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A “Political Pizza Party” is being held Thursday evening, April 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the La Cañada Thursday Club by the Republican Club of the Foothills.

The Primary Election ballot will be coming in the mail. Be prepared. Voters will be asked to select at least 12 candidates from a list of over 75 to fill a variety of federal, state and local offices.

Thursday’s Political Pizza Party is a way to fill your tummy with Straw Hat Pizza while nourishing your mind about voting decisions. Expected are 15 to 20 candidates who have demonstrated a clear commitment to addressing and resolving the many and diversified concerns governing officials are facing.

Where, for just $10 per person, can you get dinner and an education in a well-groomed atmosphere filled with concerned and welcoming citizens?

RSVP to Joanie at (818) 790-0014 or Mary at (818) 952-7040.

La Cañada Thursday Club is located at 4440 Woodleigh Lane, La Cañada.

The Foothill Chapter of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club is having its annual plant auction fundraiser on Friday, April 25. Plants are donated by the horticulture program at Sylmar High School and members also donate plants that they have grown or bought for this occasion.

The auction will be held in the Bamboo Room at the L.A. Arboretum in Arcadia at 7:30 p.m. Apart from the plants that are for sale, this is really a fun event so all are encouraged to bring their plant-loving friends and neighbors. Refreshments will also be served.

The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital family education program offers babysitting classes starting on April 26.

The classes are tailored for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. Classes will be held on April 26, May 31 and June 28. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the hospital.

The class is an interactive course that teaches participants valuable skills, including infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, when to call 911, poison control, fire/earthquake plans and other helpful childcare advice. Participants will receive an infant/child CPR participation card and a babysitting certificate upon completion of the course.

Classes are offered at USC-VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale 91208, in the Council Room (located on the fourth floor).

Class fee is $45 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call (818) 952-2272. To learn about services and physicians at USC-VHH, visit

Little Landers Historical Society announces a program in May that focuses on the importance of collecting oral histories and saving the stories about our lives, experiences and the times in which we lived. Guest speaker will be oral historian and filmmaker Ellie Kahn.

On May 10, Kahn will be at Bolton Hall to offer a hands-on workshop experience in collecting oral histories. Learn the basics of interviewing and sharing experiences in order to collect our personal and family’s stories.

The program is free and open to the public and begins at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Little Landers Historical Society announces the April revival of Granny’s Attic Treasure Sale and the LLHS famous plant sale. Both events are fundraisers for Little Landers and Bolton Hall, and will be held at Bolton Hall on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations of new, gently used, antique and vintage collectibles 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 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For plant donations, please call Bolton Hall to make arrangements.

Bolton Hall shoppers can purchase lunch at the nearby Elks Lodge Chili Cook-Off on April 26 and return to Bolton Hall for more shopping.

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

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

A weekend-long reunion for the Holy Redeemer School class of 1954 is this weekend. Plans include a get-together at the home of Gary Geer on the afternoon of Friday, April 25, dinner at Casa Cordoba restaurant on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and coffee and rolls Sunday morning back at Gary’s from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please bring any memorabilia, pictures, mementos or souvenirs that you would like to share. Please call Francine Enders Lee with questions at (818) 891-3630.

The cost is $40 per person paid in advance and includes dinner Friday and Saturday nights and continental breakfast on Sunday. Beverages other than coffee, tea and soft drinks are not provided on Saturday but are available.

Please make checks payable to Patricia Gale and mail to 24344 N.W. Meacham Road, North Plains, Oregon 97133; phone (503) 647-2797; email

The Montrose & Burbank African Violet Societies will be having their Annual Judged Show & Sale on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Descanso Gardens (Van de Kamp Hall). The theme is “Violets in Wonderland.” There will be African violets and other related plants and supplies available for sale and club members available to answer questions as well as an educational table and cultural demonstrations throughout the day.

There is an admission to the gardens but not to the judged show and sale.

Visit websites or or telephone Burbank A.V.S. club president Susan at (818) 951-3597 for more information.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge

The Caltech jazz bands, directed by Barb Catlin, present their 14th Annual Jazz Festival featuring the Caltech Monday Night Jazz Ensemble directed by Barb Catlin. Also on the program is the Nick Broten Group, Pasadena City College Jazz ensemble directed by Andrea Baker Wilkerson and Lounge-O-Rama.

