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DBSA Offers support group

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 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


Artist and author Rick Rotante, will be Verdugo Hills Art Assoc.’s featured artist for its November meeting on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at La Cañada Community Center. Rotante has sold and exhibited his work in New York City and California and currently teaches at Art Classes of Pasadena. His work can be found in several private collections and he has been a member of California Art Club and Oil Painters of America for over 22 years. Rotante works in multiple media including oil, pastel, gouache, china white pencil and charcoal. He will demonstrate in oil.

All are welcome.

For more information on Verdugo Hills Art Assoc. visit

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


Adams at The Gardenia

 The Gardenia presents Broadway, television and film actress and singer Neile Adams in “Wasn’t It Good!  Wasn’t It Fine!” a musical celebration of Adams’ memories and the stages of her life. The 60-minute shows are on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9 & 10 and Nov. 16 & 17, at 9 p.m.

The show will include popular songs like “Shaking The Blues Away” by Irving Berlin, “Arthur” by Kander & Ebb, “This Time It’s The Big Time” by Jerry Herman and “In A Very Unusual Way” by Maury Yeston, among others.

 Admission is $20 per person, plus a $10 two-drink minimum per person, unless having dinner, which is served from 7 p.m.  Dinner and show reservations may be made by calling The Gardenia at (323) 467-7444. Street parking is available.

The Gardenia, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd. (east of La Brea Avenue), West Hollywood

Music Academy Holding Free Fall Recital

Foothills Music Academy is having its 2012 Fall Recital on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at New Hope Community Church in Sunland. This recital is free to anyone who would like to attend. Come and see the many talented students in our community perform.

New Hope Community Church is located at 10438 Oro Vista Ave., Sunland.


Art Party by Eubank

Tujunga artist Danielle Eubank is holding an artist open studio and party on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. On exhibit will be paintings, prints and drawings by Eubank.

Danielle Eubank, 10036 Leona Street, entrance on Elmo Street, in Tujunga.


AAUW hosts Lt. Scott Bickle

The American Association of University Women, Glendale Branch, hosts Glendale Police Lt. Scott Bickle at the Nov. 10 brunch meeting at 9 a.m. at the Oakmont Country Club.  Lt. Bickle will discuss scams targeting the elderly as well as the new Burglary Task Force. Reservations for brunch can be made by calling (818) 951-6104.  Brunch is $25.

Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale


The Glendale Historical Society will present the Rossmoyne Historic District Walking Tour on Saturday, Nov. 10. The tour convenes at Nibley Park, 1301 E. Mountain Street in Glendale, at 10:45 a.m. The one-hour architectural/historical walk will be led by historic preservationist and architect John LoCascio and will highlight portions of Glendale’s largest historic district, with homes dating to the 1920s. The walk takes place on public streets, and no interior spaces or private property access is included.

Comfortable walking shoes and appropriate weather gear are recommended. The walking tour is free, and rain cancels. For more information, call (818) 242-7447 or


223 Miles, $23 Million and Gravity

The Little Landers Historical Society presents, “223 Miles, $23 Million and Gravity: The Story of Water for Los Angeles” on Nov. 10 at Bolton Hall.

An extraordinary amount of time and effort went into the development of water services in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley. This program offers information on the Owens Valley to Los Angeles aqueduct whose centennial will be in 2013.

The speaker is Abraham Hoffman, PhD, and professor of history at Los Angeles Valley College. Besides being a teacher, Dr. Hoffman is a researcher and writer on all things western.

All are invited to this free event (donations accepted). Light refreshments served after the program.

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

Parking available at the Elks Lodge, uphill at 10137 Commerce.

Author events at OUAT

Once Upon A Time bookstore is hosting several author events at its store.

On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., Once Upon a Time welcomes back Caldecott honoree, Burbank resident and beloved artist David Shannon.

