Summer Activites Keep Students Local

Eric Bourse

If someone wanted to ask what is there to do in Glendale, the most likely response would be, “the Americana at Brand.” However, that isn’t all there is here.

Here is a list of summer activities for GCC students who are tight on money or for those who want to spend a nice afternoon without splurging at one of the many Glendale shopping centers.


The Doctors House Museum in Brand Park is open every Sunday afternoon (closed during July) from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is only $1 and the tour is led by docents in full late 1800s garb. The house was built in 1888 and was owned by three doctors and later owned by silent film star, Nell Shipman. The house is decorated with furniture and items from the early 1900s.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 1712 S. Glendale Ave. is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and the exhibit features art from around the world in many styles such as stained glass and paintings. During the summer, art from Francisco Goya and a selection of Forest Lawn’s stained glass collection will be added to the exhibit.

Noir fans will love the Glendale Film Noir Series. Three film noir classics that feature scenes shot in Glendale will be screened in Brand Park at 1601 W. Mountain St. The movies will be projected and audience members are encouraged to enjoy a picnic while watching the film. The first film, “Mildred Pierce” (1945), will be shown on June 27. The second film, “Double Indemnity” (1944) will be shown on July 25. The final film, “Gun Crazy” (1950) will be shown on August 22. Admission is free and all screenings start at 7:30 p.m.

Movie fans will enjoy the free sci-fi movie screenings every Tuesday throughout June in the Glendale Public Library at 222 E. Harvard St. “Serenity” (2005) will be shown on June 8. The other films are “The Fifth Element” (1997) on June 15, “Galaxy Quest” on June 22 and and “Gattaca” (1997) on June 29. All movies start at 2:30 p.m.

Every first and third Wednesday starting on June 16 there will be free concerts at the First Baptist Church on 209 N. Louise St. Admission is free but lunch by Angela’s Bistro will be available for $6.

Performances include “The Brad Dutz Quartet” on June 16, “Duos and Trios” on July 7 and a French violin recital on July 21. All shows start at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:40 p.m. For more artist listings, check the Web site at


Nature enthusiasts will want to check out the Verdugo Mountain trail. The trail rewards hikers with an amazing view of Los Angeles and the surrounding mountains. The trailhead can be found on Beaudry Boulevard, to the west of Country Club Drive. The trail is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Glendale Farmers Market on 100 N Brand Blvd. is a great way to find organic produce from local farmers at a low price. The market is open every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information call (818) 548-3155.


The Moonlight Rollerway is perfect for those who want to time travel to the roller skating rinks of the 1970s. Every Tuesday night from 8 to 10:30 p.m. the owner performs live organ music. Experienced skaters will want to check out “Adults Only” night every Sunday from 8. to 11:30 p.m. Prices range from $5.75 to $8. Skate rentals are $3.50. For a full list of prices and times, go to the Web site at

Jewel City Bowl on 135 S. Glendale Ave. offers a great bowling experience and has money saving promotions. Every Sunday and Monday night starting at 9 p.m., patrons can buy one game and get one free. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight is “Dollar Daze.” Admission is only $5 and each game and rental shoes are only $1. For full pricing and operating hours details, go to

Video West Arcade on 212 S Brand Blvd is one of the few arcade options in Glendale besides the small offering at Jewel City Bowl. All the classics are here, from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter III and the hard to find Dynamite Cop. Most games will only cost one or two quarters. For more information call (818) 502-1731.