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On Thursday, Feb. 28 at noon, “Doc Talk” presents Dr. Hanriet Minasian who will be speaking on strokes and their prevention. Light lunch included.

This is being held at the YMCA of the Foothills, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Sponsors are Becky Happach of Right at Home, In Home Care & Assistance and Todd Menard of Belmont Village Senior Living Burbank.

These are free presentations. Please RSVP to Andea Naone-Waters at (818) 468-4289.

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducted by Allen Robert Gross and featuring student concerto competition winner Sean O’Connor on saxophone, presents its winter concert on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall at Occidental College, and Sunday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium. The program includes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4” and Muczynski’s “Saxophone Concerto.” Humperdinck’s “Prelude to Hansel and Gretel,” led by the orchestra’s assistant conductor Jacob Ortega-Gingirch, will open the concert.

The same program will be performed at both locations. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, call Caltech’s Performing and Visual Arts Office at (626) 395-3295 or visit

Caltech is in for a Laugh (and a little bit of Horror) with “Little Shop of Horrors” on March 1-2 in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium.

Darkly funny and always catchy, “Little Shop of Horrors” runs in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium on Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Caltech students, $9 for Caltech staff, JPL, and other students, and $18 general admission.  Purchasing information available at the Theater Arts Caltech website

Caltech, 332 S. Michigan, Pasadena

The Caltech Jazz Band, directed by William Bing, presents the First Annual Caltech Small Group Jazz Concert in Dabney Lounge. This event takes place on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. It will be an informal gathering of jazz sounds featuring members of the Caltech jazz bands and the Caltech jazz improv class with guest artist Glenn Hair on guitar as well as The Nick Broten – Chris Rolontz Ensemble. There will be a discussion about how musicians improvise, giving the audience a chance to ask the musicians how they do it.

Admission is free and no tickets are required.

For more information, visit or call Caltech’s Performing and Visual Arts office at (626) 395-3295.

Second Sunday Concert will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library on Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 pm. Members of the Sunday section of the Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena will perform music of Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Piazzola and Shostakovich. Admission is free. The library is handicapped-accessible.

For information, call (626) 398-0658 or send an email to

Pasadena Central Library, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena

A spring fashion show and luncheon will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club. Eileen Gerber will bring her traveling boutique to show her unusual line of casual and elegant clothing.

Sandy Simon, award-winning singer/songwriter will sing and ask in her talk, “Have You Been Disappointed by Pretty Packages?”

Tickets are $23.  For reservations, call Darlene (818) 353-2212 or Carole (818) 790-1907.

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena

The Verdugo Hills Hospital BEGINNINGS Family Education Program will offer a babysitting class designed on March 23 and April 27 for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The babysitting class is an interactive course that teaches participants valuable skills, including infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, when to call 911, poison control, fire/earthquake plans and other helpful childcare advice. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a babysitting course completion certificate.

Classes are offered at VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale, 91208 in the Council Room (located on the fourth floor).

Class fee is $40/person. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call (818) 952-2272. For a list of additional classes offered by the Family Education Program, please visit

Glendale Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Glendale Community Services and Parks Department, will celebrate 63rd Arbor Day on Tuesday, March 5 at The Casa Adobe de San Rafael Park, located 1330 Dorothy Dr. Coffee social at 10 a.m. with program promptly at 10:30 a.m. The event will recognize participants who have made contributions for the purchase of trees. Trees donated by the community will be used to landscape city parks, library areas and schools.

In case of rain, the event will be in the lower level of the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 No. Verdugo Road.  For more information or to order a tree, call (818) 246-3634.

On Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. , long-time La Cañada resident and author Mary K DeLurgio will be presenting her two new books, “Understanding Spiritual Evolution” and it’s companion workbook, “Keeping A Spiritual Journal.” She will describe the everyday process of spiritual evolution, how it works in one’s everyday life and how the search for happiness, meaning and purpose will carry the individual into personal growth.

The author’s 35 years as a practicing psychotherapist and leader of journal-keeping workshops demonstrate a deep understanding of spiritual and psychological development.

La Cañada Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave, La Cañada Flintridge

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 restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).

The next concert is on March 6 and features violinist Julie Metz who will perform a program, “Love, Life and Remembrance: The Music of Jewish Composers,” with pianist Ralph Alberstrom.

Lizz Tucker will be the demonstration artist at the Verdugo Hills Art Assoc.’s March 8 meeting at the La Cañada Flintridge Community Center. This is for members and non-members.

Tucker’s art brings viewers into her world of quiet elegance with the use of warm colors, subtle lighting and a penchant for transforming common subjects into uncommon topics of conversation. She is a teacher and is a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, the California Art Club, Women Painters West and is the president of the Angeles Crest Art Guild.

