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Pasadena Child Development Associates is hosting a free open house on Saturday, March 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Facility tours, including the gym, play rooms, kitchens and music rooms, will be given. Many services for children with special needs are provided by PCDA. Fun activities at the open house for all children include games, arts & crafts, food, music and a bounce house.

Pasadena Child Development Associates, 620 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club, now in its 17th year of operation, meets on the last Sunday of every month and will next gather on Sunday, March 25 at the Aztec Hotel’s Mayan Restaurant from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $2 (performers are not asked to donate). Ragtime and related types of music, classic and contemporary, are played on one or two upright pianos as well as on other instruments.  Performers, listeners and dancers (there’s a small dance floor) are always welcome.

For further information call Hal Leavens (626) 359-8648 or Ron Ross (818) 766-2384 or send email to

Plenty of free parking at the west side of the hotel.

More information on the Rose Leaf Ragtime Club is available at

The Aztec Hotel is located at 311 W. Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia.

ASTER – Assisting Seniors Through Enhanced Resources – will present a workshop on Thursday, March 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Great Senior Half & Full Day Travel. Local seniors will talk about inexpensive fun local trips, Montrose Travel will provide all types of inexpensive travel ideas throughout southern California. In addition Dr, Dennis Chang will discuss travel safety for seniors.

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

The event will be hosted at the Crescenta Cañada YMCA in the Patio Room. A parking lot shuttle will be provided as well as a shuttle for overflow parking.

For more details, email or call (818) 306-5224 or visit

Crescenta Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada

Glendale Healthy Kids is hosting a Kids Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edison Pacific Community Center. Included with be vision and hearing exams, Lions’ Eye screening for children ages 0 to 4 years, dental screening, scoliosis screening plus a rock climbing wall, child ID fingerprinting, nutrition information, TDAP immunizations ($35 fee) and more.

For more information, contact Camille Levee at (818) 548-7931.

Edison Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave. in Glendale

The Torsk & Meatball Dinner takes place on Saturday, March 24 at Edvard Grieg Lodge at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Call M. Schuler at (626) 303-6465 to make a reservation. Adults are $20 and children are $10. Happy hour is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to join in this annual dinner/fundraiser. Lefse will be available for sale.

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

Registration is now available for the L.A. Free to Breathe® Lung Cancer Yogathon on Sunday, March 25, a fun event for the entire family from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that brings the community together to inspire hope and create change for everyone impacted by lung cancer. The event takes place at Women’s Club of Hollywood at 1749 N. LaBrea Ave. in Los Angeles.

A minimum donation is required of $25 to $30. Youngsters can also participate in a children’s yoga program or enjoy other activities at the Kids’ Corner. Come help make a difference!

All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs.

To learn more, visit

The African Violet Society of Montrose will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Descanso Gardens.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada/Flintridge

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen chapter dinner and business meeting is on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge in Glendale. Donna Hempel will conduct an interactive program in ABWA’s Women’s Instructional Network (WIN), which features online training programs and member connection.  Dinner cost is $20. For information and reservations call (818) 548-1525 or (818) 512-4079.

Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale

The next Glendale Young Professionals event is on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Glendale. The GYP mixer is an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow young professionals over drinks and complimentary appetizers.

The Glendale Young Professionals (GYP) is a program of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce that develops, connects, and empowers its members, while bridging the gap between generations and serving its community.

Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested attire is business casual.

Embassy Suites Glendale, 800 N. Central Ave., Glendale

On March 29, the Republican Club of the Foothills will have a catered dinner meeting at the Crescenta Valley Park ~ Community Bldg. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stephen Frank will be speaking on The California Depression of 2012.

The cost is $20/person. RSVP to Joan at (818) 790-0014 or Mary at (818) 952-7040.

Crescenta Valley Park ~ Community Bldg., 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta

Holidays Abroad! is the theme for this year’s fashion show and luncheon hosted by the La Crescenta Woman’s Club. The event takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m.  Fashions by Veronica M. The cost is $35 per person and reservations can be made by contacting  Marianne Jennings, 3406 Rosemary Ave., Glendale, 91208 or by calling (818) 249-5443.

La Crescenta Woman’s Club, 4004 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta

The Junior League of Pasadena (JLP) and THE Magazine invite shoppers and community members to Shop & Stroll for Charity at the shops on Union and Holly streets in Old Town Pasadena from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Come learn about the JLP and its community programs while shopping such stores as Mignon Chocolate, Maude Woods: Artful Living, Eden Garden Bar & Grill, Violet’s Cupcakes and The Magestical Garden. Attendees who stop by all of the JLP booths at participating stores will have a chance to enter a drawing for prizes. A portion of the sales during this event will be donated back to the League. This event is free and open to the public.

This year, the JLP programs include Done in a Day, a program that creates immediate impact in the community through one-day volunteer projects, as well as Kids in the Kitchen, an event that empowers children to make healthy lifestyle and nutritional choices. Additionally, we are partnering with critical organizations and groups in our community including the Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, the Community Assistance Program for Seniors, and the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena Unified School District, and the City of Pasadena, through a program of public art tours for PUSD students, called My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community.