Tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes Los Angeles author, speaker and parenting columnist Liz Pryor, who shares her book “Look at You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength” (Random House). For readers of “Orange is the New Black” and “Girl Interrupted,” this is a powerful memoir about a lifelong secret and a dramatic experience that will change a young girl’s life forever.
Told from the perspective of that fragile yet resilient 17-year-old-girl, “Look At You Now” is an honest, moving, suspenseful story about finding strength and friendship in the most unlikely circumstances. Pryor’s journey speaks to the power of family to elude us even as they are closest to us, and to the value of digging deeply to learn who we are as individuals. For anyone who has lived with a version of judgment or shame, this book offers a reminder of the power we have to define our own lives. Infused on every page with the drama of how one single mistake can change everything, this is a memoir you will not forget.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.
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The Brand Associates is sponsoring its 44th Brand National Exhibition of Works on Paper, juried by prominent Los Angeles based multi-media artist Laddie John Dill.
The public opening reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Brand Galleries. The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 28. All artworks are for sale with 25% of proceeds benefitting the many free cultural programs at the Brand Library, which are supported by the Brand Associates.
New and existing members of the Brand Associates will have an exclusive opportunity to attend a ticketed preview of the exhibit and cocktail party on Friday, Sept.  23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This new event – titled “PAPER preVIEW” – will kick-off the Brand Associates 2016 membership drive. New members who join until Sept. 18 will receive a free ticket to this special event. Tickets are available at
Juror Laddie John Dill is an internationally known contemporary artist who works in a wide variety of materials including neon and argon tubing, natural earth materials, concrete, and wax. He will select a Juror’s Award and the Brand Associates Board of Directors will select outstanding artworks to receive the Jane Friend Purchase Award, Robert Brown Award and others.
Brand Galleries is located at 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.
LA Opera’s Community Educators [in partnership with the Opera League of Los Angeles] will present a series of talks focusing on the magical and powerful world of opera. Talks take place on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Sept. 24: Macbeth. Take part in an interactive presentation given by one of LA Opera’s Community Educators! Plot in brief: Returning home from battle, a victorious general encounters a coven of witches who predict his future – he will become king of Scotland. Blinded by ambition and spurred on by his power-hungry wife, Macbeth commits multiple murders to attain and keep the throne. Verdi’s score elevates the tragedy and horror through electrifying vocal lines and propulsive energy.
Brand Library & Art Center hours are Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, from noon to 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to all events is free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. There is ample free parking. Call (818) 548-2051 or visit for more information.
Brand Library & Art Center is located at 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.
The Women’s Council at VHH is hosting their popular Casino Turnaround on Sunday, Sept. 25. This will be a fun-filled, friend-filled and fund-raising day spent at Harrah’s Resort in Southern California. There will be bus transportation provided with pick-up at 7 a.m. from the USC-VHH Mail Lobby. The cost is $45 per person that includes breakfast, snacks, lunch and beverages.  There will be opportunity raffles and lots of fun meeting new friends. The bus will return our guests from Harrah’s at 5 p.m.
Please RSVP to the USC-VHH Foundation at (818) 952-2226. Email inquiries to Funds will be contributed to the Neonatal Infant Care Unit that is under planning at USCVHH.
All are invited to put on their walking shoes on and grab a leash; it’s Wiggle Waggle Walk time! Animal lovers and their canine friends are invited to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s 18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk – a community fundraiser for animals – at Brookside Park adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The Walk will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Walkers can create a team, join an existing team, or register as an individual on the new Wiggle Waggle Walk website. Event registration is $25 per person, and includes an event T-shirt, bib, and bandana for their dog.
Participants can build a personal fundraising page and invite family, friends and co-workers to join the fun. The more money a walker raises, the more prizes they earn.
Early bird registration is open until Sept. 12 and includes a discounted registration fee and an opportunity to pick up the T-shirt and prizes before the Walk.
Event-day registrations opens at 8 a.m., the walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the festivities last until noon. Brookside Park is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena.
For more information, visit
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 “A New Appreciation of Music: Surprises from the Internet (beginning with the 18th Century – the world of Bach and Handel).”
Classes are held each Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. continuing through Dec. 13. They are held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church cultural hall, 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose.
The cost for the 14-week series of classes is $100. Everyone is welcome!
For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.
The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga announced that two very accomplished poets, Mandy Kahn and Douglas Kearney, will co-feature at its next Monthly Reading Series, Sunday, Sept. 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. Poets: Bring your poems and sign-up for the open reading upon arrival.
