September Calendar Is Filling Up

Times Staff Writer

Everyone will be home by September, right? With sun-streaked hair, tans, anticipatory dispositions for a raging fall social season? Then, here's part--only--of what's upcoming:

The industrious Peninsula Committee of the Childrens Hospital will turn 30 next month with its annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show on Sept. 11-13 at the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates. So far, the elite group, which purposely thrives on a membership of only 40 by harnessing husbands, children, sisters and brothers to "do good," has raised $1.5 million for the hospital through the horse shows and the accouterments of pony rides, tented areas for breakfast, brunch, lunch and a Saturday-night supper. This year about 700 will be treated to a true down-home barbecue featuring live country and Western music by the Floyd Country Boys.

To say the horse show is a family affair is an understatement. Kids paint fences. Families offer pita sandwiches, taco boats, horse show cookies, fresh fruit, ice cream. Husbands go out on limbs--far out. For instance, if you phone Carole Diestel, chairman, you get a hilarious recording with husband David's voice. It raucously goes like this:

"Well, we're gettin' ready for the 30th annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show Sept. 11, 12 and 13. We sure hope you can make it. Carol is very excited. She's going to be riding Old Paint in the show. She . . . no, excuse me . . . she's going to be driving Old . . . no, she's not going to be riding Old Paint, she's going to be master of . . . she's going to paint Old Masters." Then Diestel, mockingly frustrated, says: "You'll have to leave a message." Then, he says to Carole, in the background: "Why do you do this to me every time when I get on the phone." Then, "Beep."

Newlywed Committee president Louanna Robeson already has her naval officer husband involved too. More on the committee, expecting an attendance of 3,000 for the top-ranked "A" show by both the American Horse Show Assn. and the Pacific Coast Hunters and Jumpers Assn. are Vickie Lee, Ann Cullen, Sue Prock, Peggy Winterrowd and Jan Brandmeyer.

BAY CRUISE: Hopefully the breezes will waft gently Sept. 5. That's when Harold and Wini Voegelin host their 11th annual lawn party and bay cruise honoring the Los Angeles Consular Corps from their Newport Beach dock. Co-hosts are the International Commerce Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Council for International Visitors.

SAVE THE DATE: There are two Hispanic Designers Fashion Show and Benefit Galas. Los Angeles has the first Sept. 12 at the Biltmore Bowl; Washington, D.C. has the second Sept. 14 at the J. W. Marriott Hotel. The invitations come with an Antonio sketch of a woman in a polka-dotted strapless ball gown. The creations of Carolina Herrera, Adolfo, Oscar de la Renta, Paloma Picasso, Luiz Archer, Carlota Alfaro, Miguel Cruz, Angel Estrada, Fernando Pena, Fernando Sanchez and Isabel Toledo are promised. The silent auction, dinner, awards and shows will benefit scholarships. Adolph Coors Co. and AT&T; are sponsoring.

SALUTES: The Bel-Air Council Navy League of the United States (the Adm. John Ford Memorial) will honor one of Los Angeles' prominent real estate giants, George W. Elkins, and one of Southern California's great volunteers, Lucy Toberman, Wednesday at its Beverly Hills Pops Orchestra dinner-concert at the Beverly Wilshire. Lucy, who founded the Hollywood Bowl Patroness Committee as well as the Colleagues (the social group Nancy Reagan belonged to before she became First Lady of California and the United States), had a stroke several weeks ago, but she intends to be there.

PLAUDITS: To the Big Sisters Guild's new president, Sandra Bilson, and its other new officers installed at the Hotel Bel-Air--Mary Anne Osborn, Jeanne Epstein, Rayna Hersowitz and Chrystie Scott, who will chair the fund-raising . . . to Phyllis Diller, named honorary campaign chairman for Permanent Charities Committee's 43rd annual campaign for the entertainment industry.

CIRCLED RED: Legendary dean of wine makers Andre Tchelistcheff will be presented the Achievement in Wine Award on Sept. 13 by the Southwestern University School of Law's Friends of the Library at their sixth-annual Wine Affair at the picturesque Old Mill in San Marino. . . . Betty Mabee, whose husband, John, is the major horseman, is the president of the Voices for Children Auxiliary, whose aim is to ensure each child's right to a permanent home by tracking children through the courts and temporary foster homes. Organized early this year, the group already has a membership roster approaching 600. Highly motivated to raise funds too the auxiliary hosts its inaugural Day at the Races on Aug. 31 with a party in the private Turf Club at Del Mar. And, Sharon Mulligan of Del Mar will host a luncheon for friends Tuesday. It's only one of the many coffees, luncheons and teas that have been encouraged to support "Voices" for children.

BIG 40th: When Bullock's Pasadena opened in 1947, Architectural Digest raved about horizontal elements of the modern-style edifice and praised architects Welton Becket and Walter Wurdeman. Built in what was originally a residential area, the store redefined Pasadena's shopping patterns. Now, Pasadena Historical Society celebrates the landmark's 40th anniversary Sept. 13 with a benefit brunch in the store's San Pasqual Dining Room. Historian Dr. Robert Winter will document history (the French tapestry by Lurcat remains at the elevator foyer). Bullock's will parade fashions from its first 40 years. Tickets at $24 will help preserve Pasadena history. An exhibit of historical fashions and the store's original furnishings will be shown Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first and last Sunday of the month between 1 and 4 p.m. through Nov. 1.

AGENDAS: On the heels of summer opera, Santa Fe goes into full swing Sept. 16-20 with its film festival and laudatory tributes to John Huston. Not only will screenings of 30 movies focus on Huston, but also on a social and more informal scale, leaders of the Santa Fe community plan to culminate the week with a "Come as Your Favorite John Huston Character Gala" and lots of receptions and dinners for those purchasing gold, silver and bronze passes. . . . Helen Findlay and her brother, Wally Findlay, honor the Friends of Northwood Institute (the business management college) Sept. 3 in Beverly Hills. Guests are invited to view Paul Cezanne's painting "Les Environs d' Aix-en-Provence." Rococo will cater. . . . Princeton trustees Gerald Parsky, Bill Lucas and Lloyd Cotsen will be present Tuesday at the home of Judge and Mrs. Ronald Schoenberg when Suzanne Marx, chairman, Princeton Parents Assn., welcomes incoming freshmen from Southern California--45 in the area.

SUPPORT: The Japanese American National Museum will screen the film "Living on Tokyo Time" directed by Steve Okazaki as a benefit Monday at the Directors Guild of America theater. Tickets are $20. The museum preserves the history and culture of Japanese Americans and expects to open a permanent site in Little Tokyo in 1989.

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