AAUW/Glendale to host

Means, Cueva

American Association of University Women, Glendale Branch, will celebrate the Hollywood awards season by hosting Diana Means, founder of Alliance of Women Filmmakers, and Isabel Cueva, actor/screenwriter/ producer/ director, and by showing the short film “In The Name Of Freedom,” at the meeting on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Means will recount her motivation and experience in establishing the Alliance, which produces the annual Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. The Alliance awarded “In The Name Of Freedom” the Best Drama Short in 2010.  Cueva, who wrote, starred in and directed the winning short, will discuss her evolving career and the challenges involved in the production of the film.  Brunch begins at 9:00 a.m., cost is $23.  Call (818) 773-2227 for reservations.

CVAC Hosting Brass & Jazz Bash 2011

The Crescenta Valley Arts Council is presenting its fourth annual music bash on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. This year we’re throwing some jazz in the mix for a Brass & Jazz Bash.  Local professional brass players will jam with student musicians from the Crescenta Valley and other Southern California schools to regale the community with yet another unforgettable concert.  You won’t want to miss this!  Please visit us at

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta

“Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets and Poetry”

This exhibit examines the poetic interest of one of the greatest French painters of the 20th century, Henri Matisse, focusing on his love and devotion to books and poetry by celebrating the works of two of France’s most revered poets from the Renaissance period to modern times, Stéphane Mallarmé and Pierre Ronsard. The exhibit, organized by Contemporary & Modern Print Exhibitions of Laguna Niguel, includes 47 lithographs and 16 etchings.

It continues through May 8 at Forest Lawn Museum. Admission is free. Museum closed Mondays. Free parking.

For more information, call (800) 204-3131 or visit

Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712

S. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Christine Song AT

Modest Fly

Modest Fly Art Gallery will be showing Christina Song’s “Paper Idylls” through Feb. 19. Illustrator Christina Song graduated from Art Center College of Design and creates work primarily consisting of cut paper, mixed media, three-dimensional elements, found paper, drawings, and paintings. She continually finds inspiration and beauty in nature’s beautiful sceneries and enjoys executing work in a way that is raw, visceral, and thoughtful.

Modest Fly Art Gallery, 7576 Foothill Blvd. Tujunga



Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10-12:40 p.m. in the newly restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).

On Wednesday, Feb. 16 Arabic music featuring Turath Ensemble directed by Sami Asmar will be presented. Sami Asmar – nay & qanun; Iyad Wehbe – voice; Sami Maalouf – oud & poetry reading; Kashed Khzam – percussion; Kathleen Hood – violoncello and Jacqueline Suzuki – violin.


The Crescenta Valley High School class of 1981 is having its 30-year reunion on July 16 at 6 p.m. For more information visit

Crescenta Valley Class of 1991 will be holding its 20th reunion on July 23 at the Angeles National Golf Course.  Early bird ticket pricing will be $65/person until April 1.  For more information contact Sosi at (818) 621-1980 after 5 p.m. or e-mail  Find us on Facebook @ CV Falcons – Class of 1991 for complete details of the weekend’s events.

Rancho Tujunga topic of program

Whatever Happened to Rancho Tujunga? is the topic of the next presentation of the Little Landers Society. Guest speaker Marlene Hitt has lived in the area for over 50 years and has served as archivist and museum director for Bolton Hall Museum.

Marlene will begin with an 1840 Mexican land grant given to the Lopez brothers, continuing through the 1900s and ending in present time.

The program is free. Everyone is welcome.  It takes place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

Parkinson’s Support Group

at the Y

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will host monthly meetings for the La Cañada Parkinson’s Support Group. The group is free to join and will provide research and support for those with Parkinson’s or Movement Disorders.

On Friday, Feb. 18, Dr. Gary Demerjian, a dentist specializing in TMJ, dysonia, tics and Parkinson’s, will present “The effect of the TMJ and how it is related to Parkinson’s and other neurologic illnesses.” Dr. Demerjian has found that by treating the patients jaw relationship with a mouthpiece, he is able to affect their balance, coordination, breathing, gait and much more.  Videos of patients he has treated with Parkinson’s will be shown.

The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

Hooray for Hollywood Screening Event

Warner Bros. is hosting an exclusive studio screening of “A Star is Born,” starring Judy Garland and James Mason (1954) on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank.

After the screening a group lunch will be held at The Smokehouse Restaurant.

Attendance is by preregistration only. The cost for the event is $25 per person, and lunch with the group is an additional $25 per person. Lunch is optional, but attendance to the studio tour is mandatory to attend lunch.

The studio requires a list in advance to prepare individual passes to gain access to the studio lot so “day of” registration is not available. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Feb. 18.

For more information and to register, contact Gary Carr at; day of event, (213) 924-1932 cell.

Warner Bros. Studio, 4301 Olive Blvd., Burbank

Casino Night 2011

McGroarty Arts Center presents Casino Night 2011.  This gala event will be held Saturday evening March 5 at 6 p.m.  In addition to a stunning view of the Verdugo Hills from the center’s terrace, the evening’s festivities will include true casino style gaming with roulette, blackjack, and craps plus food, drinks, a silent auction, raffle, music and door prizes.

Since the occasion of this art center benefit falls on the week of Fat Tuesday, the theme of the night will be a New Orleans style Mardi Gras. The catered food will be Cajun spicy and the beads will be flying, so mark your calendar.  Costumes are not required, but masks are strongly suggested so don’t worry about your anonymity.  What happens at McGroarty Arts Center… stays at McGroarty Arts Center.

Pre-sale tickets $35, $40 at the door.  Admission includes casual dinner, drink and $500 in gambling chips!. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit the McGroarty Arts Center.

The MAC is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga.  For further details, (818) 352 5285.

Free Seminar at the Y for those with Aching Knees

On Wednesday, March 2, the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will host a free seminar entitled, “Oh, My Aching Knee!”  The seminar will take place at noon in the Patio Room.

Anyone who has experienced pain or swelling in the knee, clicking of the knee that causes pain, knee stiffness that limits activities, difficulty walking or climbing stairs because of weakness or pain in knee, and buckling of knees should come to this free seminar.

The seminar will teach what the symptoms of knee problems are, knee pain prevention principles, knee pain management strategies, knee stretching and strengthening exercises, and much more.

For more information contact Nancy Turney at (818) 790-0123, ext. 225.

The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada


Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Chorale. The group, composed of CVHS choral alumni men and women, rehearse once a week on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., at the Glendale First United Methodist Church. The group performs for local civic groups and retirement homes in Pasadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Duarte during the holiday season and again in the late spring/early summer. After the holiday season performances the group will resume rehearsals in the middle of January 2011.

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at