Around and About

EVENTS: Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Festival and Plant Sale —  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 are 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

Global Warming Symposium — Saturday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Climate scientists will discuss global warming and climate change in a public symposium at von Karman Auditorium on the JPL campus, 4800 Oak Grove Drive. Admission is free. For more information go to

'Autumn Air' —The weekend of Oct. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Local plein air artists will be working and selling their artwork at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Free with admission to the Gardens, which is $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, and $3 children 5-12. Two workshops priced separately. To learn more call (818) 949-4200 or go to

Korean Cooking Demonstration — Saturday, 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 — Sunday, 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.

Relay for Life Kick-off Ceremony — Saturday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. Attend this mini-luminaria ceremony at the northeast corner of Oceanview and Honolulu in Montrose to sign up to participate in the May 14-15, 2011 Relay for Life, which will take place at Clark Magnet School in La Crescenta to raise funds for cancer research. Teams that sign up for the Relay during the kick-off ceremony Oct. 23 will have a registration fee of $11. For more information call Relay for Life Chairman Paula Warner at (818) 269-2155.



Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera — Now through Nov. 6. The Folk Tree gallery, 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91105. More than 65 artists are participating in this year's exhibition, which includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, jewelry and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (626) 795-8733.

The Major Art of Koko — Opening artist reception, Friday, Oct. 15,. and Saturday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. both dates. Gallery hours 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Stephanie's Art Gallery, 466 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Koko is a Los Angeles-based and internationally-exhibited artist who works primarily in oils. This special exhibition showcases his "Renaissance Series." The artist will be attending the opening reception with the new release of his first edition catalogue of work, published this year. For more information call (818) 790-4905 or visit



Fiesta Tropicale 2010, Holy Family Grade School — Sunday, Oct. 17, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Holy Family Grade School Parents Guild, with support from Star Ford of Glendale, hosts this annual fundraiser on school grounds, 400 S. Louise St., Glendale. International foods, carnival games, live entertainment and more. Tickets for raffles and breakfast will be available on the day of the event. For more information contact Mary Avila at (818) 631-0378.

Vegging Out —Thursday, Nov. 4, 3:30 to 5 p.m. For children who attend kindergarten through third-grade, accompanied by an adult. The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA plans several fun-filled activities to make nutrition cool. Among them: planting vegetables, participating in interactive story time, making holiday-themed healthy snacks and learning from a nutritionist. Free and open to community members. For more information call Rosanne Malogolowkin at (818) 790-0123, ext. 247.



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.



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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