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The Mary Pinola and Crescenta Valley Chamber Education Fund is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofits serving the Crescenta Valley. Requests must be for educational programs or projects. This grant program is managed by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos and the application is available at Call (818) 241-8040 for more information.

Application deadline is Oct. 3.

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A free lecture is being given by John Dean, former Nixon administration legal counsel, today, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Glendale Central Library auditorium. His new book, “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew it,” presents a day-to-day record of the Nixon White House confronting the revelation of the break-in, strategizing its defense, and ultimately facing its downfall because of its lies. His book is a compelling and historic account of Watergate and a stunning portrait of Nixon and his aides, along with the cynicism, paranoia, and vindictiveness that were so often the driving forces of the president and his inner circle.

The Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale

Start your weekend off right at our house. On Friday, Sept. 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., relax on the terrace, dance in our main hall, hang out with friends and have a great time! Complimentary snacks and a cash beer and wine bar available. All proceeds from the bar and a portion of the $5 cover charge benefit the McGroarty Arts Center. Additional donations always are welcome.

This month’s band to be announced.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association hosts the next local float association happy hour on Sept. 26 at the home of Anthony and Ellen Portantino at 4612 La Cañada Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents and supporters over the age of 18 are invited to attend and no reservations are required. Bring an appetizer to share and enjoy the fun in support of the 2015 Rose Parade float that represents this community.

Pacific Opera Project presents six performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” in Pasadena. Made possible by funding from over 150 backers through a successful Kickstarter campaign, this will be POP’s most ambitious production to date with a stellar cast and a 22-piece orchestra.

“Tosca” will be the 13th fully staged opera produced by POP and will incorporate a staging device rarely seen in theatre (much less in an opera with a full orchestra): moving the entire production from one location to another throughout the performance. This “Tosca” will take place in three separate venues, all within St. James Church that each represents another location within the opera.

Performance dates are Sept. 26, 27 & 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 premium reserved seats; $30 general admission; $25 seniors (65 and over); $20 students with ID.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, email or call the Pacific Opera Project hotline at (323) 739-6122.

St. James United Methodist Church, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

A Norwegian Romanser musical program with Cara Clove singing 19th century songs takes place on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Potluck is at 6:30 p.m.; program follows. This is a free event. For more information, call Jo Ness at (818) 249-8102.

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

The Folk Tree presents its 31st annual Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera exhibition from Sept. 27 – Nov. 2. The show features traditional altars honoring loved ones who have passed, as well as installations dealing with broader contemporary issues and concepts about death. Also on view is a large selection of work in various media by local artists and Mexican folk art commemorating this major Mexican holiday, which falls on Nov. 1 and 2. The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In the afternoon on Oct. 11 and on Saturday, Nov. 1, the Folk Tree welcomes face painter Jeanine Montellano and company who will transform revelers with their beautiful Day of the Dead designs and head pieces.

The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Hours are: M-W, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at or call (626) 795-8733.

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga is pleased to announce that poet Peggy Dobreer will be featured at their upcoming Monthly Reading Series on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum. Her work includes “In The Lake of Your Bones,” released in March 2012 by Moon Tide Press. For contact information, visit her website

Poets are welcome to sign up for the open reading. Come and enjoy an early evening of poetry, light refreshments and eclectic conversation. A $3 donation is appreciated.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga,

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Sunland

Glendale Adventist Medical Center is offering Cardiac Arterial Risk Evaluation – CARE – screenings on Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The screenings will be provided by Glendale
Adventist physicians and cardiologists. Screenings will include AAA – abdominal aortic aneurysm, ankle brachial index, carotid screening, blood pressure check, cholesterol check, stroke evaluation, early heart attack care education, cardiac diet education and one-on-one cardiologist consult.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center – Heart & Vascular Institute, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Suite 201, Glendale

Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to12:40 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 Wednesday, Oct. 1 and will feature viola d’amore player Adriana Zoppo with Justin Haynes on viola da gamba in a Baroque music program.

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1 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. 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet and conversation. For more information, visit or email

Enjoy “An Evening of Wine and Roses” and “Dancing with Stars” as Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center hosts the 27h Annual Evening of Wine and Roses on Sunday, Oct. 5. A reception and silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. then dinner, live auction, program and amazing entertainment begins at 7 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.

The fundraising focus of this year’s Evening of Wine and Roses will be to put new technology into the hands of surgeons at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.

For more information and ticket prices, call (818) 502-2375 or visit

The Langham Hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll in Pasadena.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Marcia Ray Breast Center at Dignity Health’s Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center will be hosting a breast cancer symposium on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the hospital.

The symposium will feature the hospital’s panel of breast cancer specialists who will be presenting information on what is new in the field of breast cancer as well as answering questions from the audience. The panel will also be demonstrating what goes on behind the scenes at a surgical tumor board where specialists review cancer cases together as a group and determine the best course of treatment for a patient’s disease.

Dinner will be provided and the event is free to the general public.

RSVP to Maryann Robertson at (818) 502-2323 is required. Dignity Health’s Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center is located at 1420 Central Ave. in Glendale.

Little Landers is hosting “The History of Tuna Canyon Detention Station (TCDS), City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument #1039” at its next community program at Bolton Hall Museum on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.

