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Rose pruning — Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. Rose horticulturist Amanda Everett teaches why rose pruning is necessary, what tools to use, the best time to prune and pruning techniques for different types of roses. The class meets in the Rose Garden Pavilion at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Free with Descanso admission, $8 adults, $6 senior/students and $3 for children 5-12.

Painting Nature — Six-week series, beginning Saturday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn the finer points of watercolor painting of the natural world from artist Jay R. Ewing. For beginning and intermediate students. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Cost: $120 general, $90 for Descanso Guild members. No walk-ins. Registration is required and can be accomplished by calling (818) 949-7980.

Watercolor demonstration — Friday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Verdugo Hills Art Association hosts guest artist Osamu Saito for a demonstration event at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. Originally from Japan, Saito moved to the U.S. to broaden his creativity, skills and technique. This event is open to the public. For more information visit

Singing, Acting, Etiquette/Modeling training — 10-week sessions on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 8. The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada, is the venue for these courses taught by WAW Talent Training. Singing classes for ages 7 to adult are set for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Acting classes, also for ages 7 to adult will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Etiquette/Modeling training for ages 7-21 will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Each full session is $395; the first class is free. For more information on the programs, go online to or call (818) 203-6080.



Pasadena Bead and Design Show — Jan. 13-16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan bead makers featured along with designers showcasing beads, gold and silver, jewelry, art clothing, metalwork, antiquities and more. Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101. Admission $10. Valet parking at $6 is available. For exhibitor and workshop lists go online to



Food of the Gods — Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino 91108. Kids will explore stories of the mythical gods, goddesses and heroes depicted in the bronze sculptures in the art galleries, then cook up a feast inspired by Roman mythology. Led by chef and art educator Maite Gomez-Rejón. Ages 7-12. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Huntington members, $55; non-members $65. To register call (626) 405-2128.



"Gold and Silver in Korean Art" — Sunday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. Brown Auditorium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036. Dr. Choi EungChon, director of Dongguk University Museum and associate professor of art history at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, will survey the role of gold and silver throughout the ages while highlighting Buddhist sutra paintings on view in the Korean art gallery. Free with museum admission, which is $15 for adults and $10 for students 18+ with valid ID and seniors 62+. No reservations are required. Call (323) 857-6000 for more information.

"The Lucky Ones" — Monday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. Mae Ngai, professor of history at Columbia University and author of "The Lucky Ones," tells the story of three generations of a Chinese American family whose members both protested and profited from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Friends Hall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino 91108. Free. No reservations required.



Musica Angelica presents "Bach Songs and Organ Works" — Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Guest artists are Ida Aldrian, mezzo-soprano and Dmitry Bondarenko, organ. Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91103. Tickets are $39 general admission; $15 students with valid I.D. For more information visit or call (310) 458-4504.

Pasadena Master Chorale hosts Cornell Glee Club — Sunday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m. La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta 91214. The concert will open with a performance by the Pasadena Master Chorale of the "Introit" and "Kyrie" from Mozart's Requiem, K. 626. Soloists will include soprano Lauren Buckley and pianist Renee Gilormini. Jeffrey Bernstein will conduct. The Cornell Glee Club will then present all-male choral music from a variety of cultures, ranging from compositions from the European Renaissance to folk music of the Americas. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $20. For more information about the Pasadena Master Chorale, visit

Haydn's "Drum Roll" Symphony — Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale 91203. Ticket prices are $100, $85, $50 $18. Tickets available online at, or by calling (213) 622-7001, ext. 215. Tickets, if still available, will be sold at the Alex box office on the night of the concert.



CPR course — Thursdays, Jan. 13 and Feb. 10, 6 p.m. both dates. The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Heartsaver AED (automated external defibrillator) course covers adult, child and infant CPR; adult and child AED; adult, child and infant choking; as well as stroke detection and intervention. The class lasts approximately three hours and the certification is for two years. Fees are: CC-YMCA member, $40; program member, $50; non-member, $60. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. Call (818) 790-0123. Classes are at the Y, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.

First-aid course — Thursdays, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, 6 p.m. both dates. This Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Heartsaver First Aid Course covers first-aid basics; medical, injury and environmental emergencies. This class lasts approximately two hours and is held at the Y, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Class fees are CC-YMCA member, $10; program member, $15; non-member, $20. Pre-registration is required through the Y's membership office. Call (818) 790-0123.

Parkinson's Support Group — Fridays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 18. The Crescenta Cañada YMCA hosts monthly meetings for the La Cañada Parkinson's Support Group. This group is free to join and will provide research and support for those with Parkinson's or movement disorders. For more information contact Nancy Turney, Senior Services director, (818) 790-0123, ext. 225.

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