The Dianetics Center in Montrose is having a haunted house tonight, Halloween night for children ages 3 to about 9 years old from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins welcome (and other kids and people, too). Activities include a kids coloring contest, games, prizes, food (real food), treats, fresh baked goodies for kids and adults. Open to the community; no cost to attend.

The Dianetics Center is located at 2254 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. Enter in rear of building on the west side of Market Street; free parking in rear lot.

Contact Lynn or Lanna at (818) 957-1500 for more information.

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On Nov. 1, the Patrons Club of Glendale College Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser at The Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road, Burbank, starting at 11:30 a.m. The event will benefit deserving students at Glendale Community College with scholarships and grants-in-aid. This year the Patrons Club will celebrate its 66th year of service to the college’s students.

The luncheon/fashion show will feature fashions by Holiday Hats and Gowns, Montrose, and Men’s Wearhouse of Glendale. There will be many prizes, including a $1,000 prize, and a silent and live auction.

Long-time Patrons Club member Gertrude Ness will be honored.

Tickets and information are available from Margaret Dickson, (818) 424-9177. Reservations required. The cost is $55 per ticket.



The City of Glendale is holding the 4th Annual Glendale Health Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2This free festival is open to the community and will be hosted at Glendale’s Civic Auditorium (1401 N. Verdugo Blvd.) from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.

The health festival will include free medical screenings and health education for the entire family on conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and proper nutrition, cancer awareness, diabetes, and more. There will be onsite multilingual medical staff to provide health-related information and advice. Insurance specialists will also be on hand with information regarding the new insurance exchange and the expanded Medi-Cal program. In addition, the festival will feature free food, entertainment, and activities for the entire family.

This special event will be hosted by the Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) in collaboration with Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Glendale Healthy Kids, Office of State Senator Carol Liu, Office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health, Glendale Community Services and Parks Dept., Northwest Glendale Lions Club, and the Armenian American Nurses Association.

For more information, contact the AAMSC at (818) 980-7777



The Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross presents the 22nd Annual Fritz Coleman Comedy Show at the Glendale Centre Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Coleman, popular Channel 4 weatherman and gifted stand-up comedian, has recruited a team of his talented comedy colleagues for an evening of fun and laughter, all to benefit the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Open seating tickets are $25 per person; reserved seating VIP tickets, which include dinner at nearby Phoenicia Restaurant before the show, are $70 per person or $120 for two people.

Tickets are available from the chapter by calling (818) 243-3121, ext. 0. They can also be purchased online at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For details, email

Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange, Glendale



GAR Services will hold its 17th annual bowl-a-thon at Pickwick Lanes in Burbank on Nov. 3. Funds raised will help GAR Services to continue to provide quality programs and services to its clients. This year, all participants and their guests will receive a commemorative event T-shirt. The 24 participating bowling teams will compete for first, second and third place trophies.  Bringing their bowling talent to each team will be a GAR services client, some of whom compete in the Special Olympics bowling tournament which is recognized as one of the top teams in California.

The day will include a buffet lunch, door prizes and bowling tournament. Teams of four bowlers are $125 each; client sponsorship is $35 each. The GAR bowl-a-thon is a sold out event every year and team spaces fill fast and will be assigned lanes on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information about event sponsorship and marketing benefits, or to reserve your team lane, or to sponsor a client, contact Rita Tomassian-Hopkins at (818) 242-2434, ext. 312 or email



A meet and greet for “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m. at Once Upon A Time bookstore in Montrose.

This opportunity is open to the first 100 people to preorder (prepay) “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid #8 – The Hard Truth.” Preorders are accepted in store onlyNo phone orders or website orders will be allowed for this special event.    

All books signed must be purchased from Once Upon a Time. The event is a private, ticketed event open only to the first 100 paid preorders.

There is very limited space for this event.

Once Upon A Time, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose



Little Landers Historical Society announces the installation of a new temporary Bolton Hall exhibit. Until April 2014, Time Exposure will display an extensive collection of vintage cameras and projection equipment. Visit Bolton Hall to see how photo memories were recorded in the olden days. Most of today’s youngsters are used to tiny digital cameras and being able to see and print pictures instantly. We encourage children to visit Bolton Hall to see how pictures were taken before the digital age and to learn something about the incredible innovations that led to today’s modern photography.

Bolton Hall is open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and entrance is free. Special group tours may also be arranged.

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

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga



On Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., the Community Center of La Cañada is hosting a self-help method that offers ways to take control of distressing emotions and provide practical guides in coping with the difficulties of everyday life. Recovery International, the oldest self-help organization in the world, meets at the La Cañada Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase, Free, but donation requested.



