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The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA continues a four-week memory training course at Light on the Corner Church in Montrose. The purpose is to teach memory training strategies in an effort to improve memory in older adults with normal, age-related memory challenges. The group course is not intended for people with dementia.

The program is offered weekly on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $50 and registration is open at the membership office at the Y.

Light on the Corner Church, 1911 Waltonia Dr., Montrose

Longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, Mary K DeLurgio, MFT, will be signing her two new books, “Understanding Spiritual Evolution” and its companion workbook, “Keeping A Spiritual Journal.”

The booksigning event will take pace Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffee Shop, 1010 Foothill Boulevard. All are welcome and questions are encouraged.

The Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge is hosting an evening of Scandinavian music and food at Lutheran Church of the Foothills on Saturday, Jan. 26. Social is at 6 p.m., potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Questions can be directed to P. Hamilton at (818) 247-9042.

Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

The community is invited to a free John Pisano and Barry Zweig live concert plus a screening of the festival-nominated documentary, “Jazzography in Black & White” on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium.

Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale

The January Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club meeting is Sunday, Jan. 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Anthony and Ellen Portantino in La Cañada. Guest speaker is Professor Susan McWilliams who will be speaking on the 2012 election.

The home of Anthony and Ellen Portantino is located at 4612 La Cañada Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge.

LCPC Ovations Arts Series 2012-2013 presents Los Angeles Horn Trio: 200 Years of Music for Horn, Violin & Piano with Steven Durnin of Tujunga, Jacqueline Suzuki from South Pasadena and Susan Svrcek of La Crescenta on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

Admission at door is $15; $10 with student ID.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga invite the public to its first Monthly Poetry Reading Series of the New Year on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. The featured poet is Elsa S. Frausto.

Bring your own poetry to read. There will be light refreshments. Admission is free!

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga:

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Belmont Village Network Soiree Series presents “Comfort Care and Compassion- A Reflection of Love” featuring

G. Jay Westbrook,  M.S., R.N., clinical director of Compassionate Journey, on Monday, Jan. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Westbrook, a nationally recognized clinician and lecturer, will share his expertise on issues surrounding end-of-life including pain management, grief, quality of life and spiritual counseling.

Join us for a heart-warming transformative presentation on the aspects of suffering and forgiveness, and on using suffering as a vehicle to awaken compassion.

Reception and cocktails from 5:30 p.m. to  6:15 p.m. with presentation following reception.

Meet the Beer Chicks: beer experts, consultants and authors of “The Naked Brewer: Fearless Homebrewing, Tips, Tricks & Rule-breaking Recipes” and “The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer.” The Beer Chicks are Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, and they are at the center of the booming craft beer revolution! “The Naked Pint” is a top seller on Amazon, and has schooled craft beer neophytes and beer lovers alike. Their second book, “The Naked Brewer,” offers beer lovers a guide to home brewing, complete with seasonal recipes and rule-breaking brewing tips. Christina and Hallie are widely regarded as the top female beer specialists in the country.

They will be at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

Glendale Central Library Auditorium,
222 E. Harvard St. in

Glendale Beautiful holds its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Joe Bridges Clubhouse in Glenoaks Park in Glendale.  Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian will speak at 12:30 p.m. about his recent trip to Africa.

Lunch ($18 per person) is served at noon, catered by Damons.  For reservations, call (818) 242-3689.

Glenoaks Park is located at 2531 E. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale.

The deadline for entries for the McGroarty Arts Center 2013 Art Exhibition and Fair is Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. Applications are available for download on the McGroarty Arts Center website, The fair, which takes place on March 23, invites visual artists to exhibit and sell their work in a juried exhibition process and at booths in the outdoor art fair.

The art exhibition, titled “Bite Me,” will open on Saturday, March 9 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be available for viewing starting Monday, March 11 until Saturday, March 23. The McGroarty Arts Center is closed on Sundays. The art fair is only on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (818) 352-5285

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga

Artist Peterfield Turpin has 35 watercolor paintings on display at Penelope’s Cafe – Books – Gallery in La Cañada Flintridge through February.

Turpin attended Dublin School, Choate School and Rhode Island School of Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in illustration. An accomplished commercial artist on both the east and west coasts, Turpin belongs to the Verdugo Hills Art Association, Businessmen’s Art Institute and the Glendale Art Association.

