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The Sets in Step Square Dance Club is sponsoring a new beginner’s class for beginners or those who want to refresh their dancing. Classes are on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. The cost is $6 each week. Refreshments are provided.

This is a fun way to get some exercise and make some new friends. All are welcome, singles and couples. The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is located at 4469 Chevy Chase, La Cañada. For more information, call Betty at (818) 790-6175.

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CV Alliance Teen Trials & Tribulations begins today, Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the CV High School library with a free presentation for parents and students on teen anxiety and depression led by Lisa Vartanian, PhD/MFT.

Parent Sessions meet Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. also in the library. The next session is on Jan. 27 and the topic is “Rehab & Relapse” with Ben Salazar, chair, GCC Alcohol/Drug Studies Program. His presentation coincides with National Drug Facts Awareness Week.

During the month of February, parent sessions are led by Arsineh Ararat, LMFT, GUSD Healthy Start. These sessions are free and for adults only.

These programs are open to the public. For information, email

CV High School, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta.

The Brand Associates’ Reel Art Series presents a public screening of “Shield and Spear,” a film by Petter Ringbom, today, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale.

“Shield and Spear” explores the areas where art and politics intersect in South Africa and documents what it’s like to live and work as an artist in a new democracy. It explores a constellation of stories about art, music, identity, race, and freedom of expression in South Africa, 20 years into democracy.

Alysa Nahmias, one of the film’s producers, will moderate a discussion following the film.

Admission is free and open to the public. An accessible entrance and parking is located on the east side of the building. For more information, contact Caley Cannon, Arts Librarian, (818) 548-2010,

Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is hosting a booksigning tonight, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Guy Blews will be signing copies of his book, “How Angels Die: A Confession/A Heartbreaking Tale of Unconditional Love.” He will be joined by Randall Batinkoff, director of the movie “37: A Final Promise,” which was based on the book. Both Blews and Batinkoff are actors. The book deals with assisted suicide, specifically that of Blews’ wife who suffered from multiple sclerosis.

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.

On Friday, Jan. 23, McGroarty Arts Center presents its 4th Friday Concert Series for January, Ukulele Cabaret, featuring the Honolulu Avenue Strummers with special guests Brett Santucci and Just Pick Something. Kick back and start your weekend off right at the coolest house concert in town!

Ukulele Cabaret will explore the versatility of this charming instrument and challenge preconceptions. The Honolulu Avenue Strummers are a Montrose-based ukulele ensemble and have appeared in the Montrose Christmas Parade as well as in La Cañada’s Fiesta Days. They will be joined by the versatile duo Just Pick Something, and soloist Brett Santucci.

A cover charge of $7 and bar proceeds benefit the Center. Complimentary snacks and a cash beer and wine bar. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m.

McGroarty Arts Center is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga.

The Brand Associates and Brand Library book, music, and art sale continues through Saturday, Jan. 24 during the library’s open hours. The sale will take place at Brand Library & Art Center in the Skylight Gallery. Admission is free and complimentary parking is available in Brand Park adjacent to the library.

The sale will feature an extensive collection of arts-related books, CDs, vinyl records, periodicals, posters, graphics, and original art pieces and selected original serigraphs from the Brand Associates’ Robert Brown Collection. Brown was a renowned Glendale-based printmaker, glass artist and ceramicist. Sales are by cash, check (with ID) or credit card. Checks will be payable to Brand Associates. Hours are Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.

The Neil Deal, a tribute band dedicated to the music of Neil Young & Crosby Stills Nash & Young, will be performing at Ocean View Restaurant, 3826 Ocean View Blvd., for one night only on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Good food, great music. No cover charge.

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga is delighted that Teresa Mei Chuc and Ross Canton will be featured at the next Monthly Reading series slated for Sunday, Jan. 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. Poets are welcome to sign up for the open reading upon arrival.

Light refreshments will be served; a $3 donation is appreciated.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga.

The Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club begins 2015 with a talk by anthropologist Claudia Strauss on “American Politics Beyond the Liberal-Conservative Divide.” The meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Celina Lew and Ed Castro in La Cañada.

Dr. Strauss is a professor of anthropology at Pitzer College in Claremont and author of “Making Sense of Public Opinion: American Discourses about Immigration and Social Programs (2012).”

New club president Chuck Guinta will present club business, including seeking an associate to represent the club at L.A. County Democratic Party meetings and ratification of new board members. New officers for 2015 along with Guinta are vice president Greta Pruitt, secretary Jane Chetron and controller Bud Slotky.

For more information, go to

Caltech Performing and Visual Arts presents their winter chamber music series with Caltech students performing duos by Saint-Saëns and Milhaud, trios by Telemann, Beethoven, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff, quartets by Dvorak, Strauss, and Grieg, and quintets by Boccherini, Dvorak and Holst and more.

Concert dates are Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. and the “Big Game” alternative concert on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m.

All concerts take place in Dabney Lounge with free admission. Complete concert information will be posted on one week prior to each concert.

For further information, please call (626) 395-3295.

The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next club meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Birch Room). The program will be presented by guest speaker Don Delano and the program he will be giving is on fertilizers.

Guests are always welcome to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to win the door prize, and participate in the silent auction and raffle table. Refreshments are served and friendships are made.

