A fundraiser benefitting the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House is being held on Nov. 2. Donations of bottles of wine (minimum value of $30) are being requested for the Annual Shine Gala.

To make a donation or to arrange a pick up of a donation, contact Phyllis Harb at (818) 790-7325.

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Glendale Arts announces POP UP!, a free outdoor concert series in downtown Glendale. It will take place in the Glendale City Center Plaza (101 N. Brand Blvd.) from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night in Sept. (12, 19 and 26).

Each concert will highlight a different musical style such as jazz, indie, pop, blues, folk and classical. Pop Up! will also feature food from BJ’s Brew Pub, California Pizza Kitchen, Olive Garden and Islands, all of which are located in the Glendale City Center.

You can find more information on Pop Up! at or



The Sets in Step Square Dance Club is sponsoring a new beginners’ class for beginners or those who want to refresh their dancing. It begins tonight, Thursday evening, Sept. 12and is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. The first class is free. John Hyde is caller. Refreshments are provided. The cost is $6 each week.

This is a fun way to get some exercise and make some new friends. All are welcome – singles and couples. The address is 4469 Chevy Chase, La Cañada. For more information, call Betty at (818) 790-6175 or Vance at (818) 248-6546.



Counter-conventional orchestra, MUSE/IQUE will be in concert at the Glendale Galleria on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Macy’s Court in the lower level.

Known for its inspiring and unexpected live events, the group is comprised of six masterful musicians that produce epic sounds. MUSE/IQUE features a limitless style of an eclectic mix of jazz, world, ancient and orchestra music strategically accented by string instruments. The critically acclaimed group of entertainers fuses new voices with compelling visual, cinematic and dance artists from various genres from unexpected locations.

The concert is free. For more information on MUSE/IQUE, visit

Glendale Galleria, 100 W. Broadway, Glendale



JCK will hold its monthly Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet, and conversation. For more information, visit or email

Chevy Chase Library is located at 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale.



Nine chances to meet new friends. Nine opportunities to dine at fabulous homes. Nine ways to support Glendale Healthy Kids.

For nearly 20 years, Glendale Healthy Kids has connected children to healthcare and provided preventative healthcare education classes in the schools. Children without insurance, and those that are underinsured have been helped by Glendale Healthy Kids and more than 250 volunteer healthcare professionals.

On Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 and Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, supporters can attend a dinner or two at more than nine different homes. The cost is $100 and covers everything – food, drink, entertainment and fun. Please visit the GHK website for further information or call (818) 548-7931.



On Sept. 14, the Little Landers Historical Society presents Sew Cranky at 1 p.m. in Bolton Hall.

Sew Cranky will bring history to life as they take us through the invention of the sewing machine in the early 1800s – from the artful mechanics to the influence on society. The domestic, political, and business impacts and significant changes this invention brought to America and Europe will be explored. A large selection of original, hand-cranked machines from the late 1800s through 1940 will be displayed. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to sew on one of these unique machines. Easy to operate, hand-cranked sewing machines are “green” as well.

This is a free presentation.

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



The Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will feature former assemblyman Anthony Portantino who will offer “An Insider’s View of Sacramento” on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Conference Room at The Lanterman House. The Conference Room is near the office in an annex at the rear of the property, off the parking lot.

In addition, candidates for the governing board of the La Cañada Unified School District will also be introduced.

Members and newcomers are all welcomed; there is no charge.

For more information, call Bonnie at (818) 952-1944 or visit

The Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada



Sign ups for the USTA seven-week youth tennis program for kids ages

4 to 10 begins Sept. 16. Classes will be held after school at various locations. To learn more and to sign up, visit

The cost is all-inclusive: $99 for children from 4 to 7 years old and $125 for children from 8 to 10 years old. Program participants will receive a tennis racket, T-shirt and a trophy upon completion of the program, which will be celebrated at a USTA play day on Nov. 3.

Local event locations are the Burbank Tennis Club, 1515 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank and Arroyo Seco Racquet Club at 920 Lohman Lane in South Pasadena.

