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LCVRW Hosting Picnic
The La Crescenta Valley Republican Women invites the community for their 4th Annual Picnic in the Park on Aug. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Held at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta the LCVRW encourages everyone to bring a picnic and meet guests Supervisor Mike Antonovich, candidate for state senate, Kathryn Barger, candidate for L.A. County supervisor-fifth district, Lenore Solis and candidate for 28th congressional district. Mark Vafiades, chairman of the Republican Party of L.A. County and Sonny Sardo, president of Glendale Burbank Republican Assembly, will talk about the Republican convention.
Two Strike Park is located at 5107 Rosemont Ave.

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Those interested in making soup bowls for the Oct. 22 Empty Bowls event at CV United Methodist Church are welcome to come to the workshops in Sierra Madre on Aug. 7, 14. Experienced potters will be present to guide beginners through the satisfying process of transforming clay into beautiful bowls. Those bowls will be part of a friendly and festive soup event in the fall that will raise substantial aid for local hunger relief agencies. Many hands make light work. Come and join in the fun with other caring neighbors who want to help those in need.
There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of materials.
For more information, contact or call (818) 383-3137.
The workshops are being held at Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Ave. in Sierra Madre.
On Sunday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes sustainable and urban farming experts Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber for a discussion and signing of their book “From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles was the original wine country of California, leading the state’s wine production for more than a century. Until the 1950s, Los Angeles County was the agricultural center of North America. And where today’s freeways soar, cows calmly chewed their cud. From the earliest pueblo cornfields to the struggles of farm workers to the rise of the environmental movement, the new book “From Cows To Concrete” chronicles the tale of how agriculture forged Los Angeles into an urban metropolis and how, ultimately, this farm empire spurred the very growth that paved it over, as sprawling suburbs swallowed up thousands of acres of prime farmland. Authors Surls and Gerber tell the continuing story of how, on the same land once squandered by corporate greed and “progress,” urban farmers are making inroads to a greener future. More than 150 vintage images expand the fascinating, detailed history.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.
On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes professional wrestler, football player, actor, producer and writer Pepper Martin for a discussion and signing of his memoir “Shrapnel of the Soul and Redemption.” He is joined by co-author and publicist Penny Lane.
Martin is a self-made man with little formal education. His book is a deeply personal reflection on a life marked by violence, controversy, physical pain, emotional suffering and ultimately peace found through family and religious awakening. Within the pages of “Shrapnel of the Soul and Redemption,” he describes his childhood as the son of a bootlegger, life on the road as a professional athlete, the many women who crossed his path, the stars he befriended, his ties to organized crime both in the United States and Asia and the joys of being a husband, father, grandfather and person of faith.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.
The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines, will play “Peter & the Wolf,” Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved children’s classic, cherished movie and television tunes, including themes from “Stars Wars” and “Harry Potter” films, Broadway favorites and Filipino music gems. An exciting concert for children and adults, “FASO Plays Prokofiev’s ‘Peter & the Wolf’ ”will be staged on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the John Wayne Performing Arts Center.
The FASO Children’s Ensemble and surprise guests conducted by musical director Robert “Bob” Shroder will be featured in the latest concert of FASO, which is noted for its entertaining and quality concerts. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with an “orchestra instrument petting zoo” in the theater lobby and food trucks in front of the theater on Broadway Street. Bring your
“Star Wars “ lightsabers and “Harry Potter” wands. The concert starts at 6 p.m.
For tickets, call Andy Tecson (323) 467-5096; Bob Shroder (818) 395-8936; or Arlene Ferrolino (213) 248-9850. Tickets are at $30, $40, $60, $75 and $100. More information can be found at
John Wayne Performing Arts Center, Glendale High School, 1440 E. Broadway, Glendale.
The Beyond Loss Bereavement Ministry in partnership with the Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) Chaplains’ Dept. and The Healthcare Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beyond Loss Bereavement Ministry. In reaching this milestone, the event will recognize founder Rev. Alice Zulli and the many volunteer facilitators who have given their support, time and talent to help the grieving community heal and have hope.
The event will feature a gourmet dinner, live auction and special guest speaker Dr. Mark Karl Anthony, author of “Accelerate Your Life: Get What You Want Faster!”
The event is on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $100. Visit to learn more.
