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SUMMER CAMP AT McGROARTY
McGroarty Arts Center is offering an “Art All Day” summer camp for kids ages 7 to 15. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 5. The camp features yoga, expressive arts, puppet making, clay play and creative drama. This is in addition to the regular children’s class schedule.

McGroarty Arts Center also offers a summer schedule of affordable art, music, dance and wellness classes for children and adults. Classes run through Aug. 30. Courses include plein air painting and drawing, stained glass, watercolor, ceramics (wheel and hand-building with kiln firing), yoga, violin, acting, film making, photography, “make your own Mandala,” and much more.

Additional workshops include “Wine & Watercolor,” which is held on the third Friday of each month. A new photography workshop, “Hot Summer Nights: The Aesthetics of Night Photography” will be held on two Thursdays – July 17 and July 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To register, call (818) 352-5285 or visit the Center’s website at www.mcgroartyartscenter.org for a complete listing of classes/workshops and for more information.

McGroarty Arts Center is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga.

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STONEBARN VINEYARD
The Stonebarn Vineyard at Deukmejian Park is full of weeds, competing with our grapevines for water. On July 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. come and help get rid of the weeds so we can have a great harvest! And it’s not too late to join the Stonebarn Vineyard Conservancy; membership levels are $30 and $40 (the $40 level includes two bottles of wine). For information, call
(818) 249-2414.

Deukmejian Park, 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta

CIRCUS COMING TO TOWN
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends, coming to the Los

Angeles area. It is appearing at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario (July 18-22) and Honda Center, Anaheim (July 25-Aug 3).

Ticket prices vary depending on time and location. Visit www.ringling.com for information.

TRIBUTE TO EARTH, WIND & FIRE AT STARLIGHT BOWL
On July 19, Larry Dunn’s Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire gets the audience grooving to some of the greatest R&B tunes from one of the most popular bands of the 70s and 80s at the Starlight Bowl. Opening act for the evening is Platinum Groove, offering their high energy dance music.

Tickets are available online at www.StarlightBowl.com or may be purchased in person at the Community Services Building, 150 N. Third St., third floor, in Burbank.

Picnic baskets are welcome. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will also be offering tasty, on-site concessions. Individual tickets range from $8-$15. The military discount price for individual tickets is $8. The Park Lover’s Pass, grass seating only, is $60 for the entire summer season of shows.

Parking is $8 cash per vehicle. Carpooling is recommended. Parking opens at 4:30 p.m., the gates open at 5:30 p.m., and all concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Starlight Bowl is located at 1249 Lockheed View Dr. in Burbank.

REDBIRD PLANS UPCOMING EVENTS
Redbird in the Angeles National Forest is having the Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow July 18-20 at Moorpark College in Moorpark. There are still vendor spaces available.

A call for artists and sponsors is made for the Modest Fly Art Gallery and Art Studio exhibit “Highway 2 – The Journey and the Destination.” Varied artwork submissions have been received but there is room for more.

To take part in either of these events, contact Corina Roberts at redbirds_vision@hotmail.com.

‘PAWS FOR POETRY’
The La Crescenta Library is hosting “Paws for Poetry,” an adult event on July 19 at 2 p.m. when participants will join the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga along with new poet laureate Elsa Frausto in reading poems about ‘animal friends.’

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

GLENDALE’S 21st ANNUAL CRUISE NIGHT
The 2014 Cruise Night is returning for its 21st year on Saturday, July 19 in Downtown Glendale! Stroll down Brand Boulevard to see over 350 classic pre-1979 cars. Display booths and activities for the kids will make this evening one of the best entertainment options of the summer. It’s free to attend.

Headlining the 2014 Cruise Night are Abbey Road and The Kingsmen – celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Louie Louie.” For the first time, there will be a fireworks spectacular at the end of the show!

More than 35,000 visitors are expected at Glendale Cruise Night 2014. More information available on www.glendalecruisenight.com, or call (818) 548-6464.

S-T LIONS CLUB WATERMELON FESTIVAL
The 53rd Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club Watermelon Festival will be held again at Santa Anita Park. Every admission includes free watermelon slices and a free spin on the Watermelon Wheel for additional prizes…and everyone’s a winner! The festival is on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 children, $8 for seniors and active military personnel. Children under 2 are free. Presale discounts are available on the website. Parking is $4. For additional information visit www.lionswatermelonfestival.com or call (800) 955-1277. (Festival entrance is Gate #6 off the Colorado Lot on Colorado Place.)

Favorite activities include the watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, the watermelon bean bag toss and the return of the greased watermelon races. The Watermelon Pavilion will have hourly watermelon carving and cooking demonstrations. The new and improved watermelon-o-matic machine will dazzle as it slices the delicious fruit for the hungry festival goers. The wearable art contest will have daily winners.

