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

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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 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.

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 continues its 10th Annual Ceramics Show through June 15.  This free 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.

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” today, Thursday, June 13. The luncheon features Donna Benton, PhD, 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 Boulevard, 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 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.

The Doctors House Museum in Glendale is currently showcasing an exhibit of vintage wedding gowns from the 1860s to the 1920s.

England’s Queen Victoria has been widely credited with establishing the Western tradition of wearing a white bridal gown, which was quickly copied by wealthy, fashionable brides. Victorian, Edwardian and Gatsby-era 1920s style wedding dresses in The Glendale Historical Society’s collection are on now display at the Doctors House and can be viewed every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. now through June 30 (except Fathers Day).

The Doctors House is an authentically restored Queen Anne-Eastlake Victorian house and is one of the last two remaining original houses of its style in Glendale. The house’s threatened demolition in 1979 sparked the formation of The Glendale Historical Society, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that remains dedicated to celebrating and conserving Glendale’s rich history and architectural heritage.

Located in Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, the Doctors House Museum is open for tours on Sundays except holidays and the month of July. A $2 donation is requested from visitors who are not members of The Glendale Historical Society.

MUSE/IQUE, known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, launches Summer of Sound 2013 with “Lost in the Stars with Patti Austin,” featuring the Grammy Award-winning legend on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m., outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena.  Austin joins MUSE/IQUE artistic director Rachael Worby who conducts the MUSE/IQUE orchestra in a musical mash up of works by Brubeck, Beatles, Ellington, Weill, Paganini and more.  Also spotlighted is critically acclaimed concertmaster Robert Wilke.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner (ordered in advance) or bring-your-own picnics with table and bleacher seating and plentiful free parking.

Caltech’s Beckman Mall is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. in Pasadena.

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.