French Art Soirée and wine tasting

Alliance Française de Pasadena again offering the French Art Soirée, an evening each year inspired by French culture that includes an art exhibition, Champagne, regional wine tasting, and a progressive stroll through Old Pasadena, from 4 to 7 p.m. March 22. This event celebrating classic French joie de vivre is free and open to all.

The Soirée is timed with the international celebration of “Francophonie,” which is recognized in more than 55 countries as a day that unites 200 million French speakers worldwide.

The Pasadena Soirée begins at 4 p.m. Attendees are invited to begin either at the Alliance Française de Pasadena, 34 E. Union St., or at the Armory Center for the Arts. At either location, participants can sample an array of regional wines, Champagnes and cheeses, and are invited to stroll between the two institutions at will. The evening concludes at 7 p.m.

At the Armory Center for the Arts, the exhibition includes more than 50 works by Pasadena area artists who have either lived, worked or been inspired by France, both in terms of their chosen subjects and artistic techniques.

The exhibition is curated by the Alliance Française de Pasadena to reflect French cultural influences on contemporary art. The exhibition runs through April 13.

For more information call (626) 683-3774 or send an e-mail to:


GOP Buck and Ballot Brigade party

The 50th Anniversary of the Republican Buck and Ballot Brigade will be Thursday, March 27, with the reception starting at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. dinner at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale.

Former Congressman Steven Kuykendall representing Senator John McCain and Araceli Gonzalez representing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in attendance.

Tickets are $100 per person and dress is business attire. For information call (818) 554-0308.


Del Guercios to host Happy Hour event

The LCF Tournament of Roses Assn.'s next Happy Hour will be hosted by Elysa and Steve Del Guercio, 4301 Commonwealth Ave., La Cañada, on Friday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

These monthly get-togethers at members' homes are informal and free, and anyone over 18 is invited. No reservation or Association membership is needed — bring an hors d'oeuvre to share, buy your favorite beverage at a nominal cost, and schmooze with your friends, old and new. For newcomers, it is a chance to meet neighbors who work on the float, some who provide other support, and some who just come out for the fun.


Town and Gown of USC honors two

Town and Gown of the University of Southern California will hold its Annual Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

Honorees of this popular event are Wallis Annenberg, USC Trustee and LeRoy Neiman, prominent American artist.

Annenberg will be receiving the Town and Gown of USC Lifetime Achievement Award and Neiman, the Town and Gown of USC Lifetime Scholarship Award.

In addition to the presentation of the awards, the program will feature a fashion show of clothing designed by David Hayes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Town and Gown Scholarship Fund which this year awarded $1.1 million dollars in merit-based scholarships to more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern California.

Chaired by Jan Artenian of Newport Beach and Carol Mollett of La Cañada Flintridge, the Benefit Committee includes Southland Town and Gown members.

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