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Get Ready to Bike! Smart Cycling Tips and Techniques and Ride June 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about cycling theory, rights and responsibilities followed by basic maintenance and outfitting. Afterward participants can take a guided ride. Children 6-15 must attend with adult. $40, $35 members, children ages 6-15 are $20, $18 members. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada.

For information call (818) 949-7980 or online at


Free Camellia Care and Pruning Workshop June 13, 10 a.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Learn from Gardens experts about fertilizing, pruning and clean-up so you can have lots of blooms next season. In addition, tips on azalea care will be discussed. Free with Gardens’ admission; $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12. For information call (818) 949-4200, or online at

Sketching Class at Descanso Gardens June 22-July 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Learn how to work in pencil and charcoal from professional artist Bob Bates. $85, $75 members. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada.

For information, call (818) 949-7980 or online at

Free computer tutoring for seniors — The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is offering free computer tutoring this summer. For information call (818) 790-0123 ext. 225.

Summer Jump Rope Classes Session 1, June 30 - July 3; Session 2, July 20 – 24, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Hosted by the Foothill Force Jump Rope Team, open to all girls and boys in second through 12th grade. Location: FIS Gym, 4490 Cornishon Ave., LCF. Cost: $80 for Session 1; $100 for Session 2; $170 if you sign up in advance for both Sessions 1 and 2. Wear sturdy athletic shoes, comfortable T-shirt and shorts. Bring water bottle (the class fee includes a jump rope). Space is limited, so sign up early to ensure your spot.

For information contact Kathy Weninger at (818) 468-6778 or or online


Pajama Storytime Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 6. Once Upon a Time Bookstore is hosting Pajama Storytime starring Troubadour Kyle. There will be storytelling, singing, laughter, maybe a jig or two and fun. Kyle sings songs that engage his young audience and encourages fun for all. For kids age 2 and up. Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose Shopping Park.

For information, call Maureen (818) 248-9668 or e-mail:


The Armenian American Educators Association June 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second Annual Scholarship and Retiree Recognition Luncheon at the Sepan Banquet Hall, 3404 Glendale Blvd.., Los Angeles. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased on (keyword search: AAEA). For more information contact or call Anna at (818) 400-2120.

The donations directly contribute to the scholarship fund.


Gerane Mooney Through June 25, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is the 9th year Gerane Mooney impressionistic florals and landscapes will be featured at the Descanso Gardens, Boddy Carriage House. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

For information call (818) 949-0125.


Rose Bowl Flea Market June 14, 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.


Kacey Jones with Dorian MichaelJune 12 at 8 p.m. An evening of intelligent humor, great music. Tickets: $15. The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena.

For information on this show or others call (626) 398-7917 or visit

OleannaThrough July 12. David Mamet’s “Oleanna” performed at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Featuring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles under the direction of Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes. Mark Taper Forum, 601 West Temple, Los Angeles. Tickets for “Oleanna” start at $20 For information call (213) 628-2772 or online at

“Godspell”Through July 12 (no performance on July 4). Performances are Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Knightsbridge Theatre presents a playful and raucous retelling of the gospel according to St. Matthew that employs vaudeville, story theater, and improv comedy as its media. Tickets $20 for adults; $18 for students/seniors over 65 (ID required). Knightsbridge Theatre is located at 1944 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. For information and reservations, call (323) 394-1584 or online at

Marry Me A Little & The Last Five Years June 12, at 8 p.m. East West Players (EWP), the Nation’s Premier Asian American Theatre, is planning a ‘Miss Saigon Reunion Party’ on June 12. The cast of EWP’s current musical production welcome their fellow “Miss Saigon” alumni and fans to share memories and to enjoy two brilliant musicals, “Marry Me A Little” by Stephen Sondheim and “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown. The David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Ticket prices range from $45 - $50.

For information (213) 625-7000 or visit

“Spice of Life” June 17 and 18, at 8 p.m. The plot focuses on the complex, multi-faceted and often comedic relationships of a group of people whose lives intersect at a city diner.

A panel discussion led by Margaret Ladd and Lyle Kessler, with the participation of staff from New Directions, Inc. and participants in the play will begin immediately after the performances. Greenway Court Theatre; 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

For information call the Imagination Workshop at (310) 206-8067 or online

Cal Phil: By George! June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Program features works by George Handel, George Gershwin and George M. Cohan. Highlights include “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” excerpts from “Porgy and Bess,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “A Salute to George M. Cohan.” The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.

Tickets start at $20. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. concert begins at 7:30.

For information call (626) 300-8200 or online at ,

“Broadway Under The Stars” June 27 at 8:30 p.m. The Reprise Theatre Company presents “Broadway Under The Stars,” which will feature songs from shows playing on Broadway during the 2008-09 season including South Pacific, 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Next to Normal, West Side Story, Chicago and Wicked. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. Tickets: $40, $35 if purchased on or before June 20.

For information call (323)461-3673 or online at


Lanterman House — La Cañada Flintridge’s historic museum is in need of docents who are willing to be trained to lead tours through the house, which is located at 4420 Encinas Drive. To learn more, contact Melissa Patton, executive director, at (818) 790-1421.

Cal Phil Summer Concerts — California Philharmonic is looking for volunteers this summer, for a variety of tasks, ranging from greeting and ushering guests to working with the stage crew, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Scheduled days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information call (626)300-8200 or e-mail

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