Santa Anita Race Track, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

CLASSES CONTINUE ON CONSTITUTION AND CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITED GOVERNMENT
Voters Against Corruption and Tyranny is conducting a class on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how these documents limit the government from infringing upon Americans’ rights.

This remaining video lecture in the series is on Tuesday evening, July 22 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Admission is free and open to the public. Those in attendance will receive a free booklet on the U.S. Constitution.

For more information, call Elliott at (818) 247-5147.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, 4554 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta

AVS HOLDING MEETING
The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next meeting on Wednesday morning, July 23 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens Maple Room. The program will be on rhizomatous gesneriads, presented by guest speaker Al Palacio, owner of Shady Places. Fun and unusual plants will be available for sale.

Guests are always welcome to attend meetings.For more information, call club President Luis at (323) 236-0104.  www.montroseafricanviolets.weebly.com

Descanso Gardens Maple Room, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge

S-T NEW POET LAUREATE ELSA S. FRAUSTO AT VILLAGE POETS
Sunland-Tujunga’s new poet laureate Elsa S. Frausto will be featured at the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga’s upcoming Monthly Reading Series on Sunday, July 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum.

Frausto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has lived in the foothills with her family for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in a number of local and international publications, among them “Porte des Poetes,” “Speechless the Magazine,” and poem of the month in “Poet at Work” among others. She is a member of the “Chuparosa Writers,” volunteers at the Friends of the Library Bookstore and at the Noise Within Theater (Pasadena) and is poetry editor and translator for the Spanish language literary magazine “la-luciernaga.com.” Her new venture as poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga (2014-16) is the blog Poetria.org where poetry and travel with stops along the way from philosophy to food are welcome. Her local musings “Walking Around” can be read monthly in Voice of the Village.

Poets are welcome to signup for the open reading. Come and enjoy an early evening of poetry, light refreshments and eclectic conversation. A $3 donation is appreciated.

Sponsored by the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga www.villagepoets.blogspot.com.

MONTROSE FOOD & BREWFEST

The first Annual Montrose Food & Brewfest is on Sunday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m. in the 2200 block of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. This beer garden, ticket-only event provides samples of micro brews and craft brews, as well as samples of food from participating local restaurants. There will be free water, coffee and tea throughout the event as well. Check out www.montrosebrewfest.com for a full list of participants and for new additions and pricing information. Tickets are limited so buy now. This fundraising event is presented by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber, (818) 249-7171.

*While supplies last.

MEDICARE SERIES AT FOOTHILL RETIREMENT
Foothill Retirement Community is hosting the 3rd Annual Medicare 101 Series on

Thursday, July 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. this free educational seminar covers Medicare insurance options for people becoming eligible for Medicare and those already are enrolled. The speaker is Andea Naone-Waters, Financial professional. Space limited; please RSVP by calling (818) 468-4289. Those with special needs, should call (818) 353-3350 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Foothill Retirement Community, 6720 Saint Estaban Street in Tujunga

DBSA OFFERS SUPPORT GROUP
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 dbsalosangelesne@yahoo.com or visit dbsalosangelesne.org.

Vallejo Drive Adventist Church, 300 Vallejo Dr., Room 106 in Glendale.

NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF THE SUNLAND-TUJUNGA BRANCH LIBRARY
The bookstore of the Friends of the Sunland-Tujunga branch of the library, which is located inside the library, is filled with used books on almost every subject. There are books on psychology, religion, self-help, cooking, classics and many more subjects. It is open during library hours (except evenings). Prices range from 10 cents to a few dollars. All books are donated.

All monies collected from the sale of these books support the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library in purchasing new books, DVDs and equipment. The Friends also support programs for children and young adults as well as adults. It is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax deductible. Arrangements can be made to pick-up large donations. Call the library at (818) 352-4481 to schedule a pick-up.

Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga

THEN AND NOW EXHIBIT
Little Landers Historical Society announces the opening of a new temporary exhibit at Bolton Hall Museum. “Then and Now” features historic photos of places in the foothills community compared to photos of the same locations in more recent times. Little Landers member Craig Durst determined the exact location from which each old photo was taken and reproduced the same photo taking into account the time of year, time of day and weather conditions to duplicate each of the original pictures.

“Then and Now” will be available for viewing at Bolton Hall through October.

Bolton Hall is open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420; www.littlelandershistoricalsociety.org or email littlelanders@verizon.net.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

TOPS OFFERS LOCAL MEETINGS
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.

GLENDALE ONE TOASTMASTERS
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, call (818) 314-4964.

Shakers Restaurant, 801 N. Central, Glendale

FREE DIABETES COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASS
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

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP AT Y
The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, in partnership with the La Leche League, is hosting a monthly lactation and infant 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.

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