Ed Ames is coming to La Cañada!  He will be the guest speaker for the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated meeting today, Thursday, April 12 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $25. RSVP to Ellen by calling (818) 248-0924 or Molly at (818) 248-4825.

Ames is an entertainer famous for his songs “Try To Remember,” “My Cup Runneth Over”, stage career “The Fantasticks,” “Carnival,” and “South Pacific” and television roles Mingo on “Daniel Boone” and others. Ames has been active in conservative politics for some time and has appeared and been a speaker at many functions.

La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Canada

Sal Romeo ETC and SST Productions will present Joe Besecker’s award-winning play, “Tennessee in the Summer,” based on the life of the famed playwright Tennessee Williams at Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from April 13 through May 20.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling (800) 838-3006 or online at For more information, call (818) 558-5702 or visit online at

Sidewalk Studio Theatre, 4150 Riverside Dr., Burbank

TEAPAC and the Republican Club of the Foothills have two “back to back” Tea Parties scheduled to meet face to face with candidates seeking political positions in political offices at the state and national levels.

Rick Williams, candidate for California U.S. Senate, Jenny Worman, candidate for California U.S. Congress, 28th District and Greg Krikorian, candidate for California State Assembly, 43 District will be at both Tea Parties to share their conservative approach to resolving the major issues facing the state and nation. Candidates will answer questions and share their concerns.

The first event is on Saturday, April 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and is hosted by Bob Ruby at 2628 Pinelawn Dr. in La Crescenta. RSVP to Bob at (818) 249-5053 or Phil (818) 249-8425.

Sunday’s event takes place on April 15 also from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the home of Mary and Miles Wollam at 4900 Hillard Ave. in La Canada. RSVP to Mary W. (818) 952-7040 or Mary S. (818) 790-1959.

Come in casual attire and light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP so that the hosts can be properly prepared.

Due to redistricting, La Cañada and La Crescenta now share the same U.S. Congressional (28th), State Senate (25th) and State Assembly (43rd) districts.

The Sunland-Tujunga Poetry and Literature Committee is celebrating the “Passing of the Laurels” on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at The McGroarty Arts Center.

The event is in honor of Maja Trochimczyk, the outgoing poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga for 2010-12, and welcomes Dorothy Skiles as the new poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga for 2012-2014.

The program will include music and individual and group readings of poetry.  For more details, see village A reception will follow the Passing of the Laurels.

For more info, visit or telephone  (818) 352-5285.

The McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga

Coffee Gallery in Altadena hosts a variety of events every week.

Tuesdays are “Comedy Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All comics get to do a five-minute set. Performers range from those performing for the first time to seasoned professionals. Hosted by Scott Berger.

Thursday is “Artisan Alley” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Artisan Alley includes two featured musical acts, two musical open mics (open to anyone in the community), the works of a featured artist in the back room (art changes every two weeks), and a live DJ. Hosted by The Definition.

Friday is “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Rotating hosts.

Saturday is “Potlikker Showcase” from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  that offers an eclectic mix of musical performers, poets, spoken word readings, Americana music and a live DJ. Hosted by DJ Beatgozon.

Finally, Sundays are also “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Hosted by King.

For more information, call (626) 398.7917 or visit
Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena

American Association of University Women, Glendale branch, presents Joyce Davison, local resident and president of Ahead with Horses. This a nonprofit organization that provides unique and effective development therapy through horses and the environment to disabled, disadvantaged and other special needs children. She will give a presentation on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on how this organization helps children physically, mentally, socially and emotionally, enabling them to live more independent and better lives. The presentation is part of brunch (tickets are $25), at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Dr. in Glendale. Call (818) 246-9457 for more information.

Kadampa Meditation Center California is a non-profit organization that offers meditation classes to help people find inner peace and happiness. Currently, Kadampa Meditation Center California is offering an eight week course in La Cañada and Glendale titled “Freedom from Stress, Frustration & Anger.”

In April and May, the mediation class titled “Happiness from a Different Source” takes place on Fridays and Sundays.

On Friday, April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18, 25 the class takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. The cost is $5.

On Sunday, April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20, 27 classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Griffith Manor Park Building, 1551 Flower St. in Glendale. The cost is $10.

Call (323) 223-0610 or visit


When transportation and San Fernando Valley are mentioned in the same sentence, congestion and crowding also are spoken about. It was not always that way. On Saturday, April 14, David Coscia, a native of the San Fernando Valley, will present information on the growth of the San Fernando Valley and how the Valley and its inhabitants became so mobile.  The Depression, the War, changes in people’s needs and habits all affected the development of this great Valley. Coscia’s book “Pacific Electric Red Car and the Growth of the San Fernando Valley” will be available for purchase after the program.

His presentation is at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum. Parking available at the Elks Lodge, uphill at 10037 Commerce.

Everyone is welcome. Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. Light refreshments served after the program.

Please join us for this interesting and informative program and reminisce how transportation in Los Angeles was not as difficult as it is now.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga  at the corner of Commerce and Valmont.

www. Little Landers Historical Society. org
A senior healthy living expo is being held on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free services from eldercare experts; free admission. There will be entertainment, free parking and refreshments. Events during the day include medical wellness checkup: by a local physician, eldercare legal services by Vanessa Terzian, blood pressure assessment by Gentle Hearts Home Care, plus much more.

To register, call (818) 248-4278.

It is taking place at 4105 Ocean View Blvd. in Montrose.
A meeting of the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Lloyd Komesar in La Cañada.  Members will be reviewing a slate of candidates for possible endorsement by the club. Guest speaker Dr. Adnan Aswad will bring a presentation, “Storms in the Arab Spring: Syria and Beyond. “

No charge.  Members and newcomers are all welcomed. For more information, visit or call Nalini at (818) 249-9691.

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