Folk Dance Club: Winter Festival — Jan. 18, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. International folk dancing will be the focus of the Winter Festival, which takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Pasadena. Attendees are welcome to either participate or observe. The annual event is open to all age groups. The Winter Festival, Scottish Rite Temple, 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena (corner of Walnut and Madison). A $5 donation requested. For information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK READINGS & SIGNINGS
Writer2Writer — Jan 11, at 4 p.m. With special guest Diane White of “Your Name.com.”
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 964 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. For information call the store at (818) 790-0717.
Tina Ferraro — Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. Once Upon A Time Bookstore hosts national bestselling La Crescenta author Tina Ferraro, who will read from her newest Random House young adult novel, “The ABC’s of Kissing Boys,” Ferraro’s third novel on the heels of her award-winning second outing, “How to Hook a Hottie.”
Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For information, call (818) 248-9668.
Square Dance Class — Starts Jan. 15, 7:30 – 9 p.m. A weekly Thursday night beginner’s class and workshop for those who would like to brush up on their square dancing steps, presented by Sets in Step Square Dance Club and taught at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Ron Durkee is the professional caller. These are ongoing classes. The dress is casual and the price is $5 per lesson. To have a partner is suggested, but singles are welcome also. For information call (818) 790-6175.
Winter Jump Rope Classes — Beginning Jan. 10, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Foothill Force Jump Rope Team is offering jump rope classes at FIS Gym for all children in grades 2-12, or any adult. For more info or to register, contact Kathy at (818) 790-8442, email@example.com or download a registration form from www.foothillforce.org.
Winter’s Comfort Foods — Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Atop a hill with views of the San Gabriel Valley, Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House kitchen is the perfect site for cooking fun. Patina Chef Tiana Driggins shares personal recipes and demonstrates cooking methods for making delicious winter foods that will warm everyone. Afterward, participants will enjoy an entire menu together.
Cost: $65 ($50 members). To register, call (818) 949-7980.
Photo L.A. 2009 — Jan. 9 & Jan. 10, noon – 8 p.m.; Jan. 11, noon – 6 p.m. The 18th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition is the largest exhibition of its kind in the United States. The fair will feature the finest photographic art on display and for sale, from the earliest 19th century photographic experiments to the most contemporary photography and photo-based art. Seventy of the world’s leading galleries and private dealers representing International and U.S.-based artists will display work at the fair. Exhibited at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport.
Tickets are $20 for a two-day pass, and $30 for a three-day pass. For a complete list of exhibitors and information, call (323) 937-4659 or visit www.artfairsinc.com/photola/2009.
Camellia Forest Tour — Jan. 18, from 2 - 3 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Descanso’s lead horticulturist Wayne Walker leads a free walking tour of the largest camellia collection in North America. Visitors will meet Walker at the Center Circle to discover the beauty and history of some of the 34,000 camellia plants that grow at Descanso Gardens. Free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3 children 5-12; free for members and children 4 and younger. For information call (818) 949-4200, or visit www.descansogardens.org.
Doo Dah Parade Pancake Breakfast — Jan. 18, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Pasadena Senior Center will be serving its Annual Doo Dah Parade Pancake Breakfast just prior to the parade. The menu will feature a hot breakfast of light and fluffy all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes; it also includes scrambled eggs and a choice of ham, bacon or sausage.
The Center, at 85 E. Holly St., has the best parade location in town because it is situated at the start of the Doo Dah Parade route at the intersection of Holly Street and Raymond Avenue. The cost of the Doo Dah Parade Pancake Breakfast is $7. For more information about the Doo Dah Parade Pancake Breakfast call the Pasadena Senior Center at (626) 795-4331 or visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org.
Rose Bowl Flea Market — Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. 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.
The Pasadena Symphony: Beethoven — Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Pasadena Symphony, conducted by Maestro Jorge Meister, performs an all Beethoven program with the “Piano Concerto No. 5” (The Emperor Concerto), featuring world-renowned pianist Howard Shelley, and “The 9th Symphony” with The Pasadena Master Chorale.
Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, $20 to $60; children, $10 (626) 584-8833. For more details, call (626) 793-7172, or visit www.theorchestras.org.
Annie — Jan. 13-18, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets: $27.50 – $85 Ticketmaster phone charge at (213) 480-3232 or visit kodaktheatre.com.
Waiting For Godot — Jan. 15 through Jan. 25. A Noise Within presents Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” for 10 performances.
A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. To purchase tickets call (818) 240-0910 ext. 1, or go online to www.ANoiseWithin.org.
TO YOUR HEALTH
Two Free Cancer Support Workshops — “Fostering Resilience in the Midst of Cancer,” presented by Denise Badaruddin, Ph.D., Monday, Jan. 12, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
“Complementary and Natural Therapies,” presented by Robert Chu, L.Ac, Thursday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
The Wellness Community-Foothills, 200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena.For more information (626) 796-1083 or go online to www.twcfoothills.org.
Fitness Walks and Yoga — Mondays through Fridays, beginning Jan. 12. Sixteen 10-week classes blend fitness walks in the Gardens with yoga; for any age, body type or fitness level. Schedules for each 10-session series are: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 12 to March 16; 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13 to March 17; 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 to March 18; and 8:30 to 10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 16 to March 20. Evening classes are: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12 to March 16; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13 to March 17; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 to March 18. Cost is $150 ($130 members). Reservations are recommended as walk-in space is not always available. To register, call (818) 949-7980.
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