Tujunga’s WWII detention station was located at the corner of Tujunga Canyon Boulevard and La Tuna Canyon, now the site of a community golf course. TCDS was a temporary home to alien immigrants who were considered a threat to America’s security during WWII. Over 2,500 men were processed through TCDS from December 1941 through October 1943 before being relocated to other facilities throughout the western states.

The speaker for this program is local historian and former Little Landers Historical Society President Dr. Lloyd Hitt. Hitt is co-chair of the TCDS Coalition seeking to establish a memorial on the site of the original Tuna Canyon Detention Station.

This program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420, or email

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga

Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

The Cancer Care Network Foundation is holding a fundraising event, “Gatsby’s Costume Party – A Night In Paris” on Saturday, Oct. 11 beginning at 6 p.m. The event is being held at a private residence in La Cañada and will feature casino games, poker tournament, silent auction, dinner, entertainment and dancing. The Cancer Care Network provides patient financial assistance, cancer support services, cancer prevention education, patient education and advocacy and caregiver programs.

Tickets are $125 prepaid, $150 at the door.

For more information, contact Hilda at (818) 823-5863 or email

The new season of Salon de Musiques opens on Oct. 12 and features Neo-Romantic and Impressionistic genius composers John Ireland, Howard Hanson and Frank Bridge. Performing will be Jessica Guideri & Serena McKinney, violins, Yi Zhou, viola,

John Walz, cello and Adam Neiman on piano.

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.

Tickets are $39 for students, and $75 (includes dinner and drinks).

The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles.

Verdugo Hills High School is having a reunion for classes from 1952 to 1957. The reunion is taking place Oct 12,13 & 14 at Laughlin Nevada Riverside hotel casino.

(Code/VHHS; call for reservations 800-227-3849)

The cost of $80 per person is for the luncheon on Monday and hospitality room for three days. Hotel pricing, including tax, is $114.24 for three nights. A bus is available for transport, but there is limited space. Contact Shirley at (818) 330-9499 or (323) 428-2688) for more information or Harry at (818) 353-4528.

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will present Fred Dong and his travel program of southern Chile and Argentina and the Patagonia region on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.

Dong’s presentation will include mountains, glaciers and lakes of Torres Del Paine, Los Glacieres National Parks, Tierra Del Fuego and other areas on his hiking, bus and ship tour. The glaciers in this area are the largest on the South American continent and the mountains are featured in hiking books of the region. He will introduce the flightless and the flying birds of these areas as well as other animals. Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world will be visited.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. This program is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Wayne Fisher, program chair at (818) 353-4181 for further information.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta

On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore hosts a book signing for Rob Manning, area resident and chief engineer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Mars Rover Curiosity.

In his book “Mars Rover Curiosity,” Manning tells of bringing the groundbreaking spacecraft to life. He and his team, tasked with designing a lander many times larger and more complex than any before, faced technical setbacks, fights over inadequate resources, and the trials of leading an army of brilliant, passionate and often frustrated experts.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Parking is in the rear of the store.

The Y is offering Farsi language class every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crescenta Cañada YMCA.

The purpose of this class is to further Iranian (Persian) language and culture for all ethnic groups. Students will learn basic reading, writing and speaking skills for the Farsi language. This is for all levels and all ages.

For more information, visit or call (818) 790-0123.

Crescenta Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

Those who love to sing are invited to join the Towne Singers, a non-audition choir. Male voices in particular are needed, but all are welcome to join this family of musicians. Rehearsals for the Dec. 6 holiday concert are underway. Rehearsals are held Mondays at 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.

The Towne Singers will be presenting their “Wonders of Winter” concert at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. The concert will feature a blend of traditional, contemporary and familiar music that will appeal to all “kids from 1 to 92.” Santa Claus will make an appearance for the delight of the children.

The Towne Singers is an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County board of supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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.

The Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills is hosting free workshops for children on how to make good choices in life. It gives a clear-cut guide to making good choices and finding the way to happiness. The booklet “How to Make Good Choices,” based on the book “The Way to Happiness,” will be used.

This workshop is for children 6 to 11 years old. It is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks served.

Call to reserve seat (818) 957-1500.

Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave., Montrose

Bloomin’ Squares square dance classes are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building.

Sessions are open to everyone, no partner required, LGBTQ* and friends.

For those who think of square dancing, images may arise of hillbillies stomping around in a barn shouting “do-si-do,” blue-haired ladies in silly dresses, and horrible times spent in gym classes in grammar or high school listening to fiddle music while a bored gym teacher read out of a book.

The Bloomin’ Squares square dancing program is nothing like that! There’s no dancing in a barn or wearing silly clothes, and members dance to pop, rock and country music! Casual comfortable clothing is encouraged. Only $6 a class.

Bring a snack to share if you’d like! For more information, call (818) 945-1189.

Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga

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 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

Little Landers Historical Society announces the opening of a new temporary exhibit at Bolton Hall Museum. “Then and Now” features historic photos of places in the foothills community compared to photos of the same locations in more recent times. Little Landers member Craig Durst determined the exact location from which each old photo was taken and reproduced the same photo taking into account the time of year, time of day and weather conditions to duplicate each of the original pictures.

“Then and Now” will be available for viewing at Bolton Hall through October.

Bolton Hall is open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420; or email

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., 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.

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 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.

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