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La Cañada area events: Veteran’s Day salute, Native America program, League of Women Voters forum

Photo Gallery: Veterans honored at annual Two Strike Park Veteran’s Day celebrationq
The Veteran’s Day celebration sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614 and the American Legion Post 288 will return to Two Strike Park on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Above, a photo taken at the 2017 event.
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A roundup of community events, classes, performances and more taking place in and around La Cañada Flintridge. To submit items, email


Local Heroes” Veterans Day breakfastSaturday, Nov. 9, 9 to 11 a.m. Lake Avenue Church will honor active duty service personnel, veterans, first responders (including retirees) and their families, friends and supporters at this event in its Skyroom overlooking Pasadena. Guest speaker Levi Heidelbreg will speak about “Relevance in Our Society.” Cost is $10 per person until midnight, Oct. 31. Starting Nov. 1 the price is $15. Deadline to register is Nov. 5. Register at Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena. For more information email Terry Sheffield at or call (626) 529-5862.

Veterans Day CelebrationMonday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. American Legion Post 288 and VFW Post 1614 host this event at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta. This year the 100th anniversary of the American Legion will be marked. “Presentation of the Colors” will be performed by the Crescenta Valley High School Air Force Junior ROTC led by MSgt. Alvin Johnson, USAF (Retired). American Legion Post 288 will perform “The Armed Forces Medley” honoring all the branches of service. Boy Scout Troop 288 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony. This event is free and open to the community. Seating will be provided. For more information call Dick Clubb at (818) 384-5761.


Songs and Stories from Native AmericaTuesday, Nov. 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. In celebration of Native American Heritage month, this event will feature traditional California songs and dances with Corina Roberts of the Osage and Cherokee nations. For all ages. La Cañada Flintridge Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada.

Forum: “Abuses Not OK, Holding the L.A. Sheriff’s Department Accountable for Abandoning Abuse Reforms”Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area hosts this free forum at the Altadena Public Library, 600 E. Mariposa Ave., Altadena. Speakers scheduled to participate include R. Samuel Paz, a civil rights attorney who helped initiate citizen oversight of the LASD; Brian K. Williams, executive director of the LASD’s Citizen Oversight Committee; Melina Abdullah, a professor and cofounder of Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles and Elisa Arciiacono, justice deputy, county Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office. Sharon Kyle, publisher of LA Progressive, will moderate the discussion. Seating is limited. For more information, or to register to attend, call the League office, (626) 798-0965 or go to

Thankful Heart LuncheonThursday, Nov. 14. The Langham Huntington will be the venue when Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital celebrates 70 years of support for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The guild will honor past presidents for their leadership at this event, which will feature inspiring speakers and 24 vendors selling a wide range of goods. Reservations were due by Nov. 1 . For more information visit

16th annual La Cañada Flintridge One City/One Book programSunday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m. Screenwriter Victoria Riskin, author of “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir,” will talk about Hollywood’s Golden Age of great movies during this free event at the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada. A book signing will follow her talk.


Family Free Day at Lanterman HouseSunday, Nov. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation hosts this event that will include a variety of fun, family-friendly activities. Visitors will be able to help decorate the Lanterman House Christmas tree by creating custom gingerbread-inspired ornaments in a craft led by Girl Scout Troop 9471. Paula Scott of Jane’s Cakes, which is sponsoring the free day, will offer a demonstration of gingerbread house decorating techniques while she creates a custom gingerbread house that will be on display in the museum over the holidays. “We hope the community will join us to help decorate our tree for the holiday season and perhaps create an ornament for their own home,” says Laura Verlaque, executive director for the foundation. The Family Free Day and its related activities are a prelude to the Holiday Open House, set for Dec. 15, that will feature the museum’s first annual Gingerbread House Contest. To learn more about the museum itself or the contest , visit Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church to host blood drive Sunday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Family Life Center rooms 304 and 305 at the church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. The donation sign-up table can be found on the church patio between services on the Sundays in November before the event or in the church office during the week, Appointments may also be made by online at (use sponsor code is lacanadapreschurch .) Walk-ins are also welcome. You must have a photo ID with you on the day of the event in order to give blood. For more information contact LCPC Blood Drive volunteer, Sheri Morton at (818) 790-7612, Kathleen Ritter at or call the church office at (818) 790-6708.

La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by Stephanie’s Art Gallery & Custom FramesThursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a pre-holiday art show and refreshments provided by Sprouts during this month’s mixer at Stephanie’s, 466 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Cost: $10 for LCF Chamber members; $20 for nonmembers. For more details call the Chamber office at (818) 790-4289.

Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk & Food DriveThursday, Nov. 28, 8:30 a.m. This longtime local tradition organized by the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge begins and ends at Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. It is professionally timed. For children 12 and under there is a Kids’ Mile Run, a family fun event where parents are encouraged to run alongside their children (the kids must be registered, but the parents can accompany them at no extra charge). This run begins at 9:30 a.m., also at Memorial Park. The food drive is the largest one organized each year in the Foothills. Canned and nonperishable food is collected at the race and throughout the month of November at various locations throughout the city and distributed during the holidays by Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station personnel to more than 100 area families in need. To register for the race visit Registration prior to the event is $40; at the park on the day of the event, $45.


Four Hands at One PianoSaturday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, will present a program of music for two pianists performing at one piano in the church’s sanctuary. Pianist Stephen Pierce will join Junko Ueno Garrett in presenting music by Schubert, Poulenc, Mozart and Barber. Admission is free.

“Pasión Española,” featuring students of the Amaral StudioSaturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Roberto Amaral presents this showcase of Flamenco and uniquely stylized Spanish dance at Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada. Featuring 20 dancers, musicians and singers and special guest artists Antonio Triana, Ben Woods and Misuda Cohen. Suitable for ages 7 and up. Tickets are $25 to $35 and available at For more information, call the Amaral Studio at (805) 813 7212 or visit



Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support GroupWednesday, Nov. 20, 1 to 2:15 p.m. The group meets in the library at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Meetings are usually held the fourth Wednesday of every month, but due to the holiday season, the meeting dates for November and December have been shifted (the December meeting is set for Dec. 11). The time and place will remain the same. There is no fee or sign-up for this program and all are welcome. For more information email Katie at or Dianne


Meditation Class Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. This weekly meditation class, led by the Kadampa Meditation Center, is held in Room 4 at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. No meditation experience is necessary and all are welcome. The hour begins with guided meditation, followed by a teaching and then another meditation. Cost: free for YMCA of the Foothills members; $5 for nonmembers.

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 Foothill.Dance or contact or (818) 790-8523.


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.

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