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December 11, 1999

Joyce Rudolph

A chance to see some of La Crescenta's most beautiful homes decorated

for the holidays is offered today through a fund-raising home tour

benefiting Crescenta Valley High School's Prom Plus.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors can see four homes while enjoying

entertainment by the school's choral students, refreshments made by the

home economics department, Korean food and ceramics created by the arts

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classes.

At one of the homes, says fund-raising chairwoman Marian Mirskyguests

will take a step back into time, viewing a remodeled home filled with

antiques from around the nation and flower arrangements by Montrose

Florist.

Another home, built in 1999, will feature singing in the morning by

the Charismatics, a local musical ensemble. Finishing the holiday motif

will be flowers by Melody Florists and scrip will be sold at this venue.

The third home has a whimsical waterfall and rock garden enhancing the

landscape with finishing touches by She's Florists. Korean food will be

available to taste here.

The final stop has been famous for its fund-raising events over the

years. In addition to its warm decor, accented with arrangements by

Crescenta Valley Flower Mart, a veranda is available for outdoor

entertaining and a view of Santa Catalina island. Baked goods will be

available for sale and a drawing will be held for baskets filled with

goodies.

Tickets, at $10 each, are available at the homes. For addresses, call

248-2242, 236-3808, 957-6541 or 249-3197.

This is the largest fund-raiser for CV High's Prom Plus Commitee. Prom

Plus has hosted a post-prom event for the last seven years at the

Crescenta-Canada YMCA. The event offers seniors and their guests, for a

nominal charge, a variety of activities such as a full casino, sumo

wrestling and a Velcro wall on which seniors can practice their mountain

climbing techniques.

"It's our way of giving seniors an alternative to unchaperoned

activity," says longtime volunteer Mirsky. "Senior Prom and graduation

are the two most dangerous nights in the life of a senior."

Mirsky says it's really a magical night for students because there is

so much to do. The Prom Plus committee raised $20,000 to cover expenses

and a lot of items were donated by local merchants and food

establishments.

"Last year, we had 400 students attend, and they didn't want to go

home," she says.

There are cash prizes awarded, food, and merchandise, like CD players,

televisions and microwave ovens, and breakfast served the next morning.

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