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Art is the subject for the Glendale Community College “State of the Arts” trip to Laguna Beach on July 18. The Community Services Education program is sponsoring the day trip, which includes two premier art festivals.

Visitors will take in Art a Fair in a colorful garden setting in Laguna Canyon, featuring artists working in oil painting, sculpture, ceramics and more.

On the same day, the tour takes art lovers to enjoy the 43rd annual Sawdust Art Festival, featuring the fine arts and crafts of nearly 200 Laguna Beach artists.

Works for sale include hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, textile, wood, metal sculpture and other items.


The trip is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $55 per person.

On Aug. 8, it’s time to “Ride the Rails to San Juan Capistrano.” Community Services Education is offering a trip on the Glendale Amtrak for a scenic train ride to historic San Juan Capistrano.

Visitors can stroll through cottage shops and galleries in the historic Los Rios Street district and view more than 30 historic sites and buildings, some dating back to 1794.

Also on the itinerary is Mission San Juan Capistrano, known as the “Jewel of the Missions.” It is the seventh mission built in California.


There will also be time to visit the Saturday Art Fair before boarding the train for the trip back to Glendale.

The trip is from 8:45 a.m. to 7:50 p.m. and costs $59 per person.

To sign up for either trip or get more information, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5015, or visit


“Abstractionists Unite! Who Give You Just Enough to Last a Lifetime” is a group art exhibition on display in the GCC Art Gallery through Aug. 8. Admission is free.

Paintings and a few sculptures were created by artists Richard Aldrich, Raoul De Keyser, Fergus Feehily, Joe Fyfe, Mary Heilmann, Max Jansons, Thomas Kiesewetter, Liz Larner, Rebecca Morris, Scott Olson, Josh Smith, Katja Strunz and Mary Weatherford.

The exhibition is curated by Nancy Chaikin.


Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5663, or visit The gallery is in the college’s Library Building on campus, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.


The Verdugo Fire Academy at GCC is accepting applications for the class of 2010. The deadline is Dec. 1.

Free workshops are at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at GCC in the Advanced Technology Building, Room 229.

The information and career planning workshops are intended for those interested in a career in fire service. Academy staff, instructors and cadets are on hand to offer guidance on how to become a firefighter and earn a degree in fire protection.

Fire Academy classes will also be in session, and workshop attendees will be able to see firsthand how the academy courses are conducted.

Verdugo Fire Academy is a California State Board of Fire Services and California State Fire Marshal’s regional certified academy.


Graduates of the program receive the California State Fire Marshal’s approved firefighter 1 curriculum, which includes more than 800 hours of both academic and hands-on training.

The successful graduate will earn their basic firefighter 1 training record and several certifications approved by the office of the state fire marshal.

The Fire Academy application is available at

The application must be completed before being turned in.

For more information, contact the counselor, Lydia Basmajian, at (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5918, or at

 WENDY GROVE is public information coordinator at Glendale Community College. Her column runs once a month. Reach her at (818) 551-5161 or by e-mail at