SUMMER JAZZ 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. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and settle back to savor the music.
Woodwind specialist Bob Sheppard will headline a concert of straight-ahead jazz on Thursday, Aug. 4. Sheppard has performed with many greats of jazz and pop including Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell.
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.
DENNIS MORGAN MOVIE IN THE PARK
Join the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley at Two Strike Park on Saturday, Aug. 6 for an old-time movie under the stars. The movie will be “Captains of the Clouds.” James Cagney and Dennis Morgan portray Canadian bush pilots joining with the Royal Air Force to fight the Nazis in WWII. Dennis Morgan’s family members are due to attend.
This event is being sponsored by the County of L.A. Parks and Recreation, the Crescenta Valley Town Council and the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley.
The movie starts at dark (8:15ish). Free popcorn! Be sure to bring along lawn chairs or blankets and any (non-alcoholic) beverages you will want.
Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave. in La Crescenta.
LCWC HOSTING WINE TASTING
The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting a summer wine tasting on Saturday, Aug. 6 beginning at 7 p.m. (note time change). Held at the Wine Cave in Montrose, the cost is $20 per person and includes a casual evening of wine tasting, appetizers and a silent auction that supports the club’s philanthropies and programs.
Purchase a bottle of wine and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Woman’s Club.
For more information, contact Dawna Berger at (818) 957-6939.
The Wine Cave, 2427 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose
MAYES WORK PRESENTED
On Sunday, Aug. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse welcomes David Mayes to present the poetry and life of his father, Richard Inskip Mayes. David will read from “Zero Tolerance Factor and Other Poems,” a compilation spanning 30 years. This selection offers a time portal into a Mexico of 40 years ago and the tumultuous times from the late 1950s to the 1980s, seen through the romantic and curious eyes of a young Princeton educated beat poet.
Richard Inskip Mayes was a poet from Metuchen, moonlighting as an English Lit professor in Chicago. After developing his Beat sensibility over drinks with Allen Ginsberg at the San Remo Room in New York City in the late 1950s, he later packed up his young family to move to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Mayes’ collection of poems in “Zero Tolerance,” illustrated with his photographs, is both a record of his years in San Miguel, as well as his reactions to the Vietnam War, baseball, dancing girls, fist-fights, cars, academia and comely bar-maids.
In addition to the poetry, David shares stories and photographs of his early life in Mexico with his father and family.
For more information about the reading, call (818) 790-0717.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Highway.
LONG TERM CARE FINANCIAL AID TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
On Aug. 10 at 3 p.m., Mountview Retirement is having a presentation addressing financial aid for long term care facilities.
The speaker is William Fisher, a senior advocate and financial consultant specializing in estate and retirement planning. Topics covered will be protecting your home, eligibility requirements and common misconceptions and half-truths.
Mountview Retirement & Assisted Living Community, 2640 Honolulu Ave., Montrose
GLENDALE QUILT GUILD NEWS
The next meeting of the Glendale Quilt Guild is on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard Ave., Glendale.
A lecture on quilt mistakes will be given Anne Copeland, AQS Certified Appraiser and Quilt Restoration Specialist. Guild members may bring one quilt for an oral appraisal by Ms. Copeland.
The Glendale Quilt Guild meets the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are free to members and $5 for visitors. Social hour at 6 p.m. precedes the meeting. For more information, visit www.glendalequiltguild.org.
Ms. Copeland is also offering a workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Patchwork Penguin, 6245 Foothill Blvd. in Tujunga on quilt restoration and repair. This class will get quilters started in the right direction who need to repair a quilt or who have an unfinished quilt top. For more information about registering for the class and a list of needed supplies, click on Current Newsletter for July at www.glendalequiltguild.org.
The class will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for members is $35 and $45 for non-members.
WATERMELON FESTIVAL COMING TO SUNLAND-TUJUNGA
The 50th Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival takes place Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 at Sunland Park Recreation Center. Delicious free watermelon to cool down on hot summer days! The event features watermelon carving display, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest and watermelon festival queen coronation. There will also be an international food court, dining tent, bazaar marketplace tent, wine and beer garden, carnival rides, arcade games and more. Fun for the whole family! Learn more at www.lionswatermelonfestival.com.
Festivities are Friday, Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 from noon to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from noon to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $2.
Sunland Park Recreation Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
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 Aug. 17, the program is “World on a String” featuring works for strings and piano by Bottesini, Cole Porter and Pedro Laurent and new work by Bevan Manson. Featured will be Alan Busteed on violin; Ruth Bruegger on violin; Karie Prescott on viola; Simone Vitucci on violoncello; Frederick Charlton on double bass and Bevan Manson on piano.