The Women’s Divorce Resource invites the community to take part in a free educational workshop being held today, Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Glendale. Complimentary parking is available in the structure behind the building and light refreshments will be served. RSVP required to Mona Marcos at (818) 396-6590.

The workshop will provide strategies to organize and de-clutter home and office. Speaker Regina Lark Ph.D., CPO is founder and president of A Clear Path: Professional Organizing for Home, Work, Life. She is a certified professional organizer who specializes in working with people with chronic disorganization, AD/HD, and hoarding disorders, as well as the folks with way too much stuff!

Women’s Divorce Resource is a non-profit organization that is passionate about helping and educating women of all ages through different stages in life. Members specialize in addressing the needs of divorced, separated, single and widowed women as they transition to a new status in life.

Those interested in the workshop and in finding more about the organization are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is being held at 330 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor in Glendale.

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The YWCA of Glendale is hosting its inaugural We Carry On runway luncheon today. It benefits military women at the YWCA of Glendale. The event is co-sponsored by White House Black Market, Sephora, Toni Brooks (fashion stylist/army veteran) and supported by Makeovers that Matter, bRloft, Jessica Cosmetics amongst other service providers and retailers. They will showcase a fusion of female veterans and professional models with workforce wardrobe for military women reintegrating to civilian life, as well as provide a live auction for fundraising for the YWCA Focus on Female Veterans programs and services.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with the luncheon starting at noon. Complimentary valet parking provided.

For more information to purchase tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Virginia Ruiz at (818) 242-4155 x221.



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.

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



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.



Sunland resident Debby Beck, award-winning visual artist and board member of the McGroarty Arts Center, founded a new, informally organized group of creative people who live in and/or have studios in Sunland-Tujunga called the River Rock Arts Colony (RRAC). The purpose is gathering artists for synergy, fundraising and cultural enjoyment.

The first RRAC event is visual art exclusively by artists in the 91040 and 91042 Sunland and Tujunga zip codes showing at the Modest Fly Art Studio Gallery in Tujunga through Nov. 16. The opening artists’ reception, a free event for all art lovers, will be Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Eerren at the Modest Fly (818) 331-4780, or contact Debby Beck at

Modest Fly Art Studio Gallery, 7578 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga

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



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



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 book sale 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.



Join Armenian Experts’ on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. for an evening of networking and bowling at the private club area of Bowlmor (formerly known as 300) located at 3545 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. Enjoy drinks and partake in competitive fun while networking and fostering new professional connections. Space is limited. Alcohol will be available at the bar. Admission is $20. RSVP at earliest convenience by visiting

For additional information, contact Armenian Experts at (818) 588-6525 or


Many people living with the early stages of memory loss are finding help and support from the Alzheimer’s Association, which will hold its third Early Memory Loss Forum on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

This educational event, “Claiming Our Lives, Planning Our Futures,” was created by and for people with early memory loss. It is for those who have early stage Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and other dementias, as well as their family members, care partners and medical professionals. Attendees will connect with peers, gain information, hear the latest research and get linked to resources in the community. It is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

The conference fee for persons with early memory loss and their family members is $25, which includes materials and lunch. The fee for professionals is $100. Register by Nov. 7 at

For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.



The community is invites to Java Brew Coffee House on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for an informal ukulele jam on the patio. Bring your ukulele, or if you don’t yet have one, come and learn all about this fun, easy instrument! Singers and spectators are always welcome and much appreciated.

We will be playing on the partially shaded patio, so please dress accordingly.

This event is free to the public, all ages, no reservations required.

Java Brew, located at 2418 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose.



A local economics professor will tackle “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Debt?” at the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club meeting on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hymanson home in La Cañada.

Speaker Mark Maier is professor of economics at Glendale Community College. He is the author of several books including “The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics,” “Introducing Economics: A Critical Guide for Teaching” and “City Unions: Managing Discontent in New York City.”

His remarks intend to clarify factors involved in the governmental use of debt, such as debt ceiling policy and its ratio to the gross domestic product.

Club business will include the election of club officers for 2014.

For more information, visit



The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducted by Allen Robert Gross, will perform on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17. The program will feature pianist Galina Barskaya, and music includes Verdi’s Overture toLa 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, call the Occidental College Music Dept. at (323) 259-2785 or Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295. You can also visit



The CV Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a hike on the Beaudry Loop in the Verdugo Mountains on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. with a book signing with David Money Harris, the co-author of “101 Hikes in Southern California.”

Meet at the intersection of Beaudry Boulevard and Beaudry Terrace in Glendale, (from Cañada Boulevard, go west on Country Club Drive, left on Beaudry and park on residential street). Rain cancels hike but not book signing.

Sierra Club requires all participants sign a liability waiver.

For more information, contact Fred Dong at (818) 545-3878, or email or email Karen Buehler



Glendale Noon Concerts, celebrating its sixth anniversary, is a free admission concert series taking place every first and third Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. to 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 features pianist Susan Svrcek performing works for piano and strings by Benjamin Britten and Alfred Schnittke. For more information, email teena.frazier@fbcglendale or call (818) 242-2113.

