Around 'N' About

Alex Taylor — Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Author of ‘Amazing Mentholatum.’ His grandfather invented this deep heat rub for the common cold and over the years he’s collected all the packaging he could find for Mentholatum and put the images in a book along with its history. Also, María Amparo Escandón — Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Author of La Cañada’s One City One Book – “González and Daughter Trucking Co.” Flintridge Bookstore, 964 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. For information call (818) 790-0717.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training Oct. 20, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Cost: $45 CC-YMCA facility member, $50/ YMCA community member and $55 for non-members. Register online at www.ymcacc.org or call (818) 790-0123.

Teen Self-Defense Workshop — Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. This one-day only workshop, at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, will teach teens personal safety through physical and emotional training. The Community Center is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. To sign up for this workshop or to learn about other class offerings for people of all ages, including babysitters’ training, cooking, children’s tap-dancing, fairy-tale theater, adults ceramics and more, call the Center at (818) 790-4353.

Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. The Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash (acronym “KIDS”) features entertainment, games, food, beverage, and the exciting races for super prizes at “Lake Glendale,” Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd, Glendale.

Fall Book Sale at La Cañada Library Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada, stage this fund-raiser in support of the library. “We have everything from classics to the latest in fiction,” says Friends President Rosemary Hook. “To help with the children’s school projects, there are two sets of encyclopedias available, along with several complete Time-Life sets.” Members of the Friends may shop in advance of the sale, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Book lovers may join the Friends for $15 and take advantage of the early shopping times. Special Friends book bags will be on sale for $7 and shoppers may fill the bag with books for an additional $3. At 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, the hardcover book price drops to $2 and at 3:30 p.m. to $1.

Reel talk with Stephen Farber Monday nights through Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Stephen Farber, one of the country’s leading film critics and historians, continues his film series at the Wadsworth Theatre on the Veterans Administration grounds, Bldg. 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Individual screening tickets are $20 and are for sale at the Wadsworth/Brentwood Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Caltech Architectural Tour Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. Architectural tours of the Caltech campus is on the fourth Thursday of each month, except December. The Caltech Women’s Club provides the tours, which last up to two hours. The tour is open to the public and meets at Athenaeum (front hall), 551 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. For reservations call (626) 395-6327. Other dates are Nov. 15; Jan. 24; Feb. 28; March 27; April 24; May 22; and June 26.

48th Annual Veterans Day Program at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. Forest Lawn’s 48th Annual Veterans Day program will feature a special salute to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Serving as master of ceremonies will be long-time KTLA-TV anchor and World War II veteran Stan Chambers. The event will also feature an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team; performances by renowned soloist Robbie Britt; patriotic musical arrangements by the Notre Dame High School Irish Knight Marching Band; and a presentation of the Presidential Proclamation by Michael Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor. Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Admission is free.

Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 16-25. See the latest concepts, premieres, hybrids and designs. It will feature at least a dozen world premieres of production and/or concept vehicles from the world’s top automakers. In addition to displays from all the major vehicle manufacturers, the LA Auto Show is a place to discover and purchase almost anything associated with cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Admission for adults is $10; children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult; seniors (65+) is $7. For more information, visit www.LAautoshow.com.

Kiwanis Club Travel Adventure Series Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada sponsors its 48th annual Travel Adventure Series. All programs have been produced using the finest digital cinema techniques and are presented by the original filmmakers relating their personal experiences. They are held in the auditorium of the Flintridge Preparatory School, at the corner of Crown Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge. Tickets for individual screenings are $8. Nov. 17, Steve McCurdy’s program on northern Italy, “My Own Private Italy”; Jan. 12, Sandy Mortimer presents “Irish Stories & Glories”; Feb. 23, “Hollywood’s Magic Isle — Catalina” will be presented by Chick Liddell; April 12, “La Manche, the English Channel” .For more information call the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada at (818) 790-9901. Purchase tickets by mail from the La Cañada Kiwanis, P.O. Box 112, La Cañada, CA 91012.

Custom Car Show On display through January. The machines of Chuck Barris are featured at the Wally Parks National Hot Rod Association Motorsports Museum. Chronicling more than 50 years of American motorsports history. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 60 and older and for ages 6-15, and free for ages under 5. Parking is at Gate 1 on McKinley Ave. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. For information, call (909) 622-2133. or visit www.museum.nhra.com.

