Dr. Jerrold Turney, one of the leading authorities on oak root fungus and camellia blight, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Pacific Camellia Society tonight, Thursday evening, March 2. The meeting, which gets underway in Descanso Gardens at 7:30 p.m., will also include a Power Point presentation by Dr. Bradford King, the editor of the National Camellia Journal. Dr. King’s presentation will feature pictures of some of the winning blooms from the current season of camellia shows. He will reveal what it is about these blooms that make them winners.
Dr. Turney, former curator of the camellia collection in Huntington Gardens, has been the chief plant pathologist for the County of Los Angeles for many years. His presentation will focus primarily on the control of camellia diseases and on other emerging new plant diseases in Southern California. Both speakers will make themselves available to answer questions from the audience.
Membership in the Society is not necessary to attend. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge

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On Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. local fiction writers J.J. Gesher and Rachel Harper will take part in a conversation with Prospect Park Books publisher Colleen Dunn Bates at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse.
Gesher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal, who wrote “A Narrow Bridge.” Harper’s book is “This Side of Providence.” Their stories share a common theme of family tragedy, but ultimately are narratives of hope and redemption. All three authors are also screenwriters, and Fattal and Harper teach writing at the college level. Both titles are published by Prospect Park Books in Altadena, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.
Plan now to attend the Glendale Education Foundation’s Denim & Diamonds Gala presented by Pacific BMW on Friday, March 3. It will be a fun evening with a wonderful dinner and five-piece band. The evening also includes a unique opportunity to win a diamond ring! Western-themed attire is encouraged – cowboy hats, boots, even jeans! Outstanding GUSD alumni Dr. Patrick M. Nemecheck, Christine Walters and Ardashes (Ardy) Kassakhian will also be honored.
For questions about the event, including sponsorships, tickets, and diamond opportunity tickets, please contact Elsa Chagolla at (818) 247-0466 or
Dr. Ted Stern, a professor of music, is conducting music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This series will cover the topic “A New Appreciation of Music – Surprises from the Internet (beginning with the world of Beethoven and his contemporaries).”
The classes are held each Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. continuing through April 4 at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church cultural hall, 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose.
The cost for the 10-week series of classes is $90.
Everyone is welcome! For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.
The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on March 5. Titled “With Love & Nostalgia from Vienna,” it will celebrate four genius European masters:
Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Julius Rontgen and Eric Zeisl (including one U.S. premiere) with an exquisite chamber music program for strings and piano.
The event will be sponsored by the Austrian Consulate of Los Angeles and Madam Zeisl-Schoenberg will introduce her amazing father’s piece.
The program will be performed by Tereza Stanislav and Erik Arvinder on violins, Rob Brophy on viola, Jacob Braun on cello, and Vijay Venkatesh on piano.
An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet high tea buffet provided by Patina with French champagne will be served.
Tickets are $45 for students, and $85 general admission that includes buffet and champagne. To reserve a ticket, visit or call (310) 498-0257.
The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
Glendale Beautiful, in cooperation with Glendale’s Community Services and Parks Dept., will hold Arbor Day observances on March 7 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael in Glendale. Participate in beautifying the city by donating a tree to be planted in a Glendale park or library area. Trees of standard size remain $45 again this year, and the donation deadline is Feb. 28. Go to to download the donation form to mail with a check or to donate online for a small fee with a credit card.
For questions contact Roberta Medford at (818) 248-8151 or Sharon Weisman at (818) 248-4967.
Adobe de San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale
The Glendale Art Association March meeting is at the Citibank community room on Thursday, March 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tim Smith, artist educator for Strathmore Artist Papers™, will present “The Essentials of Paper,” a 90-minute hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers. The presentation will focus on how understanding a paper’s fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency affect an artist’s choice and usage of fine art paper. Attendees participate in hands-on exercises, using a selection of papers and drawing materials. The goal of the presentation is to provide information to help artists select the right papers for their medium and techniques.
The cost to attend is $5 for members; paintings submitted to mini show are $3 each.
For more info, contact Honor Haase at (818) 248-7373.
Citibank is located at 2350 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.
On Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes Los Angeles poet Seth Stewart for a reading and signing of his book “The Ending I Imagined.”
“The Ending I Imagined” is the inaugural collection of poems by Seth Stewart and acts as a literary magnifying glass hovering over our aunt’s kitchen junk drawer. Small moments, bad weather, scuffed shoes, and daily cleaning are just a few examples of the author’s quotidian subject matter. Like the quiet grief of simply living, each of these carefully crafted, short, and simple poems seems to shrink our lives into silly nothings, and then swell them with so much meaning we think we might burst.
Stewart resides in Montrose with his tortoiseshell cat Mavis, his frog Hardy and too many spiders for the average person.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.
Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, March 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knitting, crocheting and conversation. For more information, visit or email
Bolton Hall Museum and Little Landers Historical Society’s next Second Saturday program is about the real story of Bunker Hill and its historical evolution.
Guest speaker for this program is architectural historian Nathan Marsak who will present the genesis of Bunker Hill through narrative and more than 100 rare images.
This program is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome.   Donations are always appreciated.
Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or or E-mail
The program is on Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.
Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series that takes place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. at the sanctuary of Glendale City Church.
The next concert is on March 15 and features harpsichordist Arthur Omura in a mostly Baroque program, “Carillons.”
For more information, email or call (818) 244-7241.
Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel) in Glendale.