For more information, contact club president at or visit

Descanso Gardens (Birch Room), 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Membership is free. Knitters, crocheters, and those who wish to learn are welcome. For more information, visit or email

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet and conversation. For more information, visit or email

The Pacific Camellia Society kicks off a new season of meetings at Descanso Gardens with popular former Descanso Gardens Executive Director Richard Schulhof as the featured speaker. The meeting will be on Thursday evening, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. There is no admission charge.

Schulhof will present a slide show about his search for wild camellias in China and Vietnam. Among other things, he is the former deputy director of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, and is currently the CEO of the L.A. County Arboretum.

Dr. Bradford King, editor of the American Camellia Society Journal and president of the Southern California Camellia Society, will speak at all of the society’s 2015 meetings. At this meeting, Dr. King, a retired USC psychologist, will pass along some of his wisdom about solving camellia problems in an easy-to-understand Power Point presentation.

For more information, email

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

Beginning Feb. 4 and continuing through April 10, residents can receive free income tax preparation under the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program administered by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a tax-exempt charity of AARP. Membership in AARP is not required.

Free income tax preparation will be provided on Wednesdays and Fridays at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. (corner of La Crescenta Avenue). Enter from the upper level parking lot.

The hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Taxpayers will be helped on a “first-come-first-served” basis; advance reservations are not available.

For details, visit or BETWEEN FRIENDS.

The Foothill Auxiliary of Ahead With Horses (AWH) will present its Annual Valentine Luncheon and Chinese Auction on Friday, Feb. 6, at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Last year’s event was a huge success with over $12,000 given to AWH to benefit children.

The mission of AWH is to “maximize the potential of disabled/disadvantaged/ special needs children by providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences, with measurable improvements physically, mentally, socially and emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives.”

For more information, call (818) 790-1947.

The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on Sunday, Feb. 8 featuring Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Musicologist Julius Reder Carlson will introduce each performance. There will be an informal Q&A with the artists following the performance and a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Patina with French champagne served.

Tickets are $39 for students, and $75 for adults (includes dinner and drinks).

The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles.

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will provide a program of information for the public about the high speed rail controversy by presenter Dave DePinto on Tuesday Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.

DePinto is a board member of the Shadow Hills Property Owners Association. He will speak to the public regarding this highly-charged issue. Explanations and proposed routes for this project have generated public outcry and will be addressed by DePinto. Please plan to attend this important meeting. Everyone is welcome.

For further information, contact program chair Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta.

Little Landers Historical Society announces the next in its series of monthly programs of historical interest. “Over a Hundred Years of Hats” will take place at Bolton Hall on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

For centuries, hats have symbolized wealth, status, nationality, occupation and religion. Hats are artistic creations and milliners though the ages have been influenced by everything in their socio-economic environment.

Speaker Pamela Heiman is a historian, librarian and collector of vintage hats.  She will guide the audience through 100 years of hats using examples from her own collection to display changes in hat design and use.

This program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

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

“America’s Got Talent” is holding open auditions in Los Angeles on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. The program is looking for exciting and entertaining acts of all ages and group sizes for season 10! Auditions will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St. To register, visit

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting its annual Author’s Lunch on Feb. 28. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the LCWC clubhouse and promises to be full of fun and information. There will be a delicious lunch, a silent auction and door prizes. The tickets are $40 per person.

The main event will be to meet and chat with three authors – Shari Shattuck, Darlene Quinn and Sheila Lowe – who reside in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas. For those who purchase seven tickets there will be the chance to have one of the authors seated at their table. There are only three spots available. Contact Carol for information or reservations at (818) 790-3079.

The clubhouse is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization that helps the local community through scholarships and monetary donations. To be a part of this group, contact Dawna at (818) 957-6939 for information.

The Towne Singers is a non-audition choir that is in particular need of male voices, but all are welcome to join this family of musicians. Rehearsals for the upcoming spring concert “Broadway Bash” on May 17 are held Mondays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Glendale.

Please contact Membership Coordinator Merrily Hake via email at with questions and for new member orientation information.

The Towne Singers is an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

First Congregational Church of Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.

Little Landers Historical Society is hosting a new temporary exhibit at Bolton Hall Museum. “Millinery Delights” is a fun and colorful exhibit featuring a variety of head coverings and fashion accessories from the first half of the 20th century and more.

Millinery Delights will be available for viewing at Bolton Hall through April 2015.

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

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

The Foothills Professional Group meets every Wednesday morning from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Leon Lounge and Café. The group provides a structured and supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment in which participants develop personal relationships with many other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you may have the opportunity to substantially increase your business.

The cost is $15, which includes breakfast.

Leon Lounge and Café is located at 2519 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.

The Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills is hosting free workshops for children on how to make good choices in life. It gives a clear-cut guide to making good choices and finding the way to happiness. The booklet “How to Make Good Choices,” based on the book “The Way to Happiness,” will be used.

This workshop is for children 6 to 11 years old. It is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks served.

Call to reserve seat (818) 957-1500.

Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave., Montrose.

Beginners square dance classes are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. followed by the intermediate class at 8:30 p.m. Winter classes meet on the first, third, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of the month through July at the Sunland-Tujunga municipal building.

Bloomin’s advanced class is still in progress and continues on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. until mid February when the new advanced class will begin. Only $6 a class.

Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building is located at 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. For more info, call (818) 945-1189.

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 supports 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 lactation and infant 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.

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