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Winter delights

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/31/2013, 2:40 p.m.

Just to give you a heads-up, while you are updating your social calendar, Hale House will host its Spring Gala on April 3 at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Yes, they are still around, and bigwigs chairing the event are staying around as work on the event is in full swing. Have you heard that Kyla McMullen has just become the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan? Congrats, I know that was hard work.

Happy birthday to Johann Sebastian Bach, who would have been 325 years old had he lived this long; to Elinor Tatum, who no, is not 325 years old; Joy Cooke (with an "e"); and my mom, Harriet DeLaney; neither she nor Joy is 325 years old, either. Condolences to the family of the Hon. Bernard "Bernie" Jackson, who recently passed away. Bernie was a familiar face at all of the social events. The guys out in Sag Harbor would look forward to going over to his house to play tennis as he let them use his court every Saturday. Of course the girls complained, as the guys were turning it into a guy thing and the girls wanted to play, too. You know how that is. A memorial service is planned for sometime in the spring.

Guess everyone is staying in these days, as few people were seen at any of the recent gala benefits, including the art auction benefit hosted by ArtWorks. ArtWorks uses proceeds from the benefit to provide access to creative and performing arts programs to children diagnosed with serious illnesses. Believing that the arts are a means for encouragement, healing, communication and self-expression, ArtWorks is dedicated to making it happen.

The Playground Partners of the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted its annual ice skating event to thank all of its supporters and raise funds to continue providing free after-school skating and hockey lessons to underserved children; Elizabeth Wilson, Cassandra Miller, Benita Wilson and youngster Sydney Torres did, however, make it to that one. There was face painting for the kids and they all looked so cute, skating around the rink in their festively painted faces. Well, they had plenty of hot chocolate to keep them warm.

As we swing on into February, don't forget to check if the groundhog sees his shadow, to light a candle on Feb. 2 in honor of Candlemas Day and to get some sweets for your sweets--or at the very least to say, "I love you."

Until next week ... kisses.