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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.

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Little Landers Historical Society announces the next in its series of monthly programs.  October’s program, Utopia, takes place on Oct. 12 and is a fascinating journey into the Utopian Society movement of the early 1900s including its own Los Terrenitos – The Little Lands Colony. The speaker for this program is Paul Greenstein, a local historian, preservationist and co-author of “Bread and Hyacinths-The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles.

Join us for a look at the political and social environments that gave rise to the Southern California utopian colonies and the movement that provided the original motivation for the creation of Bolton Hall.

This program takes place at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

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

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga



The October meeting of the AAUW Glendale Branch is titled, “Women in Science – the Future” and features guest speaker Laura Faye Tenenbaum, member of the Earth Science Communications Team at JPL.

The meeting is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Oakmont Country Club. The cost is $25 per person; make check payable to AAUW Glendale. Reserve by Oct. 9 by calling Susie Robinson at (818) 951-6104, or (818) 317-5602.

Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive in Glendale.



The Glendale Police Foundation is hosting its fifth annual K-9s in the Park on Oct. 12 at Verdugo Park. This free, family‐oriented and dog-friendly event will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Last year over 5,000 people enjoyed the unique and highly popular event. This is the primary fundraiser for the Glendale Police K‐9 Unit.

Attendees can see live police K‐9 demonstrations and dog obedience displays, enter their dog in a costume contest or have their dog’s running speed clocked with a radar gun. There will be face painting, a climbing wall, bounce houses, and a balloon artist for the kids. The Office of the Glendale City Clerk and Vet Care will provide low‐cost vaccinations as well as microchips for cats and dogs. The Pasadena

Humane Society will offer pet adoptions as well.

Over 25 vendors and dog-related organizations will display their wares. Finally, the Kiwanis Grill Team will sell picnic fare from their food truck.

The event is hosted by the Glendale Police Foundation, the Glendale Police

Dept. and the City of Glendale, Community Services and Parks. For more information, visit or, visit the official website of the Glendale K‐9 Unit at

Verdugo Park is located at 1621 Cañada Blvd. in Glendale.



The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 12. Glendale Collects is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is the first of many gatherings planned in private homes of Glendale’s passionate collectors of original works by artists and artisans. The event will feature an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, art viewing and a silent art auction. Tickets for this event are $100 per person or $65 for members of the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center. Individuals may become members of the organization at

Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to restore and frame six original ceiling painting fragments recovered at the Brand Mansion (originally Leslie Brand’s home, now the library) during its renovation.

The venue for the fundraiser is a designated Glendale landmark home and the hosts are passionate art collectors and supporters of the Brand Library. The identity and location of the home is being withheld until ticket purchase. Ticket holders will receive detailed information and directions.

Tickets for the event are available online via the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center website at The Americana At Brand concierge desk and at Glendale Community College’s Main Stage Theatre Box Office. Tickets may also be purchased by mail to The Associates of Brand Library, 1601 W. Mountain St. Glendale 91201 (by check payable to “Brand Associates”). Questions may be addressed to or by calling (818) 937-7888.



Second Sunday Concerts presents “1-800-OPERA-4-U” on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library. Carol Lande, Soprano and Matthew A. Kessell, tenor will perform excerpts from the operatic and Broadway stages including highlights from “La Boheme,” “Tosca,” “La Traviata,” and “Into The Woods.”

Admission is free; the library is handicapped-accessible.

Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena



The Glendale/La Crescenta Stamp Club will be holding an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library. Club president and member of the American Philatelic Society Don Schilling will be presenting a program titled, “Learn More About Stamp Collecting – Your Passport to the World.” There will refreshments and free postage stamps for children and adults who would like learn more about one of America’s favorite hobbies.

For more information, contact Don Schilling at (818) 903-4451.

La Crescenta Library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.



Every year McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga hosts its annual holiday boutique, this year on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This festive event features local vendors, unique hand-made gifts, live music, a bake sale, and of course the chili bowl sale.