Penelope’s Cafe – Books – Gallery, 1039 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

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

Physicians from Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) will share the latest findings on women’s health at “Live & Learn,” a Women’s Health Event on Thursday, Jan. 31. This is a free program tailored just for women.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club (L.A. Club House) in Eagle Rock, 5105 Hermosa Ave., Los Angeles.

The event will feature three 30-minute presentations covering new medical treatments and important health issues facing women, including cervical cancer warnings, skin analysis and uterine fibroid embolization. Speakers will be available for discussion at the conclusion of the seminar.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Seating is limited. To register, call (818) 409-8100.

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 except for April 5.  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 La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting Antiques & Collectibles Event featuring Jackie Fimbres of Crown City Antiques in Montrose on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LCWC clubhouse.  Fimbres will appraise “treasures” brought by the public. There will be a charge of $5 for each item appraised with a five-item limit. This event is open to the public and anyone may rent a table for $50 to display and sell their own collectables. Vendors are not required to pay any commission or percentage fee on sold items.  Only items that are categorized as antiques or collectables will be permitted for sale by vendors.

Those hungry or thirsty will have free coffee and tea available. hot dogs, chips and a soda can be purchased for $4.50.

To reserve a table to display and sell collectables, contact either Sandra Satterwhite at (818) 957-1967 or (818) 209-1967 or Dea McCrory at (818) 368-9393.

LCWC clubhouse is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.

The Glendale Educational Foundation is hosting its annual Dancing With Diamonds gala on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Glendale Hilton. The highly anticipated event celebrates the accomplishments of three GUSD graduates. This year, recognized for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts is Patrick McClenahan, Hoover High School class of 1976; for Distinguished Achievement in Science and Technology is Dr. Donald Prothero, Glendale High School class of 1972; and for Distinguished Achievement in Health & Fitness is Paul Fejtek, Hoover High School class of 1988.

For ticket information, contact Susan Hunt (818) 247-0466 for further information.

Little Landers Historical Society presents “If These Walls Could Talk!” a how-to discussion nominating a house or building for historic status.

The guest speaker is published author, historian and preservation activist Charles J. Fisher who has successfully steered well over 100 sites through this process to achieve monument status. He will demystify the process while illuminating the various benefits derived by such designations.

The presentation is on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Bolton Hall Museum.

Free admission and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments served  after the program.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga (corner of Commerce & Valmont). Parking available uphill at the Elks Lodge

The Caltech Jazz Bands, directed by William Bing, present the 4th Annual Latin Jazz Concert featuring the Poncho Sanchez Band and vocalist Candi Sosa on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Admission is $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 pm.

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

The Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles, directed by Delores Bing, present their Winter Chamber Music Concert Series beginning on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Dabney Lounge.

Caltech students present music for small ensembles in a series of free concerts. Compositions by Beethoven (“Ghost” Trio; two early trios for strings, woodwinds, and piano; and Piano Quartet, Op. 16) and Dvorak (“Dumky” Trio, String Quintet, and Piano Quartet No. 1) will be featured, along with many other selections by composers of every era.  All concerts are held in Dabney Lounge on the Caltech campus with free parking and no tickets required.  For further information call (626) 395-3295.

Caltech is located at 1200 E. California in Pasadena.

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 the U.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.

Dr. Ted Stern, professor of Music at Glendale Community College, will again conduct off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This semester will address the topic:  “An In-Depth Look at Six Composers: Praetorius, Handel, Mozart, Berlioz, Puccini and Stravinsky.”

Each semester offers new and interesting information. Dr. Stern will weave the biographies of the composers with music examples to increase the listener’s understanding of the composers.

Classes will be held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church. The series of classes begins Tuesday, Feb. 12 and are held each Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., continuing through May 21. The cost for the 14-week semester of classes is $90.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.

Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. Montrose

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 5th Annual Pasadena Festival of Women Authors is on Saturday, March 9. This event features four award-winning Southern California authors: Aimee Bender, Bo Caldwell, Gabrielle Pina and Kathleen Sharp. The event takes place at the Pasadena Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reyna Grande, who was chosen as the 2013 Writer-in-Residence for the program at Pasadena City College, will be the kick-off speaker.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pasadena Senior Center and the Pasadena City College Writer-in-Residence program. Tickets for the festival are $85 per person and include lunch. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,000. Visit for more information.

Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

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.

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