St. Valentines Day 2010

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. 

San Pedro Elks Lodge Valentines Day Dance On Sunday Evening The 14th (Page Four)

Cartoon

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The tables were beautifully decorated

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010
Mario's family was well represented

Did you know? - or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

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Some people craved isolation.... But it didn't last!

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Mrs. and Mr. Hermit... Donna and Bob

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The serious look

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Amazing what a "goochi goochi" will do!

Did you know? - The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th century America, where many Valentine cards are now general greeting cards rather than declarations of love, was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States. It's considered one of the Hallmark holidays.

Someone Always Acts Up

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We found a use for the chair decorations

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010
Does he look like Lawrence of Arabia?

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The Pasadena Elks were aalso well represented

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What? a serious picture??

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The serious dancers

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Bob and Donna Zaitz float across the floor

Did you know? - The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.

 

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

Please... a Little Privacy!

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Vicky and Del Kuhn

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010
The Bouncer

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Street Corner Symphony was fired up!

Did you know? - In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feastday of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.

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Larry and Gigi Isham

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What ere they doing?

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Donna is the artistic one..  The kisses are courtesy of Bob!

Pasadena Shows Us How To do The YMCA

Did you know? - "Y.M.C.A." is a 1978 song by the Village People which became a hit in January 1979. The song reached #2 on the U.S. charts in early 1979 and reached No.1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the group's biggest hit ever. Taking the song at face value, its lyrics extol the virtues of the Young Men's Christian Association. 

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Ah... What are you spelling???

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010
Ah... "U" and upside down "V"

Meanwhile Back On The Floor

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

Time To Go Outside And Cool Off

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

Did you know? - Using the language of the law courts for the rituals of courtly love, a "High Court of Love" was established in Paris on Valentine's Day in 1400. The court dealt with love contracts, betrayals, and violence against women. Judges were selected by women on the basis of a poetry reading. The earliest surviving valentine is a fifteenth-century rondeau* written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife.

* A rondeau (plural rondeaux) is a form of French poetry with 15 lines written on two rhymes, as well as a corresponding musical form developed to set this characteristic verse structure.

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Good idea using the candles as hand warmers

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The Statue Of Liberty

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Excellent... Arm up!

Did you know? - In 1797, a British publisher issued The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own. Printers had already begun producing a limited number of cards with verses and sketches, called “mechanical valentines,” and a reduction in postal rates in the next century ushered in the less personal but easier practice of mailing valentines. That, in turn, made it possible for the first time to exchange cards anonymously, which is taken as the reason for the sudden appearance of racy verse in an era otherwise prudishly Victorian.

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Our dear next-door-neighbors

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Can't keep a straight face!

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San Pedro & Long Beach harbors

Did you know? - Paper Valentines being so popular in England in the early 1800s, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid 1800s. In the UK, just under half the population spend money on their Valentines and around 1.3 billion pounds is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent. The reinvention of Saint Valentine's Day in the 1840s has been traced by Leigh Eric Schmidt. As a writer in Graham's American Monthly observed in 1849, "Saint Valentine's Day... is becoming, nay it has become, a national holyday.

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010
Move that air Donna... This way!

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Vicky won the contest for "What can you do with a Hersey's

Did you know? - Hershey's Kisses were introduced in 1907. While it's not known exactly how Kisses got their name, it is a popular theory that the candy was named for the sound or motion of the chocolate being deposited during the manufacturing process.

Another Pennsylvania chocolatier, the Wilbur Chocolate Company, had been making a similar product known as Wilbur Buds since 1893. The shape and size of those candies likely served as an inspiration for Hershey's Kisses.

Hershey's Kisses were originally wrapped by hand. Automated wrapping began in 1921. The same automatic wrapping process allowed for the insertion of the distinctive paper "plume," that the company used to guarantee that consumers were getting the genuine Hershey product, rather than an imitation. This thin paper strip was registered as a company trademark in 1924.

Hershey's Kisses have been produced continuously since 1907, except for the period of time between 1942 and 1949. Rationing of raw materials during World War II made the aluminum foil for the wrappers a scarce commodity.

 

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Time to say good night

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"And I saw this UFO circling the building with a little green man

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Vicky's Camera In Action

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

San Pedro Elks Valentines Ball 2010

Cards

Happy Valentines Day