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Dr. Cary Presant, author of “Surviving American Medicine,” will be speaking at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse today, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. He will also have a booksigning and discussion.

“Surviving American Medicine” shows readers how to make the best medical decisions by providing inside tips about getting the best doctors, good insurance, safe hospitals, and affordable medicines. With insights from his medical experience and reliable Internet resources, Presant gives information to survive, reduce the risk of illness, and cure or control diseases.

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center invites the public to enjoy dinner and learn about the latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options for joint pain as well as minimally invasive options such as the anterior approach to hip replacement. The event takes place on Thursday, March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank.

The presenter of this seminar will be Vahan Cepkinian, MD, orthopedic surgeon on medical staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Space is limited. Call (818) 409-8100 or visit to register.

Dennis Reed, prominent historian and arts educator, will discuss the making of his limited edition book, “Japanese American Photography” on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library, in the auditorium.  The book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public.

The program is sponsored by The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center in cooperation with the City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department.

Also, the Associates of Brand Library is partnering with Los Angeles Filmforum to present a screening of the documentary, “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film.” This is the first offering in the 2013 REEL ART Film Series presented by the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center in cooperation with Glendale Library, Arts, and Culture.  The film will be screened on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Glendale Public Library Auditorium.

Glendale Public Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale 91205

All are welcome Monday, April 1 for the Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council (GHCC) regular monthly meeting.  A general discussion of the GHCC policies, procedures, goals, outreach, etc. will be the focus of the meeting.  Social time is at 6:45 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. meeting. The meeting is held at the Boy Scout Headquarters, 1325 Grandview Ave., Glendale.

For more information, call (818) 957-8563 or email

The Glendale Commission on the Status of Women is sponsoring three (3) free self-defense classes for women and girls ages 12 and up in Glendale. Classes are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The first class will be offered on Wednesday, April 3 at the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado St. The second class will be offered on Wednesday, April 10 at Glendale Community College, Student Center Conference Room (SC212), 1500 No. Verdugo Road. The third class will be offered on Wednesday, April 17 at the Glendale Police Dept., Large Community Room, 131 No. Isabel St.

Space is limited; those interested in participating will need to register prior to each class. Free parking will be available at all locations. To reserve a spot or for more information, call (818) 548-4844 or email

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 Wednesday, April 3 and features violinists Jonathon Glonek and Andrew Picken who will perform duos by Mozart and SPOHR .

First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson)
in Glendale.

April is Donate Life Month. On Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m., the La Cañada Thursday Club invites members of the community to attend a free Community Relations Committee event and tea at the Thursday Club.

Meet keynote speaker Reg Green who, with his wife Maggie, live in the community and have created The Nicholas Green Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of organ and tissue donation around the world. Reg Green is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, “The Nicholas Effect.”

While the Green family traveled in Italy in 1994, their 7 year-old-son, Nicholas, was mortally wounded from a gun shot during a botched highway robbery. Reg and Maggie decided to donate his organs to children in Italy in need of transplantation.

The reaction to this act of kindness reverberated throughout Italy and the world and resulted in an increased awareness of the need for organ donation. The publicity in Italy resulted in an overwhelming outpouring of affection and admiration for the Greens and Nicholas.

For program information, contact Barbara Self at (818) 790-8807. Admission to the event is free.

The La Canada Thursday Club is located at 3440 Woodleigh Lane in La Cañada.

Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena is hosting “The Youthful Perspective,” a group show of work by students from Clark Magnet High School on display through April 5. Curated by Kelly Brinker, “The Youthful Perspective” offers each of these young artists their first foray into the art world.

Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 E Union St., Pasadena

The annual Hometown Country Fair is on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Crescenta Valley Park.  Free admission. There will be a car show, entertainment, vendor and food stands, a dog parade and silent auction. There will also be carnival rides with the purchase of tickets. Brought to you by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce and Montrose Travel, with special thanks to Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation. For more information, visit or call the CV Chamber at (818) 248-4957.

Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta

Glendale Art Association’s La Cañada Flintridge Library Art Show, “Let Your Imagination Fly” takes place from April 2 through April 19 at the La Cañada Library Community Room.

