Summer is Really Over
It’s funny how I can tell when summer is really over. While during the summer months many things are relaxed, once school gets back in session, life seems to ramp up.
Take for example this past weekend. On Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation/Women’s Council wine tasting reception. It took place in the renovated council rooms of the hospital, which were decked out in appropriate fall colors. Wine from local seller Rosso’s Wine Shop was generously poured, giving attendees a chance to sample a variety of reds and whites. The food, provided by Sodexo, was an array of hot and cold foods that included shrimp cocktail, a chicken galantine platter, sliders, and petite beef and chicken kabobs. Those with a sweet tooth (yours truly included) were satisfied by the pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate mousse in a crunchy filo cup among other offerings. The Women’s Council also had a silent auction that was incredible! The high level of support the Council garnered was obvious.
On Saturday – Halloween – I made my way over to the Haunted Jail and got to make up some of the ghouls who were in charge of scaring the guests. I had so much fun working with the make-up to build on the creepy scenarios that were constructed. Kudos to all who took part, whether in building, scaring or buying tickets.
On Sunday I had the joy of heading to the Harvest Market to man a booth that had several purposes. I had information on the upcoming Prom Plus holiday boutique that is taking place on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s of the Mountains/Sadler Hall, 2563 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta. This is one of the largest fundraisers for Prom Plus and features more than 30 vendors that offer a variety of items to check off almost everyone’s name from your holiday gift list. In addition to handmade items, live music by the CVHS Jazz Band and the CVHS Charismatics will be performed. We’re hoping to also have musicians from Rosemont Middle School. Baked goods will be for sale and there is one heck of an opportunity drawing (anyone who would like to donate to the opportunity drawing is welcome to get in touch with me).
On Sunday, I also had tickets for sale for tonight’s Taste of the Foothills that is taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ralph’s Marketplace parking lot. Restaurants from near and far away will be on-site, eager to share a sample of their wares. Some of the participants include Frank’s Famous, Portobellos and Bourbon Steak plus many more. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for kids and are available at the event.
In addition to the great food, ticketholders will have the chance to learn about some of the local non-profits and businesses in the area. And if it’s chilly, don’t worry – Mary Pinola will be there selling her handmade scarves.
Proceeds benefit the CV Chamber of Commerce, which acts as a liaison between local businesses and the community. I have been involved with the chamber for years and am proud of the work it does. In addition to great events (the Hometown Country Fair is also run by the CV Chamber), the chamber works with local businesses on several issues. The monthly business mixers are a networking opportunity that helps business owners feel “at home” in the Crescenta Valley community. I encourage you to come out tonight, taste some amazing food and enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors.
Finally, to residents of unincorporated Los Angeles County in La Crescenta and Montrose: don’t forget to vote in the CV Town Council election! Ballots can be cast Friday or Saturday this week for three of nine candidates that are running. CV Weekly has asked the candidates three questions that pertain to life in the foothills and hope their answers give you the insight needed to make wise choices.