The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next monthly meeting on Wednesday morning, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. The location is Descanso Gardens (Maple Room). Guests are always welcome to attend meetings.

For more information, telephone our club president Luis at (323) 236-0104.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

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The Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles present its Winter Chamber Music Concert Series of four concerts in Dabney Lounge.

The schedule is Friday, Jan. 24, Saturday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Veteran chamber music students and outstanding freshmen will present piano duos by Rachmaninoff, Milhaud, and Lutoslawski; trios by Handel, Quantz, Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Weber, Klengel, Debussy, Koechlin, Rota (of “The Godfather” film score fame), Piazzola, and Ewasen; and quartets by Telemann, Haydn, Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn, Rossini, Grieg, Borodin, and Tschaikovsky.

Every concert is different. Specific programs will be posted at one week prior to each concert.

All concerts will take place in Dabney Lounge. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Los Angeles Master Chorale is celebrating its 50th season anniversary weekend on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. featuring two performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass. Grant Gershon will be conducting at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Concert tickets range from $29 to $129; student rush seats available at box office two hours before the performance.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

The January meeting of the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will feature speaker Peter Dreier addressing, “Is a New Progressive Movement Around the Corner?” on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Ellen and Anthony Portantino in La Cañada.

Dreier is an urban policy analyst, author, and professor of politics at Occidental College. His most recent book is “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (2012).” He also co-authored, “Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California (2004).” Dreier wrote a definitive piece, “The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013,” in the Huffington Post this month.

Also speaking at the meeting will be Patrick Gomez who is entering the race for L.A. County Sheriff, and Ellen Portantino, sharing her award for increasing PTA membership.

Club business will be handled by president Jerry Reynolds. More information can be found at

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga invite the public to its first Monthly Reading Series of the New Year on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Bolton Hall Museum. The guest poet is Maria Elena B. Mahler, the editor of “Woman in Metaphor,” a collection of poems by 27 award-winning poets who are from various countries. These poets share their vision of the feminine spirit, inspired by the paintings of Stephen Linsteadt.

All are invited to this event. Poets are welcome to bring their own poetry and sign-up for the open reading. Light refreshments will be served; a $3 donation is appreciated.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga

Glendale Latino Association will be holding its January mixer on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Massage Envy located at 333 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Contributions benefit the GLA annual scholarship fund for GUSD and GCC students.

Join us for an evening of networking and fun!

The Republican Club of the Foothills hosts motivational speaker and author Loren Sprivack at its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the La Cañada Thursday Club. Sprivack conducts “economic literacy” seminars across the United States. All are invited to “fast track” their economic literacy and discover what most citizens and politicians alike don’t know about free market economics.

Doors open 6 p.m.; dinner by Joselito’s is at 7 p.m. The cost for members is $20 per-person; $25 for non-members; $10 for students.

There will be a guest appearance by Miss Tujunga and 2014 Junior Miss California contestant Gissele Tohom.

RSVP to Joanie at (818) 790-0014 or Mary at (818) 952-7040. Reservation and payment – make checks payable to Republican Club of the Foothills and mail to P.O. Box 8314, La Crescenta, CA 91224.

La Cañada Thursday Club is located at 4440 Woodleigh Lane in La Cañada.

Screenwriter Greg Beal and blogger and author Therese Lo are the guest speakers of the Feb. 1 meeting of the Alameda Writers Group.

Beal has administrated the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting since 1989 and oversees an international screenwriting competition that mentors and identifies emerging talent. He’s taught film and screenwriting at Syracuse University, written several screenplays on assignment, and written and directed several short films.

Lo, Los Angeles blogger and author of “Hell’s Game” and “The Red Lantern’s Scandal” and a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, will share her insights on the subject self-publishing. No longer just Vanity Press, self-publishing has morphed into an exciting new industry that allows writers new opportunities to get work out there.

This session is open to the general public. Free coffee and donuts served.

The meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon (new membership/renewal registrations 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) at the Glendale Central Library, 2nd floor auditorium, 222 E. Harvard, Glendale.

AWG members and guests receive three hours free parking across Harvard at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the first floor library check-out desk.

