Around & About Calendar of Events
La Cañada Elementary School students looking forward to their Oct. 12 Pumpkin Patch are, front row, from left, Connor Alexander, Lucas Alexander, Declan Conwell, Liam Applegate. Back row, from left, Jordan Wilcox, Sienna Dunbar, Carson Dunbar, Clare Jensen and Charlotte Brown. (Courtesy of the LCE PTA)

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


City Council meeting, public hearing on transportation projects Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. During its regular meeting, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council will hold a hearing and gather public input on transportation projects the community would like to see in La Cañada Flintridge over the next five years. The public is encouraged to complete a survey, which can be found online at, under “public notices.” City Hall is located at 1327 Foothill Blvd. The Council Chambers are on the first floor.


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.


One City, One Book La Cañada Flintridge, featuring Chris ErskineSunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. This year’s community read, announced in July, is “Daditude,” written by La Cañada resident and Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine. The culminating One City, One Book program will be held at the La Cañada Flintridge Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., and will feature Erskine discussing the latest collection of his humorous essays and signing copies of the book. For more details, call the library at (818) 790-3330.

Semi-Annual Book Sale, La Cañada Flintridge LibraryWednesday, Oct. 24, Friends of the Library members only 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the general public from 2 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Library, a volunteer group, organizes and runs this book sale. Members of the public can join the organization for a nominal fee to be part of the active community library, located at 4545 Oakwood Ave. On the final day of the sale, books will be sold for just $1 per full bag.

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild Book and Author LuncheonTuesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event, which will be held at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, is by invitation only. To receive an invitation, contact Marianne Jennings at (818) 398-7323. The guild supports the Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Featured authors for this year’s event include Karin Esterhammer (“So Happiness to Meet You”), Anne Wheaton (“Piggy and Pug”) and Chris Erskine (“Daditude”). The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Kumiyama. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for book sales and book-signing activities. The program begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch.


Loretta Tearney Warner Oct. 12 through Oct. 20. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stephanie’s Art Gallery, 466 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. A new solo exhibition of unique figurative paintings by Tearney Warner features her recent work in fabric and paint and her earlier works in oil and acrylic on canvas. For more details contact Linda Stepanian at (818) 790-4905;;

“La Reina de Los Ángeles” Through Sunday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Descanso Gardens’ Sturt Haaga Gallery. La Reina de Los Ángeles exhibit features works of Judy Baca, Andrew Bird, Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio, Tom Carroll (Tom Explores Los Angeles), Carolina Caycedo, Mercedes Dorame, Nicholas Hummingbird, Galia Linn, Blue McRight, Diego Palacios, Michael Parker, Emma Robbins, Kerry Tribe and Devon Tsuno. It presents a discussion of the region’s current relationship with water, using the Los Angeles River as an entry point. Through contemporary artworks, documentary films, historic materials and special programming, the exhibit explores the history, infrastructure and community around water. Artworks throughout the gardens complement the exhibit. Call (818) 949-4200 for more information. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada.

“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.


USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Free Community Health and Wellness Fair Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. There will be some free on-site health services: flu shots; dental screenings; check-ups and screenings for adults and kids, including cholesterol, glucose, vision, stroke, BMI and balance; hands-on CPR training; child ID program; hand hygiene techniques and car seat safety. Kids who attend can enjoy face painting, pumpkin carving and other activities. Throughout October $99 mammograms are available at the hospital’s Breast Healthcare Center. To schedule an appointment, call (818) 952-2266.


La Cañada Elementary School Pumpkin PatchFriday, Oct. 12, 2 to 5 p.m Underwood Farms pumpkins and gourds will be sold. This year's event features spray tattoo artists, mystery grab bags, games, arts and crafts, and a professional photographer to capture festive fall photos. Homemade treats sponsored by the 5th grade will satisfy all after-school appetites. Come early for best selection. LCE is located at 4540 Encinas Drive.

Haunted ArroyoSaturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. both dates. Kidspace’s Arroyo Adventure will be glowing with ghouls, spooks, and mystery as you journey through the Haunted Arroyo. Light yourself up with glow in the dark paint, and make a spooky potion. Create glowing lanterns, and join the Monster Mash dance party. Event admission will be $14 per guest over age 1 and $10 per member. Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena.

La Cañada Elementary School Halloween Haunt Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the LCE campus, 4540 Encinas Drive.


La Cañada High School Advanced Orchestra Fall String Concert, “Forte of the Silenced” Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. This concert features the orchestra putting the spotlight on pieces by women composers: “Gateway to Atlantis,” by student composer Sydney Wang; “E flat Major String Quartet, First Movement,” by Fanny Mendelssohn; “Of Paradise and Light,” by August Read Thomas and “Kingdom Hearts” by Yoko Shimomura. The concert will end with the LCHS 7/8 orchestra playing, as well as additional high school band musicians joining for “Kingdom Hearts.” La Cañada High School Auditorium, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada. Admission is free.

Jazz ’n Paz Sunday, Nov. 4, 5 to 6 p.m. Presented by Performances á la Carte in collaboration with Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, this one-hour concert is held at the church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Limited seating is available. Single-event tickets, no-reserve seating are $25. Tickets at the door, if seating is available, will be $28, cash only. Final concert of the fall season: Nov. 4: Homenaje, Will Brahm, guitar, Ahmet Turkmenoglu, bass and Diego Alvarez, percussion. Tickets online at For more information call (626) 296-9843.