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The Valley Line: Fundraisers look for green on area golf courses

The Valley Line: Fundraisers look for green on area golf courses

Autumn fundraisers have been taking to the links recently. Golfers were teeing up for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge and Altadena-based Five Acres, whose mission is to protect children.

The Valley Line: Jack-o'-Lanterns at Descano; Tournament of Roses happy hour party

The Valley Line: Jack-o'-Lanterns at Descano; Tournament of Roses happy hour party

Thousands of illuminated intricately carved pumpkins lit the path as 250 supporters of Descanso Gardens’ many programs came to preview the unique display called “RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns” at an elegant party.

The Valley Line: Pumpkins grab spotlight at Descanso Gardens; Oakmont League annual fashion show

The Valley Line: Pumpkins grab spotlight at Descanso Gardens; Oakmont League annual fashion show

Thousands of illuminated intricately carved pumpkins lit the path as 250 supporters of Descanso Gardens' many programs came to preview the unique display called "RISE of the Jack O' Lanterns" at an elegant party.

LCF resident sings at George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin's wedding

LCF resident sings at George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin's wedding

Former member of the Miss La Cañada Flintridge royal court and 2014 La Cañada High School graduate Nora Sagal showcased her vocal talents for a very special crowd Saturday during a performance at the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy.

The Valley Line: Annual wine, food tasting event attracts hundreds

The Valley Line: Annual wine, food tasting event attracts hundreds

It was a spectacular autumn afternoon on Sunday, when more than 800 people came to Memorial Park to sip fine wines and sample gourmet foods at the 12th annual Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting and premium wine auction event. The gathering was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, Le Petit...

Outgoing Kiwanis president presides over last meeting of his term

Outgoing Kiwanis president presides over last meeting of his term

After a year as president of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, Tom Passanisi conducted the final meeting of his presidency Sept. 17 in Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens. He has been succeeded by Dr. Fred Shooley, who was installed as president Wednesday night, along with a newly elected board...

The Valley Line: Couple honored with Hathaway-Sycamores award

The Valley Line: Couple honored with Hathaway-Sycamores award

Triple-digit heat outside did not curb the enthusiasm that abounded in the Los Angeles Dodgers' Stadium Club on Tuesday, Sept. 16 when some 400 people turned out to honor George and Annsley Strong with the Hathaway-Sycamores' Celebrating Children Award. The event...

The Valley Line: MUSE/IQUE wraps up summer concert season; Los Angeles Childrens Chorus features local youth

The Valley Line: MUSE/IQUE wraps up summer concert season; Los Angeles Childrens Chorus features local youth

Oh my gosh, I'm absolutely melting in this extreme hot weather. But what has been worse is the stickiness that has accompanied the heat.

The Valley Line: Concert series' closing show draws sold-out crowd

The Valley Line: Concert series' closing show draws sold-out crowd

I had a great, albeit too short getaway recently. My love for art took me to San Diego's Balboa Park and the San Diego Art Museum to see a fabulous exhibit of Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida called, "Sorolla and America." An extra dollop of exquisite art was found in the special...

The Valley Line: Roses group members cook up Happy Hour fun

The Valley Line: Roses group members cook up Happy Hour fun

Summer is beginning to drag its feet as we simmer in near triple-digit heat. Yes, I know it happens every year, but that doesn't make it any better!

The Valley Line: Music on the Main summer series concludes

The Valley Line: Music on the Main summer series concludes

On several occasions in recent days I had to pinch myself to remind me that it was August because we have been experiencing "June gloom" in the morning.

The Valley Line: Descanso's summer jazz series winds down; Michael Feinstein conducts Pasadena Pops Orchestra

The Valley Line: Descanso's summer jazz series winds down; Michael Feinstein conducts Pasadena Pops Orchestra

This past week our hills (the San Gabriel Mountains) have been alive with music. It has been a beautiful musicscape, I might add.

The Valley Line: Enjoying the concert series at Descanso Gardens

The Valley Line: Enjoying the concert series at Descanso Gardens

Last week was the most unusual week of early August weather that I can remember in Southern California.

Hathaway-Sycamores holding annual fundraiser

Hathaway-Sycamores holding annual fundraiser

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services will honor a La Cañada Flintridge couple when it holds its annual fundraiser, the Celebrating Childrens Awards Reception, at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 16, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Valley Line: Pageant of the Masters; LCF 'floaters' conduct their Happy Hour

The Valley Line: Pageant of the Masters; LCF 'floaters' conduct their Happy Hour

I made my annual trek to Laguna Beach for the Pageant of the Masters. This year, daughter Heather flew down from her home in Palo Alto to join me. We had a fun day as we shopped and lunched first at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, then went on to the fantastic Roger's Gardens, a floral and gift...

The Valley Line: Oakmont League celebrates 75th anniversary

The Valley Line: Oakmont League celebrates 75th anniversary

What a strange day Sunday was — not at all like the usual weather we experience toward the end of July. A cloudy day in July is hardly ever on the weatherperson's menu, or mine, for that matter.

The Valley Line: Chamber's mixer celebrates 'Christmas in July'

The Valley Line: Chamber's mixer celebrates 'Christmas in July'

My goodness we are speeding through summer. It's hard to believe we are almost done with July and on to August. In just weeks the local kids will be back to school.

The Valley Line: Hillsides H100 is ready for the next century

The Valley Line: Hillsides H100 is ready for the next century

It was an exquisite summer evening when nearly 100 guests gathered near Descanso Garden's famed rose garden for the Hillsides H100's fifth annual "Farm to Table Dinner" fundraising event.

 The Valley Line: Dancing groups offer a 'Summer Serenade'

The Valley Line: Dancing groups offer a 'Summer Serenade'

That grand flag of our nation had its big day of celebration last Friday. I was up north in the San Francisco Bay Area to visit my kids, Chris and Heather and their offspring, Aidan, 13; Lucan, 11; Catherine, 10;...

The Valley Line: Hollywood Bowl opens for its 93rd summer

The Valley Line: Hollywood Bowl opens for its 93rd summer

On the very first eve of summer the iconic Hollywood Bowl opened with a gala that will long be remembered. Nearly 18,000 people came, some with picnic baskets in tow, to experience what summer is all about in the greater Los Angeles area — al fresco dining and music of all genres played in a...

The Valley Line: GLAZA celebrates 44th Beastly Ball

The Valley Line: GLAZA celebrates 44th Beastly Ball

Last Saturday we ushered in summer officially — yes, the hot season is here. I'll keep you posted about my home's lame air conditioning system. Hope yours works better!

The Valley Line: Golfers hit the links for Hathaway-Sycamores

The Valley Line: Golfers hit the links for Hathaway-Sycamores

Last Sunday, fathers everywhere were feted — some with treasured handmade gifts from their children while others were treated to fancy brunches at even fancier country clubs or restaurants.

The Valley Line: LACC presents annual Gala Bel Canto; LCF resident turns 98

The Valley Line: LACC presents annual Gala Bel Canto; LCF resident turns 98

This past week it seemed we are tiptoeing toward summer, at least we didn't have triple-digit degree days. That's good!

The Valley Line: Five Acres presents 'Swingin' on a Star Gala'

The Valley Line: Five Acres presents 'Swingin' on a Star Gala'

I know it was more than a week ago now, but I really liked the Fiesta Days family dinner and fireworks show that took place in Memorial Park. I love to ooh and ahh as the dark night lights up in colors of the rainbow that sparkle. It's not my fault, you know, it is that little kid that refuses to...

 The Valley Line: Magic of FSHA gala was no illusion

The Valley Line: Magic of FSHA gala was no illusion

Another Fiesta Days celebration has just marched into history and it did it with great style. The events began on Friday night with Casino Night at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. On Saturday the AM Kiwanis Club staged its popular community breakfast at Memorial Park,...

The Valley Line: LCHS student appears in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'; Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital benefit

I dragged myself through the hot spell we had last week that arrived way too soon. It was torture for me, who hates heat. Some people tried to make me feel better by saying, "Oh, but a least it's not humid." Sorry folks, that is hardly a consolation prize — it was still too dang hot!

The Valley Line: Hathaway-Sycamores presents annual wine event

If the thought of beautiful French wines, savory foods and the infinitely delightful landscape of Provence in the South of France were teasing your palate, then the annual Los Altos Auxiliary of Hathaway-Sycamores Wine Tasting party was the place for you.

The Valley Line: A close look at the Facebook campus; LCFTRA's 31st annual Bingo Barbecue

A couple of weekend's ago I slipped away to visit daughter Heather and her children, Catherine and Ryan.

The Valley Line: Furrey home presents annual Easter event; Stardusters and Alaroma dinner dance

Guess what? I'm another year older today. My, these birthdays just sneak up on a person when you're not looking. I must admit, however, I always like the way I feel when it is my "special" day because it is just that — special. I share this day with my twin sister, Elaine, who lives in Santa...

The Valley Line: Guests celebrate 50th Showcase House of Design; Showcase media party

What a thrilling celestial event we had last week with the spectacular "Blood Moon" eclipse. I must have been a sight to behold as I stood in my driveway in my pajamas with my binoculars around my neck and my camera in hand. I guess my neighbors weren't as tuned in as I was because I didn't run into...

The Valley Line: Orchestra supporters have the world on a string

Whew! Tax time is over. Certainly not my favorite time of the year. Actually, I get quite cranky. Of course there is not a darn thing to be done about it.

The Valley Line: Kudos to St. Francis High's 'Titanic – The Musical'

This past weekend we had a preview of summer with high 80-degree weather. Surprise, I loved it!

