Around & About Calendar of Events
La Cañadans mark Memorial Day Weekend in a big way every year, courtesy of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, with events taking place from Friday night through Monday, May 27. Above, hundreds line Foothill Boulevard to watch the 2018 Fiesta Days Parade. (Dan Watson / 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, 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.


Ninth Annual “All in for the Kids” Casino NightFriday, May 24, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Community Center La Cañada Flintridge, a 70-year-old nonprofit that provides the area with enrichment, educational and recreational services, is hosting this event at the center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive in La Cañada Flintridge. It’s a night of cocktails, a Vegas-style buffet, a Texas Hold ’Em tournament and plenty of prizes. All proceeds will support the center’s new and existing programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Casino Night General Admission tickets are $55. Texas Hold ’Em Tournament tickets are $85. For more information or to buy tickets visit CCLCF or email

Summer Whites Picnic and Ukelele RendezvousSunday, May 26, noon to 4 p.m. Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada, holds this event in conjunction with the LCF Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fiesta Days weekend. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the lawn beginning at noon. The museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy an art show staged by the Verdugo Hills Art Assn., take in a ukulele concert (bring your own ukelele if you want to join in), move to the live music in the upstairs ballroom or play croquet on the front lawn. Admission is free. Vintage summer white attire popular in the Victorian and Edwardian ages is encouraged. For more information call (818) 790-1420.


46th annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days

Sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of CommerceMay 24 through 27. In addition to the May 24 Casino Night and May 26 Summer Whites Picnic events listed separately, the LCF Chamber presents a host of other activities.

On Saturday, May 25: Community Breakfast (Kiwanis A.M.) in Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adult tickets are $9, children 11 and under, $4; Vintage Car Show, Memorial Park, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; LCF Tournament of Roses Assn. seventh annual Open House, 4524 Hampton Road, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Family Flick in Memorial Park after the sun goes down: “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” No host snacks and Los Gringos food truck.

Sunday, May 26: After the Lanterman House Summer Whites Picnic that afternoon (see separate listing), the Fiesta Days Family Dinner, Music and Fireworks Show will take place in Memorial Park. Dinner (a barbecue menu served by Los Gringos Locos) is at 6 p.m. and costs $15 for adults, $6 for children; LCHS Jazz Band performs beginning at 6:30 p.m., fireworks sponsored by Allen Lund Co. are scheduled for 8:45 p.m.

Monday, May 27: YMCA of the Foothills 44th annual Fiesta Days Run, different events start at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., Descanso Gardens; Memorial Service, 9 a.m. at Memorial Park (bring a chair, hat and sunscreen); Parade, themed “Family First” and featuring L.A. Times columnist Chris Erskine as grand marshal steps off at 10:30 a.m.; Afternoon in the Park, Memorial Park from noon to 3:30 p.m.; Music in the Park, Memorial Park, 4 to 6 p.m., Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries.


Memorial Day Celebration in La Crescenta’s Two Strike Park Monday, May 27, 8 a.m. Hosted by American Legion Post 288 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614, the keynote speaker for the event is Lt. Gen. Eugene L. Tattini, USAF (Retired). The American Legion Flag Detail will perform a flag-folding ceremony and make a presentation of the flag to the family of of the late veteran Roy L. Chiarot, who served in the U.S. Navy. The Crescenta Valley High School U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC will perform the presentation of colors. The public is welcome and seating will be provided. The park is located at 5107 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta.

Castle Green Spring Home TourSunday, June 2, 1 to 5 p.m. Doors are open to the historic Victorian building at 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Visit many private apartments, each unique in décor and floor plan, and only open to the public for the tour. See the restored interior of the iconic bridge, which has been used as an artist studio by Charles White and Kenton Nelson. Sip lemonade on the veranda and listen to Jack’s Cats, a vintage swing band. Hidden treasures from the Castle’s archives will be on display in a pop-up museum. Cost is $30 per person in advance, $35 on tour day. Tickets can be purchased at (search “Castle Green Spring Home Tour). For more information call (626) 824-8482.

Multimedia Event to Honor “No on 710” Freeway FightersFriday, June 7, doors open at 6:30 p.m. South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena. A free public event will feature the screening of several “digital stories” created by local residents. In them they tell their personal stories about their involvement in the 70-year resistance movement to protect South Pasadena from the 4.5-mile completion of the 710. Opening remarks by South Pasadena Mayor Marina Khubesrian, MD and Councilman Richard D. Schneider, MD, who both played key roles in the movement. It will also feature songs written and performed by singer/songwriter Brad Colerick, whose latest album “Nine-Ten-Thirty” is named after the city’s ZIP code, and a relevant poem read by South Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge. No tickets or reservations are required, but seating is limited.

Free Motorcycle Skills WorkshopSunday, May 26, noon. Chilao School in the Chilao Campground at mile marker 49.69 on Angeles Crest Highway. This will be an interactive discussion with Tanner Alan Giao about skill sets every rider needs. Motorcyclists of all skill levels are welcome. A free lunch will be served. For more information email or call (626) 440-7344.

2019 Baccalaureate Service in honor of graduating high school seniorsMonday, June 3, 7 p.m. All community members are invited to this interfaith service to be held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Graduating seniors should arrive by 6:30 p.m. dressed in their cap and gown. The program is just over an hour, with a reception following. The event gives seniors of all religious backgrounds an opportunity to reflect on the growth of character and faith they have experienced during their high school years. Opening remarks by the La Cañada High School principal, short scripture readings, singing by the LCHS Chamber Singers, reflections from a few graduating seniors representing their faith, and a keynote address. The keynote speaker this year is Todd Reynolds.


St. Francis High SchoolSaturday, May 25, 10 a.m. On campus, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

Flintridge Preparatory SchoolSunday, May 26, 7 p.m. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Flintridge Sacred Heart AcademySunday, June 2, 5:30 p.m. Crane Field on the FSHA campus, 440 St. Katherine Drive, La Cañada.

La Cañada High SchoolWednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. On campus, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada.

Crescenta Valley High School Tuesday, June 11, 5:30 p.m. CVHS Osborne Field, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta.

Clark Magnet SchoolTuesday, June 11, 5:30 p.m. On campus, 4747 New York Ave., Glendale.


Music in the Park Summer Concert SeriesSunday evenings, from 6 to 8 p.m., extended concerts go to 8:30 p.m. (with the exception of the first concert, which features Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries and takes place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, from 4 to 6 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. June 2: My Generation-A Tribute to the British Invasion. June 9: The Funky Hippeez (Disco & Funk). June 16: Woodie & the Longboards-California Tribute, extended to 8:30 p.m. June 23: Misplaced Priorities (Classic Rock). June 30: Past Action Heroes (Light Rock). July 7: FM Radio “Every Style Along the Dial.” Following this concert there will be a showing of the film “How to Train Your Dragon.” July 14: Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band (Jimmy Buffet Tribute). July 21: The Wise Guys Big Band. 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.

Pasadena Symphony and Pops Presents Free Music Under the Stars Concert Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m., pre-concert events begin at 6 p.m. The orchestra performs its annual family-friendly concert in Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 Garfield Ave. Featured vocalists include the JPL Chorus, La Cañada High grad Finn Sagal, Emmy and Grammy nominee Amick Byram and actor/singer Valerie Perri; conductor is Larry Blank. Highlights include “The Trolley Song,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “New York, New York” among many other classics. Guests may bring low-back chairs (rental chairs will also be available for $3 each), blankets and a picnic. Food will also be available at gourmet food trucks. For more information visit or call (626) 793-7172.