This is an exciting members’ art exhibition. All submitted works will be under 36”. Library hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed Sundays. For more information, contact or visit

La Cañada Library Community Room, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada

On Sunday, April 7 the new officers of the Sunland/Tujunga Elks Club will be installed. Social will be at 2 p.m., the ceremony at 3 p.m. and buffet at 4 p.m. This is an open function, so friends and family are welcome.

Sunland-Tujunga Elks Lodge, 10137 Commerce Ave, Tujunga

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents Bruce Hale’s “Cuba Humanitarian – A Unique Travel Experience” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta.  Please enter from La Crescenta Avenue for meeting place and parking.

Hale will present slides with commentary from his trip to this evolving island nation that many Americans want to visit. His 14-day trip was part of a humanitarian program last March with descriptions of the Cuban people, their culture and history and their vibrancy despite hardships. He will take his audience on an armchair tour of Havana, eco-preserves, beaches and art galleries in the western portion of the island.  Also will be shown, pictures of classic American cars from the 1950s, still gracing the streets of Havana.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. This is free to the community and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Contact Wayne Fisher for further information at (818) 353-4181.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

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 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.

CVHS Prom Plus committee is holding a spring boutique at the campus of St. Luke’s of the Mountains on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 20 vendors will offer a variety of hand made items for sale. Portion of proceeds to benefit Prom Plus. Opportunity drawing and baked goods, too. Free to attend.

St. Luke’s of the Mountains, 2563 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

Bolton Hall in Tujunga in was constructed in 1913 to serve as a clubhouse for the newly established Little Landers Colony. The cornerstone was placed and dedicated in April 1913 with many of the Little Landers and surrounding community members viewing the ceremony.  A re-enactment of the laying of the cornerstone is scheduled for April 13 at 1 p.m. on the lawn adjacent to Bolton Hall Museum.  The designer and builder of Bolton Hall will be represented at the April program and will “speak” to the assembly about his ideas on construction and life in general.

This is the first of several Bolton Hall centennial celebration events this year and promises to be an educational and entertaining experience with some surprise guests and events planned.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

The Caltech Jazz Bands, directed by William Bing, present their 13th Annual Jazz Festival featuring soloist Kirsten Edkins. This event will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gates Annex Patio on the Caltech campus. Gates Patio is located just west of Dabney Lounge.

Saxophonist Edkins, who graduated from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Geoffrey Keezer and popular artists Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

Other featured musicians at the Caltech Jazz Festival include guitarist Glenn Hair, the Nick Broten Band, Chris Rolontz, Zucky Zeidner, and the Caltech Jazz Band.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Some seating will be provided and audience members are welcome to bring food and blankets for a picnic on the lawn.

For further information, call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit the Caltech Jazz Bands online at

Black Rose Early Music Ensemble will present music from the early Italian Baroque by known composers including Cima and Salaverde, plus obscure or notorious ones not commonly known.

The concert is on Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Parish, 122 S. California Ave. in Monrovia.

The event is free, but a donation of $10 is requested.

Contact Lynne at (626) 419-8645 with questions.

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, directed by Allen Robert Gross, will feature cellist Joshua Yu, the second of this year’s student concerto competition winners.  Yu is a freshman at Occidental College studying cello with Gloria Lum.  Also featured will be Jacob Ortega-Gingrich as assistant conductor.

The program will include Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” Saint-Saens “Cello Concerto No. 1,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1.”  This event will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Occidental College’s Thorne Hall.  It will also take place on Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium.  Both concerts will have the same program, and are open to the public with free admission.

For further information, call the Occidental College Music Department at (323) 259-2785 or the Caltech Office for Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295.

The ABWA Verdugo Glen is hosting a fashion show & luncheon on Saturday, April 27 at Angeles National Golf Club at 10:30 a.m. There will be a boutique, silent auction and opportunity prizes.

The luncheon and fashion show begin at 11:45 a.m. Fashions by:  Chico’s Fashions, Jockey Person to Person, and Kika Paprika plus fabulous accessories!

Proceeds benefit student scholarships and member education programs.

Please make check payable to ABWA Verdugo Glen & mail to: Elysa Rosenfeld-Ortiz, 535 Woodbury Road, Glendale CA 91206. For more information, call (818) 547-1422.