Shannon is back visiting his fans to introduce his latest book “Jangles: A Big Fish Tale. “ A fish tale to end all fish tales, only No, David!’s David Shannon could make this tall tale up. Intrepid adventure seekers, fisherman and legend lovers, Shannon will delight his enthusiastic devotees with Jangles. Book reading, sketching demonstration, question and answers and signing. Please note:  The event is free, however in order to be in the signing line, you must have purchased a Shannon book from Once Upon a Time.

These events are free.

Once Upon a Time, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose Shopping Park (818) 248-9668 or visit


Special Veteran’s Day Discussion at Flintridge Books

On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m., in honor of Veterans’ Day, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is hosting a discussion about and signing for “In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War.” The book is edited and written primarily by graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002 and features very personal stories highlighting the heroism of military veterans since 9/11. Speakers at Flintridge Bookstore include Patrick Anderson, Navy veteran; Anita Susan Brenner, journalist and mother of Andrew Torres, Naval Academy graduate; and Rabbi Gil Kollin, Rabbi Emeritus of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center.

One of over 30 narratives in the book is the leadership story of 2nd Lt. Andrew Torres, a graduate of Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada, who commissioned into the Marine Corps and died of cancer in 2004.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and the Angeles Crest Highway. Parking is in the rear of the store.



Join the La Crescenta Woman’s Club for its annual Author’s Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 12 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Featured authors are Ashley Ream and Jessie Kellerman.  Program, lunch, door prizes, silent auction and booksigning.

For information and reservations, call Carol Huntwork at (818) 249-4407.

La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godby Dr., La Cañada

Sierra Club to feature Fred Dong

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Group will next feature Fred Dong’s Indonesia, a slide presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library. Enter on La Crescenta Avenue for the meeting room and parking.

Fred Dong is a long-time Sierra Club member and world traveler. He will present slides from his recent trips to Indonesia visiting the islands of Bali, Lombok, Flores, Sumatra, Komodo and Rinea. Huge Komodo dragons, unusual sea life in the magnificent coral reefs will be seen as well as Hindu temples, Indonesian dancers, Sumatran Asian elephants and wild orangutans and many more wildlife images.

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

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

Alzheimer’s Support Group at Mountview

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, Nov. 13.  Mountview Retirement Home is located at 2640 Honolulu, Montrose and can be reached at (818) 248-6737. All are welcome.

Seniors Seminars Offered

On Nov. 13, “Doc Talk” is hosting Amalia Armenta, MD at 10: 30 a.m. She will be speaking on nutrition and exercise at the City of Glendale Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado Blvd. in Glendale.

On Nov. 15 at noon, “Doc Talk” hosts Hanriet Minasian-Arakelian, MD who be speaking on dementia and memory loss. A light lunch is included. The presentation is at the YMCA of the Foothills, 1930 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada Flintridge.

Also on Nov. 15, a presentation on Medicare 101 will be given at 3 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates Gracious Retirement Living at 1551 E. Chevy Chase Dr. in Glendale.

These presentations are free.

Please RSVP to Andea Naone-Waters at (818) 468-4289.

VHH Hosting Bublik

Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) is hosting Dr. Michael Bublik as part of the Physician Lecture Series on Balloon Sinuplasty™, the latest minimally invasive procedure for sinus surgery. This free community lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the VHH Council Rooms A/C located on the fourth floor. It is recommended to call for reservations as space is limited.

Dr. Bublik is a board certified otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of disorders of the ear, nose and throat and general head and neck area.

VHH is the first and only hospital in the Glendale area to offer balloon sinuplasty™ with Cyclops technology. Cyclops is a newly developed endoscope with multi-angled capabilities, allowing for better views of the sinus anatomy.

For more information about Dr. Bublik, visit or For reservations, call 818-952-2227.

An Evening of Courage and Inspiration

On Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., the Glendale Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) will present “In Our Own Voice” at Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church.  This free event will feature the autobiographies of two extraordinary young adults who are learning to thrive in the face of mental illness. Both speakers were diagnosed with mental illness as teens.  During the presentation they will recount the dark days when they were first diagnosed, how each learned to accept their illness and reach out for treatment, and how they are celebrating their successes and planning for the future.

