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Beginning Feb. 4 and continuing through April 10, residents can receive free income tax preparation under the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program administered by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a tax-exempt charity of AARP. Membership in AARP is not required.

Free income tax preparation will be provided on Wednesdays and Fridays at  La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. (corner of La Crescenta Avenue). Enter from the upper level parking lot.

The hours are Wednesdays from
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Taxpayers will be helped on a “first-come-first-served” basis; advance reservations are not available.

For details, visit or BETWEEN FRIENDS.

Rosanna Cacace, MA, health educator, Planned Parenthood Pasadena & SGV, answers the question, “What is a Healthy Teen Dating Relationship?” tonight, Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the CV High Library, 2900 Community Ave., as part of CV Alliance’s Teen Trials & Tribulations series.

Free to all interested adults and children.

In the 1800s, California was a sparsely populated country: a few missions, ranchos, and pueblos nestled among the valleys and hills and no season was more eagerly awaited than the Christmas holidays. In that spirit, Glendale Beautiful, a volunteer non-profit which preserves and docents the city of Glendale’s Casa Adobe de San Rafael, presents its Fiesta De Las Luminarias at the Casa, on Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14.

On Friday and Saturday there are open houses from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with traditional light refreshments. On Friday there will be a piano recital by students of Gerry Keeling at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the open house will feature the Hoover High School Choir under the direction of Meriah Moffat at 6 p.m.

Also on Saturday there will be a children’s piñata party from 1 p.m. to
3 p.m. on the Casa patio with the Horace Mann Elementary School folkloric dancers under the direction of Chris Burt at 1 p.m.

The Sunday open house is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If weather permits, luminarias will adorn the Casa and patios. The indoor open house and musical programs will proceed rain or shine.

Casa Adobe, 1330 Dorothy Drive in Glendale.

The ceramic artists at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge are glazing and firing thousands of pieces for the upcoming holiday ceramics sale on Dec.12-14. Nearly 75 local artists will have ceramic art on sale for the largest ceramics show in the foothills communities.

The sale opens with a reception with refreshments at the community center on Friday, Dec.12 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The sale continues on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada

Julebord celebration for Christmas is on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. with the Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge. There will be a special program with traditional Norwegian and American Christmas carols, smorbrod potluck; everyone welcome – family, friends and children.

Meeting at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills Fellowship Hall, 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Call Cara Clove for more information at  (818) 279-7371.

Little Landers announces the return of The Randy Van Horne Singers for the Bolton Hall holiday program on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum. The program features performances by Franny McCartney of Sunland-Tujunga and the space age pop music sound of the Randy Van Horne Singers. Visitors will join in for Christmas carols and the Little Landers Holiday gift drawing. Refreshments are served after the program and some recipes from the Little Landers Cookbook will be featured.

This program 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 or email

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Tickets are now on sale for the 57th annual Hoover Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec.13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

Guests will tour four stunning homes, festively decorated for the holidays, and enjoy live performances from the Hoover High School choir, orchestra and jazz band. Hoover students will also serve as tour guides, providing a bit of family history and interesting historical facts about each home. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!

Tickets are $30 and available online or at Art’s Meat Market & Village Deli, 1404 W. Kenneth Road in Kenneth Village. Cash or checks only when purchasing at Art’s. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available for purchase at Art’s and at the two homes designated as starting locations. All purchases are final; tour will be held rain or shine.

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 Dec. 17 and will feature chamber music by Los Angeles composer/bassoonist Damian Montano.

The Second Saturday Series presents organist Kristin Holton Prouty on Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. at Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prouty is director of worship and music at Victory Lutheran Church, and has performed and competed throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and the United States.

This concert will include compositions from Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and Franck. A reception will be held following the concert to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.

For more information, visit or call (818) 244-7241.

Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at .  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 January 10th, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, 818-548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet, and conversation.For more information, or email

Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale

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 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.

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