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The Glendale Center Theater, the longest, continually operating theater in the country is now celebrating its 64th anniversary. Tim Dietlein, owner/executive producer of the Glendale Center Theater (his grandparents established the theater) will be making a presentation about the history and operation of that theater at the November meeting of the Leisure Club of La Cañada Flintridge.

All are invited at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at Crescenta-Cañada YMCA All Purpose Room, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Parking is free and we’ll treat attendees to a slice of delicious pie!


Positive Motions Concert Series will open its second annual season with a performance by the critically acclaimed Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Mikael Avetisyan on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Glendale. Soloists will include Ruben Harutyunyan, Duduk Player and Ruslan Biryukov, Cello. The Glendale Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Brad Keimach, will also make a special guest appearance.

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


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 newly restored chapel and sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale (downtown at Louise & Wilson, no religious affiliation). On Nov. 17, Glendale Noon Concerts will celebrate the centennial of American composer Samuel Barber.

Ruth Bruegger & Friends will perform Samuel Barber’s String Quartet Op. 11 & Dover Beach, with baritone Chris Winn.

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


The Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College is holding its annual scholarship fashion show/luncheon/silent auction on Friday, Nov. 5, commencing at 11:30 a.m. at The Castaway Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road in Burbank.

This year’s theme is Autumn Magic. The price for the luncheon is $45 and reservations can be made by calling Betty Musacco, (818) 243-0908. There will be many prizes including a $1,000 cash prize.


Descanso Gardens is hosting the Japanese Garden Festival Nov. 6-7 from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Japanese arts, crafts and culture with a chrysanthemum show, taiko drum performance (noon Nov. 6), suiseki stone exhibit and the return of the Camellia Lounge. Free with admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, and free to children 4 and younger. For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge


Friends of the Gamble House lecture series begins with “Patterns for a Movement: The Arts & Crafts in England and Scotland” presented by current Gamble House curator Anne Mallek, set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ahmanson Auditorium at Art Center College of Design. The lecture is free to Friends of the Gamble House (FOGH) members and $12 to the general public.

Advance tickets for the entire FOGH lecture series are $40 for the general public (they are free to FOGH members). Other series lectures include author Ericka Esau on “The Transcontinental Bungalow: From Pasadena to Australia,” Jan. 15, 2011; Pasadena artist Kenton Nelson on March 12; and writer David Weinstein on “Joseph Eichler and his Architects: The Men Behind Eichler Homes,” on May 16.

Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St. in Pasadena.


Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) will hold a free community lecture on plastic and reconstructive surgery, “Reversing the Clock with Plastic Surgery: Options and Outcomes.” The lecture, given by Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 7-8 p.m. in the hospital’s Council Room, located on the fourth floor lobby.

Topics discussed will include the safety of plastic surgery and a review of commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. The lecture is part of the hospital’s Physician Lecture Series.

Dr. Grigoryants is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. He has received numerous awards for his research contributions in the field of surgery and was selected as one of the top surgeons in 2009 by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call (818) 952-2227.

MOM’S CLUB talks germs

Mom’s Club of the Foothills, a support group for stay-at-home moms, will hold its monthly meeting Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. This month’s topic is, “What are germs and how do I stay healthy?” with speaker Dr. Lydia Baghdaseriani. Visitors and children welcome and babysitting is available. Meeting is held at St. Luke’s of the Mountains church (no religious affliation) at 2563 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta. For more info contact the club at foothillmommembership@hotmail .com.


Forest Lawn–Hollywood Hills is presenting its 51st Annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Serving as master of ceremonies is KTLA-TV anchor and World War II veteran Stan Chambers. The event’s keynote speaker is Master Sergeant Kanessa Trent, principle advisor and public affairs sergeant major for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The program will open with an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team, and will include a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Patriotic musical performances by renowned soloist Robbie Britt, and the Notre Dame Irish Knight High School Marching Band.

The program is at The Forecourt of the Birth of Liberty Mosaic, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.  This is no charge to attend.

For more information, call (800) 204-3131 or visit


On Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. the Little Landers Historical Society will host a presentation about Leonis Adobe.  The program will be held at the Bolton Hall Museum and will begin with a DVD explaining the history of the Leonis Adobe, then docents from Leonis Adobe will show the contents in their “Traveling Trunk.” Through artifacts, photographs and oral history, attendees will experience the life and culture of the inhabitants of Leonis Adobe and the Plummer house during the 1880s. This program is free to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga


Flintridge Books and Coffeehouse is hosting The Art of the Short Story – A Reading and Workshop with Leslie Parry on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 3 – 5:00 p.m.

The author will share one of her short stories, then lead a 30-minute mini-writing exercise followed by individual readings of completed projects and a Q&A (participation is free). The workshop is free and open to writers of all levels. For more information, call (818) 790-0717 or visit

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 964 Foothill Blvd. in  La Cañada.


The Verdugo Hills Hospital BEGINNINGS Family Education Program offers babysitting classes designed for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. The babysitting class is an interactive course that teaches participants valuable skills, including infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, when to call 911, poison control, fire/earthquake plans and other helpful childcare advice. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a babysitting course completion certificate.

Upcoming babysitting classes are being held on Nov. 20 and Dec. 11. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Classes are offered at VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale in the Council Room (located on the fourth floor).

Class fee is $35/person. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call (818) 952-2272. For a list of additional classes offered by the Family Education Program, visit


Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Chorale. 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 2011.

Anyone interested in singing in the chorale can contact Shirley Nute at


Beginning Nov. 26 Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale will present its “Light & Hope” stained glass window display marking the start of the holiday season. This display is of renowned stained glass art that truly symbolizes the season.

“Light & Hope” will depict the seven most significant events in the birth and the early life of Christ, including The Betrothal of Mary and Joseph, The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth, No Room at the Inn, The Shepherds in the Stable, The Flight into Egypt, Jesus in the Temple, and Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the Carpenter’s Shop. Franz Mayer & Company of Munich, Germany created the windows that date back to 1913.

The display will continue through Feb. 7. Admission is free.

For more information, call (800) 204-3131 or visit

Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale