La Cañada Presbyterian Church is hosting a 50-piece orchestra and 60-voice choir in the presentation of “Americana,” a celebration of America, on Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented as part of the church’s acclaimed Ovations Arts Series, “Americana” will feature traditional selections, including Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” sung by alto soloist Diane Wallace; “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”; a stirring arrangement of “America the Beautiful” by Carmen Dragon, the late conductor of the Glendale Symphony; and a spectacular rendition of John Philip Sousa’s original “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Emcee for the evening will be Tyler Wright, president and CEO of the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. Per tradition, he will provide inspirational commentary and recite patriotic poems between the musical selections.

General admission tickets, priced at $15 and reserved seating at $20, are available in advance by calling Melissa Rinker at (818) 790-6708, ext. 251, at the church office or at the door. For additional information, visit or call (818) 790-6708.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada


A dine out fundraiser benefitting La Crescenta Center for Spiritual Living is taking place on Thursday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Joselito’s Mexican Restaurant in Tujunga.

Diners can put their receipt in the box provided at the restaurant and Joselito’s will donate 15% of the day’s receipts to the Center for Spiritual Living.

Joselito’s Mexican Restaurant, 7308 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga


A Casino Night fundraiser hosted by the Community Center of LCF is taking place on Saturday, July 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Games include a poker tournament (with designated prize), blackjack, craps, roulette, spin to win and other games as part of the evening. Los Gringos Locos will provide the “all you can eat and drink” taco truck with margaritas. Also donated by local businesses will be beer, soft drinks, fruit salads and desserts. Guests will have the chance to take home gifts bought with their winning tickets from the casino games. Tickets for the evening are $50.

Proceeds from Casino Night will go toward improving and expanding the Center’s programs and keeping them affordable. Tickets may be purchased at the Center or through the Center’s website or by calling (818) 790-4353

LCF Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada


Goldberg Coins & Collectibles is hosting a manuscript and collectibles auction offering celebrity and historical memorabilia as well as artwork of celebrity images and works from masters on July 9. The auction has 1,007 lots of manuscripts and collectibles. There will be a space, aviation and stamp sale on July 10 comprised of over 700 lots. Amongst these items are remnants of the flag that was placed on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts signed by Neil Armstrong.

Previews by appointment are available from June 28 through July 8 and registration information for Internet ( and telephone bidding are available by calling Beverly at (800) 978-2646 or (310) 551-2646.

Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 11400 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles


Monday, May 30 was the launch of the nationwide Blue Star Museum Project.  This project is a partnership among more than 1300 museums, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Blue Star Families, an organization that supports active duty military families. This NEA project recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country and begins young people on the path to becoming lifelong museum goers. In 2010, the inaugural year for the project, more than 300,000 military family members visited the Blue Star Project partner museums. Bolton Hall Museum is proud to join the project this year. Throughout the summer the museum exhibit and events will pay tribute to the long history of military service and wartime efforts in Sunland-Tujunga.

The museum will have special hours on Monday, July 4 and will be open from noon until 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to visit with some of the “historical characters” from the 4th of July parade.


The Glendale Pops Orchestra, led by artistic director and conductor Matt Catingub, hosts Summer Night Swing featuring Patti Austin and Tierney Sutton at the Americana at Brand. Summer Night Swing takes place on Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. and is the second of a six-show season.

The concert is free to the public with reserved seating for season ticket holders. For more information, visit or


Pasadena Child Development Associates and the Armory Center for the Arts will partner this summer to provide a series of art classes adapted for children with special needs. Each class will be structured to meet the individual needs of the children in that class. Classes will be held at the PCDA facility at 620 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena. For more information on the this summer art experience or learn more about PCDA’s services for children and families, contact (626) 793-7350 or visit the website at


The La Crescenta Library is hosting a free public concert featuring Nativa on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Nativa, an Argentine country-folk counterpart to the urban tango, “folklore” evokes the pure sounds of a music deeply rooted in South American culture. This trio delivers a fresh and vibrant version of a beautiful collection of traditional Argentine songs.

This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

On Saturday, Aug 13 at 1 p.m. the library hosts the Second Annual La Crescenta Library Chili Cook-Off. The library is recruiting contestants for the cook-off. Bring your best recipe and compete with others in the community to be crowned the chili master of La Crescenta. Registration due by Aug. 11.
For more information, call the library at (818) 248-5313.

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta


The Crescenta Valley High School class of 1981 is having its 30-year reunion on July 16 at 6 p.m. For more information visit

Crescenta Valley High School Class of 1991 is celebrating its 20th reunion on Saturday, July 23 at the Angeles National Golf Club, 9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland.  Reservations are $75 per person until July 1st and $85 at the door.  A local account has been set up for reservation checks.  Checks are made payable and sent to: F. Virgallito, 5000 Acampo Ave., La Crescenta CA 91214.  Make a notation “CVHS Class of 91” on the check memo.  For more information, contact Sosi Parsegian at (818) 621-1980, after 5 p.m.  You can find us on Facebook @ CV Falcons – Class of 1991 for complete details of the weekend events.