Arts Council announces gala

The Crescenta Valley Arts Council is holding its second annual Springtime Gala on Saturday, May 3 at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a fine art exhibit by Crescenta Valley artists and a silent auction.

Entertainment will be provided by Crescenta Valley High School's top performing choir, the Charismatics. Local resident and renowned Flamenco dancer Jani Quintero will also perform with authentic costume and music.

At 6:30 p.m. dinner will be presented, catered by Damon's Restaurant of Glendale and Green Street Restaurant of Pasadena, with jazz musician Sean Paxton at the piano.

Following dinner, guests will enjoy an organ concert featuring Dr. Dan Kerr, longtime La Crescenta resident and visiting professor. Dr. Kerr is the director of organ studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

The Springtime Gala is the primary fundraiser for Crescenta Valley Arts Council and is an opportunity for the community to enjoy an evening of local artistic talent, as well as support the arts in the Crescenta Valley community. Admission is $50 and ticket information can be found at or by calling Marie at (818) 541-7313.

Only 200 tickets will be sold. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

? 'Derby Day' set for Saturday, May 3

This Saturday, May 3, the Glendale Association and Foundation for the Retarded will host its 17th annual fund-raiser, “Derby Day: Run for the Roses” in the Royal Crest Room of the Pickwick Banquet Center in Burbank.

The “Southern-style” affair will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a buffet luncheon, a silent and live auction with celebrity auctioneer Chris Schauble, anchor for NBC 4 “Today in LA.”

Tickets for Derby Day 2008 begin at $75. All proceeds from Derby Day 2008 will benefit GAR Services (formerly the Self-Aid Workshop) at the Glendale Association for the Retarded.

For more information, contact Sharon Townsend Roth, Foundation director, at (818) 242-2434 or visit


C.V. Sierra Club features speaker

The next meeting of the Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will feature guest speaker Eileen Anderson, staff biologist for the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. She will be making a presentation on the Save Tejon Ranch project at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13.

Tejon Ranch straddles the Tehachapi Range of the southern Sierra Mountains. These steep cliffs and mountains rise high above the cities and towns of Bakersfield, Palmdale, Gorman, and Frazier Park. From Anderson's biological viewpoint, this is the only place where four ecosystems converge: the southern Sierras, the western Mojave Desert, the Central Valley and the mountain ranges covered by the Angeles and Los Padres National Forests. She will discuss the threat now to this system due to extensive development.

All are invited for this program following news of conservation and outings. Refreshments will be served.

The meeting takes place at the Montrose CitiBank building, 2350 Honolulu Ave. Contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181 for further information.


Tour benefits cancer program

The Glendale Historical Society will present a walking tour of Glendale gardens to raise funds for a new cancer fitness program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center

The event takes place on Sunday, May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in northwest Glendale, with many of the 12 gardens within walking distance of one another.

The gardens represent a diversity in residential landscaping and are curated by Guillaume Lemoine, landscape designer and president of Picture This Land Landscape Design.

The fitness program will be tailored to meet the unique needs of cancer patients and survivors.

The tour will start at Brand Library and Art Center located at 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour and can be purchased at Purchase and pre-paid ticket pickupwill be available at Brand Library. Tickets will not be mailed.

For more information, visit


Memorial Day tribute planned

The community is invited to attend Memorial Day services at the site of the Vietnam War memorial from 8:15 a.m to 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning, May 26 at the corner of Oceanview and Honolulu in the Montrose Shopping Park.

The service is hosted by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and the Montrose Shopping Park Association.

There will be a brief ceremony honoring local veterans.

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