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“Rattle” magazine will gather a selection of performers from around the world for a series of poetry readings beginning Sunday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. and continuing every first Sunday through the fall at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. The events celebrate the summer 2012 issue.

Releasing in June 2012, issue #37 features a tribute to poets working in law enforcement, including contributions from 14 police officers, detectives and federal agents who split their time fighting crime and penning lines.

In the inaugural reading, Drug Enforcement agent Jesse Fourmy of Los Angeles shares the stage with Alejandro Escudé, also from L.A., and Josh Rathkamp from Mesa, Ariz.

Founded in 1994 by Alan Fox, “Rattle” magazine operates under the simple premise that it doesn’t take a scholar to be moved by the written word – poetry is for everyone. That principal has guided “Rattle” through 37 issues, publishing the poetry of lawyers, landscapers, doctors and prisoners right alongside the stars of modern literature.

Each poetry performance is free and open to the public.

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

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 Tuesday, Aug. 28. Non-surgical weight-loss option seminars are being held on Thursdays, 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 in Glendale.

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

Summer Exhibit at bolton hall

From humble beginnings in Foster Township, Pa. 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, author, California’s poet laureate and a U.S. congressman. And Ida – she was the woman behind the man. Quiet and logical, she kept him grounded.

Come see the exhibit about their lives and the amazing contributions made by John McGroarty to our local and state history.

The Museum is open to the public on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and entrance is free.

Visit website at

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

VanguardRep presents La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival

Now running through Sunday, Aug. 5, VanguardRep presents 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 Aug. 4-5.

“Twelfth Night” on 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.

Golf, E-Waste recycling events

On Saturday, Aug. 4 beginning at 8 a.m., play golf to help raise funds for scholarships for local high school seniors at the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Golf Tournament at Verdugo Hills Golf Course.  The cost is $40 per person, lunch included.  For more information, call (818) 248-4957.

Also on Aug. 4 at VHGC from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. drop off unwanted electronics, clothing and recyclables in the parking lot of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Funds raised go toward Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce community projects.  Free. For more information, call (818) 248-4957.

Verdugo Hills Golf Course, 6433 La Tuna Canyon Road, Tujunga

Ukulele Workshops at McGroarty Arts Center

A series of ukulele workshops are being held at McGroarty Arts Center on Saturdays, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Workshops are being held in the Upper Studio with Kate Friedricks and are open to adults and teens age 13 and older.

Just $45 for all four weeks. Contact (818) 352 5285 to sign up.

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga


National award winning machine quilter Jill Schumacher will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Glendale Quilt Guild on Wed., Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

  Jill loves empowering students and shows them the easy way to gain confidence and build their skills so that they too will enjoy creating their own heirloom masterpieces. Visit her website at

The Glendale Quilt Guild meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Glendale Central Library. Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served at the break. Meetings are free to members and $5 for visitors. For more information visit or phone Brandi at (818) 541-9983.

Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard, in Glendale

News on Huntington Library, Gardens subject of talk

A docent overview of what’s new of the Huntington Library and Gardens will be featured at the Pasadena Women’s Connection luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club.

The Huntington Library and Gardens have undergone renovations with new exhibits and botanical areas.  An experienced docent will share all the latest changes and how you can experience them.

Motivational speaker is Vivian Lee Baniak, former American Embassy employee, who offers hope for hurting families in her talk “Far Away Places.” All are invited to attend.

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

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena

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.

Visit the Little Landers booth and share your stories of life in Sunland-Tujunga.  Your historical stories can become part of Bolton Hall’s archives. Additional information is available from Sheri Smith and Marlene Hitt at the Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or

Sunland Park Recreation Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd. 

Star Dancing with Stars at Deukmejian

The City of Glendale Community Service and Parks Dept. presents “Dancing With the Stars” – the Summer 2012 Edition on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Learn all about the Perseid meteor shower and other heavenly bodies at Deukmejian Wilderness Park.  The Burbank Sidewalk Astronomers are returning to share their knowledge and telescopes. The event is free but space is limited. Call (818) 548-3795 to reserve a spot.

Alzheimer’s support group at mountview

Mountview Retirement Home sponsors a monthly free Alzheimer’s support group on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next group will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Mountview Retirement Home, located at 2640 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. For more information, call (818) 248-6737. All are welcome.


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 Wednesday, Aug. 15 and features violist Victor deAlmeida and pianist Harout Senekeremian who will perform an arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” for viola and piano, and Hatzlacha Rabbah!!! by George N. Gianopoulos.

‘Get Dirty’ at Descanso

Free admission, good fun, and invaluable garden advice, all rolled into one day:  Put away your wallets, come on out to Descanso Gardens and “Get Dirty” on the third Tuesday of every month!

