasing reading, as well as visual and performing arts. Event is free. Kids are invited to dress as favorite book character;
          Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
          Website: www.scveducationfoundation.org

•  SCV Mothers of Twins Club 8th Annual Holiday Boutique - Get your holiday shopping done and support Carousel Ranch with over 20 vendors offering beautiful, unique and delicious items. Try your chances at the great raffle prizes and enjoy free coffee and cookies while you shop! Held at 24901 Orchard Village Road between Lyons and McBean Pkwy. Email Sharon Hason-Tilles at rtilles@socal.rr.com if you have any questions.
          Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
          Website: mailto:rtilles@socal.rr.com

Sunday, December 6

•  Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Hosts Community Tree Lighting - Held on the hospital campus celebrate with a free holiday festival including music and entertainment. Santa and Mrs. Claus will usher in the holiday season with their arrival and then magically light the holiday tree. Other program elements include a Santa and Mrs. Claus photo station, cookie decorating station, children's holiday crafts, refreshments and much more;
          Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
          Phone #: 253-8089
          Website: www.henrymayo.com

•  GO COUNTRY Acoustic Holiday Concert - Go Country 105FM once again sponsors the Acoustic Holiday Concert! Last season's acts played to a sold-out house, and this year's performance only gets better! As the "hardest-working man in country music," Phil Vassar just released his fourth album. With his legions of "Phil Phriends," Vassar brings his heartfelt ballads to the stage at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center! Along with Vassar comes Jonathan Singleton and The Grove, newcomers to the country-music scene who have already made a tremendous splash with the release of their first album! The songs that you're destined to love -- along with some of the holiday classics you already love -- complete a concert that is fast becoming a Santa Clarita holiday destination!
          Time: 7:00 PM
          Phone #: 362.5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

Wednesday, December 9

•  SCV Parkinson's Support Group - The Santa Clarita Valley Parkinson's Support Group facilitated by Joan Osborne has announced their 2009 schedule. The group will meet at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street in Newhall. A presentation and refreshments are included at each meeting.
          Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
          Phone #: 553-9011
          Website: www.scvseniorcenter.org

Thursday, December 10

•  Coping With Loss During the Holidays - Holidays are sad reminders of those we have lost. The empty chair at holiday dinners can cause enormous pain. Whether it's your 1st, 10th or 50th year without your loved one, the pain never goes away on its own. Join the Grief Program as they offer a free community presentation on the tools and skills to finish unfinished emotional pain. Held in the Education Center at Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 N. Tournament Rd. The date is Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and will be conducted by grief counselor Jeff Zhorne.
          Time: 7:00 PM
          Phone #: 661-733-0692
          Website: www.thegriefprogram.com

•  "What is a Seasonal Acupuncture treatment and why is it important to get one?" - presented by Kathleen Kenneally, L.Ac. held at Keneally Acupuncutre
          Time: 7:00 PM
          Phone #: 252-4100
          Website: www.kenneallyacupuncture.com

Friday, December 11

•  ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT - presented by COC Music, The Annual Holiday Concert presents traditional holiday favorites -- with a jazz flavor! The concert will be presented by the award-winning COC Jazz Ensemble and the COC Lab Jazz Combo, both under the direction of KC Manji. The evening will be full of fun jazz arrangements by Dirk Fischer, George Stone and many others.
          Time: 7:30 PM
          Phone #: 362-5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13

•  Follow The Star...to Bethlehem. - Bethlehem Lutheran Ministries, for the 16th Year, will be bringing God's message of Love through the life of Jesus Christ to the SCV. This free, outdoor, walk-through (drive through if unable to walk) event, utilizes actors, animals, music and Biblical Scripture to depict the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, God's Son. Over 250 volunteer cast and crew, fill the 13 scenes representing Jesus" life on earth from His birth through His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. Walkers will enjoy caroling, refreshments and fellowship in our courtyard at the end of the pageant. We happily accept donations of non-perishable items for Feed The Children, here in Santa Clarita. Located at 27265 Luther Drive, Santa Clarita, 91351.
          Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
          Phone #: 661 252 0622
          Website: www.followthestar.com

Saturday, December 12

•  Snow Day! 2009 - Hosted by Bristol Farms and the Bridgeport Marketplace, families will frolic in real snow. Activities include holiday music and sing alongs, photos with Santa and lots more. Event is free; held in the Bridgeport Marketplace in Valencia at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway.
          Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
          Website: www.bridgeportmarketplace.com