This presentation is open to all adults and teens. There will be time for questions and answers with a reception to follow. Anyone interested in attending or who would like more information can contact the church office at (818) 353-2500.

Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church, 10158 Johanna Ave. (at Sunland Boulevard), Sunland

Veterans Celebrated

“Salute to Veterans” luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Altadena Country Club.  Phil Crowley will entertain with his rendition of the Gettysburg Address plus a recitation from Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty or Give Me Death” and an assortment of other patriotic readings.

Motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed singer Lillie Knauls will entertain with song and provide solutions in her talk, “Dealing with the Mess of Stress.”  Everyone is invited to attend. Veterans will be honored.

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

Altadena Country Club, 2290 Country Club Dr., Altadena


Tomaso at Starlight Books

Pasadena-based author Carla Tomaso will read from her new novel “Frozen,” a quirky tale involving eerie cryonics, dark twists and a maternal bond like no other. “Frozen” is Tomaso’s fifth book and focuses on one woman’s journey to wholeness after she reanimates her cryonically frozen mother who comes back as a child.  The narrator tries to raise her to be the mother she deserves. Tomaso began writing the novel to help work through her mother’s narcissism and her own anger.

Tomaso will be reading at Starlight Books on Nov. 14 at 7: 30 p.m.

Starlight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz

Occidental to present fall concert

Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, will present its annual fall concert on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech campus.

This free concert will feature the music of the Beatles in a special arrangement originally commissioned by Cirque du Soleil. Also on the program is the music by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Ron Nelson, Johann Sebastian Bach and Daniel French.

Guest conductors will be Paul Asimow, Jeffrey Thompson and Daniel French. Guest soloist for the evening will be Caltech Alumnus Aaron Eichelberger who teaches math and physics at Westridge School in Pasadena. He will perform “Rhapsody for Euphonium” by James Curnow.

This event is open to the public, and parking is free. For further information, contact Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit

Opera an the Silver Screen talk planned

On Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., the Glendale Public Library will be hosting the talk Opera and the Silver Screen. The talk will be given by a Los Angeles Opera Speakers Bureau member Larry Verdugo. Verdugo will speak on the relationship been film and opera and show film excerpts from 1915 to the present. Admission is free.

For further information, contact the Glendale Central Library at (818) 548-2027.

Brand Library & Art Center is temporarily closed for renovation. Until the renovation is complete opera talks will be temporarily held at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale.

The renovation is expected to be completed in early 2014.

Caltech glee club concert

The Caltech Glee Club, conducted by Nancy Sulahian, presents its fall concert on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium
in Pasadena. Featured will be music by Music by Palestrina, Di Lasso, Handel, Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Barber, William Dawson, Randall Thompson and Rosephayne Powell.  Both performances will have the same program.

Admission to the concerts is free.

 For more information, call Caltech’s Performing and Visual Arts Office at (626) 395-3295 or visit

Babysitting classes at VHH

The Verdugo Hills Hospital BEGINNINGS Family Education Program will offer a babysitting class on Nov. 17 and Dec. 29 designed for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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.

Class fee is $40/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

Classes are offered at VHH, 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale, 91208, in the Council Room (located on the fourth floor).

Fritz Coleman Headlining ARC Event

Weatherman and comedian Fritz Coleman is emceeing the 21st Annual Comedy Show benefiting the Glendale-Crescenta Valley chapter of the American Red Cross on Nov. 17. The show features performances by four top comedians at the Glendale Centre Theatre at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each; VIP tickets are $70 each or $125 for two and includes dinner at Phoenicia Restaurant and reserved seating for the show.

For tickets, call (818) 243-3121 ext. 0 or visit Sponsorships available.

Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange, Glendale


First Baptist Church La Crescenta is hosting a free e-collection event on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acceptable electronic devices include TVs, phones, tape players, photo copy machines, car batteries, audio-visual equipment, electronic devices, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, and other computer peripherals. They will be safely and legally recycled by E-waste Center, Inc..

