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Start your weekend off right at McGroarty Arts Center. On Aug. 22 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can get your kicks with the “clever rock” sounds of “The Enzymes and the Active Ingredients” – a six-piece band whose members have played with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Kelly Clarkson, Stephen Still, David Crosby, a host of Motown artists, The Groundlings and many more. Hang out with friends and have a great time! This month’s “4th Friday” will be held outdoors in the upper parking lot. Complimentary snacks and a cash beer and wine bar will be available. All proceeds from the bar and a portion of the $5 cover charge benefit the Center. Additional donations always are welcome.

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga.

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The community is invited to the wackiest fashion show ever in Tujunga! The event is Friday, Aug. 22. Steak dinner is at 6:30 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. with the fashion show. Attendees will see things never seen before … and hopefully never again! Come to the Elks Lodge and have a great time! The cost is $15.

For more information call Bill Andrew, (818) 352-5864.

The lodge is located at 10137 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga

The Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors will host its charitable foundation Annual Golf Tournament Day at the Aces on Friday, Aug. 22 at Arroyo Seco Golf Course in South Pasadena. There is a $20,000 hole-in-one opportunity and a silent and live auction planned.

The afternoon will offer a poker tournament with first, second and third place prize opportunities. In 2013 the foundation distributed over $100,000 including $1,000 scholarships, to 10 foothill area high schools.

For more information, or to sponsor, contact Chairperson Ruth McNevin at (818) 298-5605. To register, visit

The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. (JLP) is holding three prospective member open houses at the League’s headquarters. Women from the Pasadena area and beyond interested in membership and learning about the League’s legacy of leadership and service in the community are welcome to attend.

Prospective members will be introduced to the League’s mission to develop the potential of women, improve communities and promote volunteerism, along with learning what community impact current members are making in the greater Pasadena area.

The prospective member open house dates are Saturday, Aug. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The open houses will be held at the League’s headquarters, located at 149 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena.

RSVP to, by calling (626) 796-0244 or visiting

The Glendale Historical Society (TGHS) will present its inaugural gala and benefit on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held at the historic Brockman Clock Tower Estate, a Glendale landmark and the centerpiece of the newly designated Brockmont Park Historic District. It provides a rare experience to tour one of Glendale’s most exclusive homes and support preservation efforts of TGHS.

The Spot Gourmet is catering the event and there will also be a silent auction. TGHS will also be recognizing outstanding work in the community with the presentation of its annual Preservation and Volunteer awards.

Tickets are $125 for TGHS members and $150 for the general public. They can be purchased directly from the TGHS website at

TGHS advocates for the preservation of important Glendale landmarks, supports maintaining the historic character of Glendale’s neighborhoods, educates the public about and engages the community in celebrating and preserving Glendale’s history and architectural heritage, and operates the Doctors House Museum.

The Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills is hosting free workshops for children on how to make good choices in life. It gives a clear-cut guide to making good choices and finding the way to happiness. The booklet “How to Make Good Choices,” based on the book “The Way to Happiness,” will be used.

This workshop is for children 6 – 11 years old. It is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks served.

Call to reserve seat (818) 957-1500.

Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.

The grand reopening celebration for Christian Books & Veggies, an Adventist Book Center, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will feature live music by area Christian musicians and vegetarian food sampling, book signings, giveaways to the first 50 customers and tacos and kettle corn. An exercise team will conduct fitness sessions during the day.

Christian Books & Veggies is operated by the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SCC), the Adventist church administration’s offices, which are located next door to the store.

The store is located at 1501 East Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale 91206.
Glendale resident and musician Maggie McClure will be appearing at the Hotel Café, a venue for those 21 years and older, on Aug. 24. McClure is a pop singer-songwriter-pianist who has been performing for over 12 years.

Tickets are $10 and available online at The Hotel Café is located at 1623 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood/Los Angeles.

On Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore hosts a signing for Daryl Brown, son of the legendary James Brown. Daryl, who is an accomplished musician himself, discusses his new book “Inside the Godfather,” which presents informative and enlightening stories about James Brown that go beneath the surface to explore his complex life and personality.

