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On Saturday, April 11, the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. (JLP) will host its second annual benefit luncheon, Simply Speaking, at the University Club of Pasadena. This year’s guest speaker is Jane Olson, an inspiring humanitarian and Pasadena area local.

Olson has devoted her life to international justice and humanitarian work and has chaired the International Board of Human Rights Watch and the Landmine Survivors Network board.

The event will feature a seated lunch and silent auction. In addition, the 2015 recipient of the Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award will be announced acknowledging a sustaining member for her exceptional contribution and years of dedication to the Junior League and to her community. All funds raised through the event will directly benefit the Junior League of Pasadena and its community projects.

To purchase tickets and to learn more about the Junior League of Pasadena, please visit





The Brand Associates and Glendale Library, Arts, and Culture present “Ballets Russes,” an award winning film by Dan Geller and Dayne Goldfine. The screening will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Brand Library & Art Center (Recital Hall) in Glendale. Admission is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in Brand Park adjacent to the library and an accessible entrance and parking is available on the east side of the building.

“Ballets Russes” (2005) is a documentary that captures the charismatic personalities of the revolutionary 20th century dance company, “Ballets Russes.” The company, composed of Russian refugees, evolved into two rival dance companies that fought the infamous “ballet battles” that consumed London society prior to World War II. The film includes stunning archival footage and interviews with its glamorous stars, prominently featuring the legendary Irina Baronova, one of the “baby ballerinas” who was George Balanchine’s protégé.

Special guest speaker is Victoria Tennant, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress. Tennant is the daughter of “Ballets Russes” star Irina Baronova and she has written a compelling book about her mother, “Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo.” The book is an intimate recollection including rare photographs, letters, and interviews capturing Baronova’s dramatic life. A book sale and signing with Tennant will follow the screening.

Brand Library & Art Center (Recital Hall), 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale




The Caltech-Occidental concert band, directed by William Bing, will present its annual winter concert on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall at Occidental College. Featured music will be by P.D.Q. Bach, Edward Elgar, Jamie Rankin, Ryan George, Rolf Wilhelm among others. There will also be presentations by the Caltech clarinet choir, the Caltech percussion ensemble, the Caltech flute choir, and the Caltech trombone choir. The guest soloist will be tuba player Gabriel Sears.

Admission is free with no tickets required. For further information, visit or call (626) 395-3295.





RAPP – Read And Practice Peacemaking is presenting “Inequality for All” on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church.

In “Inequality For All” Robert Reich promises to present information deep enough so that the labels of liberal and conservative become irrelevant. He does not claim that total equality is necessary, but asks, “When does inequality become a problem?”

Doors open at 7 p.m.; film begins at 7:30 p.m.

Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave., Montrose.





Theater Arts Caltech presents Caltech Theater Lab’s original and world premiere production of “Alice Through the Wormhole” running from Feb. 20 through March 1.   This is a full-length original musical with book, music and lyrics by Brenda Varda and the Caltech community, and directed by Caltech’s Brian Brophy.

In this original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Alice is a new grad genius in spintronics with a passion for marionetting. On a tour of a major science institute, Tellkech, a manic PhD candidate, WB, drags her down a wormhole to the underbelly of the campus. Once she enters into this world, all logic and reality lose ground as she gets caught in the battle between the Queen of Funding and the Dark Prince of Future Science. Along the way she battles to pursue the cutting edge research she passionately believes in, while sustaining her creative imagination and emotional balance.

Our Alice fights against all odds, from a rap-singing dissertation by a Humpty Dump professor to appearances from the dead gods of science, from Soylent Green drinking grad students to an enigmatic beat poet Cheshire chimp lab assistant, Tweedles, and the search for graphene.

Will she ever get out, or will she decide to stay?

“Alice” trips your way with a star-studded opening night premiere gala on Friday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Saturday shows Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 are at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows, Feb. 22 and March 1, are at 2:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech campus.

