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The Autry in Griffith Park is having a docent class that is scheduled to start in June. The Autry is recruiting interested individuals to attend training that will enable them to share the rich history of the west with museum visitors. For more information, contact Susan DiCato at or (323) 667-2000.

The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

There is another opportunity to experience the wonderful jazz program at Glendale Community College. Today, Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, three GCC jazz combos will perform music by jazz masters as well as original pieces and arrangements by students. The combos promise to provide an outstanding musical experience.

This concert is free by emailing with the number of tickets requested. Tickets will be placed at “Will Call” in the auditorium foyer.

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, June 11 at 7 p.m.  Mountview Retirement Home is located at 2640 Honolulu, Montrose and can be reached at (818) 248-6737. All are welcome.

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 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.

In 1884, Helen Hunt Jackson published “Ramona: A Story,” a tragic love story about a half-Indian beauty raised on a rancho. When railroads opened Southern California up to inexpensive travel, a tourism and real estate boom of unheard of proportion struck the region, and Jackson’s novel became a handbook for sightseeing. Tourists in droves visited landmarks identified with Ramona’s fictional life – her birthplace, her home, the site of her wedding, and her grave. And at most of these locations, vast array of souvenirs commemorating their visits were available for purchase. It was these souvenirs that led Dr. Dydia DeLyser to rethink the craze for all things Ramona as initiated not by region-al boosters, but by the tourists themselves. In her book, “Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California,” DeLyser traces the myth’s emergence within the context of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century tourist industry and explores how the heroine of a nineteenth-century romance novel pervades southern California’s regional identity.

This program on June 8 at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum will explore how a fictional work – and the real places and products that it inspired – helped to shape an idealized past.

Light refreshments served after the presentation. Free admission; everyone is welcome.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga (corner of Valmont & Commerce).

Parking available uphill at the Elks Lodge

Glendale Art Association’s June exhibition is “Glendale Real and Imagined,” which has the city of Glendale as the subject of the works presented.

ANZOH Art Gallery is partnering with GAA by providing gallery space. Through sponsorships of GAA, the association attempts to distribute five scholarships to high school seniors in Glendale majoring in art this year.

“Glendale, Real and Imagined” opens Friday, June 7 with a 7 p.m. reception featuring a string quartet, and catered wine and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibition runs through Thursday, June 20, Tuesdays through Sundays.

The exhibition is at ANZOH Art Gallery at 1125 S. Central in Glendale.

Ahead With Horses is having a fundraiser and open house on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be games, arts & crafts, silent auction, T-shirts, pictures taken of the AWH kids, free toy with every kids ticket, music and featuring hamburgers, veggie-burgers, and hot dogs with all the trimmings.

Price, including barbecue, is just $12 for adults, $6 for kids 3 years of age and older, kids under 3 get in free.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at the website

Ahead With Horses is located at 10157 Johanna Ave., Shadow Hills. Phone (818) 767-6373.

The next major exhibit for the Time & Space Gallery is titled, “The Art of Bond.” The exhibit ushers the gallery into the summer with a celebration of 007. Opening reception will be held June 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with musical guests “That’s Not My Baby” and featuring a Bond inspired Aston Martin. A special fund raising event for the Pasadena Dance Theater will be held June 29 from noon to 9 p.m. with live dance by students and company members. The exhibit will run through August.

Featured artists include Jordan Danes, James Lopez, Christine Luchetta, Peter Wilson and Lesley Fontanella.

The Time & Space Gallery 838 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge and curated by local artist Christine Luchetta.

McGroarty Arts Center is continuing its 10th Annual Ceramics Show through June 15.  This free exhibit begins with the opening reception on June 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that includes live music, refreshments and an incomparable view of the foothills from the Center’s terrace. This event has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence, highlighting the work of 39 professional ceramic artists as well as McGroarty Arts Center’s own ceramic students. The center’s new executive director Candace Sorensen will be available as well.

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, 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.

