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The weather’s nice, and the Metropolitan Associates are quoting Shakespeare: “Here on this grass plot, in this very place, to come and sport. . . .” They’re indulging in their annual Summer Film Festival. They gathered Saturday in the gardens at Georgie and Paul Erskine’s Pasadena home with Joan and Frank Thompson, chairmen. Nate Roth elaborated on the film, “Coma,” which rolled at sundown.

In honor of Hollywood’s 100th birthday, there will be appropriate speakers at summer events along with the bring-your-own picnic suppers, wine and insect repellent.

Joan and Jim Caillouette will be hosts for “Stolen Life” July 25, Kittie and Bill Ballard with Sandy and Roberta Huntley for “Jeremiah Johnson” Aug. 8 and Peg and Lee Rahn with Alice and Joe Coulombe for “The Searchers” Aug. 22. Proceeds from $25 memberships will help underwrite performances of “Cinderella” by the Music Center Opera Company in November at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.


MAJOR MOVERS: The Australians are moving into brand new headquarters. The Australian consul general and trade commissioners are the first occupants at 611 N. Larchmont in the Hancock Park area. They partied this week with the arrival of the Australian ambassador to the United States, Rawdon Dalrymple, and his wife, Ross.

Australian Consul General Basil Teasey, here three years with his wife, Elizabeth, joined with Alan Reiher, commissioner for the State of Victoria in Australia, and Mick Borzi, O.B.E., commissioner for the State of Queensland in Australia, as well as Miss Wendy Hall, regional director, North America, for the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corp., to welcome about 500 guests.

PLAUDITS: Terri Childs is new trustees chairman of the Southern California Center of the Coro Foundation, according to Richard B. Lippin, outgoing chairman. Keenan Behrle will be vice chairman and David Peters treasurer. Mrs. Childs is vice president of the Joseph Drown Foundation and was co-chair of Coro’s 1986 Awards Dinner.

Arco Chairman Lodwrick M. Cook was recognized for his dedicated leadership in initiating the Los Angeles Central Library’s Save the Books campaign at a luncheon hosted by Volunteer Center of Los Angeles president David N. Traber and its executive director, John F. Kern. . . . Public relations executive Carl R. Terzian has been named a vice president of the 1,000-member Los Angeles West Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Armenian Film Foundation.

Banning Residence Museum has appointed Shelley Mills as curator of the 19th-Century residence.

MIDAS TOUCH: The California Museum of Science and Industry is bubbling. The Ahmanson Foundation has awarded it a $3-million unrestricted grant, one of the largest of its type ever made to a museum, according to Morgan Harris, president of the California Museum Foundation. The stipend will help the museum complete the Mark Taper Hall of Economics and Finance, the Aerospace Museum and the IMAX Theater. The grant coincides with the renaming of the CMSI main building as the Howard F. Ahmanson Building. The change was made in a private ceremony last week with Howard F. Ahmanson Jr., son of the financier, and his widow, Caroline Ahmanson, foundation vice president, both participating in dedication rites. The late Mr. Ahmanson was chairman and principal owner of Home Savings and Loan Assn. The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theater and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent gallery also bear the name.


21ST CELEBRATION: Expect lots of celebrity fanfare Saturday for the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation salute to the Forum’s Jerry Buss. He’ll receive the Susie Humanitarian Award. Sammy Davis Jr. flies in to be master of ceremonies. Monty Hall will preside. Norm Crosby and Milton Berle will create the laughs.

The affair, marking the 21st birthday of the foundation, will take place in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Proceeds are earmarked for the recently opened Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation Senior Resource Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chick Hearn, Pat Riley, Bob Steiner and Jerry West will be present to honor their boss. Anheuser-Busch’s Mike Roarty will present the Susie. Tickets are $200. Co-dinner chairmen are Jack Lerman and Irving Ross.

TODAY: LIFE (Love Is Feeding Everyone), the nonprofit group that helps Los Angeles families get basic food staples, presents its East Los Angeles LIFE Humanitarian Award to actor Eddie Albert at its fund-raising event, “Una Tarde En La Plaza” today at Plaza de la Raza. LIFE president Dennis Weaver will be there, and Valerie Harper, Edie Adams, Rene Enriquez, Gary Hudson, Eric Estrada, Laura Martinez Herring, Tina Yothers and Rose Portillo are expected, too.

KUDOS: To Richard and Veda Weisman of Pacific Palisades for their pledge of $100,000 to the UCLA School of Medicine to establish the Biotechnology Research and Education Project . . . to Judith Stewart Johnson, elected to a second term as president of Casa Colina Auxiliary.