Around & About

CLASSES & SEMINARS: Plan Your Spring Garden — Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. Mike Brown, horticulturist, shows home gardeners how to get a jump on spring blooms. Class meets in the Maple building at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, then moves into the gardens. Subjects covered include soil preparation, raised planting beds and container gardens. Advance registration is required. Cost is $15 for general public, $10 for Descanso members. Register by calling (818) 949-7980.

Online Networking Workshop — Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn how to use "Linked In," the networking site for professionals. Pixie Boyden, administrative computing manager at Loyola Law School, will go through the steps of using this networking tool in a small classroom setting at Women At Work, 3871 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91107. Attendees must register for a "Linked In" account before attending the workshop. Visit and click on "join today." Register for the workshop by calling (626) 796-6870, ext. 0. Cost is $20 if you register by Nov. 10; $25 thereafter.

Inheritance Tax Law Changes — Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. Phillip Roitman, J.D., LL.M., an attorney with more than 20 years of experience specializing in all aspects of tax law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, will talk about the impact of new rules for inheritance taxes. Refreshments will be served. The program is presented by the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. For more information call Melissa at the Community Center, (818) 790-4353.



Veterans Day Program — Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Longtime KTLA-TV anchor and World War II veteran Stan Chambers is master of ceremonies at the 51st annual Veterans Day Program at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, 90068. Keynote speaker is Master Sgt. Kanessa Trent, public affairs sergeant major for the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. The Golden Stars Skydiving Team will give an aerial performance and there will be a special commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Admission is free. For more information call (800) 204-3131.

A Taste of Scotland — Saturday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums, one of 71 bagpipe bands in the Western United States, offers an evening of piping, darts, whisky-tasting, food, drink, auction and raffle at the Llama Llounge, 2593 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena. Cost is $50. To order tickets, e-mail

Native Plant Sale — Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the Califiornia Native Plant Soicety will host its "Native Plants for Foothill Gardens" annual plant sale at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena 91107. On the following Saturday, Nov. 20, a free native-gardening workshop will be held at the same location at 3 p.m.

Fall Color Walk — Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. Horticulturist Wayne Walker leads this "walk and talk" through the gardens. Free with admission, which is $8 for adults, $6 for senior and students, $3 for children 5-12.

Thanksgiving Day at Descanso — Thursday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. Take the family out for a stroll either before or after the big meal. Or enjoy Patina Catering's Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Descanso admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12. Thanksgiving dinner: $45, $37 members, $15.95 children 4-12. For dinner reservations, call Patina at (818) 790-3663.



Toddler Time — Saturday, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tots ages 18 to 36 months, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to enjoy a morning of science and art exploration, sing-a-long time and active play at Kidspace Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 91103. Fee is $25 per child. Register online at

Babysitting Course for Ages 11 to 15 — Saturdays, Nov. 20, Dec. 11 and Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Verdugo Hills Hospital Beginnings Family Education Program offers babysitting classes at the hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. The interactive course teaches infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips and more. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate. Class fee is $35 per person and reservations are required. To register call (818) 952-2272.

Holiday Day Camp — Friday, Nov. 26, full day, or one of two sessions: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kidspace Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 91103. Cost is $60 per session or $100 for all day. For more information go to



Caltech-Occidental Symphony Orchestra — Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Thorne Hall, Occidental College and Sunday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m. Ramo Auditorium, Caltech. Allen Robert Gross conducts both of these concerts; Lawrence Sonderling is the featured violinist. The program includes Nicolai's overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor," Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 4 and "Violin Concerto No. 1" by Shostakovich. For more information (323) 259-2785 (Occidental) and (626) 395-3295 (Caltech). Free and open to the public.

Ten Years of Aloha — Saturday, Nov. 20, 3:00 p.m. at Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Ave. La Cañada Flintridge. Occidental College and Sunday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m. Ramo Auditorium, Caltech. For information call (818) 692-4189 or e-mail



The Art of the Short Story — Sunday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 964 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, presents a reading and workshop with author Leslie Parry. Parry will share one of her short stories, then lead a 30-minute writing exercise and a question-and-answer session. Free. For more information call (818) 790-0717.



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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