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ONE SUMMER-ONE BOOK Community Read for Kids

Join kids across La Cañada and La Crescenta in reading John Stephens’ adventure fantasy “The Emerald Atlas” this summer. On June 28 at 1:30 p.m., come to the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Cañada for fun activities. Meet John Stephens and hear him talk about “The Emerald Atlas” and the sequel coming this fall.  Family ticket is $5 or free with purchase of the paperback. For more information call (818) 790-0717.

The Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada

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Free Weight Loss Seminars at GAMC

The Center for Weight Loss at Glendale Adventist Medical Center is offering free seminars with board-certified physicians to discuss the safety and effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical weight-loss options during the summer months.

Free surgical option seminars are being held on Tuesdays, July 24 and Aug. 28. Non-surgical weight-loss option seminars are being held on Thursdays, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23.

Seminars begin at 6 p.m. at the Center for Weight Loss at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 101, Glendale.

To learn more, visit or call (818) 863-4259.

Fireworks Tickets On Sale

Tickets to the July 4th fireworks display are now available. The show is held each year at La Crescenta Elementary School. The advance sale tickets are $7 each with children 7 and under free. Tickets sold the day of the event will cost $10. Tickets can be purchased at the CV Weekly or the CV Chamber office or at Bob Smith Toyota. You can also buy tickets on July 4th using the “drive thru” ticket line at Prospect and La Crescenta avenues from noon to 3 p.m.

La Crescenta Elementary, 4343 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta

VanguardRep presents La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival

Beginning Friday, June 29, and running through Sunday, Aug. 5, VanguardRep will present its third annual summer festival, La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival (LCFShakes). Inspired adaptations of Shakespeare’s classic love stories “Juliet & her Romeo” and “Twelfth Night” will play in repertory Thursday through Sunday evenings in the outdoor Byrnes Amphitheater on the historic campus of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Performance dates (curtain at 8:30 p.m.):

“Juliet & her Romeo” on June 29-July 1; July 12-13; July 21-22; July 26-27; Aug. 4-5.

“Twelfth Night” on July 6-8; July 14-15; July 19-20; July 28-29; Aug. 2-3.

The amphitheater is ideal for large attendance events offering free, convenient parking, secured ticket booths, concession areas and fully equipped handicap restrooms with convenient access to the theater.

Tickets and festival passes are available at or by calling (818) 745-3327.

DBSA Offers support group

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. Support groups bring people together who understand the up, downs and frustrations of depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA support groups are a safe confidential place to talk about and overcome the day-to-day and long-term challenges of mental health issues.

For more information, call Wanda Sellers at (818) 352-4346, email or visit

Vallejo Drive Adventist Church, 300 Vallejo Dr., Room 106 in Glendale.

Meditation for Harmonious Life

Kadampa Meditation Center is hosting meditation for a harmonious life on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Drop-in classes are June 29 and July 6. Free to YMCA members ($5 for non-member).

Meditation and Modern Buddhism:  New Perspective on Life is on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Time and Space Gallery, 838 ½ Foothill Blvd, La Cañada on July 11, 18 and on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Griffith Manor Park, 1551 Flower St., Glendale on June 24 and July 1, 8).  The cost is $10/class.

For more information, please contact Kadampa Meditation Center California at (323) 223-0610 or visit


Gershwin at LCPC

La Cañada Presbyterian Church will give three cheers to the red, white and blue at the “Americana Concert,” a stirring program of patriotic music and other beloved American tunes on Sunday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Emcee Tyler Wright, president and CEO of the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, will provide inspirational and comic commentary, and recite patriotic poems.

Performing will be LCPC’s Chancel Choir and Orchestra, alto soloist Diane Wallace.

