LIBRARY HOSTS UPCOMING EVENTS
The La Crescenta Library is hosting a free public concert featuring Nativa on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Nativa, an Argentine country-folk counterpart to the urban tango, “folklore” evokes the pure sounds of a music deeply rooted in South American culture. This trio delivers a fresh and vibrant version of a beautiful collection of traditional Argentine songs.
This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
On Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. the library hosts the Second Annual La Crescenta Library Chili Cook-Off. The library is recruiting contestants for the cook-off. Bring your best recipe and compete with others in the community to be crowned the chili master of La Crescenta. Registration due by Aug. 11.
For more information, call the library at (818) 248-5313.
La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS PLANNED
The Crescenta Valley High School class of 1981 is having its 30-year reunion on July 16 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.cvhsalumni81.myevent.com.
Crescenta Valley High School Class of 1991 is celebrating its 20th reunion on Saturday, July 23 at the Angeles National Golf Club, 9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland. Reservations are $75 per person until July 1st and $85 at the door. A local account has been set up for reservation checks. Checks are made payable and sent to: F. Virgallito, 5000 Acampo Ave., La Crescenta CA 91214. Make a notation “CVHS Class of 91” on the check memo. For more information, contact Sosi Parsegian at (818) 621-1980, after 5 p.m. You can find us on Facebook @ CV Falcons – Class of 1991 for complete details of the weekend events.
SUMMER JAZZ, FAERIES AT DESCANSO
Music on the Main, the summer jazz series at Descanso Gardens, continues Thursdays through Aug. 25 with a different jazz artist every week. The Summer Family Series runs Tuesdays through Aug. 2 and features concerts, plays and an Elizabethan festival. For these two series, visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and settle back to savor the music.
Mitchell Long and Café Atlantico will perform a concert of Brazilian jazz on Thursday, July 21. “A Faery Hunt” theater group returns to the Gardens on Tuesday, July 26. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m.
Descanso Gardens is open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. The Camellia Lounge, featuring signature cocktails and light food fare, is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 25. Enjoy signature cocktails, beverages, snacks and fabulous appetizers prepared by Patina.
Performances are free with Gardens admissions: $8 adults, $6 senior/students, $3 children 5-12, free 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions after 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org.
BYRD SONGS COMING TO THE BRAND LIBRARY & ART CENTER
Byrd Songs, a concert inspired by the iconic musical theatre and pop music posters of graphic artist David Edward Byrd, takes place at the Brand Library and Art Center on Saturday, July 16 through July 22 at 7 p.m.
Stephen Sondheim. Stephen Schwartz. Johnny Mercer. The Rolling Stones. Jimi Hendrix: These are just a selection of the musical theater and rock ‘n’ roll greats that David Byrd has illustrated for over the years. Daniel Faltus, musical director and pianist for the Byrd Songs concert, will bring the posters to life with the help of soprano Karen Benjamin and tenor Peter Nathan Foltz. They will be performing songs from popular music, the Great American Songbook and Broadway, including works by Stephen Sondheim (“Follies”), Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”), Cole Porter, Harold Arlen (“The Wizard of Oz”), Richard Rodgers (“Carousel,” “The King & I”), and Johnny Mercer. Byrd Songs is a musical celebration being held in conjunction with The Byrd Show: 40 Years of Art & Design, the first West Coast retrospective of the renowned artist and graphic designer’s career.
Brand Library Art Galleries, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale
MOONDAY EAST FEATURES ALLEN BRADEN
Moonday East announces celebrated Washington State poet Allen Braden who will be featured for the month of July. The reading will take place on Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Flintridge Bookstore in La Cañada.
Braden is the author of “A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood” (University of Georgia) and “Elegy in the Passive Voice” (University of Alaska/Fairbanks), winner of the Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from Artist Trust of Washington State as well as the Emerging Writers Prize from “Witness” magazine, the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Dana Award in Poetry and other honors. Former poet-in-residence for the Poetry Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he lives in Lakewood, Washington.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Highway.
GOLF CLASSIC BENEFITS SHERIFFS
The Desi Geestman Foundation presents The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Support Group’s 28th Annual Golf Classic at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club on July 18. The event includes lunch at 11:30 a.m. and tee off at 1 p.m.
Awards and prizes will be presented immediately after the tournament. This event is organized by the CV Sheriff’s Support Group. Proceeds to benefit the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
The golfer’s package includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, awards, tee prizes and contest holes for only $200.
For more information, contact Rick Dinger at (818) 248-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 N. Godbey Drive, La Cañada
ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Pasadena Child Development Associates and the Armory Center for the Arts will partner this summer to provide a series of art classes adapted for children with special needs. Each class will be structured to meet the individual needs of the children in that class. Classes will be held at the PCDA facility at 620 N. Lake Avenue in Pasadena. For more information on this summer art experience or learn more about PCDA’s services for children and families, contact (626) 793-7350 or visit the website at www.pasadenachilddevelopment.org.
NOON CONCERTS OPEN TO PUBLIC
Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10-12:40 p.m. in the newly restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).
On July 20, Avanti String Quartet performs Alexander Zemlinsky “String Quartet No.1 in A Major, Op.4 (1896)” and Franz Schubert “Quartettsatz in c minor, D.703 (1820).”
Performing will be Tamsen Beseke – violin; Jacqueline Suzuki – violin; Matthew Witmer – viola and guest artist Michael Masters – violoncello.