Around & About Calendar of Events
Tryouts for the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 10 at Tournament House, 391 Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Applications are now available online. Above, finalists in the 2018 competition are introduced to the public. (Raul Roa / La Cañada Valley Sun)

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


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.


La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce’s Community Afterhours Get-together (Mixer)Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. DaVita Healthcare Partners, 1808 Verdugo Blvd., Suite #305, Glendale, sponsors this month’s mixer. Catering by Stella’s Pizza Kitchen. Admission for LCF Chamber members, $10, non-members, $20. For more information call the LCF Chamber office at (818) 790-4289.

Tip-A-Cop for Special OlympicsFriday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel will take on the role of servers at Hill Street Cafe, 1004 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada to raise funds to benefit local athletes in the Special Olympics Tri-Valley Region. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the tips from this event will go toward the athletes.

American Legion Post 288 & VFW Post 1614 Seventh Annual Community Bingo NightFriday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m. Healy Hall, Holy Redeemer Church, 2361 Del Mar Road, Montrose. Proceeds will benefit veterans programs in the local community. Admission is $15 per person and includes four bingo cards for 10 games. In addition to bingo games, there will be food, a raffle and other surprises. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first game to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from American Legion Post 288 members. Tickets are also available at the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, 3131 Foothill Blvd, #D, La Crescenta, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information contact: Dick Clubb at (818) 384-5761.

“Christmas in August” Holiday Pop Up BoutiqueThursday, Aug. 23, 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to get a jump start on their holiday planning and shopping at this event, which will be held at Kobeissi Properties, 711 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Visit over 15 vendors with unique gift ideas and holiday services. Admission is free. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to the local nonprofit Door of Hope.

Tryouts for the Tournament of Roses Royal CourtSaturday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 10. Applications for the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court are now available at, and tryouts will be held next month at Tournament House, 391 Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. The 2019 Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area. Participants are selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement, and community and school involvement. Those who participate in the initial interview sessions on Sept. 8 and 9 will receive a ticket for two people to attend the Royal Ball, a semiformal dance hosted by the Tournament of Roses at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sept. 14. The grand finale for the Royal Court will be riding on the Royal Court float in the 130th Rose Parade and attending the 105th Rose Bowl Game, both on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Foothills Community Business Expo Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5 to 7:30 p.m. This is the 18th annual small business expo presented by the Crescenta Valley, La Cañada Flintridge and Montrose-Verdugo City chambers of commerce, with Athens Services and SCORE of Greater Los Angeles. Co-sponsoring the event is USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., where the expo is set up in the Fourth Floor Council Room. Admission to the event is free.Enjoy complimentary food from Cocoa Noir, Luna Grill, Stella’s Pizza Kitchen and Pepe’s Mexican restaurant. A shredding truck will be parked in the lower hospital parking lot starting at 5 p.m. Local residents and businesses may bring up to 10 boxes of old paper documents to be shredded on site; no film or DVDs will be accepted.


“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.


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. 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.

Musicians, Comedians and Storytellers Perform “Road Songs” at Verdugo HUUT!Friday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. The Verdugo HUUT! at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, 4451 Dunsmore, La Crescenta invites the public to enjoy this show. Performers include La Crescenta troubadour Art Stucco and his band, HUUT! regular Carol McArthur, and singer/songwriter Raspin Stuwart, as well as other special guests. There will also be a contest and a special reading of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”. Following the show is an audience singalong. Admission is $10.

Mt. Wilson Observatory Jazz Concert in the Dome of the TelescopeSunday, Sept. 2, two identical performances, one at 3 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. The Lounge Art Ensemble jazz trio featuring Peter Erskine, drums, Bob Sheppard, sax and Darek Oles, bass will offer a freewheeling selection of standards and original tunes in the observatory’s unique and historic venue. The performance will be acoustic, without amplification, promising that the full tonality of the instruments and the dynamic control these musicians possess will be fully appreciated by the audience. Since group leader Peter Erskine has carte blanche for selecting the tunes and sequence, he will announce his program on the spot. The 100-inch telescope atop Mt. Wilson is the instrument with which astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered Earth’s place in an expanding universe. Its acoustics and setting attract visitors to this summer concert series. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert. All proceeds support the Mount Wilson Institute. The 100-year-old facility is not handicap accessible and there are stairs to climb. Concert-goers are advised that the observatory is at least a 45-minute drive up Angeles Crest Highway from La Cañada Flintridge and then there is a five-to-10-minute walk from the parking lot.