Fiesta Days doesn't disappoint

The Valley Line

June 03, 2010

Our city's Fiesta Days were a great success. It has been said that everybody loves a parade, and it certainly is true here in La Cañada. Our Memorial Day parade is the epitome of every small-town America celebration. Red, white and blue patriotism is always the color scheme, and it is a stellar flag-waving event.

Sunday evening's fireworks show in the park was pretty darn awesome. Thank you, Allen Lund, for your generosity by giving our city this star-spangled, multicolored display of oohs and ahhs.

The high school jazz musicians who entertained us with their great music before it was dark enough for the fireworks display were quite wonderful too.


The Memorial Day celebration on Monday went on into the late afternoon when many of the town folk gathered once again around the bandstand in the park to listen to the retro music of Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries. This musical group is a town favorite, and they always launch us into the summer Music in the Park series.

These guys, who have been playing music together for 30 years, have built a great rapport here in LCF — they certainly know how go give us an unforgettable "blast into the past."

We can mark the Fiesta Days celebration of 2010 as a particularly outstanding one in our city's history scrapbook.

The Spiritual Care Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles recently celebrated its sixth annual benefit, which was a huge success. Since the group was founded in 2004, nearly $1 million has been raised to provide chaplains 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the hospital.

The guild always likes to come up with original ways to raise money for the hospital. This year they chose the theme "La Bocce Vita."

The manicured gardens of Clarissa and Wesley Ru's magnificent estate was the center of attention and play for the more than 200 guests who showed up dressed in their crisp bocce ball whites to partake in this game that was first played in Egypt around 5200 B.C.

The game, which eventually found its way to Greece, Italy, France and England at different times in its long history, has been banned because it became such an obsession armies couldn't be raised.

The Italians, who gave it its name, were the ones who first started playing the game with round balls instead of stones.

Historical records tell us that just some of the bocce enthusiasts included Emperor Augustus, Galileo and Queen Elizabeth I.

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