I had a play date with my daughter, Heather, on Mother's Day weekend, a fun escape to San Francisco. On Saturday, the morning fog blanketed the city and the foghorns called out their mournful cry, giving the city such an eerie feeling.
I hope that all of you have your air conditioning ducts and filters clean and thermostats calibrated in readiness for the heat wave that has been forecast for this weekend. It's hard to believe that high temps will be here so soon.
It was a lovely warm March day when the La Cañada Thursday Club held its annual fashion show luncheon.
It was with great, generous spirits that more than 300 area residents who love fine dining joined forces to make a difference for youngsters in need of mental health and other therapeutic support services as part of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser —...
I made a getaway to Santa Barbara to visit my twin sister and her family over the weekend. It was foggy in the mornings but beautiful and sunny in the afternoon, when the sea sparkled.
Our clocks sprang forward Sunday and in honor of that happening, we have been basking in spring-like weather for the past few days. I hope you are enjoying this preview of the season.
Wow, I certainly liked our spring-like weather last weekend. I opened up all the windows and doors in the house in order to chase the winter doldrums out and let the fresh air of the season in.
It could have been a sophisticated nightclub in the 1930s or ‘40s with comfortable lounge seating, creative cocktails to quaff and a crooner singing American Songbook classics — but it wasn’t. Instead it was a “Knight” club, and the cocktail was called a “Marti-...
I certainly did enjoy our balmy weekend. I decided to cure myself of cabin fever and settled into the backyard patio, where I plopped myself into the swing and basked in the warm sunshine.
Today is Cupid's big show — one chock full of hearts and flowers and cards filled with elaborate and sometimes funny professions of love. I hope that this chubby icon found his way to your mailbox or doorstep.
Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII is now history. It was an exciting game with plenty of brawling. In fact, for a minute I thought I was watching a hockey game.
Were you howling at the moon last Saturday night? We enjoyed the first full moon of 2013. Not that I usually pay any attention to the names of the full moons throughout the year, but this moon is known as the “Full Wolf Moon.” The Algonquin and Sioux tribes thus named it. Of course I...
After experiencing the deep freeze of last week, this weekend's sunshine was so welcome. On Sunday morning I sat in my outdoor patio swing and finished up an epic 3,435-page book I had been reading for some time. The book, simply called "New York," had a good ending, and my world seemed blissful.
Brrrr, has it been cold enough for you? It has been teeth-chattering weather lately. Actually, I’d rather it be like this than have to deal with triple-digit heat. There is almost no limit to how many sweaters one can put on to warm up, but one can only get so naked in order to cool off.
Congratulations LCF Tournament of Roses volunteer float workers! That adorable dino soared down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena with the “Animation Trophy” tucked under his front leg.
Happy 2013! Oh my, time does fly. I can hardly believe that 2012 went by so fast.
Following a tradition going back more than six decades, the La Cañada Thursday Club held its Bal Blanc de Noel on Saturday, presenting debutantes who have spent 16 months preparing for the occasion as part of the club's Les Fleurettes program. The young women have been immersed in social...
Martin and Jane Chetron of La Cañada Flintridge announced the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Ann, to Michael Robert Wolfgang of Minneapolis.
Poof, in a blink of an eye Santa and his magical day has evaporated. Of course the toys that he brought will be played with each day throughout the year.
Oh my, just five more days and it will be Christmas Day. I can hardly believe that it is almost here. Except for a few sundry items, my shopping is done! Of course, I still have to do the work of wrapping the surprises.
Our burg is looking so festive, with twinkling lights of all colors etching houses and trees. It is such a lovely time of year as community dwellers celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas.
On Saturday night, Dec. 1, the historic La Cañada Thursday Club House on Woodleigh Lane, built in 1927, was aglow with the soft light of candles and festive good cheer.
Hello everyone, it’s Thursday, and here I am again after having my column appear in the Sunday Valley Sun for the past several months. It’s like old home week, and I feel so comfy. I’ve missed seeing you here for a bit. Home again, home again, jiggity jog.
There is not one tiny piece of candy left, not even a candy wrapper, after literally hundreds of trick-or-treaters cleaned out my sweet stash on Wednesday night. The little ghosts and goblins wandered down to my street directly from the ever-popular Montrose “Spooktacular” event.
