Archive for November, 2010

The Village at Sherman Oaks’ Comfort Cuisine Offers Health Benefits

The Village at Sherman Oaks’ Comfort Cuisine Offers Health Benefits

Over the last nine years, The Village at Sherman Oaks retirement community has become well-known for its unique blend of sophisticated style, unparalleled service and first-class amenities. According to residents, one amenity that truly sets the community apart from others in the area is The Village Restaurant. Open 12 hours daily, The Village Restaurant’s culinary […]

Big Brother is Scanning You

Have you been through airport security lately? How are those new full-body X-ray scanners working out for you? Ask John Tyner. His story has now become almost legendary now. Tyner was planning on taking a flight to South Dakota out of San Diego but he never made it. Tyner had checked the TSA website before […]

What the Mayor Could Do To Help Los Angeles Recover From Its Current Crisis

There’s no question city government is in big trouble. According to Miguel Santana, City Administrative Officer, Los Angeles is facing a $320-million fiscal shortfall next year. If ever there were a time for Mayor Villaraigosa to provide the leadership he was elected to provide, that time has surely come. With that in mind, this column […]

Celebrate the Arts at the Red Rabbit Holiday Arts & Crafts Market

Celebrate the Arts at the Red Rabbit Holiday Arts & Crafts Market

The Red Rabbit Holiday Arts & Crafts Market (RR) on December 4 in Glendale is more than a holiday shopping boutique, it is a celebration of the arts! Besides handmade crafts from local artisans, RR visitors will enjoy toe-tapping entertainment from local performance groups, too. We are thrilled to announce the live musical performances of […]

Paan and Orphanages

I throw my head out the window of our clickity-clank white Land Rover and spit up what looked like a florescent orange liquid concoction of leaves and rose scented incense sticks. I’m chewing paan. I’ve copied the idea from my favorite memoir- Shantaram, as the protagonist of this story is introduced to paan just as […]

Film Festivals

Film Festivals

Once more, for the eighth year strata, I would like to congratulate International Student Film Festival Hollywood president Robin Saban and festival director Dorothy Surpi on a truly wonderful film festival and a lot of fun. I’ve been volunteering for and entering festivals since film school at the San Francisco Art Institute way back in […]

Giving Thanks To Terrific People

Giving Thanks To Terrific People

Thanksgiving is a terrific time to let the people in your life know that you appreciate them. Of course that means Thanksgiving is everyday for my wonderful husband Frank, plus my mother Mary Lou, and my sister Mary Lou. They are my heroes for all they do and all they’ve been through. My Tolucan Times […]

The Legend of the Engagement Ring

Long ago, in ancient Egypt, a Pharaoh fell in love with a beautiful young princess. Because of her youth, the princess’s father refused consent to their marriage. The Pharaoh, being a wise man, desired to have the father’s blessing, and so agreed to wait until the princess was of age. His love for her grew […]

Second Annual Chanukah Party in Toluca Lake

Second Annual Chanukah Party in Toluca Lake

Last year, Toluca Lake made history by having its first ever Grand Menorah Lighting. Many, including celebrities, came to celebrate this momentous occasion and had a joyous time. “The Menorah publicly proclaims the timeless message of Chanukah- the victory of light over darkness,” said Rabbi Moishe Carlebach, co-director of Chabad of Toluca Lake. Chanukah, the […]

L.A. Royalty: Ronni Chasen

L.A. Royalty: Ronni Chasen

On the same day that we received word of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, the Hollywood community was hit with some earthshaking news. One of our leaders, Ronni Chasen, was gunned down in Beverly Hills and sadly, did not survive the tragedy. Ronni was a staple at red carpets, premieres, parties, awards, and anything […]