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

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga invites the public to its upcoming monthly reading series on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum. The featured poet is Lois P. Jones. She is the host of the Southern California’s “Poets Café” (Pacifica Radio, KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles), and co-produces Moonday West and Moonday East’s poetry readings in Pacific Palisades and La Cañada Flintridge.

Jones is the poetry editor of the “Kyoto Journal” and the administrator of Penshells, an online poetry workshop forum. Her poetry has been published in the U.S. and abroad and she has received numerous honors, including three-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize.

All are invited to bring their own poetry to read and there will be light refreshments. Admission is free.

Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga:

Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Verdugo Glen Chapter dinner and business meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Elks Lodge.  The program is “Stress at Home and Work During the Holidays.” Dinner cost is $20.  For information and reservations, call (323) 256-1575.

Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducted by Allen Robert Gross presents its fall Concert on Dec. 1 
at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall at Occidental College and Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium.

Featured will be pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, playing Berlioz’s “Overture to Benvenuto Cellini,” Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor,” and Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration.”

The same program will be performed at both locations.  Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, call Caltech’s Performing and Visual Arts Office at (626) 395-3295 or visit

There is a “big jazz concert” on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the auditorium at Glendale Community College. Trombonist Erik “the Viking” Jorgenson will be the guest artist.

This is a free event, but email to request the number of tickets desired.

The newly opened Habit Burger Grill in La Cañada is having a fundraiser for the Community Center of La Cañada on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Only during these two hours will 100% of proceeds be donated to CCLCF.

The Habit Burger Grill is located at 965 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center (next to Panera Bread).

The La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated invites the public to its annual Christmas party and dinner in the ballroom of the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club on Thursday, Dec. 6 starting at 6 p.m. Guest speaker is best-selling author Evan Sayet of “The KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks.”

Sayet started out as a standup comic. David Letterman offered him a spot on a special show that featured young talent. He then segued into writing, became an integral part of the “The Arsenio Hall Show” team. He is the creator and star of “The Right To Laugh,” the longest running conservative comedy show in America.

Live Christmas music by CVHS Charismatics. The cost is $45 per person. RSVP to Joan Taylor at (818) 790-0014. Mail checks payable to LCVRWF, P.O. Box 8314, La Crescenta, CA 91224.

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.

The Towne Singers present “Joy From The World” on Saturday, Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. Conducted by Beth Richey, the 100-plus members will perform holiday music by Rosephanye Powell, John Rutter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Hatfield and more.

Tickets are available by calling (818) 275-4117 or online at Ticket prices are $20 presale, $25 at the door, $10 for children, and $15 for a group of 10 or more. Church parking is free.

For further information, visit or email

First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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

The Verdugo Hills Hospital BEGINNINGS Family Education Program will offer a babysitting class on Dec. 29 designed for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. This 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).

The ASA Art Corporation presents the award winning Russian dance group, Jazz Ballet of Valery Tereshkin, performing “Territory of Jazz” during this holiday season.

The world-renowned dance company from Russia combines unique jazz dance culture with classical Russian ballet.

Their performances have captivated audiences and received numerous awards both in the United States and throughout the world.

At the historic Alex Theatre on Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

Contact, box office at (818) 243-2539; info at (818) 800-3090.

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)

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.