Fanfare for Fall — Sunday!

Our sold-out Fanfare for Fall concert is this Sunday, October 27.  For those who have purchased tickets,  circle the date on your calendars, remind your guests, and get ready for a fabulous evening of music.

PV Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates

4:00 Doors Open for light refreshments and no host bar
5:00 Concert Begins

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Gold

Anonymous Donor
Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Harbour
Kay and Will Magee

Silver

Virginia Bleier
Mr. and Mrs. Will Behrens
The Jacqueline Glass Family
Lowell and Lisa Hill
Diana and Van Honeycutt
Paula and Michele Del Vicario
Lois Ryan
PCLAP Class of 2011

Patron

Denise and David Clement
Nancy and Jeff Grant
Vivien and Richard Murtha
Marlene and Michael Shlens

Contributor

Frank’s Plumbing
Verna Balch
Margaret Olson
Malinda and Arnold Pretz
Phyllis and Joe Sherwood
Karen Tozer

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Getting Ready for Philharmonic Friends

Marilyn Hoffman, Malinda Pretz, CJ Wilson - Philharmonic Friends Chair, Judy Shaffer, and Hazel Lord

Marilyn Hoffman, Malinda Pretz, CJ Wilson – Philharmonic Friends Chair, Judy Shaffer, and Hazel Lord

CJ Wilson organized an energetic group of committee members this week to kick off the Philharmonic Friends season by writing to members and prospective donors to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The new Disney Hall concert season began in October and coincides with the Philharmonic Friends year, October through September of next year. Friends packages will be mailed in the near future and may be returned between now and September, 2014 for PCLAP to receive credit for this year’s contributions. Thanks to Marge Schmit for hosting the work session and to CJ and Sheri Gill for providing lunch. Please donate generously.

Kathy Keller, Janet Ceske, Val Noguchi, Judy Sannes, Patt Parker

Kathy Keller, Janet Ceske, Val Noguchi, Judy Sannes, Patt Parker

Music Appreciation — Bach to Broadway and the Silver Screen

Five PCLAP members – Jane Beseda, Marian Duntley, Ann Ehrenclou, Sheri Gill and Karen Tozer  — attended a Music Appreciation course on Saturday.  Sponsored by the Affiliates At Large, Sheldon Cohen explored the influences of Classical music in the theater in the Bach to Broadway session.  Musical highlights from the scores of Kismet, Mame, Oklahoma, Porgy and Bess, Westside Story and many others demonstrated how Classical music creates moods, settings and story lines.  Next Saturday’s course will discuss the influences on the Silver Screen.  It will be held October 19 at the Volunteer Cottage from 10:30 to noon.  The cost is $30 per person and includes study materials, refreshments and parking.  Space is still available; contact Nancy Howard at (818) 761-0500 or by e-mail at nd_howard@yahoo.com.

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Vangie Published Her Second Book!

With a twinkle in her eye, Vangie gets an idea for her next story.

With a twinkle in her eye, Vangie gets an idea for her next story.

Storyteller, humorist, and PCLAP Parliamentarian, Vangie Maynard, has published her second book, The Rain Must Fall.  Based on a true family story, Vangie shows her versatility as an author with this sweeping tale of two sisters and their struggle to come-of-age in the rapidly changing, and sometimes darkly ominous, decades of the early 1900’s.  The opening paragraph sets the stage, introducing the first of many complex characters who inhabit a unique and detailed world where larger forces are at work.Rain Must Fall

My father, William Francis Doherty, stood quietly in the arched doorway, his swift glance sweeping the room.  The “Great Surgeon,” as some called him, stood virile and powerful.  A subdued ferocity lurked behind his cold eyes and he hesitated.  Then, for a brief second, his gaze rested on Mother and finally softened.”

The Rain Must Fall is available now in paperback at amazon.com.

Vangie’s first book, Mind Your Chopsticks:  Tales of An American Family Living Abroad, is written in her more familiar “chuckle a day” style.  It is the hilarious and touching account of her family’s nine-year tour living as expats in Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong.  With her droll sense of humor, Vangie recounts how they faced everyday life with an intrepid spirit of adventure and great love for the people and cultures of the countries where Paul’s rising career as a banker took them.

Mind Your ChopsticksMind Your Chopsticks is available now as an ebook on amazon.com.  If you don’t have a Kindle, you can read it on your Apple or Android device by downloading a free Kindle app from your app store.

In her spare time, Vangie is a regular contributor to the Daily Breeze “My Turn” column.  Her sense of humor is in full swing with classics such as “The best part of exercise class is the relaxing part at the end.”

You can find Vangie on Facebook as Evangeline Maynard, and follow her blog at vangemayauthor.com.  

Next time you see Vangie at a PCLAP activity, tell her “Thanks for making us laugh.”

First Gratitude Dinner at Zazou

New Professional Members, Karen Tozer and Cindy Soler, love the idea of an evening PCLAP event that they are able to fit into their busy work schedules.

New Professional Members, Karen Tozer and Cindy Soler, love the idea of an evening PCLAP event that they are able to fit into their busy work schedules.

The first Gratitude Dinner at Zazou in Redondo Beach was a huge success!  About 30 members, guests and friends had a lovely 3-course dinner at Zazou with owner, Sal, attending to us personally in the private upstairs dining room.  Kudos to Diana Honeycutt for organizing this first of what we hope will be many Gratitude Dinners.  The idea is to thank the restaurants that give so much to PCLAP throughout the year – food for the Grand Salon, gift cards, etc. – by having a dinner on a night of the week that might otherwise not be too busy for them.  We hope to see more of you at the next Gratitude Dinner!