The author’s visit to the Los Angeles area coincides with (but is not connected to) producer Brian Glazer’s big screen biopic about his father “Get On Up,” which releases in early August. Flintridge Bookstore is Daryl Brown’s only scheduled appearance near Los Angeles.

For more information, call (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Hwy.

The Glendale Latino Assn. is having its next mixer at Casa Cordoba in Montrose on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Everyone is invited to network, meet and mingle. Bring a drawing prize and your business will be mentioned! All contributions and sponsorships benefit the GLA scholarship fund.

Casa Cordoba is located at 2331 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will present Mountain Lions 101 with Robin Parks on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta. Please enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting place and parking.

Parks, as docent of the Stough Canyon Nature Center, will identify for us these magnificent big cats and invite attendees to know more of the facts, not the fables. A special invitation is extended to law enforcement, sheriff groups and forest rangers to come and gain a realistic picture of the mountain lion population in the Verdugo Mountains.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Call Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181 for further information.

The Brand Associates’ REEL ART Series presents the award-winning documentary “Unfinished Spaces,” a film by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray. The film chronicles the story of Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed in the wake of Castro’s revolution. The project was neglected and forgotten and eventually rediscovered as an architectural masterpiece.

Special guest Dr. Ken Breisch will make a brief slide presentation showing other modernist experiments that, unlike the art schools project, did come to fruition in Cuba after the revolution. Dr. Breisch will also lead a discussion and answer questions.

The screening will take place on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Brand Library & Art Center (Recital Hall). Admission is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in Brand Park adjacent to the library and an entrance for disabled individuals is accessible on the east side of the building.

Brand Library & Art Center (Recital Hall), 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

The 4th Annual California Council of the Blind 2 and 5K “Mutt Strut” walk/run will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Crescenta Valley Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Everyone is invited to bring a canine friend, whether a trained guide dog which assists a blind or visually impaired individual to safely and efficiently traverse their community, or the family pooch which gives so much unconditional love and companionship. In addition to the human and doggie camaraderie, plenty of food and drink will be available.

All proceeds go to promote the programs and services of the California Council of the Blind, the largest and oldest self-help organization of blind and visually impaired persons in California. CCB oversees several successful programs to assist members and nonmembers alike including a scholarship program that has assisted scores of blind and visually impaired students to achieve their educational goals; a no-interest equipment loan fund so that blind and low vision individuals may obtain or retain remunerative employment; a crisis fund to help with financial emergencies; and many others.

For more information about the Mutt Strut, contact Mitch Pomerantz at (626) 372-5150,, or log onto

CV Park is located at 3901 Dunsmore Ave. in La Crescenta at Honolulu Avenue.

Tujunga’s Weatherwolde Castle, built in 1928, was almost lost to the wrecking ball in 2005 to make way for new development. On Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m., Little Landers Historical Society hosts William Malouf, Weatherwolde’s owner, for a presentation of the history of Weatherwolde Castle and how it was saved from demolition. The presentation will take place at Bolton Hall.

Malouf specializes in preservation and restoration of historical structures. Following a successful battle by Sunland-Tujunga community members to keep the home from being demolished, he and his wife Tara stepped in to buy this unique home and restore it to its original glory. He will tell attendees about historical documents and artifacts found in the home that clear up some of the rumors and mysteries surrounding Weatherwolde Castle.

This program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave., in Tujunga.

Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

Rattle magazine will host the next installment of the 2014 Rattle Reading Series on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Every second Sunday, Rattle continues to gather a selection of performers at Flintridge Bookstore from around the country for a series of poetry readings to celebrate the magazine.

The September Rattle Reading Series presents a collection of Los Angeles poets from previous issues of the magazine. What did we publish back then, and what have they been up to lately? Paul Suntup’s poem “Olive Oil” appeared in the summer 2004 issue. Lynne Thompson has appeared in Rattle seven times, making her one of the magazine’s most frequently published poets. Her most recent contribution was “Antilles. Lesser.” in summer 2010. Steve Westbrook’s “Cumberland Gap” also appeared in that issue, and was a semi-finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize.

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge.

Each poetry performance is free and open to the public.

The next Bloomin’ Squares square dance class begins on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building.

