From the Desk of the Publisher

Bringing Out Your Party Dress


I’ve shared with you that this is bingo season and, indeed, it is. Prom Plus had a successful bingo night on Feb. 29, supported by sponsors and players who came out to have a night of fun. The American Legion is hosting bingo night this Saturday benefitting local youth groups. In addition to bingo, food will be available for purchase and a raffle includes two one-day Disneyland tickets. It promises to be a night of fun.

But not everything fun is bingo-related. On Friday night, I donned my flapper dress and joined friends of the Glendale Education Foundation for its annual diamonds gala dinner and dance.

Over the years, the fundraiser has taken many forms, always incorporating a diamond theme. For example, I wore a saloon girl outfit (looking fine, I might say) for the denim and diamonds events and I shopped in my closet for the disco and diamonds dinner dance. When I came up short on outfits – like I did for denim and diamonds and this year’s ’20s themed diamonds and pearls – I headed straight to Jeri’s Costumes right at Briggs and Mayfield to be properly outfitted. Jeri has been sewing up costumes for over two decades and has a garage full of goodies ready to rent. I chose a white fringe flapper dress that we customized with red elbow-length gloves, sequined and feathered headband and red beads. Did I look like I was ready for a night of fun? I think the answer is yes! It didn’t hurt that I was one of two winners that night of jewelry donated by Odette Kahwajian of Orphan Jewel.

The event was held over at the Glen Arden Club, a wonderful hall in Glendale and was the perfect location. In fact, the Glen Arden Club was so perfect that on Saturday, my best friend Amy and I headed back for the Glendale Police Dept.’s Howl at the Moon fundraiser.

The very full evening included a demonstration by members of the GPD K-9 Unit, a buffet dinner and live auction. Comedy finished off the night performed by some pros that kept us laughing.

My fancy clothes have not yet been put away; on March 20 I will be supporting Ascencia’s programs of lifting people out of homelessness by attending its annual gala. “Celebrating the Superhero in All of Us” is a black-tie event that will be held at Universal Studios. If it is anything like previous fundraisers, it will include good food, good people and the chance to bid on some superb auction items. The gala is one of my favorite events; tickets I think are still available. Visit

Last week I thanked the many readers who sent in cards and letters that were forwarded to my son Danny who is “somewhere in the Middle East” and I shared his words of thanks to those who have been thinking (and praying) for him. Well, in the spirit of disclosure, I want to tell you that he earned the Maintenance Professional of the Year Award, the highest award he can win in his career field. Am I a proud mom? You bet I am.

Keep us all in your thoughts and prayers.

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly.
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(818) 248-2740.