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A new online discussion program designed to serve Black cancer patients is being started by the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena. Sessions will take place on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program is free of charge.

The program will begin with a discussion today, Thursday, April 1 led by Christina Rodriguez MSW and will continue on subsequent Thursdays. 

The Cancer Support Community-Pasadena is located at 75 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215 in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 796-1083 or visit



Yvonne Savio returns to the Burbank-Valley Garden Club today, Thursday, April 1 for a program called Container Gardening for Everyone.

Savio has earned degrees in journalism, English literature, art and photography as well as a horticulture degree. For years she worked in the Botany and Vegetable Crops Cooperative Extension Departments at University of California, Davis and developed the master gardener program in Yolo County. She is the founder and owner of the website, which provides gardening resources for the greater Los Angeles County area and beyond.

She will discuss some of the challenges to creating a container garden, what to put in them, how to plant them and the other specific “how-tos” and other ways to create beautiful and productive gardens. She will also share some ideas for unusual and special containers.

The Burbank-Valley Garden Club will hold a Zoom meeting today, Thursday, April 1 at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is necessary. All are invited to this special educational and inspirational program.

Note: This Zoom program is free and open to everyone, but pre-register is necessary. Email Kathy Itomura at for registration information and the Zoom link.


The next Zoom meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Glendale branch, will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m.

The program, “The Secret Lives of the Native Trees of Descanso,” will be presented by Susan Hallgren, a volunteer docent/tour guide for over 25 years at Descanso Gardens.

Inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s book “The Hidden Life of Trees,” Hallgren will explain how trees have their language, forest etiquette, climate control, sense of time and communication skills through what scientists call the “wood wide web.”  During her talk she will lead a PowerPoint virtual tour of Descanso Gardens’ native trees, discussing their secrets to surviving the California climate and how people can help take care of these beloved trees.

Hallgren graduated from Whittier College and is a retired LAUSD elementary school teacher.

To receive an invitation, contact Marilyn “Susie” Robinson at with your name and email address by Wednesday, April 7. 

AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For information about membership, activities, and meetings, visit


The Glendale Educational Foundation is hosting Diamonds: Lighting Our Path to the Future, a virtual fundraiser on April 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Diamond Award honorees will be recognized.

Tickets to this virtual event start at $75 per person; visit for more information.


Soroptimist International of Glendale’s (SIG) 18th Annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser Wonderful WOMEN” will be held on May 1. Proceeds raised from this year’s fundraising will help support local non-profit organizations with financial grants for programs directed towards providing women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment as well as to its own Soroptimist programs. Also, women are supported through the path to better health, especially those fighting cancer.

Sponsors for this special event are being sought. Go to to see the sponsorship opportunities. Those with questions can contact Laurie at (323) 707-7357 or email


“Team 74” is planning a 50th high school reunion in 2024. Friends and graduates of Verdugo Hills High School are invited to attend to trade stories of family, careers, adventures and anything else.

Currently Team 74 is in the planning phase of collecting names and numbers of classmates and putting together a database; emails from classmates can be received at Information should include a mailing address, cell number and graduate’s name at graduation (if different than now).

A list of frequently asked questions will be provided to keep everyone updated as the reunion plans move forward. Those who belong to various VHHS groups will see redundant information to ensure all classmates are notified and have an opportunity to attend.

At this time the FB VHHS groups will be the reunion information outlet until a more focused site is created.