Around & About

BOOK READINGS

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.

CLUBS

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 at 10:30 for personal antique appraisal. Tickets are $18. For information or reservations, call Kay at (818) 248-7218 by March 10.

EVENTS

“An Artful Spring Exhibit” March 7 to April 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with artist reception March 16. Descanso Gardens is proud to present “An Artful Spring Exhibit,” a fine art exhibit of three talented artists: oil paintings by Trish Kertes, La Cañada, ceramics by Rick Drobner, La Crescenta, and watercolor paintings by Belinda Del Pesco of Santa Clarita. The exhibit will be held in the Carriage House Gallery at Descanso Gardens. The Carriage House is adjacent to the Boddy House.

Descano Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada and is open daily. For more information on Descanso Gardens, call (818) 949-4200 or the Gallery at (818) 949-0125.

Fourth Annual Late-Bloomers Show March 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pacific Camellia Society will host the fourth annual Late-Bloomers Show at Descanso Gardens this weekend. Amateur camellia hobbyists from all parts of Southern California will bring their blooms for judging and exhibit. Visitors will have an opportunity to view many different types of camellias and get tips from experienced growers. Novice exhibitors who arrive before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday can enter their camellias in the show with a chance to win cut-glass crystal. Society members will be on hand to help new exhibitors. This is the last camellia show of the season to be held in the Southland. Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org.

Boddy House Tours Beginning Sunday, March 16. The Boddy House in Descanso Gardens opens to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Docents will lead hour-long tours on weekends, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, and Sundays at noon. Visits and tours are free with Gardens’ admission. If you are interested in reserving a date for use of the Boddy House, call (818) 949-4206 or e-mail rentals@descansogardens.org. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

FLEA MARKETS

Rose Bowl Flea Market March 9 from 9 am. 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. Cost is $8 per person, children under 12 admitted free. Express admission between 8 and 9 a.m. is $10 per person; early admission, 7 to 8 a.m. is $15 per person and VIP admission, 5 to 7 a.m. is $20 per person. Free parking.

PERFORMANCE

"Once On This Island" March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. Crescenta Valley High School’s Drama Department presents the musical “Once On This Island” in the school’s MacDonald Auditorium, 4400 Ramsdell Ave., La Crescenta. Tickets at the door are $5 for student balcony, $10 general admission, $15 for reserved seating. For more information, e-mail CVTheater@aol.com. Performance times are Friday and Saturday, March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

“Curtains! Something’s Afoot!” March 8 at 7 p.m. Assistance League of Flintridge is bringing mystery, merriment, and mayhem to Lanterman Auditorium. This original murder mystery musical is set in the 1950s and tells the story of a producer who is trying to revive radio only to find his star, Orson Walles, dead and his show in ruins. For information, call (818) 790-6095. Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge. 

"Women’s Lives and Loves: a Musical Exploration” March 15 at 2 p.m. The Associates of Brand Library and Art Center will host the second concert in its music series entitled “Women’s Lives and Loves: A Musical Exploration.” The musicians will be mezzo-soprano Diana Tash, cellist Timothy Loo and pianist Victoria Kirsch. The concert will feature Johannes Brahms’ Two Songs, Op, 9l for alto, cello and piano, Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata and songs by Clara Schumann, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Alan Smith and Richard Pearson Thomas.

This concert will be in the Brand Library Recital Hall. Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert.

Brand Library is located in northwestern Glendale at 1601 W. Mountain St. Call (818) 548-2051 for additional information.

TO YOUR HEALTH

Stop smoking classes March 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 and 20, at 7 p.m. This “Breathe Free” program is under the supervision of a medical doctor. Classes will be held at 2322 Merton Ave., Los Angeles.

Cost is $15. For more information, or to pre-register for the class, call (323) 257-5803.

Colorectal Cancer Lecture March 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Join world-renowned colorectal surgeon Robert W. Beart, MD, for a discussion at Verdugo Hills Hospital (4th floor Council Room). The lecture, titled “Colorectal Cancer: The Cancer YOU Can Prevent,” will address the following topics: understanding the anatomy of the colorectal system; learning about the importance of early screening; and discussing available treatment options.

There is no charge to attend the lecture, but space is limited. Call (818) 952-2227 to make a reservation. Refreshments will be available. VHH is located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale.

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