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Tickets are available for the 24th Annual Derby Day: Run for the Roses, The Campbell Center’s signature annual fundraiser which, over the years, has been instrumental in raising much-needed funds for the organization’s various programs and services. The event takes place on May 2 at Pickwick Banquet Center in Burbank.

Actress Mariette Hartley and her husband, actor Jerry Sroka, will lead the live auction that includes packages such as a Cancun vacation, a week in Utah at the historic Blue Church Lodge and a week at a spectacular home in Cambria, among many others. In addition to the live auction, the day will include a lavish buffet luncheon, a roomful of fabulous silent auction items, a hat and derby contest and a tribute to longtime supporters of The Campbell Center Vince and Toni Beck Espinoza. The day will culminate in the live streaming of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.

For information about event sponsorship levels and marketing benefits, tables and tickets, call Rita Tomassian-Hopkins at (818) 242-2434, Ext. 312, or email at





La Crescenta Republican Women Club has invited human rights and women rights author Nonie Darwish to speak at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale on April 9 at 11.30 a.m.

Darwish lectures at numerous universities and has appeared on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, C-SPAN, BBC and was featured in the documentary film “Obsession.”

The three-course luncheon at Oakmont Country Club is $25 and open to the public. Please RSVP via email to or call Joan at (818) 790-0014 for reservations.





The Glendale Art Association has its next meeting tonight, Thursday, April 9 in the community service room of Citibank. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m.; 7 p.m. is the meeting.

Tak Salmastyan, teacher of painting at Art Institute in North Hollywood, will show a film he has made, talk about his images, and critique artwork brought by those in attendance at the meeting. He calls himself a “spiritual hooligan” with a “vivid imagination and spurious style.”

Members are $5 to attend; guests $7.

For further information, contact Honor Haase at (818) 248-7373.

Citibank is located at 2350 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.





Recovery International is offering a free self-help meeting tonight, Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. It provides effective self-help tools that allow personal control over anxiety, depression and anger. Free, but donation requested.

Community Center of La Cañada is located at 4469 Chevy Chase.





Glendale Art Association Spring Salon continues through April 25 at White’s Gallery in Montrose. It includes a showing of artists’ work in a variety of media including painting, photography and sculpture, both abstract and representational works. Proceeds are contributed as scholarships to Glendale visual arts students completing high school and pursuing further education in the visual arts.

A gala reception and awards presentation is on Saturday, April 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and live music. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, visit the GAA website or call (818) 248-7373.

White’s Gallery and Restoration, 2414 Honolulu Ave., Montrose





CV Alliance hosts the next Teen Trials & Tribulations presentation “Reengineering the Teenage Brain” with Tina Givrad, PhD on Thursday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free, and open to the public. Adults & kids welcome!

Parent/guardian education programs are held Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free and for adults only! On April 14, “A Positive Community,” April 21 TBD and April 28 “Living with an Alcoholic/Addict.”

All programs are held in the CV High Library, 2900 Community Ave. and are free for the community.

Walk & Talk is on Wednesday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in CV Park, 3901 Dunsmore near the community center. Rain cancels. Dogs welcome!

For information, email





The AAUW Glendale branch meeting is Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oakmont Country Club. The April program features Jeanette Chasworth, the “Color Whisperer.” She will reveal secrets in using color to its best advantage.

The cost is $25 per person including brunch. Reserve by Wednesday, April 8. Call Susie Robinson at (818) 951-6104.

Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale





The Caltech-Occidental Symphony will be featured in a special benefit concert on Saturday evening, April 11 at 8 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Pasadena for Friends in Deed, one of Pasadena’s most important service organizations.

Friends In Deed, an interfaith collaborative now in its 120th year, is dedicated to meeting the many needs of the most vulnerable residents of greater Pasadena: homeless and at-risk individuals including women and children. Its services include a food pantry, a women’s shelter, and a bad weather shelter.

The orchestra, under the direction of Allen Robert Gross, will be joined by distinguished cellist Cécilia Tsan. On the program will be a repeat performance of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony from its March 8 concert, Weber’s “Oberon” Overture, and solos by Fauré and Tchaikovsky performed by Tsan.

For information about tickets, visit

St. Philip the Apostle Church, 151 S. Hill Ave. in Pasadena.





Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit and Crochet on Saturday April 11 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet and conversation. Jewel City Knitters will accept donated yarn for charity projects.

For more information, visit or email





During the month of April, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse honors National Poetry Month with special readings. On Sunday, April 12 at 5 p.m., Rattle editor Tim Green presents Jackson Burgiss, Deborah Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo who is traveling from her home in Tokyo for this reading. On Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m., Moonday hosts Lois P. Jones and Alice Pero welcome several of the poets represented in “Woman of Metaphor,” an anthology of poems inspired by the artwork of Stephen Linsteadt.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Highway. Parking is in the rear of the store.





Lisa Novick, director of Outreach and K-12 education at the Theodore Payne Foundation, will give a lecture on the beauty and ecological importance of California’s vast native flora at Bolton Hall on April 11. Guests will learn what to do and what not to do for maintaining a native garden.

Novick earned a B.A. in philosophy from UCLA and a Professional Clear Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from CSULA. She has designed and installed more than 30 native (and edible) landscapes across the Los Angeles region in schools and public spaces. She has presented three Los Angeles case studies about urban ecological revitalization through landscaping with native plants at school sites and public commons.

Her presentation begins at 1 p.m. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga (corner of Commerce & Valmont). Parking available uphill at the Elks Lodge. Everyone is welcome; free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. Light refreshments served after the program.

For more information call (818) 352-3420 or email





On Saturday, April 11, the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. (JLP) will host its second annual benefit luncheon, Simply Speaking, at the University Club of Pasadena. This year’s guest speaker is Jane Olson, an inspiring humanitarian and Pasadena area local.

Olson has devoted her life to international justice and humanitarian work and has chaired the International Board of Human Rights Watch and the Landmine Survivors Network board.

The event will feature a seated lunch and silent auction. In addition, the 2015 recipient of the Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award will be announced acknowledging a sustaining member for her exceptional contribution and years of dedication to the Junior League and to her community. All funds raised through the event will directly benefit the Junior League of Pasadena and its community projects.

To purchase tickets and to learn more about the Junior League of Pasadena, please visit





The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents Bruce Hale’s “Cuba – Island Nation In Transition” on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.

Sierra Club member and world traveler Bruce Hale brings slides and narrative to illustrate his program describing the chapter’s first sponsored trip to Cuba in December 2014. The trip covered both the eastern portion of the island as well as the western part. The tour introduced Cuba in a way different from standardized, off-the-shelf commercial tours. Two days after the group returned to the United States, President Obama announced that diplomatic relations would be re-established between the two countries. This program will depict Cuba before changes accelerate.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181 for more information.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta





Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to12:40 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 April 15 and features violinist Johana Krejci and pianist Wendy Prober performing works by Czech composers Leos Janacek and Bedrich Smetana.

First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. in Glendale.





Soroptimists of Glendale is hosting a special presentation on Thursday, April 16 at noon at the Oakmont Country Club. Laughter Is the Best Weapon crime awareness seminar with Byron Walls, owner of California CRIMEFIGHT, tackles the subject of crime safety. All are invited to the seminar. Buffet lunch is $30 and reservations are necessary. RSVPs must be received by Thursday, April 9. Payment must be made in advance by all guests via PayPal/credit card. Email or call Mary Lotz at (818) 863-1326. No walk-ins please.

A reservation made is a reservation paid. Complimentary valet parking.

Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale





The Women’s Council of the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC-VHH) Foundation will host a special casino night fundraiser to benefit USC-VHH. The event will take place at USC-VHH (Council Room) from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Cost is $100 per person, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and $2,000 worth of funny money. Event tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call (818) 952-2226.

Since its founding in 1973, the Women’s Council has raised more than $3 million for hospital programs and services.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the hospital’s nursery department.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale






The American Association of University Women will elect new officers at the annual Pasadena branch meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Women’s City Club in Pasadena. There also will be openings for committee assignments.

For reservations for lunch, $20 per person, call Gloria Reynolds at (626) 798-3896.

Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena





The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is holding its annual fashion show. This year members are celebrating Derby Days and are having a Derby hat contest for all guests.  There will be a silent auction, a live auction and opportunity baskets. Lunch will be served followed by a fashion show with clothing from Drapers and Damons. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the LCWC clubhouse at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. Don’t miss out on the fun and fashions!

