On Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates Small Business Saturday with a day full of guest authors, artists, musicians and other activities for all ages. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event started by American Express in 2010 dedicated to showing support for indie businesses and recognizing their contributions to their communities.

The bookstore also welcomes the La Cañada High School Chamber Singers who will regale visitors with Christmas carols. Later in the afternoon acoustic guitarist Bob Marlowe plays holiday tunes in the coffeehouse.

Other activities include tastings of our gourmet food products, Petrea Burchard and John Sandel of StoryKitchen will hand out information about their writing workshops, Sydney Paige, Inc., a give-back company, will discuss their mission and display their backpacks and other school supplies (for each one sold, another is donated to a child in need); and there will be a game demo table for all ages.

For specifics about the day’s schedule and more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717.

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


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


The newest bibigo – Fresh Korean Kitchen restaurant is having a grand opening in the Glendale Galleria food court on Monday, Nov. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who can show on their phone that they follow the restaurant on social media will receive a bibimap bowl free (one per person).


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 Dec. 2 and features a jazz concert with trumpeter Don Rader and guitarist Gary Solt.

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

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


The La Crescenta Woman’s Club – Junior section is hosting its 24th annual Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5. This exciting and fun-filled morning begins at 8 until 11 a.m. There will be a delicious breakfast, fun crafts, silent auction, opportunity drawings and, of course, a visit from Santa. The kids will enjoy a special visit from Firehouse 29 and listen to Christmas songs sung by the CV Charismatics.

Tickets are $15 each with reservations or $20 per person at the door.

Held at the La Crescenta Woman’s clubhouse at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta. For reservations or questions, call Dawna at (818) 957-6939.

The LCWC is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that supports the local community and schools.


The next presentation of Salon de Musiques is on Dec. 6 and is titled “Max Bruch, The Forgotten Master.” The concert will be introduced by musicologist

Kristi Brown-Montesano and performed by artists Martin Chalifour, violin, Tereza Stanislav, violin, Rob Brophy, viola, John Walz, cello and Robert Thies, piano. An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Patina with French champagne will be served.

Tickets are $39 for students, and $75 general admission that includes dinner and drinks. To reserve a ticket, visit or call (310) 498-0257.

The performance takes place at 4 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, fifth floor, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.


The annual holiday boutique and chili bowl at McGroarty Arts Center takes place on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on the list! On both Saturday and Sunday shoppers will find lots of goodies, created by talented artisans, including jewelry, pottery, soaps, lotions, paintings and much more. On Saturday, shoppers can pick out a favorite bowl, handcrafted by the artists in our Ceramics Dept., and fill it with home-made chili while enjoying live music.

On Sunday, kids of all ages will enjoy decorating holiday-themed cookies. Santa will make a visit, and our local firefighters from LAFD Station No. 74 will stop by to visit with the crowd and pick up toys from our toy drive.

McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga


The Towne Singers present its holiday concert “Hear the Bells,” a festive choral concert on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena that is inspired by the joyous sounds of holiday bells. This 90-member choir will present a blend of holiday music under the direction of Lance Merrill and accompanied by Ben Mason. The special tones of an 11-member hand bell choir and a visit from Santa mark a wonderful start to the 2015 holiday season.

     Tickets are (pre-sale) adult – $20 and children (3 to 10 years) – $10. At the door, tickets are adult – $25 and children (3 to 10 years) – $12. Group rate is $15 per ticket for 10 or more.

For information, email or phone: (818) 275-4117.


The Towne Singers is an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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


Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital’s 50plus Program is offering a senior lecture on Advanced Health Care Directive on Thursday, Dec. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Join Petar Vukasin, M.D. and learn what can be done to prevent colon cancer.

The lecture will take place in the Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center auditorium at 1420 S. Central Ave in Glendale. Please RSVP by calling (818) 502-2378 as seating is limited.


Little Landers announces the return of the Randy Van Horne Singers for the Bolton Hall holiday program on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. The program features performances by Franny McCartney of Sunland-Tujunga and the Space Age Pop Music Sound of the Randy Van Horne Singers. Visitors will join in for Christmas carols and the Little Landers holiday gift drawing.

Refreshments are served after the program and some recipes from the Little Landers Cookbook will be featured. 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

The Bolton Hall Museum is located at 10110 Commerce Ave. Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge.



The Lanterman House will hold a holiday open house as the final event of its centennial year celebration. The open house will take place on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. when visitors can enjoy free tours of the Lanterman House, caroling with the Towne Singers in the ballroom and light refreshments.

The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Dr. in La Cañada Flintridge.  For more information, visit





“What Everyone Needs to Know about Divorce” workshop, hosted by, is being held on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena.

The workshop delivers 100% objective financial, emotional and legal advice from highly qualified local professionals in a safe and friendly workshop setting, helping women gain the information and confidence they need to better assess their options during this difficult time in their lives.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. workshop completed. The cost is $40 per person with all proceeds donated to the local community by

Oneonta Congregational Church, 1515 Garfield Ave., South Pasadena

Note: The workshop is not affiliated with the church or any other religious organization but the organization is kindly indebted for the use of their facilities.





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 Crescenta-Cañada 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.