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Michele E. Buttelman: Welcome March, spring is nearly here

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Posted: March 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It seems spring arrived in February, but the official start of spring, my favorite season, is March 20. I can’t wait for the Easter bunny! Fun weather this week — rain and hail. I’d hoped for snow.

Xi Nu Zeta lasagna dinner

The Xi Nu Zeta Lasagna Dinner was another sold out success on Feb. 25.

As a food writer, I’m often asked the name of my favorite restaurant or what I like to eat or a favorite food. Hands down, I always reply, “The lasagna made by the Xi Nu Zeta ladies at their annual lasagna dinner in February.”

I just wish it wasn’t always the same night as the Celebrity Waiter Dinner. It’s hard trying to be in two places at once.

Obviously, one event doesn’t impact the other because both events were sold out.

Seen at the lasagna dinner: Sue Smyth, Richard Green and Gary and Robin Choppe.

Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Kudos to the Celebrity Waiter Dinner committee: Event Chairwoman Jill Bondy, committee members Alethia Calagias, Bob Kellar, Brenda Tumason, Gerri McCorkle, John Lutz, Joy Lionberger, Judy Penman, Kathy Lindgreen, Kristen Bardin, Linda Pippin, Manuel Gonzalez, Mary Jane Hartman, Michel Delcros, Myles McNamara and Teresa Mathers.


Atticus Shaffer attends Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Child star Atticus Shaffer, of Acton, made an impressive appearance at the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner as the celebrity host. Shaffer, who plays Brick Heck on the ABC-TV sitcom “The Middle,” delivered a wonderful speech on the importance of seniors and what the SCV Senior Center does.


Special exhibit at Hart Museum

The William S. Hart Museum has unveiled a temporary exhibit featuring objects in the Natural History Museum and the Hart Museum collections relevant to two Academy Award Best Picture nominees: “Hugo” and “The Artist.”

Both films focus on the making of silent movies and early film pioneers.

This special exhibit will feature several cases in the Hart Mansion containing costumes, film props, equipment and historical artifacts.

Among the items to be displayed at the William S. Hart Museum: A letter from filmmaker Georges Méliès letter, with transcription; William S. Hart’s shirt and cuffs from his last film, “Tumbleweeds,” which appears in Hugo; props from “The Artist;” a jeweled dagger from “The Thief of Bagdad,” as seen in Hugo; Buster Keaton’s pork pie hat, and Harold Lloyd’s glasses, both seen in “Hugo;” a Lumière Cinématographe, one of only three in the United States.

The Lumière brothers, referenced in “Hugo,” produced the Cinématographe, the first commercially successful camera and projector and early pre-cinema devices such as magic lanterns and a Praxinoscope, as seen in “Hugo.”

The Hart Park and Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA, 91321. William S. Hart is open seven days a week until 5 p.m.

The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, with tours every half hour. Admission is free. For more information on the Museum, visit or call (661) 254-4584.

For more information on the Park visit or call (661) 259-0855.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @SCVScene.


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