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We began with the Fifth Annual Culver City Nonprofit Convening, hosted by the Wende Museum. We were guests of brilliant moderator Tom Backer.

Wonderful talking with Allison Sampson from the Colburn Foundation. Joan Weinstein, from the Getty Foundation was also a speaker there along with Dan O’Brien, a Culver City Council Vice Mayor.

And so delighted the Burbank Arts were represented.

Along with dear Carol Soucek King, Veronica and I were guests of Nino Wong, Head of the Chinese Garden Docents at a MUSE/IQUE concert at the Huntington.

The Huntington provided treats along with Prosecco and sparkling water.

And thoughtful Nino brought the most delicious sushi rolls ever along with hot coffee!

I was so happy to see delightful Susan Avila from the Music Center and to meet her adorable daughter.

This is the best!

Here’s Nino with Randy Shulman who stopped by our table. (Thoughtful Carol brought the chocolates!)

This shows how enraptured we were.

This 14 year old Colburn prodigy brought me to tears.

Sweet Lynne stopped by to pick up her beautiful cards from Veronica for the Sierra Madre Art Fair. Somi approved of course!

A big Bravo to the LA Master Chorale High School Festival! Everyone was excited!

Lunch first.

Elizabeth Greenway, Chief Advancement Officer for Master Chorale.

Isn’t this great? We all got one.

A special tribute to all the fine teachers! So inspiring!

Fun with Peggy!

I am so proud of Sweet Lynne and her exquisite art that she showed at the Sierra Madre Art Fair!

Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? I’ve never seen three horses in a photo finish. I really think Forever Young, a Japanese horse that finished 3rd would have won if he hadn’t been crowded out by #2.

Thank you Pablo for planting the beautiful Bougainvillea.

Brilliant Tom Backer was the moderator for a Lit Fest in the Dena panel.

It was horribly embarrassing to sneak out when my phone notified me that the police were at the house. Apparently, the wind blew open a door, setting off the alarm! One of the cameras caught this.

It’s so cute when Dave brings Lambert and Dolly by to play with Somi.

The Huntington’s Successor event was such a lovely evening. Here’s Sweet Lorena and Cris Lutz.

The opening reception was delightful and spending time with such lovely people made it quite special. Here’s always sweet Alyce.

Of course Awesome Tanya…

I was delighted to learn that Sian Leong (in the middle) is the granddaughter of Gilbert Leong who was the architect for the East West bank in it’s beginning days and also designed the courtyard at USC Pacific Asia Museum. Gilbert was a kind and dear friend as well as a fine mentor to me, and I always remember him so fondly.

You remember Joann Li, owner of Ai+ Gallery.

And Awesome Robert Hori, Head Curator of the Japanese Garden.

Precious Susan touched me beyond description when she told me how much my inspirational books have meant to her. That made the evening.

Christina Nielsen, Director of the Huntington’s Art Museum, explored the power of portraiture, connecting Francisco Goya and David Hockney.

Blue Boy was behind her.

There was a very specal, inspiring evening at the Colburn thanks to philanthropists Terri and Jerry Kohl.

Great fun seeing Susan Avila from the Music Center and her always delightful daughter Rosemary.

Thank you Kohl’s, templates for doing good!

Well, Awesome photographer and super friend Curtis McElhinney was the first to celebrate my birthday.

What a surprise…I thought it was just lunch!

Adorable Kaley found us still there after five hours!

Dear Danielle who was my angel at the Huntington for over twenty-five years planned a birthday celebration with Robert Hori, expert on all things Japanese.

Robert gave us a detailed tour of the newly completed Shōya House.

And then we weere treated to a delicous lunch in the Chinese Garden.

The Orange Chicken was soooo good!

After a ride about in the cart to the Rose Garden it was time to go home.

Just in time to see adorable Emilia and David bring happy birthday wishes! Truth be told…it’s all about Somi!

I’m so proud of Dave Hanson, former writer for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. He has a marvelous show of his Mosaics.

Deborah OMalia is the loveliest!

For now, Somi the Goldendoodle wishes you many play dates!

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