Slowly but surely, I'm seeing the places in the world that have intrigued me. I have just returned from a fascinating journey to Russia, a place I have wanted to visit for a very long time.
Autumn came to La Cañada Flintridge on Oct. 11. The wind howled, the rain hammered the pavement and hail came in sheets, giving the landscape the brief appearance of being covered in snow.
“East Meets Fete” was the theme chosen for “Only at Descanso,” the recent fundraising gala held at Descanso Gardens.
The big topic of conversation in La Cañada last weekend at the many events I attended centered on the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it made its majestic glide over the area on Friday, Sept. 21.
Pedrini Music celebrated its 66th anniversary in style. Music (natch), workshops, food trucks and live entertainment were available on Sunday at the store's La Crescenta location.
Wouldn't you just know it? The very week that the musical theater production of "The Book of Mormon" opened at the Pantages Theatre and the L.A. Opera opened its season the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, heat records were being set in the greater Los Angeles basin.
Mother Nature must be punishing me. She knows that I hate being hot! Here we are in mid-September, still simmering because she just won't turn the burners down on her stove. This weekend we were sweltering in triple-digit degrees.
Labor Day has come and gone, and we are getting back into our autumn schedules. Cross-town rivals USC and UCLA have started the college football season, keeping tailgaters busy creating menus of tasty food and beverages that make this tradition so much fun.
Back in 1972 when Neil Diamond performed and recorded his Hot August Night album, I was a “wannabe” attendee. I’ve been regretting all these years that I wasn’t there. I’m happy to report that 40 years later, on Aug. 23, I finally made it to the reprise of his Hot...
Hallelujah, on Wednesday morning I awoke to a cool and refreshing beginning to the day. At last the oppressive heat wave we had been experiencing had broken.
Enough already! Two weeks of unrelenting temps of 90-plus is inhumane. Maybe Mother Nature was inspired by the Olympic Games and was trying to set a new record of consecutive oppressively hot days.
For all of us who enjoy the summer concerts of the Pasadena Pops, the news Tuesday of the death of Marvin Hamlisch, its music director and conductor, was stunning. Even though it was apparent at his first two concerts this season that Hamlisch was not in robust health, the suddenness of his...
We are headed for August sizzle as the thermometer begins its climb upward. However, that is not the only thing sizzling — the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” is setting the Pantages Theatre on fire. The show, set in Memphis in the segregated '50s, would ignite a blaze of...
How is you summer going? I can hardly believe it is the end of July already. I guess that is what happens when you are having a good time — the days just fly by.
Oh my, I've been loving this weather. Coastal eddy can come and stay for the entire summer. These cool mornings are divine, and the air smells so sweet.
I think summer has finally made it to our fair valley. It has been quite hot enough for me. How about you?
Summer is humming lazily along in its happy way. I’ve been enjoying the soft rhythm as the days and evenings unfold. The only thing that would make summer better would be if we had lightnin’ bugs that flitted by with their tiny illuminations — you know, the kind that you see in the...
Here are some more summer music notes for you to consider. Descanso Gardens is presenting its summer music series on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. called “Music on the Main.” The series features some of the Southland's best jazz artists. The Thursday night concerts continue through Aug....
Yay! Summer is here, and that means the outdoor music venues are tuning up. The peacocks are vocalizing with the Pasadena Pops orchestra in their new home at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia with programs in July, August and September; Music at the L.A. Zoo hosts shows July 13 and 27; and the...
Just in case you haven't been ticking off the days on the calendar, it is still spring. Perhaps that is why we have been experiencing “June gloom” off and on.
It was a nostalgic retro night June 2 when Five Acres held its ninth annual Swingin' on a Star benefit, this year themed “Up, Up and Away.”
The bands have marched by, the music has faded and the fireworks are but a memory. It was another momentous Fiesta Days for La Cañada Flintridge. I hope you joined some of the many activities that occurred over the weekend.
The annual Fiesta Days celebration is in full force here in our community. Tonight Memorial Park will be jam-packed with locals taking part in the family dinner and fireworks show. I'll be there. Will you?