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.

The last in a series of free surgical option seminars is being held on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Non-surgical weight-loss option seminar is on Thursday, 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.

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.

A series of ukulele workshops are being held at McGroarty Arts Center on Saturdays, 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

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

Dr. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, will again conduct his off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike who appreciate the history of music.  This semester will address the topic: “An In-depth Look at Six Composers – Monteverdi, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Stravinsky.”

Each semester offers new and interesting information. Dr. Stern weaves music examples with cultural history to increase our understanding of the evolution of music. Classes are held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, located at 2700 Montrose Avenue in Montrose. The classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 18, and are held each Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., continuing through Dec. 18. The cost for the 14-week classes is $90. Everyone is welcome! For more information, call Dianne at (818) 445-2390.

On Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m., the CV Chamber of Commerce welcomes new business 360 Auto Clinic at 3835 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta with a ribbon cutting.  Refreshments will be served.  Free.

For more information, call (818) 248-4957.

The Glendale Latino Association is having its August mixer at Iguanas Rana in Glendale 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 the GLA Annual Scholarship fund – over $16,000 was awarded to GUSD & GCC students in May 2012. For more information, visit

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

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen chapter dinner and business meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge. Lisa Hall, The Guru In U, will facilitate the program, “The Beehive Breakthrough Game,” which offers tools to breakthrough current business challenges.

Dinner cost is $20. For information and reservations, call (323) 256-1575.

Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale

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,

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club, which meets on the last Sunday of every month, will have its 17th anniversary musical get-together on Sunday, Aug. 26 at Wang’s Place in the old town area of Monrovia. After stepping into the foyer, enter the separate meeting room through the door to the right. The meeting time will continue as before, the last Sunday of the month from 1p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m.

An all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet with champagne and other drinks included costs $13.99. Free parking is available in several nearby city-owned lots or on the street nearby. Most street parking is unrestricted on Sundays.

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club features performers on piano and other instruments playing ragtime and other related types of music. All performers and listeners are welcome. The only charge is to non-performers who are asked to make a $2 donation.

For further information, call Hal Leavens (626) 359-8648 or Ron Ross (818) 766-2384 or send email to

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club is on the Web at

Wang’s Place, 120 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia

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

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group begins its fall session with David F. Eisenberg’s, “The Galapagos Islands” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta.

Eisenberg’s presentation about the Galapagos Islands is regarding his National Geographic expedition there.  The community is invited to come to see this fascinating and rare wonderland where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. His slide show will provide a close-up and personal view of many animals, including blue and red-footed boobies, marine and land iguanas and giant tortoises.

The presentation follows news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served. This is a free program and all are welcome. Please contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta

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

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

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.