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October, 2009 - Issue #60
Saturday > September 19
Bridgeport Marketplace & Bristol Farms Host Oktoberfest in the SCV

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., "everyone's German" as families and friends nosh on authentic foods and beers, test their (log-sawing!) abilities and show off their best version of the Chicken Dance accompanied by a real Oom-Pa-Pa band (playing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Admission is free. Bristol Farms is located at 23975 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia at the corner of McBean and Newhall Ranch Road;
284-5970

October Family Calendar
Saturday > 3
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC Presents "The Crayon Court"
As part of the "Almost Free Family Series," journey to the land of the Crayon Court, a whimsical, interactive and colorful playground praised by critics and children alike. With trumpets blaring, these life-sized crayons take the audience on a vivid ride with surprises around every corner - from a dip to the bottom of the sea to a visit from a dinosaur rock band! Created and directed by two-time Emmy-nominated puppeteer Thom Fountain; www.canyonspac.com

Thursday > 8
LETMESAIL Presents "An Evening of Inspiration"

Take heart through inspiring stories of individuals who have overcome disabilities to achieve greatness. Featuring former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born with only one hand.
www.canyonspac.com

Sunday > 11
Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a beautiful day at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. Meet over 70 vendors of pet-related supplies and services, eat people food, play in the "kidz zone," watch fun demonstrations, meet an animal photographer and a pet psychic, take advantage of the low-cost vaccine clinic - and of course - cross "paws" with lots of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from all six LA County Animal Shelters that are available for adoption and in search of their forever homes! Admission is free; 297-5961
www.bowwowsandmeows.org

Sunday > 11
Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes

Beginning at 8 a.m., enjoy a stroll through the beautiful river trails of Valencia and convenient water stops along the route. As walkers arrive at the finish line, they are greeted with a hero's welcome followed by live entertainment, product sampling and other fun activities; main.diabetes.org/stepoutvalencia

Saturday, October 24
Make A Difference Day 2009

Starting at 8 a.m., HandsOn Santa Clarita, in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, hosts the most encompassing national day of helping others - a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone is invited to participate; www.volunteerinscv.org

Girls' Night Out
Thursday, September 24
Candleman Hosts The Fall Scents Event

You are invited to relax and enjoy a night of friendship and design. From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. meet Cori Cibulskis of Aquiesse, learn fall decorating tips with candles and scents, enjoy hors d' oeuvres and wine, drawings and more. RSVP for special savings; 257-9420

Wednesday, October 14
Stitch Cafe Offers Tunisian Crochet Instruction

Considered by many to be a cross between knitting and crochet, the distinctive fabric created by this technique looks almost woven! Instructor Marcy Feldman makes it so easy and fun... you'll pick it up in no time. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; 818-980-1234

Thursday, October 22
Goddess Fun & Charity Night to Benefit Domestic Violence Center of SCV

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. sip "Martinis for the Cause," check out fun vendors and free experiences (stress management, skin analysis and more) and be pampered with mini services at Balance Point Spa. Sponsored by the Zonta Club of the SCV; 252-0650

Things that'll make You Go "Boo!"
Halloween is on Saturday, October 31
A Haunted Jail House
On Sunday, October 25, the SCV Sheriff Station will again host the Annual Haunted Jailhouse. The local Boys & Girls Club will decorate the station jail and provide a safe, fun and adventurous outing for families. Costume judging and game booths are just part of the boo-tacular event;
www.scvsherriff.com

Run on Popular Costumes can be Scary
According to Reena Newhall, owner of A Chorus Line (253-0300), Halloween 2009's top costume picks are inspired, in part, by Hollywood blockbusters. Kids are clamoring for Star Wars costumes, Disney princess wear and G.I. Joe garb (characters like Duke and Snake Eyes will be popular!). There's certainly going to be a rush on Michael Jackson gloves for the older gent set. As for the ladies, a flirty take on storybook characters (think Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Ridinghood, Snow White...) is expected. Sharon Dallas of Naughty but Nice (222-2359) has already seen a run on risque versions of costumes like fire girls, harem girls and cops and robbers. As the season progresses she expects a big "draw" for vampires, too.

ABC Baby Furniture Announces Winner of Cutest Nursery Contest
Sherri Massey-Rozow of Canyon Country - and her 4-month-old son Ethan - impressed the judges with a warm nursery environment any baby would love. Congratulations!
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