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BOOK READINGS

Yana Ungerman-Marshall March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Author of “Images of America: Flintridge” a book featuring stories and images on the town’s history. Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 964 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge. For information call (818) 790-0717 or visit www.flintridgebooks.com.

Adult Book Discussion March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Book Discussion of P.D. James’ “Children of Men.” All are welcome to a round table discussion of this thrilling, suspenseful story of a world with no children and no future. The book was recently made into a movie. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For information call (818) 248-9668.

CLASSES

Dog behavior Feb. 29 and March 1-2. Judy Moore, author of “Dogs Deserve Dialogue: Rover Should Hang on Your Words NOT on Your Leash,” will be in La Cañada to teach classes. Moore is a founding member of PAL, the Pet Assistance League, a private humane organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out abondoned dogs. In addition to her classes for owners and dogs, Moore will speak on Friday, Feb. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Sunday School Room of First Church of Christ, Scientist, 600 Foothill Blvd. She will discuss her training and show a video. The talk is offered at no cost; her books and videos will be available for purchase. No reservations are necessary for the talk. For further information and for class reservations, Moore can be contacted at (406) 370-8457. Her local contact is Rahla Lindsey, (818) 790-6643.

Writer’s Workshop for Teens March 25, 4 to 5 p.m. Gloria Miklowitz, a young adult author, will hold a writer’s workshop for teens at the La Cañada Flintridge Library. This award-winning author wants to hear what teens are writing and help them shape their manuscripts into something that can be published. Miklowitz has authored 70 books, three of which became after school specials on television. Her latest book is “The Enemy Has A Face.”

The La Cañada Flintridge Library is located at 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada Flintridge. The library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Call (818) 790-3330 or visit www.colapublib.org.

CLUBS

Verdugo Hills Art Assn. March 7, at 7 p.m. Premier printmaking artist Irena Raulinaitis will be the featured presenter at the Verdugo Hills Art Assn. meeting. The meeting is held at Citibank Community Room, 2350 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, and is open to the public for a $5 donation.

Raulinaitis, now a resident of Glendale, was born in Lithuania. During World War II her family escaped to Germany and eventually came to the United States. Her art has been a part of her life from an early age. In high school she attended the Chicago Art Institute and one of her paintings was exhibited in a juried show at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. After raising a family and enjoying a successful career as a chemist she returned to her art full time. While attending art classes at Glendale Community College she discovered that printmaking was the right medium for her. According to Raulinaitis, “Printmaking is such a free discipline; anything goes and everything is acceptable: etchings, woodcuts, color or black and white, collagraphs, monotypes, etc. either singly or in combinations. You can do whatever your imagination and your inclination leads you to and never lack the means to express yourself.”

For more information call (818) 249-9006.

The Pasadena Women’s Connection March 12 at 11:30 a.m. “It’s No Blarney! The Antique Road Show is Back,” luncheon and program. Features Jim Konoske, an expert in the sale of antiques, art and entire estates. All are welcome to bring one item to be appraised.Guest speaker, Karen Sawyers, gives hope to women in her story, “Picture This.” Brookside Country Club Mediterranean Room, 1133 N. Rosemont, Pasadena. Doors open 10:30 for personal antique appraisal. Tickets $18, for information or reservations call Kay at (818) 248-7218 by March 10.

COMPETITION

Annual Elizabeth Elftman Organ Competition March 1, at 3 p.m. Widely recognized as one of the premier competitions for young organists in the western United States. Held at San Marino Community Church in the sanctuary, donations to the church’s organ fund will be accepted in lieu of an entrance fee. San Marino Community Church is located at 1750 Virginia Road in San Marino. For more information, contact the church office at (626) 282-4181 or connect online at www.smccpby.com.

EVENTS

Benefit Film Festival — Local teen volunteer group Teens for the Advancement of Children’s Hospital will be holding a family film festival, Feb. 29, in the Worship Center at La Cañada Presbyterian Church from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge.

Lanterman Ragtime Tea Dance March 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event featuring Ian Whitcomb, Dean Mora and Sheila Murphy-Nelson, will be held Sunday, March 2, in the ballroom of the historic Lanterman House in La Cañada. The year to be commemorated is 1918 and period costume is suggested, but not required. A dance class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will be followed by tea and dancing from 1 until 5 p.m.

Tickets are $45 per person. Send a check payable to Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011. For information, call (818) 790-1421 or go online to visit the museum’s website at http://lantermanfoundation.org.

St. Francis Dam Disaster Tours March 8 & 9, at 1 p.m. both dates. The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society sponsors a free lecture on the March 12, 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster, the second-worst natural disaster in California history, for students and history buffs on March 8; a fund-raiser tour will be conducted on March 9. When the St. Francis Dam collapsed, it sent a wall of water rushing through San Francisquito Canyon and the Santa Clarita River canyons, killing 450 and laying waste to thousands of acres of land. At 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, noted dam lecturer Frank Rock will give a free 90-minute lecture on the disaster at the Saugus Train Station in Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park in Newhall, which will include a multimedia presentation of photographs, maps and other memorabilia. Doors will open at noon for the lecture; no reservations will be taken, so arrive early for a good seat. On Sunday, March 9, Rock will conduct a motor coach tour and hike of the dam ruins as a fund raiser for the society at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Sunday lecture and tour are $35 per person, which includes water and snacks. The tour will last approximately three hours. Tour reservations may be made via credit card by calling (661) 254-1275. 

Descanso’s Family Adventure Trail March 15 through May 31. Family fun and quality time with kids are two good reasons to walk the Family Adventure Trail this spring at Descanso Gardens. Visitors of all ages can follow the trail at any time during a trip to the Gardens. This year’s featured book is “Farfallina and Marcel” by Holly Keller. It’s a story of friendship and transformation that involves a caterpillar and a gosling. Each page of the book is enlarged and mounted on storyboards that are placed along the way. Children receive an adventure map that shows them where all the pages are located, with activities to do later. For information call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org.

