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.

Experimental Forest trek Sunday

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 a.m. 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 for reservations and details. Additional “water” dates are Feb. 28, March 14 and March 28.

Route 66 subject of next meeting

The next meeting of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley will feature special guest Scott Piotrowski, an author and photographer who has been active in the preservation and promotion of Route 66. He began his work in 1996 when he first traveled the historic highway while moving to Los Angeles from his native Ohio.

He has directed a non-fiction short film about the highway’s longest remaining continuous stretch in western Arizona and has written the only guidebook to detail the Mother Road’s paths through Los Angeles County. His love of the road less traveled has taken him to the Lincoln Highway, Pacific Coast Highway and many other historic roads.

Piotrowski has photographed much of Route 66 and the other old highways he has traveled. He will be sharing not only some of his favorite photographs, but some of his favorite stories as well.

All are invited to journey from Chicago to Los Angeles and beyond on the back roads of America at the free presentation this Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Center For Spiritual Living (formerly La Crescenta Church of Religious Science) located on the corner of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta.

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.

Jazz band hosting swing dance

The public is invited to the annual big band swing dance hosted by Crescenta Valley High School Jazz Band from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday evening, Feb. 21. There will be live music from the big band era provided by the award-winning CVHS Jazz Band. The dance takes place at the Crescenta Valley High School Cafeteria at 2900 Community Ave. (entrance located on Glenwood Street and Prospect Avenue).

Ticket price includes admission and dinner and is $20 per person. Ticket includes dinner, dessert and a drink. Pre-paid advance reservations required for dinner tickets.

Dance admission tickets only (without dinner) are $10 per person and are available by reservation or at the door. For reservations, call Maribel Sibulo at (818) 271-7689 or Mat Schick at the CVHS Music Department at (818) 249-5871 ext. 3106.

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

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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