Light refreshments will be served – a $3 donation is appreciated.
For more details, visit
Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, 91042
The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, Le Petit Vendome and the LCF Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 14th Annual La Cañada Flintridge Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting at Memorial Park in La Cañada on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by going online to Eighty wines/beers/alcoholic beverages are expected to be poured and about 20 food vendors will be serving tastes of their fare.
Tickets are $50 and include entry, a souvenir glass, buffet tray with a place to hang the wineglass, program booklet and tasting of wine and food. New this year is a premium wine opportunity drawing, specially selected by the committee and packaged to appeal to wine connoisseurs. Opportunity drawing tickets are only $10 for one ticket and three tickets for $20. Cash and credit cards can be accepted.
Memorial Park is located at 1225 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge.
American Business Women’s Assn. Verdugo Glen’s monthly presentation is “10 Social Media Myths That Can Affect Your Business” by Claudia Sheridan.
Establishing an online presence is a must for every business, however navigating the social media marketing waters can be overwhelming. Join the ABWA to review the truth behind 10 social media myths that small business owners must be aware of to succeed online.
The meeting is on Wednesday, Sept 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado Blvd. in Glendale. The cost is $25, which includes dinner. Arrive at 6 p.m. to network. Meeting starts 6:45 p.m. Contact Loren at (818) 261-2386. RSVP by Sunday, Sept. 25. Pay via PayPal by using this email address Indicate in the notes your name, contact info and date of meeting. More info available at
On Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts a booksigning for Peter Bachmann, headmaster of Flintridge Preparatory School, and author of “Advancing Confidently.”
In his 25th year as headmaster, Bachmann began to notice a trend in students graduating from high school: fear. Bachmann’s book presents a series of interviews with former teachers, mentors and students who have found success through unlikely, often turbulent pathways. Each story is a celebration of independent thought and action, traits essential to 21st century success.
On Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes New York-based therapist and NYU professor Sherry Amatenstein, who talks with contributors to the book “How Does That Make You Feel? True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch,” releasing in September. Amatenstein is the editor of this collection of candid essays.
“How Does that Make you Feel?” offers a glimpse of what’s really going on in the heads of our fellow patients and therapists. Hilarious, shocking, tender and illuminating, these essays by Beverly Donofrio, Molly Peacock, Susan Shapiro, Charlie Rubin, Dennis Palumbo, and more are sure to offer something for everyone, from the armchair psychologist to the therapy veteran.
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents a panel discussion, The Dark Universe, featuring four Los Angeles area horror authors. The event is moderated by Vanta M. Black who describes herself as an “explorer of the esoteric.” She is joined by novelist and screenwriter Brad C. Hodson; screenwriter and Halloween expert Lisa Morton; and actor, theater professor and comedian Kevin Wetmore. They share insights about their books and discuss horror/science fiction writing genres – with a Halloween twist to celebrate the season.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.
The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on Oct. 2 and features the music of L. Beethoven, “String Quartet n. 9 in C Major Op 59 n. 3,” G. Lekeu, “Molto Adagio” for String Quartet and F. Schubert, “String Quintet in C Major D 956.”
The concert will be performed by artists William Hagen and Jessica Guideri, violins, Rob Brophy, viola, Robert De Maine and John Walz, cellos. 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.
To reserve a ticket, visit or call (310) 498-0257.
The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Membership is free. Knitters, crocheters and those who wish to learn are welcome. For more information, visit or email
Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knitting, crochetting and conversation. For more information, visit or email
Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series that takes place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. at the sanctuary of Glendale City Church.
The next concert is on Oct. 5 and features violinist Elbert Tsai and pianist Jennie Jung in a program, “The Performer as Composer as Transcriber,” which showcases the works of Mozart, Kreisler and Mason Bates.
For more information, email or call (818) 244-7241.
Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel) in Glendale.
Sorem & Associates is hosting its annual tax planning seminar on Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Americana at Brand community room. Guest speakers include representatives from the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor and a tax professional from Robert Hall & Associates. There will be opportunities to ask questions of the speakers.
Refreshments will be served at this free event and parking will be validated. RSVP to or call (818) 432-3206.
The Americana at Brand community room is located at 889 Americana Way in Glendale.
The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Beautification Committee is taking part in the Clean Streets Challenge throughout the City of Los Angeles. The council is hosting a community clean up day on Saturday, Oct 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants of the challenge are vying for grant funds designated for community improvements in the Sunland-Tujunga area.
Volunteers meet at 8343 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland. Bring a pair of glove and garden clippers to help clean up under the trees.
On Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Art Alliance of Idyllwild and the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation, both 501(c)(3) organizations, are hosting the Annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting. The event draws over two thousand visitors annually for an afternoon of great wine and art. Art lovers can visit the Art Walk that begins at 10 a.m. It is free to the public and maps will be available at 54295 N. Circle Drive.
Art of Wine begins in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when 18 Southern California wineries from Temecula, Warner Springs, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian and Idyllwild share a selection of great wines at 13 locations around town. The fall weather makes walking from location to location a fun experience, but shuttles will also be available to transport guests between venues.
There will also be a limited number of tickets available to a Friday night VIP event when wine enthusiasts can mingle with the wineries.
Tickets for the wine tasting are $35 each with a special price of $30 each for groups of 10 or more before Sept. 24. Wine tasting tickets can be purchased in advance on the Art Alliance website ( or, if not sold out, on site the day of the event. Included in the package are the wine tastings, a keepsake wine glass designed by a local artist, live music and a wide selection of cheeses and crackers.
For more information about the 18 participating wineries and locally owned galleries, visit or call (951) 692-6135.
The American Heart Association invites the community to join its annual heart walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Oct. 8 at 8 a.m.
Team up with family, friends and coworkers and together take steps to fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, and stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability. There is no fee to participate. To register a team, visit
The heart walk aims to create a culture of health by engaging community members in physical activity and heart-healthy living, while raising much-needed funds to fight heart disease and stroke. It includes a non-competitive 5K walk/run and a festival area featuring interactive and fun activities, health information, Kids Zone, entertainment and more.
For more information and to join a heart walk, visit, or contact Rachel Axelrod at (213) 291-7025 or
Foothills Community Toastmasters is presenting Toast of the Town awards on Oct. 17. The awards will be presented in recognition for public speaking and leadership in service to the community. One recipient is Harold Egger, retired LAPD, for his many years of dedication and support to local neighborhoods while serving in the LAPD.  Another will be presented to Lloyd and Marlene Hitt for their many contributions in the founding and operating organizations that have contributed to the local community.
The awards will be given during the club’s second annual charter party at the home of Marynance Schellenbach at 6635 Day St. in Tujunga. Potluck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with speeches and awards to follow.
The public is invited to attend at no charge.
The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting an authors luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at the La Crescenta Woman’s Clubhouse. The day includes lunch, book signings by the authors, prizes and a silent auction. Guest authors are Diane Vallere, Aileen Nowatzki and Tammy Kaehler.
Reservation are required; contact Carol Huntwork at (818) 249-4407 or Carol Stein at (818) 636-8854 or (818) 790-3079. The cost is $40 per person. Deadline is Oct. 18.
The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.
Foothills Community Toastmasters Club meets 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday night at 10700 Hillrose Circle in Sunland. Guests are always welcome at no charge.
Toastmasters International is a 91-plus-year-old worldwide organization of small neighborhood, company, community or organization sponsored clubs where people practice and get training in public speaking and leadership skills.
Foothills Community Toastmasters Club is the only official chapter in the Foothills area stretching from La Cañada Flintridge to Sylmar.
Anyone interested in visiting or learning more about the club should contact or visit
The community is invited to take part in free Tuesday night dance classes at Sunland Recreation Center. Dances include Zumba, hip-hop and swing. No prior knowledge or experience required.
Couples and families are encouraged to attend.
Classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunland Rec Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
A stroke support group hosted by Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Conference Room on the third floor of the hospital.
The support group is open to caregivers, family members, friends and stroke survivors and will help with communication, education, and coping styles while building friendships, solving problems and sharing resources and experience.
RSVP by calling (818) 502-4725.
Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale.
Life Improvement Courses are offered on “Principles of Prosperity,” “How to Obtain Financial Security” and “Overcoming Financial Stress” at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills.
These courses help empower a person with the knowledge to overcome financial stress to prosper in life. Each course is $50, is done at the individual’s own pace and timing is flexible. A stress-free financial future can be attained and having the right knowledge can make all the difference.
These are just a few of the life improvement courses offered. Others available address various subjects. The classes are open Monday-Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information contact (818) 957-1500.
Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave. in
Montrose (entrance off Market Street, behind in parking lot).
The Foothills Professional Group meets every Wednesday morning from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Leon Lounge and Café. The group provides a structured and supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment in which participants develop personal relationships with many other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you may have the opportunity to substantially increase your business.
The cost is $15, which includes breakfast.
Leon Lounge and Café is located at 2519 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.
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 supports 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
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.
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.