Christmas parade videos still available

DVD copies of the 2008 Montrose Christmas Parade are available for purchase at the Valley Suns office for a suggested donation of $15. The office is located at 1061 Valley Sun Lane, La Cañada. Proceeds benefit the Montrose Christmas Parade Association. For other parade information, contact Steve Pierce at (818) 259-5195.

Arts Council presents Brass Bash

This Saturday, Feb. 7, the Crescenta Valley Arts Council is holding its Brass Bash starting at 7 p.m. at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Described as an informal introduction to instrumental music, the event features professional musicians from throughout the area coming to perform with and mentor local music students. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

Club prepares for celebration

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club will celebrate a “triple header” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 when it celebrates the club’s 98th anniversary; recognizes eight steadfast members of the Federation of Woman’s Clubs for 25 (or more) years of service; and honor the former club presidents with a Pennies for Pines donation. Following lunch, two prodigies, Keirsten Abueg, 12, and Jarred Taecharatkiji, 11, will play for the club. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch is at noon and the program begins at 1 p.m. The Woman’s Club is located at 4004 La Crescenta Ave. For reservations, call Gloria Lee at (818) 248-9454.

Council hosting candidate forum

The Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council will host a candidate debate for all city council candidates on Wednesday, Feb. 18 starting at 7 p.m. at the Central Library. Former local newspaper columnist Will Rogers will moderate. Mark your calendars and plan to arrive early, this will probably be a full house. The three council members elected in April, along with Councilmen Drayman and Weaver, will vote on the North Glendale Community Plan later in the year. That plan will control development in the foothills for the next several years.

Fundraiser to benefit kids

Glendale Healthy Kids is having a “Losing It for the Kids Rally” at Gourmet A Go Go at 2263 Honolulu Ave., Montrose on Feb. 23. The rally is being held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will showcase the progress being made by Glendale Healthy Kids board president Brian Bergh and board member Ardy Kassakhian toward the April 18 deadline of losing 12% of themselves.

Chef Gail Connell will present a healthy cuisine menu. Ten percent of the evening’s purchases will be donated to Glendale Healthy Kids Orthodontic Program.

For information, contact Camille Levee at (818) 548-7931 or visit or

Chance to trek to Experimental Forest

The public is invited to spend the morning of Sunday, Feb. 15 watering and caring for the trees in the Verdugo Mountains Experimental Forest. The group will meet at 9 am at the La Tuna Canyon/Hostetter Fire Road intersection, returning at noon. Space is limited; contact Dave Moreno of Glendale Parks, Recreation, and Community Services at (818) 572 7487 or DMoreno@ci.glendale for reservations and details. Additional ’water’ dates are Feb. 28, March 14 and March 28.

And there they go — a day at the races

The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Support Group are sponsoring Crescenta Valley Day at the Races on March 15. Held at Santa Anita Racetrack, the event will include nine Thoroughbred races, parking, an official racing program, BBQ lunch and soft drinks. The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for those 17 and under. Gates open at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is March 10. For information or to make reservations, contact the chamber office at (818) 248-4957.

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