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What shoe would YOU wear?

Once Upon A Time bookstore is hosting Meet Marissa Meyer, author of “Cinder,” today, Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.  Meyer’s wildly popular debut young adult fantasy, “Cinder” is a fairy tale like no other you’ve read.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a Cyborg.

Come meet this imaginative and talented new author.  Bring in a shoe you would wear as Cinderella and enter into a raffle to win a gift card or a free signed book. This crossover hit has been popular with adults and teens 12+.

 Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose

Legal workshop for busy parents

A whopping 69% of parents do not have any protections in place for their kids in the event something happens to them.  Of those that do, many have made one of six common mistakes that could make those protections useless. In this hour-long talk on Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. in the La Crescenta Library, local mom and personal family lawyer Vanessa Terzian will help parents take charge.

This event is free of charge. A children’s activity will take place in the library at the same time.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

Alzheimer’s support group offered

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

Meditation for Harmonious Life

Kadampa Meditation Center is hosting meditation for a harmonious life on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Drop-in classes are June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6. Free to YMCA members ($5 for non-member).   Meditation and Modern Buddhism:  New Perspective on Life is on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Time and Space Gallery, 838 ½ Foothill Blvd, La Cañada on June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18 and on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Griffith Manor Park, 1551 Flower St., Glendale on June 10, 17, 24 and July 1, 8).  The cost is $10/class.

For more information, please contact Kadampa Meditation Center California at (323) 223-0610 or visit

Orchid auction

Hundreds of beautiful orchids will be available for sale at the Orchid Society of Southern California’s Annual Orchid Auction on Saturday, June 9 starting at 2 p.m. in the meeting hall of the First Christian Church in Burbank. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for plant inspection and bidder registration. The bidding should be over by 5 p.m. A wide range of orchids will be available with well-grown varieties of species and hybrids suitable for everyone from the orchid novice through the advanced collector. Free door prizes and refreshments will be offered, and admission is also free to all. Feel free to bring your friends and neighbors. Further information can be found on the OSSC website at

First Christian Church., 221 South Sixth St., Burbank


Docent Classes offered

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


Ceramics sale at LCFCC

The La Cañada Flintridge Community is hosting its 2012 Spring Ceramics Sale on Friday, June 8 from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. and Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Over 50 artists will participate. Bring a friend for a fun and unique shopping experience.

For more information call (818) 790-4353 or visit

Mc Groarty History shared

The next meeting of the Little Landers Historical Society will present the history of the McGroarty family. From humble beginnings in Foster Township, Penn. to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, John McGroarty’s life was interesting and unusual. He was a teacher, journalist, editor, Justice of the Peace, county treasurer, attorney, California’s poet laureate and congressman. His wife Ida was quiet and logical, keeping her husband grounded.

McGroarty made widespread contributions both on a local and state level. At the June 9 meeting of the Little Landers Historical Society, presenter Regina Clark will give a presentation on the history of the McGroarty family.

All are invited to the free program at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Republican Women Federated Hosts Mike Munzing

Mike Munzing will be the guest speaker at the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated luncheon on Thursday, June 14 from11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. at the La Cañada Country Club. He will be speaking on U.N. Agenda 21

Over the past four years, Munzing was a member of numerous Tea Party and 912 groups and has organized and promoted “Conservative Happy Hours” throughout Orange County, bringing in hundreds of people to hear famous speakers from across the country. He was one of a small handful of Tea Party candidates who were elected to the OC Republican Central Committee. He has a reputation as a fighter for conservative and limited government ideals and was appointed by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey as a delegate to the CA Republican Party for the 73rd assembly district.

Everyone is welcome. The cost is $25. For reservations, call Ellen Hedrick at (818) 248-0924 or Molly Powers at (818) 248-4825 no later than Friday, June 8.

La Cañada Country Club, 5500 Godbey Dr., La Cañada Flintridge

De-Clutter Subject of program

De-Clutter 101 luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club in Altadena.

Regina Lark, Ph.D., CEO of A Clear Path, Professional Organizing for Home, Work, Life will give techniques and strategies to help people make the best possible choices about what to do with all their stuff.

 Talented vocalist Lori Berg will provide entertainment.  Motivational speaker Esther Clark, independent and high-spirited businesswoman, will share her life theme, “I Did it My Way.”

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

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Dr. Altadena

Henning Guest of Sierra Club

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents, Carol Henning’s French Polynesia, on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta. Enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting room and parking.

