Notes & Nods

Jazz concert coming to Unity

Unity Church of the Valley is hosting its annual Jazz Benefit Concert on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The concert features vocalist Brenna Whitaker and other outstanding performers. Brenna has performed with Michael Buble and is an exceptional new talent in the L.A. area.

The cost is $20 per person. For information, call Larry at (626) 202-5194 or the Unity Church office at (818) 249-4396.

Check out Brenna’s voice at her web site: Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave.; La Crescenta.

First Baptist Church extends concert


The First Baptist Church at La Crescenta cordially invites the public to the presentation by the California Baptist University School of Music of the University Choir and Orchestra, the premier performance group of the School of Music. The University Choir and Orchestra is led by nationally acclaimed conductor Dr. Gary Bonner, dean of the School of Music. Over 150 singers and instrumentalists perform nearly 50 annual concerts in the local area and on tour as they personify Dr. Bonner’s philosophy of “A Higher Standard.”

All are invited for an evening of concert in the church sanctuary on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. For more information call (818) 249-5832. Childcare for children 5 years old and younger will be provided.

First Baptist Church at La Crescenta, 4441 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta.

Race to Nowhere screening at LCPC

La Cañada Presbyterian Church is screening “Race to Nowhere,” an award-winning documentary that tells the stories of young people pushed to the brink, burned-out educators, and deeply frustrated parents. The film spotlights the intersection of health and education. It will be shown tonight, Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The cost of the screening is $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Register at (Note: The screening starts at 7:30 p.m., not 7:00 p.m. like the ticketing site states). A portion of the proceeds will benefit LCPC’s Parent Education program.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd.,

La Cañada.

LCPC announces return of Wednesday Night PEAK classes

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church continues its Wednesday night PEAK classes and dinner. PEAK stands for Praise, Education for Adults and Kids. Dinner is from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and classes run from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Classes are available for children age 6 months through junior high and also for adults. This fall there will be two classes offered for adults: “Fuel,” led by Lee Cook, will focus on finding strength through the journey of faith. Local marriage and family therapist Dr. Rick Lyon will lead the other class, ”We Are All Addicted – Stepping Stones into the Kingdom of God.” The class runs through November and will focus on a 12-step program that is based on the beatitudes from the Book of Matthew.

For more info., contact the church office at (818) 249-6137. La Crescenta Presbyterian Church is located at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta.

LCPC’s Boggs, Brock & Pratt to stage oldies concert

On Friday, Oct. 22, Janet Boggs, Andrew Pratt and Judy Brock bring “Oldies but Goodies” to La Cañada Presbyterian Church. The show will include music popularized by the Cordettes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash, among other artists. Boggs, Brock and Pratt will each be featured individually at times, with the others joining in on harmony. The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets for “Oldies but Goodies” are $15 and are available in advance at the church office or at the door on the night of the performance.

It’s advisable to get tickets early, as Boggs & Brock played to an overflowing house for their last concert at the church.

For further info., visit or call (818) 790-6708.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd.,

La Cañada.

Lift Up La Crescenta continues

Lift Up La Crescenta continues every second Sunday of the month. Parishioners from St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Glendale, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church and Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in La Crescenta will come together monthly to bathe the Crescenta Valley community in prayer.

All are invited to participate.

Lift Up La Crescenta meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in the lower parking lot of La Crescenta Library. Meetings include group prayer and prayer station assignments. For more Debbie Kollgaard at St. Luke’s Anglican Church (818) 249-5100 or

MOPS returns to CV

MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers – Crescenta Valley, serves moms and caregivers with kids age 0-6 years. The new semester starts in October at Open Bible Church on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $100 a semester and includes hot breakfast, speakers, crafts and childcare. Call (818) 353-1138 or email to register. Scholarships available for single moms or those in need. Also on Facebook as MOPS Crescenta Valley.