Tickets to “Americana” are $15 ($20 reserved), and are available in advance from Lori MacDonald at (626) 794-1522, at the church office or at the door. For further information, call the church office at (818) 790-6708 or visit

La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

Shakespeare in the Park 2012

Crescenta Valley Arts Council presents Shakespeare in the Park, Friday July 6 at 7 p.m. at Two Strike Park. Need more unrequited love and mistaken identity in your life? Join us for “Two Gentlemen of Verona” in our fifth annual celebration of the Bard. Bring your chairs and picnic to enjoy a dramatically fun evening under the stars! Admission is free. Presented by Shakespeare by the Sea. For more information go to

Fashion Show, Luncheon by women’s connection

“A Flair for Fashion: Draper’s and Damon’s Fashion Show and Luncheon” will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Altadena Country Club.

Draper’s and Damon’s, a Pasadena icon since the first store opened in 1927, will feature the latest in summer fashions for the most discerning woman from 20 to 90 years old.

Motivational speaker Gerda Kuydendall will talk on “One Woman’s Story of Triumph Over the Hardships of War.”

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

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena

Jason Jones guest of LCV Republican Women Fed

Jason Jones will be the guest speaker at the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated luncheon on Thursday, July 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. at the La Cañada Country Club. Jason’s talk is entitled “The Great Campaign.”

Jones is the founder of HERO [Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization], a non-profit group that promotes human dignity regardless of ability, age, status, race or geography. His projects include spearheading a recent HERO initiative to bring clean water to suffering refugees in South Sudan. Jones was the host of “The Facts of Life,” a radio show broadcast worldwide.

Everyone is welcome to the luncheon. The cost is $25; $5 for program only. Call for reservations by July 9 to Ellen Hedrick at (818) 248-0924 or Joan Taylor at (818) 790-0014.

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


Busy Parents’ Legal Boot Camp

Personal Family Lawyer®, Vanessa Terzian ( will share her legal advice to help ensure your children are fully protected in the future … physically, emotionally, and financially at a free seminar on Saturday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at La Cañada Flintridge Library.

Free of charge, no RSVP needed.

La Cañada Flintridge Library, 4545 N. Oakwood, La Cañada Flintridge

Sierra Club hosting brunch

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club invites your family to join our family at Deukmejian Wilderness Park for our annual July celebration and brunch, Saturday, July 14 at 8 a.m.  A short hike to a nearby point of interest is at 8 a.m. followed by 9 a.m. brunch ­­– good food, good company.  The party is on us!

Please contact Wayne Fisher at (818 )353-4181 for further information.

Deukmejian Wilderness Park is located at 3429 Markridge Road in La Crescenta.

The Wonderful Magical World of Neon

Eric Lynxwiler of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) will give his audience a glowing glimpse into the nighttime world of neon signage in the Los Angeles area. His talk, “The Wonderful Magical World of Neon” will be presented on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium.

For his talk, aided with two slide projectors, he will explain how the radiantly colored tubes of glass are used to create the alluring signage that is associated so closely with nightlife in vintage Los Angeles.

 This event is sponsored by the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center, The Glendale Historical Society, and Library, Arts & Culture.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Parking is free at the Marketplace parking structure across from the library with validation.

Glendale Public Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale

Car Classic showcase coming to Burbank

The Downtown Burbank Car Classic, an exciting showcase for restored and pre-1974 sports cars, exotics and hot rods, will cruise into Downtown Burbank with engines roaring and horns a-blazing on Saturday, July 28 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contemporary jazz pianist and composer David Benoit will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a cappella legends The Alley Cats taking the stage at 5 p.m. Included in the six block festival will be lots of free family entertainment and car-related vendor booths. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is free and open to the public.

Coordinated in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum, cars will stretch along San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue as well as adjacent streets in Downtown Burbank’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district. The Petersen Museum will feature 1929 DuPont, 1928 Studebaker and 1934 La Salle cars from its collection.

For a full calendar of events, visit

Plenty of fun at Watermelon Festival

The 51st Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival takes place Aug. 10-12 at Sunland Park. Delicious free watermelon will be available to cool down on hot summer days. The festival also features watermelon carving display, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, and watermelon festival queen coronation. There will also be an international food court, dining tent, bazaar marketplace, beer garden, carnival rides, arcade games, live entertainment and more. Fun for the whole family! Learn more: or call (818) 353-4554.

Admission is $5; children under 30” are free.

Sunland Park Recreation Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd. 

Save the date

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 Choral. 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