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The Leisure Club of La Cañada Flintridge will host a program of music performed by the ARC Bell Choir on Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Lutheran Church in the Foothills.

ARC (Activities, Recreation & Care) is the largest national, community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The choir is well known throughout the L.A. and surrounding areas, performing at elementary and high schools, major corporations, nursing homes – even performing the “Star Spangled Banner” before an Angels baseball game and for 10 years at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for live broadcast on Christmas Eve.

Admission and refreshments are free and so is the parking.

No reservations are necessary.

Lutheran Church in the Foothills 1700 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

GAR Services, for nearly 60 years a fixture in Glendale, will hold its 22nd Annual Derby Day:  Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 4 at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank. This year’s theme is “Reach for the Stars” and the agency anticipates another successful event, raising much-needed funds for its mission. Honorary celebrity chair Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” fame is scheduled to be in attendance.  Also confirmed to attend is Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver.

Among the activities planned is presenting the 2013 Campbell Award of Excellence Award to Irshad UL Haque, a prominent Glendale businessman and member of the Glendale Foundation for the Retarded (GFR) board of directors. Haque is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glendale and a past resident of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Organized by GFR to benefit GAR Services, Derby Day is the agency’s signature annual fundraiser and this year again will offer a variety of activities to suit the palette of every guest.  Over the years, this event has become the “talk of the town” and the event to attend, see and be seen.  The day will include a live and silent auction, a hat and derby contest, a buffet luncheon, an opportunity drawing for a pair of exquisite diamond earrings, and the main attraction – the Kentucky Derby televised live from Churchill Downs.

Attendance is expected to be close to 400 guests representing families and companies from Glendale and the surrounding communities, including Nestle, Disney, Melby & Anderson, Knapp Petersen & Clarke, among many others.  Some of the exciting live auction items feature a week in Cancun, a week in a private vacation home in Cambria, a week in a 7-bedroom mansion in Southampton, a catered dinner for eight by Chef Paolo Sacca, formerly of La Cucina in La Cañada, with more being added to the list daily.

Spaces are still available.  For more information and to reserve a table or tickets, contact Rita Hopkins at (818) 242-2434, ext. 312 or by email at

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

The Experimental Performance Laboratory at Caltech and The Pasadena Playhouse present “Tesla,” a radio play for the stage. Directed by acclaimed Los Angeles director Michael Arabian with live sound effects by the SFX artist Tony Palermo, “Tesla” will run for one day only on the Mainstage of The Pasadena Playhouse, Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m.

Special guest stars include Phil Proctor (“Big Brother,” “Toy Story”) as Thomas Edison; French Stewart (“3rd Rock from the Sun,” Stoneface) as Tesla; Sandra Tsing Loh (Caltech alum, host of “The Loh Down on Science,” contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly) as Katherine; Dr. Ashley Stroupe (JPL Mars rover Opportunity driver), playing multiple roles; Dr. Steven Collins (JPL Mars rover Curiosity engineer), playing multiple roles; and Brian Brophy (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” director of Theater Arts at Caltech), playing multiple roles.

Tesla tells the story of Nikola Tesla’s life as a brilliant but controversial inventor and futurist during the late-19th and early-20th century. The play is excitingly staged as a radio drama featuring live sound effects. Tesla’s volatile relationship with Thomas Edison, his allegiance with George Westinghouse, and his confrontation with the power brokers of American business are recounted from the perspective of the possible implications of his work to national security.

Proceeds for the event directly support Theater Arts at Caltech. Tickets are $20 in advance at The Pasadena Playhouse box office, or pay-what-you-can donation to Theater Arts at Caltech at the door.

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

Glendale Beautiful will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Joe Bridges Clubhouse in Glenoaks Park, 2531 East Glenoaks Blvd. Liza Boubari, a hypno-therapist, will be talking on relaxation and related topics.

Lunch ($18 per person) is served at noon and is catered by Damons.

For reservations, call (818) 242-3689.

Mountview Retirement Home sponsors a monthly free Alzheimer’s Support Group on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next group will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.  Mountview Retirement Home is located at 2640 Honolulu, Montrose and can be reached at (818) 248-6737. All are welcome.

The Tarnished Treasures luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club. Tarnished Treasure is someone else’s donated item that could be your treasure!  Spend an afternoon of perusing the sale and silent auction tables for your next great find.

Carole Phillips, sales recruiter/business woman will describe in her inspirational talk, “A Door That No Man Can Close”.

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

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Dr., Altadena

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 La Crescenta Woman’s Club Juniors will hold its Annual Spring Time Tea Party at the La Crescenta Woman’s Club clubhouse at 4004 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta on Saturday, May 11. Seating will begin at 11 a.m.

Featured are a boutique, opportunity drawings and a prize awarded for the best hat. Reservations are $20 per person.  Proceeds will benefit local charities.

Make checks payable to La Crescenta Woman’s Club, P.O Box 106, Verdugo City, CA 91046.  For information on this event, contact Amira  Smith  (818) 618-3308 cellphone or email

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group presents Kat High, director of the Haramonkngna American Indian Cultural Center, on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library.  Enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting place and parking.

As director, High will discuss the traditional agricultural management techniques of her Hupa Indian culture.  She will explain how these ancient methods can be used today to restore our lands to their former beauty. These techniques are used by most California Indian tribes, including Tataviam, Chumash, Kitanemuk and Serrano.  The name Haramokngna is derived from Gabrielino and Tongva language dialects and translates roughly as, “The place where people gather.” A place to share culture, history and heritage and central to the indigenous people of this area.  In High’s own words, “We share the stories of the five tribes of the San Gabriels.”

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

The Los Angeles County Public Library, located at 2809 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta

The public is invited to join the Glendale Police Foundation for its 18th Annual Awards Luncheon on May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Glendale Hilton Hotel. Sponsor, donate to, and attend the event to honor and recognize the men and women of the Glendale Police Dept. who keep Glendale one of the top 10 safest cities in the United States of its size. The Glendale Police Foundation (GPF) is a non-profit organization created to support Glendale Police Dept.’s operations, strengthen community/police relationships, and encourage innovation.

To purchase tickets to the event, visit

What unites the music of Graham Nash, George Gershwin, Eric Whitacre and Brian Wilson? All of these composers and more wrote in Los Angeles and will be featured in the Towne Singers concert May 18 at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door and $20 presale. Tickets are available from members of Towne Singers , through or by telephone at (818) 275-4117.

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.

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 certification class is designed for the lay person. It provides instruction in adult, child and infant CPR and the choking maneuver for all three as well. Heartsaver AED classes will be held on May 29, June 12 and July 15 (from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at VHH. Fee is $60/person (includes textbook).

Also taught is the AED (automated external defribrillator) as these devices are now located in many public areas.

For more information or to register for a class, call Teri Rice at (818) 952-2272.

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

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

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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