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January 19, 2011

CLASSES

Western Square Dancing — Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sets in Step Dance Club offers this class at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Ron Durkee is the professional caller. Dress is casual and the price is $6 (cash) per lesson. Refreshments included. A partner is suggested, but singles are also welcome. For more information call Betty Woodhull at (818) 249-2651.

Introduction to Gardening, Part One — Saturday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. Native plant horticulturist Rachel Young teaches this class at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. This first session of the two-part class teaches basics about soil, planting, how to choose plants, differences between annuals and perennials, how to water and how to pick a container for planting. Part two of the class will be held March 5. The course fee covers both classes. Cost: $20 general; $10 Descanso members. No walk-ins. To register for the class, call (818) 949-7980. More details can be found at http://www.descansogardens.org.

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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.

 

EVENTS

Pasadena Showcase House of Design Party— Friday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m. This year's Pasadena Showcase's Empty House Party marks the 47th anniversary of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design and kicks off the organization's music and arts program annual fundraising efforts. The event is being hosted at a house designed by famous architect Paul R. Williams, who is responsible for the Beverly Hills Hotel, Saks Beverly Hills and more than 2,000 private homes. Several high-end designers, including Barclay Butera, Garage Envy and David Dalton, Inc. have decorated the rooms. Parking will be available at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr. in La Cañada Flintridge. Invited guests will be admitted by security in the parking area and will be directed to the house.

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