The Stonebarn Vineyard Conservancy, along with the City of Glendale is hosting a series of classes on vineyard cultivation and home winemaking.  The next scheduled class, Vines and wine varieties, is Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. at Deukmejian Wilderness Park . Materials and lab fee $10. For more information contact Stuart Byles at (818) 249-2414.

Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 4329 Markridge Road, (Glendale) La Crescenta


A new Moonday poetry series will take place at the new Flintridge Bookstore in La Cañada beginning with Hilda Weis, co-founder and artistic director of www.Poetry.LA, a website featuring videos of poets and poetry venues in Southern California. The series begins on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

The original Moonday was established in 2002 and continues its long run at Village Books in Pacific Palisades. Moonday is hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones. The readings will take place on the fourth Sunday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Highway. Parking is in the rear of the store. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.


Local camellia societies have two shows planned in coming weeks at Descanso Gardens. The public is invited to submit flowers for judging during the bloom placement portion of the shows. Entrance to camellia shows is free with Gardens admission. The Southern California Camellia Council Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27. The council is made up of representatives of all the camellia societies in Southern California. Blooms placement is 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by judging. The show is open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Pacific Camellia Society Late Bloomers Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. Bloom placement is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by judging. The show is open to the public from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Also the Gardens is offering Composting 101 at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26. Learn the basics of making compost from garden and kitchen waste. Free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 senior/students and $3 children 5-12.

A Heritage Oak Walk takes place on 11 a.m. on Feb. 26. Descanso Curator Wen Wang leads an informative walk focusing on Coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia). Free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 senior/students and $3 children 5-12. For more information call (818) 949-7980.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.


The Leisure Club of La Cañada Flintridge has gone to the dogs … The Guide Dogs of America, that is.

On March 4 at 1 p.m. Judy Reilly and her puppy Milo will address the Leisure Club of La Cañada Flintridge and describe how guide dogs are selected, trained and paired with visually impaired individuals.

The public is invited to this event being held at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. Parking is free and so are the refreshments !

Crescenta-Canada YMCA, Multi Purpose Room, 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada


In March, as part of its History Comes Alive series, the Forest Lawn Museum will again present “A Visit With Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci,” an educational program featuring two of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci.

Portrayed by accomplished actors Pablo Marz and Carl Weintraub, the two Renaissance artists will engage each other and the audience as they discuss their personal and professional lives and their most exquisite works of art. Following the program, there will be a question and answer segment for the audience.  It’s entertaining, educational and free.

“A Visit With Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci” takes on the Memorial Terrace in The Great Mausoleum-Forest Lawn – Glendale on Wednesday & Thursday, March 9-10 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

This is a free event but  space is limited, so reservations are required.

For more information, contact Shannon Lawrence, event planner at (760) 328-3471 or

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


American Association of University Women, Glendale Branch, will host Rubina Peroomian, a research associate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles at their meeting on Saturday, March 12 at Oakmont Country Club.  In observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Dr. Peroomian will present Armenian women’s history and current status as lessons in the reality that circumstances for women are not necessarily one long uninterrupted trajectory of improvement.

Brunch begins at 9:00 a.m., cost is $23.  Call (818) 773-2227 for reservations.

Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale



The City of Glendale has a long and interesting history.  Who were the early settlers and why did they settle there?  Who were the movers and shakers who turned a settlement into a thriving city?  The next speaker hosted by the Little Landers Historical Society on Saturday, March 12 will be Arlene Vidor.  Vidor is a Historic Preservation Commissioner for the City of Glendale and an active member of the Glendale Historic Society.  She is also the president of the Associates of the Brand Library and Art Center.  She will present a journey through the history of the City of Glendale – the people, the architectural landmarks, the growth and development.

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

The program is free. Everyone is welcome on Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. It is being held at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.


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 newly restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).

On Wednesday, Feb. 16 Arabic music featuring Turath Ensemble directed by Sami Asmar will be presented. Sami Asmar – nay & qanun; Iyad Wehbe – voice; Sami Maalouf – oud & poetry reading; Kashed Khzam – percussion; Kathleen Hood – violoncello and Jacqueline Suzuki – violin.


The Crescenta Valley High School class of 1981 is having its 30-year reunion on July 16 at 6 p.m. For more information visit

Crescenta Valley Class of 1991 will be holding its 20th reunion on July 23 at the Angeles National Golf Course.  Early bird ticket pricing will be $65/person until April 1.  For more information contact Sosi at (818) 621-1980 after 5 p.m. or e-mail  Find us on Facebook @ CV Falcons – Class of 1991 for complete details of the weekend’s events.


Whatever Happened to Rancho Tujunga? is the topic of the next presentation of the Little Landers Society. This program is a “must” for anyone who is curious about the history of Sunland-Tujunga, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills. Guest speaker Marlene Hitt literally wrote the book on this part of local history. She has lived in the area for over 50 years and has served as archivist and museum director for Bolton Hall Museum.

Marlene will begin with an 1840 Mexican land grant given to the Lopez brothers, continuing through the 1900s and ending in present time. Information will be given on how the land was mined, farmed and developed.  Marlene will introduce the people who established the community.

The program is free.  Everyone is welcome.  It takes place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

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


The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will host monthly meetings for the La Cañada Parkinson’s Support Group. The group is free to join and will provide research and support for those with Parkinson’s or Movement Disorders.

On Friday, Feb. 18, Dr. Gary Demerjian, a dentist specializing in TMJ, dysonia, tics and Parkinson’s, will present “The effect of the TMJ and how it is related to Parkinson’s and other neurologic illnesses.” Dr. Demerjian has found that by treating the patients jaw relationship with a mouthpiece, he is able to affect their balance, coordination, breathing, gait and much more.  Videos of patients he has treated with Parkinson’s will be shown.

On Friday, March 18, Lineage Dance Company will demonstrate how people with Parkinson’s are able to experience the joy of dance.

For additional information, contact Senior Services Director Nancy Turney at (818) 790-0123, ext. 225.

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


Warner Bros. is hosting an exclusive studio screening of “A Star is Born,” starring Judy Garland and James Mason (1954) on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank.

After the screening a group lunch will be held at The Smokehouse Restaurant.

Attendance is by preregistration only. The cost for the event is $25 per person, and lunch with the group at The Smokehouse is an additional $25 per person. Lunch is optional, but attendance to the studio tour is mandatory to attend lunch.

The studio requires a list in advance to prepare individual passes to gain access to the studio lot so “day of” registration is not available.  The deadline for reservations to be received is Friday, Feb. 18.

For more information and to register, contact Gary Carr at; day of event, (213) 924-1932 cell.

Warner Bros. Studio, 4301 Olive Blvd., Burbank


McGroarty Arts Center presents Casino Night 2011.  This gala event will be held Saturday evening March 5 at 6 p.m.  In addition to a stunning view of the Verdugo Hills from the center’s terrace, the evening’s festivities will include true casino style gaming with roulette, blackjack, and craps plus food, drinks, a silent auction, raffle, music and door prizes.

Since the occasion of this art center benefit falls on the week of Fat Tuesday, the theme of the night will be a New Orleans style Mardi Gras. The catered food will be Cajun spicy and the beads will be flying, so mark your calendar.  Costumes are not required, but masks are strongly suggested so don’t worry about your anonymity.  What happens at McGroarty Arts Center… stays at McGroarty Arts Center.

Pre-sale tickets $35, $40 at the door.  Admission includes casual dinner, drink and $500 in gambling chips!. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit the McGroarty Arts Center.

The MAC is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga.  For further details, (818) 352 5285.


On Wednesday, March 2, the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will host a free seminar entitled, “Oh, My Aching Knee!”  The seminar will take place at noon in the Patio Room.

Anyone who has experienced pain or swelling in the knee, clicking of the knee that causes pain, knee stiffness that limits activities, difficulty walking or climbing stairs because of weakness or pain in knee, and buckling of knees should come to this free seminar.

The seminar will teach what the symptoms of knee problems are, knee pain prevention principles, knee pain management strategies, knee stretching and strengthening exercises, and much more.

For more information contact Nancy Turney at (818) 790-0123, ext. 225.

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


Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Chorale. The group, composed of CVHS choral alumni men and women, rehearse once a week on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., at the Glendale First United Methodist Church. The group performs for local civic groups and retirement homes in Pasadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Duarte during the holiday season and again in the late spring/early summer. After the holiday season performances the group will resume rehearsals in the middle of January 2011.

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at