Sessions are open to everyone, no partner required, LGBTQ* and friends.

For those who think of square dancing, images may arise of hillbillies stomping around in a barn shouting “do-si-do,” blue-haired ladies in silly dresses, and horrible times spent in gym classes in grammar or high school listening to fiddle music while a bored gym teacher read out of a book.

The Bloomin’ Squares square dancing program is nothing like that! There’s no dancing in a barn or wearing silly clothes, and members dance to pop, rock and country music! Casual comfortable clothing is encouraged. Only $6 a class.

Bring a snack to share if you’d like! For more information, call (818) 945-1189.

Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga

You’re invited to the Burbank Bar & Grille’s anniversary luncheon benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.

This annual event takes place on Friday, Sept. 19 at Burbank Bar & Grille, located at 112 N. San Fernando Road. The buffet lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a wonderful way to have a great lunch, connect with friends and support the Club, all at the same time. Opportunity drawing tickets will be available. Winners do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

No RSVP is necessary.

One hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to the Club.

And save the date! On Friday, Oct. 24 it’s the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley’s Poker and Bingo Tournament. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at Woody’s New Cafe at Woodbury University.

For more information, contact

Pacific Opera Project presents six performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” in Pasadena. Made possible by funding from over 150 backers through a successful Kickstarter campaign, this will be POP’s most ambitious production to date with a stellar cast and a 22-piece orchestra.

“Tosca” will be the 13th fully staged opera produced by POP and will incorporate a staging device rarely seen in theatre (much less in an opera with a full orchestra): moving the entire production from one location to another throughout the performance. This “Tosca” will take place in three separate venues, all within St. James Church that each represent another location within the opera.

Performance dates are Sept. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 premium reserved seats; $30 general admission; $25 seniors (65 and over); $20 students with ID.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, email or call the Pacific Opera Project hotline at (323) 739-6122.

St. James United Methodist Church, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

Come join the Sunland-Tujunga Elks Lodge celebrate the end of summer with friends and family on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lots of fun, entertainment, and food! As a fundraiser, all proceeds go to the Christmas Basket Program. Music by the Sound Waves.

Tickets are $15 presale, $17.50 at the door.

For more information, contact S-T Elks, (818) 352-2098.

The Folk Tree presents its 31st annual Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera exhibition from Sept. 27 – Nov. 2. The show features traditional altars honoring loved ones who have passed, as well as installations dealing with broader contemporary issues and concepts about death. Also on view is a large selection of work in various media by local artists and Mexican folk art commemorating this major Mexican holiday, which falls on Nov. 1 and 2. The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In the afternoon on Oct. 11 and on Saturday, Nov. 1, the Folk Tree welcomes face painter Jeanine Montellano and company who will transform revelers with their beautiful Day of the Dead designs and head pieces.

The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Hours are: M-W, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at or call (626) 795-8733.

The new season of Salon de Musiques opens on Oct. 12 and features Neo-Romantic and Impressionistic genius composers John Ireland, Howard Hanson and Frank Bridge. Performing will be Jessica Guideri & Serena McKinney, violins, Yi Zhou, viola, John Walz, cello and Adam Neiman on piano.

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.

Tickets are $39 for student, and $75 (includes dinner and drinks).

The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles.

Verdugo Hills High School is having a reunion for classes from 1952 to 1957. The reunion is taking place Oct 12,13 &14 at Laughlin Nevada Riverside hotel casino.

(Code/VHHS; call for reservations 800-227-3849)

The cost of $80 per person is for the luncheon on Monday and hospitality room for three days. Hotel pricing, including tax, is $114.24 for three nights. A bus is available for transport, but there is limited space. Contact Shirley at (818) 330-9499 or (323) 428-2688) for more information or Harry at (818)

The Y is offering Farsi language class every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crescenta Cañada YMCA.

The purpose of this class is to further Iranian (Persian) language and culture for all ethnic groups. Students will learn basic reading, writing and speaking skills for the Farsi language. This is for all levels and all ages.

For more information, visit or call (818) 790-0123.

Crescenta Cañada YMCA, 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.

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

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; or email

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., 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.

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

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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