The Valley Line: Thursday Club presents annual fashion show

As if by magic, the morning clouds dissipated and the bright sun came out just in time for nearly 200 women who gathered in the beautiful patio at the Thursday Club for the venerable organization's annual fashion show benefit.

The Valley Line: NCL introduces and honors debutantes; Hillsides' Celebration of Art gala

The first weekend of spring just whizzed by. With the heavy early morning cloud cover, the weather people commented that we were experiencing either June gloom or May gray. Absolutely nobody mentioned April showers. Our parched earth would have welcomed that forecast.

The Valley Line: Oakmont League celebration attracts many guests; Starduster dance group partners with Pasadena's Alaroma

I love clouds and we hardly ever get them here. Last Thursday we had flotillas of fabulous, puffy white clouds that plied the ocean of bright blue sky. They were propelled by wind gusts that made them appear that they had rockets on them. They were moving so quickly they almost made me dizzy.

The Valley Line: Annual 'Dinners From the Heart' attracts crowd

My garden loved all the rain we got when February came to an end with a series of storms. The leaves on my camellia bushes seem shinier, the azalea bushes are abundant with glorious blooms and the lemon tree is very heavy with fruit. It looks like I'm going to have plenty of juice to freeze for...

The Valley Line: Resident wins Academy Award for 'Frozen'; Tournament of Roses happy hour; Junior Women's Club Olympics wrap-up party

That golden guy had his big night out last Sunday when Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 86th Academy Award ceremony at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Thank goodness Friday's and Saturday's deluge had abated and didn't flood the red carpet arrivals of the stars.

The Valley Line: USC presents annual Scripter Award

It is all over — the 2014 Winter Olympics are in the past. The colorful tents have been packed up and put away for four years before the big show opens again in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

The Valley Line: Float association fetes its success

Our town's Olympian, luger Kate Hansen, became a media darling of the games. Everyone is talking about her dance moves that she used to warm up for her luge slide down the track. Beyonce is her music idol and last Thursday morning the America Online home page even published her...

The Valley Line: Master Chorale glitters after 50 years

Yay! The Winter Olympic Games are now open in Sochi, Russia. I admit that I'm addicted to the games — be they summer or winter editions. However, my favorites are the winter games, so I'm keeping a close watch on the events as well as the athletes, especially our own hometown Olympian ...

The Valley Line: Guests get a sneak peek at Showcase House; Hillsides sponsor recognition reception

I'm sure people on the East Coast must have been dismayed Sunday when Punxsutawney Phil (the most famous groundhog of all) was routed out of his sleeping burrow on Sunday and was so irritated at seeing his shadow that he just wanted to go back to sleep. You know what that means, right? There will be...

The Valley Line: Starting 2014 with a reconnection; defense attorney Mark Geragos keynotes at Oakmont League meeting

All aboard! This New Year's train is leaving the station and chugging into February with a carload of hearts and flowers.

They Valley Line: Chamber of Commerce annual gala; Flintridge Sacred Heart open house

This past long weekend I decided to gather up my dog Lola and get out of town. We headed along El Camino Real to beautiful Santa Barbara to visit the "Queen of the Missions" and my twin sister, Elaine, along with her husband, Larry.

The Valley Line: Oakmont League to welcome Geragos; Golden Globes; Miss La Cañada Flintridge

We have reached the middle of the first month of this new year — went pretty quickly, huh?

The Valley Line: Minnesota visitors check out Rose Parade

What an exciting New Year celebration it was for me this year. My good friends Mary and Larry Libhardt, who live in Minnesota, decided to leave the ice scrapers behind and head for sunny California and the Rose Parade.

The Valley Line: Playing catch-up before the New Year speeds away

Happy New Year! I want to know where 2013 went. It passed by in a flash, just like a speeding bullet. Isn’t there some way that we can slow down this train?

Valley Line: Visions of the Big Apple and Sugarplums

Christmas day has come and gone. What a busy and fun time I had this year in making sure that the Santa gifts from me were wrapped and ready for my five grandchildren — Aidan, Lucan, Morgan, Catherine and Ryan.

The Valley Line: Oakmont League holds annual Christmas party

Hard to believe but Christmas day is just six days away! There just wasn't enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get everything done and I'm still scrambling.

The Valley Line: Ceremonies and parties light up the season

Ho, Ho, Ho — 'Tis the season. It's party time in the foothills. Last Friday night it was the annual Festival in Lights at Memorial Park. Santa Claus arrived by sheriff's patrol car and greeted the assembled crowd. Carols were sung by the school kids and the Miss La Cañada Flintridge...

The Valley Line: Celebrating 50 years of glorious homes

As I write this I have watched several cars go by my house with fresh Christmas trees tied to the tops of their cars. Our community is getting ready for the festive season. Last Friday our neighboring village of Montrose lit its tree-lined Honolulu Avenue with tiny white lights. Carolers strolled...

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