Around and About


Beginning Bridge — Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, offers Beginning Bridge to adults and seniors. Taught by a seasoned bridge player, Beginning Bridge offers an opportunity to those who are interested in joining a bridge group but who may not have the skills or confidence to do so. Lessons are $5 per person. Call the Community Center at (818) 790-4353 to reserve your spot or just show up.

Square dancing — Thursdays, beginning Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sets in Steps offers a beginner's square-dance class at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Ron Durkee is the professional caller. Dress is casual and cost is $6 per person. For more information call Betty Woodhull at (818) 249-2651.

Jump rope — 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 details contact Kathy Weninger at or (818) 790-8442 or download the registration form from

Gardening: Harvest Basics — Sept. 11, 11 a.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Mike Brown, display horticulturist, demonstrates how to harvest for maximum plant health and productivity. Cost: $15 general public, $10 Descanso members. Class fee includes admission to the Gardens. Advance registration required. Information: (818) 949-7980.

Ballroom dance — 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 — Tuesdays, 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 on this and other courses, visit or e-mail



Boddy's Big Backyard Barbecue — Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Inspired by the legendary parties that Descanso owner E. Manchester Boddy hosted in the 1930s and '40s, the Gardens' Labor Day shindig starts off with a walk through the California garden at 10 a.m. Gather youngsters for a reading of "Teddy Bears' Picnic" at 12:30 p.m. Music provided by the Mobile Homeboys from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring a picnic to the Main Lawn or purchase barbecue from 11:30 to 3 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $3 for children 5 to 12; and free children 4 and younger.

Free document shredding — Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m. The joint sponsors of the 10th annual Foothills Community Expo will bring back a popular service to the community. A mobile shredding truck will be on hand to shred documents that no longer are needed, up to seven boxes per attendee, to be shredded while residents watch. Unneeded personal and business documents should be shredded to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Verdugo Hills Hospital. 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. For more information call (818) 790-4289 or (818) 395-7073.

9/11 Memorial Service — Sept. 11, 9 a.m. A memorial service will be held to honor more than 3,000 victims whose lives were taken at the terror attacks at the World Trade Center. The event is sponsored and conducted by the members of the Young Republicans of La Cañada Flintridge. The event will include memorial speeches by local schools and public officials as well as an invocation by the Rev. Gary Dennis of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Music will be provided by the La Cañada High School band and members of the high-school choral group. Free. Memorial Park. 1327 Foothill Blvd.

Rummage Sale — Sept. 11, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Household goods, books and clothing will be among the items featured at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station Volunteers Annual Rummage Sale, which takes place in the lower parking lot at the station, 4554 N. Briggs Ave., La Crescenta. Proceeds benefit the station's programs such as Volunteers on Patrol and Arson Watch, as well as community events.

E-Waste Collection — Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. E-waste products that will be accepted include computer equipment, printers, scanners, copiers, televisions, fax machines, toner cartridges, power supplies, rechargeable batteries, cell and landline phones, home-entertainment systems and other electronic waste. For more information about this event contact Tri Products, Inc. at (877) 866-0128 or go online to

Art Sale and Auction — Sept. 19, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Main Hall, McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, 91042. More than 50 pieces on display. All proceeds will benefit the Little Landers Historical Society, McGroarty Arts Center and the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, a volunteer organization that informs the community about land-use and planning issues. For more information about the art sale call (818) 438-7076 or visit

Wiggle, Waggle, Walk —Sept. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 12th Annual Wiggle, Waggle, Walk 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 call (626) 792-7151 ext.167.

Architectural Tour of Caltech Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. The Caltech Women's Club will be offering architectural tours of the campus. The tours last up to two hours and are open to the public. The meeting place is the Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave, Pasadena. Street parking only. For reservations call (626) 395-6328.

Benefit Concert for Union Station — Oct. 2, Doors open at 5 p.m., concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Music of Bob Mintzer and the USC Big Band with special guest performers. The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres and wine, followed by the concert. At the conclusion of the performance there will be dessert and coffee with the artists. The concert will benefit Union Station Homeless Services, assisting homeless men, women, and children. Individual tickets are $50 ($35 for young professionals) and can be purchased by visiting or by calling (626) 250-4557.

Foothill Artists League Annual Exhibition — Oct. 3, 1 p.m. to -5 p.m. Lanterman House will be holding an open house featuring art, music, history and refreshments. Local artists' work will be featured including plein air and studio oil paintings by the Foothill Artists League. In addition, there will be guided tours of the historic museum and a raffle. 4420 Encinas Drive. For more information call (818) 790-1421.



World Vision Concert — Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Lutheran Church in the Foothills, 1700 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Mark Anzelon, a local resident and World Vision master musician, will be presenting a free concert. For further information, contact the church office at (818) 790-1951.



La Cañada High School Class of 1970Oct. 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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