Life and Arts

La Cañada area events: Vote center here for 2 days, LCF Chamber mixer, high school theater performances

For the March 3 election, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office will use ballot-marking devices to capture and record voters’ choices. A center at La Cañada’s City Hall will accept ballots on Feb. 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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A roundup of community events in and around La Cañada Flintridge. To submit items, email


City of La Cañada Flintridge hosts a VSAP Flex Vote CenterMonday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Flex Vote Centers offer voting services on a scheduled basis. Any voter can drop by such a center to cast their vote in the March election. The vote center in La Cañada will be held in the David A. Spence Community Room in City Hall, One Civic Center Drive. Voters who cannot stop by the location on either of those two days and wish to use a Flex Vote Center can visit for a complete list of their locations.



Author talk: “Built for Health,” Lyra KilstonSaturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Lanterman House sponsors this talk at the La Cañada Flintridge Library featuring Los Angeles-based writer Lyra Kilston, who explores how early 20th-century ideas about health played a role in the evolution of architecture in Southern California. Kilston’s talk will describe how sunlight used to be considered medicinal and was frequently prescribed by doctors in measured daily doses. These ideas spread into architectural designs. The results ranged from eccentric, sun-chasing devices to sleek, modernist landmarks. Kilston’s book, “Sun Seekers: The Cure of California,” looks at three different moments in Southern California history. Seating for the lecture is offered on a first-come basis, with a maximum occupancy of 50. No reservations are necessary. The library is located at 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada.

Dine-out fundraiser at Joselito’sWednesday, Feb. 12, 5 to 9 p.m. A percentage of proceeds from the evening’s purchases will be used to benefit the philanthropic work of La Crescenta Woman’s Club. Joselito’s is located at 2345 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. Place your receipt in the labeled box on the restaurant’s front desk.

La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce MixerThursday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. Kobeissi Properties, 711 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, hosts this month’s networking mixer. LCF Chamber members: $10, guests $20.

21st annual LCHS Music Parents Dinner Show and Fundraising Gala, “Celebrate Music” Saturday, Feb. 22, 5:30 to 9 p.m., plus after-party at 9 p.m. The La Cañada High School Music Parents Assn. hosts this festive evening of music, food, auctions and raffles. The LCHS 9-12 Instrumental Music groups will be a part of this event at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive. For information on tickets, the silent auction, and more can be found at Ticket questions can be directed to Michelle Lynskey at



Career Seminar program, “Careers with the FBI, Careers with Computers” Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m. This is one of five career seminars led by experts in their fields and sponsored by the Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge, in conjunction with Glendale Unified School District and the Community Foundation of the Verdugos. It will be held in the auditorium at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta. Admission is free. High school and college-age youth are invited to attend, as are their parents. For more information email


“Fools” – Feb. 14, 19, and 21 at 4 p.m.; Feb. 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. Crescenta Valley High School Theater Arts Department presents Neil Simon’s comic fable, directed by Amy Matalas, at the school’s Underground Theater, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta. Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults.

First United Methodist Church Third@First concertSaturday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m. Solo piano concert by Junko Ueno Garrett. The theme “Stories in Music” anchors the program which includes music of J.S. Bach, Schumann, Ginastera, Granados and Chopin. The church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Off-street parking can be accessed from Green Street. Admission is free.

Pasadena Symphony presents Gershwin/DebussySaturday, Feb. 15, 2 and 8 p.m. David Lockington conducts, Nick Kendall, violin. Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Giacchino’s “Voyage,” Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess: Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra,” Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” and Debussy’s “La Mer.” Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172.

Glendale Noon ConcertWednesday, Feb. 19, 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. This concert will feature pianist Brendan White and violinist Jacqueline Suzuki performing works by Franz Liszt and J.S. Bach in the sanctuary of Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale. Admission is free.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”Sunday, Feb. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. all dates. The La Cañada High School Theatre Department, under the direction of Justin Eick, presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy in the La Cañada Playhouse on campus, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada. Admission is free.



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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