Artists are sought to sell their work at this very famous and very large event! Those interested in being a vendor this year can submit an application, found at, or call (818) 352-5285 for more information.

The holiday boutique vendor application is due by Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6.p.m. This is not a postmark deadline.

For further information contact Monica Hicks-Jenkins, director of Development & Marketing by email at



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 Oct. 16 and features the Calico Winds performing the Carl Nielsen Wind Quintet.

For more information, email teena.frazier@fbcglendale or call (818) 242-2113.

First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson)
in Glendale.



Women’s Divorce Resource (WDR) is an outreach for single women going through divorce or those widowed. On Oct. 16, WDR is hosting its second mixer. “Sip n Shake” will be held on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Los Gringos Locos, 631 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, email or call (818) 396-6590.



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 public is invited to Java Brew Coffee House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an informal ukulele jam on the patio. Bring your ukulele, or if you don’t yet have one, come and learn all about this fun, easy instrument! Singers and spectators are always welcome and much appreciated.

We will be playing on the partially shaded patio, so please dress accordingly.

This event is free to the public, all ages, no reservations required.

Java Brew is located at 2418 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.



The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is hosting a ping-pong tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to bring people together for healthy living. The tournament is open to people of all ages and abilities. There will be a separate kid’s tournament for those 14 and under.

The cost to register is $10 for Y members and $20 for participants. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct.15. The top three finishers will receive a trophy.

For more information on the tournament, contact Craig Strazzeri at or call (818) 790-0123.



The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next monthly meeting on Wednesday morning, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens Birch Room. Joan Wood will speak about horticulture displays for an African violet show. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings.

For more information, telephone our club president Luis at (818) 508-1937.

Descanso Gardens is located at1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.



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



The next meeting of the reading series of the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga’s is Sunday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum. Featured poets are Apryl Skies and Sean Hill. Poets are welcome to bring their own poetry and sign-up for the open reading. Light refreshments will be served; a $3 donation is appreciated.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga


“Murder & Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley” authors Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler will have a meet and greet on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada; on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. with the Crescenta Valley Historical Society at the La Crescenta Center for Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta and on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E Harvard St., Glendale.

The pleasant neighborhoods of the Crescenta Valley offer no hint of the many violent and heinous crimes that have occurred between the San Gabriel and Verdugo Mountains. Come meet the authors who tell the stories that few share about the dark side of the Crescenta Valley.



The La Crescenta Woman’s Club Western Round-Up is on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

Old fashioned dinner, music and dancing plus prizes for best costumes. Opportunity drawing, too.

The cost is $20 single/$35 couple. Reservations required by Oct. 19. Call Carol Benedetti at (818) 248-6624.

The clubhouse is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.



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.



The Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross presents the 22nd Annual Fritz Coleman Comedy Show at the Glendale Centre Theatre on Sunday Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Coleman, popular Channel 4 weatherman and gifted stand-up comedian, has recruited a team of his talented comedy colleagues for an evening of fun and laughter, all to benefit the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Open seating tickets are $25 per person; reserved seating VIP tickets, which include dinner at nearby Phoenicia Restaurant before the show, are $70 per person or $120 for two people.

Tickets are available from the chapter by calling (818) 243-3121, ext. 0. They can also be purchased online at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For details, email

Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange, Glendale



Set aside Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. for the Towne Singers holiday production of “Yuletide! The Towne Singers Bring You Harmony for the Holidays” at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.

The 2013 holiday season brings many changes to the Towne Singers. The Towne Singers is now an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County board of supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Lance Merrill is the organization’s new conductor for the 2013 holiday season. Maria Wietrzynska is the new accompanist for the Towne Singers. Both bring a wealth of experience that will delight the holiday audience.

To learn more, contact Loretta Umland at



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.



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



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 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 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 Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 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 a short time participants will know the basics to hands-only CPR that could save a life.

Community Center of LCF is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive
in La Cañada 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


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