April 2013 Calendar of Events

Getting the word out for important causes and wonderful events for April 2013.

Sunday, April 7 —  Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles have joined forces for Six Million Coins™, to raise critical funds for Holocaust survivors in need, as well as some rescuers. Concurrently, an effort will be made to educate young people about genocide and to honor the six million lives lost in the Holocaust. Len Lawrence, the General Manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, announced a year-long effort will be made through this initiative.

Launching April 7, 2013 on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), and continuing until the next commemoration on April 27, 2014, the Six Million Coins™ initiative will see the distribution of more than 25,000 tzedakah boxes throughout Southern California, with the goal of collecting six million coins. All proceeds will be distributed to six charities assisting survivors and rescuers in need of basic necessities, such as food and rent.

The initiative launches with a Yom HaShoah Memorial Service at Mount Sinai Simi Valley, at 11:00 a.m. on April 7, where names of the six million will start to be read. Following the service, there will be panel of Survivors and distinguished Holocaust educators which will be moderated by Steven Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation, discussing worldwide tolerance. To learn more go to www.sixmillioncoins.org.

Wednesday, April 10 —  On April 10 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) will honor the music legacy of composer and beloved American musical storyteller Richard M. Sherman. Plus the LACC advocates and benefactors, Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin, will be honored at the annual fundraiser, Gala Bel Canto.  LACC and esteemed special guests, including Dick Van Dyke, star of such iconic films as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Broadway star Ashley Brown, who played the title role in the hit stage version of Mary Poppins, present heartfelt tributes musical and otherwise to the evening’s illustrious honorees.  Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin serves as emcee for the Gala Bel Canto evening, which includes a sumptuous three-course sit-down dinner by Patina, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction.  Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ artistic, educational and scholarship programs. Visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

Saturday, April 13 —  To benefit the Open Hearts Foundation, actress Jane Seymour is opening her heart and her private residence in Malibu on Saturday, April 13th. This year at the 3rd annual Open Hearts Foundation event, Jane Seymour, James Keach and a prestigious board of directors will honor four individuals who have overcome adversity and live with an open heart each and every day. The Foundation was created to raise funds to enrich the lives of children in the areas of health, arts, sports and education and acknowledge people with inspiring stories that align with the Foundation’s mission. This year’s four notable individuals include: ABC anchor Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee, activist Marie Tillman, widow of Arizona Cardinals’ football great Pat Tillman, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm and founder of The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, Maria D’Angelo. CNN anchor Christi Paul will serve as the evening’s emcee. Go to www.openheartsfoundation.org.

Wednesday, April 17 —  The Kaleidoscope Ball, an inaugural event to benefit the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, is set to take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Hosted by Patricia Heaton, the star-studded event will honor LL Cool J with the Kaleidoscope Award, Steven and Heather Mnuchin with the Philanthropic Leadership Award, and Cameron Cohen with the Innovator Award. Event co-chairs include Amanda Brown Chang, Beth Friedman, and Shari Glazer. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, awards and a special performance by Blue Sky Riders featuring Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman & Gary Burr.

The event’s silent auction will showcase 10 extraordinary designer dollhouses created by 20 of the most prominent award-winning visionaries from the world of design and architecture, with 100% of the proceeds from the dollhouses going to support the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA promises a better future for all kids through transformative research, innovative delivery of care, and education of the next generation of physician-scientists and researchers. Google Kaleidoscope Ball to find out more.

Wednesday, April 17 —  The Catalina Bar & Grill will present “An Evening With Corky Hale” performing selections of the late American Jazz singer Billie Holiday starring Billie Holiday’s pianist Corky Hale, with Special Guest, singer Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge for one night only, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. at Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Visit www.catalinajazzclub.com.

Thursday, April 25 —  The 26th Annual LA Modernism Show will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on April 25th to 28th. It’s a four-day premiere design event showcasing featuring more than 50 national and international exhibitors, who will be presenting decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, April 25th at the annual Preview Party to benefit P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through arts education. The host committee for the preview party includes P.S. ARTS supporters Maria and Bill Bell, Rachel Bilson, Kimberly and Albert Brooks, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Elizabeth Stewart, among other philanthropists and entertainment leaders. The show will continue through the weekend, and is open to the public. Go to www.lamodernism.com.

Sunday, April 28 —  Proving that good food and wine never go out of style, or demand, the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Vintage Bouquet celebrates its 25th anniversary with a very special “edition” of the al fresco food and wine tasting event on Sunday, April 28, 2013, from noon to 4 pm, at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Unlimited tastings of exceptional wines and mouth-watering dishes from some of the most renowned restaurants in the area, paired with live and silent auctions and exceptional musical entertainment, are the cornerstone of this signature event. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s pro bono legal services, including free wills for firefighters and emergency responders and Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm.

“We are pulling out the stops for the Vintage Bouquet’s 25th Anniversary thanks to the generosity of the restaurants and wineries that partner with the BHBA,” says Leigh Leshner, Barristers Past President and event chair for the ninth year.  “There will be innovative dishes prepared with fresh locally-sourced food, award-winning wines, the opportunity to meet top chefs and winemakers and much more.  We have also expanded the ever-popular V.I.P. Martini Bar to include a variety of specialty cocktails and fabulous tastings.” Go to www.vintagebouquet.com for tickets and information.

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.