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Andrea Ghez, Director and Founder of the UCLA Galactic Center Group

UCLA Galactic Center

Fred and Joyce Hameetman generously hosted a special event and dinner at The Wallis to inform a group of scientists and patrons of the most recent advances of the UCLA Galactic Center, which uses the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano, along with a powerful technology called Adaptive Optics (AO) that Ghez helped pioneer for use in astronomy. AO corrects the distorting the effects of the Earth’s atmosphere in real time. The clear pictures AO provides have shown that exactly what happens near a supermassive black hole is quite different than what theoretical models have predicted, challenging many of our notions of how black holes shape our galaxy. 1:04 pm Read More

Petersen Auto Museum Annual Gala

Terry Karges and Ford Global VP Marketing/Sales Jim Farley, a 2014 honoree Last Saturday, the Petersen Auto Museum held its annual 2014 Bold Moves Gala, benefittng the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program. At the gala, the Petersen announced new partnerships with Xbox to create the “Forza Motorsport Experience” and Linksys to provide state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and networking for the new museum and honored industry icons Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Jim Farley and Keith Crain. 12:59 pm Read More

Thalians Presidents Club Enjoys ‘Evening Soiree – Fall In Love Beneath The Stars’

Thalians Board Chair Emeritus Ruta Lee with Event Chair/ Officer/Boardmember Stephanie J. Hibler The Thalians Presidents Club, a  special fund-raising auxiliary group of The Thalians hosted and held its “Evening Soiree—Fall In Love Beneath The Stars” event at the home of Howard and Sonya Waldow. Stephanie J. Hibler was event chair and coordinator of the evening that featured a cocktail reception with vendors, live auction, dinner and entertainment  and dance music by “The Four Fabs” (a Beatles tribute group) with Michael Sherman as “Ed Sullivan” and singer Pamela Clay. Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, founder of The Thalians Presidents Club reported that The Thalians has raised more than $30 million for mental health services. Current fund-raising efforts  are focused on Operation Mend at UCLA that provides specialized mental healthcare services to U.S. military men and women wounded in Iraq and Afganistan. Thalians Board Chair Emeritus Ruta Lee introduced and congratulated Dr. Thomas Strouse of Operation Mend. Debbie Reynolds is president emeritus of The Thalians. Special thanks went to Paul Matsumoto and Jeff Lehman of Edwards- Lowell Furs, and Jonathan Ratter. 12:46 pm Read More

60 Years of Ferrari Celebrated In Beverly Hills

1949 Ferrari 166 Barchetta Ferrari North America Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary In The U.S. With A Star-Studded Black-Tie Gala On Saturday And 60 Prize Ferraris On Rodeo Drive For A Historic Exhibition. Some 1,000 Ferraris Rolled Into Town For The Event. 9:53 am Read More

Robinson Gardens: Seasonal Soiree

Traditional Bollywood dancers The beautiful summer weather set a sultry tone for Saturday evening’s Shangri-La gala celebration at Beverly Hills’ first estate, Virginia Robinson Gardens. The evening’s honorees were Maralee Beck and Jamie Wolf, who each received engraved sterling silver award trays donated by Christofle in Beverly Hills. Past honorees in attendance included Jeff Hyland and Dorothy Kamins. Event co-chairs were Ellissa Bregman and Leslie Tillman. Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Robinson Gardens, the public can now visit six days a week, including Saturday 2:49 pm Read More

Beverly Hills Honors 9/11 Victims With Special Ceremony

The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Beam The City of Beverly Hills honored the fallen heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks with a special ceremony on Thursday evening. The event began at 5 p.m. with an intro from Fire Chief Ralph Mundell, followed by Mayor Lili Bosse leading attendees in the pledge of allegiance. Byron Pope sang God Bless America, which was followed by speeches from both Mundell and Police Chief Dave Snowden. The evening also featured a ceremonial bell ringing and moment of silence, a flag ceremony from the color guard and a wreath laying. Photos by Reggie Sully 12:58 pm Read More

Donors Light Electric Fountain At Selwyn Gallery

Colleen Coffey Shanks, Lori Sands Wagner, Zach Wagner, Rebecca Murga & Marie Weiss On Saturday, more than 300 of Beverly Hills’ most prominent art lovers attended a benefit at the new Marc Selwyn Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills. The benefit was to raise funds for the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park for the restoration of the Electric Fountain at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. The restoration effort still needs at least $200,000 to complete the project. 10:45 am Read More

Hot Tech for 2013!

Smartphone sightings Tech companies tend to be tight-lipped about specific product details in the run-up to the biggest tech trade show of the year, but we expect the march toward total connectivity to continue on the CES showfloor. Camera-equipped smart vacuum cleaners, Internet-connected TVs, mobile apps for controlling your home’s heat, and Wi-Fi cameras that can upload your photos to Facebook will dot the large landscape of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 4:14 am Read More

Flemings

First annual BHEF fundraiser sponsored by Beverly Hills Courier, and Flemings Steak house and win bar. 4:14 am Read More