The YMCA of the Foothills is hosting keynote speaker Father Gregory Boyle at the annual community prayer breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 a.m. at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. Everyone is welcome to the Y to join in prayer on behalf of the community, state, nation and world. The prayer brings people together as the Y continues its work in the area of social responsibility. Breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. and speakers will commence at approximately 7 a.m.

Tickets for the prayer breakfast are $20 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at the Y. Members can also purchase tickets online at Sponsorships are available as well.

The Y is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada



Impact a child’s life with a simple shoebox gift. Fill a shoebox with school supplies, toys, necessity items and a note of encouragement for a child overseas suffering due to disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine or poverty. Local drop-off location is at First Baptist Church at La Crescenta, 4441 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta, and drop off dates are Nov. 18-25.

For more information, visit or email or phone (714) 432-7030.



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 Nov. 6 and features Catherine Del Russo performing works for oboe and strings by Martin Bresnick and Benjamin Britten.

First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. (at Wilson)
in Glendale.



Guest speaker Laura Stotler will speak on “The Search for our Ancestors” at the next meeting of the AAUW on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Oakmont Country Club. The cost is $25 per person. For reservations, call Susie Robinson at (818) 951-6104.

Reserve by Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale



Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates. Membership is free. Knitters, crocheters, and those who wish to learn are welcome. For more information, visit or email Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet, and conversation. For more information, visit or email

Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale



The Glendale Youth Alliance is holding its second art exhibit fundraiser at Glendale Forest Lawn Museum/Hall of The Crucifixion-Resurrection on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. This evening of art and culture raises funds to invest in the area’s future workforce. Over 300 guests and 100 pieces of art are expected to fill the prestigious hall. Admission to the art exhibit is free and a percentage of all art work sold will benefit the youth served through the GYA programs. There will be wine and hors d’oeuvres available for a donation of $25.

Razmik Grigorian is the curator of this year’s art exhibit. Grigorian is a local businessman, architect, award winning filmmaker, an avid art collector and longest serving commissioner on the City of Glendale’s Arts and Culture Commission.



The juniors section of the La Crescenta Woman’s Club is presenting its 2nd Annual Salute Our Service People dance on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the La Crescenta Woman’s Club. They will be celebrating all military personnel who have served our country. Active military personnel or veterans are free with proof of service.

There will be swing dance lessons for those who need a refresher course and appetizers along with a no-host beer and wine bar. The ’40s dress theme is the plan for the evening and encouraged.

Tickets are $15 per person; $25 per couple.

For reservations, contact Bre at (818) 621-7463. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Through Reading Project.

La Crescenta Woman’s Club, 4004 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta



The La Crescenta Woman’s Club will hold its annual Authors Luncheon on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. This year’s authors will be Joanne Fluke, Chuck Greaves, Kim Vandervort. Reservations required, $40 per person. Deadline is Nov. 4. Call Carol Huntwork at (818) 249-4407. Send checks to Carol at 1964 El Arbolita, Glendale 91208, or call Carol Stein (818) 636-8854.

La Cañada Flintridge Country, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Canada Flintridge



The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club presents Joe and Priscilla Cruz’s, “Plight of the Monarch,” on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library.

Joe and Priscilla will focus their program on the rapid decline in numbers of the Monarch butterfly in California. The various points about this insect are the scientific mysteries, the migration of the Monarch as a prime pollinator, the image and superstition people attach to the Monarch and the education and action needed to help save them. A video will be shown of the life cycle from egg to butterfly, and a video of the preserve in Mexico.

The program will follow news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served. This is a free program and everyone is invited. Contact program chair, Wayne Fisher, for further information at (818) 353-4181.

Los Angeles County Public Library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. Enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting place and parking.



The groundbreaking ceremony for the Glendale Museum of Neon Art (MONA) will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10 am. Join MONA and the City of Glendale in preparing 216 S. Brand Blvd. to glow with neon lights.

Once completed, MONA will be the brightest spot in the heart of downtown Glendale. It will serve as the anchor for Glendale’s growing Cultural Arts District, spanning from Colorado Boulevard to the Alex Theater on North Brand. The Museum of Neon Art was founded in 1981, and will have its first permanent home in 2014.



An art and music book sale will be held at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Members of Associates of Brand Library & Art Center or Friends of the Glendale Public Library are invited to attend a preview sale from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. All patrons of the sale can use the Market Place parking structure across from library on Harvard Street with validation at the library reception desk.

The sale will include a large selection of arts-related books, art auction catalogs, CDs, vinyl records, sheet music, music scores, and artwork. A limited set of serigraphs by prominent printmaker Robert Brown will also be offered for sale.