To purchase tickets, call (626) 395-4652. Ticket prices are $5 for Caltech students, $9 for other students, seniors, Caltech/JPL staff and faculty, and $18 for general admission.

For more information, contact Cindy De Mesa at (626) 395-3295 or Brian Brophy at TACIT website is






On Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. the Brand Associates is hosting the second concert in their 2015 music series. The artists performing will be the Alma String Quartet. They will be playing Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise” and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 80.

The concert will be in the Brand Library Recital Hall. Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert. For more information visit the Brand Library website or the Brand Library Facebook page

The Brand Library Recital Hall is located at 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.





Ken Osmond discusses his new book “Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy” with coauthor Chris Lynch on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library.

Osmond is a former dancer, model and actor best known for playing the overly effusive and unctuous character Eddie Haskell from the TV show, “Leave it to Beaver.” A former veteran, Osmond spends his time currently supporting U.S. military and volunteering for the American Legion.

Co-author Lynch is a Los Angeles native who has written for numerous local and national publications. He is the author of the “One Eyed Jack” series of crime novels about a professional blackmailer who operates in and around the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Lynch will return to the Central Library on March 7 with his popular workshop on self-publishing.

Visitors to the Central Library receive three hours free parking at the MarketPlace parking structure across Harvard with validation at the Central Library Loan Desk.

Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale






Kathleen Doty, state president of the American Association of University Women, will be the speaker at a joint meeting of the Pasadena and Glendale branches of the AAUW on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Pasadena.

A member since 1985, she will discuss current issues facing the board of directors. She has held almost every position in the Alhambra-San Gabriel branch.

The luncheon meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland in Pasadena. For reservations, call Gloria Reynolds at (626) 798-3896.





Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet and conversation.

For more information, visit or email


The Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will feature Dr. Amanda Hollis-Brusky from Pomona College on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lanterman House in La Cañada.

Hollis-Brusky will be speaking about her new book, “Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution.” She will be talking extensively about the U.S. Supreme Court. An assistant professor of Politics, she has spoken to the club on several occasions. She teaches courses on American politics, constitutional law & theory, and legal institutions.

   In addition, all four qualified candidates for the Glendale Unified School District board of education election of April 7 will introduce themselves to the members. They are Kevin Cordova-Brookey, Todd Hunt, Vahik Satoorian and Jennifer Freemon.

Club president Chuck Guinta will preside over a business portion of the meeting including ratifying the new Communications chair position, information on the nurses union negotiations with USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital, and plans for the upcoming 10th anniversary celebration of the club.

For more information, go to

       Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Place, La Cañada


The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga is pleased to announce that poet Bobby Love will be featured at its next Monthly Reading Series on Feb. 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. Poets are welcome to sign up for the open reading upon arrival.

Light refreshments will be served – a $3 donation is appreciated! For more information, visit

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga


Rosemont Preserve is having an “open gate” event on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is a chance to visit the Preserve and wander the trail. Friends of the Rosemont Preserve committee members will be available to answer questions and show off this community resource that so many have worked so hard to protect and develop.

Everyone is welcome! Those who plan on attending should wear sturdy shoes.

This event is free to the public, all ages, no reservations required. Rain cancels event. Sorry, no pets, please. For further information, contact the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve at

Then on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. there will be a guided walk at the Rosemont Preserve. Learn to identify local native plants on this tour led by Nicholas Hummingbird, an indigenous Californian with a background in habitat restoration, ecology, plant medicine and environmental horticulture. Co-leading the walk will be Tim Martinez, outreach coordinator for the Arroyo Seco Foundation and board member of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy. Sample chia seeds, elderberries and other native foods as participants discuss the various medicinal, spiritual and practical uses of native plants as they have been used in Southern California for thousands of years. Native plants will be available for purchase after the tour.

The Preserve is located at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence. As street parking is limited, please park at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave. in La Crescenta.


The Tony® Award winning musical “Billy Elliot: The Musical” is coming to the historic Alex Theatre Feb. 20 through Feb. 22.