The Caltech Jazz Bands, directed by Barb Catlin, will present their annual guest artist concert featuring Grammy nominated trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and jazz trombonist extraordinaire Andy Martin on Feb.1 at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Admission fees are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for general admission. Parking is free near the auditorium. Early arrival is recommended, as a full house is expected. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Bergeron and Martin are both Yamaha performing artists and enjoy their work as clinicians and guest artists both nationally and internationally. The Caltech music department is excited to bring these well-respected and entertaining musicians to our program.

For further information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652 Monday through Friday between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., or visit the band’s website at

On Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Woman’s Club, the American Sewing Guild, Los Angeles is hosting a sew-in and microwave dying workshop.

Participants of the sew-in will spend the day finishing UFOs, meet new sewers and get some help or ideas.

The microwave dying is taught by award winning fiber artist Audrey Durnan.

Dye the provided silk in the morning and sew or serge it up in the afternoon.

For more information, class cost and purchasing, visit

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club, 4004 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group presents Muriel Horacek’s, “Sex and Mischief at the Los Angeles Zoo” on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library. Enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting place and parking.

Horacek is a volunteer field rep with the Earthwatch Institute, a world traveler and a docent at the Los Angeles County Zoo. She will show slides and tell how zoos’ conserve species, those similar to a matchmaking service, and including the difficulties within the process.

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

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta

Glendale Healthy Kids is hosting a Valentine’s Day (Friday, Feb. 14) fundraising event at Pirch in the Glendale Galleria.

Bring friends, family or that special date and support a great cause while enjoying the opportunity to mingle, drink champagne, eat delicious food and listen to wonderful music!

Details to follow or call Glendale Healthy Kids at (818) 548-7931 or email

Little Landers Historical Society announces the installation of a new temporary Bolton Hall exhibit. Until April 2014, Time Exposure will display an extensive collection of vintage cameras and projection equipment. Visit Bolton Hall to see how photo memories were recorded in the olden days.

Bolton Hall is open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and entrance is free. Special group tours may also be arranged.

Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society at (818) 352-3420, or email

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

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 bookstore of the Friends of the Sunland-Tujunga branch of the library, which is located inside the library, is filled with used books on almost every subject. There are books on psychology, religion, self-help, cooking, classics and many more subjects. It is open during library hours (except evenings). Prices range from 10 cents to a few dollars. All books are donated.

All monies collected from the sale of these books support the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library in purchasing new books, DVDs and equipment. The Friends also support programs for children and young adults as well as adults. It is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax deductible. Arrangements can be made to pick-up large donations. Call the library at (818) 352-4481 to schedule a pick-up.

Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga

T.O.P.S. – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – is a self-accountability group meeting held every Monday. Weigh in is from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

An hour meeting follows in the education building of Center for Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore (at Santa Carlotta). For more information, call and leave a message for T.O.P.S. at (818) 957-8442.

A meeting is also held in Sunland on Thursdays. Weigh-in is at 6:30 p.m.; meeting at 7 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 10438 Oro Vista St., Sunland. Contact Jeanie Druebert at (818) 353-5015.

Glendale One Toastmasters meets from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Shakers Restaurant in Glendale. Toastmasters is a non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs since 1924.

For more information, call (818) 314-4964.

Shakers Restaurant, 801 N. Central, Glendale

The Diabetes Care Center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center invites the community to a free diabetes community education class held every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital (Committee Room A).

Participants will learn more about living with diabetes – care and treatment, healthy eating strategies – the importance of blood glucose monitoring and AIC and tools for healthy life style to reduce the risk of complications.

For more information or to RSVP, call (818) 409-8100.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center (Committee Room A – Ground Floor), 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, in partnership with the La Leche League, is hosting a monthly infant lactation and development support group to help support new mothers. This monthly group meets on the third Friday of each month from noon-1 p.m.  This group is free and open to the community and will answer all breastfeeding related questions that new mothers may have.

The Y is also offering a Mindful Parenting Course designed to help parents connect to their children and raise them to thrive. This course is adapted from the work of Dan Siegal, M.D and will focus on reducing daily stress while connecting with your child. The classes meet weekly on Tuesdays. The course is open to all and there is a fee to attend.

For more information, contact the Y at (818) 790-0123.

The Y is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada