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Around Town: A list that won't upset the Apple Cart

December 06, 2012|By Anita S. Brenner

December is traditionally a time of shopping, socializing and reflection, when many La Cañadans gather together to put up the decorations, bake lasagna for the float builders, and plan for various cliffs, fiscal and otherwise.

In the spirit of winter celebrations, the following is the Around Town annual top 10 list of Southern California's greatest people, things and places, in and around the 91011.

But first, a disclaimer. In years past, Peggy Stevens, the owner of the Apple Cart gift store, has supported our family's various cancer research fundraisers, including the search for a protein biomarker for liver cancer by La Cañadan Michael Harrington, M.D., which was published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the current research by Faye Eggerding, M.D., Ph.D., into non-coding RNA markers for a variety of cancers. The research was funded in memory of our late son, 2nd Lt. Andrew Torres, U.S. Marine Corps, through six memorial golf tournaments and several cocktail parties. Peggy did the heavy lifting for several of those events.

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As a part-time freelance journalist and a full-time lawyer, the preceding disclaimer is made out of an abundance of fair play. The Apple Cart's charm, success and other attributes would make it unfair to leave it off the following list.

1) Shop local at the Apple Cart. They have gifts, baby gifts, teacher gifts, jewelry, purses, Brighton, watches and dishware. They even have umbrella stands. The store is decorated for Christmas, the complimentary gift wrap is great and the owner is a sweetheart. The Apple Cart, 1518 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011-2917; (818) 952-3342.

2) The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Not many towns can boast a volunteer operation that raises millions for the public schools. Even if your kids attend a private school, consider attending one of their fabulous events. Colin Cowie should be jealous. Martha Stewart would not have been indicted, if only she had joined the LCFEF. Bowling. Movie night. Devoted parents. Little kids. Better than a flu shot, you can build up your repertoire of immunities and drink chardonnay. Support your local schools.

3) Descanso Gardens. As one commentator has noted, “in 1769, the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola claimed the area which includes Descanso Gardens for the King of Spain. The rest is history.” Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 (818) 952-4391 www.descanso
gardens.org.

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