Ticket prices start at $25. Visit for information or call the theatre at (818) 243-ALEX (2539) for email

Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.


CV Alliance hosts the Parent Sessions on Tuesdays. On Feb. 24, “Empty Promises/Threats” features speaker Arsineh Ararat, LMFT, with GUSD Healthy Start. On March 3, Glendale Police Officer Joe Allen presents, “Vaping, E-Cigs, & Hookah” and March 10 is “Mood & Thought” with Linda Campo, psychiatric technician.

Teen Trials & Tribulations continue on Thursday, Feb. 26 with John Howell, LMFT, who will speak on “Building a Foundation for Family to Thrive.” This program is open to adults and children.

CV Alliance programs run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the CV High library at 2900 Community Ave. in La Crescenta. All events are free to attend.


The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next club meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Birch Room).

Guests are always welcome to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to win the door prize, participate in the silent auction and raffle table. Refreshments are served and friendships are made.

For more information, contact club president at or visit

Descanso Gardens (Birch Room) 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge


On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore hosts a book signing for Laura Allen, environmentalist and author of “The Water-Wise Home.”

The average American family uses approximately 400 gallons of water a day – that’s triple what families use in the United Kingdom – at a time when water is becoming increasingly precious around the world and its cost is skyrocketing. “The Water-Wise Home” teaches homeowners how to lower their water bills, save water through conservation techniques and systems, and create water-wise landscapes.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, at Angeles Crest Hwy. Parking is in the rear of the store.


The Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg’s Glendale Lodge will be hosting its silent auction benefiting the scholarship program at Glendale Community College on Saturday, Feb. 28. The Lodge’s donation to Glendale Community College’s scholarship program is the longest standing scholarship in the college’s history.

Silent auction items include vintage authentic Norwegian sweaters, rosemaling collectors’ items, Norse woven bands, pottery, books and other decorative treasures. The event is held in the social hall at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills. All are invited from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for social hour. Event begins at 6:30 p.m.

For questions, please email Karin at Please check out our Facebook Page.

Lutheran Church of the Foothills is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.


On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Alex Film Society presents “The Band Wagon” (MGM, 1953) starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant and Jack Buchanan. Special on-stage guests include Ian “You Turn Me On” Whitcomb and

Cyd Charisse’s “ghost singer” India Adams. Starting off the festivities is Daffy Duck starring in Warner Bros. Looney Tunes classic, “The Scarlet Pumpernickel” (1950). At the screening, fabulous raffle baskets are up for grabs.

Purchase tickets online at General admission tickets are $16.50, seniors/students/kids $12.50, Alex Film Society members $11.50 (join at the Alex Theatre box office with cash or check and save on admission). Tickets also available in person at the Alex Box Office (818) 243-7700 x 216 Friday-Saturday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and show day beginning three hours prior to the ticketed start time. Also at the Americana at Brand Grand Lobby Concierge Desk (818-637-8982) and Glendale Community College box office (818) 240-1000) x 5612. On screening night, park at the Orange Street garage at California Street (four hours is just $1).

Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.


The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting its annual Author’s Lunch on Feb. 28. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the LCWC clubhouse and promises to be full of fun and information. There will be a delicious lunch, a silent auction and door prizes. The tickets are $40 per person.

The main event will be to meet and chat with three authors – Shari Shattuck, Darlene Quinn and Sheila Lowe – who reside in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas. For those who purchase seven tickets there will be the chance to have one of the authors seated at their table. There are only three spots available. Contact Carol for information or reservations at (818) 790-3079.

The clubhouse is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization that helps the local community through scholarships and monetary donations. To be a part of this group, contact Dawna at (818) 957-6939 for information.



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 March 4 and features violist Robin Ross performing works by Hovhaness, Gliere and Schulhoff with flutist Eileen Holt and bassist Will ‘bj’ Johnson.

First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. in Glendale.