Henning is a member of the Sierra Club and made her trip to French Polynesia specifically to see the solar eclipse.  While there she visited some of the most scenic islands in the world.

Join us as we travel to Bali Hi, Papeete, Bora Bora and Rangira, to name a few.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and available to everyone. Contact Wayne Fisher for more information at (818) 353-4181.

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


Education Classes for Parents of Special Needs Kids

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and the City of La Cañada are hosting parent and education classes for parents of children with special needs on Thursdays through June 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the CCY patio room.

This is a support resource for parents of children with special needs. Topics include neurobiological and psychological disorders along with issues that arise from parenting any child with special needs. Additional future topics will be scheduled.

To RSVP or for more information call (818) 790-0123 ext. 231.

Child watch available at no charge to YMCA facility members, $5 for non-members.

The CCY is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

Moonday East Features Longworth, Zandvakili

Moonday East starts feeling the summer on the third Sunday in June 17 at 2 p.m. at the Flintridge Bookstore in La Cañada.  Moonday is hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones. The East Side reading occurs on the third Sunday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 pm. There will be a feature and open mic. Come early to sign up for the open reading. See future features at:

Katayoon Zandvakili’s collection of poetry, “Deer Table Legs,” won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry

Series prize, and the book’s title poem was awarded a Pushcart Prize.

“Poemland Security” had sealed Fred Longworth’s file. Alas, someone hit SEND when they intended to punch DELETE. And as a result, we’ve been able to secure a few details from his poetry  résumé. Over the years his poems have found solace and sanctuary in numerous zines including “Pearl,” “Spillway,” and “Stirring.” He continues to work on his three unpublished chapbooks. He lives in San Diego where he makes his living restoring vintage audio components

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.  For more information, call (818) 790-0717.


The next meeting of the Rose Leaf Club is on Sunday, June 24 at Wang’s Place, 120 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia, in the old town area. After stepping into the foyer, enter the separate meeting room through the door to the right. The meeting time will continue as before, the last Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. Owner Jeffrey Wang provides a Chinese buffet at a reasonable price. Free parking is available in several adjoining city-owned lots.

For further information, call Hal Leavens (626) 359-8648 or Ron Ross (818) 766-2384 or send email to

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club features performers on piano and other instruments playing ragtime and other related types of music. All performers and listeners are welcome.  The only charge is to non-performers who are asked to make a $2 donation.

More information on the Rose Leaf Ragtime Club is available at


Save the date

The Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College will now be known as Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College Foundation.

This year’s fashion show fundraiser will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. The theme for the event will be “Education Through The Years” and all proceeds will go towards scholarships, grants-in-aid and emergency funds for deserving students.

Save the date and reserve early.  Price of the fundraiser luncheon will be $45.

ABWA Hosts Country-Western Gala

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen chapter 49th Anniversary and Business Associate Night “Country-Western” gala is Wednesday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge. Student scholars, chapter Woman of the Year Elysa Rosenfeld-Ortiz, and Top Ten Candidate Dr. Martha Preciado will be honored, and the Business Associate of the Year will be introduced.

Cost is $25. For information and reservations call (818) 548-1525 or (818) 512-4079.

Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale


Glendale Memorial 50-plus walking club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. At the information table on the first floor of the Eagle Rock Plaza.

Participants can walk in a safe environment free from the smog, heat, rain and cold!

For information, call (818) 502-2396.

Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd., #230, Los Angeles



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 “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


Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Choral. The group, composed of CVHS choral alumni men and women, rehearse once a week on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., at the Glendale First United Methodist Church. The group performs for local civic groups and retirement homes in Pasadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Duarte during the holiday season and again in the late spring/early summer. After the holiday season performances the group will resume rehearsals in the middle of January.

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at


The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is now hosting pre- and post-natal fitness classes and personal training sessions.  Studies have shown that going through labor and delivery is an athletic event for which you should train. The purpose of the natal fit program is to assist pregnant women in keeping a level of fitness that will optimize the outcome of the pregnancy.  Also, the benefits include more energy, fewer aches and pains, less weight gain and a faster labor.

The Natal Fit program is designed by Dawn Weyand, who is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Weyand has specifically designed this program to optimize a woman’s pregnancy and give them and their baby a healthy beginning.

Both private and group sessions are available at the Y. For more information, contact Jim Netto at (818) 790-0123, ext. 243.

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