“Viva Vaqueros” is the theme for this year’s 64th celebration of the Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College.

The event will take place at The Castaway Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road in Burbank Friday, Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and will include a luncheon, fashion show, silent auction and many prizes including a $1,000 cash prize.

The price for the luncheon is $45 per person, so reserve your admission early.

All proceeds go toward scholarships, grants-in-aid, and emergency funds for deserving students at the college. Last year the Patrons’ Club was able to award 34 scholarships due to the generosity of local businesses and community residents.

Fashions will be provided by Holiday Hats & Gowns and Men’s Wearhouse.

For information and reservations, call Judy Gorham at (818) 243-3590.

The Glendale Health Festival, a free event, is open to the community and takes place on Nov. 5 at the Pacific Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, entertainment and activities. There will also be free medical screenings, high blood pressure screenings, obesity and nutrition advice, cancer awareness and screenings, diabetes education and oral and eye health.

The Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific, Glendale

Artist Julie Snyder will be demonstrating in oils at the Verdugo Hills Art Association meeting on Friday, Nov. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  She will focus on color and the secrets of a great palette. Snyder is a popular demonstrator, as she is insightful, interesting and entertaining.

During her demonstration, Snyder will use a live model for her figure painting.

Come early and buy as many raffle tickets as you think you’ll need to win. Snyder will pick the lucky ticket. The winner will be the model and gets to keep the painting!

The price is $5 for guests.

Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Dr.,

Calling all artists for the second annual 2011 Crescenta Valley Paint Out, sponsored by the Crescenta Valley Arts Council! It’s an exciting opportunity for local artists to capture the architecture and natural settings of the Crescenta Valley on canvas, and display their artwork in a juried exhibition.  Awards categories include adult, youth, best in show, community favorite, and theme award for best expression of the Crescenta Valley. Join us in this celebration of our community’s artistic heritage! Registration continues at Whites Art Framing and Restoration (open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Registration forms and details available at

Whites Art Framing and Restoration, 2414 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose

The Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross presents the 20th Annual Fritz Coleman Comedy Night on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Glendale Centre Theatre.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Show tickets are $20 for open seating.

A special VIP event costs $60 for one person, $100 for two, and includes dinner before the show at 6 p.m. at Phoenicia Restaurant and reserved seating for the 7:30 p.m. show.

For tickets and information, contact the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at  (818) 243-3121.

Glendale Center Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale

AAUW celebrates 130 years of activism on behalf of women.  Glendale will join in celebration with other local chapters  at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra on Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Guest speaker is Kathleen Cha, AAUW national director at large speaking about AAUW history, mission and accomplishments.

The cost is $25 per person.  Make reservations through the Glendale branch by calling (818) 246-9457.

On Nov. 5, Benita Bike’s DanceArt will present a free interactive dance performance at 2 p.m. at the Lake View Terrace Library. Bring your friends and family to this afternoon of dance discovery.

Benita Bike’s choreography stands at the crossroads of past and present, blending the music and sensibilities of the past with evocative contemporary movement. The Lake View Terrace show features two dance works: Southern Memories and Aliens. For information, call (818) 353-5734 or (818) 890-7404.

Lake View Terrace Library, 12002 Osborne St., Lake View Terrace

On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse hosts a poetry and art event for photographer Christine Murphy and her mother, poet Viola Geary Odell. The featured book, “…While Wandering: A Photo-Poetic Journey Through California Landscapes,” is a collaboration of love that pairs the former’s images of the wilderness with the latter’s writing.  A selection of Murphy’s photographs is on view during the reading and a signing follows. To complete the afternoon, Murphy’s daughter, accomplished musician Carmel Helene, who has performed with such powerhouses as Miley Cyrus and Michael Bolton, plays an acoustic guitar set in the coffeehouse at 4:30 p.m. The significant talents of three generations of women are showcased in this program celebrating family and our precious natural environment.

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 La Crescenta Woman’s Club is holding its annual Authors’ Luncheon on Nov. 8 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.  The authors speaking this year will be Brett Battles, Denise Hamilton and Lynn Sheene.  The  $35 ticket includes program, lunch, door prizes, silent auction, and book signing.

Call Carol Huntwork at (818) 249-4407 or Carol Stein at (818) 957-1967.

The Sierra Club Crescenta Valley will present Mongolia, Tibet and the Gobi Desert with Fred Dong and Bruce Hale on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the upstairs meeting room of the La Crescenta Library.

Included will be visits to Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbatar, Gandan Khiid Temple and the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan.

Our program begins following news of Outings and Conservation.

This is a free program for the community.  Contact Wayne Fisher for further information at (818) 353-4181.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

Enjoy the garden inside and out this November when Descanso Gardens presents four programs sure to increase enjoyment of plants. Enjoy guided walks in the Gardens, learn new moves with your pruners and visit a local floral landmark.

Flower Mart Tour on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 a.m.: Take a morning jaunt to the L.A. Flower Mart with floral designer Ray Tucker. Learn the ins and outs of shopping this local landmark and get tips for decorating for the holidays. The cost is $25 nonmembers, $15 members. Advance registration required by Nov. 10. Meet at the L.A. Flower Mart.

Fruit Tree Pruning on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.: Rachel Young, native plant horticulturist, demonstrates techniques to prune fruit trees for beauty and maximum bounty. The cost is $10 nonmembers, members free. Class fee includes admission to the Gardens. Space is limited; advance registration advised. In the Harvest Garden.

Fall Color Walk on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.: Enjoy the beauty of autumn at Descanso. Horticulturist Wayne Walker leads this walk-and-talk that showcases the best locations to view fall color. Free with Gardens admission. At the Center Circle.

Heritage Oak Walk on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.: Experience the giants in the Descanso landscape, the Coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia). These trees, some centuries old, are the remainders of a forest that once blanketed the region. Descanso curator Wen Wang leads this informative walk. Free with Gardens admission. At the Center Circle.

Register for classes at the Visitor Center or by phoning (818) 949-7980. Admission to Descanso Gardens is $8 general, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $3 children 5 to 12; children 4 and younger free.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge

Janam presents Janam at The Coffee Gallery Backstage on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Janam creates lush, soulful Appalachian-tinged Balkan music uniting some of the SF Bay’s most inventive interpreters of these traditional styles. Cost is $15.  For more info, see or call (510) 435-7844 or email

The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake in Altadena.