The Sunland-Tujunga Elks Lodge is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day gala dinner-dance on Friday, March 17. A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. then dance music provided by Noel Collins’ Gold Coast Gold Swingin’ Big Band from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tickets are $30 per person. Open no-host bar.
The Eks Lodge is located at 10137 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.
The USC-VHH Women’s Council is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s happy hour to bring some of the luck of the Irish to the community hospital. The happy hour will be held on Friday, March 17 in the hospital’s fourth floor council rooms from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 and includes two drink tickets and appetizers. The proceeds will be donated to the hospital’s Foundation earmarked for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that is slated to open later this year.
RSVP to or call (818) 952-2226.
The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group will feature Karine Armen’s Ecuador on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.
Armen is a Glendale resident who has been traveling the world for the last 20 years. She visited Ecuador in March and June of 2016. There she studied Spanish and learned about the culture. Photos of Quito and Cuenca will be shown as well as those of the nature preserve Cajas National Park, taken as a traveler there. Armen’s interests span not only degrees in photography but social work as well.
The program begins following news of conservation and outings. This a free program and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta
The Adams Hill Neighborhood Association is hosting “Dream Portal: Once Upon a Time” by artist Colleen M. Kelly at the Adams Square mini-park at 1020 Palmer Ave. in Glendale.
Kelly’s site-specific installation is the sixth art installation to be mounted inside the landmark gas station by City of Glendale Library, Arts and Culture in cooperation with Community Services and Parks. The city program was initiated in 2015. The exhibition will be on view through April 27.
Kelly’s installation utilizes objects that are mostly older than the 1930s era gas station itself and the objects are meant to evoke personal memories. Kelly will ask reception attendees of all ages to write their dreams and wishes on pieces of paper and she will place them in small bottles as part of the exhibition – a tactile approach to personal expression serving as an antidote to the many electronic devices we now use to communicate.

The Brand Library & Art Center hosts six of Los Angeles’ leading art-collectives through March 11 in a show conceived and organized by curator Kara W. Tomé. The exhibition, titled The Collectivists, marks a moment in time in which a vast number of artists are joining together to take greater control of their means of production and presentation.
Exemplifying this zeitgeist are the six collectives and artist-run spaces featured in the exhibition: Durden & Ray, Eastside International, Manual History Machines, Monte Vista Projects, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and the Association of Hysteric Curators. Each group will curate and display their members’ work, or present public programs in keeping with their missions. For details on each exhibitor, visit
Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.
Brand Library & Art Center presents Man Made, an exhibition that explores the urban ecology of our built environment through the distinctive artwork of seven women: Jacqueline Bell Johnson, Anita Bunn, Chelsea Dean, Jennifer Gunlock, Jenene Nagy, Michelle Robinson and Sinziana Velicescu. Each artist, through her own unique practice, honors the physical act of creation and expands the language of environmental engagement. By exploring different ways of seeing, representing and connecting ubiquitous forms, shapes and objects in our surroundings, the artist abstracts reality, resulting in beautiful, anomalous truths, seemingly prophetic vistas, and meticulously rendered constructions.
The exhibition will be on view March 18 – May 6. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All artists will be in attendance.
Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale
The 14th Annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser will be held on April 29 at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. All are invited to support this year’s event, “Embrace the Goddess in You,” by attending and/or sponsoring the event.
Soroptimist International of Glendale’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its vision is to see that women and girls in the local community and around the world have the resources and opportunities needed to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
Proceeds raised from the event will help support breast cancer and other women’s healthcare services in the local area and provide nonprofit organizations with financial grants for programs directed at helping women and girls – programs that empower and educate young women to be the best they can be and to give them the tools they need to be successful in life.
For more information, contact Jory Potts, Soroptimist International of Glendale
sponsorship chair, at (310) 922-2618 or via email at
The Parent Education Program at Glendale Community College – GCPEA – is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a luncheon on May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakmont Country Club. Tickets are $45 per person and include lunch, a ticket for the grand prize drawing and valet parking. All are invited to celebrate and support GCPEA.
For more information, email
Registration is now open for the Verdugo Mountains 10K presented by Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center to benefit the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation. The 7th Annual Verdugo Mountains 10K will take place on Sunday, May 7. The 6.2 miles and 1,735 foot elevation gain will make for one Sunday morning never to forget! The race begins promptly at 8 a.m. in Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St. Glendale.
After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a free pancake breakfast. There will also be a Race Expo, offering an opportunity for local health and fitness related businesses and nonprofits to exhibit their wares.
For more information visit and follow @Verdugo10K on Twitter for updates.
Foothills Community Toastmasters Club meets 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday night at 10700 Hillrose Circle in Sunland. Guests are always welcome at no charge.
Toastmasters International is a 91-plus-year-old worldwide organization of small neighborhood, company, community or organization sponsored clubs where people practice and get training in public speaking and leadership skills.
Foothills Community Toastmasters Club is the only official chapter in the Foothills area stretching from La Cañada Flintridge to Sylmar.
Anyone interested in visiting or learning more about the club should contact or visit
The community is invited to take part in free Tuesday night dance classes at Sunland Recreation Center. Dances include Zumba, hip-hop and swing. No prior knowledge or experience required.
Couples and families are encouraged to attend. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunland Rec Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
A stroke support group hosted by Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Conference Room on the third floor of the hospital.
The hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale. The support group is open to caregivers, family members, friends and stroke survivors and will help with communication, education, and coping styles while building friendships, solving problems and sharing resources and experience.
RSVP by calling (818) 502-4725.
Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale.
Life Improvement Courses are offered on “Principles of Prosperity,” “How to Obtain Financial Security” and “Overcoming Financial Stress” at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills.
These courses help empower a person with the knowledge to overcome financial stress to prosper in life. Each course is $50, is done at the individual’s own pace and timing is flexible. A stress-free financial future can be attained and having the right knowledge can make all the difference.

These are just a few of the life improvement courses offered. Others available address various subjects. The classes are open Monday-Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information contact (818) 957-1500.
Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave. in
Montrose (entrance off Market Street, behind in parking lot).
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.
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.
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