Please bring items to the church parking lot behind the main building at and help us reach the goal of diverting 10,000 lbs. from the landfills.

 Call Nancy Jacobson at (818) 249-1603 with e-collection questions.

  First Baptist Church La Crescenta, 4441 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta


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. 21 and the program features music of Hindemith, Prokofiev and Chopin performed by

Jacqueline Suzuki on violin and Rosa LoGiudice on piano.

Ceramics Sale at CCLCF

Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is hosting its holiday ceramics sale on Friday, Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unique ceramics gifts for everyone.

Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive in La Cañada.



Coffee Gallery in Altadena hosts a variety of events every week.

Tuesdays are “Comedy Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All comics get to do a five-minute set. Performers range from those performing for the first time to seasoned professionals. Hosted by Scott Berger.

Thursday is “Artisan Alley” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Artisan Alley includes two featured musical acts, two musical open mics (open to anyone in the community), the works of a featured artist in the back room (art changes every two weeks), and a live DJ. Hosted by The Definition.

Friday is “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Rotating hosts.

Saturday is “Potlikker Showcase” from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. that offers an eclectic mix of musical performers, poets, spoken word readings, Americana music and a live DJ. Hosted by DJ Beatgozon.

Finally, Sundays are “Music Open Mic” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music open mic allows anyone in the community to come on stage and sing a song or play a tune. The sign-up sheet stays open throughout the night and everyone gets to perform twice. Hosted by King.

For more information, call (626) 398.7917 or visit

Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena

Visage Salon Hosts Don Waters

The Visage Salon presents photographs by Don Waters through Dec. 31. “Images of Home” is a personal view of Southern California.

Visage Salon, 1459 San Marino Ave., San Marino (at Huntington Drive)

Sierra Club Plans China Trip

The community is invited to a well-paced journey to China. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Climb the Great Wall, take a boat cruise on the Grand Canal of Hangzhou, and visit Suzhou’s Silk factory. Set sail on the Yangtze River, enjoy the wonderful scene of deep and quiet gorges, and the magnificent peaks as if they were cut by axes and knives. Take a shore excursion to the Shennong Stream where you may see the ancient roads, coffins in precipice, and even some rare animals such as golden-haired monkeys.  We will also visit Xi’an’s most important archeological site, where thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors have been guarding the Emperor’s burial site for over 2,000 years.  Discover the mile-long riverside embankment where foreign investors once held sway over Shanghai.

Price is $3,195.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club. The dates for this event are April 20, 2013 to May 4, 2013 and the leaders are Andrea Lim and Salud Salinda in association with the Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group.

For more information, send email to – insert subject line of “China 2013” or call Salud at (310) 259-1208. Applications are first-come first-served.


A 50-year reunion is being planned by the members of the first class to graduate from Crescenta Valley High in 1963.

The “First and the Best” will celebrate June 22-23, 2013 at Angeles National Golf Club nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest just 15 minutes from Burbank Airport and numerous hotels.

Planning committee members are seeking addresses and email addresses of classmates to notify them of the event.  Former Falcons are asked to contact Denice “Pruden” Heatherington at or Gene Wilcott at

Plans include a Saturday night “Buffet of Memories: An Evening with Old Friends, Fine Food & Good Spirits,” and a Sunday brunch.

Area residents might remember when the “old” Clark Junior High campus was converted into a high school in the fall of 1960, and there was only a sophomore class.  Those students were the first to graduate from the new high school, and they established the school mascot, school colors, school song (written by class faculty advisor Shirley Nute) and many other traditions.

Class president Tim MacDonald heads a committee composed of Heatherington, Wilcott, Miles Olin, Kathie “Schreck” Olin, Susie “Schunck” Gorman, Merry “Delbridge” Shelburne, Terry “Wudke” Baugh, Donna “Gamper” Didden, Gayle “Hasselschwert” Kemper, and class advisor Nute, with special thanks to the “Keepers of the List,” Dennis and Mary “MacArthur” LeBlanc.


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

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at