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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has a support group meeting every Tuesday at Vallejo Drive Adventist Church in Glendale every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. DBSA provides hope, help, and support through peer-based, recovery oriented empowering services, and resources when people need them and how they need to receive them.

For more information, call Wanda Sellers at (818) 352-4346, email or visit

Vallejo Drive Adventist Church, 300 Vallejo Dr., Room 106 in Glendale.

The Glendale Quilt Guild meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Glendale Central Library. Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served at the break. Meetings are free to members and $5 for visitors. For more information visit or phone Brandi at (818) 541-9983.

Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard, in Glendale

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will feature Muriel Horacek’s, “Earthwatch Expeditions” on Tuesday evening, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library (please enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting room and parking).

Horacek is a volunteer field representative of the Earthwatch Institute and has been an activist participant for a number of years. Finding solutions for a sustainable future is the purpose of this organization. Horacek’s experience is vast and interesting: camping out in a cave in China while monitoring the white-headed langur, saving the cheetahs in Namibia, observing migrating birds in Israel, Brazil and Alaska and the wild horses off the coast of Maryland.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.  Contact Wayne Fisher, program chairman at (818) 353-4181 for further information.

Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.

Flintridge Books is hosting three upcoming events.

On Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m., Rattle poetry features Lytton Bell, Ben McClendon and Loretta Obstfeld.

Sunday, Jan.13 at 3 p.m., Smoky Zeidel signs her book, “The Storyteller’s Bracelet,” a novel dealing with the mandatory Indian schools created by the U.S. government in the 1800s.  In addition to the provocative subject matter, this book is also available on Flintridge Bookstore’s Espresso Book Machine, which provides self-publishing and on demand book services in-house.  Zeidel’s title is one of several million available to print on demand – quality paperback books printed in about 15 minutes.

On Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., Moonday East poetry features Peter Ludwin.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.  For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

Pasadena Women’s Connection invites everyone to the Simply Scarves luncheon and program on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club.  Pat Longwell of Simply Scarves will show secrets of turning a scarf into something more than a piece of clothing draped around the neck.

Pamela Sheldon, mother and mentor, will explain how to “Fill Up the Vase With More than Just Stuff.”

Lunch tickets are $23. For reservations, call Darlene (818) 353-2212 or Carole (818) 790-1907.

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena.

Little Landers Historical Society presents the history of Knott’s Berry Farm on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

In 1920, there was a 20-acre farm owned by the Knott Family. With the success of the boysenberry, the family expanded the farm to include a tea room and then a restaurant serving tasty fried chicken dinners. It is so much more than the theme park people know today.

Urban anthropologist Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of the book “Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott’s Berry Farm,” is the guest speaker. Lynxwiler is also the host of “Neon Cruise” for the Museum of Neon Art, as well as a docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy.  He even worked behind the counter of the shooting gallery at Knott’s Berry Farm while in college.

Everyone is welcome. Free admission. Parking available up hill at the Elks Lodge.

Bolton Hall is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga at the corner of Commerce & Valmont avenues.

On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., the Glendale Public Library will be hosting a talk titled “Opera and the Silver Screen.” The talk will be given by Los Angeles Opera Speakers’ Bureau member Larry Verdugo. He will speak on the relationship between film and opera and show film excerpts from 1915 to the present.

Admission is free.

This talk is rescheduled from November 2012.

For further information, contact the Glendale Central Library at (818) 548-2027. Brand Library & Art Center is temporarily closed for renovation. Until the renovation is complete opera talks will be temporarily held at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale.

A free workshop is being held at the Glendale YMCA on Jan. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for local parents of college bound high school students.

The workshop will focus on little-known ways of getting money for college, no matter how much income is made, or the student’s grades. The class will include topics such as how to double or triple eligibility for free grant money, the secret to sending a child to a private or UC school for less than the cost of a junior college, and the single biggest mistake that nine out of 10 parents make when planning for college.

College Planning Experts, a Valencia-based company, has been helping Los Angeles County parents since 2004, making college affordable, one family at a time.

Seating is free but limited by the size of the room. To reserve a seat, call (661) 295-9946 or visit and click on the workshop tab.

Glendale YMCA, 140 N. Louise St., Glendale

Coffee Gallery in Altadena hosts a variety of events every week.

Tuesdays are “Comedy Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All comics get to do a five-minute set. Performers range from those performing for the first time to seasoned professionals. Hosted by Scott Berger.

Thursday is “Artisan Alley” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Artisan Alley includes two featured musical acts, two musical open mics (open to anyone in the community), the works of a featured artist in the back room (art changes every two weeks), and a live DJ. Hosted by The Definition.

Friday is “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Rotating hosts.

