The Valley Line: Voila! League visits French Revolution

Whew! I was a busy bunny this past weekend. All five of my own grandchildren, plus two more who have adopted me as their “YaYa,” were here for the grand Easter Sunday egg hunt in my backyard.

It is amazing how much energy seven little people between the ages of 5 and 12 can expend. We had a fabulous time and I’m quite sure we may have missed a couple of eggs that we might not find until July or so.

Hope everyone had a happy holiday week.


I do have a couple of events to tell you about — you know our community members are quite involved in so many different projects, benefits and other sundry activities.

The Oakmont League’s members, spouses, significant others and guests recently met at Beckham Place Restaurant for a savory dinner and an informative presentation about the French Revolution presented by Debbie McIntosh.

This is the second program that McIntosh has brought to the league. She is founder of a company called “History Through the Eyes of Women,” and she portrays more than 70 historic women.

McIntosh was dressed as a French peasant that evening and she wore the red, white and blue cockade on her red hat, the symbol of a revolutionist.

Introducing McIntosh and setting the scene for the evening’s presentation was League President Donna Sauer.


Rita and Frank Gooch graciously hosted the March La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s Happy Hour.

As usual, a bountiful table full of hors d’oeuvres, all brought by members, was where most guests gathered. The tasty tidbits are always a hit and a great adventure in many different kinds of foods.

All guests are anxiously awaiting the first artist’s rendering of our 2014 float, which will be on unveiled at the annual Bingo Barbecue to be held on April 27 at the Thursday Club.

The float promises to be another delightful and comic offering called “Dog Gone,” featuring a truck full of dogs fleeing the dogcatcher. The upcoming parade theme is “Dreams Come True.”

Among those attending the event at the Gooch home were Association President Ann Neilson, Pat and Otis Hutchins, Barbara and Jack Dawson, Mayfield and Sarah Marshall, Adrine Issavy, Mary and Daryal Gant, Pamela and Bud Carney, Pam Wiedenbeck, Bob and Joyce Covey, Duane and Mary Batenhorst, Terry Beyer, Sue Beatty, Harriet Hammons, Nancy Wyman, Jon and Donna Barstad, Chuck Hughes, Mike and Nancy Leininger, Judy and Steve Spence, David Granish and Julia Cameron, Roy and Lillian Olofson, Chuck Terhune, Sherrill Carbonetti, Eileen St. Arrand, Gloria Winkley, Dick and Pat Anderson, Vera and Garth Gragg, Charlotte Layland and Doris Samuelson.

Other members and supporters included John Burrows, Lynne and Joe Thompson, Brenda Gant and Jeff Hughes, Jenny Pass, Gloria Beyer, Karen Grochowicki, Chuck and Becky Gelhaar, Dee and Fraser Draper, Judi Healey, Dave Spence, Bill Pounders, Helen and David Gilstrap, Art Johnson, David Hildreth, Nana and Joel Smith, Tony Riewe, Diane and John Landrum, Martha and Tom Burns, Sharlyn French, Richard Grippi, Kathy Linowski, Clyde and Bobbie Hemphill, Cathy and Pete Palermo, Joel and Darleen Peterson, Eremita Miranda, Larry Andreason, Ted Davis, Jacky Hollingsworth, Jon Curtis and Lisa Curtis and Peggy Hotaling.

The Bingo Barbecue fund-raiser begins with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. on April 27. Tickets are $50 per person for those 18 years or older are available online at


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

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