La Crescenta Valley Republican Women invites the public to hear Bill Saracino tell of the golden opportunities for the GOP in 2016. He will be making his presentation on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Oakmont Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the luncheon is $25.
Saracino volunteered for Barry Goldwater in 1964. He has worked for L.A. City Councilman Arthur K. Snyder and state senator Bill Richardson. He was a Reagan delegate to the 1976 and 1980 GOP national conventions and was chief of staff for the Assembly Republican caucus. Governor George Deukmejian appointed Saracino as deputy director of the CA Dept. of Commerce. In 1996 he was western director of the Steve Forbes for President committee. He has managed over 100 political campaigns. He is the national director of the 2016 Ben Carson Super PAC.
For reservations, call Joanie Taylor at (818) 790-0014.
Oakmont Country Club 3100 Country Club Dr., Glendale

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Michelle Lee, author of the new cookbook “Living Luxe Gluten Free” will be hosting a discussion, prize giveaway and book signing at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse tonight, Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The discussion, “Hassle-Free Allergy-Free: Surviving the Holidays without Gluten & Other Food Allergens,” will cover strategies for making holiday social gatherings fun, easy and allergen-friendly. Among other things, Lee will talk about how to maintain a stress-free, allergen-free diet at get-togethers with family, friends and coworkers as well as how to host guests with food allergies.
Lee’s culinary style reflects her passion for food as well as her time living in Spain, Luxembourg, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta and traveling through Asia.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Admission is free and includes prize giveaway.
Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knitting, crocheting and conversation.
For more information, visit or email
The Brand Associates’ Dance Series continues its presentations of performances this fall at Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale. This series presents top dance companies from Southern California performing on the following Saturdays in the Skylight Gallery, an intimate setting with works of art as a backdrop. The artists are Blue13 Dance Company on Oct. 10; Arianne MacBean & The Big Show Co. on Oct. 17; and Pony Box Dance Theatre on Oct. 31.
The performances begin at 2 p.m. and are free and open to the public. An accessible entrance and parking is located on the east side of the building. The performances will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet the artists.
For more information contact Caley Cannon, art librarian, at (818) 548-2010,
The history of the building of the Port of Los Angeles and its related industries includes the success of the Sunland-Tujunga city’s fish canning business. The next program in the series of Little Landers Historical Society’s monthly programs explains why a tuna fish is on the Seal of the County of Los Angeles.
Speaker for this program is L.A. Harbor Department historian Dennis Hagner. Hagner is a 28-year veteran of the Harbor Department and his duties include administering the department’s Historic Resource Policy and reviewing environmental legislation.
This program takes place on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum and is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.
Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or or email
The Northwest Glendale Lions Club will host the builder of both the City of Glendale and Lions Clubs International Rose Parade floats at a dinner meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Shaker’s Restaurant, 801 N. Central Ave. in Glendale.
Chris Lofthouse, president of Phoenix Decorating Company, will make an illustrated presentation on designing and building floats for the Tournament of Roses. Phoenix Decorating Co. has designed and built floats for both the City of Glendale and Lions Clubs International for more than 20 years.
Lions Clubs members throughout District 4-L1 are invited to attend, as are people interested in Lions Club membership.
Dinner cost is $20. Reservations should be made by Oct. 13 to Lion Ross Adams at (818) 243-4458 or email
RAPP – Read And Practice Peacemaking – and Montrose Peace Vigil present “Merchants of Doubt” on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church.
The film is based on the same titled book co-written by Erik M. Conway, historian at JPL and CalTech. Conway also contributed to the film, which demonstrates what many have long suspected: that the “debate” over the climate crisis – and many other environmental issues – was manufactured by the same people who provided the public with “safe” cigarettes. “Merchants of Doubt” documents how corporate and political interests, that stand to lose from policy changes based on consensus from the scientific community, have hired a small group of “experts” to cast doubt and create controversy where there is none. Nonscientists will be able to understand the film and may enjoy the running analogy provided by a magician.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; film begins at 7:30 p.m.
Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose.
The Pasadena branch of the American Association of University Women will hear Zoe Nicholson, an activist speaker, at a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Nicholson will describe historic efforts for equal rights for women led by Alice Paul, a suffragist and early supporter of an Equal Rights Amendment.
