The Glendale Parks Recreation and Community Services Department will have a swing/big band concert by Verdugo Swing Society from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the north end of Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. Guests should bring a picnic dinner, folding chairs or blankets for seating. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (818) 548-4098.
La Crescenta Presbyterian Church will present a lecture titled “The Magic Behind Harry Potter” featuring author John Granger from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Granger has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and A&E; networks and has written a few books. There will be a question-and-answer session, and admission is free. Child care will be provided for children 3 and older. For more information, call (818) 249-6137.
The MOMS Club of the Foothills, a support group for stay-at-home mothers in the Crescenta Valley area, will meet at 10 a.m. at St. Luke's Church, 2563 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. Cynthia Timm of Hibiscus Naturals will speak about “Going Natural.”
Visitors and children are welcome, and baby-sitting is available. For more information, call (818) 306-5052 or e-mail foothillmommembership@ hotmail.com.
Downtown Burbank Free Summer Concert series starts today and continues every Thursday night in July and August on the AMC Walkway at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with dance lessons by Francisco and Stacey of the Dance Family Studio, then a two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. This week, Phat Cat Swinger performs music reminiscent of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra mixed with new swing sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. For more information, visit www.downtown-burbank.org.
The Friends of the Glendale Library presents an illustrated lecture and book signing by author Dr. Kay Mouradian at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard, Glendale. Her book, “A Gift in the Sunlight: An Armenian Story,” is a portrait of life during the Armenian deportations of 1915. For more information, call (818) 548-2042.
The Crescenta-Cañada Family offers an American Heart Assn. Heartsaver First Aid class over the summer, beginning 6 to 8:30 p.m Thursday. For more information, call Jim Netto at (818) 790-0123, Ext. 243 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnes & Noble at the Americana at Brand presents Story Time with Maisy at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 210 Americana Way, Glendale. Come meet our favorite little mouse, Maisy, for summer reading fun. For more information, call (818) 545-9146.
The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group is having its annual July brunch at 8 a.m. at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta. There will be coffee, juice, bagels and fruit. Families and well-mannered dogs are welcome.
For more information, call Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.
The Montrose Chamber of Commerce Art-Walk is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the south sidewalk of the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue.
For more information, call (818) 249-7171.
A history walk presented by the city of Glendale, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and the Glendale Historical Society will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the chess park across from Alex Theatre, 227 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. It will be a guided tour visiting historic spots in downtown Glendale.
The route is approximately 2.5 miles and will take about two hours with stops. E-mail email@example.com.
The Alameda Writers Group presents writer/director Bryan Bertino from 10 a.m. to noon at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. He will speak about breaking into Hollywood, the struggles of directing your own work and how he's built his career.
There is free parking for up to three hours at the garage across the street on Harvard.
For more information, visit alamedawritersgroup.org.
The Vibe Studio will be hosting a free hip-hop and jazz class from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Montrose- Crescenta Branch Library, 2465 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. Children 4 and older are invited. For more information, call (818) 548-2048.
Missionaries from Pakistan will speak at a prayer service at 8:55 a.m. and a worship service at 10:15 a.m. at Grandview Presbyterian Church, 1130 Ruberta Ave., Glendale. A Missionary Potluck Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The church has been supporting these missionaries for many years, along with their parents and other members of their family. Call (818) 244-7223.
Pastor Skip Lindeman will lead a service of public worship at 10 a.m. at La Cañada Congregational Church, 1200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Visitors are invited to stay for a coffee hour directly following the worship. Call (818) 790-1185.
Glendale Beautiful will have an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday in July and August at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale. Members will conduct free tours of the estate built in 1870 for the first sheriff of Los Angeles County, Thomas Sanchez. Call (818) 502-9080.
? The Alex Theatre will screen “Sparrows” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mary Pickford's first year in film. This only Los Angeles showing of the film will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, $13.50 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and younger, groups and Natural History Museum members. Visit alexfilmsociety.org.
The city of Glendale and Glendale Healthy Kids will present “A USO Show” at 5 p.m. at the Doctors' House Museum in Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St. There will be a concert filled with song and dance numbers from the 1930s to the '80s. Seating will be on the lawn. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to benefit Glendale Healthy Kids will be accepted. For more information, call (626) 840-3551.