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



The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is hosting a college fair to teach families how to afford college. Guest speakers include college planning experts whose topics include the five questions to get answered before applying to a college; balancing the cost of education vs. the value of the degree earned; how financial position can affect merit and need-based aid; why a 529 Plan and other college plans can hurt more than help; and how to increase your child’s chances of getting into the “best fit” college.

Limited seating; reserve via or call (661) 295-9946.

The event takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the LCWC clubhouse at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.



Salute to Our Veterans luncheon and program will be presented by the Pasadena Women’s Connection on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena.

Quinn Frederickson, designer/creator of fashionable patriotic jewelry will be presenting her most eye-catching pieces that honor the  “stars and stripes.” ROTC students will present the flag salute.

Motivational speaker Lisa Patterson, mother of seven, tells how life can go from pieces to purpose and overcoming addiction.

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

Active duty and veteran friends and family are invited.

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



The Montrose African Violet Society is having its next monthly meeting on Wednesday morning, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at Descanso Gardens (Maple Room). The guest speaker will be Leonard Re and the program is, ” A One Year Journey Til’ Show Time.” There will also be election of officers. Guests are always welcome to attend.

For more information, please telephone club president Luis at (323) 236-0104.



The holiday season in Downtown Burbank will be celebrated with the arrival of the first-ever outdoor skating rink that will be located adjacent to City Hall at Third Street and Orange Grove. The 4,100-square-foot rink will accommodate up to 165 skaters per session and will be open for six weeks from Friday, Nov. 22 through Jan. 5. Hours are set for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Admission is $10, and skate rentals are $3.

While the rink is in operation, Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market will move temporarily across the street to the parking lot behind the Community Services building. Convenient street access will be from Orange Grove and Olive avenues.

Free parking is available at numerous structures in Downtown Burbank. For details, call (818) 238-5180 or visit



On Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., the Glendale Central Library will be hosting a talk on the opera “The Magic Flute” by Mozart. The talk will be given by a L.A. Opera Community Educator Ray Busmann. Admission is free. Press photos are available on the LA Opera website

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



The Caltech Glee Club, conducted by Nancy Sulahian, will perform its fall choral concert on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. 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, call Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at (626) 395-3295 or visit



The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga is having its monthly poetry series on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum. Poets are welcome to bring their own poetry and sign-up for the open reading. Light refreshments; $3 donation is appreciated!

Featured poet is Ed Rosenthal who survived a harrowing near-death experience in the Mojave Desert in 2010. The experience deepened his divorce from practicality in the direction of spiritual exploration. This reading presents selected poems from “The Desert Hat” inspired by his miraculous rescue after six days alone in the Mojave Desert without food or water. “The Desert Hat” was published in October 2013 by Moonrise Press

Susan Dobay is a Hungarian-born California artist and gallery owner of the Scenic Drive Gallery in Monrovia. She left Hungary after the 1956 uprising against the Soviets that left thousands dead and the country in bondage for another 40 years. Her most recent project is creating music videos with artistic interpretations of scenes and characters from Italian opera (“La Traviata,” “Madame Butterfly” and “Pagliacci”) and Hungarian music.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga meets in the Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave. in Tujunga.



The 20th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run and Food Drive, hosted by the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge and presented by Ross, is on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Park. This 5K Run/ Walk and Kids’ Mile has been a local tradition and a community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types for two decades.

The run is the major fundraiser for the community center and opportunity to support a worthy cause, squeeze in a pre-dinner workout and donate non-perishable food to those in need. This year’s theme is “Thanks for Giving.” The food drive has already begun. Food items can be dropped off at the community center until Nov. 27.

The community center partners with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Dept. for the food drive during the weeks that lead up to the run. Last year, the food collected was delivered to over 150 families.

Registration is open. Register at For information on becoming a sponsor or volunteering during the event, contact the center’s main office at (818) 790-4353 or email



Glendale Beautiful is hosting a Christmas luncheon on Dec. 3 at the Joe Bridges Clubhouse in Glendale.

Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $15.

Please email Myra Kendall at or call (818) 242-3689 for reservations by Thursday, Nov. 28.

The program includes Celtic harpist Dennis Doyle. There will also be door prizes.

All are welcome.

Joe Bridges Clubhouse is at 2531 E. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale.



On Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Alex Film Society will be screening the 16th Annual Three Stooges Film Festival. The theme is “Hello Pop! Stooges Family Values!” featuring the long lost Stooges short from 1933, “Hello, Pop.”

This film has not been seen on the West Coast in over 80 years! Five other Stooges shorts will also be featured.

Tickets can be purchased at



Jewel City Knitters will hold its 11th Annual Holiday Potluck Party on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2563 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta. There will be a potluck dinner, raffles, and a white elephant gift exchange. For more information, visit RSVP by email to

Jewel City Knitters will hold its monthly JCK Charity Knit & Crochet on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale; for more information, call (818) 548-2046. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of knit, crochet and conversation. For more information, visit or email



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



Glendale Beautiful is hosting Fiesta de las Luminarias at Casa Adobe de San Rafael.

On Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Jerry Keeling Piano Studio students will be performing from 5:30 p.m. to 7p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Crescenta Valley High School Charismatics will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, there will be a children’s piñata party from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. plus the Horace Mann School Folkloric Group.

Attendance is free.outenH

Casa Adobe de San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Dr., Glendale



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.