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Glendale Arts announces POP UP!, a free outdoor concert series in downtown Glendale. It takes 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. (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.

More information on Pop Up! Is at or



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.



On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Glendale Central Library will be hosting a talk on the opera Carmen by Bizet at 2 p.m. The talk will be given by a Los Angeles Opera Speakers Bureau member Larry Verdugo. Admission is free.

Glendale Central Library 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale



On Wednesday, Sept. 25, for the second time this year, the Glendale office of California Dental Group will be providing free emergency dental care as part of its growing annual effort to serve those who don’t have the money to go to the dentist.

Realizing that many people are struggling in the current economy, California Dental Group wants to give people an opportunity to take care of dental problems before they become more serious, and more costly.

Free dental services, including fillings, emergency root canals, extractions, toothache treatments, and cleaning of infected gums, will be provided at no cost to as many people as can be seen beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments. One emergency treatment per patient.

For more information, call (818) 561-1938.

California Dental Group, 609 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale



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.


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.

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 Sets in Step Square Dance Club is sponsoring a new beginners’ class for beginners or those who want to refresh their dancing. It 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.



On Saturday, Sept. 21, Sunland-Tujunga Adventist Church is holding a fundraiser for Christian education. An evening of fun and fellowship, the evening includes a short movie, games, food sale and silent auction. All are welcome! It begins at 7:15 p.m. For more info, call (818) 332-3575.

Sunland-Tujunga Adventist Church, 7156 Valmont St., Tujunga



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



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 Republican Club of the Foothills is hosting a dinner at the La Cañada Thursday Club on Thursday, Sept. 26 featuring guest speaker Sonja Eddings Brown and former White House aide Kathy Rust.

Brown will give Foothill Republicans a peek into the backroom of the Obama 2012 campaign, and the landmark shift in technology and strategy that will change U.S. elections forever. Brown is a former newswoman with ABC, a Los Angeles media strategist, and the president of “The Kitchen Cabinet,” the largest coalition of economically-conservative women in the country.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20/person, pre-paid; $25/person at the door.

RSVP: Joanie at (818) 790-0014 or Mary at (818) 952-7040.

The La Cañada Thursday Club, 4440 Woodleigh Lane, La Cañada


Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge is hosting a Scandinavian cultural evening at Lutheran Church of the Foothills on Saturday, Sept. 28. Social is at 6 p.m., potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. with program to follow. This is a free event. Questions can be directed to P. Hamilton at (818) 247-9042.

Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.



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. 28 and Sept. 29, supporters can attend a special dinner. 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 Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse presents a discussion and booksigning for Julia Rath’s “Conquering Your Own Sleep Apnea the All-Natural Way.” This informative resource includes sections on restless leg syndrome and associated chronic insomnia and shows how making sensible diet and lifestyle changes can curb sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder.  The book is based on the author’s personal story.

Rath was formally trained as a social scientist and public policy analyst. She has a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in philosophy and social policy from George Washington University, and was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship in Behavioral Sciences Training from the Medical and Health Research Association of New York City in association with the National Development and Research Institutes.

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 Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Highway. Parking is in the rear of the store.



The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and GEV is having its Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament and Bingo event on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at New Woody’s at Woodbury University.

The poker tournament will be limited to 150 entries and the grand prize for the poker tournament is a $1,500 entry into the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas!

For more information, contact or Melissa at



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.



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.


Huntington Hospital Partners with the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge


LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE, CA (September 9, 2013) Huntington Hospital has developed a partnership with the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge to offer health and safety classes for the residents in La Cañada Flintridge and the surrounding the Foothill communities.


On October 19 and October 26 from 2-5pm, Huntington Hospital’s ER Nurse Manager and La Cañada resident Karen Knudsen and her team will lead two free community classes for CPR Training.  This non-certification class will give individuals hands on experience with a CPR mannequin.  In just a short time participants will know the basics to hands-only CPR that could save a life.

Community Center of LCF

4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flintridge



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