This event takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gates Annex Patio on the Caltech campus located just west of Dabney Lounge.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Some seating will be provided and audience members are welcome to bring food and blankets for a picnic on the lawn.

For further information, call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit the Caltech Jazz Bands online at

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony and the combined Glee clubs of Occidental College and Caltech will present a special concert at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm. The performance of Mozart’s Requiem, with 100 singers, marks the first time in several years that the choruses of the two colleges will combine in concert. The program begins with Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” performed by Caltech senior Misha Raffiee. Allen Robert Gross, director of the Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducts.

The program will be repeated on Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, at 3:30 p.m.

Admission and parking are free for both events. For further information, call (626) 395-3295 or visit

On Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse hosts a special story time with Courtney Brockmeyer, a La Cañada resident, social entrepreneur and founder of Sydney Paige (, a buy-give business whose mission is to provide kids the tools and self-esteem to stay in school. Brockmeyer will be reading the story “Sydney Paige: Miss School, Miss Out”, which she created (written by Margery Hannah). For every purchase of the book at this event, Brockmeyer’s company will donate another copy to Better with Books, a non-profit organization that gives brand new books to children in need throughout the Los Angeles area. In addition, the company will give 10% of its proceeds to the La Cañada Educational Foundation.

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

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Highway.

The Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will meet Sunday, April 27 to hear Professor Amanda Hollis-Brusky from the Political Science Dept. of Pomona College speak about the Supreme Court’s decisions in Shelby County vs. Holder (VRA) and Citizens United/McCutcheon (campaign finance) and how these cases represent a new breed of “judicial activism” on the Supreme Court. The meeting will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  at the home of Charles and Maria Guinta in La Cañada.

Hollis-Brusky, an assistant professor of Politics, has spoken to the club before. She teaches courses on American politics, constitutional law & theory, and legal institutions. She is also one of the co-founders of the Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum (

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

The public is invited to race for tax-deductible donations on Sunday, April 27 for the preservation of modernist icons of the recent past, and the VDL Research house II in Silverlake.

Throughout the day there will be runs, walks and bike rides around the lake from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by house tours at VDL all afternoon. In addition, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., a five-station Interiors Tour of Neutra designs at and around Neutra Place, just south of the Meadow on SLB.

In the evening at the VDL starting at 5 p.m., activities will be ongoing until 9:30 p.m. Wine tasting is at 6:45 p.m. and at 7 p.m. is a VIP dinner and reception.

For more information, consult, or

Dion Neutra is granting interviews regarding the event, and will be available late morning at VDL to sign copies of his book, V1 of “The Neutras, Then & Later.”

Check the Neutra Institute website

The YWCA of Glendale 17th annual Legacy luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at the Oakmont Country Club from 11 a.m. until 1:30 pm. The YWCA’s Legacy Luncheon honors women in the community who have dedicated their lives to helping women and children. The YWCA of Glendale is honored that Cater Lee, senior director of Television Program Development for Scripps Media will be the mistress of ceremonies. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Mark Z Stevens Jazz Trio.

This year’s honorees are Roberta “Bobbi” Gangi, Laura Guillory, Gertrude Ness, Seda Khojayan and Sharon Townsend. This year’s Jane O’Connor Volunteer Service Award will go to Jenna Schwartz, a senior at La Cañada High School for her volunteerism.

For more information on purchasing tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Virginia Ruiz at (818) 242-4155 x221.

The First Baptist Church at La Crescenta is celebrating “Daughter’s Day Delight” on May 3 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us as we celebrate daughters – every woman is a daughter – with a luncheon, including an interpretive drama and a special musical performance.

What’s in your closet? For the adventuresome, the program also includes a “What Not to Wear” contest for those who dress in their “wackiest” outfits (optional). Prizes will be awarded to the most fashionably challenged contestants.

Tickets are $5 each for children ages 6-12, $10 for ages 13 to 99, and $30 for families of four or more.

For information and reservations, email Reservations must be received by April 25.

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

Days of the Verdugo Heritage Association presents “Fiestacita” at Catalina Verdugo Adobe on Sunday, May 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $25 for adults; children ages from 6 to12 are $12 and those under age 12 are free.

