Wednesday Meetings: Karaoke networking? What: Advertising Professionals of North Los Angeles County will gather for some after-work socializing, networking and, yes, karaoke. Come find out how successful it is. AdPros is the premier networking group for anyone involved in creating, buying or selling advertising. Call Gary Jacobs at (661) 713-1087 for more info. When: 7 p.m. Where: L.B. Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia Thursday Meetings: Moms mixer What: The moms mixer is provided for moms, by moms! Give yourself two hours to enjoy and relax, leaving all cares and stress at the door, and take in food and drink, and great conversation. Everyone is welcome and no one is turned away. Bring a friend if you like … or make new ones! If you have questions regarding motherhood or parenting, this is a great place to be, share, and support. For questions, call (661) 255-6044 or e-mail email@example.com When: 7-9 p.m. Where: 27003 Fairway Lane, Valencia General: Movies to Talk About What: Movies to Talk About will feature “Who Killed the Electric Car,” a documentary that chronicles the life and mysterious death of General Motors’ EV1 electric car (introduced in 1996 and scrapped six years later). Filmmaker Chris Paine will be on hand for after-movie discussion. The show is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of SCV; the event is free and open to the public. Participants can purchase dinner or snacks at Vincenzo’s if desired. Free soft drinks are provided. For more information, visit www.UUofSCV.org or call (661) 254-7866. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Vincenzo’s Pizza Esperienza, 24504 Lyons Ave, Newhall. Clubs: SCV Quilt Guild meets What: The SCV Quilt Guild will host a demonstration from Leora Raikin. The meeting will also include a show and share of members’ quilt works and refreshments. Walk-ins are welcome. The Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month. Annual dues are $25, $22 for participants ages 55 and older and $5 for guests. For information about the meetings or the group’s charity work, call membership chairwoman Adva Price at (661) 298-1385, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Guild’s Web site at www.scvquiltguild.org. When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Cyn Road, Saugus Charity: Something to walk about What: A fundraiser to kick off the 2007 MS Walk. Eat, laugh and maybe win a great prize! Twenty percent of all proceeds go back to fight multiple sclerosis. There will be raffles and a silent auction. Help support Susan Berenson and the Brighton Bunch. Sign up to sponsor/donate or walk with Susan’s team on April 22 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Vincenzo’s Pizza Esperienza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall Clubs: Investing in real estate clubs What: The club will meet for information on the topic “Short Sales.” Cost: $25, includes dinner. For information, call the club at (818) 232-3188, call El Torito at (661) 254-2994 or visit the club’s Web site at www.weeklyclubs.com. When: 6.30 p.m. Where: El Torito Restaurant, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia Friday Sports: Cheerleading sign-ups What: Young Champions, a nonprofit organization based in Orange County, offers youth cheerleading classes throughout Southern California. These classes are designed for students age 5-15. One of their cheerleading locations is in Valencia on Friday evenings. The spring session will run for 10 weeks, starting today. New students can register up to the fourth week. For class times and levels, contact Young Champions at (800)956-6956. When: 4:30-7:15 p.m. Where: Old Orchard Elementary School, 25141 N. Avenida Rondel, Valencia Saturday Clubs: Community Hiking Club What: Join Santa Clarita’s new Community Hiking Club, designed to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Today’s hike is at Pleasant View Ridge, from South Fork to the Devil’s Punchbowl. It is a moderate, one-way 6.7-mile hike. An Adventure Pass is required. Hikers will carpool and caravan to the trailhead. For information, call Frank Hoffman at the Nature Center at (661) 259-7721, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.californiawild.org/santaclarita/Hiking.html. When: 9:30 a.m. Where: Meet at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 W. Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall Classes: Cooking at Fahrenheit 451 What: This hands-on vegetarian cooking class will feature foods cooked at 451 degrees or lightly spiced. Registration is required. Call the Valencia Library at (661) 259-8942. This event is part of The Big Read, a nationwide reading initiative designed not only to revive literary reading and restore reading to the center of American culture, but to encourage reading for pleasure and bring communities together to read and discuss one book. When: 2-4:30 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tuesday Clubs: Guild fashion show luncheon What: Community members are invited to attend the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Home Tour League’s annual membership luncheon and fashion show and learn more about the all-volunteer hospital support group. For more information, contact the foundation at (661) 253-8082. When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Private residence. Call (661) 253-8082 for additional information. Classes: Basic gardening in the SCV What: This class will concentrate on growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Guest speakers will include local gardeners with tips on growing some of their favorite fruits and vegetables. Growing herbs, berries and grapes will also be covered. Class fee: $28. For further information, call (661) 252-8852 or visit www.goldenoakadultschool.com. When: 7-9:30 p.m. Where: Golden Oak Adult School, Dalbey Drive and Newhall Avenue, Newhall
As many as 134 youth from Jammu and Kashmir were today inducted into the Army at a passing-out parade following completion of their rigorous training over the past one year.“The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) Regimental Centre showcased its latest batch of 134 passing out recruits from the state of Jammu and Kashmir on having completed one year of strenuous training,” a defence spokesman said.The glittering passing—out parade was held at the Bana Singh Parade ground of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre at Rangreth The parade was reviewed by Maj Gen D V S RANA, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Madhya Bharat Area, he said.Parents and relatives of the young soldiers along with a number of civil and military dignitaries attended the event.Major General Rana congratulated the soldiers for their immaculate parade and impressed upon the selfless service towards the nation, the spokesman said.He said more youth from the state should come forward and join the security forces, while highlighting the vital role played by parents in motivating their wards to join the noble profession.The young soldiers who distinguished themselves in varied facets of training were also felicitated on the occasion by Maj General Rana.Ajay Singh Jamwal of Udhampur district received the ’Sher—e—Kashmir Sword of Honour’ and ‘Triveni Singh Medal’ for being the Over all Best Recruit, while Tawseef Ahmad of Anantnag district bagged the ‘Chewang Rinchen Medal’ for being the Best in Firing, the spokesman said.As a mark of respect, gratitude and recognition of contribution made by the parents of the young soldiers, they were presented with the ‘Gaurav Padaks’ instituted by the Army.
The Chhattisgarh police on Sunday claimed that heavy damage was inflicted on Maoists during the 48-hour-long Operation Prahar in the State’s Bastar region.Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General of Police, Bastar, said, “For the first time we conducted an operation in the Maoists’ core area in Sukma. For 48 hours our forces were in the area and inflicted heavy damage. There is a possibility that a minimum of 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in the operation. This is a big morale booster for our forces.”According to sources, Hidma, a Maoist leader and chief of the Maoists’ military battalion in south Sukma, suffered injuries during the operation. Mr. Sinha said, “Many senior Maoist leaders suffered injuries. That we stayed in the area for two days is a big achievement. We recovered a huge cache of explosives and other material.” Mr. Sinha said one of the five Special Task Force jawans injured during the operation succumbed to injuries on Saturday night. However, the Maoists denied the police’s claim that 15 to 20 Maoists had been killed in the operation. In an audio clip, the CPI (Maoist) said, “The police are misleading people about the death of 20 Maoists. Thousands of policemen attacked the villages in Tondamarka on Friday and many villagers died in the attack. Many elderly persons and women were beaten up by the police and forcibly taken away. Our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA] retaliated and managed to kill a large number of policemen. But the policemen are not revealing heavy casualties on their side. Only Lakkhu, a PLGA member, was killed in the counter-attack and the policemen took away his body.” The IGP said villagers reported seeing nine bodies in a village in south Sukma on Saturday.