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The Income Tax Store is holding an open house on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. Learn new tax information for 2014, have your unwanted documents shredded for free and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

Bring a friend, all are welcome.

The Income Tax Store, 3795 La Crescenta Ave., Suite 100 (corner of Honolulu). Call 818-957-5356 for information.

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The Philoptochos of St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church will be having its 44th Annual Christmas Benefit Luncheon, The Gift of Christmas, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Proceeds for this event will benefit The Flintridge Center, a non-profit organization that provides prevention and intervention programs that combat the effects of poverty and violence in Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena. Proceeds will also benefit Door of Hope, a non-profit, faith based organization whose mission is to equip homeless families to rebuild their lives.

The benefit will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Christmas boutique and Santa’s Kitchen following at 11:45 a.m. with the luncheon.

After lunch, entertainment will begin with holiday music featuring Philip McNiven and Paul Perry from The Blanks, a quartet of friends who sing a-cappella music. A fashion show featuring designs by Lourdes Chavez and Hanna Hartnell follows and and will finish with the grand awards drawing.

Tickets are $85 for adults and $60 for children 12 and under. For reservations, contact Samantha Malisos at (626) 824-0393.


‘A Day of Art, History and Culture’

The Glendale Commission on the Status of Women and Forest Lawn Museum will host “A Day of Art, History and Culture” in honor of the exhibit “LA Woman: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn – Glendale.

The exhibit will highlight successful female artists from the past and present. Over 50 works of art will be on display.There will be a reception, boutique shopping, and a panel discussion with a question and answer session. The panel features artists Ruth Weisberg and Margaret Lazzari, state senator Carol Liu and art historian Karen Schifman and will be hosted by independent producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis.

The event will be hosted by the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, Forest Lawn, and Suzanne DeLaurentiis.

“LA Woman: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” is open to the public until Jan. 5. Admission and parking are free.

Forest Lawn is located at 1712 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale.



The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting its annual Breakfast With Santa at the clubhouse on Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $10.

Bring the family to enjoy a fantastic breakfast, festive holiday music, and an opportunity to win great prizes in the decorated historic clubhouse. Each child will receive a digital photo with Santa, and be able to make holiday crafts. Proceeds from the event will benefit a variety of charities. Santa will be there from 10:30 to noon.

To purchase tickets or for any questions email or phone (818) 957-6939.

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



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


Alzheimer’s support group offered

Mountview Retirement Home sponsors a monthly free Alzheimer’s Support Group on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next group will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Mountview Retirement Home is located at 2640 Honolulu, Montrose and can be reached at (818) 248-6737. All are welcome.



Business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals who would like to start a business are invited to attend a free small business seminar in Burbank on Tuesday, Dec. 10. California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairman Jerome E. Horton, Senator Carol Liu, Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, City of Burbank, and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring this event.

Those looking for assistance with state and federal tax laws, as well as those who want to expand their business knowledge, will benefit from presentations given by representatives from the BOE, the Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the California Small Business Development Center.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Buena Vista Branch Library Community Room, 300 N. Buena Vista St. in Burbank.

Register online at or call 1-888-847-9652.



Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is holding a holiday ceramics sale on Friday, Dec. 13 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be unique ceramic gifts for everyone.

The CCLCF is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Dr., La Cañada Flintridge



Glendale Beautiful is hosting Fiesta de las Luminarias at Casa Adobe de San Rafael.

On Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Jerry Keeling Piano Studio students will be performing from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Crescenta Valley High School Charismatics will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, there will be a children’s piñata party from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. plus the Horace Mann School Folkloric Group.

Attendance is free.outenH

Casa Adobe de San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Dr., Glendale



The upcoming mixer for the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce is being held at the Crescenta Valley Flower Mart at 2900 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta on Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entry is $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served, new members will be introduced, and we will have our monthly raffle.



Tickets for the Prom Plus Holiday Tour of Homes are now available. The self-guided tour takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and gives access to five properties in Glendale and La Crescenta. A boutique is also being featured in the courtyard of St. Luke’s of the Mountains, 2563 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta (no cost to attend).

Purchase locations include CV Weekly, Merle Norman – Montrose, the UPS Stores in Glendale, Montrose and La Crescenta, J’s Maintenance and the chambers of commerce in La Crescenta and Montrose plus others. For details, email or call Robin at (818) 248-2740.



Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge is holding the Santa Lucia Procession and Christmas Program on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Children who want to participate should come at 6 p.m. to be outfitted with red hats and capes as Julenisser. One girl will be chosen as St. Lucia. Older boys can be sternegutt (star boy) or magi. After the candlelight procession, kids will be visited by Juleknisse (Santa Claus), and everyone will circle around the Christmas tree singing traditional Norwegian and American Christmas carols.

Potluck follows, with open face sandwiches, pastries.

Contact Patricia Hamilton at (818) 247-9042 or Jo Ness at (818) 249-8102 with


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



Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale; for more information, call (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet and conversation. For more information, visit or email



Little Landers and Bolton Hall welcomes Sunland-Tujunga’s Franny McCartney and the Randy Van Horne Singers for their Dec. 14 Annual Holiday Party. Everyone is welcome for an event that begins at 1 p.m. and features Christmas carols, a gift drawing and refreshments. Anyone wishing to donate small gift items to the drawing may drop them off at Bolton Hall any Tuesday or Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. before Dec. 10.

This program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

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



A Christmas party and caroling luncheon will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena. Carolyn Fallin will entertain with songs of the holidays and lead the Christmas caroling.

Motivational speaker Sauni Rinehart will help celebrate Christmas in her story “The Greatest Gift.”

All are invited for a fun afternoon enjoying the season. Tickets are $23.

For reservations, call Darlene (818) 353-2212 or Carole (818) 790-1907.

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena.



Little Landers Historical Society announces the installation of a new temporary Bolton Hall exhibit. Until April 2014, Time Exposure will display an extensive collection of vintage cameras and projection equipment. Visit Bolton Hall to see how photo memories were recorded in the olden days.

Bolton Hall is open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and entrance is free. Special group tours may also be arranged.

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

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., 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



The La Crescenta Woman’s Club will be holding an antique and collectable sale on Jan. 11. Reserve a table with a $25 deposit and balance of $25 by Jan. 3.

For information and reservations, call Gloria Lee at (818) 248-9454 or Sandy Satterwhite at (818) 209-1967.



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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