•  Vino 100 Hosts The History Chef Book Signing Event Tour - author Andrew Caldwell, "The History Chef," will sign his book Their Last Suppers;
          Time: 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
          Phone #: 294-6886
          Website: www.vino100valencia.com

•  A TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS! - Join the COC choirs for an evening filled with diverse musical selections, from your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah songs to multicultural pieces representing a variety of languages and styles throughout the centuries. Enjoy this special time of the year with us.
          Time: 8:00 PM
          Phone #: 362-5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

•  Holiday Open House Benefitting Jenny's Feline Foundation - The Cat Doctor & Friends, is holding its annual 2009 Holiday Open House on Saturday, 12/12/09 from 3-6pm, with the financial proceeds of the event benefitting Jenny's Feline Foundation. You will meet the doctors and staff of The Cat Doctor, tour the facility, meet vendors, and enjoy tasty refreshments. Also, there will be an exciting $1/ticket raffle for 3 Holiday Gift Baskets. The Cat Doctor is located at 26055 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.
          Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
          Phone #: 661-259-5288, or 661-255-2413
          Website: www.catdoctor.com

•  Relay For Life Holiday Boutique - Relay For Life Holiday Boutique to benefit the American Cancer society - Vendors will offer gift and decoration ideas, and gift wrapping will be available. There will also be a booth offering information on the SCV Relay For Life scheduled for May 22-23 in Central Park, and a Relay Store booth where Relay-themed products will be available. Admission is free. Held at the Boys & Girls Club, 24909 Newhall Ave., Newhall.
          Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
          Website: main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=20558

•  Zonta Club of SCV Lifeforward Workshops - A free workshop series for women. which addresses understanding your credit history and how it affects your overall financial health. You learn how to use credit wisely, the types of credit out there and how to get a free credit report. Refreshments will be served - free raffle !!!
          Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
          Phone #: (661)252-9351
          Website: www.scvzonta.org

Saturday, December 12 to Sunday, December 13

•  Defensive Driving Academy at Six Flags - As leaders in the driver training industry, Defensive Driving Academy has tested and refined its advanced defensive driving curriculum to get optimal results. Taught in a closed-course environment, participants engage in various driving exercises to improve vision and reaction time, as well as techniques to properly control their vehicle when faced with unexpected situations that may cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. Sample exercises include skid control, slalom, evasive maneuvers, and a distractions course. Held in the Six Flags Magic Mountain parking lot.
          Website: www.defensivedrivingacademy.net

Sunday, December 13

•  Northpark Kids Christmas Performance - Northpark Community Church presents a Kids Christmas Performance & Special Message "Epic: Your Destiny in the Christmas Story" at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. You were created with meaning and purpose. Come hear how your life fits into a bigger providential panorama. Northpark Community Church is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita
          Phone #: 29-NORTH
          Website: www.northpark.com

•  "'Tis the 10th Season" - SC Master Chorale presentsTis the 10th Season, Time to Celebrate! The Master Chorale kicks off its 10th concert season with a merry collection of traditional holiday favorites, including Benjamin Britten's captivating "Ceremony of Carols" with harp accompaniment.
          Time: 3:30 PM
          Phone #: 362.5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

Monday, December 14

•  Worldwide Candle Lighting - In loving remembrance of children lost, the Santa Clarita Chapter of 'Compassionate Friends' will join together in lighting candles at Canyon Country Park. Prior to lighting the candles, there will be a program including music, songs and poems. Open to the public. Canyon Country park is located at 17615 W. Soledad Canyon Rd. in Canyon Country.
          Time: 6:30 PM
          Phone #: 252-4654
          Website: www.compassionatefriends.org

Wednesday, December 16

•  Kris Kristofferson - Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC Presents "Chancellor's Choice" Kris Kristofferson. Kris Kristofferson has been a mainstay of American music songwriting since the moment he arrived in Nashville, crafting classic tunes such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and "For the Good Times";
          Phone #: 362-5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

•  Santa Clarita Poets & Songwriters - Join local poets and lyricists at the Canyon Country Joann Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Rd. Every third Wednesday in 2009. You are welcome to bring a poem or lyrics of your own composition either to read aloud or to "workshop." If you would like feedback, please bring at least 6 copies to pass around.
          Time: 6:00 PM
          Phone #: 251-2720

