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La Cañada area calendar

Vince Pitelka will teach a hands-on ceramics workshop at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge Aug. 5 through 9.
(Courtesy of the Community Center)

A roundup of community events in and around La Cañada Flintridge. To submit items, email


International Folk DancingThursdays, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to learn and do fun and beautiful dances from around the world every Thursday evening at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. Teaching level is adjusted to each evening’s participants. The large dance room has a new floor and the ample parking is free. Each dancer’s $5 pays for the class use of the facility. For more details, visit www.Foothill.Dance or contact or (818) 790-8523.



Book Sale at La Cañada LibraryWednesday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only for members of Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Library, then 2 to 8 p.m. for the general public, Thursday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organized by the Friends of the LCF Library, this summer sale takes the place of their customary spring sale, which was put on hold while the library underwent updating work. On the final day of the sale, prices drop to $1 per grocery bag of books. Proceeds from this event go toward purchasing books, magazines, newspapers and programming that are made available to patrons. The library is located at 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada. For more information call (818) 790-3330.

Ceramics Workshop with Vince PitelkaAug. 5 through Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge hosts Pitelka, who has been professionally involved in ceramics for more than 40 years. He has taught ceramics at the university level, including a 24-year stint as professor of art at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, and his work has been exhibited internationally. During the workshop different approaches to pinch, coil and slab construction will be explored. The cost for the weeklong program is $700. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot visit


Shine a Light at Descanso Gardens’ Sturt Haaga GalleryRuns through Oct. 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Carole Kim has been working in Descanso as its first artist in residence. Shine a Light is a presentation of her work, including digital metal prints, micro video projections, window treatments and a multimedia installation in the gallery. Outside its doors, she’ll also present site-specific installations throughout the gardens. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Free with Descanso admission. Visit for more details.



Pasadena Symphony and Pops Presents “Michael Feinstein Sings Cole Porter”Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. Gates for picnickers open at 5:30 p.m. Larry Blank will pick up the baton for this concert featuring Michael Feinstein as soloist and Mitzi Gaynor as a special guest. L.A. County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Guests can bring their own food and beverages or visit an on-site food vendor. Single tickets start at $25 and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at or at the Arboretum on the day of the concerts.

“Apollo 11 — The Immersive Live Show”Tuesdays to Sundays, through Sept. 1, evening shows at 8 p.m.; multiple performances on most Saturdays and Sundays.Rose Bowl Parking Lot K, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. The show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing features live actors, documentary footage, a 360-degree video production and props. The running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $45 to $215 and can be purchased online at For more information call (833) 527-6556.

Music in the Park Summer Concert SeriesSunday evenings, from 6 to 8 p.m., extended concerts go to 8:30 p.m. Presented by the city of La Cañada Flintridge, these free concerts are held in Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd. Bring a picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs. If you’re also packing a canopy such as an E-Z UP, the city asks that you set it up at the back of the park so as to protect the views of other concert-goers. July 28: Live from Earth-A Tribute to Pat Benatar. Aug. 4: Laurel Canyon (Southern California Rock). Aug. 11: Scot Bruce, Elvis Tribute. Aug. 18: Upstream Music (Reggae). Aug. 25: Mark Easterday Band (Country). Sept. 1: Hot August Nights-A Tribute to Neil Diamond, extended to 8:30 p.m. For more information call City Hall, (818) 790-8880.


Pioneer Club/New Beginnings ClubMondays at 11 a.m. Seniors who would like to lunch with others and perhaps enjoy a game of bingo or go on outings are invited to check out the the Pioneer Club that meets the first and third Monday each month at Holy Redeemer Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, or the New Beginnings Club that convenes at St. James the Less, 4625 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta each second and fourth Monday. For more information about the Pioneer Club, call Mary Mancuso at (818) 249-8454. To learn more about the New Beginnings Club call Gloria Pauly at (818) 248-2944.

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