IN Brief

Drug Take Back
The Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition with local law enforcement are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event aims to remind people of the dangers of misused, expired and often-stolen medications found in most homes. According to Glendale Police Officer Joe Allen, there is an alarming trend of pharmaceuticals being abused to substitute for illicit drugs. The take back event is an attempt to remove unused, expired medications from people’s shelves in order to minimize their abuse or misuse.

Local take back sites include the CVS parking lots in Montrose and Glendale; Rite Aid parking lots in La Crescenta, La Cañada and Glendale; the Smart and Final parking lot in Glendale and Glendale Community College, at Circle Drive in Glendale.

Donor anonymity is guaranteed.

LCPC Hosting Blood Drive
La Cañada Presbyterian Church is hosting a blood drive in its Fellowship Hall on Sunday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prior to the drive, a donation sign-up table can be found in the church foyer between services on Sunday, April 28.

Appointments may be made by calling the church office at (818) 790-6708 or by visiting The sponsor code is lacanadapreschurch.

Walk-ins are also welcome. Please bring a photo ID on the day of the event.

For questions, contact American Red Cross representative Susan Josephson at

The church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

City Appoints New Chief Information Officer
On Tuesday, the City of Glendale confirmed the appointment of Brian Ganley as the new chief information officer (CIO) to oversee the Information Services Dept. (ISD). Ganley replaces former director Ed Fraga.

Ganley will oversee the three divisions of ISD which provide Applications Support, Technical Support and Wireless Communications to the City of Glendale.

CV Prayer Breakfast Date Announced
On Tuesday, May 21 the second annual Crescenta Valley prayer breakfast will be held at the Church of Latter-day Saints at 4550 Raymond Ave. in La Crescenta from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is Crescenta Valley High School teacher James Smiley.

Ticket information to be announced.

Proms & Parties Subject of Presentation
On April 30, at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA at 7:15 p.m., Pam Erdman, LMFT, leads a discussion on Proms & Parties. Parents want their children to enjoy prom, and parties, safely. Hear simple and effective ways to empower teens to make good decisions at this crucial time in their development. Prom Plus President Robin Goldsworthy will offer information on Prom Plus, a safe, and fun, after prom party.

CVDAPC, the Y, and Supervisor Michael Antonovich sponsor this free parent workshop.

The Y has child watch open until 8:15 p.m. If parents are members, they just sign their kids in. Non-members pay $5. For kids too old for child watch, there is the new patio room that has a TV, Wi-Fi and comfy chairs where the kids are welcome to hang out.

The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

Celebrate Earth Day 2013
Join the City of Glendale in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pacific Community Center in Glendale. Event attendees will learn how to improve the environment and reduce their carbon footprint through workshops and vendor booths. Enjoy free food (while supplies last), live music, and children’s activities. Enter to win a drawing for a free bike and other environmental prizes.

Exhibits available on community development, community services and parks, electronics recycling, energy and water conservation, Glendale Beeline, household hazardous waste disposal, library services, the city’s plastic bag ordinance, recycling and waste reduction
and water-efficient landscaping.

For more information, contact the Public Works Integrated Waste Management Division at (818) 548-3916, visit or email

Pacific Community Center is located at 501 S. Pacific Ave. in Glendale.

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