AAUW Glendale branch meeting June 8 at the Oakmont Country Club will feature Glendale City Councilwoman Laura Friedman.  Newly re-elected, Friedman will talk of the extensive partnerships between city agencies and local non-profit organizations, all intended to maintain the exceptionally high quality of life in Glendale.  In addition, new officers for the 2013-14 year will be installed, featuring co-presidents Nancy Ellyson and Patricia Wilson.

Reservations by calling (818) 951-6104 or (818) 317-5602. Cost is $25 per person; event begins at 9 a.m. at the Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Dr. in Glendale.

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents Fred Dong’s, “Mongolia” on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m., at the Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta (please enter at La Crescenta Avenue for parking and the meeting room).

Join world traveler Fred Dong as he presents his explorations of Mongolia including the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert, the Steppes and Mountains.  Beautiful wildlife will be seen including the endangered Przewalski’s Wild Horse and many other animals native to Mongolia.

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

The meeting on June 12 of the Glendale Quilt Guild will be held at First Congregational Church of Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd, Glendale at 7 p.m. Social hour at 6:30 p.m. The program includes mini demonstrations of quilting techniques and a Table-Top sale in which members of the guild rent table space and bring quilt-related items to sell.

The Glendale Quilt Guild meets the second Wednesday of the month. Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 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.

Shoes on Parade luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:30 am. at the Altadena Country Club. All are invited to attend a show of shoes from local DSW Shoe Store. The latest fashions with a little history of the shoes will be featured.

Special songs will be sung by talented vocalist Lori Berg. Motivational speaker and public relations specialist Lisa Toney will speak on the proper footwear in her talk, “Steps of Confidence: Becoming a Woman of Purpose.”

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

Altadena Country Club, 2200 Country Club, Altadena

The Women’s Council of the Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) Foundation presents a special luncheon and program, “Caring for Family: Women as Caregivers – Balancing Work, Health and Family” on Thursday, June 13. The luncheon features Donna Benton Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Family Caregiver Support Program at USC Davis School of Gerontology.

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.

Dr. Benton is also a commissioner on the California Commission on Aging. She has worked in the field of aging and psychology for over 30 years.

Luncheon fee is $15/person. Lunch is sponsored by Montrose and Alameda Healthcare. RSVP to the Foundation Office at (818) 952-2226.

VHH, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale/La Cañada.

Music for Charity Events is presenting a benefit concert at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. to support Ahead With Horses, an organization whose mission is to “maximize potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and the environment, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives capable of contributing to society.”

Admission is free. All donations are tax-deductible, and accepted by cash or check. Reception follows.

For more information, call Connie at (310) 963-1480.

St George’s Episcopal Church, 808 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

The YWCA Glendale is holding a pre-summer fashion sale. On Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the YWCA will host a fun boutique to raise money for YWCA Glendale programs and services.

The boutique includes brand-new fashion attire and accessories from vendors such as Treasured Accessories, Poetic Potions, Classy Bag Lady, D.J. Giles, Bath and Body Works and Buddha Jeans as well as trendy thrift store bargains. Jeri Benton, community member and “volunteer extraordinaire” organized this first time event. The National Charity League Tick Tockers will volunteer their time at the event. For more information, contact Virginia Ruiz at the YWCA Glendale at (818) 242-4155 x221. Parking located behind building off of Geneva.

YWCA Glendale, 735 E. Lexington Dr., Glendale

Opera Pasadena will present “Sing A Song Of Shakespeare” on Sunday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m, in the Recital Hall at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. The program will include solo songs found in many of the plays, as well as operatic settings from “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Admission is $15. Call Barbara Ebert at (626) 398-0658 for reservations. The museum is handicapped-accessible.

Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

The Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a fundraising event on Thursday, June 20 at the Forest Lawn Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event offers an opportunity to compare an array of selected wines from California and around the world. In addition, imported cheeses, an array of Mignon fine chocolates, and light appetizers by Chin Chin Catering will be available.

This year’s special guest emcee is Fritz Coleman, popular Channel 4 weatherman, talented standup comedian – and longtime supporter of the Red Cross. Live musical entertainment will also be featured, as well as an art exhibit by Nathan Sawaya, “Art of the Brick” that features sculptures made entirely out of Lego® bricks.

