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On Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., Once Upon A Time bookstore is hosting the NY Times #1 national bestselling young adult author Jay Asher (“Thirteen Reasons Why”) and author Carolyn Mackler (“Tangled”) when they team up for “The Future of Us,” a fresh, lively tale about two high school kids in the early ‘90s discovering their not-yet-invented Facebook pages via a glitch in an AOL upload. This book for teens humorously explores how closely tied our future is to our past.  The book has received several starred reviews, and the movie rights to the book have been sold to Warner Bros.

Asher, whose hit debut novel about teen suicide, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” is still on the NY Times’ bestselling books after 91 weeks, lives in Southern California. New York City-based Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), “Tangled,” “Guyaholic,” “Vegan Virgin Valentine” and “Love and Other Four-Letter Words.”

We will have trivia contests and  giveaways.  This event is free.

Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose Shopping Park. For more information, call (818) 248-9668 or check website

Church of Scientology of Pasadena is offering an educational seminar for parents who want happy children. The seminar on Saturday, Jan. 21 teaches children how to make the right choices for themselves in life.  When children don’t know “how” to make the right choices, they can too easily be swayed by negative influences and make devastating mistakes.

This free one-hour seminar begins at 7 p.m. and can save parents (and their children) a lifetime of pain and set the stage for good character. Find out how a simple booklet called “How to Make Good Choices” can help kids find their way to happiness. This information is vitally important for any parent and has proven to be powerfully effective and best of all, can be used by anyone of almost any age.

Church of Scientology of Pasadena is located at 35 South Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.

Free 90-minute public parking one door south.

RSVP by calling (626) 792-7532. Refreshments will be served.

Glendale Area Schools Federal Credit Union is hosting a free workshop to help auto buyers – including high school students – avoid misleading pitfalls when buying a new car. There will be information on how to guard against shady dealers who frustrate buyers into buying more than what is needed.

The Glendale Area Schools Federal Credit Union is committed to educating the community in all areas of financial services; this workshop will teach strategies for buying a new car including how to avoid misleading pitfalls; how to read an advertisement correctly; understanding the jargon (free “jargon” guide/glossary of terms for everyone who attends); where incentives can be located; plus more.

Take the mystery and frustration out of your next auto purchase. Buying a new or used car should be a positive and enjoyable experience. Join us to gain tools and learn strategies to ensure you clearly understand what your total price is, what warranties are included and to know how to find a real deal!

This is a free event on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Glendale Area Schools FCU/main branch lobby, 1800 Broadview Dr., Glendale

The African Violet Society of Montrose will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada/Flintridge. For more information, call (818) 949-4200.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Mountview Senior Living Community is hosting Dr. Daniel Ananyev on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Dr. Ananyev will be speaking on Beating the Winter Blues and discussing the body and mind connection, how taking care of others can help you take care of yourself and how to eat your way to health and happiness.

For more information, call (818) 248-6737.

Mountview, 2640 Honolulu Ave., Montrose

Dr. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, is again conducting a series of off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This semester will cover the topic “Popular Music Before the 20th Century.”

Each semester offers new and interesting information. Dr. Stern weaves music examples with cultural history to increase the listener’s understanding of the evolution of music. Classes are held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church in Montrose.  The weekly series of classes continues through Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and each Tuesday thereafter through May 29. The cost of the 14-week series is $90. Everyone is welcome!  For more information call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.

Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church is located at 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose.

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is hosting a series of parent education classes focusing on children with special needs and is co-sponsored by the City of La Cañada. This program is free and open to the community. Topics include neurobiological and psychological disorders along with issues that arise from parenting any child with special needs.  The classes meet weekly on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Y.

Jan. 19 – Building Healthy Relationships with Special Needs & Typical Developing Siblings, presented by Dr. Debra Kessler, Psy.D., H.N., M.N

Jan. 26 – Open Forum, Psychiatric Medications & Diagnosis. Opportunity to ask questions; presented by Dr. Richard Atkins, M.D. Psychiatry

For more information on these free classes, contact Ana-Marie Scaefer at (818) 790-0123, ext. 231.

Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10-12:40 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 Feb. 1 and features The Malkin – Trybek Duo English, Sephardic & Puerto Rican Music for Voice & Guitar including Iris Malkin – mezzo-soprano and Edward Trybek – guitar.

Whether the grapes were grown locally or shipped in from a grape growing region outside the city, the history of winemaking in Los Angeles goes back several generations and is part of the fabric of the culture of the foothills. Speaking on this subject at the next meeting of the Little Landers Society is Stuart Byles.

Byles is the director of the Le Mesnager Barn (also known as the Stone Barn) at the top of Dunsmore Avenue in La Crescenta and is Vice President of the Crescenta Valley Historical Society.  Wine is still being made at the old stone barn, and in fact, they are on their fifth vintage.  Please join us for this interesting and informative program.

This program is free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome.  It takes place on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.  at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga.

Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

Visit the website at

Additional information is available from Regina Clark or Christina Whelan at the Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga

Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) offers CPR training classes to community members and healthcare providers. VHH also offers Heartsaver – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) classes. These classes provide instruction for CPR skills, including adult/child one-person rescue, adult/child choking maneuvers and adult/child AED. Both Healthcare Provider new and renewal classes are also offered, as well as Infant CPR and CPR Instructor training.

Upcoming Heartsaver CPR classes will be held on Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Infant CPR classes are offered twice a month and cover from birth to one year of age. Classes are held on a Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on a Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. The fee is $30 per person.

For more information about VHH’s CPR courses or to register for a class, please call (818) 952-2272, or visit

Forest Lawn is hosting Syd Mead: Progressions, a captivating exhibit of work by legendary artist Syd Mead Jan. 27 through April 15. The exhibit is a retrospective of more than 50 years of Mead’s artwork, ranging from selections from his academic years to his most current works.

The Syd Mead: Progressions exhibit demonstrates the artist’s uncanny ability to take contemporary concepts and translate them into believable and practical visions of the future. This unique talent has earned him the title of “Visual Futurist.” The exhibit includes finished paintings that capture everything from conceptual terrestrial and extraterrestrial vehicles to interplanetary resort destinations.

This is a free event.

For more information, call (800) 204-3131 or visit

Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.