Tickets are only $40 per person. Make reservations with Cindy at (818) 249-2374.




The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next club meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Birch Room). Guest speaker is Joe Mandoky who will present a program on bees.

Guests are always welcome to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to win the door prize, participate in the silent auction and raffle table. Refreshments are served and friendships are made.

For more information, contact club president at or telephone (323) 236-0104 or visit

Descanso Gardens (Birch Room) 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge





The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on April 19 and pays a tribute to the genius Dutch composer Leo Smit with his magical “Sextet for Winds & Piano,” an L.A. premiere.

The complete program, featuring Mozart, Poulenc, Duparc, Hahn, & Satie, will be performed by world renowned artists soprano Elissa Johnston, Pamela Vliek-Martchev on flute, Don Foster, clarinet, Judith Farmer, bassoon, Jennifer Johnson, oboe, Laura Brenes-Griffiths, horn, Edith Orloff, piano, and Francois Chouchan, piano.

An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Patina with French champagne will be served.

Tickets are $39 for students, and $75 general admission that includes dinner and drinks.

The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles.






The All American Variety Show, BBQ and Car Expo is happening April 25 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. This event is a fundraiser to support the church’s mission projects to Haitian-Dominican immigrants living in poverty in the Dominican Republic.

Enjoy classic cars, tangy barbecue and a home-style dinner followed by a variety show that features American music and dance. Opportunity drawings for great prizes. Tickets for the whole event cost  $40/adult,  $15/child. Reservations are necessary; contact for more information. Tickets for the variety show only, which starts at 8 p.m., can be purchased at the door for $15.






The Little Landers Historical Society is hosting Blazing Star Bazaar Treasures & Plant Sale, the annual rummage and plant sales. Both events are fundraisers for Little Landers and Bolton Hall and will be held at Bolton Hall on April 25 starting at 9 a.m.

Donations of new, gently used, antique, retro, vintage and collectible items may be brought to Bolton Hall during public hours any Tuesday or Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For plant donations, please call Bolton Hall to make arrangements.

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

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.





On Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts a book signing for Mary Pat Kelly. Her recent release “Of Irish Blood” is a novel about an outspoken young woman and Ireland’s struggle for freedom in the early years of the 20th century. Kelly is the best-selling author of the novel “Galway Bay,” called “pure magic” by Frank McCourt. “Of Irish Blood” continues this saga which is based on the history of her Irish-American family.

In 1903, talented, outspoken and progressive Nora Kelly, 24, is climbing the ladder of opportunity until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to Paris. There she stumbles into the centuries-old Collѐge des Irlandais and meets a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest and Ireland’s revolutionary women who challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the fight independence.

Kelly has told various stories connected to Ireland. Besides being an author, she is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She produced and directed the PBS documentaries “To Live for Ireland,” a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume and the political party he led; “Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland,” a history of U.S. forces in Northern Ireland during World War II; and “Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason,” a portrayal of the only African-American sailors to take a World War II ship into combat.

Then on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts a talk and book signing for author Carol Wawrychuk, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and retired teacher from the city’s Paradise Canyon Elementary School. Her book, “Taking Nana Home,” is the true account of her search for her grandmother’s grave decades after Nana’s death.

In 2004, 35 years after she died while a patient in the mental hospital in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Nana came to her granddaughter in a vision. “Take me home, Carol. Take me home.” Little did Wawrychuk know Nana was apparently speaking for over 2,000 souls in need of a final resting place.

From confronting the bureaucracy of a state government to interviews with news media to doggedly pursuing the hospital administration, Wawrychuk’s search pushed her out of the safety net of her comfortable life as a wife, mother and teacher.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Parking is in the rear of the store.





HealWithin – Hypnosis Healing Center in Glendale – will present its 3rd Annual 3E Event on May 2 at the Embassy Suites in Glendale. Liza Boubari, founder of HealWithin, will not only lead this event but will also present ‘Living Purposefully’ – Inner Powers and Healing through Hypnosis.”

Other guests invited to speak are Dr. Wendy Walsh, Chef Penny Davidi, speaker and author Dr. Clair O’Neill and motivational speaker and musician Tiamo DeVettori.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $150 (includes lunch). For registration or further information, call (818) 551-1501 or log in online at

For information on this event contact Liza Boubari at





The Towne Singers is a non-audition choir that is in particular need of male voices, but all are welcome to join this family of musicians. Rehearsals for the upcoming spring concert “Broadway Bash” on May 17 are held Mondays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Glendale.

