SOUTHLAND EVENTS ! 54th Orange Shoiv \ T Tops Activity Listl SHOW The opening of the 54th S Annual National Orange jji Show in San Bernardino, | (he 20th Annual Almond 5 Blossom F e s t i v a l in f- Quart?. Hill and kite con;| tests in Ocean Reach and S Long Beach top the list of ;| things to see in the South- : S land this week, as com#i piled by the Automobile ;| Club of Southern Califor- 1 nia. | ANAHEIM: The Wcst- Â· ~ . P t n National Boat and j . ~ Marine Show will he held aj in the Anaheim Conven- -J,';--tion Center March 8 !*}_ through Ifi. M" " BISHOP: The Fourth if Annual F.asl of Hie Hi.sh Â·,-. ; Sierra Art Show will be 5; held March 1 and 2. F.n- ;'Â·Â·; tries are limited to a r t i s t s in the Inyo and Mono :' counties area east of the .'-'Â·,, Sierra Nevada. - BLYTHE: The Sixth An' L nual Rlythe Junior rodeo 'Â· will begin at 12:30 p.m. - . Sunday. Competition is open to boys and pirls 18 years old and under and will include most rodeo ...evenls. | C L A R F . M O N T : " I n .Â£ Tieatttiful Michoacan" will IIP presented by the Mexican Players in Padua Mills Theater t h r o u g h Saturdays. ' IMPERIAL: The 'lOlli A n n u a l C a l i f o r n i a Mid ,\ Winter Fair will be held Â£ at the Imperial County * Fairgrounds through Sun-^day from noon lo 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. LA CANADA: The 15th Annual Descanso Gardens *;, Camellia Show will be j-."held Saturday and Sunday. ''TAdmission is free. 1 LACUNA BEACH: The Sixth Annual Winter Fes, - l i v n l will be held through y' Sunday. ^ LONG BEACH: The "Seventh A n n u a l Pacific Indoor Rodeo will he held Â· Friday through Sunday in the Long Beach Arena. The 43rd A n n u a l Long i Beach Kite-Flying Contest s r w i l l be held at 10 a.m. 'Â·' March 8 on the beach at '--Ihc foot of .Itinipero Ave. ,.. LOS ANGELES: An ex- Â·Â·liihit of Bunker Hill paintings hy Ben Ahril will he featured in the Los Anp.e- *. les County Muscuin of '"!Â· Natural History in Expnsi- * l i o n Park through March '*Â· 30. Crystal Composition, an exhibit of photos taken under a microscope, will he featured in the Califor- j - - n i a Museum of Science t and Industry in Exposition '? Park through March 30. " -Hours will 'he 3 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:30. 3. 4:30 and 8:30 p.m weekends. An exhibit hy members of the Hiohland AH Guild will he featured in the " Knurl h Floor R o l n n d a Oal- .Ifirv of the Cily Hall March 7 through April. 2. "Giant Scallops of Southern California," a display of fossil shells of an extinct species, will be displayed in the County Museum of Natural History in Exposition Park through March 30. OCEAN BEACH: The annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival March 8 will begin at 2 p.m. POMONA: A r a b i a n Horse Show will he held at 2 and 3:30 p.m. each Sunday through May 25 in the California State Polytechnic College Kellogg Arena. QUARTZ HILL: The 20lh Annual Almond Blossom Festival will be held March 7 through 9. Events include a parade at 12:30 p.m. March 9, dance at 8 p.m. March 8 and kiddy parade at noon March 8. ROSAMOND: The N i n t h Annual Gold Panning Days will be held at the Tropico Gold Mines Saturday and Sunday. S A N BERNARDINO: '1 he 54th A n n u a l national Orange Show will he held March 6 through 16 at the National Orange Show Grounds. Show Grounds will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. SAN DIEGO: A display of Chinese and Japanese Carved Ivory from both gallery and private collections will be featured in the Fine Arts Gallery in Balboa