News from the Desk of the Publisher

The Joys in Life

Last week I shared that we’ve had our share of challenges lately. Blocked pipes that resulted in a damaged ceiling have been one of the most problematic because I am hosting a fundraiser for the Kiwanis – this Sunday. However, most of the event will be held outside so if I can keep my guests looking downward as they head out the back door I’ll be fine.

What brought a smile to my face, though, was the arrival of my son and his family from North Carolina. They flew in a week ago Tuesday and among their plans was to have the baby’s first birthday celebration at our house on Friday (damaged ceiling be damned!).

Thursday was family photo day, which my daughter-in-law arranged. The photographer was a real professional and I look forward to seeing the photos.
True to their word, the army represented by the family of Mary O’Keefe was on hand to help with every aspect of Friday’s birthday celebration. Between tidying up and setting up it took all of our energy to get things ready for the arrival of the 40 or so guests. But it all came together – beautifully. Burgers and dogs were on the grill and homemade pasta salad and baked beans were tasty sides. For dessert? A gorgeous (and delicious) cake made by the professionals at Vons in addition to some yummy cupcakes.

On Saturday night, we headed to Montrose for Oktoberfest. If you remember, it was rather hot though when we got down there around 7 p.m. the temperature was more comfortable. We enjoyed brats, turkey legs, and water (some beer and wine, too) and listened to one of our favorite bands, Past Action Heroes.

This ’80s cover band is just plain fun. Each band member dresses as a character from the 1980s (was that Don Johnson playing guitar? “Ponch” performing on bass? Hulk Hogan singing main vocals?). The band is so much fun to watch and listen to. The crowd was really responsive, too, which made the event that much more enjoyable. My son and his family left around 8:30 (baby’s bedtime) and Steve and I weren’t far behind.

On Sunday was a wedding up in Lake Arrowhead. It was a moving event – especially since the officiant was the sister of the bride and her comments were particularly poignant and personal. Of course I couldn’t stay off the dance floor and my knee is paying the price – it’s swollen. Oh well – I had fun.
Sprinkle in touring JPL and spending a day at Universal Studios and my son and his family will have enjoyed a trip they will always remember – and so will I.

Tonight, Thursday, I look forward to having a fun time at the CV Chamber’s mixer at KNA x CLAWSSY LA (3156 Foothill Blvd.). Fun starts at 6. With a taco truck, live DJ, vendors and more, I know I’m going to have a good time! (See ad on page 3.)

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly.
She can be reached at or (818) 248-2740.