Friday, November 29, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... Thanksgiving Good Will at The Midnight Mission

Legendary Entertainer & Good Samaritan Dick Van Dyke appeared with his his group The Vontastix

Amanda Fuller

Volunteers make it happen!

Thousands enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Vons Foundation at The Midnight Mission

Lou Gossett Jr & Vida Ghaffari

Volunteers make it happen!

Kudos to the hundreds of volunteers who helped to make this year's Thanksgiving meal a huge success downtown at The Midnight Mission on San Pedro Street.  Great work guys!  The Midnight Mission was established nearly 100 years ago giving shelter, meals, training & education to those in need.  Please lend your support to them if you can & have a healthy & happy holiday season!  Photos Courtesy Of The Midnight Mission.  HH

Monday, November 25, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... Celebrities Attend GBK Gift Lounge for a Cause on American Music Awards Weekend

E. Roger Mitchell & Guest

Mathew West

Valerie Ortiz & Guest

Robert Christopher Riley

Carly Steel

Keith Harris

Elena Sanchez

GBK luxury lifestyle gift lounge & special events company honored the 2013 American Music Award Nominees & Presenters with their annual dazzling GBK Gift Lounge at the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills.  GBK featured a trend setting selection of gifts in an entertaining atmosphere with music from popular DJ Shy.  The event was followed by a celebrity poker tournament which aimed to raise money for Model Citizen Fund. The mission of Model Citizen Fund is to distribute life sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food & health & survival essentials for the homeless & disaster victims giving them the tools & confidence to build/rebuild their lives. Kudos on a noble mission. Photos courtesy of GBK.  HH

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown... Batmobile Creator George Barris' Cool Birthday Party

Francine York & Birthday Boy George Barris

Kelly Koewler & Terry Moore

Mamie Van Doren & Marci Weiner

Val Kahl & Ed Lozzi 

Marty Ingels & Shirley Jones

Judy Tenuta & V

Joe Mantegna & Christy Oldham
(Photo Demi Goddess Productions)

Judy Tenuta, Rick Champagne, "Elvis", Holly Beavon as Marilyn & George Barris

"Elvis" "MM" George Barris, Guest & Joji Barris

"Elvis', "MM", George Barris & Guest

George Barris, Blackie & Kassandra Carroll as MM

Harrison Held signing George Barris' 88th Birthday Card..  Photo: Bob Delgadillo

Famous Batmobile creator & car kustomizer to the stars George Barris celebrated his 88th birthday in style surrounded by friends, family, loved ones,  fans & lots & lots & lots of photographers at his well known North Hollywood location on Riverside Drive.  On hand to wish him their best with PR King Ed Lozzi was Joe Mantegna, Mamie Van Doren, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Terry Moore, Francine York,  Judy Tenuta, Sharon Farrell, Marci Weiner, Roger Neal, Rick Champagne, Blackie & a couple hundred more close friends & well wishers.  For decades George Barris has been the leading car kustomizer in the world for movies & television shows.  His celebrity clients have included Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis & Bo Derek to name a few.  Happy Birthday Mr. Barris - you have brought happiness & enjoyment to millions around the world through your unique inventions & accomplishments.  HH

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... "Forever Liesl"... The Sound of Music's Charmian Carr Book Signing & Designer Chair Launch at The Filmmakers' Gallery in Long Beach

Paul Belsito & Charmian Carr

Paul Belsito, Steven Roche & Charmian Carr

Steven Roche & Charmian Carr

Charmian Carr as Leisl in The Sound of Music

Ian Aquino gets a smooch from Charmian Carr

Karen Sharpe Kramer & Kat Kramer

Khela Dunn. Karen Sharpe Kramer, Kat Kramer, Paul Belsito & Steven Roche

Harrison Held & Charmian Carr

Gary Takesian & Charmian Carr

Charmian Carr Designer Chair

Lots of fun at Paul Belsito & Steven Roche's  beautiful new Filmmakers' Gallery in Long Beach where "The Sound of Music" star Charmian Carr was the special guest signing her best selling book  "Forever Leisl" & launching her beautiful new safari chair.  It was great to meet & interview the lovely, warm & charming Ms. Carr on the red carpet -  her performance as  oldest daughter Leisl in the iconic musical film is so great & memorable.  Guests were treated to a delicious gourmet brunch, coffee & mimosas.   It was great to see Paul's very warm family, director Gary Takesian & my pals Kat Kramer & Karen Sharpe Kramer who came in from Los Angeles for the event.  One of the most pleasant surprises of the day was fan Ian Aquino who arrived with his wife to have Ms. Carr sign a guitar which has all the signatures of the famous Von Trapp children cast members on it.  Lucky guy!  Thanks for another great event Filmmakers' Gallery! HH     .  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... SoCal's Only Frozen Holiday Adventure....CHILL Dazzles at The Queen Mary in Long Beach

Last nite I attended the opening of CHILL at The Queen Mary in Long Beach  - a very impressive, beautiful family friendly holiday event which will be open every day through January 5th 2014.  I highly recommend it for your next outing!  There's an abundance of fun things to do at CHILL starting with The Ice Kingdom featuring Nutcracker inspired themes made from more than two million pounds of sparkling ice. really is cold in there - a  beautiful winter wonderland has been created right here in Southern California.  The Ice Kingdom features a 24 foot tall Queen Mary ship & slide & is kept at a very chilly 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Guests are provided with warm parkas to wear.  There's also fun ice skating with the majestic Queen Mary as the backdrop & a thrilling 6 lane ice tubing area made completely of ice.  Guests can enjoy live entertainment plus many holiday theme characters too.   There's an abundance of delicious eateries also.  Thanks to Ashley Eckenweiler & her friendly staff at The ACE Agency for the warm hospitality.  For more information visit -  Following my fun visit at CHILL I enjoyed touring the classic & unique Queen Mary which is full of interesting historical background information. HH