On Aug. 14 at 1:00 p.m. the La Crescenta Library is hosting its inaugural chili cook-off.  All are invited to bring their best recipe and compete with others in the community to be crowned the Chili King of La Crescenta Library. The winner will receive a crown and a $25 gift card.  Space is limited, so only the first 20 registrants will have a place in the competition.  Everyone is welcome to taste and judge the chili.
La Crescenta Library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd.

The medical office has seen the worst of times, when it became foreclosed, and now will be seeing the best of times according to one real estate broker whose clientele owns the development on the 3600 block of Verdugo Road.
Ownership of the medical office, which stands on the fringes of the Montrose Shopping Park, was changed early this month said John Archibald, a real estate broker and senior vice president of Coldwell Banker Commercial,  a business  involved in leasing out the property.
“It was an exchange of hands from the money source of the development,” he added. “Now we’re moving forward with the leasing campaign.”
The facility has already been rented out to a general practice of 4-5 doctors who are expected to move in sometime in the near future, said Archibald.
The development, which was originally approved for renting out office and retail space, will feature a pharmacy and is designed to maintain high-tech medical equipment.

At the next meeting of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley there will be an overview of one of Crescenta Valley’s most dynamic pioneers. A French patriot and vintner, whose name pronunciation remains a frustrating mystery for local residents, George Le Mesnager was a fighter, a farmer and a businessman, fighting for France in two wars, establishing vineyards over much of the Crescenta Valley, and founding a successful winery in Los Angeles in the late 1800s. Part of his empire lives on in Glendale’s Deukmejian Wilderness Park, where the Le Mesnager Barn is being restored as the centerpiece of a developing park.
Biographer and local historian Jo Anne Sadler will tell the crazy tales of this wild Frenchman and his descendants, and give a lesson in French pronunciation.
Also planned is an update on Deukmejian Park from City of Glendale. Jeff Weinstein, trail guru for the City of Glendale, will talk about the future of Deukmejian Park as it recovers from the devastating fire of last year. He’ll discuss the progress on the stone barn, the rebuilding of the trails, and an expanding slate of activities for the community.
Join the society at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Center For Spiritual Living (formerly known as the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science) located on the corner of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta. There is no charge to attend.