In conjunction with the Fiesta Days celebration, the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge will host its 2nd Annual Bridge Tournament on Friday, May 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The registration fee is $20 and includes dinner.

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga are holding an open poetry reading on Sunday, May 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum. Bring your own poetry. Admission is free!

The featured poet for this event is Kathi Stafford. She is a member of the Westside Women Writer group and a contributor to the Portuguese-American Journal. She as previously acted as poetry editor and senior editor for Southern California Review. Her poetry, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

To prepare for the upcoming primary election on June 5, the Burbank, Glendale, and the Cañada-Crescenta Democratic Club executive boards will be hosting a fundraiser for 43rd Assembly District Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee Delegation candidates as well as current elected officials. The “43rd AD Get Out the Laugh Fundraiser” will be held at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. All the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Foothill & Valley Communities Slate Mail Committee to help pay for door hangers and postcards for the primary election.

Tickets are available online at the Flappers website, or at the door. For more information, contact Bridget McCann at

Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank

The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. is hosting a Memorial Day commemoration on Monday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial at the corner of Ocean View and Honolulu. The brief ceremony honors those who have given their lives in military service to their country.

There will be a ribbon cutting for Voi Voda Labs at Wednesday, May 30 at 4 p.m.   This is a free event open to the public. There will be refreshments.

For more information, call the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce at (818) 248-4957.

Voi Voda Labs at 3501 Ocean View Blvd., Glendale, 91208.

The Glendale Art Association (GAA) presents an eclectic, juried exhibition of paintings, photography and sculpture by its esteemed members. Attendance is free. The show continues through June 1. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery at Citibank Silver Lake, 2450 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles

The Autry in Griffith Park is having a docent class that is scheduled to start in June. The Autry is recruiting interested individuals to attend training that will enable them to share the rich history of the west with museum visitors. For more information, contact Susan DiCato at or (323) 667-2000.

The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

A booksigning with Grace O, author of the new anti-aging cookbook, “FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life” takes place on June 2 at 2 p.m. at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Cañada.

Combining her passion for food and a lifelong commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle, Grace O has created FoodTrients, a unique program for optimizing wellness. Grace O is a fusion chef with a mission to cook up recipes for sustaining a long and joyful life that are built on a foundation of anti-aging science and her work in the healthcare industry. Mixing foods and unique flavors culled from a lifetime of travels in Asia, Europe, and America, Grace O encourages young and old to celebrate a full life that embraces diversity. Lifestyle tips, age-defying recipes, and secrets of the healing properties of food are the centerpiece of the FoodTrients program.

Special guest Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse,1010 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada Flintridge.

The Glendale Community College AB 540 (California Dream Act) Support Committee is honoring Assembly member Anthony J. Portantino at a scholarship fundraising event on Sunday, June 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the home of Jeanette and Marc Stirdivant.

Assembly member Portantino has been a longtime supporter of GCC and an advocate for student access to affordable community college education.  The event honors him for his service to higher education, celebrates the California Dream Act and raises money for the college’s AB 540 students, who will not see benefits from the Dream Act until spring 2013.

For information or to RSVP to the event, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5571.

Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10-12:40 p.m. in the restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation).

The next concert is on June 6 and features CHOBRATY, compositions/improvisation by Michael Vlatkovich on trombone and William Roper on tuba.

The next meeting of the Little Landers Historical Society will present the history of the McGroarty family. From humble beginnings in Foster Township, Penn. to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, John McGroarty’s life was interesting and unusual. He was a teacher, journalist, editor, Justice of the Peace, county treasurer, attorney, California’s poet laureate and congressman. His wife Ida was quiet and logical, keeping her husband grounded.

McGroarty made widespread contributions both on a local and state level. At the June 9 meeting of the Little Landers Historical Society, presenter Regina Clark will give a presentation on the history of the McGroarty family.

All are invited to the free program at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Constant Contact is sponsoring a series of social media marketing tools free workshops for community businesses and nonprofits. On June 5, Social Media Marketing Made Simple is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grand Slam Sports Center, 140 E. Duarte Road in Monrovia. Registration is available at

The Power of Email Marketing; Action Steps for Your Next Email Campaign is on Wednesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, 388 W. Huntington Dr. Arcadia. To register, visit

Additional event information is available at (310) 821-1936.

Mike Munzing will be the guest speaker at the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated luncheon on Thursday, June 14 from11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. at the La Cañada Country Club. He will be speaking on U.N. Agenda 21

Over the past four years, Munzing was a member of numerous Tea Party and 912 groups and has organized and promoted “Conservative Happy Hours” throughout Orange County, bringing in hundreds of people to hear famous speakers from across the country. He was one of a small handful of Tea Party candidates who were elected to the OC Republican Central Committee. He has a reputation as a fighter for conservative and limited government ideals and was appointed by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey as a delegate to the CA Republican Party for the 73rd assembly district.

Everyone is welcome. The cost is $25. For reservations, call Ellen Hedrick at (818) 248-0924 or Molly Powers at (818) 248-4825 no later than Friday, June 8.

La Cañada Country Club, 5500 Godbey Dr., La Cañada Flintridge

De-Clutter 101 luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club in Altadena.

Regina Lark, Ph.D., CEO of A Clear Path, Professional Organizing for Home, Work, Life will give techniques and strategies to help people make the best possible choices about what to do with all their stuff.

Talented vocalist Lori Berg will provide entertainment.  Motivational speaker Esther Clark, independent and high-spirited businesswoman, will share her life theme, “I Did it My Way.”

Tickets are $23. For reservations call Darlene (818) 353-2212 or Carole (818) 790-1907.

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Dr. Altadena

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents, Carol Henning’s French Polynesia, on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta. Enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting room and parking.

Henning is a member of the Sierra Club and made her trip to French Polynesia specifically to see the solar eclipse.  While there she visited some of the most scenic islands in the world.

Join us as we travel to Bali Hi, Papeete, Bora Bora and Rangira, to name a few.

The program begins following news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and available to everyone. Contact Wayne Fisher for more information at (818) 353-4181.

Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and the City of La Cañada are hosting parent and education classes for parents of children with special needs on Thursdays through June 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the CCY patio room.

This is a support resource for parents of children with special needs. Topics include neurobiological and psychological disorders along with issues that arise from parenting any child with special needs. Additional future topics will be scheduled.

To RSVP or for more information call (818) 790-0123 ext. 231.

Child watch available at no charge to YMCA facility members, $5 for non-members.

The CCY is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

The Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College will now be known as Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College Foundation.

This year’s fashion show fundraiser will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. The theme for the event will be “Education Through The Years” and all proceeds will go towards scholarships, grants-in-aid and emergency funds for deserving students.

Save the date and reserve early.  Price of the fundraiser luncheon will be $45.

Glendale Memorial 50-plus walking club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. To 10 a.m. At the information table on the first floor of the Eagle Rock Plaza.

Participants can walk in a safe environment free from the smog, heat, rain and cold!

For information, call (818) 502-2396.

Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd., #230, Los Angeles

Coffee Gallery in Altadena hosts a variety of events every week.

Tuesdays are “Comedy Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All comics get to do a five-minute set. Performers range from those performing for the first time to seasoned professionals. Hosted by Scott Berger.

Thursday is “Artisan Alley” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Artisan Alley includes two featured musical acts, two musical open mics (open to anyone in the community), the works of a featured artist in the back room (art changes every two weeks), and a live DJ. Hosted by The Definition.

Friday is “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Rotating hosts.

Saturday is “Potlikker Showcase” from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  that offers an eclectic mix of musical performers, poets, spoken word readings, Americana music and a live DJ. Hosted by DJ Beatgozon.

Finally, Sundays are “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Hosted by King.

For more information, call (626) 398.7917 or visit

Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena

Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Chorale. The group, composed of CVHS choral alumni men and women, rehearse once a week on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., at the Glendale First United Methodist Church. The group performs for local civic groups and retirement homes in Pasadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Duarte during the holiday season and again in the late spring/early summer. After the holiday season performances the group will resume rehearsals in the middle of January.

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is now hosting pre- and post-natal fitness classes and personal training sessions.  Studies have shown that going through labor and delivery is an athletic event for which you should train. The purpose of the natal fit program is to assist pregnant women in keeping a level of fitness that will optimize the outcome of the pregnancy.  Also, the benefits include more energy, fewer aches and pains, less weight gain and a faster labor.

The Natal Fit program is designed by Dawn Weyand, who is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Weyand has specifically designed this program to optimize a woman’s pregnancy and give them and their baby a healthy beginning.

Both private and group sessions are available at the Y. For more information, contact Jim Netto at (818) 790-0123, ext. 243.