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Treating Mom

May 08, 1997|BOOTH MOORE

Friday Afternoon

Mom can pamper herself, or a thoughtful son or daughter can treat her, with the "Mothers Face the Day" package from Georgette Klinger spa and salon, 312 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 274-6347. For $110, buy a facial, makeup application, manicure and pedicure.

Take Mom on a date to see the marvelous Plaids. Stuart Ross' warm and funny hit musical, "Forever Plaid," about an early '60s harmony group's comeback from beyond, is a show almost anyone will enjoy. Through May 25 at the Canon Theatre, 205 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 859-2830, (213) 365-3500, Tuesday through Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 5 and 8 p.m.; Sunday 3 and 7 p.m.; $25 to $42.50.

Saturday Morning

You and Mom can exercise for a good cause, joining friends supporting friends, cancer survivors and their loved ones, celebrities and elite runners of every stripe at the 4th Annual Revlon Run/Walk. The 5-kilometer race raises money to cure breast and ovarian cancer. The course begins at Sunset Boulevard, continues around UCLA and finishes at Drake Stadium. The run starts at 9 a.m. with the walk following at 9:15. Late registration ($25) begins at 7 a.m. at UCLA near Stone Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard. Call (818) 759-9522.

Saturday Afternoon

Venture to downtown L.A. to the Grier-Musser Museum, in a lovely 1898 Queen Anne Victorian House at 403 S. Bonnie Brae St., (213) 413-1814. The new exhibit, "Remembrances of Mother," traces the history of Mother's Day and pays tribute to America's first ladies. Open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have cocktails and watch the sunset at the Tower Restaurant high atop the Transamerica Building, 1150 S. Olive St., between 11th and 12th streets, downtown, (213) 746-1554. Open for drinks from 5:30 p.m.

Go home and rent "Secrets & Lies," just released on video last week. Mike Leigh's film is the story of an unlikely mother and daughter who have to learn to love each other late in life, starring Oscar nominees Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Sunday Morning

Forget to make reservations for Mother's Day brunch? Never fear; some of the best brunches in the Southland are served up at places that don't accept reservations. For a Southern-style meal complete with collard greens, corn bread and fried chicken, try Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch, Villa Marina Shopping Center, 4325 Glencoe Ave. at Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 578-1005. For a white corn scramble, eggs benedict Redondo with avocado or yummy daily pancake specials, try Martha's 22nd Street Grill, 25 22nd St., Hermosa Beach, (310) 376-7786. And the stuffed French toast is a winner at Maxwell's Cafe, 13329 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (310) 306-7829.

Sunday Afternoon

Stroll through the James J. White Rose Garden at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, (310) 544-1948, then head inside for a Mother's Day concert by the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band in the Frances Young Hall. Concert at 2 p.m. included in admission fee: $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, $1 children 5 to 12. Tram tours of the garden, Saturdays and Sundays only at 11 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m., are $1.50 per person over 2.

Or attend one of only two annual public tours of the historic Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, 1 to 6 p.m., (818) 793-0359. Opened in 1899 as the second of three buildings in the Hotel Green complex, the project was designed by architect Fredrick Roehrig, who drew on Moorish, Spanish and Victorian stylistic elements. Tickets $10; no advance sales.

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