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Tickets are now on sale for the La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Casino Night benefit that will be held on Friday, May 24 as the kick-off event for La Canada’s Fiesta Days. Online registration is available at

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Early bird tickets cost $25.

Party-goers will have the chance to use “fun money” to play a variety of Las Vegas style games, including Black Jack, Slots, Texas Hold’em, Craps, Roulette and Spin-to-Win. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on fabulous prizes in both the silent auction and raffles.

Auction items include The Dish, Hollywood Park, Los Gringos, PRP Wine International, BJ’s Restaurant, Extreme Bootcamp, Crescenta-Canada Family YMCA, Takami Sushi, Robata, Scotty’s Flowers, and the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

The event is anticipated to sell out, so please get your tickets early.
For more information visit: or call (818) 790-4353.

On Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., life coach, author and La Cañada resident Al C. Restivo, Ph.D will have a signing of his book, “So You Want To Be A Leader” at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

The world of organizations is filled with those who aspire to lead. Those who wish to lead have a responsibility to develop their leadership skills not only for their own benefit but also for those who will follow them. Followers want leaders who make decisions decisively and inclusively, interpret situations with rational and emotional intelligence, and exude confidence and humility. “So You Want to be a Leader” is about vision, charisma, communication, and other essential characteristics required to lead, qualities that will allow those who are following to get behind and make things happen.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.  For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

The Women’s Council of the Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) Foundation presents a special luncheon and program, “Get Ready to ShakeOut,” on Thursday, April 11 featuring Mark Benthien, director for Communication, Education and Outreach Southern California Earthquake Center at USC. The luncheon will take place at VHH, in Council Rooms A/C (fourth floor lobby) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This presentation will describe why California is earthquake country and what scientists expect may happen in the future, with vivid animations and movies.

Luncheon fee is $15/person. Please RSVP to the Foundation Office at (818) 952-2226.

The Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic will hold its annual ice cream social on April 11 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale. The Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic, established in 1947, provides scholarships to local women attending college.  Each spring, the association holds an ice cream social for college-bound senior high school girls from 15 private and public high schools in the area.  Girls attending the ice cream social have the opportunity to learn about membership in one of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities, and about scholarships offered through the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic.  Scholarship applications are available only at the Ice Cream Social and to receive one, girls must attend.

The association awards numerous scholarships and one special scholarship each spring. In 2012, Marisa Gonzales, a graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, and Jessica Palacios, a graduate of Clark Magnet High School, received Panhellenic scholarships. Gonzales, a resident of Montrose, attends the University of Miami where she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Palacios, a La Crescenta resident, attends Whitman College.  Scholarship eligibility requirements, and all information about attending the ice cream social may be found on the association’s website,

Verdugo Hills Art Association hosts guest artist Jesus Cruz Jr. on April 12 at 7 p.m. at La Cañada Community Center. Meeting open to all.

Jesus Cruz Jr. is the guest demonstration artist at the Verdugo Hills Art Assoc.’s April 12 meeting. Cruz will demonstrate linocut print-making. This is for members and non-members.

Cruz’s prints are crated with the traditional technique of using knives to carve blocks of linoleum which are inked and run through a press. His style is immediately identifiable by his use of thick and solid fields of ink, often with a woodblock-cut appearance.

For more information on Verdugo Hills Art Assoc. or on Jesus Cruz Jr’s April 12 demonstration, visit

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

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

The beauty of the Canadian Maritimes and the region of Eastern Canada will be the next Travelogue presented by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada at the Flintridge Prep Auditorium on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited and a special reduced admission fee is provided for students.

Join filmmakers John Holod and Jodie Ginter as they explore this vast landscape and uncover its historical past. Whale watching, rocky seashores and beautiful lighthouses, quaint villages and interesting people make this and unforgettable journey.

For further information or to order tickets, visit, or call (818) 790-9901 or send a check to Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, P.O. Box 33, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91012. Major credit cards are accepted.

On Saturday, April 13, the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. (JLP) will host its annual benefit fundraiser at the San Gabriel Country Club. The evening’s theme is Roaring Since the 1920s.

For $150, guests will be able to step back in time to the 1920s and enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction and a special speakeasy featuring a casino from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. For those guests interested in attending the speakeasy, casino, and dessert reception from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. a $100 ticket option is available. All funds raised will directly benefit the Junior League of Pasadena and its community partners and project

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

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

On Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. the Glendale Central Library will host a Behind the Scenes in Opera talk by mezzo-soprano Melissa Treinkman. She will be talking about her career as a singer and working with Los Angeles Opera.

Admission is free.

For further information, contact the Glendale Central Library at (818) 548-2027.

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.

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 April 17 and features flutist Eileen Holt Helwig will perform works by Satie, Schocker & Prokofiev with pianist Roberta Garten and harpist Mary Dropkin.

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

Learn a self-help method that will allow you ways to take control of distressing emotions and provide practical guides in coping with the difficulties of everyday life.  Recovery International, the oldest self-help organization in the world, meets at the La Cañada Community Center at 4469 Chevy Chase, on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Free, but donation requested.

Glendale Art Association’s La Cañada Flintridge Library Art Show, “Let Your Imagination Fly” takes place 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 Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m., the Associates of Brand Library will be sponsoring the third concert in its annual music series. Violinist Armen Anassian and pianist Mark Robson will be performing works by Richard Strauss, Shostakovich, Robson, Debussy, Messiaen and Schnyder. This concert will be in the auditorium of the Glendale Central Library. Admission is free. More information is available on the Brand Library website

For further information, contact the Glendale Central Library at (818) 548-2027.

Brand Library & Art Center is temporarily closed for renovation. Until the renovation is complete, Brand Library events will be held at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale.

The American Association of University women – Pasadena branch hosts visionary and builder of orchestras Rachael Worby, artistic director and conductor of Pasadena based MUSE/IQUE.

Rachael Worby previously was the music director and conductor for the Pasadena Pops and the Young Peoples Program at Carnegie Hall and has appeared as guest conductor throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.  She created the Governor’s School for the Arts in West Virginia and the American Music Festival in Romania.   Worby holds honorary doctorates from Marshall University and Claremont University.

She will be speaking on Saturday, April 20 at 11:15 a.m. at the Women’s City Club. The cost is $20 per person.

For reservations, mail check payable to AAUW Pasadena to AAUW Pasadena at P.O. Box 94309, Pasadena, CA 91109-4309 by April 12. Indicate grilled salmon and citrus salsa or skinny chicken or fruit plate.

For information, call (626) 797-1059.

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

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 Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga announced that the McGroarty Arts Center will be the venue site for its Monthly Poetry Reading Series on Saturday, April 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The featured poet for this event is Neil McCarthy, an Irish poet from Cork who now lives in Los Angeles. He can be found at  Open reading/light refreshments/admission is free.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga:

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga

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

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

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;

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

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 the next classes being held on 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 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 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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