Garden Tour Planned April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. La Cañada Valley Beautiful will host its Spring Garden Tour on Sunday, April 27. Feature four local, charming gardens with many beautiful and different types of flowers, plants and ferns. Alice Ryan and Mary Boerger are working with the featured gardens’ owners to make this a very special event for the community. For information call (818) 790-0938.

Second Annual Taste Of Montrose May 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second annual Taste of Montrose event will be held on Sunday, May 4. The Taste of Montrose provides ticketholders with a sample of the fare from many of the restaurants located in the Montrose area. Tickets are $20 and will be for sale beginning in April. To reserve tickets, call (818) 248-2740. Proceeds benefit Crescenta Valley High School’s Prom Plus committee.

EXHIBITIONS

Miriam Ellis Through March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artist will be presenting examples of her ceramic work at the Descanso Gardens Art Gallery. The exhibit features many one-of-a-kind pieces which include teapots, bowls, trays, cups and vases and all will be for purchase. The art gallery is located in the Carriage House adjacent to the Boddy House and is open everyday. Descanso Gardens are at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada.

“Flowing, Pulsing, Beating, Burning” Group Art Exhibition Through March 7. Glendale Community College Art Gallery presents this exhibition, which is free and open to the public. For information, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5663. The gallery is located in the college’s Library Building, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.

Ben Abril: A Retrospective Through March 22. Segil Fine Art, 110 West Lime Ave., Old Town Monrovia. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For information call (626) 358-5563 or visit www.SegilFineArt.com.

The Purse & The Person: A Century of Women’s Purses Wednesdays-Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. through March 30. Exhibition uses purses as a tool for forensic sociology to illustrate 100 years of changing fashion and women’s lifestyles.

Eight vignettes in two large galleries examine iconic women of the 20th century, from the Edwardian matron to the Superwoman of recent decades. Admission: $5 general; $4 students & seniors; free for children under 12. Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena.

For information call (626) 577-1660, ext. 10, or go online to www.pasadenahistory.org.

Culinary Art Show Through March 31. Ray Harris is showing 15 paintings of chefs at work and resting, at the restaurant of The California School of Culinary Arts. This show consists of watercolors, oils, and linoprints. Although Harris has worked in the film industry for over 25 years, it is through painting that he has made a name for himself. Harris is a member of the California Art Club, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Watercolor West, America Watercolor Society, and Portrait Society of America. The California School Of Culinary Arts, 561 E. Green St., Pasadena. For information call (626) 405-1561 or visit www.HarrisGalerie.com.

The Art of Silkscreen: WPA Posters 1935-1943Through April 13. On display at the Forest Lawn Museum at Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (800) 204-3131.

FLEA MARKETS

Pasadena City College Flea Market March 2, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (first Sunday every month). Antiques and collectibles, with the products ranging from high-end antiques to rummage items. The market houses over 450 vendors that are located in parking lots on the PCC campus, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. More than 70 record vendors offering items ranging from the big bands to present day performers are located in parking lot 10, at the intersection of Green and Holliston. Admission is free.

Rose Bowl Flea Market March 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (second Sunday of every month). R.G. Canning Attractions stages this event at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. $8 per person, children under 12 admitted free. Express admission between 8 and 9 a.m. is $10 per person; early admission, 7-8 a.m. is $15 per person and VIP admission, 5 to 7 a.m. is $20 per person. Free parking.

PERFORMANCE

Hot Fab Djazz ClubMarch 1 at 7 p.m. Created by the soulful voice and the inimitable guitar expression of the passionate French native bandleader Fabrice Vignati (vocals & guitar) and the highly-seasoned, creative co-leader Tracy Vignati (vocals & clarinet).

The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena. Tickets $18, reservations advised (626) 398-7917. Visit www.fabriceweb.com.

Cal Phil: Music, Martinis, and the Maestro March 2, at 2 p.m. Cal Phil’s popular afternoon chamber music series at the historic Green Hotel will present “Three’s Company,” featuring pianist Ayke Agus, violinist Irina Voloshina and cellist Dennis Karmazyn in a performance of Brahms’ “Piano Trio No. 1” and Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2.” Tickets start at $30. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.calphil.org or call (626) 300-8200. The box office is located at 1120 Huntington Drive, San Marino.The Green Hotel is located at 50 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Voices From Okinawa Through March 9. East West Players’ Presents world premiere of “Voices from Okinawa.” Tim Dang to direct. Staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles. Tickets are $35 in the orchestra and $30 in the balcony.

For information call (213) 625-7000.

Groundlings Swimsuit Edition Through July 12., Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. A hilarious collection of improvisational and original sketches. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Tickets: $21.50. Available at the Groundling Theatre box office or by calling (323) 934-4747 ext. 37. For more details go online to www.groundlings.com.

Wicked Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

This production of Wicked stars Eden Espinosa and Megan Hilty as Elphaba and Glinda. Prices are $25 lottery to $90.50.; premium tickets are also available.

Two-and-a-half hours prior to show time, people who present themselves at the Pantages box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of front orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.

Behind The Emerald CurtainFridays at 6 p.m. at Pantages Theatre. A 60-minute experience gives audience members the unique opportunity to see what happens to make a big Broadway musical like “Wicked” come alive at every performance, everything from design and production to performance and marketing.

Tickets for “Behind the Emerald Curtain” are $25 (price does not include admission to “Wicked”). Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878, in person at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, 6233 Hollywood Blvd.

The Color Purple Through March 9. A soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets range $40 to $150. For information call (213) 972-4400.

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