Around & About Calendar of Events
A free holiday open house will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, at Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada. The La Cañada High School Choral Singers will perform carols in the festively decorated museum and visitors can enjoy light refreshments. Hours for the event are 1 to 4 p.m. (Ross A. Benson / La Cañada Valley Sun)

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. 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.


Holiday Open House, Lanterman House Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation hosts this free event, which will include tours of the landmark Lanterman House, built in 1915 for Emily and Roy Lanterman and their sons Lloyd and Frank, the latter of which went on to become a longtime member of the state Assembly. Light refreshments will be served and the La Cañada High School Choral Singers will perform carols. A “Remembrance Day” Christmas tree, decorated in honor of La Cañada Flintridge’s war veterans by local Girl Scout Troop 931, is featured, as is an exhibit of vintage Christmas cards from the Lanterman archives. “This event is the Lanterman Foundation’s gift to the community. The house is beautifully decorated for the season and waiting for guests to enjoy our city’s remarkably well-preserved historic site,” said Laura Verlaque, executive director of the museum. Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive. To learn more, visit

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” luncheon and programWednesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. The Pasadena Women’s Connection hosts this event at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. The Crescenta Valley High School Charismatics choral group will present favorite seasonal carols. There will be a cookie platter raffle and surprise Christmas giveaways. The program’s speaker is Sharon Lawler, who will share a Christmas story. Tickets are $25. To make a reservation call Darlene at (818)353-2212 or Carole at (818) 790-1907.

Enchanted: Forest of LightsThrough Jan. 6. Enjoy the beauty of Descanso Gardens bathed in glorious light. Highlights include thousands of twinkling tulips at Flower Power, spinning polyhedrons at Celestial Shadows by HYBYCOZO and trees aglow in technicolor light in the Ancient Forest. Advance tickets ($23 to $25 for Descanso members; $28 to $30 for the general public) are required and can be purchased online at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada.


“La Reina de Los Ángeles” Through Sunday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Descanso Gardens’ Sturt Haaga Gallery. La Reina de Los Ángeles exhibit features works of Judy Baca, Andrew Bird, Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio, Tom Carroll (Tom Explores Los Angeles), Carolina Caycedo, Mercedes Dorame, Nicholas Hummingbird, Galia Linn, Blue McRight, Diego Palacios, Michael Parker, Emma Robbins, Kerry Tribe and Devon Tsuno. It presents a discussion of the region’s current relationship with water, using the Los Angeles River as an entry point. Through contemporary artworks, documentary films, historic materials and special programming, the exhibit explores the history, infrastructure and community around water. Artworks throughout the gardens complement the exhibit. Call (818) 949-4200 for more information. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada.

“A Resource Precious & Rare: Development of Water Resources in the Crescenta-Cañada Valley, 1875-1955”Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first and third Sundays of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays. Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada. Exhibit-related events throughout the year will be posted at Admission: Adults $5, seniors and students 12 to 18 years of age, $3.


Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support GroupWednesday, Dec. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m. While this group normally meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, in December it will meet earlier. Led by Dianne Whiting and Katie Phillips-Rector, the group meets in the library at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. There is no fee or sign-up for this program and all are welcome. For more information, email Phillips-Rector ( or Whiting (


A Winter Concert, La Cañada Congregational Church Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m. Harold Daugherty will conduct, accompanied by Joseph Klice. The concert will feature Vincent Persichetti’s “Winter Cantata” and Christmas carols for the choir and the audience. Diane Alancraig will play the flute and Lynda Sue Marks the marimba. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church music fund, and a reception will follow. Free child care available. The church is located at 1200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

“The Nutcracker” Friday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m. This Los Angeles Youth Ballet presentation of the holiday classic features Ashley Murphy and Brooklyn Mack, introducing 14-year-old Youth America Grand Prix winner Darrion Sellmanas. Choreographed by Andrea Paris-Gutierrez. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets, starting at $25, are available through the theater’s box office, (818) 243-2539 or by visiting

“Winter Wonderland: Sounds of the Season,” Los Angeles Children’s ChorusSunday Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. About 250 choristers are featured in the multimedia vocal program, which is geared for people of all ages and includes an array of favorite carols, seasonal songs from Venezuela and winter-themed works by Bach, Kodály, Elgar, Verdi, Saint-Saëns and others. The chorus’ new artistic director, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, leads this program at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets are $27, $40 and $46; children 17 and under are admitted for half price. For tickets and information, visit or call (626) 793-4231.