AROUND TOWN

The William Morris Agency's Christ Lockhart will take story pitches from members at the Alameda Writers Group meeting at 10 a.m. at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. Lockhart will take pitches only from members; guests may become members at the meeting for $60. Admission is free. For more information, visit alamedawritersgroup.com.

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The Providence High School Drama Department will present the performance of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Providence High School auditorium, 511 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Performances continue at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens, and will be available at the door. For reservations and/or more information, call (818) 846-8141, Ext. 202.

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Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA Tree Lot is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 21 at the YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. The event supports the YMCA Youth and Government Teen leadership program. The selection includes nobles, grand firs, Frasers, Douglases and Nordmans. For more information, call (818) 790-0123.

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The Friends of the Glendale Public Library and Library Children's Services will have a giant book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the loading dock behind the library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. Books will be priced at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcover. A limited inventory of “retro” furniture will be available. Sales are final. Proceeds support the library's Summer Reading Program. For more information, call (818) 548-3999.

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The Walgreens Take Care Health Tour will be giving free health screenings from noon to 6 p.m. at the Montrose Christmas Parade on Honolulu Avenue between Verdugo Road and Rosemont Avenue, Montrose. Six free health screenings will be offered — bone density, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass analysis. Appointments are not necessary and all six screenings will take no more than 25 minutes. For more information, call (312) 784-1620.

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The Glendale Community College Ceramics Department's annual Holiday Ceramics Sale is from 1 to 5 p.m. in the J.W. Smith Student Center Room 212, Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. A large selection of handmade functional and decorative items made by student from various materials will be available for purchase. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 3059.

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The Media City Ballet will be performing “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. today and Sunday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. There will be a pre-show mini concert by the Taft High School Vocal Ensemble. Tickets range from $20 to $48, and group, student and senior discounts are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (818) 243-2539 or visit alextheatre.org or mediacityballet.org.

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G&C; Properties, Ivy's Flower Station and Yoga at the Village will have a Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on the corner of Sonora Avenue and Kenneth Road in Glendale. The tree lighting ceremony will be at sunset at Ivy's Flower Station, 1435 W. Kenneth Road, Glendale. Donations of unwrapped toys will be collected at Yoga at the Village, 1306 Sonora Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 500-7599.

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