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CLASSES: 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.

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.

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



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.



Reduce risk of falling — Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to noon. "Falling is Not a Natural Part of the Aging Process" will be presented by Dan Layne and Bobbie Koonse, instructors of the Fallproof Balance & Mobility Program, in the Patio Room of the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Free.

Encore speakers' program for seniors —11th season begins Sept. 11. Glendale Community College presents its Encore speakers' program, with a "meet and greet" taking place at 10 a.m. Sept. 11, followed by member and guest "Where Were You?" remembrance of certain historical happenings. Attendance to this session is free to visitors. The Encore series will be held for two-hour sessions for six weeks this fall. Outside speakers will address the audience on Saturdays Sept. 25 to Oct. 16. Encore, coordinated by Roberta Vadman, meets at the Life Skills Building at the east end of campus. Enter the college parking lot off Mountain Avenue near the Glendale (2) Freeway.

Alexander Technique — Sept. 15, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Yoga Studio 4, Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Learn how the Alexander Technique promotes ease and efficiency of movement for better coordination, posture, and breathing. This class is for anyone striving to improve their athletic, musical or dramatic performance, as well as those seeking to avoid repetitive strain injuries and harmful postural habits. Presented by Bill Plake, Certified Teacher, American Society for the Alexander Technique. Free.

What is Qigong? — Oct. 9, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Patio Room, Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Find out how Qigong is helpful for those suffering from any chronic medical condition or for those wishing to maintain optimal health and calmness. Presented by Antoinette Rohner and Simone Alexandrino, directors of Moving into Peace. Rohner also teaches Qigong at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and has a private acupressure practice. Free.



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 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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