The Valley Line: Beach beckons as local clubs wind up their social seasons


Let the summer activities begin!

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” so the George and Ira Gershwin song goes, but for many it means more logistical challenges as parents try to make sure their kids are where they need to be for summer activities

There is some good news on that front: The annual summer beach bus service, which takes residents of the Foothills to Santa Monica beach, is now up and running. The bus picks up passengers in La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Labor Day and takes them right to the edge of the sand. After a day at the beach, passengers return to town using the same service. What a wonderful thing! You don’t have to worry about parking, and the price is right. The cost is $3 for adults and children, $1.50 for seniors 60-plus years with ID, and $1.50 for people with a disability. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For the times and schedule go to

The Oakmont League of Glendale recently held its annual installation luncheon at Oakmont Country Club. After officers and board members were installed, scholarship money was given to area high school students as well as Glendale Community College students who are going on to four-year universities.

Also, the club’s philanthropy committee awarded three organizations with checks. Bob Frank, director of Hillside School and Learning Center, accepted a check on behalf of the school for $3,500. Glendale Healthy Kids board member and treasurer Alex Paraion accepted a check for $1,000. Tina Anderson-Walberg received a check for $2,500 on behalf of Glendale Community College’s Disabled Students Programs and Services.

High school students receiving scholarship checks included Jung Su (Lynn) Ryu from La Cañada High School; Grace Kim from Crescenta Valley High School; Patrick Begian, Clark Magnet; Claire Yanai, Glendale High School and Vivica Rush, Hoover High School.

Glendale Community College students receiving scholarships to further their studies at four-year universities were Shushanik Gabrielyan, Vardui Grigoryan and Kristine Amyan.

Oakmont League members who were installed for the new term included Cathy Steel, Jackie Kubel, Carol Eldred, Mary Kay Prather, Sharon Swinford, Judy Mendicina, Julie Budimir, Allison Weir, Chloe Ross, Barbara McCullough, Donna Sauer, Nina Ratliff, Ellen Farewell, Fernanda Genthon, Pam Sorem, Shauna Lehman and Ann Chadney.

The Stardusters and Alaroma dance groups celebrated their fifth and last event this season at a lovely private Pasadena club.

Gigi and Jim Schlueter were dance chairs for the dinner-dance event. Welcoming guests were presidents Michael and Virginia Karsch.

After enjoying dinner, guests drifted to the dance floor where they danced to the music of the band Blue Soul.

Also attending this delightful evening of companionship, dining and dancing were Polly and Brent Allen, Betty Bollier and Robert Newhoff, Grace and Dave Cashion, Liz and Bob Craven, Francie and Jerry Crichton, Bob and Ginny Doyle, Gerri and Carson English, Marlene and Bob Evans, Sue Franzen and Judy and Kent Frewing.

More were Marion and Paul Greene, Pat and Dennis Hetherington, Susan and Jim Holland, Jeanne and Bob Jenkins, Diane and John Landrum, Henry and Janet Minami, Jim Mramor and Edie Askew, Ginger and Ed O’Hara, Linda and Dennis O’Leary, Lillian and Roy Olofson.

Still more were Willis and Marilyn Petschow, Jeraldine Saunders and Stuart Bird-Wilson, Margot and Ed Simpson, Judy and Bob Snyder, Lynne and Joe Thompson, and Maren and John Wynton.

JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada Flintridge social scene. Email her at with news of your special event.