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Artists in the Garden — May 4 to May 25, 4 to 5 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Youngsters in grades three through five will explore the basic principles of art in a natural garden setting, using a variety of media. $50, $40 Descanso members. (818) 949-7980 or visit www.descanso


Taste of Montrose — May 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crescenta Valley High School Prom Plus presents “Taste of Montrose,” allowing participants to taste offerings in booths and restaurants along Honolulu Avenue. Several area restaurants are providing the food, including Frank’s Famous, 3 Drunken Goats, Cucina Rustica, Pepe’s, Star Cafe, Leo’s All-Star, Quiznos, Dream Dinners, Oven Fresh Bakery, Rocky Cola, Damon’s Taco Deli, Oceanview Bistro, Gourmet A Go Go Catering, New Moon, Montrose Candy, Paradis, Zeke’s, Bashan, Edible Arrangements, Fratelli’s, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Jane’s Cakes & Chocolate Supply, Slender Sweet Shoppe and more. The event raises funds for Prom Plus, the safe post-prom event held at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA for Crescenta Valley High School seniors and their guests. Tickets are $20 and will be available on the day of the event at the CVHS Prom Plus booth set up on Honolulu Avenue near Verdugo Boulevard. For more information e-mail cvhspromplus@char

Learn about drought-resistant landscapes — May 15, 2 to 4 p.m. La Cañada Valley Beautiful is hosting a dedication of the La Cañada Public Library Demonstration Gardens, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada Flintridge. The public is invited to tour the gardens and hear about sustainable landscape. California-friendly plants are labeled.

Fiesta Days — May 29 to 31, citywide. The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. presents the 37th annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days. May 29: Community Breakfast and Vintage Car Show in Memorial Park, 8 to 11:30 a.m.; Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Free Family Flick, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” 8 p.m., Memorial Park. May 30: Lanterman Museum Open House, 1 to 4 p.m.; Family Barbecue, Music and Fireworks, 6 p.m., Memorial Park. May 31: Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Fiesta Run, Descanso Gardens, 7:30 a.m.(call the YMCA at (818) 790-0123 for more details); Memorial Service, Memorial Park, 9 a.m.; Parade, “Hats Off to Our Heroes,” Foothill Boulevard, 10:30 a.m.; Afternoon in the Park, Memorial Park, noon to 3 p.m.; Music in the Park, Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, Memorial Park, 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s Community Breakfast and Sunday’s Barbecue Dinner are available at the Farmers Market, the LCF Chamber office at 4529 Angeles Crest Hwy, Suite 102, through La Cañada Kiwanis-A.M. members and at the event. Visa and MasterCard are accepted; call the LCF Chamber office at (818) 790-4289 to make arrangements for credit card payments.


Pasadena City College Flea Market — May 2, 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. More than 70 record vendors offering items ranging from the big bands to present day performers are located in parking lot 10, at the intersection of Green and Holliston. Admission is free.


Public Forum on June Ballot Measures — May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The League of Women Voters Pasadena Area will hold a public forum about the election at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena (parking at the rear off North Madison Ave.). The morning program will cover pros and cons on the five propositions that cover topics ranging from how California will conduct future elections, property tax exemptions for earthquake improvements and insurance rates to voting requirements for local electric providers and public funding for secretary-of-state elections.

Laura Frankel, a student of political communication and uses of media in the political landscape, will be the luncheon speaker. She will discuss how to effectively use the Internet to research issues and get your own opinions out into the world. Voter registration will be available. May 24 is the last day to register to vote in the June 8 election. The programs are free. Lunch is $20, including tax, tip and parking. Reservations and information are available by calling (626) 798-0965.


LCHS Concerto Concert — April 30, 7:30 p.m. Six soloists will be featured when La Cañada High School presents its annual showcase Concerto Concert in Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada. For this performance the 60-member String Orchestra will be joined by about 20 of the outstanding members of the school’s bands. Together this group of musicians includes many honorees from All-State and All-Southern California honor groups, Tournament of Roses Honor Band, National Youth Symphony and many other community honor groups. The soloists to be featured are senior Bernard Kim, alto saxophone; senior Stephen Tran, violin; senior Tim Joo, violin; junior Meera Gudipati, flute; junior Jessie Cho, violin; and freshman Justin Yew, piano.

The orchestra, under the direction of Connie Kupka Speltz, will perform “Finlandia” by Sibelius. Jason Stone and Kyle Smith will also take turns directing.

Tickets are available at the door. They are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Ticket order forms are also available online at This concert is produced with the support of the LCHS Music Parents Assn., a nonprofit dedicated to instrumental music at La Cañada High School.

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