Glendale Commission on the Status of Women Chairwoman Karla KerlinKarla Kerlin doffed her attorney togs Nov. 24 and put on a judicial robe for her swearing in and enrobing ceremony as judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Several dozen colleagues, friends and family members gathered in the special events center of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles as Judge Carlos Moreno swore in Kerlin, who received a standing ovation after the ceremony.

Wearing her judicial robe, Kerlin posed for photos with friends and family. Family members present were husband Richard Torres, daughter Serena Torres, 8, and son Damian Torres, 15 months. Also on hand were Kerlin’s mother, Norma Mason, father, Jack Kerlin, and stepmother, Care Kerlin.

Karla Kerlin worked as a deputy district attorney with the Los Angeles district attorney’s office for 18 years. Besides being the chairwoman of the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, Kerlin is on the Advisory Board of Peace Over Violence and was past president (2002-03) of the Women Lawyers Assn. of L.A. She is one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 17 appointments to the L.A. Superior Court.    

For knuckleheads of all ages, the Alex Film Society unveiled its 11th annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event on Saturday at the Alex Theatre for 2 and 8 p.m. shows.

Among the slapstick shorts being screened were “Three Little Beers” and “Disorder in the Court.” A bonus feature was a rarely seen 1974 interview with Stooge Larry Fine. As part of the introduction to the interview, Fine’s grandson Kurt Lamond was recognized.

Host for the event and Film Society board member Frank Gladstone explained the program’s title “Pardon My Amnesia.”

“[The selection committee] forgot these films” in previous years, he said.

Also taking bows at the matinee were Film Society President Randy Carter and board members Brian Ellis, Linda Harris, Dean Briggs and Beth Werling.

Briggs’ wife, Elyse Briggs, lent a hand selling raffle tickets for “a basket of really stupid stuff.”

Among the some 400 Stooges fans present, posing for photographs in their Stooges T-shirts were Burbank residents Alex Imfeld, 13, and Curt McDonald, pastor of Burbank’s Safe Haven Fellowship. “In tough times, the Stooges bring a smile to your face,” McDonald said. “They do things we’re not allowed to do.”


Last weekend marked the opening of the Glendale Centre Theatre’s annual “A Christmas Carol,” a musical adaptation of the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens. It was standing-room-only for Sunday’s matinee as several hundred theater lovers jockeyed for their favorite seats.

Those lingering in the lobby had a chance to be photographed in an open sleigh. Ginny Takesuye from Eagle Rock and Gina Monico from Glendale were fetching in a pose straight out of a Christmas card.

In the audience, Gigi Mitjans, 7, mom Grace Mitjans and friend Victoria Hipolito, 6, all Glendale residents, celebrated Gigi’s upcoming birthday with an afternoon at the theater. The birthday girl wore her favorite pink sunglasses ringed in candles.

Helping behind the scenes were gracious staffers Sally Lawson, formerly of Glendale, and house manager Kim Overton.

After the show’s carolers’ surprise entrance from each aisle, the play began.

“A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 23.

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

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