As a Los Angeles County-owned destination, Descanso Gardens is proud to offer free admission to guests on the third Tuesday of each month. The Descanso Gardens Guild is introducing a new garden lecture series – also free of charge!-titled “Get Dirty.”

Garden Whimsy is on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Experiment with whimsical garden touches. Spin your own magic and add charm to your garden. Join garden design guru Mike Brown in taking your garden to an artistic level.

Vinaigrette Perfection is on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 2p.m. Make your cooking zing! Watch an herb growing demonstration and learn creative recipes from Café Descanso’s very own chef Chris Brodeur of Patina.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr. in La Cañada Flintridge.


Glendale Latino Association is having its August mixer at Iguanas Rana on Wednesday, Aug. 22 
from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring a drawing prize, get your business recognized and bring a friend . . . or two!

Contributions and sponsorship benefit GLA’s annual scholarship fund –  over $16,000 awarded to GUSD and GCC students in May 2012!


Iguanas Rana, 138 N. Brand Blvd #100 in Glendale

Reunion picnic planned

CVHS classes of ’63-’67 are getting together for a reunion picnic on Aug. 25 at the Hindenburg section of Crescenta Valley Park around noon. The park is located at the bottom of Dunsmore and Honolulu avenues. Please bring your own food and drinks.

Contacts are Peggy Miccio,; Sue (Cox) Keating,; Cindi Miller Anderson,

Mcgroarty arts hosting concert

A free concert is being held at McGroarty Arts Center on
Sunday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.

Bali & Beyond plays Indonesian Gamelan music. The group last performed at McGroarty Arts Center in 2009.

Gamelan refers to the instruments in the ensemble itself, which consists of a unique combination of bronze bar instruments, drums, bamboo flutes, gongs, strings, and sometimes voice. The instruments in a gamelan are an entity, built and tuned to stay together; they are generally not interchangeable with instruments in other gamelans. The music itself can be described as ethereal, tranquil and transportive.

This free outdoor concert will be held in the shaded upper parking area of McGroarty Arts Center, amidst rolling hills, towering oaks, and adjacent to the historic McGroarty home. No reservations necessary. This concert is appropriate for all ages. Limited chairs are available. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs or picnic blankets and snacks.

This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga


A summer celebration is planned at the Jeffers estate for Sunday, Sept. 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to kick off the campaign season. It features keynote speaker Pat Boone, emcee Basil Hoffman, Nick “Gunny Pop” Popaditch, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken and local Republican candidates and other special guests.

The cost is $25 per person (pre-paid), $30 per person (at the door).

There will be great live music, no host bar, food, fun and 50/50 drawing.

 This is a fundraising event in support of local Republican candidates and Get Out the Vote efforts.

The Jeffers Estate, 1823 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

Bolton Hall Docent Training

Beginning Sept. 15, Bolton Hall Museum is offering a new docent training class. This is an opportunity for interested individuals to learn the unique history of Sunland/Tujunga and Bolton Hall while serving as a volunteer docent. Docents can anticipate spending three hours a month to welcome visitors to Bolton Hall and another two hours monthly in training and sharing experiences with other docents.

Classes begin Saturday, Sept.15 from 10 a.m. to noon and continue on the third Saturday of most months. Admission to the class is free to Little Landers Historical Society members and $20 for non-members (which establishes an individual membership for you).

Additional information is available from Margot Stone at the Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or

Granny’s Attic at Bolton Hall

Little Landers Historical Society will have a Granny’s Attic Treasure sale on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit Little Landers and Bolton Hall Museum. Help and donations are sought of the following items: jewelry, nice décor, artwork, paintings, antiques, collectables, vintage or retro items, craft and sewing items, accessories, hats, scarves, handbags, fine books, pottery, crystal candles and more.  Everything should be clean, neat and in very good condition and easy to transport.

We are not able to accept furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics or broken items.

Donations may be dropped off at Bolton Hall Museum any Tuesday or Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or on the day before the sale, Friday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional information is available from Celia Hicklin at Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or .

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga


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


Run/walk to benefit mental health center

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 14th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, Sept. 23.  A free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will follow the 5K.

 More than 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers from all over Southern California will join together at Alive & Running to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention services.

 Sign up to register and create a team, join an existing team, or donate to a friend’s fundraising campaign. Registration fee for the 5K is $25, on the day of the event the fee is $30 (a tax deductible donation).  For more information or to sign up, visit or email

Registration is at 6:30 a.m., pre-race stretch and warm-up at 7:45 a.m. and race starts at 8 a.m.

The race takes place just north of LAX at West 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center. Visit for more information about the walk/run or for more information on Didi Hirsch and its services.



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

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.


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