Around the World Book Club — The La Cañada Newcomer’s Club Around the World Book Club will read several new books each year chosen by club members, with a new cultural theme each time. People don’t have to be new to the community to join the La Cañada Newcomer’s Club. It is a social club for all La Cañada Flintridge residents. For membership information, contact Susan Marki, president of the Newcomer’s Club, (818) 864-6026.

Free Debating Class Offered For Seniors Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. “Debate Class For Mature Adults” is a free class offered by the Glendale Community College Lifelong Learning Seminars Program this fall semester. It is currently open and meets on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado. Registration for the course can be done online at www.glendale.edu/ce or at any class meeting. Call (818) 243-5196. 

The Life & Times of Albert Einstein — Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, hosts this glimpse into Einstein’s life as seen through the people who surround him. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Library and the La Cañada Flintridge Library, part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Admission is free. Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Call (818) 790-0123, ext. 225.

The 74th Los Angeles Bach Festival Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Three free concerts spotlighting the musical talents of young performers, and engage students in classical music, at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. The L.A. Bach Festival will present the Junior Bach Festival Winners Concert in the First Church Sanctuary. For further information on the festival, call (213) 385-1345.

La Cañada High School Orchestra’s First Concert of 2007-’08 — Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s concert will start off with the 7/8 string orchestra playing “Fiddler on the Roof” followed by the 7/8 string quartet. Jerry Joo will be the featured violin soloist performing “Concerto” by Boccherini. The 9/12 orchestra will begin with “Hopak” by Mussorgsky followed with a special treat with the performance of “Concerto for Four Violins” by Vivaldi. The four violinists are Jessie Cho, Denny Choi, Tim Joo and Zach Wetzel. Admission is free.

Wicked Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This production of Wicked stars Eden Espinosa and Megan Hilty as Elphaba and Glinda. Prices are $25 lottery to $90.50; premium tickets are also available. Two-and-a-half hours prior to show time, people who present themselves at the Pantages box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of front orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. An ID is required to purchase the tickets. The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878 or go online to ticketmaster.com or www.wickedthemusical.com.

Clazzical Notes Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Vibrations: The best of Western & Afro Cuban Percussion featuring the Michito Sanchez Afro-Cuban Quartet; David Johnson, classical percussionist; and KKJZ FM 88.1 morning drive host Bubba Jackson as moderator. Ramo Auditorium on the campus of the California Institute of Technology, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Free; no tickets or reservations required. For more information, call (626) 793-7172, ext. 18 or visit www.pasadenasymphony.org.

365 Days/365 Plays Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Los Angeles will celebrate the grand finale of what has been billed as the largest theatre collaboration in U.S. history, “365 Days/365 Plays,” at the Marina Pavilion in California Plaza, presented by Center Theatre Group with Grand Performances. Parking for the “365” finale is available at the California Plaza parking garage at 351 S. Olive St., between 1st and 4th streets. Grand Performances presents free performing arts that reflect the best of global culture. For more information, visit www.grandperformances.org or visit CTG’s website at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Discounted Mammograms Throughout the month of October. Verdugo Hills Hospital offers discounted screening mammograms during the month of October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The hospital encourages women 40 years and older to book a screening mammogram, provided by the Dixie Lee Ratliff Breast Healthcare Center at a discounted price of $55. The discount applies to all women who make an appointment in October, even if it is scheduled for later. Call (818) 952-3557 for an appointment.

Group Outdoor Nature Experience — Oct. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. Hike the famous Dawn Mine in the San Gabriel Mountains where gold was discovered. Meet at the Millard Canyon parking lot. Bring snacks and water. For information contact Pam Gilman at crazybiker@hotmail.com or call the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA at (818) 790-0123.

Free flu immunizations to seniors — Nov. 16, from 7 to 10 a.m. Verdugo Hills Hospital is offering free flu immunizations to seniors. The flu shots will be provided to residents in the community aged 60 and older in the hospital’s Council Room (located on the 4th floor) on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. The shots are also available to people who have been under a doctor’s care for long-term health or lung problems, anyone who has been admitted to a hospital within the past year for treatment of kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia or severe asthma, and anyone who has a type of cancer that lowers the body’s normal resistance to infections. For more information, call (818) 949-4003.

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