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The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will host a free informational seminar for the Fallproof™ Balance and Mobility Program on Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. This seminar is free and open to the entire community. The seminar will focus on why people lose their balance and what can be done to prevent falling.

Fallproof™  is a scientifically designed and tested program that addresses risk factors for falls and helps to reduce the fear of falling. It was developed through California State University, Fullerton and is part of the Center for Successful Aging.  The program involves informative lecture, testing for balance impairment, and exercises. Students work at their own level and are assessed to measure progress.

Following the seminar, the Fallproof™ class will meet weekly at the Y from Sept. 14-Nov. 2 on Fridays. The seminar and class will be led by Dan Layne and Bobbi Koonse. Layne is certified as a balance and mobility specialist.

For more information, contact Ana-Marie Schaefer at (818) 790-0123, ext. 231.

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.

The Visage Salon presents photographs by Don Waters. “Images of Home” is a personal view of southern California

Opening night is Sept. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Visage Salon, 1459 San Marino Ave., San Marino (at Huntington Drive).

Show runs Sept. 8 through Dec. 31.

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.

Verdugo Hills Art Association hosts guest artist Brenda Swenson for an upcoming demonstration event at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at La Cañada Community Center. The meeting is open to all.

Swenson is an award winning artist, author and board member for National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, and the VHAA guest artist for negative painting techniques at the Sept. 7 meeting.

Swenson has been featured in numerous publications. She is in great demand to demonstrate and teach her techniques both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the demonstration meeting, Swenson will also conduct a two-day workshop for VHAA members and guests on Oct. 13-14.

For more information on Verdugo Hills Art Assoc. or on Brenda Swenson’s September demonstration and October workshop, visit

La Cañada Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada

Glendale Beautiful, celebrating its 62nd year, presents its fall dinner, catered by Damon’s, on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Casa Adobe San Rafael. Musical entertainment by J.R. Wright, “The Keyboard Kowboy,” including hot country and rockin’ oldies.

The social time with appetizers begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Desserts will follow dinner.  Attendees will wear western clothes.

Attendees at this fall dinner will be given the opportunity to participate in a draw for opportunity gifts. This event is a fundraiser for Glendale Beautiful that is the steward of the Casa Adobe San Rafael and the City’s Arbor Day activities.

Admission is $25. Reservations can be made by calling (818) 242-3689 or mailing a check to Glendale Beautiful, P.O. Box 1307, Glendale, 91209, received before Saturday, Sept. 1.

Non-members can join Glendale Beautiful for $7 at the door.

Parking is available adjacent to the park.

Casa Adobe San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Dr., Glendale

The American Association of University Women, Glendale branch, will host Dr. Susan Heck and Dr. Don Thomas in a discussion of “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” The book focuses on gender discrimination. The lively discussion will take place over brunch starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale.  Call 818-248-1710 for reservations.

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

The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the community to the Foothills Community Business Expo, co-sponsored by the La Cañada and Montrose chambers, on Sept. 12. The event takes place at Verdugo Hills Hospital, fourth floor from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of refreshments, raffle prizes, and meeting and networking with Crescenta Valley organizations and businesses. Admission is free.

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

Verdugo Hills Hospital, fourth floor, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale

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,  Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Mountview Retirement Home is located at 2640 Honolulu Ave., Montrose and can be reached at (818) 248-6737. All are welcome.

Antiques will be featured at the Pasadena Women’s Connection luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club. Luncheon guests may bring one antique to be appraised by Jim Konoske, an expert on the  coordination  of the sale of antiques, art and entire estates. Appraisals will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the most unique items will be presented during the programs feature.

Shanda Oakley, teacher, interpreter and community volunteer will explain how after returning from a life abroad she learned to open her heart to love others in her talk, “Finally Fitting In.”

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

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena

The 54th Annual Pasadena Greek Fest will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Fest hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Fun activities for the entire family include Greek cuisine, cooking demonstration, a sports bar and cigar lounge, art, culture, Greek lectures, wine tasting, shopping, live entertainment and Kid’s Fun Zone. A special grand prize dream travel certificate valued at $2,500 will be given away. Raffle prizes awarded throughout the weekend include a 51” 3D HD TV, apple iPads, cash and gift certificates totaling over $10,000.

The event, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Los Angeles, costs $5 and children under 12 years free. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Park.

Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr. in Arcadia.

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