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Music in the Park concert series, La Cañada Flintridge
The summer concert series sponsored by the city La Cañada Flintridge and held in Memorial Park is winding down, with the final two performances set for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 (country music) and Sunday, Sept. 1 (Neil Diamond tribute).
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A roundup of community events in and around La Cañada Flintridge. To submit items, email


Grace Mase, author of “Revivify Your Home: Take Control of Your Home Improvement with Peace of Mind and Level Up Your Life”Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 to 6 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, hosts Mase, a home improvement expert and founder of a home renovation tech company.



Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus Annual Summer Fun Rehearsal — Monday, Aug. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The chorus is looking for women who enjoy singing and are ready to make new friends while bringing joy to others through music. No auditions are required. The rehearsal will be held at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Music packets are prepared in advance, so women interested in joining the group are asked to contact Ki Park at (818) 720-6465 or Sharon Schlarb at (626) 403-5622 so enough sheet music will be made available. Regular rehearsals will begin Sept. 9 and run through next June.


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.



La Cañada Flintridge 17th Annual Wine & Food Tasting (new location this year)Sunday, Sept. 22, 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for this popular event, which this year is moving to Olberz Park in the Town Center, One Civic Center Drive, LCF. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, the LCF Chamber of Commerce and Rosso Wines, this fundraiser will be used toward scholarships and other programs benefiting local students and the surrounding community. More than 18 restaurants, caterers and food specialty shops will serve up samples, and wine purveyors will pour wines from around the world. The event will feature a premium wine silent auction and a “wine toss,” where participants will try to win a bottle of wine using their throwing skills. Tickets are $60 per person when purchased in advance and $65 at the gate on the day of the event. Adults only; no children or pets will be allowed. For more information visit or call the chamber office at (818) 790-4289.


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.


Pirate Day at Kidspace MuseumSunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pirate-themed activities around the museum and the Pirate Band Sing-Along at 1 p.m. The museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144.


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. 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 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.


Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group presents Bruce Hale’s “South America and Cape Horn”Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. The club meets at the Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. Hale will share his experience and his perspective of the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, which is located on the small Hornos Island. The program begins following news of conservation and outings. Admission is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more details contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

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