Gearing up for the busy holiday season, the Sunland-Tujunga Elks are collecting items for the holiday baskets that will be distributed to needy families in the neighborhood. Please watch for grocery specials  and bring food items to the stage area upstairs, if possible. Good prices on turkeys and hams can  be found in the next weeks … at least 40 turkeys or hams will be needed. Freezer space is available.

There is a list in Thee Elbow Room, 2418 Honolulu Ave., of essential items needed.

Looking ahead is the Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutique on Dec. 5, from noon to 7 p.m. Open to family and friends, only $20 per two-table booth. Contact Veronica Chavez ( for details.

Please note other important dates in November: Nov. 13 – Friday night dinner; Nov. 14 – Birthday Potluck & 3-Ball Tournament; Nov. 15 – Omelet Bar; Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lodge with veterans from Sepulveda VA.

or more information, see the updated website at

The La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated invites visitors to the Oakmont Country Club today, Thursday, Nov. 12 for an 11:30 luncheon (cost $25). Larry Sand will speak on The Teachers Unions v. Education Reform.

Sand began his teaching career in New York in 1971. Beginning in 1985, he taught elementary school as well as English, math, history and ESL in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he also served as a Title 1 Coordinator. Retired in 2009, he is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network – a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues – information teachers will often not get from their school districts or unions. After realizing that parents, taxpayers and others frequently receive faulty information from the mainstream media, CTEN expanded its mission to help the general public understand the array of educational issues facing our country today.

For reservations call Joan Taylor at
(818) 790-0014.

November is National Diabetes Month and Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital is hosting a free Diabetes Education Health Fair on Friday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will feature free health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure and body fat analysis. There will be lots of free information on diabetes, nutrition, foot care, heart health and more.

The event will take place in the main auditorium of the hospital at 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale. For more info, call (818) 507-4616.

Prom Plus is hosting its annual holiday boutique on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sadler Hall, St. Luke’s of the Mountains in La Crescenta.

Over 30 vendors will have a variety of items for sale. Get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting small business!

For more information, call Robin at (818) 248-2740.

Sadler Hall, St. Luke’s of the Mountains, 2563 Foothill Blvd.

An electronic waste recycling event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind First Baptist Church La Crescenta. Only bring items on this day during these hours. Accepted will be computer monitors, laptops, printers, TVs (LCD, plasma, CRT), cellphones, printers, DVD players, audio/video equipment, copiers, miscellaneous computer equipment, personal electronic devices and automobile batteries.

Items that will not be accepted are fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries and hazardous materials.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the food pantry Sue’s Garden.

The items will be recycled by the Ewaste Center. Please contact the Ewaste Center for more information (888) E WASTE 8/ (888) 392-7838 or email

Direct other event questions to Nancy Jacobson at (818) 703-3619.

First Baptist Church La Crescenta at 4441 La Crescenta Ave.

Halloween at Bolton Hall continues into mid-November with a presentation of the history of horror films from the late 19th through the early 20th century. The speaker for this program on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. is scholar and showman Galen Wilkes. Wilkes has been collecting films for over 40 years and enjoys bringing education in film history to his audiences in an interesting and fun way.

This presentation will include a preview of some horror films – both silent and sound films – from the 1890s through the 1930s.

This program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or or email

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club presents its annual Antiques and Collectibles event on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the clubhouse will be packed with vendors selling their antique items and collectibles. Anyone who has an item or items at home that they would like to have appraised by Crown City Antiques can bring them in and for $5 each can find out the value. This is a great way to find out if grandpa’s old watch or picture is really a treasure or just a wonderful remembrance.

Those interested in renting a space to display and sell some items or who want to schedule an appraisal time can contact Debbie at (818) 957-1951.

The clubhouse is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave.

Economics Professor Andrew Winnick will speak on the subject of income inequality at the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lanterman House in La Cañada. The meeting is held in the administrative building off the back of the Lanterman parking lot.

Winnick is a longtime professor of economics and statistics at Cal State University Los Angeles where students have graded him online with glowing remarks. He’s known as someone who employs current events to elucidate economics for his students.

At this important meeting, members will also vote on a slate of officers for 2016 and affirm representatives to the California Democratic Party’s Pre-Endorsement conference.

The Club can be contacted at For more information, go to

The Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Dr., La Cañada

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony under the direction of Allen Robert Gross will open its 2015-16 season of orchestra concerts on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech campus. Guest soloist for this concert is Cécilia Tsan.

The program opens with Glinka’s sparkling Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, a virtuoso Russian showpiece for orchestra, and concludes with Brahms’ titantic First Symphony. Cellist Cécilia Tsan will perform Tchaikovsky’s charming Variations on a Rococo Theme, one of the most popular staples of the cello repertoire.

The concert will also be performed on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall on the Occidental College campus.

Admission to both performances is free and no tickets are required. For more information, call (626) 395-3295.

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 Nov. 18 and features Glendale pianist Harout Senekeremian performing an all-Scriabin program.

For more information, email or call (818) 244-7241.

Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel) in Glendale.

Salute to our Veterans luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Women’s City Club.

Lyle Umenhoffer, one of the 317 men who survived a WWII torpedo attack and the sinking of the USS Independence in the South Pacific, will tell his riveting and heroic story. JROTC from Blair High School will present the colors and, under the direction of

Sgt. Turner, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motivational speaker David Hughes, former international banker, investor and business owner, travels the world and shares the “Gift of Life in Unexpected Places.”   Veterans and their families are invited to attend. Tickets are $23. For reservations call Darlene (818) 353-2212 or Carole (818) 790-1907.

Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave. in Pasadena.

The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Birch Room). The guest speaker will be Leonard Re. Re will be giving the program on “How I Grow and Re-pot My Standard African Violets.”

Guests are always welcome to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to win the door prize, participate in the silent auction and raffle table. Refreshments are served and friendships are made.

For more information, contact club president at or visit

Descanso Gardens (Birch Room) 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge

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

The Lanterman House will be hosting the Glendale-based Jewel City Flute Choir as part of its year-long centennial celebration on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Visitors can enjoy seasonally themed melodies especially arranged for an amazing variety of flutes.

This year’s concert will feature a combination of musical styles including classical, contemporary and jazz.

Admission to the concert is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Visitors are asked to arrive early as seating will be limited to 90 attendees.

The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Dr. in La Cañada Flintridge. Parking is available at the Lanterman House as well as the neighboring La Cañada Congregational Church lot.

For more information, visit

The next meeting of the Rose Leaf Ragtime Club is on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Wang’s Place in the old town area of Monrovia. Meetings are held the last Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in several adjoining city-owned lots.

For further information, call Hal Leavens (626) 359-8648 or Ron Ross (818) 766-2384 or send email to

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club features performers on piano and other instruments playing ragtime and other related types of music. All performers and listeners are welcome.  The only charge is to non-performers who are asked to make a $2 donation.

More information on the Rose Leaf Ragtime Club is available at

Wang’s Place, 120 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia

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.