The cost to attend is $20. For reservations, call Gloria Reynolds at (626) 798-3896.
The meeting will be held at 160 N. Oakland Ave. in Pasadena.
Enjoy “Rhythms of the Night” as Glendale Memorial Health Foundation hosts the 28th Annual Evening of Wine and Roses on Saturday, Oct. 17 with reception and silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. and dinner, live auction, program and entertainment starting at 7 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.
The fundraising focus is to raise money to update the surgical suites at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital with the latest fluoroscopy and X-ray navigation technology. The new equipment will surgeons with enhanced 3D imaging during procedures, creating a safer surgical environment for their patients.
The evening will feature Latin-themed music, food and dancing. The Foundation will also be presenting the Porto Family of Porto’s Bakery & Café with its “Humankindness Award” for their generous contributions to the community.
The Langham Hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll in Pasadena. For more information and ticket prices, contact Tri Fritz at (818) 502-2364, or visit
Jerry Kominski, professor of health policy and management and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, will return as guest speaker at the Sunday, Oct. 18 meeting of the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Divya and Rajiv Dalal in La Cañada.
Prof. Kominski will give an overview of The Affordable Care Act Today. In addition, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposal to enact a Carbon Fee and Dividend will be discussed, possibly concluding with an endorsement vote.
Nominations for 2016 Club officers will be presented.
The Club can be contacted at
For more information, go to
Glendale Noon Concerts is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to12:40 p.m. at the sanctuary of Glendale City Church.
The next concert is on Oct. 21 and features Maksim Velichkin performing works for solo cello by J.S. Bach and Los Angeles composer George N. Gianopoulos.
For more information, email or call (818) 244-7241.
Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel) in Glendale.
The Computer Club for Beginners is a series of comfortably paced training workshops held at the Glendale Central Library Learning Center Lab for adults with little or no computer experience. Students are introduced to mouse and keyboard, Microsoft Windows, basic word processing, Internet searching, email, and tips for selecting a home computer. The Computer Club will meet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 29.
Glendale Central Library Learning Center Lab, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale
On Saturday, Oct.10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors to the mile-high artist community of Idyllwild will experience the magic that happens when galleries, artists, and Southern California wineries join forces to raise money for art scholarships. The Annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting is presented by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, a 501(c)(3), and the event draws over a thousand visitors annually for an afternoon of great wine and art. Art lovers can visit the Art Walk that begins at 10 a.m. It is free to the public and maps will be available at 54295 N. Circle Drive.
Art of Wine begins in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when 19 Southern California wineries from Temecula, Warner Springs, Escondido and Idyllwild share a selection of great wines at 13 locations around town. The fall weather makes walking from location to location a fun experience, but shuttles will also be available to transport guests between venues.
Tickets for the wine tasting are $30 each with a special price of $25 each for groups of 10 or more if purchased online before Oct. 7. Wine tasting tickets can be purchased in advance on the Art Alliance website ( or, if not sold out, on site the day of the event. Included in the package are the wine tastings, a keepsake wine glass designed by a local artist, live music and a wide selection of cheeses and crackers.
Tickets available for purchase online. For wine tasting tickets or more information about the 19 participating wineries and locally owned galleries, visit or call (951) 692-6135.
Nestled in a mountain valley surrounded by majestic mountains, Idyllwild is only two-hours from Los Angeles and San Diego, and less than an hour from the desert communities.
A free dance program is being offered to all children ages 8 and up. This program will feature hip-hop starting Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. followed by salsa on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and possibly waltz the third month. (Younger children may be accepted depending on their natural dance ability and eagerness to participate.)
The dance instruction is being taught by volunteers Cheryl Griffith, Joan Robinson and Rachel Seward through the Sunland Recreation Center’s program. Children will receive free training so they can excel in a hobby that may otherwise be denied to them. Those who excel will continue to get training to compete in the USA Dance Antelope Valley’s Kidz Dance Program in Palmdale each March.
For further information, Joan Robinson at (818) 951-1516 or email or Rachel Seward at (818) 531-5439 or email
Sunland Recreation Center is located at 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland-Tujunga.
