Roundup: December 14, 2016

Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA.
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM

Our Speakers: Alan and Claudia Heller
Their Subject: Curiosities of the California Desert: Historic, Offbeat, and Forgotten Attractions

This month’s presentation takes us to the California desert, one of the most misunderstood areas of the Golden State.  To many city-dwellers, the desert is merely a vast, sandy, wasteland punctuated only by rattlesnakes. But all experienced desert rats know otherwise, and the Heller’s talk will be a revelation to those less-traveled. Salvation Mountain, Cerro Gordo, the Integratron and Giant Rock, Willie Boy’s Grave and Devils Hole (with its playful pupfish) are just a few of the unique locations in the California desert the Hellers will guide us to during their program.  For more than 50 years, our speakers have explored and photographed these and hundreds of other localities throughout the length and breadth of California’s spectacular deserts.

Alan and Claudia Heller are Southern California natives, and members of the Los Angeles Corral. Alan was educated at CSULA, Claudia at LACC. They can boast more than a century of joint travel and exploration throughout our state’s deserts. Alan is past president of Duarte’s Public Access Channel, a former commissioner of Duarte Parks and Recreation, Duarte Planning, and Duarte Community Service. His photographs have appeared in Westways, Skin Diver Magazine, Route 66 Magazine and many other publications and newspapers. Claudia has been the president of the Duarte Historical Society and Museum for the past twenty years. She writes articles for Route 66 Magazine, a column for the Pasadena Star News, and is a regular contributor to The View, for the Duarte Chamber of Commerce. Singly or together the Hellers have authored Life on Route 66: Personal Accounts Along the Mother Road to California; Duarte Chronicles;  and Curiosities of the California Desert. 

Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D.
Deputy Sheriff

Forthcoming Los Angeles Corral Presentations!

January 11, 2017: Brian Dervin Dillon
California, U.S.A. and the Mexican Revolution

February 8, 2017: Darryl Holter
This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and California

Literary Lions of the Los Angeles Corral! Three writers from our own corral (Brian Dervin Dillon, Abraham Hoffman, and Geraldine Knatz) have once again won literary awards from Westerners International, this time for books, articles, and poetry published in 2015. Congratulations to all three!

Keepsake Heading Your Way! Former Sheriff Abraham Hoffman has compiled a Keepsake for publication and distribution to our lucky membership. . . look for it at the upcoming December, 2016 round up!

Living Legends of the Los Angeles Corral! Deputy Sheriff Dillon has submitted nominations to the Westerners Home Ranch in Oklahoma for two of our stellar, senior, members, proposing them as Living Legends of the Los Angeles Corral. The Home Ranch has “officially” received these nominations and is deliberating. We will keep you posted on results as they arrive. . .our fingers are firmly crossed. . . !

Dinner Reservations:  Dinner reservations cost $35.00 each.  Please choose your entrée (beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian) and make out your check to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment by PayPal no later than one week before the roundup date.  Walk-ins can be served, but entrée choices will be limited to what is on hand: the “late price” is $40.00.  Mail your check to:  Mr. James Macklin, Keeper of the Chips, 1221 Greenfield Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006-4148 (Contact him at or (626) 446-6411). Late reservations or questions may also be addressed to Mr. James Shuttleworth, Registrar, Marks & Brands, via Email:, or by telephone (909) 595-6655.

PayPal Makes it Easy! Now you can put your money where your mouse is, and make your dinner selection and pay for it over the Internet.   Just log onto our website ( and go to the member’s tab.  Click on the pay option, and follow the instructions.  Mr. Joseph “Old Joe” Cavallo (626-372-5126) will gladly help you navigate on your initial PayPal voyage.    

Que les vayan bién, compadres. . .arriba y adelante. . .y hasta pronto!