The community is invited to the next quarterly Strategic Partners meeting of CV Alliance on Friday morning, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church at La Crescenta.

Speakers are Paula Devine of the Glendale City Council and Henry Lozano, a hard-charging, nationally acclaimed activist. Lozano created what is now known as Red Ribbon Week.

Breakfast is courtesy of Chief Rob Castro and the Glendale Police Dept. RSVP requested to give the caterers an accurate count.

Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church at La Crescenta is located at 4441 La Crescenta Ave.


The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on March 8 featuring genius Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson, the concert will be performed by world renowned artists consisting of Martin Chalifour and Ambroise Aubrun on violins, Carrie Dennis on viola, Jacob Braun on cello and Kevin Fitz-Gerald at the piano. An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Patina with French champagne will be served.

Tickets are $39 for students, and $75 for general admission which includes dinner and drinks.

The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles.


The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents Gabrielle and Patrick Reynolds’ “A Month in Exotic Bali – Asia in Microcosm” on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library. Preceding the Reynolds’ program will be a 15-minute talk by John Monsen with the Angeles Chapter Forest Committee regarding the San Gabriel Mountains national monument.

This program follows news of conservation and outings. This is a free program and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Wayne Fisher for further information at (818) 353-4181.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.


Little Landers announces the next in its series of monthly programs of historical interest. Local mountains have recently yielded up fossils from the distant past following the 2009 Stations Fire and subsequent flooding. Speaker Charly Shelton, a geologist associated with Cal State L.A. and writer and editor of CV Weekly and True Believer, will tell program attendees about his research and will present maps, pictures and fossils uncovered in area mountains.

This program is on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall in Tujunga. The program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Looking ahead to April, the historical society is hosting Blazing Star Bazaar Treasures & Plant Sale, the annual rummage and plant sales. Both events are fundraisers for Little Landers and Bolton Hall and will be held at Bolton Hall on April 25 starting at 9 a.m.

Donations of new, gently used, antique, retro, vintage and collectible items may be brought to Bolton Hall during public hours any Tuesday or Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For plant donations, please call Bolton Hall to make arrangements.

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

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.


The Crescenta Valley Sheriff Support Group, the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Montrose Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce have teamed up for the 7th Annual Crescenta Valley Day at the Races. The event will take place at the Santa Anita Race Track on Sunday, March 15.

The cost to attend is $25 for adults (18 and over) and $15 for attendees who are 17 years and under. Once again, the group has reserved the Top of the Stretch on the grandstand side, which is a prime viewing area. Plus, each attendee will enjoy nine exciting Thoroughbred races, parking, an official race program, barbecue lunch, soft drinks and “expert” handicapping advice from Rick Dinger.

The barbecue lunch will again be donated by Schreiner’s Fine Sausages. There will also be a raffle and silent auction so everyone will have the opportunity to leave a winner. Proceeds from this event benefit the CV Sheriff Support Group and both local chambers.

For more information, call the chamber office at (818) 248-4957.


The Towne Singers is a non-audition choir that is in particular need of male voices, but all are welcome to join this family of musicians. Rehearsals for the upcoming spring concert “Broadway Bash” on May 17 are held Mondays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Glendale.

Please contact Membership Coordinator Merrily Hake via email at with questions and for new member orientation information.

The Towne Singers is an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

First Congregational Church of Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.


Little Landers Historical Society is hosting a new temporary exhibit at Bolton Hall Museum. “Millinery Delights” is a fun and colorful exhibit featuring a variety of head coverings and fashion accessories from the first half of the 20th century and more.

Millinery Delights will be available for viewing at Bolton Hall through April 2015.

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

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


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


Beginners square dance classes are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. followed by the intermediate class at 8:30 p.m. Winter classes meet on the first, third, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of the month through July at the Sunland-Tujunga municipal building.

Bloomin’s advanced class is still in progress and continues on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. until mid February when the new advanced class will begin. Only $6 a class.

Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building is located at 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. For more info, call (818) 945-1189.


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.