There's supposed to be a wonderful collection of California cookbooks and historical papers about dining in Southern California at Lawry's California Center. In fact, the center has a Department of Special Collections.
Naturally, that makes it a perfect spot for "A Taste of Los Angeles," the Friends of the UCLA Library benefit Tuesday evening.
The night is dedicated to "Los Angeles' very special style of cuisine." Food writer Colman Andrews will cap it off with an after-dinner speech, according to Bruce Henstell, president.
Beaulieu Vineyards and Robert Mondavi wines are on tap.
Hollywood Bowl Volunteers have stars in their eyes. They're gearing up for a spectacular summer season with a kickoff "Starburst Salute" on May 30.
Los Angeles Philharmonic artists will provide the musical send-off. A garden luncheon follows at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Levenson in Pasadena. The complimentary valet parking will make it mighty easy to be a volunteer.
Kudos to the active March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation: Wednesday evening the San Fernando Valley Associates go black tie for the second annual Premiere Parents Award Dinner. Helen and Sam Greenberg, Betsy and Rafer Johnson, Ann and Jack Maloney and Jo and Harry Usher will be honored in festivities at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Universal City. Irene Slater and Jane Sullivan are dinner chairmen, and Martha and Bob Selleck are honorary chairmen. Tickets are $100 per person.
Meanwhile, the same evening, the board of directors of the San Diego-Imperial Chapter of the foundation salutes the citizens of San Diego on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Salk Institute and the 30th anniversary of the announcement of the development of the Salk Polio Vaccine.
That party also is black tie, takes place at the Hotel InterContinental San Diego in the Pavilion Ballroom with dancing to Wayne Foster's Orchestra.
The Melvin Bartells and the William Spicers head the host and hostess committee, and you can believe donors will get warm welcomes: the rights to sup and dine range (per person) from $125 to $1,000, Mrs. John Mazur says.
Film executive Robert H. Kovoloff, president of Associated Film Promotions, will be cited for his longtime support of the City of Hope today at the Beverly Hilton in a testimonial hosted by Lita Dershewitz Chapter of the City of Hope.
"Bob Kovoloff is a gentleman deeply committed to his family, his industry and his community." That's the accolade coming from chapter president Charlotte Weiss. Co-chairs are Caron Kovoloff and James Ripslinger. Charles Edelman is project chairman.
For Kovoloff, a research fellowship in juvenile diabetes will be established in his name.
Her ankle's broken in three places (she slipped on the wet grass at Barnsdall Park) and she'll be in a wheelchair, but Josine Ianco-Starrels won't miss Wednesday evening when the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates toast her 10th anniversary as director of the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall.
Arnold Ashkenazy co-hosts the party at Le Mondrian (hotel de grande classe).
Art patrons, artists and co-workers will join in the praise. Expected are Marc Levin, Associates chairman; Sandy Smalley, president, and her husband, Marvin; Kelli Questrom and her husband, Allen Questrom, chairman of Bullocks; Councilman Joel Wachs, who will wax eloquent on the important role of the gallery, which provides a steady stream of contemporary art exhibits focusing on Southern California artists, particularly those in the Los Angeles area.
The next day, Mrs. Ianco-Starrels will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design commencement ceremonies. Artist David Hockney and Harold Williams, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, will also receive honorary degrees.
The Juniors of the Social Service Auxiliary have a new president: Mrs. John F. Bernard of Palos Verdes. She introduced her board at a luncheon at the Hancock Park home of Mrs. Anthony Mansour. On board, Mmes. Thomas P. Hodgkiss (Toni is first vice president and Candlelight Ball chairman), Michael C. Parker, Norman Branchflower, John H. Stephens, Kenneth Purcell, Martin Melone, Edwin Ourwater III and Conrad G. Bachmann.
Upward bound new provisionals: Mmes. Robert Akerblom, Francis H. Beckett, Michael Jerrick, Guy Juillard, Thomas J. Kelley, Arthur Kennedy, Mark McKenney, John Walter Michel, Robert W. Rau, Gregory Breslin Thorpe, Mark Tulin, Daniel Walsh, Donald Woods Jr., and Misses Susan Barry, Linda Daves and Nan Raney.
Dancing at Malibu. Two more performances of "Fill the Stage With Joy" will be presented by the Malibu Ballet Society today at Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University.