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The Glendale Historical Society invites the community to view a documentary tonight, Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. about Rockhaven Sanitarium, one of Glendale’s greatest and least-known treasures.

Beginning in 1923, Rockhaven provided dignified care for mentally ill women. Owned and operated by women, it was groundbreaking both in women’s history and in the history of the treatment of mental illness. This beautifully filmed and produced movie details the story of Rockhaven Sanitarium from its vital past to its current abandoned present.

Joanna Linkchorst, president of Friends of Rockhaven, will introduce the 25-minute documentary and provide additional insights about this remarkable treasure. Following the film will be a Q&A with Linkchorst, local historian Mike Lawler and award-winning writer, director and editor John Newcombe.

Event is complimentary but advance RSVP required. Visit to register or for more information.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Glendale branch Zoom meeting, will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m. To receive an invitation, contact Marilyn “Susie” Robinson at with name and email address. 

Speaker Dr. Jorja Leap, Ph.D., M.S.W will discuss “My Journey Working at Homeboy Industries.” Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the world. Dr. Leap will tell her story about patience, devotion, frustration and … outcomes! Her research is designed to teach elected officials, activists, communities and those in despair about what needs to be done to help gang members heal. 


An online program dealing with healthcare after cancer will be given at the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena on Tuesday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program is free of charge.

Karla Wilson, RN, nurse practitioner specializing in childhood, adolescent and young adult survivorship at the City of Hope, will offer strategies to enhance health and well-being after cancer. She will also discuss the importance of health screenings for general health maintenance and the value of a healing diet and exercise to improve energy and decrease fatigue.

Location is the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena, 75 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215 in Pasadena. (626) 796-1083.



The next presentation of the free USC Verdugo Hills Hospital lectures, in partnership with YMCA of the Foothills, is titled “Spine Health” on Wednesday, June 16 from noon to 1 p.m.

David S. Cheng, MD, will give the presentation. He specializes in the rehabilitation and non-operative treatment of spine disorders. He is board-certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and pain medicine.

This lecture series presents a variety of health-related topics to community members throughout the year. In compliance with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, lectures are presented via Zoom teleconference.

Note: RSVP is required. Please provide an email address when RSVPing to receive the Zoom teleconference link. Use the online form or call (818) 952-2228 to register or visit


The Burbank African Violet Society will be having its next club meeting on Thursday morning, June 17 at 10 a.m. at The Little White Chapel Christian Church, 1711 No. Avon St. in Burbank.

The program will be “The Judging of the Annual 2020 Project Plant Sassy Sadie.” The game “Leaf Bingo” will also be played; each time a “Leaf Bingo” player calls out “bingo!” they go up to the table and select a named African violet leaf. Everyone will learn that growing an African violet begins with a leaf.

Refreshments will be served and friendships made. Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings. For more information call (661) 940-3900 or reference the website


Pasadena Heritage presents Part 3, the final installment, of its spring home tour. The Revival-style architecture of the charming Lansing Beach House, a French Norman-style home built in 1927 by David Witmer and Loyall Watson, will premiere on Sunday, June 27.

The original owners of this house, Lansing and Katherine Beach, met in France during WWI. It is said that they had this home built in this style as a tribute to their courtship. Participants will also virtually visit the home of architect Everett Phipps Babcock. This home, known locally as the “fairy tale castle” then, has the feeling of a medieval manor. Built in the English Tudor style in 1926 for the architect and his wife Clare, it served as Babcock’s residence and home office for a period. The home is a city landmark and is part of the recently designated Arden Road Historic District.

Tickets are one day of tours with two homes $18 for nonmembers, $15 for members.

Visit the website at for more information.


“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.