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The Valley Line: Cool ‘Shop Night,’ hot jazz and a cozy mixer

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Members of the La Cañada Junior Women’s Club participate in its Nov. 20 Fall Shop Night on Foothill Boulevard, from left, Laura Plourde, Alice Perez, Georgina Mueller, Rima Sirriek and Trish McRae.
(Jane Napier Neely)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday. I am traveling to NorCal to see daughter Heather, son Chris and Chris’ kids Aidan, Lucan and Morgan. My dog Lola came along with me. She is a seasoned airplane traveler. She’s tiny enough that her carrier just slips under the seat, and she’s so quiet that fellow travelers don’t even know she is on board. It’s nice to have her with me on this trip.

We have had busy times leading up to this holiday. On Sunday, Nov. 17, Jazz n’ Paz held the second concert of its fall season at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church near the Rose Bowl.

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Louie Cruz Beltran, left, and Nick Mancini were featured performers at the Jazz ‘n Paz Nov. 17 concert.
(Jane Napier Neely)

Carla Jamie Perez, founder and artistic director, welcomed the packed house who had come to enjoy the performances of Louie Cruz Beltran on conga drums, Nick Mancini on vibraphone, Carlos Vivas on piano, Ernie Nuñez on bass and Abelardo Quintaro Bolaño on drums.

It was a great concert that went in all directions, from the standard “My Girl” to “Black Magic Woman” and everything in between. Beltran, is truly a music man and he makes the presentation so much fun.

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Besides playing the vibes to perfection, Mancini, a new dad, shared photos of his sweet daughter that he and his wife named Minerva. She is adorable!

Up next for Jazz ‘n Paz is “Carols of the Belles” on Dec. 22, featuring Perez, Barbara Morrison, Renee Myara and Catina DeLuna, along with Michael Ragonese on piano, Andres Salazar on drums, Danny Janklow on sax and flute, and Luca Alemmano on bass. There will be a champagne after-party that should be lovely.

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Last Wednesday eve the La Cañada Juniors held a Fall Shopping Night that was so much fun. It was a bundle-up-and-stay-warm kind of night with some light raindrops. I wrapped a cashmere scarf around my neck to stay extra warm.

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Taking part in the La Cañada Junior Women’s Club annual Shopping Night Nov. 20, from left, are Soraya Dansecs, Jenny Stern, Gillan Abercrombe-Frame and Ann Trujillo.
(Jane Napier Neely)

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The shops open that night especially for the fundraising event were the Cowgirl Princess, J Stern, the Apple Cart and the Thotshop Creatives Art Studio. Each of them offered visitors platters of different cheeses and crackers, along with red, white and Champagne wines.

It was so much fun to meet other Juniors along the way. We chatted about our upcoming Thanksgiving plans and anticipation of Christmas that will be here before we know it.

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The Chamber of Commerce Mixer last Thursday night was hosted by Stephanie’s Gallery and Custom Framing. Greeting guests was Linda Stepanian. KoKo Hovaguimian, a former St. Francis High student, was the featured artist.

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Gathering at the LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by Stephanie’s Gallery are, from left, Gary Stibal, Linda Stepanian, owner of the gallery, and Miss LCF Court members Princesses Sarah Pek, Kat Hightower, Miss LCF Francesca Christensen and Princess Sophie Lin.
(Courtesy of the LCF Chamber of Commerce))

Of course the Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court was on hand to sell raffle tickets, chat and be charming. It was a lovely evening in a great venue for all who attended.

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