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Lions help sponsor guide puppy in training

Lions help sponsor guide puppy in training
Northwest Glendale Lions new puppy snuggles with its puppy raiser Sarah Jane Chelin and her daughter Chantal Chelin.
(Courtesy photo by Yvonne Martin)

Northwest Glendale Lions have supported Guide Dogs of America for more than 20 years. Now the club has a puppy to call its own.

The club and member Tillman Pink Jr. are sponsoring a puppy — a female Labrador/golden retriever mix named Cybelle — at a cost of $5,000, which goes to training the puppy. The guide dog-to-be will be raised by Sarah Jane Chelin of Chatsworth.

The puppy will wear a vest with the names “NW Glendale Lions Club” and “Glen-Park Retirement Communities,” which is owned by Pink, the club’s second vice-president. The puppy was born June 22 at the guide dogs facility.

Cybelle and her trainer will be available to attend Lions Club meetings and special events during her 18-month training period. She will have another period with a professional trainer before being placed with a blind person. There is never any charge for a dog to the sight-impaired person with whom the dog is matched.


Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar graduates four classes each year. The cost is $38,000 to raise and train a guide dog. Funds for the club portion of the $5,000 cost is provided by the Robert E. Davies Memorial Fund in the club’s Charity Foundation.

Club members are proud of this contribution, said Ross Adams, secretary.

“The opportunity to do this expands our ability to work with Guide Dogs of America,” he said.

Adams also thanked Vince De Santis, site conservation chairman, who has been the liaison between Guide Dogs of America and the club.


Meetings are at noon every Thursday at Shakers Restaurant, 801 N. Pacific Ave. For more information, call Adams at (818) 243-4458.

Raising funds for college students

The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon of the Patrons’ Club of Glendale Community College Foundation is Nov. 2 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. The organization will be celebrating the college’s 85th anniversary in conjunction with the Patrons’ Club’s 65th anniversary.

Proceeds go to scholarships. Last year, 60 scholarships and grants-in-aid were distributed.

There will be live and silent auctions, a $1,000 cash prize and opportunity prizes. Tickets are $45. Contact Marianne Jennings, chairwoman, for reservations at (818) 249-5443.

Joining Jennings on the committee are Judy Gorham, Carolyn Payne, Karen Wharton, Flora Corsini, Angela Vukos, Margaret Hammond, Geri Costello, Shirley Wright, Betty Musacco, Leila Layseca, Geri Costello, Karen Wharton, Pat Beggs, Shirley Wright, Angie Vukos, Judy Gorham, Flora Corsini, Margaret Dickson, Pat Beggs and Patti Mack. Consultants from the college are Paul Schlossman and Aida Avanoussian.

Masters at Forest Lawn Museum

Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale is the premiere location for an exhibit of works by world-renowned masters Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Fernand Le´ger.


“Picasso, Braque & Le´ger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters” includes 75 original etchings, lithographs and aquatint prints organized by Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions of Laguna Niguel. It will remain on display through Jan. 1.

“Forest Lawn Museum is honored to be the premiere venue for the exhibition,” said Joan P. Adan, museum director. “It is a great privilege to allow people in our local area the first glimpse of the works by these well-known masters. This prestigious collection will tour nationally once it leaves Forest Lawn at the beginning of the year.”

Reilly Rhodes, director and curator of the Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions, said the Picasso lithograph, “Visage, Face of Maria-Theresa Waller (1928), is a unique and extremely important image in this exhibition, first because it is a signed print from the edition of 25, numbered 1/25 hors d’commerce, which means that it is the first print made of this image and that it was made not for the market, but for the personal distribution of the artist and his publisher.

“This alone identifies the work as the most important of all the ‘Visage’ prints, which had a total edition of 200 prints,” Rhodes said. “Second, the print was acquired from a French collection in the fall of 2011 and it has never before been on public view.”

The subject, Maria-Theresa Waller, was Picasso’s mistress and model, who he met in 1927. At the time, she was 17 years old, nearly 30 years the artist’s junior. Their relationship lasted until about 1935.

“Of all the women in Picasso’s life, none had inspired him more than this young blond with a Grecian profile,” Rhodes said. “She was to become his lover and one of the most famous muses in all art history.”

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is free.

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