For more information or to purchase event tickets, contact the GAMC Chaplains’ Dept. at (818) 409-8008 or visit
La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada
McGroarty Arts Center is hosting a free concert at its beautiful location in Tujunga featuring the world soul music of L.A. band Cuicani on Aug. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the kickoff event for the weekend and part of the Maiden LA celebrations of art across Los Angeles.
Bring the family and listen to the multicultural influences of local L.A. sounds, which include Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latin music. The concert is made possible by a L.A. County Arts Commission grant.
Cuicani is a singer-songwriter collective comprised of five Los Angeles based musicians.
McGroarty Arts Center is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga.
On Aug. 19, the American Legion Post 288 and the VFW Post 1614 will have their 5th Annual Bingo Night in Healy Hall at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose.
This event is the annual fundraiser for the two posts to raise funds to support programs
that benefit veterans in the community. Tickets are available but limited.
Opportunities are still available to businesses, organizations or individuals who may want to promote their business, activities or causes to sponsor a bingo game.
Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose at 
2361 Del Mar Road.
On Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. Bolton Hall docents will provide historical information and tours of the hillside home in Tujunga of John and Ida McGroarty – now McGroarty Arts Center. John and Ida were among the early Sunland-Tujunga pioneers, and John’s accomplishments included writing about the green Verdugo Hills for the L.A. Times and the honors of being a California poet laureate and a U.S. congressman.
The afternoon of McGroarty history is part of the Maiden L.A. Aug. 20-21 art studio event. Maiden L.A. is a weekend when artists across L.A. open their studios to visitors. McGroarty Arts Center will host a number of artists from Sunland-Tujunga and nearby communities for the Maiden L.A. event.
Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or or email
McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga.
On Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes scholarship and financial aid specialist Trevor Ramos for a presentation and discussion of his book, “How To Get Free Money For College: The Ultimate Guide To Sending Your Kids To The Best, Most Expensive Colleges In America For Pennies On The Dollar.”
Ramos’ book “How To Get Free Money For College” offers step-by-step instructions on where the college money is and how to get it every year your child attends college, regardless of income and assets.
Ramos has helped over 200 families get free grants and scholarships (over $10 million) to pay for college. He is 28 years old and lives in Altadena.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.
The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on Oct. 2 and features the music of L. Beethoven, “String Quartet n. 9 in C Major Op 59 n. 3,” G. Lekeu, “Molto Adagio” for String Quartet and F. Schubert, “String Quintet in C Major D 956.”
The concert will be performed by artists William Hagen and Jessica Guideri, violins, Rob Brophy, viola, Robert De Maine and John Walz, cellos. An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Patina with French champagne will be served.
To reserve a ticket, visit or call (310) 498-0257.
The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital’s 50plus Program is offering a senior lecture on the aging voice on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Dr. Karla O’Dell and learn about the changes that occur in the vocal cords with age and how they impact the voice. Learn about treatment options for this common problem.
The lecture will take place in the Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center auditorium at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale. RSVP by Aug. 19 by calling (818) 502-2378. Seating is limited.
On Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 10 p.m. at Glendale Central Park, the Open Arts & Music Festival will highlight the range, influence, and growth of the changing city of Glendale by inviting artists, performers, local businesses and vendors to activate Downtown Glendale. There will be music performances, arts markets and a public art installation, activities for children, and featured businesses.
By offering a fluid and active arts experience, festival participants will have an opportunity to enjoy programs such as the Arts Market at OAM, a curated market highlighting inspiring artists and arts organizations based in the greater L.A. area, live musical performances on two separate stages, entry to the Museum of Neon Art (MONA), beer and wine gardens located on-site and offered in partnership with local breweries such as Brewyard Brewing and alcoholic beverage vendors, a temporary public art installation which will be exhibited/screened onto the historic Masonic Temple’s East Wall in Downtown Glendale and a dedicated kids’ area with interactive arts programming such as live performances by various acts and organizations, games, artist-led workshops, a picnic area, and more.
Additionally, featured businesses, food trucks, and catering vendors will offer a variety of multicultural food options.
The Open Arts & Music Festival is free of charge. For more information, visit or contact
Glendale Central Park, 201 E. Colorado St., Glendale
On Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Art Alliance of Idyllwild and the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation, both 501(c)(3) organizations, are hosting the Annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting. The event draws over two thousand visitors annually for an afternoon of great wine and art. Art lovers can visit the Art Walk that begins at 10 a.m. It is free to the public and maps will be available at 54295 N. Circle Drive.
