2023

2nd Saturday Programs

and  Events Page

Saturday

January 14th, 2023

1 PM

Founding Flintridge

Founding Flintridge" tells the story of how Senator Frank Flint established Flintridge over a hundred years ago.   We will view an wonderfully entertaining and fact-filled film about the founding of Flintridge.  Our speaker is John Newcombe.   John Newcombe is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. 

Saturday

February 11th, 2023

1 PM

Warpath to Cahuenga

Native Americans made important contributions during the conquest of California.

The California Battalion, was one of the most ethnically diverse military formations in American history. The battalion consisted of some 428 men, about 60 of which were Native Americans from half a dozen different tribes.  Our speaker is Al Knight, who has over 40 years  experience in archaeological, anthropological, and historic fieldwork, research and writing.

Saturday

March 11th, 2023

1 PM

Left on the Shelf

Eden Ahbez, is the composer of the pre-flower-power anthem Nature Boy (made popular in 1948 by Nat King Cole). In 2009, a fan found, tucked away on a shelf in the Library of Congress, more than a dozen hand-written lead-sheets of never recorded Ahbez compositions.

Our speaker is Craig Durst.  He has done much research about Eden Ahbez and how this interesting man is tied to our area.

Saturday

April 8th, 2023

1 PM

CHiPs

CHiPs aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to May 1, 1983. Much of the filming for the first two seasons was done on the yet-to-be-completed 2 and 210 Freeways.

Local filmmaker, John Newcombe has compiled many of the "CHiPs" scenes filmed in our area, taking advantage of the unopened freeways. This is a fun and entertaining blast from the past which at times feels more like watching home movies from the late 1970s!

Saturday

May 13th, 2023

1 PM

Rockitecture

Indigenous Architecture in California 1885-1935

Our speaker for this program is architect and author, Barry Schweiger AIA, BA, MBA, RYT. 

Built from 1885 to 1935, these indigenous buildings provided a new vernacular that was not to last.  Eight years of research discovered these unsung  and undocumented river rock homes, churches, castles, watering troughs, waiting stations and other structures. 

Saturday

June 10th, 2023

1 PM

In Search of Tiki Culture

A pop culture style transporting us to a faraway south-sea island with palm trees, carved wood statues and bamboo furniture was popular in the 1930s and became even more popular after WWII when our military returned home after serving in the South Pacific.  Our speaker for this program is Sven Kirsten.  He has collected all forms of “tiki culture”.  Seeing it as an unrecognized art form, Sven published his first book on the iconic style, Book of Tiki, in September 2000.

Saturday

Sept 9th, 2023

1 PM

History of the Verdugo Family

 

Don Jose Maria Verdugo was granted Rancho San Rafael for his service as a soldier at the San Gabriel Mission.  This grant now encompasses Glendale, Burbank and LaCrescenta. Our speaker is Donald Urquidez.  He is a direct descendant of the Verdugo Family and still lives in the area.  Mr. Urquidez will tell us the interesting history of the Verdugo Family.

Saturday

October 14th, 2023

1 PM

The Lone Woman of San Nicholas

This indigenous woman is believed to be Juana Maria, who lived on the channel island of San Nicolas. She was called the Lone Woman of San Nicolas because she lived isolated in this remote place for 18 years after the rest of her people were removed to the mainland in 1835. Come join local historian, Craig Durst, to hear about the circumstances that led to her abandonment, her subsequent rescue and more recent discoveries made on this most distant of the Channel Islands.

Crime, Passion & Hollywood in

La Canada-Flintridge

Historian and author, Mike Lawler, will recount some truly astounding tales of crimes committed in La Canada-Flintridge, along with some of the Hollywood stars present and past that live there.

Saturday

November 11th, 2023

1 PM