Jeffrey Parent Guild: Luau in Paradise

Times Staff Writer

A Polynesian luau sounds like summer. And rather than winging down to Tahiti, the Jeffrey Parent Guild will create its own tropical paradise Saturday evening at the Trident Center, Courtside Bistro.

Guild president Marcia Brickley and Jeffrey fund-raising chairman Sharon Cislo have lined up a celebrity committee for extra pizazz, and Sybil Brand, Lucille Ball, Steve Allen, Connie Stevens, Mary Ann Mobley, Gary Collins and Meredith McRae have said yes to help.

Besides the luau catered by the Trident's Dean Simon, the Kahlua Serenaders will play for dancing. Polynesian dances are expected too.

Proceeds will aid severely handicapped and disadvantaged children in Jeffrey Foundation's three Los Angeles day-care centers. Counseling for parents is an adjunct.

What a romantic reason to have a party: Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival). The Japanese Arts Council of the Pacific Asia Museum celebrates Saturday evening in the museum courtyard in tribute to two stars--Vega and Altair.

As the legend goes, Vega was a princess and Altair a cowherd. They fell in love, neglected their duties, and the king separated them, placing them on opposite sides of the Milky Way. But on the seventh day of the seventh month, magpies make a bridge across the Milky Way allowing the lovers to meet.

It calls for a Japanese buffet dinner, amusements, taiko drum performance and a raffle of "Night of Tanabata," a limited edition serigraph by Mayumi Oda.

The American Cancer Society is thinking South Seas too. The Organizing Committee for the second annual pro-celebrity Paddle Tennis Tournament will relax Sunday evening at Jonah's Sea Catch in Marina del Rey after stress on the courts.

Tickets are $50. Bobi Leonard is chairman. She promises an auction with weekends at L'Ermitage and Vail.

More in on the planning are Jamie Bailey, Linda Boulton, Susan Cahill, Lisa Davis, Gail Jennings, Diane Lerner, John Myerson, Pat Schultz, Alan Turner and Sandy Wilson.

Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and Sheriff Sherman Block will be roasted by celebrities and city officials Friday evening at the Los Angeles Hilton.

The Kiwanis, Lions and Optimist clubs of East Los Angeles are joining for the fund-raiser.

Former Hollenbeck police captain Rudy DeLeon, now special assistant to John Van de Kamp, will be master of ceremonies.

Funds will be given to needy children in the East Los Angeles area.

It's Christmas in July for the Building Owners and Managers Assn. of Orange County (BOMA/Orange County) Saturday evening. In cooperation with Singapore Airlines, they're expecting 2,000 for their "An Evening in Singapore" in the California Scenario, the Costa Mesa sculpture garden designed by Isamu Noguchi.

Lion Dancers from Singapore will be brought in. Exotic gourmet delights are expected. The grand prize is a round trip for two to Singapore.

When it's over, proceeds will finance three separate Christmas luncheons with gifts for residents of Fairview State Hospital, Huntington Convalescent Home and Artesia Gardens Convalescent Home.

Wine columnist Jerry D. Mead has lined up 400 wines for tasting at the Long Beach Wine and Food Festival on Saturday at the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center. He'll be on hand to discuss specific wines.

Major Long Beach and South Bay restaurants including 555 East, Robert's, Parker's Lighthouse, the Sitar Indian restaurant and Quiet Cannon will provide delicacies for sampling.

Chairman Stan Pincura is chairman for the benefiting Long Beach Opera. Tickets are $20.

Catch-Up: Bud and B. J. Morrison opened their Brentwood home to members of the Committee of Professional Women for the Philharmonic before the Hollywood Bowl performance of "Vienna, City of Dreams." Chief guest was Dr. Nikolaus Scherk, the new Austrian consul general. . . .

Robert and Rosemarie Stack received the coveted "Humanities Award" from the Westwood Shrine Club at a black-tie tribute in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. . . .

Friends of Le Chambon hosted their benefit Tuesday night in conjunction with the opening night of The Klezmorim at the L.S. Stage Company in Beverly Hills. Pierre Sauvage was prime mover behind the benefit. Part of the monies will be earmarked to complete his documentary on the charitable foundation devoted to understanding of righteous conduct during the Nazi era. . . .

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