Saturday is “Potlikker Showcase” from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. that offers an eclectic mix of musical performers, poets, spoken word readings, Americana music and a live DJ. Hosted by DJ Beatgozon.

Finally, Sundays are “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Hosted by King.

For more information, call (626) 398.7917 or visit

Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena

AAUW Glendale hosts Dr. Jill Kiefer, a professor of art history in the Graduate Humanities program at Mt. Saint Mary’s, talking on fine arts and art history and  the rewarding experience of working in this field. Also featured will be a silent auction of homemade items and gift cards to benefit the AAUW program Tech Trek – summer camp for girls interested in science and technology.

The meeting is on Jan. 12 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive in

in Glendale. The AAUW brunch is $35 and begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call (818) 951-6104.

Beginning Feb. 1, residents can receive free income tax preparation under the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program provided through AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a tax-exempt charity of AARP.  Membership in AARP is not required.

Free income tax preparation can be obtained at La Crescenta County Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. (corner of La Crescenta Avenue) from Friday, Feb. 1 through Friday, April 12.  Enter from the upper level parking lot.

The hours are Wednesdays from
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Taxpayers will be helped on a “first-come-first-served” basis; no advanced reservations are available.

The ABWA Verdguo-Glen chapter presents the 2nd Annual The Heart of Business Expo on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be a special appearance by Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman with keynote speaker Dr. Yasmin Davidds. Dr. Davidds is an international best‐selling author, women empowerment specialist, television talk show host, radio personality and self‐help guru in both English and Spanish markets within theU.S. and Latin America.

The keynote topic is Take Back Your Power and will cover the power each has in their life and how to decide to use that power.

The presentation will recharge your batteries and give you the energy to move your business/life forward.

The cost is $35 before Feb. 1, $45 after and includes presentations, lunch, networking and shopping.

Limited seating, so participants are urged to reserve a space now.

The Heart of Business Expo is being held at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St. in Glendale.

Sketches and watercolors from 1900 – 1902 by Winifred Bathey, a La Crescenta homesteader who also pursued art, are on display at the Lanterman House until Feb. 28. The exhibition of this private collection also includes photographs from the Bathey family albums. Winifred, the eldest daughter, focused on architecture and landscape in her artwork, preserving a rare glimpse of the foothills and parts of Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th Century.

Almost lost from the Bathey estate, the artwork was fortuitously reunited with the homestead’s current owner when a Los Angeles book collector happened upon them at the bottom of several boxes of books. Sketches and watercolors have been framed by White’s Gallery to preserve them. The homestead remains in good condition on privately owned land.

For visitor information, contact the Lanterman House at

The community is invited to a well-paced journey to China. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Climb the Great Wall, take a boat cruise on the Grand Canal of Hangzhou, and visit Suzhou’s Silk factory. Set sail on the Yangtze River, enjoy the wonderful scene of deep and quiet gorges, and the magnificent peaks as if they were cut by axes and knives. Take a shore excursion to the Shennong Stream where you may see the ancient roads, coffins in precipice, and even some rare animals such as golden-haired monkeys.  We will also visit Xi’an’s most important archeological site, where thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors have been guarding the Emperor’s burial site for over 2,000 years.  Discover the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors once held sway over Shanghai.

Price is $3,195.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club. The dates for this event are April 20, 2013 to May 4, 2013 and the leaders are Andrea Lim and Salud Salinda in association with the Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group.

For more information, send email to – insert subject line of “China 2013” or call Salud at (310) 259-1208. Applications are first-come first-served.

A 50-year reunion is being planned by the members of the first class to graduate from Crescenta Valley High in 1963.

The “First and the Best” will celebrate June 22-23, 2013 at Angeles National Golf Club nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest just 15 minutes from Burbank Airport and numerous hotels.

Planning committee members are seeking addresses and email addresses of classmates to notify them of the event.  Former Falcons are asked to contact Denice “Pruden” Heatherington at or Gene Wilcott at

Plans include a Saturday night “Buffet of Memories: An Evening with Old Friends, Fine Food & Good Spirits,” and a Sunday brunch.

Area residents might remember when the “old” Clark Junior High campus was converted into a high school in the fall of 1960, and there was only a sophomore class. Those students were the first to graduate from the new high school, and they established the school mascot, school colors, school song (written by class faculty advisor Shirley Nute) and many other traditions.

Class president Tim MacDonald heads a committee composed of Heatherington, Wilcott, Miles Olin, Kathie “Schreck” Olin, Susie “Schunck” Gorman, Merry “Delbridge” Shelburne, Terry “Wudke” Baugh, Donna “Gamper” Didden, Gayle “Hasselschwert” Kemper, and class advisor Nute, with special thanks to the “Keepers of the List,” Dennis and Mary “MacArthur” LeBlanc.