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By Mavis Hansen

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A Welcome to Spring meeting was held on Monday, April 14th by the Arboretum District of the California Garden Clubs, Inc.  The meeting was held in the Palm Room of the Los Angeles County Arboretum.  Mary Betlach, Director of the Arboretum District called the meeting to order. A complete report on the California Garden Club’s Board meeting was given by Shirley Stewart.  The hostess club, San Marino Garden Club provided delicious morning refreshments in a delightful Easter theme. Special guest, Rita M. Desilets, President of the California Garden Clubs, Inc. was introduced and spoke briefly to the members.  A most interesting and timely program “Attracting Wildlife into Your Yards” about landscaping with Native Plants was presented by Mr. Jonathan Snapp-Cook, Biologist – Botanist, Carlsbad Program  Coordinator from the Fish and Wildlife Service and Ms. Carol Bornstein, Director of Nature Gardens, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  Both speakers stressed the need to be aware that it is now becoming extremely important for landscaping of homes, businesses and large land areas to be transformed from planting that requires lots of water to native plants that can conserve water usage. Ms. Bornstein is the co-author of two books, California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining Your Front Lawn With Succulents.  The Arboretum District Spring Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 29th at the Sunset Banquet Room of the Santa Anita Golf Course.  The next meeting of the Arboretum District will be held on June 9th and will be hosted by the California Organic Garden Club.  There is no charge to attend a meeting and guests are always welcome.  For further information contact Director Mary Betlach at 818-790-4602.
The Holy Family Springtime Tea “Garden of Roses” will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 1pm to 4pm at Holy Family Church Hall, 1519 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena. Tickets are $35.00 per person for a delightful afternoon of delicious food, friendship, music, a raffle and silent auction.  Proceeds will fund scholarships, the Giving Bank and new chairs for the hall. For tickets or further information phone Chairman Julie Smith at 626-796-2859 or 626-755-4620.
The Sierra Mar District of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women held their annual meeting on Saturday, April 19th at the Double Tree by Hilton in Rosemead.  President Maryann Wesson conducted the meeting. Following Greetings from State Representative Elaine Wakeham, registration and attendance report was given by Lorene Gutierrez and minutes of the January meeting were read by Secretary Mary Morales’.  Sierra Mar District Young Professional of the Year, Rosalind Bullard, introduced two Young Professional speakers, Frances Calderon and Zen Vuong.  Keynote Speaker Dionne Espinoza, PHD from California State University, Los Angeles, spoke on “Feminism and the Future,” with a focus on Chicana/Latina experiences. Three of her students gave their thoughts and spoke on their purpose to further equality for many of today’s issues.  The meeting ended with reports from Club Presidents: Marta Escanuelas East Los Angeles-Montebello BPW Vice President; Rosalind Bullard President East Valley and Lorene Gutierrez President El Monte BPW.  Sally McMahan reported on the CFBPW Winter Board and Public Policy conference. Following lunch, Awards were presented by Mary Jo Kolakoski and President Mary Ann Wesson thanked members for a rewarding year as Sierra Mar District President.  Installation of new officers for the 2014 -15 year were conducted by Shirley Campbell: President Mary Jo Kolakoski, President-elect Mavis Hansen, Secretary Maryann Wesson and Treasurer Denise Rubin.  The annual meeting was adjourned with the reading of the “Collect” by newly elected President Mary Jo Kolakoski.  Proposed future conference dates are:  Saturday, June 28, 2014; Saturday, October 25, 2014, January, 2015 and Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock will present  “The Camellia Fashion Show” The Great Gatsby” on Saturday, May 3rd at their beautiful Club House, 15105 Hermosa Avenue, Eagle Rock. For tickets or further information contact Chairman Sharon Gould at Sharame8@att,net.

Lots to do!  See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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