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Kolodji featured Poet

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga invite the public to its monthly reading series on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. The featured poet for this event is Deborah P. Kolodji.  She is the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group and a member of the Haiku Society of America.  She moderates monthly haiku workshops in Pasadena at the Pacific Asia Museum. Kolodji has published over 100 poems, as well as fiction and non-fiction.

Bring your own poetry to read. There will be light refreshments. Admission is free.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Free Weight Loss Seminars at GAMC

The Center for Weight Loss at Glendale Adventist Medical Center is offering free seminars with board-certified physicians to discuss the safety and effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical weight-loss options during the summer months.

The last in a series of free surgical option seminars is being held on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Non-surgical weight-loss option seminar is today, Thursday, Aug. 23.

Seminars begin at 6 p.m. at the Center for Weight Loss at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 101 in Glendale.

To learn more, visit or call (818) 863-4259.

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. Support groups bring people together who understand the up, downs and frustrations of depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA support groups are a safe confidential place to talk about and overcome the day-to-day and long-term challenges of mental health issues.

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 Glendale Quilt Guild meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Glendale Central Library. Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served at the break. Meetings are free to members and $5 for visitors. For more information visit or phone Brandi at (818) 541-9983.

Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard, in Glendale


Music Appreciation Class

Dr. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, will again conduct his off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike who appreciate the history of music.  This semester will address the topic: “An In-depth Look at Six Composers – Monteverdi, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Stravinsky.”

Each semester offers new and interesting information. Dr. Stern weaves music examples with cultural history to increase our understanding of the evolution of music. Classes are held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, located at 2700 Montrose Avenue in Montrose. The classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 18, and are held each Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., continuing through Dec. 18. The cost for the 14-week classes is $90. Everyone is welcome! For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.

Reunion picnic planned

CVHS classes of ’63-’67 are getting together for a reunion picnic on Aug. 25 at the Hindenburg section of Crescenta Valley Park around noon. The park is located at the bottom of Dunsmore and Honolulu avenues. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Contacts are Peggy Miccio,; Sue (Cox) Keating,; Cindi Miller Anderson,

Rose Leaf Ragtime Celebrates Anniversary

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club, which meets on the last Sunday of every month, will have its 17th anniversary musical get-together on Sunday, Aug. 26 at Wang’s Place in the old town area of Monrovia. After stepping into the foyer, enter the separate meeting room through the door to the right. The meeting time will continue as before, the last Sunday of the month from 1p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m.

An all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet with champagne and other drinks included costs $13.99. Free parking is available in several nearby city-owned lots or on the street nearby. Most street parking is unrestricted on Sundays.

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club features performers on piano and other instruments playing ragtime and other related types of music. All performers and listeners are welcome. The only charge is to non-performers who are asked to make a $2 donation.

For further information, call Hal Leavens (626) 359-8648 or Ron Ross (818) 766-2384 or send email to

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club is on the Web at

Wang’s Place, 120 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia

Mcgroarty arts hosting concert

A free concert is being held at McGroarty Arts Center on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.

Bali & Beyond plays Indonesian Gamelan music. The group last performed at McGroarty Arts Center in 2009.

Gamelan refers to the instruments in the ensemble itself, which consists of a unique combination of bronze bar instruments, drums, bamboo flutes, gongs, strings, and sometimes voice. The instruments in a gamelan are an entity, built and tuned to stay together; they are generally not interchangeable with instruments in other gamelans. The music itself can be described as ethereal, tranquil and transportive.

This free outdoor concert will be held in the shaded upper parking area of McGroarty Arts Center, amidst rolling hills, towering oaks, and adjacent to the historic McGroarty home. No reservations necessary. This concert is appropriate for all ages. Limited chairs are available. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs or picnic blankets and snacks.

This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga

Glendale Beautiful Hosting Dinner

Glendale Beautiful, celebrating its 62nd year, presents its fall dinner, catered by Damon’s, on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Casa Adobe San Rafael. Musical entertainment by J.R. Wright, “The Keyboard Kowboy,” including hot country and rockin’ oldies.

The social time with appetizers begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Desserts will follow dinner.  Attendees will wear western clothes.

Attendees at this fall dinner will be given the opportunity to participate in a draw for opportunity gifts. This event is a fundraiser for Glendale Beautiful that is the steward of the Casa Adobe San Rafael and the City’s Arbor Day activities.

Admission is $25. Reservations can be made by calling (818) 242-3689 or mailing a check to Glendale Beautiful, P.O. Box 1307, Glendale, 91209, received before Saturday, Sept. 1.

Non-members can join Glendale Beautiful for $7 at the door.

Parking is available adjacent to the park.

Casa Adobe San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Dr., Glendale


A summer celebration is planned at the Jeffers estate for Sunday, Sept. 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to kick off the campaign season. It features keynote speaker Pat Boone, emcee Basil Hoffman, Nick “Gunny Pop” Popaditch, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken and local Republican candidates and other special guests.

The cost is $25 per person (pre-paid), $30 per person (at the door).

There will be great live music, no host bar, food, fun and 50/50 drawing.

