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The Valley Line: LCF Rose Parade 'Floaters' gather for happy hour

July 10, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Ann Neilson, from left, president of the local float association, chats with Donna Franklin and Alex Keledjian.
Ann Neilson, from left, president of the local float association,… (Courtesy of William…)

Oh my, Mother Nature is stirring the pot a wee bit too vigorously. Oppressive heat and melting humidity have been the ingredients for her bubbling summer stew.

My antique air conditioner just can't keep up and I'm wilting. How about you? A couple of days ago when the weather was breaking all sorts of heat index records; there wasn't even a whisper of a breeze to cool us down.

This simply isn't the California I grew up in when my mother, as the sun was just setting, would raise all the windows in our front and dining rooms and the cross breeze was so refreshing. I believe that global warming is here — the weather just isn't like it used to be.

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Just before the heat set in, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. (GLAZA) staged its 43rd annual Beastly Ball, raising nearly $1.1 million for its efforts.

At the gate to welcome guests was La Cañada Flintridge resident Connie Morgan, president of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. and John Lewis, also a foothill resident, who is director of the zoo.

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This is the summer party to attend and nearly 700 people donned their safari-type clothing to talk with the animals, sip cool beverages and dine on fabulous foods prepared by iconic restaurants from across the city. La Cañada's Jersey Mike's was just one of the restaurants preparing food for guests.

Two popular eateries that attracted on-the-go diners at the party were Pink's Hot Dogs and a mashed-potato bar. Just some of the other restaurants participating were Bar Celona, Canele, Celestino Ristorante, El Cholo L.A., El Coyote Mexican Café, the Federal Bar, Glorious Gourmet Catering & Garnish Café, Georgetown Cupcake Los Angeles, Green Street Restaurant in Pasadena, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, ix Tapa Restaurant and Cantina, Maison Akira, Taix French Restaurant, Villa Sorriso and Yummy Cupcakes.

All who attended had a sneak peek at the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit, which is under construction and is scheduled to open later this year. It will immerse guests in a rain forest experience. The key element of the exhibit's eclectic nature is its central theme of "Everything needs a home."

Partygoers also had an opportunity to bid on hundreds of amazing silent and live auction items and one-of-a-kind opportunities.

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