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Glendale Beautiful in cooperation with the City of Glendale Community Services and Parks Dept. will celebrate the 64th Arbor Day on Tuesday, March 4 at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael Park in Glendale. Coffee social is at 10 a.m. and the program follows promptly at 10:30 a.m.

The event will recognize participants who have made contributions for the purchase of trees. Trees donated by the community will be used to landscape city parks, library areas and schools. In the case of rain the event will be the lower level of Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. For more information or to order a tree, call (818) 246-3634. The deadline to order a tree is Feb. 21.

Casa Adobe de San Rafael Park, 1330 Dorothy Drive in Glendale.

Caltech Theater Arts presents “Rent” starting Friday, Feb.21 at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium. This rock musical based on “La Boheme” follows the lives of several friends and lovers in 1980s East Village NYC.

Directed by Brenda Varda with Caltech senior Jetson Leder-Luis as music director and a cast of Caltech undergraduate and graduate students with members of the JPL and Caltech community.

Other dates for this event are Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.,
Sunday, Feb. 23,at 2:30 p.m.,
Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 for students, $9 for non-Caltech students, staff, faculty, JPL and seniors, and $18 for general admission. To purchase tickets, contact the Caltech ticket office at (626) 395-4652. For further information, call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit

The Caltech – Occidental Concert Band, under the direction of William Bing, will present its annual winter concert on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall at Occidental College.

Composers on the concert include Benjamin Britten, J. S. Bach, John Philip Sousa, Vincent Persichetti and Satoshi Yagisawa.

Besides the large 70-piece concert band, two smaller ensembles will perform on the concert: the Caltech Clarinet Choir under the direction of Lynne Snyder, and the Caltech Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Scott Babcock. Guest conductors Paul Asimow and Zach Erickson and saxophone soloist Matt Davis round out the evening.

This is another free concert in the series presented by the ensemble. No tickets are required and parking is also free. For further information, contact Cindy DeMesa at (626) 395-3295 or visit the band’s website

Professor Susan McWilliams will speak to the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club on Sunday, Feb. 23 about “Front Porch Republic,” the emerging “localist” movement. The meeting will be at the home of Celina Lew and Ed Castro in La Cañada, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

McWilliams has enjoyed several speaking engagements with this club and is an associate professor in the Politics Dept. at Pomona College where her expertise is American political thought.

She is the author of “Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory” (Oxford University Press, 2014) and is working on a volume that explores the political thought of James Baldwin.

Club business will be chaired by president Jerry Reynolds. More information can be found at

The Sons of Norway Edvard Grieg Lodge is hosting a Scandinavian cultural program.

“Janteloven: The Nordic Secret You Need To Know About” by Judith Gabriel Vinje is on Saturday, Feb. 22. Social hour is at 6 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. is potluck dinner.

Sons of Norway, Edvard Grieg Lodge, meets at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta,

This is a free event; the public is invited. Call J. Ness (818) 249-8102 for more information.

The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next monthly meeting on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Maple Room) in La Cañada Flintridge. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings.

For more information, telephone club president Luis at (323) 236-0104.

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

The public is invited to attend a six part lecture series on the United States Constitution. “The Constitution is the Solution” is a presentation of The John Birch Society.

The society meets every Tuesday evening at 6:40 p.m. for a meet, greet and get a seat, 7 p.m. is invocation and Pledge of Allegiance and 7:05 p.m. is the introduction and presentation. For more information or to RSVP call Elliott Graham at (818) 247-5147. Admission is free and open to the public.

The society meets in the community room of the CV Sheriff’s Station at 4554 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse presents Harvard-trained cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik who will talk about how to move beyond a physically healthy heart to a spiritually vibrant heart. She will also sign her recent book, “Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit from the Body’s Core.”  One hundred percent of the author’s proceeds during the month of February will be donated to the American Heart Association and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

In “Your Vibrant Heart,” Dr. Thaik explores the dynamic growth and healing processes of our ever-evolving hearts and demonstrates the importance of treating our health and lives as gifts. An acclaimed cardiologist as well as a practicing Buddhist, Dr. Thaik unites Eastern and Western medicine to uncover the mind-body connection that places the power of healing back into the hands of patients.

For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge.

