There is a little girl in every Hollywood Lady, and I have the perfect venue to return to your childhood, - the American Girl Place at the Grove. This Junior Department Store features a complete line of American Girl Dolls, a Doll Hospital, Theater, and the most charming tea room you have ever visited.

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Socialite Madeline Gussman, Mollie Crandell and Marci at American Girl Place

The best part is that your daughter, niece, or special little girl in your life, can select a doll which resembles them (hair color, eyes, etc).and purchase an identical outfit for themselves and their dolly. We went there with my Goddaughter, Mollie Crandell, (grand-daughter of Madeline and Marvin Gussman of Beverly Hills) who happens to be born on the same day as me, and even took a photo to commemorate the occasion. What a special Birthday indeed!

The Los Angeles Master Chorale opened their 43rd Season with a Concert and Black Tie Gala at the Walt Disney Hall. The program, aptly entitled "Embark" and conducted by Music Director, Grant Gershon, featured the L.A. Chamber Orchestra as guest ensemble. The program highlighted a "Homage to Haydn" and was greeted with enthusiastic applause. A special treat of the evening was the Chorale's signature surround-sing, where all 120 singers created a circle around the perimeter of the gala room, serenading the black tie clad guests during their elegant three-course supper. This event raised more than $285,000 for the L.A. Master Chorale's artistic and educational programs. The LAMC will have 11 more performances from December through June. Performances and ticket information can be viewed at www.lamc.org.

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Mary Ann Meggelin of Mellon Financial Corp, L.A. Master Chorale Chairman, Mark Foster, and Heidi Simpson of Mellon Financial, Grand Sponsors of the Chorale's opening night concert and gala

And last, but not least, we attended the House of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton, honoring Actor/Director Paul Michel Glaser, and community leader Debbie and Mike Zeiden, owners of the Z Gallerie home furnishing stores. Our House was founded in 1993 by Jo- Ann Lautman, and serves thousands of children, adults and families each year. They provide grief support to those who experience the death of a parent, spouse, sibling or child.

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Chad Lowe, Jo-Ann Lautman, Paul Michael Glaser & Trudy Glaser at House of Hope Gala

Paul Michael Glaser certainly has experienced his own grief, having lost his wife Elizabeth Glaser, who contracted Aids through a blood transfusion, and passed it on to her daughter who also died from it. He spoke eloquently about his own tragedy and the fact that he has dealt with it by becoming a crusader for Aids research The former star of Starsky and Hutch, is currently working before and behind the camera, but his main accomplishment is that the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids foundation has raised over $80 million to create a healthier future for children worldwide.

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Bob Saget, Host of the new game show, 1 vs. 100, was Master of Ceremonies at Our House Gala

Chad Lowe, recently divorced from Academy Award winning actress Hillary Swank, presented the Good Grief Award to Glaser, and Gala Host, Bob Saget (America's Funniest Home Videos) was a charming comedic master of ceremonies. Saget is currently the host of NBC's newest game show, 1 vs. 100, which airs 8:00 Fridays. He also is currently writing directing and narrating a mockumentary satirizing March of the Penguins, titled, Farce of the Penguins ,which will be geared toward adults, and utilizes real and fake wildlife footage. Something we will look forward to on the Hollywood Beat.

Events taking place this weekend:

This Saturday evening, November 18, the 5th annual Little Black Dress gala returns to Los Angeles to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Coco Chanel's "little black dress" with proceeds benefiting the LA-based Pediatric Epilepsy Project. Twenty LA fashion designers created their interpretation of the perfect "little black dress" to be displayed during the gala, Christie's will display the black dress made for Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's before it is auctioned in London in December. This will be the only appearance of the iconic dress on the West Coast. The event will take place at a private Bel Air estate and tickets are $200. Actors Ali Larter, Hayden Panettiere, Ron Rifkin, Balthazar Getty, Clea Duvall and Greg Grunberg will be in attendance. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.LBDevents.com.

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Another event worth noting for this Saturday evening, November 18: The French American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles will host the 23rd annual Beaujolais and Beyond World Wine and Food Festival, the largest event on the West Coast to carry on the time-honored tradition of welcoming the Beaujolais Nouveau each November. The event will take place at The Hollywood Palladium and features an evening of gourmet food from local vendors and premium wines for tasting, casino gaming, live music and dancing and will run from 6:30-11:30PM. The 2006 Beaujolais Nouveau, culled from a remarkable harvest, is being called one of the best vintages to come out in years. A selection of gourmet food and premium wines will be available to accompany the tasting of the new Beaujolais. Guests opting to purchase tickets for the exclusive VIP Lounge will be treated to fine champagne, cognac and cigars in addition to the food and wine experience. Ticket prices are $60 and $120 for the VIP Lounge if purchased in advance by calling the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles at (323) 651-4741. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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