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Dollars & Sense: Surviving Your College Years — Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, 7 p.m. This free two-evening series covers two topics: Getting Financial Aid (Feb. 9) and Money Management (Feb. 10). The Feb. 9 seminar will be held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 Verdugo Road, Glendale 91208; the Feb. 10 seminar will be held in the main auditorium at Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale 91208. Parking is free at both venues. Students, parents and community members are invited to attend the two-evening event, which will be presented by financial aid experts and certified public accountants. The series is hosted by The Community Foundation of the Verdugos and Glendale Community College. For more information call (818) 241-8040.


Petite Etiquette for Children & Parents Feb. 13 or March 20 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diana Olson, MA AICI CIP, Etiquette/Image & Civility specialist, will teach an interactive etiquette class. The class will include introductions, conversation skills, dining manners, and a tutorial luncheon. Emphasis is on kindness and consideration toward others. Luncheon will be at McCormick's & Schmick's in Pasadena. Location will be at 465 E. Union, unit 100, Pasadena.

For information call or visit


Passport to Art Adventure, for children Session II, Wednesdays, Feb. 24 to March 31. The class, taught by Wendy Alane Smith at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, exposes students to culture, art and music from around the world while allowing the children to earn community service hours. Students will make world art projects including windmills, Brazilian paper mache masks, Japanese Kokeshi dolls, New Zealand Koru art & Navajo sand paintings and have an art show at the end of the series. The fee is $125 for each six-week session.

The Community Center is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. For more information contact Wendy Alane Smith at (310) 770-6384 or Megan Nordvedt at (818) 790-4353.


Music Appreciation Feb. 16 through June 8, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Dr. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, will again conduct off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This semester will cover the early 20th century. Stern weaves music examples with cultural history to increase the listener's understanding of the evolution of music. Classes are held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, located at 2700 Montrose Ave., Montrose. The cost for the 16-week classes is $90.

For more information call Dianne at (818) 248-8110 or (818) 445-2390.


Baby-sitting Feb. 27. Each class is a single, one-time class, held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Verdugo Hills Hospital Beginnings Family Education Program offers baby-sitting classes designed for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. The class is an interactive course that teaches participants skills including infant/child CPR, basic first aid, home/auto safety, accident prevention, telephone skills, safety tips, when to call 911, poison control and fire/earthquake plans. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a baby-sitting course completion certificate. Classes are offered at VHH, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale, in the Council Room (located on the 4th floor). Class fee is $35 per person. Reservations are required. To register, call (818) 952-2272. For a list of additional classes offered by the Family Education Program, visit


Square Dance Class Thursdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m. A weekly Thursday night beginner's class and workshop for those who would like to brush up on their square dancing steps, presented by Set in Step Square Dance Club, taught at the La Cañada Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase, La Cañada. Ron Durkee is the professional caller. The dress is casual, $6 per person/per class. Pay when you come to class. To have a partner is suggested but singles are welcome also.

For information call, Betty Woodhull (818) 249-2651.



Pasadena Women's Connection Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. How Does Your Garden Grow, luncheon and program, will be presented by the Pasadena Women's Connection, at Brookside Country Club, 1133 N. Rosemont, Pasadena. Frank Burkard, owner of Burkard Nursery in Pasadena, will show how to grow a backyard vegetable garden. Sandi Simon, award winning singer/songwriter will sing and speak on the topic: Have You Been Disappointed by Pretty Packages? Tickets are $20.

For information call Darlene (818) 353-2212 or Margaret (626) 574--0251.


Moms Club of the Foothills Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. A support group for stay-at-home mothers has monthly meetings. Topic this month is relationships and the speaker is Nicolee Weingarten, M.S., a Marriage and Family Therapist. Visitors and children welcome. Babysitting is available. St. Luke's Church, 2563 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta (no religious affiliation).

For information (818) 306-5052 or foothillmommembership@


The Arroyo Singers — A women's chorale that has been serenading the San Gabriel Valley for close to half a century invites new singers to join them and become part of the musical tradition and take part in the upcoming spring concert. Members meet Tuesday evenings in Pasadena for practice and rehearsal.

For information call Cathie DeJoseph at (323) 256 5332.



Valentine's Day Dinner Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada. Romance your Valentine with a heart-warming three-course dinner prepared by the Patina Group. $73 per person ($65 members).

For information call (818) 790-73663, or online at



Pasadena City College Flea Market — Feb. 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (first Sunday of every month). Antiques and collectibles, with the products ranging from high-end antiques to rummage items. The market houses more than 450 vendors that are located in parking lots on the PCC campus, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is free.



Mary Poppins — Through Feb. 7. Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Directed by Richard Eyre.

Starring Ashley Brown, who originated the title role on Broadway, and Gavin Lee, who originated the role of Bert in the hit Broadway and London productions.

Ticket prices: $25- $92. Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. in downtown L.A. For information call (213) 972-4400.


The Butterfly Lovers Feb. 12 & 13 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Hailed as China's Romeo & Juliet, performed by the Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) Youth Dance Company. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets range $35 to $85

For information call (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatre


DreamgirlsOpens Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. and runs through April 4. Tues. through Fri. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun. at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; No performances on Mon. “Dreamgirls” tells the rags-to-riches story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl group from Chicago. Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre At the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles. Ticket prices: $20 - $95.

For information call (213) 972-4400, or on-line at www.CenterTheatre



The Wellness Community Events: For information call (626) 796-1083, or visit online Feb. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. — Talking to Your Kids About Cancer. Workshop led by Martin Perez, Ph.D., providing age-specific information on how to communicate with children about cancer. and discussion of risk factors and when to seek professional support.



Lanterman House — La Cañada Flintridge's historic museum is in need of docents who are willing to be trained to lead tours through the house, which is located at 4420 Encinas Drive. To learn more, contact Melissa Patton, executive director, at (818) 790-1421.

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