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On Saturday, Sept.15 at 9 a.m., a picnic breakfast with Olivia is taking place at Once Upon a Time Bookstore.

Join us for a scrumptious breakfast picnic with the irrepressible Olivia, Ian Falconer’s porcine prodigy, who will be here to celebrate the release of “Olivia And The Fairy Princesses. “ Tickets to this affair are $30 per child, which includes food, a copy of the just-released book and admission for one child and one adult. Come dressed as what you want to be when you grow up!  Event begins promptly at 9 a.m. This event is appropriate for everyone, but best for children 3 – 7.

RSVP –, or call (818) 248-9668.  Space is limited.

Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu, Montrose Shopping Park, cross street Verdugo Road.

The Sets in Steps Square Dance Club is sponsoring a new square dance class for beginners or those who want to refresh their dancing. It begins on Thursday evening, Sept. 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the La Cañada Community Center. The first three dances are free.

To introduce the class, there will be a social time with hors d’oeuvres before the instruction. John Hyde is caller. It is better to have couples, but singles are welcome also. The price is $6 cash per week. This is a fun way to get some exercise.

For more information, call Betty Woodhull at (818) 249-2651 or Marguerite Keating, publicity chair, (818) 353-6240.

The community center phone number is (818) 790-4353.

La Cañada Community Center is located at 4469 Chevy Chase in 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. 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 Visage Salon presents photographs by Don Waters through Dec. 31. “Images of Home” is a personal view of Southern California.

Visage Salon, 1459 San Marino Ave., San Marino (at Huntington Drive).

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

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.

The 54th Annual Pasadena Greek Fest will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Fest hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Fun activities for the entire family include Greek cuisine, cooking demonstration, a sports bar and cigar lounge, art, culture, Greek lectures, wine tasting, shopping, live entertainment and Kid’s Fun Zone. A special grand prize dream travel certificate valued at $2,500 will be given away. Raffle prizes awarded throughout the weekend include a 51” 3D HD TV, apple iPads, cash and gift certificates totaling over $10,000.

The event, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Los Angeles, costs $5 and children under 12 years free. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Park.

Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr. in Arcadia.

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

Moonday East will feature celebrated poet R.G. Cantalupo and Washington State poet Connie Walle on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at Flintridge Bookstore in La Cañada, hosted this month by Lois P. Jones. The East Side reading occurs on the third Sunday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a feature and open mic. Come early to sign up for the open reading. See future features at:

Cantalupo’s work has been published in over 100 literary journals throughout the United States, Canada and England. His book of poetry “Say” was a runner-up for the John Ciardi award in poetry. Cantalupo was a two-time regional finalist for the American College Theater Festival, and his play “Heart” was presented at the Kennedy Center as a national finalist. Cantalupo is the artistic director and founder of The Little Theater in West Los Angeles where he continues to write and direct plays.

Connie Walle resides in Tacoma, Wash. and is president and founder of Puget Sound Poetry Connection where she hosts the Distinguished Writer Series now in its 23rd year. She also founded Our Own Words, a teen writing contest. Her awards include 1998 Margaret K Williams Award in support of the arts and Washington Poets Association Faith Beamer Cooks Award.

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

The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge will observe Falls Prevention Day by offering a free tai chi class on Monday morning, Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is a free event.

The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Dr., La Cañada

The Associates of Brand Library has launched its REEL ART Film Series. The film “!Women Art Revolution,” a documentary film about the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s, will screen on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Glendale Public Library Auditorium.

This award-winning documentary by Lynn Hershman-Leeson provides a fascinating chronicle through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage.

“!Women Art Revolution” reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics to radically transform the art and culture of the times.

The film highlights significant – and often outrageous – moments, many of which played out in Southern California.

A discussion will take place after the film featuring artist, educator, and activist Cheri Gaulke

Admission is free to the public. Attendees receive three hours free parking across Harvard Street at The Market Place parking structure.

Glendale Public Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale

Men 50 and older are encouraged to join Glendale Adventist Medical Center in the fight against prostate cancer by having a prostate cancer screening on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital (Cancer Center) located at 381 Merrill Ave, Glendale.

Screening consists of digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The cost is $10. Glendale Adventist Medical Center physicians and physician residents will provide the screenings.

In 2011, an estimated 240,890 new prostate cancer cases occurred in the United States. In most cases, there are no symptoms associated with early prostate cancer. It remains the second leading cause of cancer related mortality among men. Many men don’t know they have prostate cancer because it can occur and spread without any symptoms.  However, The survival rate for prostate cancer is quite high, especially when diagnosed early.

For more information about the prostate cancer screenings, or to RSVP, call (818) 409-8100.

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 restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).

The next concert is on Sept. 19 and features Adriana Zoppo who will perform a recital of works for viola d’amore  by Arcidiacono And Rust.

The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a family bowl night at Montrose Bowl on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $20 per person ($10 for kids, children under 5 years are free) and includes bowling and food. Register as a team or individual; registration suggested as space will fill up.

For more information, call the chamber office at (818) 249-7171.

Montrose Bowl, 2334 Honolulu Ave., Montrose

On Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., L.A. Sizzles 4: Author Tour Event For Teens, Adults makes a stop at Once Upon a Time Bookstore.

Four debut Los Angeles-based authors who write brave, thrilling, heart-pounding and romantic stories about near-future Los Angeles come together for one night only at Once Upon a Time.  Author, director (“Revolution: Step Up!”) Scott Speer (“Immortal City”), author, screenwriter Lissa Price (“Starters”), author Marie Lu (“Legend”) and author Jennifer Bosworth (“Struck”).

Lineups start at 6 p.m.; preference is given to people with books purchased from Once Upon a Time. This is a free event.

Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose Shopping Park, cross street Verdugo Road.

Glendale Latino Association is having its September mixer at Portos Bakery on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The mixer is celebrating the “March to the Power of PINK” supporting the Glendale Adventist Hospital.

Bring a drawing prize … get your business recognized … and bring a friend . . . or two !

Portos Bakery, 315 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale

On Saturday, Oct. 6 at
7 p.m., author, actor, director and producer Bob Balaban presents middle-grade book “Creature From The Seventh Grade” at Once Upon a Time Bookstore.

Balaban is an award-winning actor-producer-writer-director. He’s appeared in nearly 100 movies including “Gosford Park,” “Midnight Cowboy,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and all of Christopher Guest’s films. He is also the author of the popular McGrowl series for young readers. His latest children’s book tells the story of a nerdy, unpopular seventh-grader named Charlie Drinkwater who morphs into a mutant dinosaur and becomes an instant celebrity. This very funny book is a perfect title for reluctant readers ages 9- 14.

This is a free event.

Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose Shopping Park

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