AROUND & ABOUT

CLASSES

Online Networking — Saturday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Women At Work in Pasadena presents one of its series of technology workshops with “Introduction to Linked In.” Instructor Pixie Boyden will go through the steps of using this networking tool in a small classroom setting at 3871 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91107. Attendees must register for a Linked In account before attending the workshop by visiting www.linkedin.com and clicking “join today.” Seat is limited. Cost of the workshop is $25. To register, call (626) 796-6870, ext. 0.

Birding, Backyard Chickens and Bees, Companion Planting — Saturday, Feb. 12. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada, offers three classes on Feb 12. The beginner birding class led by Joe Kertes runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bring binoculars and walking shoes. Cost is $20 ($10 for Descanso members). From 10 a.m. to noon, John Lyons teaches “Backyard Chickens and Bees,” providing the basics to turn your backyard into a mini-farm. Cost is $25 ($15 Descanso members). Learn about companion plants that are ideal for rose gardens in a class taught by Descanso’s Amanda Everett at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required for all three classes and can be made at the Visitor Center or by calling (818) 949-7980.

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.

Parenting children and teens with special needs — Thursdays, beginning Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will host this free class, which is open to the entire community. The parenting class is designed to identify and support families with special needs children (i.e. ADHD, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, etc.) and to teach parenting skills for these unique families. Topics will include: identification and diagnosis, differentiating genetics, trauma, and environment, stigmas and shame of the special need parent, and much more. For more information or to RSVP call Ana-Marie Schaefer at (818) 790-0123, ext. 231.

 

EVENTS

“Sex and the City Zoo 2” — Sunday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association in the L.A. Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium. The event begins with a reception with desserts and wines followed by a presentation by Jason Jacobs with insights about the pros and cons of relationships vs. staying single in the animal kingdom. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the Zoo’s wildlife preservation and conservation efforts. Adults only. Tickets are $25 per person for GLAZA members and $35 per person for non-members. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Feb. 9. Call (323) 644-6042 or visit www.lazoo.org for online reservations.

Valentine’s event at Lanterman House — Sunday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Love is In The Aire,” a champagne tea and concert of love songs for Valentine's Day, will be offered in the ballroom at Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada. The unique ballroom setting was designed nearly 100 years ago by Emily Lanterman for special events such as tea dances, chamber music recitals and dinner dances. A champagne tea will be served on the patio from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. before the concert, where music will be performed by a string quartet from La Cañada High School. The concert will feature singers Teresa Parente and Michael Shaughnessy, accompanied by pianist Lance Merrill. Cost is $35 per person. For reservations call (818) 790-1421.

Tram Tour of Love — Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13, 4 p.m. A romantic tour of Descanso Gardens, complete with champagne. Cost: $35 per couple ($20 per Descanso member couple). Fee includes admissions to the gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Advanced registration required. Call (818) 949-7980.

 

EXHIBITS

Christina Song’s “Paper Idylls” — Through Feb. 19. Modest Fly Art Studio Gallery, 7576 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga 91042, shows the work of Christina Song, a graduate of Art Center College of Design. Song’s work consists primarily of cut paper, mixed media, three-dimensional objects, drawings and paintings.

Mad for Hats! — Through June 12, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. This new exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, explores 100 years of hats. An in-depth, docent-led tour will be offered at 12:15 p.m. Fridays, beginning March 4. An optional tea following the tour has been arranged at the Tea Rose Garden in Old Pasadena. Tickets: Pasadena Museum of History members $4; non-members $8. Tea is $25, payable at the restaurant, with 20% returned as a donation to the museum. Advanced reservation and tour payment is required; call (626) 577-1660, ext. 15 and ask for the “Tour and Tea Package.”

 

KIDS’ PICKS

Valentine’s Day in 3D — Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13. “Love in 3-D” at Kidspace Museum offers children the opportunity to make 3-D pop-up greeting cards, create “love bugs,” make heart-shaped soap and Valentine’s Day bracelets. Some activities are fee-based; check www.kidspacemuseum.org for more details. The museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena.

 

PERFORMANCE

Brass & Jazz Bash — Friday, Feb. 11. The Crescenta Valley Arts Council presents its fourth annual music Bash at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Professional brass players will jam with student musicians from Crescenta Valley and other Southland schools for a concert that’s open to the public. To learn more go online to crescentavalleyartscouncil.org.

“A Valentine’s Eve Treat” — Sunday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. A concert of classic love songs performed by the Jack Lantz Big Band in the La Cañada Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the church office, 626 Foothill Blvd., or from Lori MacDonald, (626) 794-1522. They will also be sold at the door. For more details call the church office at (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org.

 

REUNIONS

La Cañada High Class of 1971 — Fall date to be announced. The Spartans’ Class of 1971 will hold its 40th reunion in the autumn and organizers are asking classmates to go online to LCHS71.com and register there to be included in further announcements.

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