 This is a fundraising event in support of local Republican candidates and Get Out the Vote efforts.

The Jeffers Estate, 1823 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge


Sierra Club Hosts ‘The Galapagos Islands’

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group begins its fall session with David F. Eisenberg’s, “The Galapagos Islands” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta.

Eisenberg’s presentation about the Galapagos Islands is regarding his National Geographic expedition there.  The community is invited to come to see this fascinating and rare wonderland where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. His slide show will provide a close-up and personal view of many animals, including blue and red-footed boobies, marine and land iguanas and giant tortoises.

The presentation follows news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served. This is a free program and all are welcome. Please contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta


Bolton Hall Docent Training

Beginning Sept. 15, Bolton Hall Museum is offering a new docent training class. This is an opportunity for interested individuals to learn the unique history of Sunland/Tujunga and Bolton Hall while serving as a volunteer docent. Docents can anticipate spending three hours a month to welcome visitors to Bolton Hall and another two hours monthly in training and sharing experiences with other docents.

Classes begin Saturday, Sept.15 from 10 a.m. to noon and continue on the third Saturday of most months. Admission to the class is free to Little Landers Historical Society members and $20 for non-members (which establishes an individual membership for you).

Additional information is available from Margot Stone at the Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or

Granny’s Attic at Bolton Hall

Little Landers Historical Society will have a Granny’s Attic Treasure sale on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit Little Landers and Bolton Hall Museum. Help and donations are sought of the following items: jewelry, nice décor, artwork, paintings, antiques, collectables, vintage or retro items, craft and sewing items, accessories, hats, scarves, handbags, fine books, pottery, crystal candles and more.  Everything should be clean, neat and in very good condition and easy to transport.

We are not able to accept furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics or broken items.

Donations may be dropped off at Bolton Hall Museum any Tuesday or Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or on the day before the sale, Friday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional information is available from Celia Hicklin at Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or .

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga


Glendale Memorial 50-plus walking club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the information table on the first floor of the Eagle Rock Plaza.

Participants can walk in a safe environment free from the smog, heat, rain and cold!

For information, call (818) 502-2396.

Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd., #230, Los Angeles


Run/walk to benefit mental health center

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 14th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, Sept. 23.  A free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will follow the 5K.

 More than 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers from all over Southern California will join together at Alive & Running to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention services.

 Sign up to register and create a team, join an existing team, or donate to a friend’s fundraising campaign. Registration fee for the 5K is $25, on the day of the event the fee is $30 (a tax deductible donation).  For more information or to sign up, visit or email

Registration is at 6:30 a.m., pre-race stretch and warm-up at 7:45 a.m. and race starts at 8 a.m.

The race takes place just north of LAX at West 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center. Visit for more information about the walk/run or for more information on Didi Hirsch and its services.



Coffee Gallery in Altadena hosts a variety of events every week.

Tuesdays are “Comedy Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All comics get to do a five-minute set. Performers range from those performing for the first time to seasoned professionals. Hosted by Scott Berger.

Thursday is “Artisan Alley” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Artisan Alley includes two featured musical acts, two musical open mics (open to anyone in the community), the works of a featured artist in the back room (art changes every two weeks), and a live DJ. Hosted by The Definition.

Friday is “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Rotating hosts.

Saturday is “Potlikker Showcase” from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. that offers an eclectic mix of musical performers, poets, spoken word readings, Americana music and a live DJ. Hosted by DJ Beatgozon.

Finally, Sundays are “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Hosted by King.

For more information, call (626) 398.7917 or visit

Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena

Sierra Club Plans China Trip

The community is invited to a well-paced journey to China. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Climb the Great Wall, take a boat cruise on the Grand Canal of Hangzhou, and visit Suzhou’s Silk factory. Set sail on the Yangtze River, enjoy the wonderful scene of deep and quiet gorges, and the magnificent peaks as if they were cut by axes and knives. Take a shore excursion to the Shennong Stream where you may see the ancient roads, coffins in precipice, and even some rare animals such as golden-haired monkeys.  We will also visit Xi’an’s most important archeological site, where thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors have been guarding the Emperor’s burial site for over 2,000 years.  Discover the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors once held sway over Shanghai.

Price is $3,195.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club. The dates for this event are April 20, 2013 to May 4, 2013 and the leaders are Andrea Lim and Salud Salinda in association with the Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group.

For more information, send email to – insert subject line of “China 2013″ or call Salud at (310) 259-1208. Applications are first-come first-served.

Save the date

The Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College will now be known as Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College Foundation.

This year’s fashion show fundraiser will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. The theme for the event will be “Education Through The Years” and all proceeds will go towards scholarships, grants-in-aid and emergency funds for deserving students.

Save the date and reserve early. Price of the fundraiser luncheon will be $45.


Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Choral. The group, composed of CVHS choral alumni men and women, rehearse once a week on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., at the Glendale First United Methodist Church. The group performs for local civic groups and retirement homes in Pasadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Duarte during the holiday season and again in the late spring/early summer. After the holiday season performances the group will resume rehearsals in the middle of January.

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at

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