I dragged myself through the hot spell we had last week that arrived way too soon. It was torture for me, who hates heat. Some people tried to make me feel better by saying, "Oh, but a least it's not humid." Sorry folks, that is hardly a consolation prize — it was still too dang hot!
My old, old house with its poor excuse for an air conditioner still hovered at 85 even though one day last week, it had been running all day — whew.
So, how are you? Hope your air conditioner functions better than mine.
Heating up the movie screens around town is the film, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
La Cañada High School student and actor Charlie DePew is also making young hearts quiver when he appears as Emma Stone's brother Philip Stacy in both of the Spider-Man films.
According to Charlie's mom, Alison, he has loved every moment of the filming. He says that Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are wonderful to work with. She said that Emma is especially sweet.
Charlie, a natural brunette, had to have a special beauty salon treatment to bleach his hair blond so he would fit in the "Stacy" family. According to Charlie, Stone hung around the salon for awhile to watch the transformation.
Last week, the Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles held a fundraising benefit at the beautiful private California Club in downtown L.A.
The event, chaired by Leslie Kevorkian, was themed, "A Day in May." More than 200 guests arrived early to shop in the many boutiques with beautiful things to choose from.
As guests entered the club filled with beautiful California plein air paintings in golden frames and elegant furniture, they were offered flutes of champagne or sparkling water to sip.
Baskets of lovely spring flowers centered the tables, which were covered with crisp table cloths.
As soon as guests were seated they were welcomed by Guild President Lisa Simone, who said all funds raised at the event will benefit the CHLA Associates Rehabilitation Center Caregiver Wing and the Associates Endowed Chair in Sarcoma.
Cheryl Dickins, aunt of benefit chair Kevorkian, was the featured speaker. From 1950 through early 1960s she survived breakthrough open-heart surgery for a complicated congenital heart condition at Children's Hospital.
Dickins recounted stories of her battle with such courage and warmth. Many guests were brushing away tears as she told stories and memories of her days at the hospital, experiences that impacted her life, and the decisions made as to the treatment and ultimate correction of her condition.
In the audience were Cheryl's sister, La Cañada Flintridge resident Sandi Sauro, her two daughters, Stacy and Courtney, her husband, Bart, and niece Lisa Dick.
Frank F. Ing, one of the nation's leading cardiologists, was also a speaker at the luncheon. He is associate chief of the division of cardiology and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
The luncheon menu included chilled heirloom tomato soup with basil sorbet, bistro chicken salad with herbed chicken breast, wild mushrooms, arugula greens and matchstick potato garnish. Dessert was chocolate and cappuccino decadence with mocha sauce.
Active members of the hospital guild who supported this fundraiser included Betty Alejo, Daryl Baker Pollock, Savonia Angelica, Marsha Baumgarten, Cathi Beauclair, Sue Berta, Delia Cotter, Juliet Cullen, Mary Anne DeBriyn, Lynn Donaghy, Patty Dwyer, Debbie Enterante, Linda Fults, Melinda Gillman, Carolyn Hanna, Karen Hopper, Jan Hotchkin Tinoco, Jenny Hull, Lynn Jacobs, Kim Kessler, Patti Kriste, Melanie Liu, Donna Nickoloff, Maureen Railsback, Teresa Salvo, Charlotte Saydah, Yvonne Slaught, Randy Stanislawski, Michelle Urata and Joellen Yundt.
Provisional members working on the benefit included Kelly Davis, Paige McIlwain, Jacklene Murran, Debbie Post and Michelle Sabourin.
JANE NAPIER NEELY