The gathering for the recent La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.’s monthly “Happy Hour” was a fun one. Especially having a good time was Joel Smith, who was celebrating his birthday. He and his wife Nana hosted the event in their lovely backyard.
It was a grand 10th anniversary celebration recently for the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club, with Chuck Guinta at its helm as president. The Verdugo Boulevard home of state Sen. Carol Liu and Michael Peevey served as the venue for the garden party, which drew about...
The weather variations we’ve experienced this summer haven’t affected the music at Descanso Gardens on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I especially enjoy the Thursday evening Music on the Main jazz series. I usually meet up with a group of friends to take in the cool sounds. We all bring...
Our nation turned another year older this past weekend. If you gauge how many years old we are from when the colonials stated their Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776, then we are 239 years old.
Summer is officially here! I know for sure because the Hollywood Bowl opened its 94th season with a sold-out crowd who came to listen to the legendary rock band Journey, performing for the first time with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Also performing with the Bowl orchestra was Youth Orchestra Los...
Oh, what a night! The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra went to the movies in a most unique way when they presented “LACO @ the Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios.”
Hey, are you getting into the summer groove yet? One thing for sure, when dark clouds hover overhead on June days, it certainly doesn’t seem like pool or beach weather. Mother Nature will wait until later to test our patience when she turns the heat up to see how much triple-digit temps we can...
We went without a skipped beat from “May gray” to “June gloom.” In fact the gloom got even more aggressive by dripping on our little valley. I’m not complaining, mind you, I like the drizzle. It was just a surprise.
I’m still savoring the memory of this year’s Fiesta Days Memorial Day parade, which recently passed in review and marched into the history books. This year I rode in the official Valley Sun convertible. It certainly is a different perspective to watch the parade from the middle of it!...
America marked its first “Red Nose Day” for children living in poverty May 21, and very successfully, I might add. There was a three-hour money-raising telethon broadcast on NBC with more than 100 celebrities making cameo appearances. Midway through the program it was announced that more...
Not only is it a gray May, but it also turned into rainy May. How wonderful it has been. I love the pitter-pat sound of raindrops on my windowsill. We even had some lightning and thunder last week — a rare experience anymore in our part of the country.
The heavy, gray clouds that hovered over our community this past weekend may have kept temperatures unseasonably low, but didn’t bring the rainfall that had been forecast.
We've had an interesting couple of weeks weather-wise. First we had a surprise rainstorm that our parched earth soaked up quickly. Too bad there wasn't more of it — but then we'll be grateful for every drop that comes our way.
The door just slammed shut on the month of April — just in time for my birthday tomorrow, May 1. Putting another candle on my birthday cake doesn't bother me at all. I'm glad I'm still here!
Sunday, April 19 was a big day because it was the opening of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. It was a banner day, and the weather not too hot or cold but just perfect.
I just received a note from Jan Du Plain, daughter of Joe Du Plain, the late former owner, publisher and editor of ye old Valley Sun. Jan, who grew up here in La Cañada, for many years has lived in Washington, D.C.
The stars were in perfect alignment and the moon was shining brightly when more than 130 guests gathered for the Lighted Window Preschool annual fundraiser held at the Thursday Club clubhouse late last month.
Spring was in full bloom March 19 when the La Cañada Thursday Club held its annual fashion show and luncheon that drew nearly 200 members and guests. This year the theme was “Garden Party.”
It was a beautiful evening when formally dressed guests arrived at the Los Angeles’ California Science Center’s 17th annual Discovery Ball on March 7 that was inspired by “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition.”
Oh my, summer arrived early. Can you believe it? Who knew that we would be experiencing 90- degree weather in March? It was quite unbelievable and of course all sorts of records were set all, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
The Starduster/Alaroma Dance Club recently held its second dance of the season. The theme for the event, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” was chosen by presidents Cathy and Pete Palermo.
Here we are and it is the first week of March already. These past few days have been busy ones for many of our folk who are charity-minded. They have attended several dinners to raise funds for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services and its many programs. The annual event is called, “...
As I write this column it is a foggy morning with a hint of chill in the air. Thank goodness, at last it feels like February should.
Have you enjoyed our July-like weather in February? I have been basking in the warmth but certainly don’t want it to get any hotter.
The recent, simply amazing, fabulous days of 80-plus degree winter weather were divine but certainly not helping our Southern California drought situation. I’d love to see more rain.
Super Bowl XLIX was certainly one for the books! The game was a nail-biter for sure. I’m still shaking my head at that call from a Seahawks offensive coach, apparently approved by head coach Pete Carroll, that ultimately lost the game for them.
Once again Southern California was big news weather-wise this past weekend. While the East Coast was bracing for a blizzard we were basking in 80-degree warmth. Our two stunningly beautiful days inspired me to spruce up the backyard, with al fresco dining in mind.
Wow, here it is Jan. 22 already and I haven’t started fulfilling my New Year’s resolution promises yet. I guess that deserves a tap on the wrist as a reminder because my intentions are resolute — sort of.
The last tree ornament has been carefully wrapped and put away for another year. The magic of Christmas has disappeared from my living room and it always makes me feel a little sad. My living room looks so bland and unadorned — no sparkle anywhere.
It has been a week since the new year has begun and so far, so good — I hope it continues that way.
Happy New Year everyone! As I write this I don’t know how our float, “To the Rescue” fared in its New Year’s Day trip down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. Stay tuned next week.
Merry Christmas, everyone! This is my favorite day of the entire year. I hope that you are having a fabulous day and enjoying every moment.
It is Dec. 18 already and St. Nicholas will soon be here. Whoa, big fella, slow down. I don’t have everything quite ready for your arrival. However, my five grandchildren are on pins and needles waiting for you.
At last our community got a good soaking of rain. It was so lovely and a wonderful excuse to stay home in front of the fireplace, listening to holiday music. I was furiously knitting with the hopes that I will get the scarf I’m making for a Christmas present done in time for Santa to add to...
I hope your Turkey Day was a good one. I certainly had a fun time with my family. There is nothing better than having a house full of little kids (and one teenager) to keep the day entertaining — you never know where they are jumping next. The crowning achievement for six of my family’...
Happy Turkey Day! Hopefully you have a wonderful and warm gathering with family and friends.
All those TV holiday commercials that are entreating me to buy this or that and do it now are totally wasted on me. Truth of the matter is that they just annoy me. I don't have to be reminded when Christmas is. I guess I'm an adrenaline junkie; I don't want to shop early because I like the...
I loved the rain we had overnight Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. It was wonderful in every way. I didn't even mind the water running over my shoes in the rain gutter. I was doing my own kind of silly rain dance — thinking of Gene Kelly and his iconic dance in the film, "Singing in the Rain." Alas, it...
Here we are on the fast track to the holidays. Halloween and all those cute trick-or-treaters are just a memory along with the remnants of a few smashed pumpkins on the sidewalk.
Longtime "Mainers" told me that this year's crop of autumn leaves were the best that they can remember. I got to see them for myself during a recent 10-day adventure in that beautiful state. I was amazed by the bright red maple trees, golden birches, and orange hardwoods — it was stunning!
It was a star-studded evening when the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by music director Gustavo Dudamel, opened the 2014-15 season Sept. 30 with "A Celebration of John Williams: Opening Night Gala Concert" at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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!