For this demonstration, Tucker will create a still life using charcoal and white pastel. She invites the audience to participate. For a list of

supplies to bring, visit

For more information on Verdugo Hills Art Assoc. or on Elizabeth B. Tucker’s March 8 demonstration, visit

La Cañada Flintridge Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada

Executive producer Jamie Nichols presents Celebrate Dance 2013 with a line-up of eight top-notch dance companies on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Performing will be Invertigo Dance Theatre, JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Lydia Zimmer + Dancers, Lux Aeterna Dance Company, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, SoleVita Dance Company and the Los Angeles debut of Francisco Gella’s, Colabo Youth Dance Collective.

Tickets are $16-$36 (all children seated with an adult, $12). Discounts offered for students, seniors and DRC members.

Group rates for 15 or more at 25% off are available by calling the box office at (818) 243-2539 or visit

Alex Theatre, 216 No. Brand Blvd., Glendale

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 La Crescenta Woman’s Club – History Section is hosting “Night at the Races” on March 9. Cocktails are at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. and post-time at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20/person, or $35/couple which includes dinner.  For reservations call Deanna Alfeld (661) 250-2653 or Rita Even (818) 249-6296. The deadline for reservations is March 1.  A portion of the proceeds will help fund a scholarship for a graduating Crescenta Valley High School senior excelling in history.

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


In honor of Bolton Hall’s centennial, some of the “original” 1913 Little Landers will visit Bolton Hall on March 9.

Members of the Verdugo Hills High School drama class, under the direction of Deirdre Fitzpatrick, will present original interpretations of Marshall Hartranft, William Smythe, the “Chicken Ladies” and several other early Little Landers. There may also be an opportunity to listen in as the Millionaires Club holds one of its famous afternoon meetings to discuss important issues of the day. This promises to be an entertaining program and a fun way to recall some of local history and people.

Don’t miss this chance to meet the folks who were in the Tujunga area 100 years ago when Bolton Hall was built and hear their stories.

This program begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Bolton Hall Museum is located at 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 email

The 2013 Los Angeles County Irish Fair is coming to the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds Fairplex in Pomona on March 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The cost is $18 general admission with discounts for children, seniors and active duty military.

Bands, bagpipes, Irish step dancers, Irish food, shopping, fun for the whole family.

Once Upon A Time is rolling out the red carpet for talented author and illustrator Rachel Renee Russell who is a lawyer by day but prefers writing children’s books to legal briefs. Russell is the author of “The Dork Diaries,” and will be at OUAT on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

In the newest installment of her diary, Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism and joins the school newspaper staff-and ends up as an advice columnist!

The Dork Diary series are perfect for kids 9 to 13 years old.

Once Upon A Time is located at 2207 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.

As an American Heart Association training center, Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training classes to community members and healthcare providers. For community members, VHH offers the Heartsaver AED class. This class is designed for the layperson. It provides instruction in adult, child and infant CPR and the choking maneuver for all three as well.  Also taught is the AED (automated external defibrillator) as these devices are now located in many public areas. This class is offered once each month with future classes being held on March 13, April 10, and May 22.

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

The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the public to its “pre-smart” business mixer on Wednesday, March 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. hosted by Bob Smith Toyota Scion. Enjoy an evening of networking and learning about the Smart-A-Thon. There will be outstanding refreshments and raffle prizes. Cost is $7 for chamber members and $9 for non-members. For information, call (818) 248-4957.
Bob Smith Toyota Scion, 3333 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

The Smart-A-Thon luncheon event is on Wednesday, March 27 from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Verdugo Hills Hospital fourth floor council rooms, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. This is the premiere fundraiser for the Mary Pinola / CV Chamber of Commerce Education Fund. It is open to anyone who wants to participate in this trivia game event as a team member with three friends, or you can be placed on a team. The cost is $35 per person. To register or for more information, call the CV Chamber at (818) 248-4957.

On Sunday, March 17 beginning at 11 a.m., Crescenta Valley Day at the Races takes place at Santa Anita Racetrack. Cost is $25 adults, $15 under age 17. Price includes nine exciting Thoroughbred races, parking, official racing program, lunch and expert handicapping advice from Rick Dinger. Proceeds benefit the CV Sheriff Support Group, and the Crescenta Valley and Montrose-Verdugo City chambers.
For information, call Rick Dinger at (818) 248-4500.

Invitations are in the mail for the American Girl Fashion Show hosted by Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This three-day event is held at the Glendale Hilton Hotel on March 22-24.  There is a Friday night dinner show and two shows each on Saturday and Sunday when tea is served.  Little girls model historic and contemporary outfits and carry identically dressed dolls.  It is fun for all and all proceeds to CHLA. To receive an invitation or to make a reservation, visit or call (818) 952-7978.

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