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Oktoberfest — Oct. 2, noon to 11 p.m. The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce stages this event along the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. Food, music, games and contests. Beer and wine sales start at 2 p.m. Admission is free; dinner tickets can be ordered ahead of time for $8.50 through Schreiner's Fine Sausages and the Chamber of Commerce office. For more information call (818) 249-7171.

Pancake Breakfast — Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Fremont Elementary School, 3320 Las Palmas Ave., Glendale 91208, will serve up pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, milk and juice during this fundraiser for the sixth-grade class. Rosemont Middle School Orchestra will provide entertainment. For more information call (818) 249-3241.

Home and Kitchen Tour — Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. American Society of Interior Designers Pasadena Chapter plans its 24th annual tour of area homes that have been updated by top ASID designers. The properties on the tour include a 2000 La Cañada Flintridge traditional Colonial-style home, a 1955 contemporary home in Pasadena, a San Marino French provincial style home built in 1941 and a 1971 modern version of a Craftsman-style home built in South Pasadena. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour. They can be purchased by calling (800) 237-2634, or at Pzazz Hair Salon, 840 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

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.

Japanese Bazaar and Craft Fair — Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A bonsai exhibit, martial arts demonstrations, food and games for kids will be included in the day's events at the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute, 595 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena 91103. Free parking and admission.

ArtNight Pasadena — Oct. 8, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ArtNight Pasadena kicks off Pasadena ArtWeekend, a three-day, six-event citywide arts festival. Fourteen of the community's arts and culture institutions open their doors and offer free admission: Alliance Francaise de Pasadena, 34 E. Union St.; Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave.; Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St.; Kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; Norton Simon Museum of Art, 411 W. Colorado Blvd.; One Colorado, on the north side of Colorado Boulevard in Old Town; Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave.; Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.; Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St.; Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St.; Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St.; Pasadena Symphony at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave.; and the Shumei Arts Council, 2430 E. Colorado Blvd. The event is sponsored by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission. For information call (626) 744-7887 or visit To join ArtNight bicycle tours visit

Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Festival and Plant Sale — Two weekends, Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 15-16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Admission is free. Oct. 8-9 is Members' Days, when Theodore Payne members receive a 15% discount on many plants and 10% off seeds. On Oct. 15-16, nonmembers will receive a 10% discount on many plants and seeds. To learn more visit or call (818) 768-1802.

Craftsman Weekend, Pasadena Heritage — Oct. 15-17. Offerings include a tour of significant Craftsman-era houses, bus and walking tours, and evening receptions at historic sites. New this year is the expanded Craftsman Exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center, featuring furniture and decorate art. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Pasadena Heritage at (626) 441-6333 or go online to

Korean Cooking Demonstration — Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The La Cañada Flintridge Public Library, 4545 N. Oakwood Drive, hosts this demonstration in conjunction with the city's One City One Book program, which this year features the book "Honolulu" by Southern California author Alan Brennert. For details, call Kevin Hasely, adult reference librarian, at (818) 790-3330.

One City One Book Author Symposium — Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m. The school board meeting room at La Cañada Unified School District headquarters, 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada, will be the venue when the city of La Cañada Flintridge's One City One Book Committee hosts Alan Brennert, the author of this year's selected community reading, "Honolulu." The book is a tale of a Korean mail-order bride who escapes the bad marriage and learns to navigate her adopted city during the early years of the 20th century. This event is free.



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.

Midnight Winds — Oct. 3, 4 p.m. This Los Angeles-based woodwind quintet will perform in the Worship Arts Center of La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., as part of the church's Ovation series. The concert will feature music ranging from the 18th-century compositions of Haydn to the 20th-centruy works of Danish composer Carl Nielson, as well as "Five Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet," a recent work composed by Jack Lantz, director of music and worship arts for the church. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door.

Marley's Ghost — Oct. 9, 8 p.m. The Caltech Folk Music Society presents the eclectic band Marley's Ghost at the Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. Free parking available. Tickets are $15 adults; $5 children under 12. For information call (626) 395-4652. The Folk Music Society website is

Brenna Whitaker — Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Unity Church Benefit Concert, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Tickets are $20. For more details call Larry at (626) 202-5194 or the church, (818) 249-4396.



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 can be 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.

Free flu shots for seniors — Oct. 29, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., is offering free flu immunizations to residents 55 years of age and older. Shot will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. For more details call the hospital's flu hotline at (818) 949-4003.

Zumba Toning — Saturdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Vonder Haar Center, 457 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Using light weights, this class combines body-sculpting techniques and Zumba moves. First class is free. For more information call (818) 395-7760.

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