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One Valley, One Voice
The Crescenta Valley Community Association (CVCA) has changed its meeting date to the fourth Thursday of the month and the meeting location is now the La Crescenta Library. All are invited to attend for discussions about local matters that affect La Crescenta, Glendale, Verdugo City, Montrose, Sunland-Tujunga and La Cañada.

The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For further information, contact Sharon Ragavachary at

La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta

CV Sheriff’s Holding Blood Drive
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station is participating in the American Red Cross 6th Annual “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive. This is an opportunity for all badge carrying personnel, including friends, family and community members, to positively impact the foothill community by competing in this friendly competition.

Past participation has resulted in a substantial impact on the availability of blood for accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and burn patients. During the 2011 Battle of the Badges campaign, 5,000 donors were recruited. The goal for 2012 is to recruit more than 5,500 donors.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station will have the Red Cross Blood Mobile parked at the station at 4554 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This drive is open to the community. To take part, contact Deputy Jorge Valdivia at (818) 236-4021or email him at or just show up on Feb. 1. For further details, visit

Caregiver Class
Offered at GCC
The Community Services Education program at Glendale Community College is offering a class for anyone who is, or will be, in a caregiver role.

The class meets Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the college’s Garfield Campus, 1122 E. Garfield Ave.

Instructor Joanna Mary Saporito, a licensed clinical social worker, will discuss how to deal with the daily challenges of caregiving and its common stressors. Also addressed will be the needs of the caregiver including resources available for family and friends who are caring for loved ones.

Saporito has been teaching at GCC for 14 years. She has a Certificate in Aging from Boston University and she has a private practice in Glendale.

The fee is $35 and registration may be done online at