For more information, contact Chris Boyer at (626) 229-9991, ext. 11.



Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m.-12:40 p.m. in the restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).

The next concert is on Sept. 18 and features Baroque lutenist Jason Yoshida who will perform with viola d’amore player Adriana Zoppo.

First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson)
in Glendale.


Help others get rid of unwanted emotions, self-doubt, fears or overcome loss. Learn about this amazing counseling technique that is easy to understand and apply.

A seminar is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Dianetics Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Call (818) 957-1500 to reserve a seat.

Admission is free; bring a friend.

The location is 2254 Honolulu Ave., Montrose (enter through rear parking lot).



“A Flair For Fashion” luncheon and fashion show will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena. Draper’s and Damon’s will feature a fall fashion show highlighting fashions for women from 20 to 90 years old.

Motivational speaker Dr. Dianne Swella will talk about how she overcame grief after the loss of her children.

Luncheon and program tickets are $23. For reservations, call Darlene at (818) 353-2212 or Carole at (818) 790-1907 or email

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 North Oakland Ave., Pasadena



Lake Avenue Church will hold a free concert of classic romantic concertos on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. An offering will be taken.

The performance will feature Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture,” Saint Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra,” Brahms’ “Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra” and Schumann’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”

Artists include violinist Ingrid Chun, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; cellist Elizabeth Su, a member of the Orphea Trio; Lake Avenue’s co-director of Worship and Arts Duane Funderburk; and Nikolas Caoile, music director and conductor of the Wenatchee (Washington) Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena at the corner of Lake Avenue and the 210 Freeway.

For more information, call (628) 817-4832.



Southern California’s preeminent Greek Festival, the 55th Annual Pasadena Greek Fest, takes place on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Greek Fest hours are from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20; noon to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21; and on Sunday, Sept. 22 from noon to 10 p.m. The event is priced at $5 for adults and children under 12 years are free. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Park.

Highlights of the weekend festivities will include a free live concert Saturday night with Greek vocalist Diamantis Dionysiou. Throughout the weekend, there will be performances by The Olympians and other live performers. Planned are many exciting exhibits, including cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, lectures about Greek history and culture, as well as the very popular Olympic Taverna Sports Bar & Cigar Lounge, authentic homemade Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing by several award winning youth groups and an expanded Kids’ Fun Zone with rock climbing, carnival games, rides and prizes.

The Pasadena Greek Fest is an annual event, hosted by Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena. The event brings together thousands of visitors from the Greater Los Angeles area to a weekend pageantry celebrating all things Greek. Proceeds benefit cultural, educational, and community outreach programs run by St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church.

For ticket information or to obtain additional information regarding the event, call (626) 600-1672 or visit

Santa Anita Racetrack is located at 285 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia.



The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next monthly meeting on Wednesday morning, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Birch Room). Barbara Burde, president of the African Violet Council of Southern California and president of the Thousand Oaks African Violet Society, will be speaking on African Violet Pests and Pest Management. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings.

For more information, telephone (818) 508-1937.

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge



Free health screenings, heart-health information and financial planning tips will be available at the San Gabriel Health and Wellness Expo on Sept. 28.

The American Heart Association and Union Bank will host this Health and Wellness Expo at Union Bank’s San Gabriel Branch on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will receive complimentary blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, have the opportunity to consult one-on-one with a cardiologist or registered nurse and learn about cardiovascular disease and the seven simple steps to a longer, healthier life. Participants will also walk away with tips on financial planning, including budgeting and saving.

Union Bank San Gabriel Branch is located at 401 E. Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel.



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



The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga announced that Peggy Dobreer is the featured poet at their upcoming Monthly Poetry Reading Series on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga.

Dobreer is a Los Angeles-based poet, educator, and yogini. Her first book of poetry, “In The Lake of Your Bones” was released by Moon Tide Press in March 2012. Open reading/light refreshments. A $3 dollar donation is appreciated.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga



Impact a child’s life with a simple shoebox gift. Fill a shoebox with school supplies, toys, necessity items and a note of encouragement for a child overseas suffering due to disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine or poverty. Local drop-off location is at First Baptist Church at La Crescenta, 4441 La Crescenta Ave, La Crescenta, and drop off dates are Nov. 18-25.