The Caltech-Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, will present its annual fall concert series on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. The concert on Friday is in Thorne Hall at 7:30 p.m. at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. The concert on Saturday is at 8 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena. Both concerts are free and open to the public.  No tickets are required, but early arrival is recommended to get a good seat, especially for the Caltech concert.
For further information, contact Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit
A stroke support group hosted by Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Conference Room on the third floor of the hospital.
The support group is open to caregivers, family members, friends and stroke survivors and will help with communication, education, and coping styles while building friendships, solving problems and sharing resources and experience.
RSVP by calling (818) 502-4725.
Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale.
Life Improvement Courses are offered on “Principles of Prosperity,” “How to Obtain Financial Security” and “Overcoming Financial Stress” at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills.
These courses help empower a person with the knowledge to overcome financial stress to prosper in life. Each course is $50, is done at the individual’s own pace and timing is flexible. A stress-free financial future can be attained and having the right knowledge can make all the difference.
These are just a few of the life improvement courses offered. Others available address various subjects. The classes are open Monday-Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information contact (818) 957-1500.
Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave. in
Montrose (entrance off Market Street, behind in parking lot).
The Foothills Professional Group meets every Wednesday morning from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Leon Lounge and Café. The group provides a structured and supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment in which participants develop personal relationships with many other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you may have the opportunity to substantially increase your business.
The cost is $15, which includes breakfast.
Leon Lounge and Café is located at 2519 Cañada Blvd., Glendale.
The Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills is hosting free workshops for children on how to make good choices in life. It gives a clear-cut guide to making good choices and finding the way to happiness. The booklet “How to Make Good Choices,” based on the book “The Way to Happiness,” will be used.
This workshop is for children 6 to 11 years old. It is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Snacks served.
Call to reserve seat (818) 957-1500.
Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills, 2254 Honolulu Ave., Montrose
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.
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 bookstore of the Friends of the Sunland-Tujunga branch of the library, which is located inside the library, is filled with used books on almost every subject. There are books on psychology, religion, self-help, cooking, classics and many more subjects. It is open during library hours (except evenings). Prices range from 10 cents to a few dollars. All books are donated.
All monies collected from the sale of these books support the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library in purchasing new books, DVDs and equipment. The Friends also supports programs for children and young adults as well as adults. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations are tax deductible. Arrangements can be made to pick up large donations. Call the library at (818) 352-4481 to schedule a pick-up.
Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga
T.O.P.S. – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – is a self-accountability group meeting held every Monday. Weigh in is from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
An hour meeting follows in the education building of Center for Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore (at Santa Carlotta). For more information, call and leave a message for T.O.P.S. at (818) 957-8442.
A meeting is also held in Sunland on Thursdays. Weigh-in is at 6:30 p.m.; meeting at 7 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 10438 Oro Vista St., Sunland. Contact Jeanie Druebert at (818) 353-5015.
Glendale One Toastmasters meets from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Shakers Restaurant in Glendale. Toastmasters is a non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs since 1924.
For more information, call (818) 314-4964.
Shakers Restaurant, 801 N. Central, Glendale
The Diabetes Care Center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center invites the community to a free diabetes community education class held every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital (Committee Room A).
Participants will learn more about living with diabetes – care and treatment, healthy eating strategies – the importance of blood glucose monitoring and AIC and tools for healthy life style to reduce the risk of complications.
For more information or to RSVP, call (818) 409-8100.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center (Committee Room A – Ground Floor), 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale
The CrescentaCañada Family YMCA, in partnership with the La Leche League, is hosting a monthly lactation and infant development support group to help support new mothers. This monthly group meets on the third Friday of each month from noon-1 p.m.  This group is free and open to the community and will answer all breastfeeding-related questions that new mothers may have.
The Y is also offering a Mindful Parenting Course designed to help parents connect to their children and raise them to thrive. This course is adapted from the work of Dan Siegal, M.D and will focus on reducing daily stress while connecting with your child. The classes meet weekly on Tuesdays. The course is open to all and there is a fee to attend.
For more information, contact the Y at (818) 790-0123.
The Y is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.