The Valley Line: Basketball game entertains Happy Hour crowd

The dark clouds that threatened rain all day last Friday were held at bay, allowing some 65 people to remain dry and comfortably conversational atLa Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s monthly “Happy Hour” evening.

Stephanie and Jim Kambe were wonderful hosts as they welcomed the guests. Their daughter, Laurie, was also there to join the throng as they arranged their tasty hors d’oeuvres on the kitchen island.

Throughout the evening, volunteer bartenders mixed, shook and stirred the beverages that guests ordered from the bar set up in the plant-laden patio.

The big-screen TV in the family room was tuned into the March Madness basketball game, where fans rooted their teams onward and upward.

It was fun to chat with newlyweds Adine and Jim Misamore, who still had stars in their eyes as they talked about their small wedding and the fact that they’d kept it secret from all their friends in the Tournament until it was revealed at the “Under-the-Bridge” float decorating site.

Reigning over a corner of the patio was Evanne Friedmann, the 2011 Rose Queen and a senior at La Cañada High School. She was there with her parents Kurt and Gayle. Evanne has been juggling college acceptances, all from California campuses. She did give us a tiny hint that USC was the current front-runner.

The Friedmanns were having a great time comparing queen notes with Janet Jacobs, whose daughter, Michelle, was Rose Queen in 2001. Janet was thrilled to share a photo of Michelle’s recent wedding. She certainly did make a beautiful bride!

Also joining the happy fun were Sherrill Carbonetti, Claire Slaughter, Bobbie and Clyde Hemphill (he’s just been selected as La Cañadan of the Year), Pat and Lyle Wroan, David Moffett, Patti and Ross Newton, Jean and Don Spomer, Vera and Garth Gragg, Trisch and Ron Diaz, Diane and John Landrum, Lynne and Joe Thompson, Joyce and Bob Covey, Nancy Wyman, Joey and Dave Mitchell, Fernando Rabelo and Eremita Miranda, who came with her husband, Larry Andreason.

Also enjoying the camaraderie were Art Johnson, Darleen Schuster, Joel Peterson, Mary and Daryal Gant, Sharlyn French, Brenda Gant, Jeff Hughes, Liz and Bob Craven, Caroline Craven, Mary and Duane Batenhorst, Chris Motte, Cathy and Peter Palermo, Penelope Verner, Julia Cameron, David Granish, Peggy Hotaling, Jean and Jerry Martin, Faye and John Therrien, Moira Arjani, Betty Jones, and Helen and David Gilstrap.

The next LCFTRA event will be Bingo Barbecue on Saturday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the La Cañada Thursday Club. All over the age of 18 are invited to attend. The cost of $45 includes a delicious dinner, eight games of bingo and prizes galore. Reservations can be made at the LCFTRA website,, or by check for $45 per person payable to LCFTRA and mailed to: Sherrill Carbonetti, 5081 Fallhaven Lane, LCF 91011. The reservation deadline is April 25.

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