Please contact Membership Coordinator Merrily Hake via email at with questions and for new member orientation information.

The Towne Singers is an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

First Congregational Church of Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale





On Saturday, May 16 the American Legion Post 288 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614 will host and sponsor an automobile show at Crescenta Valley Park. The show is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the net proceeds to go to military and children’s charities.

The show will feature classic automobiles, hot rods and military vehicles.  Admission to the event by the general public is free. Auto show participants may pre-register their auto entries for $25 or register their cars on the day of the show for $30.  Trophies and dash plaques will be awarded.

In addition to the automobile and vehicle displays, there will be fire, police and search and rescue personnel and vehicles. There will be a DJ with “old time rock ‘n roll” as well as food trucks and vendors. A Kid’s Clinic will be held by Home Depot with “hands-on” tool demonstrations by Rigid, Milwaukee, Ryobi and other manufacturers.  There will be free coffee and donuts for all veterans.

Special guest speaker will be Capt. Gerald L. Peterson, U.S. Navy, Retired.

For more information, contact Dick Clubb at (818) 248-8071 or email

Crescenta Valley Park is located at 3901 Dunsmore Ave. in La Crescenta.





Little Landers Historical Society is hosting a new temporary exhibit at Bolton Hall Museum. “Millinery Delights” is a fun and colorful exhibit featuring a variety of head coverings and fashion accessories from the first half of the 20th century and more.

Millinery Delights will be available for viewing at Bolton Hall through April 2015.

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

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



NAWIC SGV Announces MAGIC Summer Camp


San Gabriel Valley chapter of National Assn. of Women in Construction is sponsoring MAGIC (Mentor A Girl In Construction) Camp. The camp provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls (ninth through 12th grade) to explore and develop basic skills in the areas of carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

This free event helps girls develop a safety first attitude and builds self-confidence and self esteem for girls who tackle challenging projects, both individually and as a work team. It takes place at Pasadena City College Campus June 22-26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Lunch and snacks included. All registrations must be received by June 1.

Registrations forms provided at or from school counselors.

To learn more about NAWIC visit


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The Foothills Professional Group meets every Wednesday morning from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Leon Lounge and Café. The group provides a structured and supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment in which participants develop personal relationships with many other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you may have the opportunity to substantially increase your business.

The cost is $15, which includes breakfast.

Leon Lounge and Café is located at 2519 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.





The Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills is hosting free workshops for children on how to make good choices in life. It gives a clear-cut guide to making good choices and finding the way to happiness. The booklet “How to Make Good Choices,” based on the book “The Way to Happiness,” will be used.

This workshop is for children 6 to 11 years old. It is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks served.

Call to reserve seat (818) 957-1500.

Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave., Montrose





Beginners square dance classes are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. followed by the intermediate class at 8:30 p.m. Winter classes meet on the first, third, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of the month through July at the Sunland-Tujunga municipal building.

Bloomin’s advanced class is still in progress and continues on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. until mid February when the new advanced class will begin. Only $6 a class.

Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building is located at 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. For more info, call (818) 945-1189.





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 bookstore of the Friends of the Sunland-Tujunga branch of the library, which is located inside the library, is filled with used books on almost every subject. There are books on psychology, religion, self-help, cooking, classics and many more subjects. It is open during library hours (except evenings). Prices range from 10 cents to a few dollars. All books are donated.

All monies collected from the sale of these books support the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library in purchasing new books, DVDs and equipment. The Friends also supports programs for children and young adults as well as adults. It is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax deductible. Arrangements can be made to pick up large donations. Call the library at (818) 352-4481 to schedule a pick-up.

Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga





T.O.P.S. – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – is a self-accountability group meeting held every Monday. Weigh in is from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

An hour meeting follows in the education building of Center for Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore (at Santa Carlotta). For more information, call and leave a message for T.O.P.S. at (818) 957-8442.

A meeting is also held in Sunland on Thursdays. Weigh-in is at 6:30 p.m.; meeting at 7 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 10438 Oro Vista St., Sunland. Contact Jeanie Druebert at (818) 353-5015.





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, 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





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

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