Reservations may be made online at (Events link).

Angeles National Golf Club, 9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland

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 to May 4 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.

The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) will be holding its Annual “Walk of Life 2013” walk-a-thon on Saturday, May 4. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.; opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will commence at 10 a.m. The 5K walk will begin and end at Glendale Memorial Hospital (Eulalia Street) where there will be food and music.

For information or to register, call (323) 663-3609 or go to

Take part in the Verdugo Mountains 10K trail run and hike on Sunday, May 5 starting at 8 a.m. at Brand Park. The 10K trail run and hike is produced by the Glendale Community Services & Parks Dept. to benefit the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation and presented by Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.

This year, participants can enjoy a free pancake breakfast sponsored by Massage Envy Spa-Glendale. In addition, the first 750 runners will receive a free Tech T-shirt courtesy of RaceReady.

Enjoy a morning of good food and an event expo with lots of fun for everyone. Register online at

Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale

Little Landers Historical Society announces the first Sunland-Tujunga community historical home tour in five years.  On May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., five beautiful, historic and unique homes and Bolton Hall Museum will be open to ticketed home tour visitors.  Two of the featured homes and Bolton Hall have achieved City of Los Angeles cultural heritage monument status.

In addition to in-home visits to the featured locations, home tour visitors will receive a list of over one dozen other historic locations in our community that are available for drive-by viewing at any time.

Home tour tickets will be available for purchase starting on April 13 for a $20 per person pre-tour donation. Tickets will be placed on will-call for pick up at Bolton Hall on May 11 along with home location information and maps. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour will be $25.

Starting location is Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga.

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

An afternoon of Celtic festivities including musical entertainment, Highland dancing, a Celtic marketplace of food and beverages, fun and games, all outdoors on the grounds of the iconic Gamble House in Pasadena takes place on Sunday, June 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to celebrate the Celtic roots of the Gamble family. Includes touring inside the House

General admission: $50 and includes entertainment, touring of The Gamble House, and food & drink “tastings” (craft brews for those over 21, artisan sodas for the younger set); VIP tickets are $75 and also includes preferred parking, a meal selection, two pints of craft brew, and a special look at areas of The Gamble House not open to general admission. Kids 12 and under (accompanied) are $25 and includes general admission privileges; family of four (two kids 12 and under) are $125; VIP family of four is $225.

For tickets/information, call (626) 793-3334 or visit;

The YWCA of Glendale will hold its 16th annual Legacy Luncheon on April 25 at the Oakmont Country Club. As part of the luncheon we will honor those individuals recognized for their dedication to the welfare of women and children in our greater community with the Heart and Excellence Award. Event sponsors and silent auction donations are being sought.

Donations not only honor the recipients of the 2013 Heart & Excellence Award, but ensures that programs crucial to the well being and safety of the women and children in our community will continue. These programs include Sunrise Village – a 45-day emergency shelter and safe haven for women and their children fleeing from domestic violence; the Domestic Violence Service Center – providing case management, legal advocacy and counseling for women and children seeking a life free from domestic violence, and offering assistance with employment, education, language skills and healthcare, all at no cost to the recipients; Camp Y – a summer program for children in our area; Encore Plus – offering community outreach, education and access to free breast and cervical cancer screening to low-income women without insurance coverage in our area; after school programs in coordination with GUSD serving K-12.

To support the YWCA, contact Legacy Luncheon chair Ilena J. Blicker, MD by email at or call (818) 243-8134.

The Verdugo Hills Hospital BEGINNINGS Family Education Program will offer a babysitting class designed on 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

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 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.

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, please 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

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) 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 Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, in partnership with the La Leche League, is hosting a monthly infant lactation and 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.

The Y is also offering a Mindful Parenting Course designed to help parents connect to their children and raise them to thrive. This course is adapted from the work of Dan Siegal, M.D and will focus on reducing daily stress while connecting with your child. The classes meet weekly on Tuesdays. The course is open to all and there is a fee to attend.

For more information, contact the Y at (818) 790-0123.

The Y is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

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.”

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

Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. Montrose

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.

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