The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge is offering a mosaic workshop on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. continuing through March 7.

The course offers a foundation from which participants can continue to design and make mosaics at home. The cost is $120 per participant.

For more information, call (818) 790-4353 or visit

Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4459

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc. is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of more than 25 artists inspired by the native flora, fauna and the natural landscape found at Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. The media they utilize include paintings, poems, photography, baskets, gourds, ceramics, watercolors and drawings.

Hung salon-style, the exhibition is one of extraordinary creativity – a survey of the varied styles and mediums in which artists are working today.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Theodore Payne Arts Council and continues through March 24. The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping others discover the beauty of California native plants.

For more information, call (818) 768-1802 or visit

Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley

Residents can receive free 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 tax preparation can be obtained at La Crescenta County Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. (corner of La Crescenta Avenue) through Friday, April 13.  The hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Taxpayers will be served on a “first-come-first-served” basis; no advanced reservations are available.  Enter from the upper level parking lot.

For details, visit, click on Between Friends and see Tax Information.

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is hosting several events and support groups for seniors during the month of February.

Feb. 17 – The Socal Movement Disorder Society will be hosting another Parkinson’s support group at the Y at 11 a.m.  There will be a special guest presenter at this meeting.  The Parkinson’s Support Group meets monthly at the Y and is free for the community.

Feb. 22 – The Neuropathy Support Group will be meeting at the Y at 1 p.m.  There will be a special guest presenter at this meeting.  This group meets monthly and is free for the community.

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

Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) offers CPR training classes to community members and healthcare providers. VHH also offers Heartsaver – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) classes. These classes provide instruction for CPR skills, including adult/child one-person rescue, adult/child choking maneuvers and adult/child AED. Both Healthcare Provider new and renewal classes are also offered, as well as Infant CPR and CPR Instructor training.

Upcoming Heartsaver CPR classes will be held tonight, Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Infant CPR classes are offered twice a month and cover from birth to one year of age. Classes are held on a Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on a Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. The fee is $30 per person.

For more information about VHH’s CPR courses or to register for a class, please call (818) 952-2272, or visit

Charles “Keep A-Knockin’’’ Connor, original drummer for Little Richard, Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, author, speaker and media personality, will play a set of songs with a group of musicians at the Viva Cantina Restaurant on Sunday, Feb. 19 at approximately 6:30 pm. This special event marks the second anniversary of  “The Mess Around Show,” presented by music writer Jonny Whitesides and featuring performances by local music bands.

Both the admission and parking are free with no cover charge.

Viva Cantina Restaurant, 900 West Riverside Dr. in Burbank

On Monday, Feb. 20, local Linkedin expert and corporate copywriter Pat Kramer will teach attendees of the California Society of CPAs, Pasadena chapter how to use top social media site Linkedin to share ideas, meet potential clients and to promote their firms. Additionally, CalCPA members will learn about the different tools Linkedin provides users at no cost and gain the ability to use it effectively to promote their brand. With the Internet and search engines now being used as a regular source of information for businesses, Linkedin has become the top site for firms to gain a business presence.

The monthly meeting of CalCPA takes place at Beckham Grill in Pasadena at 11:30 a.m. To register, contact CalCPA’s Glendale office at (818) 546-3500.

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen chapter dinner and business meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale featuring Dr. Martha Rivera speaking on women’s health issues. Cost is $20. For information and reservations, call (818) 548-1525 or (818) 512-4079.

In honor of National Heart Month, the Heart Center at Glendale Memorial celebrates cardiac patients, their families, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and the community by honoring the king and queen of hearts for 2012.

This event will include several free screenings, informative presentations by Heart Center physicians, as well as low-fat tasty foods. The event will culminate in the crowing of the King and Queen of Hearts.

The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 23 with screenings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the presentation and crowning of the king and queen of hearts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Glendale Memorial Hospital – Cardiac Fitness Center is located at 1420 S. Central Ave – Second Floor in Glendale.

The first Glendale Young Professionals (GYP) event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. and features Sport Chalet CEO Craig Levra.
The event takes place at the Hilton Glendale and keynote speaker Levra will discuss his career path and his leadership role at one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers. Following the speaker will be an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow young professionals over drinks and complimentary appetizers.

The event is sponsored by Massage Envy Spa Glendale and All About You! Wellness Bootcamp, Datastream and Sedna Solutions.

The Glendale Young Professionals (GYP) is a new program of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce that develops, connects and empowers its members while bridging the gap between generations and serving its community.

Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested attire is business casual.

RSVP on the GYP Facebook page or via email at

Hilton Glendale, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale

The Crescenta Valley Arts Council is proud to present its fifth annual music Bash on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.  This year features works by the master Ludwig van Beethoven. Professional musicians will perform alongside accomplished local student musicians to regale the community with yet another unforgettable concert. Visit for more information.

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

Sunder Ramani will be the guest speaker at the next Republican Club of the Foothills dinner meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. The cost is $20 per person. It is being held at the community building at Crescenta Valley Park.

RSVP to Joan at (818) 790-0014 or Mary at (818) 952-7040 by Feb. 20.

CV Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta