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CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Children’s Egg Hunts — April 11, 9:30 a.m. and every 45 minutes until 2 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Descanso’s annual tradition features eager hunters, brightly colored eggs, a great green lawn and unbridled joy. Bring cameras to snap photos with the Easter Bunny. Arrive early; baskets sell out quickly. Cost: $5 which includes basket, five plastic eggs and a treat.

For information call (818) 949-4200 or visit online www.descansogardens.org.

Toddler Treks with Acorn Bear April 16 - May 21, Thursdays or Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Children ages 2 to 4 will enjoy exploring the world through stories, crafts and a walk in the Gardens. $85 ($75 members) for adult/child pair; $50 for each additional child. Reservations required. Walk-in space not available. (818) 949-7980, or online at www.descansogardens.org.

CLASSES

Watercolor Class April 13, 1-4 p.m. Six-week session which meets on Mondays. Learn how to capture seasonable beauty in a six-week session with artist/instructor Carol Buss. $115, $105 members plus $15 materials fee. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. For information call (818) 949-7980 or visit www.descanosgardens.org.

Budget Stretching Strategies Cooking Class April 14, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Purse strings are tightening these days, and anything that will help in that area is a welcome relief. In this class, learn how to further your food dollar, while not feeling deprived. Create a variety of palate-pleasing, budget-friendly dishes that will have you feeling like you still have cash at the end of the month. Whether you’re a starving student, a starving artist, or just starving, come explore the joys of stretching that dollar while still eating well. Light meal included. Chez Cherie Cooking School, 1401 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. $55. For information call (818) 952-7217 or online at www.chezcherie.com.

Photography Master Class with Christine Burrill Three sessions: April 24, 7:30 p.m., April 25 and 26, from 1-3 p.m. Photographers of all levels and skills can further explore nature photography through expert instruction and hands-on photo shoots in the Gardens. Students will have early morning access. Cost: $105, $95 members plus $12 materials fee. , Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada. For information call (818) 949-7980 or visit www.descanosgardens.org.

Square Dance Class Thursdays from 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 Set in Step Square Dance Club, taught at the La Cañada Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase, La Cañada. Ron Durkee is the professional caller. The dress is casual, and the price is $5 a lesson. To have a partner is suggested but singles are welcome also. For information call (818) 790-6175.

CLUBS

Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Epsilon Chapter, Glendale April 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. An international honorary society of key women educators, extends a cordial invitation to their 50th Anniversary Tea, at Rosemont Middle School, La Crescenta. The Tea Bill of Fare includes: scones, fruit, finger sandwiches and desserts. Hats and gloves are optional, but fun! RSVP by April 4.

For information call (818)957-8606.

The Alliance Française de Pasadena April 21 at 11:30 a.m. presents a lunchtime lecture on the history and dynamics of American campaign rhetoric as seen through the eyes of notable contemporary and historical French commentators. Called "Rousseau, Tocqueville and American Populism," the lecture will be held at the Court of Appeals, 125 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena. Written and delivered by Pasadena resident Dr. Michael McLendon, the lecture analyses the language and thought that underlies American political discourse. A light lunch will be served following the presentation. The lecture is free for Alliance Française de Pasadena members, $10 for non members.

For information visit online www.afdepasadena.org

The Leisure Club of La Cañada Flintridge Meets the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m. The club is dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors in the La Cañada and surrounding areas. The once-a-month meeting includes entertainment and refreshments. The bridge club meets weekly to play. Each month the club organizes a day trip to interesting locales and/or activities such as The Getty Museum, the Palm Springs Follies, the Laguna Pageant of the Masters and Solvang, as examples. Meetings are held in the All-Purpose Room of the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., in La Cañada.

For information, call Marcia at (818) 894-1636.

EVENTS

Easter Brunches at Descanso Gardens April 11 and 12, from 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Welcome the Easter season by indulging in a buffet brunch by Patina chefs served in Descanso’s Rose Pavilion. Sample menu includes: pastries, eggs, pancake bar, ham, sausage, Caesar and pasta salads. Cost: $45, $38 members, $15 children ages 4-10, free for children 3 and younger. Reservations with a credit card are required. Call Patina at (818) 790-3663. For cancellations, call at least 48 hours in advance or a 35% fee will apply. www.descansogardens.org.

LCF Spring Book Sale April 15 – April 18, (members only April 15, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and (open to the public, April l6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and April 17, 18 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) The La Cañada Flintridge County Library is having their Spring Book Sale. Many hard bound books are only $1 and paperback books are 3 for $1. Proceeds go back to the library. LCF Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada. For information call (818) 790-3330.

Hometown Country Fair April 24 & 25, Friday, starts at 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crescenta Valley Park is the location of this two day community event is hosted by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce. The fair featuring carnival rides, food and live entertainment. There will also be a car show, crafter booths and games. Free admission both days. Bring the whole family. 3901 Dunsmore Avenue, La Crescenta.

