The History Department of the La Crescenta Woman’s Club had a “Mad Hatter’s Tea,” on April 25 and proceeds will assist in putting on the club’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2011.

The clubhouse was decorated in the Mad Hatter motif, featuring several teapots on each table that was dressed in vintage tablecloths with displays of collectible hats, hat boxes and hat stands or giant playing cards printed with faces of club members and fresh roses and orchids.

Four guests won prizes for their winning chapeau. They were Carol Huntworth for most unusual; Jonelle Bisetti, prettiest; Vickie Guagliardo, silliest, and Carol Jones for most appropriately decorated for the Mad Hatter’s theme.

Alice-In-Wonderland (Gloria Beyer) brought her white rabbit, Lily, to the tea, to the delight of all the guests, especially 4-year-old Kayla Acosta, granddaughter of club member Sandara Viraq.

A table overflowing with opportunity prizes was irresistible to bidders, and the winners left extremely happy with their booty.

The Mad Hatter’s committee consisted of Deanna Alfeld, Sally Benson, Daryl Baker-Pollack, Gloria Beyer, Margaret Dickson, Vickie Guagliardo, Maryanne Jenning, Carol Jones, Gloria Lee, Jeanne Long, Eloise Nicholl and Angie Perry.


The Glendale Historical Society is planning “A Taste of Old California at Glendale’s Historic Casa Verdugo” from 5 to 8 p.m. June 14. The food and ambience of the famous restaurant will be re-created in the historic residence that housed it from 1910 until 1921.

The Casa Verdugo Restaurant was a must-see destination for Los Angeles residents and tourists alike in the early decades of the 20th century. Situated at the foot of the Verdugo Hills and surrounded by citrus and pepper trees, the Casa Verdugo offered its guests a taste of the romanticized old California of Spanish colonial days.

It was established in 1905 at the northern terminus of the Red Car line, in an old adobe at the top of Brand Boulevard in Glendale.

In 1910 the restaurant moved to a new location a few blocks away, in a large Mission Revival-style house surrounded by lush gardens, where guests enjoyed “the famous cuisine of the tamale, the enchilada and the tortilla” and were entertained with traditional songs and dances of Spain and Mexico.

The restaurant’s second location is once again a private residence, but on June 14 guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to mingle on the grounds and verandas while sipping a glass of wine, tour the interior of the house, view historic photos, postcards and artifacts and enjoy a four-course dinner of classic Casa Verdugo dishes re-created by renowned food historian and scholar Charles Perry.

Ticket prices are $50 per person for society members and $65 per person for nonmembers.

The Glendale Historical Society is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that provides community education and advocacy for the identification and preservation of Glendale’s history and architectural heritage. Membership is open to all.

Seats are limited. Advance reservations are required by June 1. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at or mail a check payable to The Glendale Historical Society, P.O. Box 4173, Glendale, 91202, and include number of guests.

For more information visit or call (818) 242-7447.


Media City Ballet, in association with Woodbury University, will present tango stars Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo in “Tango, Tonight!” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. May 28 in the New Woody’s Café at Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank.

Larici and Barrionuevo were the Best Couple Winners of NBC Television’s premiere season of “SuperStars of Dance.”

Bon Appétit will cater the event with an Argentine- themed dinner, which will also feature a no host bar, silent auction, raffles and free parking.

This event is a fundraiser for Media City Ballet, which performs at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Tickets are $70 per person or $130 per couple. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling Media City Ballet at (818) 972-9692.


Seventy community members attended the “Lunch & Bingo” event hosted by the Women’s Council of Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation on April 24 at the hospital.

The event raised $2,275 for the community hospital. Those present also had an opportunity to win prizes donated by the Women’s Council Board.

The Women’s Council has two upcoming events. The Annual Fashion Show will be at 11:30 a.m. June 11 at Oakmont Country Club. Fashions are furnished by Holiday Hats and Gowns of Montrose. Table favors are donated by Merle Norman of Montrose.

The San Antonio Winery Summer Party will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 11.

For information about the group’s upcoming events or membership, call (818) 952-2228.

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