Thursday, December 17

•  Happy Hour of Wine - World Wine Education and Embassy Suites presents:"Happy Hour of Wine"
Tickets $20 per person. Held at the Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place in Valencia.
          Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
          Phone #: 818-309-5259

Friday, December 18 to Sunday, December 20

•  Santa Clarita Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" - , 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday -- In its 16th annual performance of "The Nutcracker," the Santa Clarita Ballet presents a classic program and favorite holiday tradition to Santa Clarita families and patrons of the arts from all over Southern California. The Santa Clarita Ballet beautifully illustrates E.T.A. Hoffman's timeless story of "The Nutcracker," complete with beloved characters, magical staging, exquisite costumes, and the recognizable composition by Peter Tchaikovsky.
          Phone #: 362-5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

Saturday, December 19

•  Fire on the Dance Floor - D'Wilfri Dance Art and Entertainment presents a spectacular showdance featuring a guest appearance from a "Dancing With the Stars" celebrity. Tickets include dinner, dancing and the performance. A portion of the evenings proceeds will be donated to Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. of Santa Clarita.
          Phone #: 661-754-6513
          Website: www.dwilfridance.com

Sunday, December 20

•  Northpark Kids Christmas Performance & Special Message - Northpark Community Church presents a Kids Christmas Performance & Special Message "Epic: Your Destiny in the Christmas Story" at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. You were created with meaning and purpose. Come hear how your life fits into a bigger providential panorama. Northpark Community Church is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita
          Phone #: 29-NORTH
          Website: www.northpark.com

•  Seasonal Acupuncture and Healing Light Event - receive seasonal acupuncture treatments to help boost your immune system for $35. Call to schedule appointment. Other services available. Please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Held at Keneally Acupuncture.
          Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
          Phone #: 252-4100
          Website: www.kenneallyacupuncture.com

Thursday, December 24

•  Lake Hills Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Service - Lake Hills Community Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Service Starting at 7 p.m.
Lake Hills Community Church is located at 33100 N. Lake Hughes Road in Castaic
          Phone #: 257-5777
          Website: www.lakehillscommunity.org

•  Northpark Christmas Eve Candlelight Services - At 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. An inspiring, uplifting one-hour service for the whole family to enjoy. Northpark Community Church is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita
          Phone #: 29-NORTH
          Website: www.northpark.com

Saturday, December 26

•  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - College of the Canyons Hosts Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra- The free community concert features virtuoso members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performing a ion of chamber music. In signature LACO style, the musicians will introduce the music from the stage, putting a personal stamp on the evening. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
          Phone #: 362-5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

Sunday, December 27

•  Northpark presents 2009: Year in Review - At 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. An always popular review of the lessons learned from Christ and culture over the past year. Northpark Community Church is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita
          Phone #: 29-NORTH
          Website: www.northpark.com

Wednesday, December 30

•  "A Year with Frog and Toad" - Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC Presents "A Year with Frog and Toad". Two great pals (the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad) take a grand adventure through the swamp all while learning life's lessons. The musical was a hit on Broadway and is part of COC's popular "Almost Free" series for families;
          Phone #: 362-5304
          Website: www.canyonspac.com

Thursday, December 31

•  Mountasia presents New Years Eve Fun! - Enjoy 4 hours of UNLIMITED Go Karts, Lazer, Tag, Rock Wall, Bumper Boats and Mini Golf for just $19.99! Mountasia is located at 21516 Golden Triangle Road in Santa Clarita.
          Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
          Phone #: 661.253.4FUN
          Website: www.MountasiaFunCenter.com

•  LETMESAIL Presents "New York" New Year's Eve Ball - Held at the Hyatt, guests will be dazzled by big city lights, street vendors' goods and the beat of New York. Elegant cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a fabulous dinner and sumptuous dessert bar unite with live entertainment, dancing, "Atlantic City" casino games and a ball drop
          Phone #: 702-8555
          Website: www.letmesail.org

•  Rep East Playhouse Presents New Year's Eve Masquerade Party: Carnivale di Venezia - Dance and be merry while welcoming 2010 with friends old and new.
          Time: 8:00 PM
          Phone #: 288-0000
          Website: www.repeastplayhouse.org

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