Adding to the festivities is a drawing and a silent auction of many gift items and entertainment events contributed by local businesses and community members. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, furthering its ability to help communities in Glendale and the Crescenta Valley in times of unexpected emergencies.

Tickets are $60 per person or $100 for two people.  To purchase tickets, call (818) 243-3121.  Online ticketing is available at ($2 per ticket surcharge applies for online purchases).

Questions may be directed to chapter executive officer Ron Farina at (818) 243-3121, ext. 115 or at

Forest Lawn Glendale Museum, 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale

The Foothill-based Sons of Norway, Edvard Grieg lodge, will celebrate the Scandinavian mid-summer holiday with a day-long Viking Fest, featuring authentically clad Viking re-enactors, Viking sports such as kubb, Viking crafts and runes. Open to the public of all ages, there is no admission charge.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 on the grounds of the Lutheran Church of the Foothills, site of regular Edvard Grieg lodge meetings and activities.

There will be crafts and activities for all ages, including playing of kubb, the Viking lawn bowling game, making Viking whip-cord, and learning to write your name in runic letters.

Viking re-enactment troupe, the Ravens of Odin, will bring Viking times to life with demonstration of weapons, weaving and daily life.

Refreshments will be available, including “Viking dogs” – pølse med lompe (a hot dog wrapped in special Norwegian flatbread) – as well as Danish ice cream from Paradis in Montrose.

Authentic Viking music will be presented by vocalists Kari Davis of Altadena, Cara Clove of La Crescenta and Stephanie Krystad of Altadena with drums and pipes. There will be multi-media illustrated talks on Viking ships, Vikings in Ireland and Vikings in the Middle East.

Vendors offering Viking and Scandinavian wares will be on site.

For further information, call Judith Vinje, Viking festival artistic director, at (818) 563-2526, or Jo Ness, Edvard Grieg Lodge president, at (818)  249-8102.

Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen Chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 22 with a luncheon at Burbank’s Castaway Restaurant. Special guest speaker will be ABWA’s National District VI Vice President Bryna Dambrowski of Long Beach. Chapter past presidents will be honored in addition to the nine student scholarship recipients and the National Board of Directors Impact Scholarship winner Arpa Shahijanian of Burbank.

Special recognition will be presented to the chapter Woman of the Year and Top Ten Business Woman candidate Lori Hartwell of Glendale. The chapter Business Associate of the Year will be announced.

The mission of ABWA is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others to grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

The luncheon cost is $45. For reservations and information, call (818) 547-1422.

Tender Hearts HomeCare and the Crescenta Cañada YMCA are hosting the Second Annual Senior Healthy Living Expo on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This was rescheduled from June 1 due to scheduling conflicts.

There will be free food, entertainment and opportunities to meet business professionals from the community that deal with seniors. There will be free medical, dental, podiatry and chiropractic checks ups along with a masseuse. The Sisters of Swing, an Andrews Sisters tribute ensemble, will provide music. For questions or to RSVP, call Tender Hearts HomeCare at (855) 411-8442.

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga have their next monthly poetry reading series on Sunday, June 23 at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The featured poet is Alex M. Frankel.  His chapbook is “My Father’s Lady, Wearing Black.” Frankel will have a full-length book out later this year, called, “Birth Mother Mercy.” His book reviews appear regularly in The Antioch Review. Frankel has been nominated by Judith Hall for “Best New Poet” for his poem, “SoccerStud16 I Need to Leave This World Come Back as You.”

Open reading!  Light refreshments! Admission is free!

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga:

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga,

21st Annual Family Music Festival with Chubby Checker, Ben E. King, and Jay and The Americans is on Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Admission is $20 for general public, $14 for members of the Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, South Coast Botanic Garden and Virginia Robinson Gardens. Children under 12 free and must be accompanied by an adult. For information and details, call (626) 821-3222 or visit
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

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.

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