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducted by Allen Robert Gross, presents its spring concert featuring two student concerto competition winners, cellist Justin Choi and pianist Jonathan Joo. This event will take place on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall at Occidental College, and March 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium.

This program will include the “Cello Concerto in C Major” by Haydn, “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin, and the “Symphony No. 5: by Shostakovich.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Parking is also free.

For further information, call the Caltech Performing and Visual Arts Office at (626) 395-3295 or the Occidental Music Office at (323) 259-2785.

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Membership is free. Knitters, crocheters, and those who wish to learn are welcome. For more information, visit or email

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK charity knit & crochet on Saturday, March 8 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet, and conversation. For more information, visit or email

Brad King, nationally known editor of the American Camellia Society Journal, will be one of the featured speakers at the March 6 meeting of the Pacific Camellia Society in Descanso Gardens. Among other things, King will describe and demonstrate how easy it is to reproduce camellias by using cuttings.

Also on the program will be Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery in Altadena. Although he will speak about camellias generally, his emphasis will be on some of the more interesting and unusual camellias. Both speakers will answer questions from the floor on any camellia related subject as time allows. Refreshments will be served and there will be a camellia plant raffle. The public is invited and will be most welcome. Admission is free.

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Birch Room at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada.

For more information about the meeting, call (818) 790-6947.

On Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heal Within founder Liza Boubari presents “Heal-thy Mind, Body & Spirit,” a one day event for women to awaken mind and spirit, discover wellness from within, gain insight to leading edge ideas, find kinship with others, experience healing circle and drums, dissolve negative thoughts and emotions and immerse in being present.

Create new habits and relationships through love and collaboration, tapping into natural gifts of passion, femininity and spirituality. Guest speakers are Dr. Nalini Chilkov, L.Ac., O.M.D., Heather McCloskey-Beck and Keri Tombazian. Mistress of ceremonies

is Anush Hovsepyan-Gagua.

The cost is $135/person, $200/for two, which includes lunch and gift bag.

3E takes place at the Castaway at 1250 E. Harvard Road in Burbank.

Hollywood innovator and industry trendsetter Franklin Leonard reveals how scripts are picked for his famed “The Black List,” and continues The Alameda Writers Group presentation of outstanding guest speakers at the March 1 meeting. Leonard’s “The Black List” provides the film and TV industry access to quality writing and opens the door for talented writers to showcase their scripts. Over 225 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films earning more than 175 Academy Award nominations. Leonard has also worked in production with such Hollywood notables as Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Goldwyn.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us for an exciting two hours from 10 a.m. to noon. Free coffee and donuts served.

The Alameda Writers Group meets at the Glendale Central Library, second floor auditorium, 222 E. Harvard, Glendale.

For more information, visit

La Crescenta Woman’s Club presents Step Into Spring fashion show on Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse.

Fashions by Talbots. Tickets are $40 (cash/check only) and include fashion show, luncheon, opportunities, silent auction and live auction.

Contact reservations chairperson Cindy Charles (818) 389-2266 or event coordinator Vickie Guagliardo at (818) 957-8442.

RSVP deadline March 5.

Portion of proceeds to benefit The Firehouse (a local teen youth  center) and Saddles for Soldiers (a therapeutic equine program for veterans).

Make checks payable to La Crescenta Woman’s Club, and mailed to Cindy Charles, 3402 Gromer Terrace, La Crescenta, CA 91214.

La Crescenta Woman’s Club is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff Support Group, the Crescenta Valley and the Montrose-Verdugo City chambers of commerce are hosting the 6th Annual Crescenta Valley Day at the Races at the Santa Anita Race Track on Sunday, March 16.

The cost is $25 for adults (18 and over) and $15 for attendees 17 and under. The event takes place at the Top of the Stretch on the grandstand side – a prime viewing area. 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 once 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 benefit the CV Sheriff Support Group and both local chambers.

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

Little Landers Historical Society announces the installation of a new temporary Bolton Hall exhibit. Until April 2014, Time Exposure will display an extensive collection of vintage cameras and projection equipment. Visit Bolton Hall to see how photo memories were recorded in the olden days.

Bolton Hall is open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and entrance is free. Special group tours may also be arranged.

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

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

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 support 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 infant lactation and 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.