CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2010 |
After the model plane Claire L. Walters built failed to fly, she piled all of her dolls into a wagon and pulled them through her Santa Ana neighborhood as she tried to sell them. She was 3 and longed for the cash to buy an airplane that would soar into the sky. By 1941, at age 17, she had flown solo and was on her way to fulfilling a goal first declared in grade school -- to become a pilot and teach others how to fly. Walters, who ran her flight school for 27 years in Santa Monica and co-founded the annual Palms to Pines Air Race for women, died Jan. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
January 14, 2010
More than 75 esteemed vintners will offer tastings of more than 400 Pinot Noir vintages at 2010 Pinot Days, a celebration of the delicate but delicious wine made famous by the movie "Sideways." Pinot Noir regions that will be represented include the Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon, Carneros, the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 2021 Airport Ave., Suite 203. Sun. 1-5 p.m. (415) 246-2967. $50. www.pinotdays.com.