Proceeds from this booksale will help fund the expansion of cultural programs.

For further information, call (818) 937-7888.

Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale



The Foothill MOMS Club will host its sixth annual Preschool Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.16 at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.

The event is free to the community.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet representatives from preschools in Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada, Lake View Terrace, Pasadena, Sunland and Tujunga and learn about school philosophy, programs and admissions. Local businesses will be in attendance, and a bake sale and silent auction will be held. Proceeds will benefit the MOMS Club International Mother-to-Mother Fund and the Elizabeth House Adopt-A-Family.

Preschool representatives interested in participating ca contact Allison at (617) 448-0873 or

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave.


The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducted by Allen Robert Gross, will perform on Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th.  The program will feature pianist Galina Barskaya, and music includes Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird.

Admission for both performances is free, and no tickets are required.

For further information, please call the Occidental College Music Department at 323-259-2785 or Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at 626 395-3295.  You can also visit


Hike & Book Signing with Author on the Beaudry Loop in the Verdugo Mountains

Date:Sunday, November 17, 2013 Time:9:00 AM

Presented by:Crescenta Valley Group

Leader:Fred Dong – 818-545-3878

Karen Buehler

Location:Beaudry Terrace and Beaudry Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91208, USA

O: Join us for a hike and book signing with David Money Harris, the co-author of 101 Hikes in Southern California. We will be doing hike number 16 from the book which is referred to as Verdugo Mountains, South End Loop and known to locals as the Beaudry Loop. This is a loop hike that travels on the Beaudry north and south fire roads. Meet and hike with 101 Hikes in Southern California co-author David Money Harris on this is a 6 mile, 1500’ gain and loss hike that the author says has “incomparable city and regional views”. Find out from the author about the many hikes that his book covers in Southern California. Meet 9 am at intersection of Beaudry Blvd and Beaudry Terrace in Glendale, (from Canada Blvd go west on Country Club Drive, left on Beaudry and park on residential street.). Rain cancels hike but not book signing.

This event is sponsored by the Crescenta Valley Group of the Sierra Club. Sierra Club requires all participants sign a liability waiver.


The Montrose African Violet Society is having their next monthly meeting on Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013 @ 10:00 A.M.  The location is Descanso Gardens (Maple Room), 1418 Descanso Drive , La Canada Flintridge, CA.  The guest speaker will be Leonard Re and the program will be on ” A One Year Journey Til’ Show Time”.  There will also be Electionof Officers.  Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.  For more information please telephone our Club President,  Luis @ (323) 236-0104.


The Caltech Glee Club, conducted by Nancy Sulahian, will perform its fall choral concert on Saturday, November 23rd at 8:00 pm in Ramo Auditorium.  The program will feature the Caltech Glee Club and Chamber Singers with Music by Victoria, Praetorius, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Copland, Dawson and Ticheli as well as music from the early California mission period.


Admission is free and no tickets are required.


For further information, please call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at 626 395-3295.  You can also visit




Set aside Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. for the Towne Singers holiday production of “Yuletide! The Towne Singers Bring You Harmony for the Holidays” at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.

The 2013 holiday season brings many changes to the Towne Singers. The Towne Singers is now an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County board of supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Lance Merrill is the organization’s new conductor for the 2013 holiday season. Maria Wietrzynska is the new accompanist for the Towne Singers. Both bring a wealth of experience that will delight the holiday audience.

To learn more, contact Loretta Umland at



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 support 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



The La Crescenta Woman’s Club will be holding an antique and collectable sale on Jan. 11. Reserve a table with a $25 deposit and balance of $25 by Jan. 3.

For information and reservations, call Gloria Lee at (818) 248-9454 or Sandy Satterwhite at (818) 209-1967.



Auditions are being held for the Van Bloem Singers, a volunteer singing group that has completed its 21stseason having performed more than 800 shows. The group is looking for those interested in performing Broadway and contemporary music.

Being able to “sight read” is not necessary, but some performing experience is preferred. Men and women who are able to perform between noon and 3 p.m. on weekdays and on an occasional evening, Saturday or Sunday can apply. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Chapel of the Burbank Salvation  Army.

The Van Bloem Singers perform more than 30 shows each year for service clubs, volunteer organizations, retiree and church groups, senior residences and  health care facilities, however, singers need not make every performance.

If interested, call Elaine Paonessa, musical director, at (818) 845-6851.

Burbank Salvation Army, 300 E. Angeleno St. (corner of Angeleno and 3rd Street) in Burbank.



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 Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, in partnership with the La Leche League, is hosting a monthly infant lactation and 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.