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Anne Broyles June 22 at 1 p.m. Anne Broyles: Author of “Priscilla and the Hollyhocks.”

Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For information, call (818) 248-9668.


Wine Tasting July 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The third event in Patina’s popular Summer Wine-Tasting series at Descanso Gardens. The theme is “Hot Nights, Cool Crisp Whites” and features Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio paired with tapas to complement the flavors. This session takes place at the Spanish Fountain in the heart of Descanso’s Rose Garden. Fees per session are $54 per person ($47 for Descanso members). Make reservations early by calling Patina at (818) 790-3663.


Gerane Mooney Through June 26. Floral and landscape paintings by local artist Gerane Mooney are exhibited at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit

Kanya Bugreyev — Her impressionistic oil paintings feature still life, florals and plein air landscapes. Her show runs through July 31. Penelope’s Cafe, 1029 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. For information, call (818) 541-8112.


California Contemporary Ballet June 20th through June 29, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. California Contemporary Ballet dance company presents choreographed vignettes by Artistic Director Erin Holt and guest Choreographer Grete Gryzwana. The evening will feature a rare version of a rhythmic Latin ballet entitled, “Angelitos,” choreographed by Erin Holt and performed en pointe. Based on an adaptation of the Puerto Rican story “Angelitos Negros,” this dazzling ballet is set to the music composed by Willie Colon.

California DanceArts is at 4490 Cornishon Ave. in La Cañada. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, in advance, and $22 for adults and $17 for children at the door. Tickets can be ordered online at or call (818) 790-7924 for information.

La Traviata June 20-21 at 8 p.m., June 22 at 2 p.m. The Intimate Opera Company’s production of La Traviata, which features soprano Courtney Huffman as Violetta, tenor Chad Berlinghieri as Alfredo and baritone Roberto Gomez as Germont will be sung in English. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, June 20 and June 21, at 8 p.m. at Harbeson Hall on the campus of Pasadena City College; and Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Prices are $25 per person, $23 for seniors and $15 for students. For tickets to the Gold Room performance at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, contact the box office at (626) 584-8833. Harbeson Hall is on the campus of Pasadena City College at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.; and the Gold Room at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For information on the Intimate Opera Company, call (626) 274-7342 or go online to

The Pasadena Pops: “How The West Was Sung” — Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert dining, 7:30 p.m. concert. The Orchestras of Pasadena presents The Pasadena POPS conducted by Music Director Rachael Worby for the opening concert of The POPS summer concert season, “How The West Was Sung.” Special guest, “America’s singing cowboy poet” Michael Martin Murphey. Tickets $20-$90. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. For information, call (626) 793-7172, ext. 18, or visit


Free Blood Pressure Screening Every Monday, 9 to 11 a.m. Community members can take advantage of Verdugo Hills Hospital’s free blood pressure screenings. Verdugo Hills Hospital is located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale.

“You Can Heal Your Life” Showing June 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Dale Ellwein will present the new video by Louise Hay, “You Can Heal You Life.” Kimberly-Ann, an ordained minister with the International Organization of Metaphysics, will participate in a discussion afterward. Event is free. Standing Tall Chiropractic, 3436 N. Verdugo Road, Suite 250, Glendale. For information, call (818) 249-9355.


L.A. Zoo Docent “Eco-Corps” Students meet June 21, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults meet July 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteer “Eco Corps” opportunities for high school students as well as volunteer docent opportunities for adults are offered by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) as part of its volunteer programs for the zoo. Two information meetings for prospective student volunteers (entering 9th, 10th and 11th grades) take place on Saturday, June 21 or Saturday, July 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. An information meeting for prospective docents takes place on Saturday, July 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

All meetings take place at the Los Angeles Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium.

Eco Corps members complete a 10-week training course to learn about the world’s biomes, animal adaptations, conservation, ecology, and education, and they are required to volunteer a minimum of 60 hours per year for two years.

Reservations are required for the Prospective Eco-Corps Orientation; contact the docent chairman at (323) 644-4702 or

Full descriptions of volunteer and docent opportunities and requirements are available at in the “Volunteers” section, and general information is available by calling (323) 644-4703 or emailing

Train Volunteers July 12, 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. A major highlight at Descanso Gardens is its Enchanted Railroad, where visitors get to climb aboard a 1/8th replica of a diesel train and see the Gardens from an entirely different perspective.

Descanso is in need of high school and adult volunteers to serve as ticket-takers and conductors for this magical ride. Mention that you are interested in volunteering for the Enchanted Railroad.

Reservations are not necessary. Orientations start at the Visitor’s Center. For more information, check the website at or call

(818) 949-7978. 

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