IN Brief

Holiday Mother Daughter Tea
Registration begins on Monday, Nov. 18 and ends Saturday, Nov. 30 for the La Crescenta Library’s Holiday Mother Daughter Tea. Winning registrants will enjoy a variety of teas, hot chocolate and other warm drinks along with an assortment of light fare. This free event for mothers and daughters of all ages is sponsored by the Friends of La Crescenta Library. Participants will be chosen by a randomly drawn lottery of registration cards; winners will be contacted on Friday, Dec. 6.

Visit the library web page entry at

Celebrate America Recycles Day
The City of Glendale Public Works Dept. invites the community to an open house today, Nov. 14, hosted at the Glendale Recycling Center. Celebrate America Recycles Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn what happens to recyclables after they’re placed out for collection. The recycling center open house will show how recyclables are separated after collection, why it is important to place the correct materials in a recycling container, and how to compost at home and/or school. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a bike and other prizes.

Glendale Recycling Center, 540 W. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale

Waterwise Class Offered by FMWD
The Foothill Municipal Water District is holding a landscaping class focusing on becoming a waterwise gardener. The class is free and takes place on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.


The La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

Electronic Waste Recycling Event
First Baptist Church La Crescenta is having an electronic waste recycling event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church parking lot.

Bring the following items to the church parking lot on Saturday only: TVs, MP3 players, microwaves, phones, tape players, photo copy machines, ink toner cartridges, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, cables and wires, other computer hardware and all electronics. All will be safely and legally recycled by E-waste Center, Inc.

The goal is to divert 10,000 pounds from the landfills.

For more info, call Nancy at (818) 249-1603. All proceeds will be donated to Sue’s Garden to supply food for those in need.

First Baptist Church, 4441 La Crescenta Ave. La Crescenta

Workday Planned at Deukmejian
The next workday at Deukmejian Wilderness Park is Saturday, Nov 16. Workers can meet at the park from 8 a.m. to noon for a time of planting some oak trees, watering existing trees and removing invasive species.

A signed liability waiver is required for every participant at all restoration events. There are different waivers for working on the Riverwalk and at Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Those who have already signed a waiver during 2013 have met the requirement.

To learn more about the waivers or the workday, call (818) 548-3795.

LCCRS to Host ‘Mayhem’ Authors
There is a dark side to the Crescenta Valley that its local chamber of commerce won’t tell you – a history of murders, suicides and tragedies stretching back into the 1800s.

Author Gary Keyes will tell a few choice stories from his book “Murder and Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley” such as wealthy Beulah Overell who murdered her parents for her inheritance, “Rattlesnake” James who attempted to kill his wife with black widows and rattlesnakes, and child psycho-killer “Red” Jensen who tortured and murdered his playmate.

His presentation takes place as part of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley meeting on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the La Crescenta Center for Spiritual Living at the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta in La Crescenta.

Auditions Continue at GCC
Auditions for the Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Dept. production of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be held on Nov. 20 in the auditorium from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be on Friday, Nov. 26 if necessary.

Those planning to audition should read the material and prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary song and a one-minute contemporary monologue. Bring sheet music as an accompanist is provided. Wear proper clothing and shoes for movement for a dance audition. Go to the lobby of the Auditorium Building to sign in. Auditions are by appointment. Call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5618 to schedule the audition.

Cast members must enroll in the winter session and spring semester courses Theatre Arts 160 – Musical Theatre Workshop (spring), Music 170 – Music for Musical Theatre (winter) and Theatre Arts 129 – Backstage Lab for Performers (spring). Stage managers and technical operators are also needed for the production.  The musical will run for two weekends opening April 3, 2014.

For additional information about the auditions or theatre arts department, go to The college is located at 1500 N. Verdugo Road in Glendale.