For more information call (818)248.4957 visit lacrescenta.org

The Time Machine April 25, at 2 & 8 p.m. Starring Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Alan Young, plus on stage filmmaker and science fiction writer, Paul Davids. Presented by the Alex Film Society, the program concludes on the big screen with George Pal’s puppetoon, Rhythm in the Ranks (1941) and News of the Day – Headline Highlights of 1956. Ticket are $13.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and children (12 and under) and $8 for Alex Film Society members. Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale.

For information online www.alextheatre.org

Crescenta Cañada Historical House Tour April 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley and the Lanterman House will host a historical house tour on Sunday, April 26. The staging point for the event will be at the Lanterman House, located at 4420 Encinas Drive, just off Verdugo Road, a block south of Foothill, in La Canada. Guests will pick up a packet from the Lanterman House which will include a program and a map. Attendees will then be able to drive to the houses and freely tour the properties, four in La Cañada and three in La Crescenta. Transportation will not be provided. There will be a $20 charge for pre-ordered tickets and discounted tickets will sell for $10 to any students who bring their student ID cards to the event.

For more information call (818) 790-1421or to pre-order tickets visit www.Lantermanfoundation.org or www.cvhistory.org.

One Colorado’s bi-annual Art + Design Open Market May 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The one day event will host over 100 artists in the central Courtyard and pedestrian alleys. One Colorado outdoor shopping district spanning one city block in Old Pasadena, between Colorado Boulevard, Union, Delacey and Fair Oaks.

For information call (626)564-1066 or visit online www.onecolorado.com

EXHIBITIONS

“Let the Trees Decide” Through May 2. A group art exhibition, continues in the Glendale Community College Art Gallery. Exhibition is free and open to the public.

“Let the Trees Decide” features the works of Frank Chang, Amy Green, Peter Kim, Sung Tae Kim, Patrick Marcoux, Jill Newman, Marjam Oskoui and John Rosewall.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Call (818)240-1000, ext. 5663 for information or visit the web site at www.glendale.edu/artgallery. The gallery is located in the college’s Library Building, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd.

FLEA MARKETS

Rose Bowl Flea Market April 12, 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.

LECTURES

Designing Great Gardens April 11, 3 - 5 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Get insight on design principles from award-winning landscape architect Heather Lenkin, whose own home gardens were selected as one of the top ten great gardens in the United States. Learn how to create the garden of your dreams. $40, $35 members. (818) 949-7980. www.descansogardens.org.

PERFORMANCE

Mamma Mia! Through April 19, Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, the hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Pantages Theatre for two weeks only. Tickets currently range in price from $25 - $78, although prices are subject to change without notice. The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

For information call (213)365-3500 or online at www.broadwayla.org.

The Pasadena Symphony April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Pasadena Symphony conducted by music director Jorge Mester performs Milhaud’s “The Creation of the World,” Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” with guest artist Linda Wang, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets $20 to $60; children, $10 (626) 584-8833. For more information, call (626) 793-7172, or visit www.theorchestras.org.

A World Journey on the Keyboard April 19 at 3 p.m. The Associates of Brand Library and Art Center will host the third concert in its annual music series. The program is titled “A World Journey on the Keyboard” and the performing artist will be pianist Junko Ueno Garrett. The program will include music by Enrique Granados, Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera and Ryuichi Sakamoto. This concert will be in the Brand Library Recital Hall. Admission is free and a reception for the artists will follow the concert. Brand Library, Glendale at 1601 W. Mountain Street. Admission to galleries and reception is free and open to the public. For details, call (818) 548-2051, or information on on Junko Ueno Garrett visit: www.junkopiano.com.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” Opens April 24, at 8 p.m. Previews April 18 – 23 at 8 p.m. through May 31. The Tony award-winning revue pays tribute to one of America’s true originals, the charismatic songwriter, singer, pianist and superb entertainer from the 1920s and ’30s, Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Ticket prices range from $20 - $100. Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. in downtown L.A.

For information call the Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

PCHSaturday nights, 7 p.m. -10 p.m. The local group PCH, which include Pat Thomi, Trent Stroh, Charles Frichtel and David Blasucci, bring their easy listening sounds to New Moon Restaurant, 2138 Verdugo Blvd., Montrose.

For reservations or more information, call (818) 249-4393.

TO YOUR HEALTH

The Foothill Autism Alliance April 15, from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Free monthly seminar at the Pasadena Child Development Associates. The topic will include “Ten Club –A Social/Recreational Program Based on Floortime and DIR Principles” and will feature guest speaker Dr. Brandt Chamberlain. Chamberlain is a child development specialist at Pasadena Child Development Associates Inc. and is the proud father of an adult son with autism.

The Pasadena Child Development Associates, 620 N. Lake Ave, 2nd floor in Pasadena. For more information call (818) 66-AUTISM or visit www.foothillautism.org.

Shapeworks Weight Loss program Thursday & Saturday classes available Glendale YMCA, 140 N. Louise St, Glendale. If you sign up now you get $20 off (limited time offer). One per person; cost is $35.

For information call (310) 619-0254 or online jonandruthdoherty@greatshapetoday.com.

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