Trees feted for beauty and purpose

Arbor Day in Glendale dawned cool and cloudy. But that didn’t stop members and guests of Glendale Beautiful from presenting their 61st annual Arbor Day Celebration at Casa Adobe de San Rafael on March 1. Several dozen tree-lovers gathered to pay homage to the ecological efforts of Glendale Beautiful in cooperation with Glendale Community Services and Parks.

The program focused on the city’s restoration efforts at Deukmejian Wilderness Park to replace the trees destroyed in the Station fire. According to Trails and Open Spaces Specialist Jeff Weinstein, 50 trees have been planted at the park so far. More restoration efforts include wilderness work days, seed collecting, volunteer watering and weeding, developing a plant nursery for schoolchildren and establishing an overnight youth camp—no camp fires allowed. The Sierra Club will donate water tanks to be placed at the higher elevations that can’t be easily reached by fire-control personnel.

An Arbor Day Proclamation given by Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian to Glendale Beautiful President Mary Rose Grim was a program highlight. The Tree City USA and Growth Award was given to the city and was accepted by City Manager Jim Starbird. This is the 26th year the city has been the recipient of the award. Glendale is filled with 40,000 trees supported by residents who are assessed an annual $2 per capita fee, contributing to the city’s tree-friendly reputation.

The bulk of the festivities was devoted to the presentation of Arbor Day certificates to those donating trees to Glendale in recognition or in memory of a special person. Fifteen gallon-sized trees cost $45 and a 24-inch boxed tree costs $150. Several of those recognized for their generosity included Arbor Day Chair Gladys Wymore, who donated a tree in memory of her late husband Jim Wymore. Local Realtor Sue Eller donated a tree honoring longtime Glendale resident Shirley Darling.

Glendale Beautiful Immediate Past President Doyle Kutch presented a $600 check to Jess Duran, acting director of the city’s Community Services and Parks, to be used for the purchase of trees. In total, more than 90 trees were donated to Glendale in recognition of Arbor Day.

The city is asking for volunteers to water and weed the newly planted trees in Deukmejian Wilderness Park on March 19.

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“That’s Entertainment” was the theme for the Cabrini Literary Guild’s annual fundraiser on Saturday. Oakmont Country Club was at its “entertaining” best for the guild’s program of songs by Jennifer Gates & Musical Mates and Sylvia Mac Aller, a star from the old Lawrence Welk Show.

But before the show, attendees strolled among baskets packed full of silent-auction items. A favorite was donated by the Cabrini Book Club. That basket was filled with books, boxes of tea, candles and comforter—sustenance for any reader. Silent Auction Chairwoman Miryam Finkleberg made magic by procuring the nearly 100 baskets, each topped with a Cabrini red rose.

Guild President Mary Andrade welcomed approximately 150 members and guests. She also introduced fundraiser co-chairwomen Alice McCormick and Marilyn Linder. The blessing of the food was given by Father Paul Hruby. Supporters enjoyed a tri-tip steak lunch, as only Oakmont can prepare it.

Another star of the show was the guild’s first live auction. The only item, “[Homemade] Dinner & Poker Party Under the Stars for Six,” was donated by past president and caterer Marie Urrutia. Daughter Susan Theiring will play hostess by opening her Glendale home and patio for the event. Guild member Patricia Gay was the lucky bidder who “stole” the dinner party for $300.

Expected net proceeds of $12,000 will fund guild philanthropies and Catholic charities such as the Good Shepherd Center for Women and the Shield of Roses.

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It isn’t every evening that local celebrities are honored by friends, family and neighbors in their own hometown. The Hilton Glendale ballroom was the appropriate setting for the Homecoming Dinner honoring La Crescenta resident Hugh Scanlon, president of the California/Hawaii Elks Assn. representing 180 Elks lodges. First Lady Dale Scanlon, a 15-year employee of Glendale’s Elks Lodge, also was honored. The more than 500 supporters present included two past national presidents and 25 past exalted rulers.

Hugh Scanlon’s “Homecoming” marked a year of travel in which he visited hundreds of lodges in Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

There will be no proceeds from the dinner. Each guest paid for his/her own dinner and Hugh Scanlon picked up the tab for everything else.
 
 

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