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Western Square Dancing — Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sets in Step Dance Club offers this class at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Ron Durkee is the professional caller. Dress is casual and the price is $6 (cash) per lesson. Refreshments included. A partner is suggested, but singles are also welcome. For more information call Betty Woodhull at (818) 249-2651.

Music Appreciation — Tuesdays beginning Feb. 15, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dr. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, conducts this off-campus music appreciation class for adults. This semester will cover "Film Composers and Other Related Stuff." Classes are held at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave., Montrose. Cost for the 15-week course is $90. For more information call Dianne at (818) 248-8110 or (818) 445-2300.



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

Heritage Oak Walk — Saturday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. Wen Wang leads an informative walk among the five heritage Coast live oaks at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. Meet at the Center Circle. Free with admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with I.D.; $3 for children 5-12. For information call (818) 949-4200.

Clock and Watch Convention — Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chapters 75 and 133 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors host the annual Greater Los Angeles Regional Clock and Watch Convention at the Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101. Open to the public one day, Feb. 5. Thousands of antique and vintage clocks and watches will be for sale or viewing. Admission is $12.



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.

Spanish Dance — Saturday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. The La Cañada Flintridge branch of the county of Los Angeles Public Library hosts Spanish flamenco dancer Susana Elena and Spanish classical guitarist Almer Imamovic as part of an ongoing series of programs aimed at providing free arts and literary events for children and their families. Susana Elena introduces Spanish dance to children as young as 5. At the show's end children are invited on-stage to join in a simple rumba flamenca danced with scarves. A castanet lesson is offered to those interested after the show. Almer Imamovic plays compositions created for the Spanish guitar. The library is located at 4545 N. Oakwood Ave.



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.

Dueling Pianos — Sunday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m. Jack Lantz and Kemp Smeal of La Cañada Presbyterian Church will square off at the Steinways for "Three for Two — Duo Piano Concert." The music is grouped by three, with three selections of each style of music, which will range from classical music to hymns to the Great American Songbook and show tunes, all featuring pieces arranged for two pianists working at separate pianos. The concert will be held in the church sanctuary, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the church office or by calling Lori MacDonald at (626) 794-1522. They will also be sold at the door. For additional information, visit or call (818) 790-6708.



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; and 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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