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

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'

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

The Valley Line: Party thanks retiring USC-Verdugo Hills hospital chief

The Valley Line: Party thanks retiring USC-Verdugo Hills hospital chief

I'm writing this column before Thanksgiving Day, but you will read it on turkey day or over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I'm excited to celebrate this Thanksgiving with my extended family — all 25 of them. I can provide details next week.

The Valley Line: Muse/ique celebrates women in jazz

The Valley Line: Muse/ique celebrates women in jazz

This past weekend I felt like autumn was trying very hard — at last — to get a foothold in our community. Last Saturday heavy gray clouds hung overhead and a brisk breeze sent fallen leaves playing tag down the street.

The Valley Line: Fall is the time for fundraisers

The Valley Line: Fall is the time for fundraisers

On Monday morning, Veterans Day, I was so focused on my computer screen that it seemed that the rest of the world had disappeared. Like a pesky fly, a low but persistent sound penetrated my consciousness.

The Valley Line: Rose Queen is guest at wine-sipping fundraiser

The Valley Line: Rose Queen is guest at wine-sipping fundraiser

Hundreds of costumed children made their way to my doorstep last Thursday night for Halloween treats. I ran out of the goodies earlier than expected so this witch had to shut off the lights and pretend she wasn’t at home.

The Valley Line: Monster Bash celebrates the scream season

The Valley Line: Monster Bash celebrates the scream season

The Oakmont League of Glendale on Oct. 18 held a luncheon in the beautiful home of member Lynn Dittrick. Lynn's home was festively decorated for the autumn season.

The Valley Line: 'Moonlight and Moonshine' raises funds for hospital

This past weekend I escaped from our peaceful community to a different adventure. I packed up my fuzzy white dog, Lola, and we went to Santa Barbara to visit my sister, Elaine, and her husband, Larry.

The Valley Line: Fundraiser helps Hathaway-Sycamores

Oh, I did love our rainy day last week. As soon as I heard the pitter-pat of rain on the roof, I raced to turn on the fireplace in the living room, brewed a cup of aromatic spiced tea and a grabbed a good book. It is my idea of perfect rainy day fun.

The Valley Line: Construction of float framework makes headway

We are just rounding the corner of the second week of October and there's scarcely a colored leaf in sight.

The Valley Line: Oktoberfest comes to the Thursday Club

Autumn arrived last Sunday at exactly 1:44 p.m. Did you notice? Last weekend was such a delight because our little world here in the foothills had a different feel to it. Even my garden looked different.

The Valley Line: Closing out the summer with the Pops

I skipped out of town this past weekend to visit my sister in San Clemente. It was an amazing weather change from the foothills, with fog blowing by the windows and cool enough for me to have to borrow woolly socks from her to put on my feet. I even had to put a wrap on to keep my neck and shoulders...

The Valley Line: Wine-and-cheese affair benefits Friends In Deed

Whew! I'm exhausted from the unrelenting heat. This has been quite the late-summer siege. I know that some of you thrive in this kind of weather but for me, it is torture. Here in my very old house, the slightly younger but still antiquated air conditioner tries really hard, but it just can't make...

The Valley Line: Backyard burgers set scene for Happy Hour

Come on, enough already! This humid weather makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a Mississippi summer — and that isn’t my cup of tea, even if you put sugar in it.

The Valley Line: Summer music season ends on two high notes

Oh no! Summer is slipping away and we have to face reality — no more music in La Cañada's Descanso Gardens or Memorial Park until next year. The music just died this weekend. But it's fair to say that it went out on a high note.

The Valley Line: Houseguest's visit inspires a whirlwind tour

The music beat goes on. Kristin Korb, a bassist and vocalist, enchanted music lovers on Aug. 15 at Descanso Gardens' Music on the Main jazz series, which has been attracting guests on Thursday evenings this summer.

The Valley Line: Taking in the Big Picture in Laguna Beach

What fabulous, cool weather we have had during the first part of this month. Whoever thought that those two words would ever describe August weather in our area, for crying out loud? I hope my words don't jinx the situation.

The Valley Line: La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses happy hour

As the old saying goes, let's let those sleeping dogs lie. My pooch, Lola, was all set with her new short haircut for the hot weather that was supposed to come with the onset of the dog days of summer. What a surprise for the two of us, we had June gloom weather and my little dog just wanted to stay...

The Valley Line: A fine summer evening for Oakmont League

Slowly, ever so slowly, we are crawling into the dog days of summer. The weather, just as the Greeks and Romans scripted them, is hot, humid and sometimes evil.

The Valley Line: Lost in the stars with Muse/ique at Caltech

On Sunday, even before I opened my eyes, I knew that it was going to be a different kind of summer day. The breeze coming through the window was cool and fragrant. The birds in the trees outside seemed to be happier than usual, and chirping loudly.

Fundraiser lights up Descanso Gardens

Flickering lights illuminated Descanso Gardens last Saturday evening as 250 guests enjoyed a new kind of benefit called "Light Up the Night."

The Valley Line: LCF Rose Parade 'Floaters' gather for happy hour

Oh my, Mother Nature is stirring the pot a wee bit too vigorously. Oppressive heat and melting humidity have been the ingredients for her bubbling summer stew.

The Valley Line: As temps rise, summer venues come to light

As of last week, summer is officially here. Get ready for the temps to rise. In fact we might be hitting the 100-plus mark sooner than I would like, I can assure you.

The Valley Line: Las Candelas installs new officers

The "tween" social season (between spring and summer) has been so busy it would make most people's heads spin. It certainly has my brain buzzing.

The Valley Line: Ticktockers 'Sail Away' to fashion show

Our city's Fiesta Days celebrations last weekend were bigger and better than ever! There was one wonderful event after another. I liked it all, but my absolute favorite was Sunday night's fireworks show, sponsored by the Allen Lund Co., which is based right here in town.

The Valley Line: USC Town & Gown goes to lunch

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.

The Valley Line: Crowds flock to Showcase House

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.

The Valley Line: Hats and flowers mark Thursday Club's fashion show

It was a lovely warm March day when the La Cañada Thursday Club held its annual fashion show luncheon.

The Valley Line: Dining to support Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services

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 —...

The Valley Line: 27 young women follow in grand tradition

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.

The Valley Line: Cash and crystal mark Hillsides gala

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.

The Valley Line: Before the movie, there is a screenplay

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.

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