ON THE TOWN:

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club meeting and salad potluck luncheon on May 14 started off with a bang when two local community organizations were given funds by the club.

The American Cancer Society’s Foothills for Life representatives Loretta Savery and Chris Waldheim were presented $500 from Dea McCrory, the club’s vice president of ways and means, and Jackie Palmer, the club’s “Passport to Fashion” chairwoman. McCrory and Palmer are cancer survivors.

The Glendale YWCA Domestic Violence program received $1,500 from the club. YWCA Outreach advocate Carmen Muhammad and Volunteer Program Coordinator Shakeh Ghazaryan received the funds from Glendale resident Rita Evan, reinstalled as club president.

The club raised the contributions by its annual fashion show and silent auction — this year’s “Passport to Fashion.”

Gloria Lee organized the check presentation luncheon, with Sally Benson as decorations chairwoman. Setup credit goes to Ellie Pipes, who is also club historian. Among the 30 club members present were talented tea server Donna Dieny, house chairwoman Carol Huntwork and program chairman and club member for 51 years Patricia Wichert. Angie Perry, a club member for 58 years, was the longest continuing member present.

Crescenta Valley High School student awards were also recognized, but the awardees were taking Advanced Placement exams and could not be at the luncheon.

Glendale Healthy Kids’ 2008 “A Taste of Downtown Glendale” offered tastes and sips from 28 restaurants on May 14. Executive Director Camille Levee and President Kathleen Powers were found supping on samples from Outback Steakhouse, newly ensconced at the Marketplace.

Ten-month-old Lily Tanossian’s dessert of choice was vanilla ice cream, courtesy of Cold Stone Creamery, also in the Marketplace. Mom Nayree and Dad Nishan Tanossian approved.

Jamba Juice in the sparkling Americana at Brand was the pick for beverages by Glendale neighbors Catherine and Shahab Emrani and Robin and Barry Shereshevsky.

Glendale Healthy Kids targeted the evening’s proceeds as $50,000. But a little more than an hour after its 5:30 p.m. start, $45,000 had already been raised, much of that from advanced ticket sales. Proceeds will provide access to medical, dental, mental health and health education services for children from low-income, uninsured families in the Glendale area.

The Patrons Club of Glendale Community College held its Annual Luncheon at the Los Robles Dining Room on campus on Thursday. Joining in were Supt./President Audre Levy and recently retired Supt./President John Davitt.

Also present among the more than 50 members and guests were five out of the six Glendale Community College Board of Trustees members: President Victor King, Vice President Vahe Peroomian, Clerk Anita Quinonez Gabrielian and Past President Armine G. Hacopian.

More Glendale residents were college Vice President Of Counseling Services Jeanette Stirdivant, culinary arts maven Yeimei Wang, Patrons acting President Margaret Hammond (standing in for President Judy Gorham, temporarily out of town), Glady Kabateck, Flora Corsini and Betty Musacco, who said $18,000 had recently been raised by the Patrons and donated for college scholarships.

Proceeds from the luncheon will fund the Culinary Arts Scholarship.

Brand Library’s Music Series presented “Major and Minor Miracles” on May 13.

The trio of musicians performing the miracles were Paul Stein on violin, Armen Ksajikian on cello and Leo Marcus at the piano. Their program began with Saint-Saens’ Piano Trio No. 2 in E-minor, opus 92, and ended with Taneyev’s Piano Trio in D-major, opus 22.

Glendale residents on hand were Michael Bronn, Ruth Lyons, Gilda Giacalone, Brand Associates Treasurer Huguette Zmuidzinas and Irena Raulinaitis, chairwoman of Brand 37, an upcoming art exhibit at the Brand Library.

Also present were Silver Lake residents Julie and Marty Bagish , Eagle Rock resident Wendy Lang and Roslyn and Larry Scherr from Pasadena. Joanne Whittington from Pasadena and Arizona is the mother of Blair Whittington, Brand Library’s music librarian since 1995.

“Blair has always loved music, even from preschool,” she said.

Stepfather and Arizona resident Cornelius Steelink agreed. Also in the Whittington-Steelink party was John Rozenberg from South Pasadena.

A reception for the artists followed the concert.


 RUTH SOWBY may be reached at ruthsowby@msn.com.

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