‘En Plein Air’ Raises $130,000 for Descanso Education

first_imgcenter column 1 ‘En Plein Air’ Raises $130,000 for Descanso Education Annual benefit gala pays tribute to art and the Gardens STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | 4:07 pm 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More than 150 supporters of Descanso Gardens gathered Saturday night to raise $130,000 for the botanic garden’s education programs for Southern California schoolchildren and special-needs students.On a warm autumn evening at a harvest table that seemed to stretch forever beneath a canopy of oaks, guests gathered for “En Plein Air,” this year’s edition of “Only at Descanso.” The theme was inspired by the plein air school of landscape painting, and paid tribute to the hundreds of artists who have found inspiration in Descanso Gardens.“Only at Descanso is a key part of the Descanso Gardens fund-raising model,” said Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer. “Almost as important as fund-raising, this benefit is a ‘friend-raiser’ for the Gardens. Through our benefit we are able to meet new people who support the Descanso Gardens mission to educate and inspire through experiences in nature.”The evening began on the Promenade, where guests gathered for cocktails and enjoyed jazz performed by Bossa Zuzu. Long-time Descanso benefactor Paul G. Haaga, Jr., of La Cañada Flintridge, presided over the paddle auction for the second year.Guests took a short stroll to the Oak Forest, where they gathered at a length of end-to-end tables that stretched down the pathway. The tables were covered with homespun tablecloths and guests sat at rustic chairs. The canopy of oak boughs was illuminated by strings of café lights that spanned the space. The harvest theme continued with vivid flower arrangements of orange roses and dahlias, autumn leaves, fresh herbs, sea holly, and lilies. The arrangements were donated by trustee Hank Maarse, president of Jacob Maarse Florists in Pasadena. Music curated by Matthew Rubino set the mood for dinner.The dinner, prepared by Patina Catering, kept the harvest vibe going beginning with a spritely raw Tuscan kale salad. The entrees included grilled hanger steak with golden potato tart and herb pasta cannelloni with field greens and ricotta filling.Dessert – a selection of fine cheese and chocolates — was served in the Rose Pavilion, where the Gerry Rothschild Band performed a spirited mix of classic tunes for dancing. Guests gathered at small tables for cordials. And the cushy seating of the cigar lounge drew guests who enjoyed a smoke and glass of port.The evening was generously underwritten by Paul G. Haaga, Jr., and his wife, Descanso trustee Heather Sturt Haaga, Sid and Betsey Tyler of Pasadena, Rick Neumann of Pasadena, Karl Swaidan and the Dorothy L. Johnston Foundation, Hank and Ana Maarse of Jacob Maarse Florists, and Patina Restaurant Group.The funds raised at “Only at Descanso” will support programs for school children, for young people with special needs, and for the visiting community at large. “Education is an integral part of our mission,” Rooke said. “We seek to educate in a number of ways, from the structured curriculum we have created for school children and special-needs students, to less formal experiences. Just taking a walk through the Gardens can be a lesson in the natural world.”About Descanso GardensEstablished as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. 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Dodgers will give Will Smith ‘a good runway’ as the primary catcher

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — As far back as spring training, the Dodgers expected Will Smith to arrive in the major leagues this season and start significant games at catcher for them at some point.That time is now.Smith was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday for the third time this season. He is expected to stay this time and serve as the Dodgers’ primary catcher, likely for the rest of the season and potentially in a postseason run.“Seeing him on a big-league field and seeing the way he conducted his at-bats, handled the pitching staff, following gameplans – even in big spots against good pitching how he handled himself, staying in the strike zone and what he did at the Triple-A level … he’s performed, really. Big time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So he’s checked every box. Now you’ve got to go out there and give him a little bit of runway.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Smith’s defensive skills have always been highly-rated. But he has had a breakout year offensively, hitting .269 with a .986 OPS and 20 home runs in 61 games with the OKC Dodgers. In nine games at the major-league level over his first two promotions, he hit .269 with a .999 OPS and three home runs – two walk-offs to win games.Roberts said he expects to give Smith “a good runway” with “the lion’s share” of playing time with veteran Russell Martin “in there a couple times a week is kind of what I see.”The window opened for Smith’s ascension with the continued collapse of Austin Barnes’ offensive game (and some recent defensive miscues as well). Barnes hit .289 with an .895 OPS in 2017, giving the Dodgers hope that he would develop into a two-way player and every-day catcher.Since then, however, Barnes has hit .200 with a .618 OPS in 471 plate appearances. He had just seven hits in his last 60 at-bats before being demoted to Triple-A this week.“Very difficult discussion with Austin,” said Roberts, who gave Barnes the news along with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. “It’s more about just trying to get him on track offensively. I think just to get him back in a good place mentally and mechanically. He’s a major-league player. He helps us in so many ways – in the clubhouse, behind the plate. But we see him as an offensive player as well. Just to get him out of this hot box (the pressure of the big leagues) will be best for him and it will help us as well. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco After batting .276 with 12 home runs and an .888 OPS last season, White slumped to a .225 batting average, .650 OPS and just three home runs in 71 games with the Astros this year.“Just kind of a grind so far,” White said. “I don’t want to blame it on anything in particular. It’s just been tough for me to gain any momentum this year. I’ve had some good weeks. It’s just been tough to put together a good month.“I’m excited to have some new scenery and join a new team.”ALSOKiké Hernandez had an MRI on his left hand after leaving Wednesday’s game with an injury. The results had not been reviewed by the team’s medical staff before Friday’s game, but Roberts said he expected Hernandez to be available to play defense only.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 8-2, 2.84 ERA) at Nationals (TBA), Saturday, 1:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For any decision we made, you also have to have a solution. To have Will playing the way he’s playing, so consistently on both sides of the baseball, just made a difficult decision a little bit easier.”STRIPLING STARTRight-hander Ross Stripling said he is still bothered by neck stiffness, leaving his next scheduled start (Tuesday in Colorado) questionable.Stripling played catch on flat ground on Friday afternoon and said he still felt the discomfort in the right side of his neck.“If you think about pitching, that whipping action there at the end,” Stripling said. “It’s not so much pain, but I think I’m protecting it.”Roberts said Stripling is expected to make that start in Colorado “right now” but he would have to throw a bullpen session Saturday or Sunday to test the neck and prove his readiness to pitch. Right-hander Jaime Schultz traveled to Washington with the team in case a roster move needs to be made.FREESE OUTTyler White was officially added to the roster Friday after being acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros. David Freese was returned to the Injured List with a persistent hamstring problem in his left leg. Freese spent more than two weeks on the IL before the All-Star break due to the same problem.“It’s just something we can’t get over,” Roberts said. “He’s doing everything he can to stay on the field. We’re just not getting the best version of him as far as his health.”White will replace Freese as a right-handed bat off the bench and occasional first baseman.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more