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American Heart Assn. CPR & First Aid — Aug. 12 and 19, 6 p.m. Class sizes are limited and both certifications are for two years. The Heartsaver/AED (CPR) course, taught on Aug. 12, covers adult, child and infant CPR. The class lasts approximately three hours. The two-hour first aid course, taught Aug. 19, covers medical, injury and environmental emergencies. Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Call (818) 790-0123 for more information.

Foreclosure workshop — Aug. 12 and 19. 6 p.m. California Foreclosure Institute presents a free two-hour workshop for investors and Realtors on how to get started finding and buying foreclosure properties. Featured speaker will be Lloyd Segal, author of “Stop Foreclosure Now” and “Foreclosure Investing.” at Pasadena City Library Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. The workshop is complimentary, but reservations are required. To register, call (888) 285-0101 or online at

Jump Rope Classes — Wednesdays Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29; 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Foothill Force Jump Rope Team for all girls and boys in first through 12th grade, and adults of any age. FIS gym, 4490 Cornishon Ave., LCF. Fee $40. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more info, contact Kathy Weninger at or (818) 790-8442 or download the registration form from


Zumba fitness classes — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. At Vonder Haar Performing Center, 457 Foothill Blvd. (formerly Ballet Petit) La Cañada. For information call (818) 395-7760.

Ballroom dance classes — Friday nights, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Take a partner or attend on your own and make new friends. Teacher is Celia Weis. Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Call Ana-Marie Schaefer at (818) 790-0123, ext. 231, for information and fees.

Music appreciation classes — Tuesday afternoons, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 7- Dec. 14. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, will be holding off campus music appreciation classes for adults. This ongoing series is for musicians as well as non-musicians. Stern will present music examples with cultural history to increase the listener’s understanding of the evolution of music. The classes are held at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave, Montrose. The cost for the 15-week classes is $90. For more information call (818) 248-8110 or (818) 445-2390.

Secrets of Color and Style — Sept. 15, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Discover the new evidence that links personality, coloring, bone structure, and energy intensity to the correct clothing colors and styles. Diana Olson will be the presenter. The workshop will be held at 465 E.Union Street #100, Pasadena, 91101. To RSVP call (626) 584-9761. Space is limited. The fee for the workshop is $20. For more information visit or e-mail


Business and Social Etiquette/Entertaining/Dining Tutorial — Aug. 28, or Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-confidence, personal and social skills,individual self-esteem, and social business and dining skills will be covered. The workshop will be held at 465 E.Union Street #100, Pasadena. A dining tutorial luncheon will be held at McCormick and Schmick’s in Pasadena. For more information or to make a reservation call (626) 584-9761, space is limited.



Watermelon Festival — Aug. 13, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Aug. 14, 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Aug. 15, 12 10:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club, the 49th annual Watermelon Festival will be held at Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland. The event will feature carnival rides, watermelon eating contests and watermelon carving demonstrations. Proceeds go to the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club, which raises money to support others. Call (818) 353-4554.

Midnight Book Release Party — Aug. 23, 11:15 p.m. Once Upon a Time bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, hosts this event for “Mockingjay,” the final installment of Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” series for young adults. Survival games, trivia, prizes, costume contest and refreshments will be featured. Pre-payment of the book before its release date ($17.99 with a 10% discount) is required for entrance. For more information call (818) 248-9668.

Wiggle, Waggle, Walk —Sept. 26 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 12th Annual Wiggle, Waggle, Walk will be taking place which will benefit the Pasadena Humane Society. Families, friends, and canines are welcome to participate in either the 3-mile or 1-mile walk around the Rose Bowl. Participants are requested to fundraise on behalf of the animals in the care of Pasadena Humane Society. Every $25 that is raised helps care for a domestic animal at the shelter for one day. Prizes are available for the fundraising efforts. To register visit There will also be pet-related exhibitions, food, and contests such as best dressed dog and best dog trick at the Fair and Pet Expo. For more information visit or call (626) 792-7151 ext.167.

China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970 — Through Feb. 6. Explore how very different political and social views have been embedded in day to day products, advertising, and graphic design in China. The exhibition features over 150 objects from the Pacific Asia Museum and private collections from space age toys to tobacco advertising with a Shanghai flare. The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and free for ages 11 and under. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free the fourth Friday of every month. For more information visit or call (626) 449-2742.



Pasadena Jazz Fest — Aug. 28-29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Sponsored by redwhite+bluezz. Among the 200+ featured artists are Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Ferrell, Booker T., Rita Coolidge, Kevin Eubanks, Take 6, Spyro Gyra, Doc Powell and Hubert Laws. International food court, vendors village and kids quarters. General admission: $50 daily; two-day pass $80. For information about preferred and VIP seating prices go online to


La Cañada High School Class of 1970 — Oct. 8-9. A cocktail party will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Pasadena Hilton; the 40-year reunion dinner is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 9, also at the Pasadena Hilton, 168 S. Los Robles. Cost for the dinner is $75. Dinner reservations and payments can be made through John Marshall at Enyedi, Marshall & Montanez, 550 E. Badillo St., Covina, CA 91723. If reserving a room at the Hilton, mention the La Cañada High School reunion to receive a special rate. More information can be found at

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