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The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA is holding a grief and loneliness lecture today, Thursday, Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This free lecture is sponsored by Prime Home Care and presented by Thurman Couch, LCSW. The holidays are a time when families come together to celebrate. It can also be a time when we are reminded of who is not with us anymore. If you have suffered a pass during the last year or find yourself revisiting previous losses, this seminar is for you. Lunch will be provided.

The Y is also hosting National Memory Screening Day from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.17. Concerned about your memory or that of a loved one? Have your memory screened by a qualified professional in order to provide your doctor with a baseline score. This free service is co-sponsored by Steppingstones and the Verdugo Hills Hospital at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.

For additional information and to RSVP please contact Senior Service Director Nancy Turney at (818) 790-0123 ext. 225 or The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is at 1930 Foothill Blvd.

Little Landers Historical Society presents “Down & Dirty – Pioneer Women’s Fashion” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Bolton Hall Museum. Jeanine Gilvaher, costume designer and historian, will take us back to the covered wagon days to show why Annie Oakly and Laura Ingalls Wilder dressed the way they did. The pioneer women faced many problems coming west across the prairies and the mountains and not the least was protecting  themselves against the sun, wind, dust, and grime. The public is invited for the program and refreshments. This is a free event.

Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.

The La Cañada Thursday Club will host “Casino La Cañada,” a fundraiser that includes dinner and Las Vegas-style table games at 6 :30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. “Casino La Cañada” is the Thursday Club’s fall fundraiser and will be held at the clubhouse. The event begins with cocktails and the opening of the table games. A buffet dinner will be served at 8:30 p.m. and gaming will continue until 10:30 p.m. when prizes will be awarded. This year the gaming action will also include bingo. Opportunity prizes include a 42” flat screen HDTV, dinner and preferred seating at the Pasadena Pops at The Rose Bowl, Christmas Tea and a luncheon at The Athenaeum, tickets to a taping of the Dr. Phil Show and much more.

Tickets for “Casino Night” are $70 each and reservations may be made by calling Dotty Greenawalt (626) 793-5491.

The clubhouse is located at 4440 Woodleigh Lane 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 held on: Dec. 5, Jan. 23, Feb. 27. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Classes are offered at VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Boulevard in Glendale in the Council Room (located on the 4th floor).

Glendale Latino Association is having its November mixer and annual toy drive at

New Horizons Family Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. $10 entrance fee. Bring a drawing prize..get your business recognized…

and bring a friend…or two! Don’t forget to bring a toy for the New Horizon’s children.

Save the date for their December mixer on Dec. 10 – Christmas @ Hilton Penthouse Bar.

New Horizons Family Center is located at 744 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale.

Verdugo Hills Golf Course offers golf classes for juniors on Saturdays at 9 a.m. These one-hour golf classes are for ages 5 to 15. The cost is $10 per session and class size is limited (reservations required). All aspects of golf are covered: putting, chipping on course instruction, irons and woods and the rules of golf. For information, call (818) 352-3161.