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DBSA Offers support group

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

Event at Time and Space

The Time and Space Gallery is hosting  “The Art of Adam B. Cramer.” Opening reception will be held on Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Music by That’s Not My Baby.

Also featuring works by: H. Catillion, Brian Cho, Dan Engle, Elizabeth Gracen, Christine Luchetta, Jon Measures, Jesse Spears, Clayton Verbinski and others.

All invited for hors d’oeuvres, spirits and revelry.

The Time and Space Gallery, 838½ Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge

 VHH Hosts Gerald Brommer

Artist and author Gerald Brommer will be the featured artist for the Verdugo Hills Art Assoc. Dec. 14 meeting when he will be demonstrating acrylic collage. Brommer is internationally known as a watercolor teacher. His favorite subjects are the California coastline, desert landscapes and European scenes. He has produced many DVD programs and has exhibited in hundreds of solo and group shows.

For more information on Verdugo Hills Art Assoc. or on Gerald Brommer and his demonstration, please visit

VHAA meets at 7 p.m. at the La Cañada Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. The meeting is open to all.

Santa Claus is Coming to Crescenta Valley

The public is invited to a sing-along with the Foothill Youth Brass Ensemble under the direction of Angie Baca on Saturday, Dec.15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 3747 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.

Bring your cameras to take a picture of Santa Claus!

The Foothill Youth Brass Ensemble is comprised of students of Baca from La Cañada, La Crescenta, Glendale and North Hollywood schools, fourth to 12 grades.

For more information, (818) 419-4958 or visit

Pedrini Music to Hold events

On Dec.17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Pedrini Music will be featuring four local bands including 100 Onces and Terra Alive. On Saturday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the store is hosting a community party with music, refreshments and free raffles. The featured performers are Texas Tornados, Louie Ortega and recording artist Alberto Parra and Aaron Barnhardt. There will also be Christmas sing a long. For more info, call (818) 248-1290.

E-waste Collection Event Benefits Rotarians

Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club will be providing free drive-through recycling of electronic waste in the parking lot of Crescenta Valley Insurance (corner of Foothill and Pennsylvania) on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. Rotarians will be on hand to help unload and recycle computers, monitors, televisions, cellphones and other electronics products.

For more information contact Rick Dinger at (818) 248-4500.

Special events at Flintridge Bookstore

Flintridge Books is hosting three upcoming events.

On Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m., Rattle poetry features Lytton Bell, Ben McClendon and Loretta Obstfeld.

Sunday, Jan.13 at 3 p.m., Smoky Zeidel signs her book, “The Storyteller’s Bracelet,” a novel dealing with the mandatory Indian schools created by the U.S. government in the 1800s.  In addition to the provocative subject matter, this book is also available on Flintridge Bookstore’s Espresso Book Machine, which provides self-publishing and on demand book services in-house.  Zeidel’s title is one of several million available to print on demand – quality paperback books printed in about 15 minutes.

On Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., Moonday East poetry features Peter Ludwin

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway.  For more information, call (818) 790-0717.


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

Babysitting classes at VHH

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 next meeting of the Rose Leaf Club is on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Wang’s Place, 120 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia, in the old town area. After stepping into the foyer, enter the separate meeting room through the door to the right. Meetings are held the last Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. Owner Jeffrey Wang provides a Chinese buffet at a reasonable price. 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

Russian Jazz Ballet of Valery Tereshkin

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.

Visage Salon Hosts Don Waters

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)


La Crescenta Homesteader’s Artwork on Exhibit

Sketches and watercolors from 1900 – 1902 by Winifred Bathey, a La Crescenta homesteader who also pursued art, are on display at the Lanterman House until Feb. 28. The exhibition of this private collection also includes photographs from the Bathey family albums. Winifred, the eldest daughter, focused on architecture and landscape in her artwork, preserving a rare glimpse of the foothills and parts of Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th Century.

Almost lost from the Bathey estate, the artwork was fortuitously reunited with the homestead’s current owner when a Los Angeles book collector happened upon them at the bottom of several boxes of books. Sketches and watercolors have been framed by White’s Gallery to preserve them. The homestead remains in good condition on privately owned land.

For visitor information, contact the Lanterman House at

Sierra Club Plans China Trip

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.


A 50-year reunion is being planned by the members of the first class to graduate from Crescenta Valley High in 1963.

The “First and the Best” will celebrate June 22-23, 2013 at Angeles National Golf Club nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest just 15 minutes from Burbank Airport and numerous hotels.

Planning committee members are seeking addresses and email addresses of classmates to notify them of the event.  Former Falcons are asked to contact Denice “Pruden” Heatherington at or Gene Wilcott at

Plans include a Saturday night “Buffet of Memories: An Evening with Old Friends, Fine Food & Good Spirits,” and a Sunday brunch.

Area residents might remember when the “old” Clark Junior High campus was converted into a high school in the fall of 1960, and there was only a sophomore class.  Those students were the first to graduate from the new high school, and they established the school mascot, school colors, school song (written by class faculty advisor Shirley Nute) and many other traditions.

Class president Tim MacDonald heads a committee composed of Heatherington, Wilcott, Miles Olin, Kathie “Schreck” Olin, Susie “Schunck” Gorman, Merry “Delbridge” Shelburne, Terry “Wudke” Baugh, Donna “Gamper” Didden, Gayle “Hasselschwert” Kemper, and class advisor Nute, with special thanks to the “Keepers of the List,” Dennis and Mary “MacArthur” LeBlanc.


Former members of choral groups at Crescenta Valley High School are invited to take part in the CVHS Alumni Choral. The group, composed of CVHS choral alumni men and women, rehearse once a week on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., at the Glendale First United Methodist Church. The group performs for local civic groups and retirement homes in Pasadena, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and Duarte during the holiday season and again in the late spring/early summer. After the holiday season performances the group will resume rehearsals in the middle of January.

Anyone interested can contact Shirley Nute at