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The city of Glendale Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will sponsor a guided hike at 8 a.m. at Deukmejian Wilderness Park that will originate in the plaza, 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta. It will focus on basic nature photography techniques. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring bottled water, hat, sunscreen and a camera. For more information, call Jeff Weinstein, trails specialist, at (818) 548-2000.

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The La Crescenta Woman's Club will be hosting an indoor swap meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4004 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta. Find new and old treasures. Lunch will be served. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Vendor spaces are available. For more information, call Carol at (818) 248-6624.

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Glendale Community College Annual Student Art Show continues in the Art Gallery in the Library Building of the campus, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Traditional and digital artwork created by advanced students and selected by faculty will be displayed. Admission is free. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The show closes June 6. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5663 or visit www.glendale.edu/artgallery. ?

A Noise Within will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the classical repertory theater from 1 to 4 p.m. at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Giving tours will be artists who have performed in productions throughout the theater's 16-year history. Guests will hear how designers turn their ideas into sets, lights and costumes and be a part of a “rehearsal.” There will be a Great Expectations Raffle. Tickets are $20, and can be reserved by calling the box office at (818) 240-0910, Ext. 1.

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Jazz archivist, historian and author Steven D. Harris will present a lecture titled “Woody Herman: History of the Herds” at 2 p.m. at Brand Library Recital Hall, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. The program will cover the 50-plus-year career of the beloved bandleader, clarinetist, singer and alto sax star as well as his award-winning soloists. Admission is free. For more information, call (818) 548-2051.

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The Glendale Adventist Academy Chorale will combine with the City Church Sanctuary Choir in a choral concert of spirituals and hymns from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Glendale City Seventh Day Adventist Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale. Both groups are directed by Brenda Mohr. Admission is free.

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The Towne Singers present “Harmonize This!” a journey through the evolution of choral music and a world premiere of a composition by contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and $12.50 each for groups of 20 or more. For information, call (626) 233-2466.

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Dance Production 2008, featuring a variety of styles from jazz to ballet, is being presented at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Glendale Community College Dance Theatre at the college, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Admission is free. No children under 5 admitted. Seating is limited. For more information, call (818) 240-1000. Professor Lynn McMurrey directs, and students both perform and have choreographed the dances.

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Once Upon A Time Bookstore will host Mem Fox, internationally known, best-selling author and literacy expert from Australia, at 1 p.m. as she reads from one of her 30+ children's books, such as “Time for Bed,” “Possum Magic” and others at 1 p.m. at the bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. She is also the author of parent resource books, such as the acclaimed “Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.” For more information, call (818) 248-9668.

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The Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. The guest speaker will be Philip Lanzafame, director of development services for Glendale. He will give an update of major development projects to be competed in the city over the next few years and answer questions from the audience. For more information, call (818) 242-0339.

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Glendale Beautiful members will celebrate its 58th annual meeting and Installation of officers at noon at Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., Glendale. Entertainment will be provided by Paul Baker performing Irish harp music. Price of lunch is $14 and reservations can be made by calling Gladys Wymore at (818) 246-3634.

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The Glendale Youth Orchestra, conducted by Brad Keimach, will present a concert featuring the three winners of the annual concerto competition performing solos at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. The soloists are SeJun Kim, Jerry Joo and Carol Joe. After intermission, the orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, opus 6. Tickets are $9.50 at the box office. Students and seniors, and groups of 15 or more, may purchase tickets for $6. Call (818) 243-ALEX, or visit www.alextheatre.org. A silent auction begins at 7 p.m. to benefit the orchestra.

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Glendale Adventist Medical Center officials will celebrate cancer survivors as well as remember those who have lost their fight against the disease from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the medical center, 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale. Inspirational speakers will share experiences of determination and encouragement. Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited. For reservation, call (818) 409-8100.

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Glendale Educational Foundation's 2008 Student Showcase featuring performances by groups from 10 local schools will be at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Admission is $10 at the box office. Proceeds will go to the foundation for the purchase of physical fitness equipment for Glendale schools. For more information, call (818) 247-0466.

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The Alameda Writers Group interviews humorous author, screenwriter and producer Eric Garcia, at the monthly meeting at 10 a.m. at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. Admission is free, and the library validates parking in the Good Guys parking structure at Harvard and Maryland. For more information, go to www.alamedawriters group.org.

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The Art of Mosaic Workshop taught by Betty Rosen Ziff will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Museum Esplanade in Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Participants ages 5 and older will help create one large mosaic that will be displayed at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. The workshop is free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (323) 340-4745.

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Garri Dance Studio's 50th Anniversary Recitals at 2 p.m. “Broadway Babies” featuring dancers ages 2 to 6; and 7 p.m. “On Broadway” featuring dancers age 6 to adult at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $25 to $35 at the box office. For more information, call (818) 243-2539 or go to www.alextheatre.org.

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AARP West Glendale Chapter 1886 meets at 1 p.m. in the Carlson Fellowship Center of the First United Methodist Church, 130 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. The meeting features an explanation of the services for the developmentally disabled given by Gail Marko of the Glendale Assn of Retarded. Admission and refreshments are free. For more information, call Norman Young at (818) 246-4651.

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The Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be holding a wine, chocolate and cheese tasting fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Forest Lawn Museum, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Participants may sample wines from vineyards in California, Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand, cheeses and enjoy an art exhibit. Admission requires a donation of $60 per person or $100 for two people. Proceeds will benefit the chapter's Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, call (818) 243-3212 or e-mail info@arcglendale.org or visit www.arcglendale.org.

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