NEIGHBORS : Haircut-a-Thon : Strands clipped at the Oxnard AIDS benefit go to test products or fill a 30-gallon trash bag.
About 750 hairy people are expected to show up for the fifth annual AIDS Care benefit Haircut-a-Thon at Oxnard Beauty College June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With that many heads in that many hours, a question arises: What happens to all that hair after it has been cut?
“We just sweep it up and toss it out,” said Bonnie Dawson, one of 90 or so professional hairdressers who will be doing the cutting. “Probably a year after I retire they’ll find a way to recycle it and I’ll have missed out on 1 million dollars.”
Dawson admitted that not every single strand is headed for the trash. “Sometimes we use long swatches for testing colors in the back room,” she said. “Sometimes we get a new product that we want to test, so we wait for someone to come in with long hair.”
It is expected that the hair that is thrown away will fill a 30-gallon trash bag.
If you’d like to get clipped for a good cause call the AIDS Care office at 656-1115.
Thousand Oaks art dealer De Ana Brankovic, director of Fino Arts and Associates, tries to help clients find the art they want, whether it’s to look at or to invest in, poster or painting. And she’ll go to great lengths to do so.
How great? Well, she looks to be near the end of a search that has taken two years.
“A client wanted a Winston Churchill oil. Winston Churchill was known for doing watercolor, not oil, but he did do some oil,” Brankovic said. “I went to the library and learned all I could about him. I made calls to London at 9, 10, 11, 12 at night.”
And she got the word out, carefully, that she was looking. “If you mention to too many people what and who you are looking for, the price goes up real quick. Other people start looking for it and it goes through five hands instead of two. I tried to keep the price down.”
Was she successful? “It’s going to auction. Luckily, it’s not going to be that much,” she said. “It will start at about $14,000 and it may go up to $32,000.” Gee, at that price, pick one up for us while you’re at it.
A Camarillo business is going Hollywood.
The co-owners of Class Reunion Enterprises, which helps people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties arrange those high school trips down memory lane, are currently acting as consultants for a movie script about a 20th reunion.
But then, Phyllis Pazen and her son Randy aren’t new to close and not-so-close encounters with the stars. “We recently had the 30th reunion of Fairfax High School,” Phyllis Pazen said.
“Elizabeth Taylor’s psychic was there. There was also a fellow who was probably the class nerd. It was Ronald Bass. He won an Academy Award for the screenplay of ‘Rain Man.’ ”
Then there was the reunion in Thousand Oaks a few years ago. “Eve Arden’s daughter came,” said Phyllis Pazen. “She drove around the parking lot, I don’t know how many times, because she was afraid no one would remember her.”
With the help of a small group of researchers working out of their homes, the Pazens spend most of their time looking for long-lost graduates. “We locate about 20,000 people a year,” Phyllis Pazen said. “We found three people living in Saudi Arabia last year for three different local class reunions.”
And what is the oddest location for a reunion that she has ever come across?: A National Assn. of Reunion Planners affiliate in Colorado had one in a zoo, she said. “It was hot, steamy, it rained, the drainage from the hippopotamus area didn’t work . . . it was a very odorous situation.”