The Valley Line: Oakmont League to welcome Geragos; Golden Globes; Miss La Cañada Flintridge

January 15, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Chris Halajian, president of Oakmont League of Glendale, left, chats with League members Jeri Benton and Mary Lane. Lane hosted a recent League luncheon at her Hollywood Hills home overlooking Lake Hollywood and the famed Hollywood sign.
Chris Halajian, president of Oakmont League of Glendale,… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

We have reached the middle of the first month of this new year — went pretty quickly, huh?

I finally got around to taking my Christmas decorations down. I love this holiday so much that I take my own sweet time in putting away the ornaments that I have collected from all over the world. Each ornament is wrapped in tissue paper and carefully laid in a container until next year.

However, I can’t say that my neighbors are too eager to give up this holiday, because their houses are still lit up like it was Christmas Eve.

This is a strange part of the year and it seems like many of our community members are hibernating and recharging their batteries. It’s been pretty darn quiet around here lately.

The Oakmont League of Glendale, which has many La Cañada Flintridge residents in its membership, looks forward to welcoming LCF resident Mark Geragos as its keynote speaker during the organization’s Jan. 22 dinner meeting at the Oakmont Country Club.


Geragos, a noted criminal defense attorney, has defended many super star clients and he will tell some of their stories. He will also talk about his book, “Mistrial, an Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t.”

This amazingly active group of women recently met for a luncheon meeting at the beautiful home of member Mary Lane. Her property overlooks Lake Hollywood and the iconic Hollywood sign.

League president Chris Halajian graciously invited me to join them. This was very exciting for me since, even though I was born and raised in this area, I didn’t even know that there was a Lake Hollywood!

Mary’s deck provides a spectacular view over the “lake” that is actually a reservoir designed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and built in 1924. The famed “Hollywood” sign sits atop a neighboring hill and is reflected in the lake. The reservoir and surrounding hills are open for walking, running and hiking. If you are looking for a new recreational spot, this would be a very delightful choice.


Last Sunday evening the Hollywood award season opened with the presentation of the Golden Globes, which I watched on TV. The gowns were glorious with very few misses.

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