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Social Pace Heats Up for the Summer

June 11, 1987|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

There may be no such thing as a summer social hiatus. Not in the eyes of energetic Los Angeles movers and shakers who shake 'round the year. However, the tradition exists that any organization of major clout should schedule a May/June meeting or benefit before volunteers supposedly evaporate. Everyone's doing it. Carol Henry, president of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera League, is already gearing to the Opera's opening next Sept. 8 and a season of seven operas. Saturday she and board members will clue new members to the fall production of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) when she stages the second annual membership luncheon in the Grande Ballroom of the Sheraton Grande. Internationally known baritone Alan Titus, Dandini in "Cenerentola," will sing arias by Mozart, Gounod, Wagner and Verdi, as an attraction for the new production conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, and only the overture to the season, which will include "La Boheme," "The Fiery Angel," "Tristan und Isolde," "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Mikado." The latter two will be a part of UK/LA 1988, A Celebration of British Arts in the spring. Peter Hemmings, general director of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, will address the crowd which will include Margie and David Barry, Wendy Bleiman, Joyce and Michael Bunkin, Beren Harris, Dr. Norman and Barbara Namerow, Susan Schmidt, Mary Katherine and Boyd Hight, Jane Hemmings, Warner Henry, Carl and Alathea Princi and Joan Thompson.

KUDOS: The Westside Women's Health Center has met its annual goal of $100,000 to provide low-cost health services. . . . Pasadena Symphony Juniors meet at Annandale Golf Club today for their annual June luncheon. Susan McManigal of San Marino will present a check for $30,000, and Susan Ralston-McCormick turns the gavel over to new president Betsa Richards.

VERY VISIBLE: Billy Al Bengston may be one of the most visible of contemporary artists. It's his 100-foot five-panel design, done in conjunction with Robert Miles Runyan, that's serving as the barricade for The Tower, while the high-rise development is under construction in Westwood.

RIBBON CUTTING: There was fanfare aplenty to celebrate the historic renovation of the landmark Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building built in 1929 on South Spring. By August, it will be Stock Exchange, a nightclub and restaurant--on the original trading floor. Original architect Samuel E. Lunden joined Brian Potashnik, general partner, L.A.S.E. Associates, Councilman Gilbert W. Lindsay and Leonard Glickman, president, Spring Street Assn., for the festivities.

MORE CAPITAL: George Moody, president of Security Pacific, hosted the luncheon at which Mayor Tom Bradley called upon executives to join in raising $3 million toward the $11.25 million needed to construct a new facility that will enable Los Angeles Mission to expand services for the homeless on Skid Row by moving them off the streets back into society.

WAXING ELOQUENT: Marjorie Lyte and Julie Pizzinat are waxing eloquently about "Cajun at the Commons" Sunday evening. "Hot summer days, covered by large billowy clouds, moist breezes" remind them of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi, and so they're mixing the fragrances of Cajun and Creole cooking for their party at The Commons on S. Lake Avenue in Pasadena. Says Julie, "Drop your Southern California cares and ways and fly off to N'Awlins via Hospice of Pasadena." The duo are planning Dixieland jazz and contemporary fashions. Wines and foodstuffs are being arranged by The Crocodile Cafe and Jurgensen's Grocery. Donations are $45. Hospice of Pasadena was begun nearly nine years ago by a group committed to the dignity and support of the terminally ill.

STARTING GATE: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Chris McCarron and his wife Judy have said yes to be honorary chairmen for the fund-raiser trustees of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring Inc. host Saturday at Hollywood Park Turf Club. Committee members Howard W. Koch Jr., Lisa Fremer, Dr. Bettye Davis, Carol Nadell and Judi Tevrow will be at the starting gate, raising lots for the child abuse prevention organization.

DEBUTANTE TIME: The plans were elaborate for the Debutante Announcement Tea the other day for the National Charity League, San Marino Area Chapter, in the Crystal Room of the Biltmore: Ron Rubin's Orchestra playing each girl's favorite song as she was announced; orange and lemon trees and ivy garlands arranged by Jacob Maarse, a preview of debutante fashions by Bullock's Wilshire. President Barbara Smith, tea chairman Jean Crabtree and ball chairman Cherie Saxton were honoring the 26 to be presented Dec. 21 and their accomplishments--12,000 volunteer hours in philanthropic indoctrination over six years, designed to create civic responsibility.

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