Members of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center's Volunteer Services turned their auditorium into an Arts and Crafts Festival on Thursday. Colorful balloons festooned the entrance. Sweets were scattered among the crafts. There was something for everyone.
Early-bird customers at 8 a.m. got their choice of the merchandise. Anesthesiologist Wei Li was one of the first customers looking over hand-crafted greeting cards for Christmas gifts. She was on her way to breakfast and happened upon the festival.
"Surgery was scheduled for 8 a.m., but the surgeon was a little late. So I'm here," Li said.
Vender Ellie Mackey has deep roots at Glendale Memorial.
"I was born here in 1927, a year after the hospital opened, and raised in Glendale," Mackey said.
Mackey specializes in handmade vintage-looking dolls. The festival stayed busy until its 6 p.m. closing.
Proceeds will benefit the hospital guild's scholarship program.
There's a new store in town. At the Hurley for Pendleton Pop-Up Shop at the Americana, free cocktails provided by the neighboring restaurant Katsuya were snapped up on the first in a series of "Happy Hour" Thursday evenings with live DJs and a 20% discount on all purchases until Dec. 31.
Attending the kickoff were Glendale residents Annie Morford, her friend Cody Browning, Cecelia Walker, Gregory Simms and Ricky LaMont.
The Glendale PEO's (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter IH celebrated its 75th anniversary with a gala event at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland — becoming the go-to club for fancy luncheons. On Saturday, the red carpet was rolled out for more than 100 PEO members and their guests. The popular reception featured a slide show of the chapter's history and displays of photographs of charter members. Before the luncheon, grace was offered by Elsa Kreider.
Chapter IH, having held its first meeting on Nov. 29, 1935, is considered the first Glendale chapter to have evening meetings to cater to working women. Seventy-five years later, Chapter IH is stronger than ever. Chapter President Charlene Carnachan welcomed her enthusiastic audience. Event Chairwoman Ellen Ostoich recognized her hardworking committee including Shirley Buono, Linda Newman, Joanne Jackson, Mary Rankin and Karen Judson. Each was introduced in costumes from the 1930s up to the present decade and read a total of 75 letters from IH Chapter presidents written during 75 years.
Given special presentations were 50-year member Georganne Thompsen and longtime, very active member Marge Galleher.
PEO's Chapter IH is the ninth chapter to form in Glendale and the 238th chapter in California.