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The Kiwanis Club of Glendale meets on Fridays at noon. On Friday, Jan. 12, a representative from the Glendale Youth Alliance will be speaking to the Club.

The cost to attend Friday meetings, which includes lunch and program, is $20. All are welcome.

The Club meets Friday afternoons at the Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St. in Glendale.



A Glendale poet laureate workshop and reading is on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features Glendale poet laureate Raffi Joe Wartanian. It is being held at Pacific Park Library, 501 S Pacific Ave. in Glendale. Participants will develop poems and explore crafts alongside featured poets Shahé Mankerian (“History of Forgetfulness”), Brian Sonia-Wallace (West Hollywood poet laureate, ’20-’23), and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo (“Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge”). All levels of experience and language backgrounds are welcome!

Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided and activities include reading, writing, workshopping and discovering.

Learn more and submit poems at



Shadow Hills resident Carl Howell served as a naval aide to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon and later as a Secret Service agent assigned to President Nixon’s retirement. In his film “Carl Howell – Witnessing History,” John Newcombe talks to Howell as he recounts some of his experiences of the 1960s and ’70s during key times in America’s history.

Local filmmaker Newcombe has presented several very interesting films at Bolton Hall Museum in recent years. On Jan. 13 he will also share his experience interviewing Carl Howell for this film.

This event is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome. 

It takes place on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum, home of Little Landers Historical Society, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society by calling (818) 352-3420 or visiting or emailing



Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is looking for talented musicians who play a brass, woodwind or string instrument to have an opportunity to exhibit their talents at the 37th Annual Instrumental Competition. Applications are now being accepted for full-time students ages 14-19 years of age who currently reside and attend high school in Los Angeles County. 

The competition is on Sunday, March 3 when finalists compete in front of a panel of esteemed judges. Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts will award individual prizes that range from $500 to $4,000 to help further the education of the young musicians.

Applications will be accepted until 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. A résumé, proof of age and a performance video can be submitted online through GetAcceptd. The application portal can be found at 

For complete information, visit the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts’ website. For questions, please contact



LA Surf: Grassroots Soccer Program for ages 9-12 begins on Wednesday, Jan. 17 on Mondays from 4-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m.

Bingo & Brunch is on Friday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fun for 50-year-olds and older; free. RSVP at or call (818) 790-4353.

Coming in Spring: New intramural programs for adults ages 18-plus.

Kickball Kickback will be on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Four-week session begins Feb. 28.

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



Join the Crescenta Valley Group and the Verdugo Hills Group of the Sierra Club for an informative virtual presentation via Zoom, “Will Redwoods Survive Climate Change?” on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. The Santa Cruz mountains are coast redwoods’ stronghold at the southern end of their limited and diminishing range. Learn what scientists predict for their future in a time of climate change, and how innovative partners are ushering in a new era of conservation stewardship so redwoods might thrive and survive. 

Matthew Shaffer, Marketing and Communications chief officer of Sempervirens Fund will be giving this presentation. Sempervirens has been preserving redwood forests since 1900.

Use this link to register for this upcoming presentation:



The Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Dept., on behalf of the City of Glendale’s Arts and Culture Commission announced that artist submissions are now open for the Public Art Landmarks project. As part of the city’s arts and culture initiatives, up to 10 long-term to permanent artwork installations will be commissioned, developed and established over the course of the next few years. The objective of the Public Art Landmarks project is to create world-class public artwork in a diverse range of mediums that are designed to engage the community, showcase the cultural diversity of the city and enhance the various civic and public spaces.

The application portal is currently accepting submissions through Friday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. PST. To apply, visit



Shoseian Tea House, 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale, hosts Cass Magda who will give an introduction to the Indonesia martial art of Pentjak Silat, which has been described as “Indo-Jujitsu” since it has a very well-developed methodology that includes devastating strikes, efficient takedowns, effective joint locks and a very interesting approach to how solo forms (known as Jurus) are practiced. The class is on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and space will be limited. The cost is $45 per person; visit to pre-register.



Two upcoming bingo games are coming to the foothills. The first is on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Healy Hall in Holy Redeemer at 2411 Montrose Ave. The cost is $30 and includes 10 games. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first game is at 6 p.m. Food available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus Charitable Giving Fund.

The next one is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Verdugo Hills American Legion Post 288 at 4011 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta. The cost is $25 and includes 10 games. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the first game is at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Sponsorships are available; contact Steve Pierce for information at (818) 259-5195. Proceeds benefit the CV Chamber of Commerce.



Caltech Jazz Band presents its annual jazz guest artist concert featuring legendary percussionist/drummer Alex Acuña and saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. 

Tickets are $5 for students, seniors and faculty; $10 for general admission, and can be purchased by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Parking is free. 

Caltech Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S Michigan Ave. in Pasadena.



On Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a STEM-based children’s museum, opens its doors once again to an educational dance performance by dance company Benita Bike’s DanceArt. Benita Bike’s DanceArt will present two dances followed by a Q&A session and a final “try-out-the-moves” session with DanceArt’s professional dancers.

A limited number of free tickets to the museum are available to those who pre-register by emailing with their name and the number of guests in their party. General admission tickets can also be purchased at Admission to the dance performance will be also be included with general admission or a valid membership.

This performance is supported, in part, by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles is located at 11800 Foothill Blvd. in Sylmar.



Parents are invited to start planning their child’s summer adventure on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summer Opportunities Fair held in Pasadena at Westridge School. Explore summer camps and programs for kids’ ages 5-18. Enjoy food, games and activities for the whole family.

Free and open to the public. More info available at

Westridge School is located at 324 Madeline Dr. in Pasadena.    



“Team 74” is planning a 50th high school reunion in 2024. Friends and graduates of Verdugo Hills High School are invited to attend to trade stories of family, careers, adventures and anything else.

Currently Team 74 is in the planning phase of collecting names and numbers of classmates and putting together a database; emails from classmates can be received at Information should include a mailing address, cell number and graduate’s name at graduation (if different than now).

A list of frequently asked questions will be provided to keep everyone updated as the reunion plans move forward. Those who belong to various VHHS groups will see redundant information to ensure all classmates are notified and have an opportunity to attend.

At this time the FB VHHS groups will be the reunion information outlet until a more focused site is created.