Around & About Calendar of Events
A summer crowd enjoys a Music on the Main evening jazz concert at Descanso Gardens in 2016. The Thursday night series will run through July 26 this year. (Jane Napier Neely / La Cañada Valley Sun)

A roundup of community events in and around La Cañada Flintridge. To submit items, email


Budget Hearings for 2018-19 Fiscal Year Thursday, June 21, Monday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m. both dates; Thursday, June 28, 2:30 p.m. The La Cañada Flintridge City Council holds hearings to plan the coming year’s budget. Council Chambers, City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd. If needed, a fourth hearing will be held at a date to be determined. For more information call (818) 790-8880.

Regular City Council MeetingTuesday, June 19, 6 p.m. La Cañada Flintridge City Council meets in City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd.

Public Safety Commission MeetingMonday, June 25, 7 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd.

Regular City Council MeetingTuesday, July 3, 6 p.m. La Cañada Flintridge City Council meets in City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd.

Planning Commission MeetingTuesday, July 10, 6 p.m. Planning Commission meets in City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd.

Parks and Recreation Commission MeetingWednesday, July 11, 6 p.m. The commission meets in City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd.

Public Works & Traffic Commission MeetingWednesday, July 18, 6 p.m. The commission meets in City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd.


Baby-sitting Class at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital June 23, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The hospital’s family education program offers these classes tailored for boys and girls ages 11 to 15. Each class is a single, one-time session and is held in the Fourth Floor Council Room at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. On completion, students will receive an Infant/Child CPR participation card and a baby-sitting certificate. Cost is $45; students are asked to bring a bag lunch and a drink. For more information or to register, contact Teri Rice at (818) 952-2272 or email

Babysitters Training at the Community Center of La Cañada FlintridgeMonday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m. both dates. This Red Cross course will teach boys and girls ages 11-17 decision-making skills, leadership, professionalism, injury prevention, basic child-care skills, what to expect and the business of babysitting. After attending both classes, students will become certified to handle infant and toddler emergencies. Cost: $65 for the two-day course. There will also be a $20 materials fee charged, payable to the instructor. The Community Center is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive.

International Folk DancingThursdays, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to learn and do fun and beautiful dances from around the world every Thursday evening at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Teaching level is adjusted to each evening’s participants. The large dance room has a new floor and the ample parking is free. Each dancer’s $5 pays for the class use of the facility. For more details visit www.Foothill.Dance or contact or (818) 790-8523.


Women’s Connection LuncheonWednesday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. Succulent plant gardens will be featured at the Pasadena Women’s Connection at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Kel Henderson from Buddy’s Garden will show how to create beautiful succulent container gardens. Lori Corpis is the musical guest, and inspirational speaker Natasha Wells will tell her story of rescuing her family from the fall of Vietnam. Tickets are $25. For reservations call Darlene at (818) 249-1175.

Community Afterhours Get-together (Mixer)Thursday, June 21, 6 to 8 p.m. The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. will hold its monthly mixer at Flintridge Riding Club, 4625 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada. It will be catered by Trattoria Allegria and Rojos. Admission is $10 for LCF Chamber members, $20 for non-members.

Glendale Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. 12th annual “From the Heart” American Red Cross Blood DriveSunday, June 24, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The summer is a time when blood supplies are very low and donors are urgently needed. Members of the community are encouraged to make an appointment to donate by emailing, or by signing up for this drive on the American Red Cross San Gabriel-Pomona Valley website. The drive will be held in council rooms at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. Donors are welcomed by the chapter’s mother and daughter members, and upon leaving, are thanked with a bag of homemade cookies and treats. “Our chapter’s blood drive is one of the most successful in the area, and this year we hope once more to meet or exceed 100 blood donations and potentially save 300 lives,” stated Christie Clarkson, chapter president. Chairing the event are members, Ellen Portantino, Penny Rajewski and Erika Rodriguez. For more information on From the Heart, or to learn more about NCL Inc., Glendale Chapter membership, visit and complete the online interest form on the Get Involved page.

Senior Special Event, including Free LunchTuesday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Enjoy lunch and dance to the live sounds of a jazz band. All who attend will have their names entered into a raffle for prizes. For more information call (818) 790-4353.


“Growing Habitats: L.A.’s Wildlife and Descanso” — Descanso Gardens’ Sturt Haaga Gallery explores the diverse wildlife in the San Rafael Hills, Verdugo Mountains and Greater Los Angeles. It also looks at the role Descanso Gardens plays as a wildlife habitat. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive.

“A Resource Precious & Rare: Development of Water Resources in the Crescenta-Cañada Valley, 1875-1955”Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first and third Sundays of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays. Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada. Exhibit-related events throughout the year will be posted at Admission: Adults $5, seniors and students 12 to 18 years of age, $3.


Crescenta Valley Radio ClubEvery second Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m. The club meets at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and its meetings are open to the public. On June 23 and June 24 the group will participate in Annual Field Day exercises at Verdugo Park, 1621 Canada Blvd., Glendale, where ham radio operators will be on duty beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and continuing for 24 hours. The public is invited to visit, ask questions, and see how this pastime can play a crucial role in providing communication to the outside world when disaster strikes. For more information, contact Michael L. Lichtman (KF6KXG), club president, through the club website at

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group presents Alan Pollack’s “Restoring Habitat, One Yard at a Time” Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. Pollack began as a volunteer with wildlife rescue and rehab groups 21 years ago. He has offered free consultations and landscape designs to homeowners, churches and schools, and was appointed to the board of directors of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society. His slide show and lecture offers goals to restoring and preserving the landscape. The program featuring Pollack follows news of conservation and outings. This is a free program and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.


Music in the ParkSundays, 6 to 8 p.m., now through Sept. 2. The city of La Cañada Flintridge sponsors these free concerts in Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Bring a picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs. June 24, Gary Seiler & the Coastriders; July 1, FM Radio “Every Style Along the Dial”; July 8, The Jack Lantz Big Band; July 15, My Generation-A Tribute to the British Invasion; July 22, Cold Duck; July 29, Past Action Heroes, followed by a movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 8:30 p.m.; Aug. 5, Woodie & the Longboards-Beach Boys & Surf Tribute; Aug. 12, Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys (extended concert runs until 8:30 p.m.); Aug. 19, Pacific Coast Highway; Aug. 26, Hot August Nights-A Tribute to Neil Diamond (extended concert runs until 8:30 p.m.); Sept. 2, Live from Earth-A Tribute to Pat Benatar. For more information call City Hall, (818) 790-8880.

Music on the Main in Descanso GardensThursdays through July 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy eight evenings of live music presented by some of the coolest jazz artists in the Southland. This season features both bright newcomers and a mix of styles. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner from Patina, and enjoy an evening under the Descanso oaks with friends. Advance tickets required. For more information, visit June 21, Carey Frank; June 28, Kevin Kanner featuring Danny Janklow; July 5, Incendio; July 12, Spencer Day; July 19, Nolan Shaheed; and July 26, Aaron Weinstein. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.