Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events & News

Lunafest Oct 6, 2022

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley celebrates Women in Film with LUNAFEST® 2022 screening on October 6,  2022 at Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall.  Eight ingenious films will  present themes of race, identity, loneliness, artistic bravery, an immigrant’s journey, entrepreneurial innovation, family ties and the kindness of strangers.  These films are created by women and are about women.

Each artist beautifully depicts important aspects of modern life at a time when we’re all a little fragile- but eager to treat ourselves to the healing power of art.  The goal is to provide a snapshot of life in the 2020s  - to make us laugh or make us think – or both!   It is a time we will someday look back on as transformative.

The eight short films include “How to Be at Home” -  an animated poem about coping with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic; “Close Ties to Home Country” -  an immigrant dog walker finds connection in the heart of the wealthy pets she cares for;  “Generation Impact: The Coder” – a 13 year-old girl designs and builds a mobile app to help kids stay connected to their incarcerated parent by sending photos and letters;  “Proof of Loss” – when a fire takes their home, a father and daughter must find a way to salvage what remains: each other! “When You Clean a Stranger’s Home” – a first-generation high school student describes what she and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes;  ”Between the Lines: Liz at Large” – Frustrated with the lack of character diversity in The New Yorker’s cartoons, an artist submits her own illustrations, becoming the first Black woman cartoonist in the magazine’s near-century run;  “Wearable Tracy” – A Bronx woman’s accidental social experience connects her with fellow New Yorkers who might otherwise forever remain strangers;  and “To The Future, With Love” – An animated self-portrait of a nonbinary trans teen caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever with  his long-distance boyfriend. Films are appropriate for ages 13+.

LUNAFEST®, established in 2000 by LUNA, makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, connects women, their stories and causes through film.   A portion of the proceeds from these films help support Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. The remaining proceeds are used to support Zonta Club’s community service programs and projects.

Join us on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street, Newhall and enjoy these films.  A reception begins at 6:30 pm. The Lunafest films begin at 7:00.

Tickets are $40 each at www.scvzonta.org/Lunafest

For more information, contact lunafest@scvzonta.org

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Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley improves the lives of women and girls in our community and worldwide through our service projects, advocacy, education and awareness campaigns.  We empower women of all ages to believe in themselves, build a hopeful future, and be the most authentic and powerful version of themselves they can be.

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Zonta Club Meetings

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley welcomes people that are interested in furthering our mission of empowering women through service and advocacy. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We are currently holding our meetings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining us, please use the link below.

Zonta Club holds September in-person meeting

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley held their monthly business meeting at the Double Trouble wine Room on September 14, 2022.  This was the Club’s first business meeting in person since early 2020 and was well attended with about thirty-five in person and virtual attendees.  The Club meeting, presided over by President Nicole Miller, hosted Past Zonta International President (PIP) Dr. Sharon Langenbeck, District 9 Governor Debbie Angwood, District 9 Lieutenant Governor Gloria Salas, and Area 3 Director Beth Heiserman in Zonta spirit for the evening.  The local Jersey Mike’s provided tasty turkey and veggie sandwiches for the attendees.  Many wine varietals from The Hoi Polloi Winery and Pagter Brothers Winery flowed during the evening, helping to create a light and lively atmosphere.  Club President Nicole Miller exclaimed that “it’s exciting to come together in person again” and thanked all participants for “taking the time to come together in fellowship and friendship.”

The excitement of the meeting continued during the installation of three new members into the Club.  Jessica Boyer, Linda Davies, and Dr. Carolyn Hoffman.  President Nicole Miller and Membership Committee Chair Lois Bauccio led the installation ceremony, and the Club had the honor of PIP Sharon presenting each new member with their Zonta pins.  The Club is thrilled to welcome each of these amazing women and looks forward to working together to build a better world for women and girls.

After the Club business was conducted, September birthdays were celebrated, and upcoming events were announced, the evening concluded with additional social time during the clean-up.  All expressed their gratitude for the wonderful evening of friendship, and expressed their excitement for our next Zonta get together.

Past Zonta International President Dr. Sharon Langenbeck shares her visit to Peru

Past Zonta International President, Dr. Sharon Langenbeck presented pictures and shared stories about her site visit to the rural regions of Peru supported by the Zonta International service project in partnership with UNICEF USA. Zonta International notes about the “Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru” project that:

“Adolescents, especially girls, must have opportunities to empower themselves so they can speak up for their rights and develop the self-confidence and autonomy needed to take control of their lives and bodies. Significant inequities based on gender, age, geographic location, ethnicity and income persist for many Peruvian adolescents.”

 UNICEF is therefore supporting the development of protective and healthy environments for adolescents— particularly Indigenous adolescent females living in a rural area—including at schools. PIP Sharon shared parts of her conversations with the adolescent girls, noting that the impact made for these girls is so important and desired that they seek out these gender-sensitive and safe services on a regular basis.  When traveling to the remote regions, PIP Sharon their determination to visit the girls through her story of their vehicle getting stuck in the mud of the Amazon, and walking several miles to their destination.

PIP Sharon’s presentation, and the positive impact being made in these rural areas of Peru will not soon be forgotten by those lucky enough to hear it.

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