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!
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.
This past week our hills (the San Gabriel Mountains) have been alive with music. It has been a beautiful musicscape, I might add.
Last week was the most unusual week of early August weather that I can remember in Southern California.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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;...
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...
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!
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.
This past week it seemed we are tiptoeing toward summer, at least we didn't have triple-digit degree days. That's good!
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...