Admission includes music, Lunch, drink, dessert, one opportunity drawing (for $100; need not be present to win) and tours of the museum.

Catalina Verdugo Adobe is located at 2211 Bonita Drive in Glendale 91208.

The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on May 4 and features three composers from Eastern Europe: Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, and Dmitri Shostakovitch.

The performers are Jessica Guideri and Roger Wilkie (violins), Shawn Mann (viola), John Walz (cello) and Robert Thies (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 $65 for adults (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 YWCA Glendale is the recipient of the Red Day (Renew, Energize, Donate) of Keller Williams at Americana. Red Day is a companywide initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving local communities.

Keller Williams at Americana will be collecting much needed items for clients of the YWCA Glendale’s Domestic Violence program, such as booster seats, strollers, luggage, towels, bedding, etc. (a full list can be downloaded at This event is on May 8 at the YWCA Glendale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

YWCA Glendale735 E. Lexington Dr. in Glendale

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training classes to community members to help them learn this important skill.

Classes will be held on May 7 and June 28 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Heartsaver certification classes, which are part of the hospital’s family education program, provide instruction for CPR skills, including adult/child one-person rescue and choking maneuvers.

CPR classes are offered at USC-VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale 91208, in the Council Room (located on the fourth floor lobby).

The class fee is $60 per person (includes textbook).

Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call (818) 952-2272 or visit

The 26th Annual Great American Clean Up in Glendale is on Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 a.m. Each year hundreds of volunteers gather to assist with a variety of community beautification projects, including graffiti removal and mural painting, gardening projects, litter and trash pickup, weed abatement and more. This is a great event for families, community groups, and civic-minded businesses to express their community pride. Volunteers will enjoy a fun-filled community barbecue after completing their work.

Join us in Perkins Plaza, right behind Glendale City Hall. Pre-registration is required by May 9.

Free Continental breakfast and barbecue lunch.
Free T-shirts (limited supply). Community service credit for students. Get more information online at or phone (818) 937-8334.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is having a spring tea party at the clubhouse on Saturday, May 10. Seating begins at 11 a.m. Lunch includes tea sandwiches scones and desserts. The afternoon features a silent auction and an award will be presented for the best hat.

The cost is $25 per person. Make checks payable to the La Crescenta Woman’s Club and mail to P.O. Box 106, Verdugo City 91046. Proceeds benefit local charities. The LCWC is a non-profit organization.

For more information, contact Dawna Berger at (818) 957-6939.

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

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will present Bryan Brown’s, “Kayaking the Colorado River” on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta library.

“Man completes historic journey…” The man would be Bryan Brown who put his kayak down into Wyoming’s Wild River to paddle down the Green and Colorado rivers with the intention of retracing the historic 1869 journey of John Wesley Powell. Join us for this exciting trip.

News of conservation and outings begin the program. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Please call Wayne Fisher, program chair, for more information at (818) 353-4181.

La Crescenta Library is located at 2809 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta.

An Empty Bowl event is taking place on Sunday, June 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The lunch benefits Family Promise of the Verdugos and the local first time homeless families as they transition into independence.

Currently Family Promise of the Verdugos has 25 faith congregations in Burbank, Glendale, North Hollywood and Eagle Rock and community partners including the Burbank Community YMCA.

The Empty Bowl event is $35 a person that provides a choice of soup served in a handcrafted bowl that the guest will take home. It will be hosted at the Carlson Center, Glendale First United Methodist Church in Glendale. Sponsorships are also very much needed and appreciated.
Purchase tickets or make your donation online at

The Caltech – Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, is going to perform in Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 18. This celebrated ensemble, which has performed in Carnegie Hall and the Great Wall, will perform as part of a concert of ensembles from around the world.

On the program will be the world premiere of a work for organ and concert band by the band’s multi-talented composer-in-residence, Dr. Leslie Deutsch. Also appearing on the program and conducting his own work will be world famous composer and conductor, Frank Ticheli. Paul Asimow, a professor of geology and geochemisty, will also guest conduct, and Kjerstin Williams, who received her PhD in robotics from Caltech, will be the vocal soloist singing songs composed by George Gershwin.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Disney Hall. Tickets go on sale around May 1, and will be available for $30 each at Ticketmaster or the box office at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For more information, call (626) 395-3295 or visit

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.