For more information, visit or email or phone (714) 432-7030.



Do you love to draw? WAW Entertainment is holding a book illustration contest open to children, teens and young adult from ages 5 to 19. To enter, submit a sample drawing to or mail an entry to 6924 Shadygrove St., Tujunga, CA 91042. Be sure to include name, age, email and phone number. Local artists Linda Magarian and Gloria Beyer will review all artwork. The winner will be chosen to illustrate the children’s book, “My Parents Got Divorced But I Still Turned Out Okay!” The book will be submitted to publishers in December.

The second runner up will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Entries should be based on this sentence: “My parents got divorced, but they still love me anyways.”

For additional information, call (818) 203-6080 or email

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.



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.



Dr. Ted Stern, professor of Music at Glendale Community College, is conducting off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This semester will cover the topic “An In-Depth Look at Six Composers – Lully,Vivaldi, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Khachaturian.”

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 10, and are held each Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. continuing through Dec. 10.

The cost for the 14-week series of classes is $100. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-6088.

Classes will be held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church cultural hall at 2700 Montrose Ave., Montrose.



Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is holding its 15th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, Sept. 22. The run is kicking off at 8 a.m. in Westchester, just north of LAX, at West 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard. More than 2,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers from all over Southern California will join together at Alive & Running to raise awareness and funding for services.

Proceeds from Alive and Running will directly benefit Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center that provides critical services to people who are contemplating suicide and those affected by the suicide of loved ones through a 24-hour English/Spanish crisis line.

Sign up to register and be part a team or donate to a friend’s fundraising campaign. Registration fee for the 5K is $30; after Sept. 18, the fee is $35 (a tax deductible donation). A free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will also be held following the start of the 5K.

For more information or to sign up, visit or email



The non-profit Croatian American Women’s Club is hosting a fashion show charity event on Oct. 5 in San Pedro to benefit Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. The club was formed in 2011 to support worthwhile causes in Southern California while preserving the rich Croatian culture, traditions and values.

Tickets to the event (which include lunch) are $60 for adults and $30 for juniors (17 and under) and may be purchased directly from CAWC’s website



On Wednesday, Oct. 9 Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will be at the Flintridge Bookstore from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a booksigning of

“The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions.”

In the book, she shares a unique blend of heartwarming (and often humorous) stories, homegrown traditions, and hearty recipes that have brought her family together for more than 40 years.

  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.




The American Heart Association invites the community to the 2013 Pasadena Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 19. The annual 5K, sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig and locally by Union Bank and UCLA Health, aims to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke while promoting healthy habits, such as walking, as a regular part of life. In addition to Pasadena, there will be Heart Walks in Antelope Valley, Pomona, Downtown L.A., Santa Clarita, Santa Monica and Long Beach. The overall goal in Greater Los Angeles is to raise $1.75 million.

There is no fee to participate. Walkers are eligible to receive a free Heart & Stroke Walk T-shirt when they raise $100 or more.

Visit, email or call (213) 291-7094 for more information.

Pasadena Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena



Auditions are being held for the Van Bloem Singers, a volunteer singing group that has completed its 21stseason having performed more than 800 shows. The group is looking for those interested in performing Broadway and contemporary music.

Being able to “sight read” is not necessary, but some performing experience is preferred. Men and women who are able to perform between noon and 3 p.m. on weekdays and on an occasional evening, Saturday or Sunday can apply. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Chapel of the Burbank Salvation  Army.

The Van Bloem Singers perform more than 30 shows each year for service clubs, volunteer organizations, retiree and church groups, senior residences and  health care facilities, however, singers need not make every performance.

If interested, call Elaine Paonessa, musical director, at (818) 845-6851.

Burbank Salvation Army, 300 E. Angeleno St. (corner of Angeleno and 3rd Street) in Burbank.



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 infant lactation and 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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