Art of Wine begins in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when 18 Southern California wineries from Temecula, Warner Springs, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian and Idyllwild share a selection of great wines at 13 locations around town. The fall weather makes walking from location to location a fun experience, but shuttles will also be available to transport guests between venues.
There will also be a limited number of tickets available to a Friday night VIP event when wine enthusiasts can mingle with the wineries.
Tickets for the wine tasting are $35 each with a special price of $30 each for groups of 10 or more before Sept. 24. Wine tasting tickets can be purchased in advance on the Art Alliance website ( or, if not sold out, on site the day of the event. Included in the package are the wine tastings, a keepsake wine glass designed by a local artist, live music and a wide selection of cheeses and crackers.
For more information about the 18 participating wineries and locally owned galleries, visit or call (951) 692-6135.
All are invited to put on their walking shoes on and grab a leash; it’s Wiggle Waggle Walk time! Animal lovers and their canine friends are invited to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s 18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk – a community fundraiser for animals – at Brookside Park adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The Walk will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Walkers can choose either a one-mile or three-mile route around the outside of the Rose Bowl stadium before enjoying event festivities including K-9 and agility demonstrations, pet-related vendors, contests, and food trucks until noon. Participants do not need a dog to join the fun, just a desire to help animals.
Organizers hope to raise $325,000 from the event, which will provide food, shelter and medical care to the nearly 12,000 homeless animals taken in by the PHS every year.
Walkers can create a team, join an existing team, or register as an individual on the new Wiggle Waggle Walk website. Event registration is $25 per person, and includes an event T-shirt, bib, and bandana for their dog.
Participants can build a personal fundraising page and invite family, friends and co-workers to join the fun. The more money a walker raises, the more prizes they earn.
Early bird registration is open until Sept. 12 and includes a discounted registration fee and an opportunity to pick up the T-shirt and prizes before the Walk.
Event-day registrations opens at 8 a.m., the walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the festivities last until noon. Brookside Park is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena.
For more information, visit
The American Heart Association invites the community to join its annual heart walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Oct. 8 at 8 a.m.
Team up with family, friends and coworkers and together take steps to fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, and stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability. There is no fee to participate. To register a team, visit
The heart walk aims to create a culture of health by engaging community members in physical activity and heart-healthy living, while raising much-needed funds to fight heart disease and stroke. It includes a non-competitive 5K walk/run and a festival area featuring interactive and fun activities, health information, Kids Zone, entertainment and more.
For more information and to join a heart walk, visit, or contact Rachel Axelrod at (213) 291-7025 or
Foothills Community Toastmasters Club meets 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday night at 10700 Hillrose Circle in Sunland. Guests are always welcome at no charge.
Toastmasters International is a 91-plus-year-old worldwide organization of small neighborhood, company, community or organization sponsored clubs where people practice and get training in public speaking and leadership skills.
Foothills Community Toastmasters Club is the only official chapter in the Foothills area stretching from La Cañada Flintridge to Sylmar.
Anyone interested in visiting or learning more about the club should contact or visit
The community is invited to take part in free Tuesday night dance classes at Sunland Recreation Center. Dances include Zumba, hip-hop and swing. No prior knowledge or experience required.
Couples and families are encouraged to attend.
Classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunland Rec Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
A stroke support group hosted by Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Conference Room on the third floor of the hospital.
The support group is open to caregivers, family members, friends and stroke survivors and will help with communication, education, and coping styles while building friendships, solving problems and sharing resources and experience.
RSVP by calling (818) 502-4725.
Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale.
Life Improvement Courses are offered on “Principles of Prosperity,” “How to Obtain Financial Security” and “Overcoming Financial Stress” at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills.
These courses help empower a person with the knowledge to overcome financial stress to prosper in life. Each course is $50, is done at the individual’s own pace and timing is flexible. A stress-free financial future can be attained and having the right knowledge can make all the difference.
These are just a few of the life improvement courses offered. Others available address various subjects. The classes are open Monday-Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information contact (818) 957-1500.
Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave. in
Montrose (entrance off Market Street, behind in parking lot).
The Foothills Professional Group meets every Wednesday morning from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Leon Lounge and Café. The group provides a structured and supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment in which participants develop personal relationships with many other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you may have the opportunity to substantially increase your business.
The cost is $15, which includes breakfast.
Leon Lounge and Café is located at 2519 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.
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.
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 supports 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
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 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 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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