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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.
New restorative yoga classes continue on Friday mornings at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s of Mountains Church.
While yoga in general improves joint mobility, flexibility and strength, this class will focus on restorative yoga to help the body heal its own aches and pains. Sessions will be 75 minutes. Instructor is experienced in many forms of yoga. Please bring mat.
Cost is $15 cash. (If there are enough participants, the price may be lower.) Questions? Contact
St. Luke’s is located at 2563 Foothill Blvd., at the corner of Rosemont, in La Crescenta.
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.
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. 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.
A show that spotlights women entrepreneurs takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Partici-pating businesses include photography, skin care, health-based products, fashion tights, essential oils, gourmet food and more.
No cost to attend.
The event is being held at 17153 Tribune St., Granada Hills.
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
The Glendale Art Association October meeting is at the CitiBank community room on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:45 p.m.
Jane Thorpe, lifelong artist, will demonstrate a painting at the GAA meeting. Thorpe said she finds fulfillment and passion in painting, both in watercolor and oil, painting plein air in both media. She said it requires focus while at the same time allows the mind to rest from life’s challenges.
The cost to attend is $5 for members, $7 for guests; paintings submitted to mini show $3 each.
For more info, contact Honor Haase at (818) 248-7373.
Citibank is located at 2350 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.
Ahead With Horses is having a costume day on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff and horses will be decked out in costumes. Children are encouraged to come in costume and can trick or treat on the horses. There will also be arts & crafts, games and a huge horse tack sale.
Ahead With Horses is located at 10157 Johnanna Abe. In Shadow Hills.
The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will host two lectures at the Lanterman House Visitor Center, one by local historian and author Jo Anne Sadler and the other by Stuart Byles, author of the authoritative book on the history of wine making, “Los Angeles Wine.” Sadler’s lecture will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. Byles’ lecture will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. While admission to the lecture by Sadler is free, tickets to the lecture by Byles is $5 per person. The ticket includes a unique opportunity to taste the products of Old Oak Cellars in Pasadena, and some super-local, small-batch wine-makers, such as the Stonebarn Vineyard in La Crescenta, Lone Oak and Cherry Canyon in La Cañada.
Sadler’s lecture will focus on the beginnings of agriculture in La Cañada and the Crescenta Valley, stressing how remote the area was, the challenge of securing a consistent water supply and how difficult it was for the early settlers to make a living.
Byles’ lecture will focus on the rich history of wine-making in the Crescenta Cañada valleys and the Los Angeles area. The lecture will be followed by a book sale and signing.
Visit for further information.
The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.
The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents arborist, Gary Knowlton on Tuesday evening at 7:30 on Oct. 11 at the La Crescenta Library.
Arborist Knowlton, a longtime resident of the area and a frequent presenter for the Sierra Club, has much to say about local trees. This would include which trees are best for the area, how to care for them and where to plant them.
The program begins following news of conservation and outings. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Wayne Fisher, program chair, for further information at (818) 353-4181.
Gender issues in science, engineering and computing will be discussed at the Pasadena branch meeting of the American Association of University Women on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena starting at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Jacklyn Green from JPL/Caltech. Luncheon is $21 per person.  Reservations by Oct. 7 to Gloria Reynolds, (626) 798-3896 or
Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena
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.
National and world champion Ballroom Dance Company from Brigham Young University will be performing in the Crescenta Valley High School auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The Ballroom Dance Company’s dazzling costumes and choreography have captured audiences all over the world. They have been the U.S. national champions for 27 consecutive years and world champions 19 times. Their performances are riveting for the entire family. Tickets may be purchased at
CVHS auditorium is in the 4400 block of Ramsdell Avenue in La Crescenta.
Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber discuss and sign “From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles” on 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Casa Verdugo Library.
From the earliest pueblo cornfields to the struggles of farm workers to the rise of the environmental movement, “From Cows to Concrete” tells the epic tale of how agriculture forged Los Angeles into an urban metropolis and how, ultimately, the Los Angeles farm empire spurred the very growth that paved it over, as sprawling suburbs swallowed up thousands of acres of prime farmland. And how on the same land once squandered by corporate greed and “progress” urban farmers are making inroads to a greener future. More than 150 vintage images enhance and expand the detailed history.
As Americans connect with gardens, farmers markets, and urban farms, most are unaware that each of these activities have deep roots in Los Angeles, and that the healthy food they savor literally had its roots in L.A. This book is for all who treasure the country’s agrarian history.
For more information about the event call (818) 548-2047 or visit

For more information about the book visit
Casa Verdugo Library, 1151 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202.
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.
Oct. 22: Akhnaten. Plot in brief: In ancient Egypt, Akhnaten ascends to the throne along with his bride Nefertiti. He has a vision for his people, a vision that abandons the worship of many gods for just one: the Sun God who reigns supreme. Akhnaten’s bold attempt to alter the course of history with a single revolutionary idea ultimately leads to his violent overthrow.
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.
“It’s Bubble Time” is a live show on Oct. 23 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for children and parents developed from the children’s storybook series, “The Adventures Of Charlie Bubbles!” Author Paul Carafotes and company are hosting an interactive show on Oct. 29 at Back Door Bakery in Sunland-Tujunga that includes songs from the new CD “Sing with Charlie Bubbles!”
Reading, music, laughs and a good time for all. This is a free event to attend.
At show’s end the author will be available for a book signing.
Charlie Bubbles storybooks, CDs and apparel will be available for purchase.
Back Door Bakery & Café is located at 8349 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland-Tujunga.
In keeping with the spirit of the Halloween season, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents “Memento Mori: A Panel on the Culture of Death” with Paul Koudounaris, Pam Bacich and Richard Carradine on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. All three participants have written books about their areas of interest: art historian and photographer Koudounaris focuses on how human remains are as much a reminder of life, memento vitae, as of death, memento mori; photographer Bacich captures the beauty and customs of Day of the Dead in Mexico; and ghost researcher Carradine chronicles local ghost lore.
Coming from varying disciplines and perspectives, Koudounaris, Bacich and Carradine all have rich experiences and insights to share regarding their encounters with death and its rituals.
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.  For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

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.
The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents Bruce Hale’s, “Turkey: The Grand Loop from Istanbul to Ankara” on Tuesday Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.
Bruce Hale, Sierra Club member and world traveler, will talk about his May 2016 visit to Turkey, a country between Europe and Asia. Over 2,500 miles for 17 days, the tour traveled from Istanbul to modern Ankara. Starting in Istanbul, the slide show will include Troy, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia and Ankara. Each destination has its own history going back to ancient times. Roman ruins abound and some of the best preserved ruins can be found there.
The program beings following news of conservation and outings. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Wayne Fisher, program chair, at (818) 353-4181 for further information.
La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.
On Friday, Nov. 4 the Patrons Club of Glendale Community College/GC Foundation, Inc. will hold its annual fundraiser at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale starting at 11:30 a.m. The event will benefit deserving students at Glendale Community College with scholarships and grants-in-aid. Last year, the Patrons Club awarded more than $23,000 in scholarships and grants-in-aid. This year the Patrons Club will celebrate its 69th year of service to the college’s students.
The luncheon will honor Gael Davitt in appreciation for her years of support and generosity to the Patrons Club. The event will also feature a dance performance by students in the GCC Dance Dept. There will be many prizes, a drawing for $1,000 and a silent auction. A live auction will feature packages of four tickets and one parking pass for a Clippers game, a Lakers game and a Kings game.
Tickets and information are available from Judy Gorham, (818) 243-3590. The reservation deadline is Monday, Oct. 24. The cost is $60 per ticket.
Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale
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

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