Around 'n' About

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Pumpkin Festival Oct. 25- 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days. Kidspace Children’s Museum celebrates the fall season with their family-friendly carnival at Brookside Park in Pasadena. The Pumpkin Festival includes children’s costume parades, face decorating and a pumpkin patch. Kidspace is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena Free parking is available in Rose Bowl Parking Lot I. For more information, visit www.kidspacemuseum.org.

CLASSES

Computer Lessons for Seniors — The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is offering free computer lessons to teach senior citizens basic computer skills. The lessons are made possible by Adam Berkeley, a volunteer at the YMCA. Berkeley has past experience with computers due to computer based professions in telecommunications and real estate.

Lessons are available by appointment and can be taken until the student feels comfortable on the computer. To make an appointment contact Nancy Turner (818) 790-0123 ext. 225 or nturney@ymcacc.org.

CLUBS

Writer2WriterNov. 2, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (meet first Sunday of every month). An informal discussion and coffee with a published author of children and teen books. Autumn Cornwell, author of “Carpe Diem on Taking Real Life Adventures, Misadventures and Humiliations and Turning Them into Comedic Fiction.” The Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 964 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada. The program is free. For info or to RSVP, contact Catherine Linka at catherineL@flintridgebooks.com with “Writer2Writer” in subject line or (818) 790-0717. 

EVENTS

Fall Book Sale Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 to 4 p.m. The Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Library are having their Fall Book Sale at the library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., LCF. It is the best buy in town. Area readers pour into the library throughout the year to donate books that they have loved and want to share. The bins are full of books: mysteries, romances, histories, classics, geographies, encyclopedias, childrens’, self-help, and materials for class projects. Members of the Friends may preview and purchase Friday, Oct 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 25, from 9 to 10 a.m. New Friends are always welcome to come and sign up. Sale proceeds fund special library programs, including audio-visual materials, rental books, periodicals, fiction and young adult books, along with special programs for both adults and children.

Ballet at Descanso Gardens Oct. 25-26, 2 p.m. both days. La Cañada’s own California Contemporary Ballet will be performing at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, during the Gardens’ Harvest Festival celebration scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26. The engaging dance company will perform its rendition of “Rodeo” at the Under the Oaks amphitheater, nestled among the trees in the heart of the gardens.

Following the performance, CCB will host its annual Dance-a-thon at its studios, 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada. New to this year’s dance event, the company will host the Skelly Awards Costume Contest, where trophies will be awarded for the funniest, scariest and the best costumes. The costume contest follows at 6 p.m. For more information, call California Contemporary Ballet at (818) 790-7924.

Travel Adventure Series Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada kicks off the 49th annual Travel Adventure Series with the “Vines Down Under: Wine Regions of Australia and New Zealand,” presented by Mary Lee and Sid Nolan.

The itinerary starts in Sydney, cosmopolitan center of Australian life, and explores the country’s many regions known world wide for their wines. The film will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Flintridge Preparatory School, which is located at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge. Preprogram entertainment featuring Tom Burrows piano melodies will begin at 7:10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets for individual performances are $8 and season tickets for the remaining five films are $35.

For information call the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada at (818) 790-9901. Tickets may be purchased by mail from the La Cañada Kiwanis, PO Box 112, La Cañada, CA 91012. 

Appraisal Faire Oct. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Southern California Genealogical Society’s next fundraiser is an Appraisal Faire, at the library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank. Bring your inherited jewelry, painting, lamp, doll, toy train or silver coffee pot and find out what it’s worth. There is a $5 donation per item and a maximum of three items per person.

For more information, call SCGS Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (818) 843-7247 or e-mail scgs@scgsgenealogy.com.

Steve McQueen Memorabilia Auction Oct. 25. Bonhams & Butterfields’ annual vintage motorbike, custom car and sports-racing collectibles auction at L.A.’s Petersen Auto Museum now referred to as the “Classic California” sale, features a wonderful assemblage of desirable early Steve McQueen memorabilia from the collection of his first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, as well as property from noted private and institutional collections. In addition to the auction itself, Neile McQueen Toffel (aka Neile Adams), will also be involved with the 25th Anniversary Love Ride, part of California Bike Week, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, with Jay Leno presiding as grand marshal. For more information visit www.bonhams.com/us.

Art on Palm: Street Art Fair Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The biannual outdoor event Art on Palm will feature the works of 30 local artists and artisans. The artwork for show and sale includes ceramics, collages, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sketches, textiles and woodwork. The event, to be held at 1419 E. Palm Street in Altadena, is free with free parking on the surrounding streets.

EXHIBITIONS

“Oil, Water, and Clay Make a Creative Mix” Through Nov. 13, Reception for the artist: Oct. 26 from Noon - 4 p.m. Featuring the work of Miriam Balcazar, Belinda Del Pesco and Trish Kertes. The art gallery is located in the Carriage House adjacent to the Boddy House, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive , La Cañada. For information call (818) 949 4200 or Gallery (818) 949-0125. Gallery Admission is free with Garden admission.

The Contemporary Crafts Market Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31- Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s finest artists, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality. Held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, located at 1855 Main Street on the corner of Pico Boulevard. Show hours are Admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 are free. For additional information, call (310) 285-3655 or visit the website at www.CraftSource.org.

“Gathering”: The Silver Lake Art Collective (SLAC) Nov.1 through Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. with an opening reception on Nov. 1, from 7-10 p.m. A neighborhood-based organization of fine artists, expands its annual Open Studio Tour with a major event: a consolidated, membership exhibit— “Gathering”. This premiere, fine-art presentation and sale will feature works by 25 members of SLAC including the internationally renowned artist, author and film maker Don Bachardy. Located adjacent to the Citibank branch office at 2450 Glendale Blvd., in the Silver Lake area.

The eighth annual SLAC Open Studio Tour coincides with the second weekend of the Gathering exhibit, with seven of its members open their studios from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9.

Further information and updated details are available at the Collective’s website: http://silverlakearts.com.

TO YOUR HEALTH

12 step, 12 week Kung Fu Boot camp Through Dec. 17, from 7-8 p.m. The class teaches the 12 step Tan Tui, a 12 section Kung Fu form taught to all beginner level Shaolin monks, and required by the Chinese Wu Shu teams and the Ting Mo federation.

Classes are held year round in the patio area of the CV Park Multipurpose Center, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., Crescenta Valley.

Fee is $120 for entire 12 weeks or $20 per class. For information call Buddha Zhen at (818) 723-2769 or visit www.buddhakungfu.com.

FallProof: Balance and Mobility Program Oct. 31 – Jan. 2, Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. FallProof is an eight-week program that is scientifically designed and tested to address risk factors for falls and help reduce the fear of falling. It was developed through California State University, Fullerton and is part of the Center for Successful Aging.

The goal of this program is to increase the student’s level of activity and the knowledge to continue along the path of healthy movement.

Classes are held at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge.

For additional information contact Nancy Turney, director of Senior Services, at nturney@ymcacc.org or call (818) 790-0123 ext.225.

Coping With Cancer During The Holidays Nov.11, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This free workshop will be presented by Denise Badaruddin, Ph.D. Holidays can be especially stressful for people with cancer and this presentation is designed for participants to come away prepared with practical coping strategies to help deal with the upcoming season. Reservations are preferred. The Wellness Community-Foothills, 200 East Del Mar Blvd., Suite 118, Pasadena.

For more information call (626)796-1083

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