Park through Sunday. An International Art Show, featuring art work in all media, will be held in the Fine Arts Gallery in Balboa Park through April 15. Admission is free s t a r t i n g at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The 23rd A n n u a l Pacific Coast Mid-Winter Soaring Championships w i l l b e held at Torrey Pines State Park Saturday and Sunday. An Old Town Mercado will be held all day Saturday in the Old Town sec- Following is a roundup of current attractions in the showrooms and restaurants in Las Vegas. DESERT INN -- "Many Happy Returns" with John Rain. Victor Buono. STARDUST--Eighth edition of .,, Le Lido de Paris revue. FLAMINGO--Jeannie C. Riley, Dick Shawn. CIRCUS-CIRCUS -- Circus and carnival acts. SAHARA -- Don Rickles. RIVIERA -- Ann-Margret. Jan Murray. CAESAR'S PALACE -- Celeste Holm in "Maine." FRONTIER -- Eddie F i s h e r. Frank Sinatra Jr. TROPICANA -- 196) Follies Bergere. DUNES -- Casino de Paris Revue with Line Rcnau. FREMONT -- Kay Starr. ALADDIN -- Minsky revue. BUONO . K k. CUM . TM,, . Â«., ti. mÂ» ^DEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--A-27 YOUR, QTJIDE TO Â·witli TEDD THOME^T GOLDEN WEST the World's Most Beautiful Ballroom Presents GUS THOMPSON 12 PC. BAND Music oi Yeitery*ar and Today OPEN 6 DAYS PER WEEK OPENING MARCH 4th the fabulous WILDER BROS. SHOW DANCE Studebaker at Imperial. Norwalk 868-4761Â» 800 THRONG GOLDEN WEST BALLROOM ON RECENT SATURDAY Norwalk Entertainment Center Has Dancing Six Nights Weekly P Ropers at Rodeo The country's leading "top-hailed athletes, including Larry Mahan, ,Iim Houston. Shawn Davis, Dean O l i v e r , Mark Schricker and Bob Mayo, will converge on the city the next two days in preparation for the seventh annual Pacific Indoor Rodeo 'which runs Friday through Sunday al the Long Beach Arena. Entries close Ibis a f t e r noon for Ihc five performances which begin Friday nigh! al 8. Other go- rounds will he held Saturday al '1 and 8 p.m. and -Sunday at 2 and fi. More than 200 cowboys will vie for the rich prize money in the seven events, f e a t u r i n g bareback bronc. riding, saddle-bronc '.'riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, bull riding, girls barrel racing and wild cow milking. Over 600 ions of dirt will he dumped on Hie - Arena floor today while t.hc live slock will arrive Thursday and he quartered behind I he Arena. Tickets, priced at .?2 lo $4, are available at the Long Beach Arena and at all urea ticket agencies. SHERATON BBACHinn PRESENTING IN THE CARIBE ROOM EXCITING VOCALIST CAROLYN STEIN And the Versatile JIMMY VANN TRIO Â«:(M:KT.-U/.S - MIM.\C Continental Cuisin* Prime Rib Â· SÂ»a Food Sltak Â· Lobilsr Dine in tin clegnnl Mettilcrronfttn tttmotphfrr 31112 OCEAN AVE. Huntington Beach FOR RESERVATIONS 536-1421 18 PINE AVE DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH RESERVATIONS 432-5816 Dill COCKTAILS Featuring Continental Cuisine STEAKS Â· LOBSTER Â· SEA FOOD LUNCHEON SPECIAL DAILY FROM 1.15TO 1.70 BREAKFAST* LUNCH* DINNER OPEN 10 A.M. TILL 10P.M. 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The story of how tins began his musical career and worked to acquire t h a t callus is i n t r i g u i n g . Born in C h i - cago, he lived with his divorced mother in an apartment building which happened to he the home of Kassel, renowned throughout the Midwest for his "Kassels in the air" style of dance music. Kassel took a liking to the GUS THOMPSON Couldn't Blow Sax small, dark-haired boy. When band leader adopted him. Since Kassel's own iwo children were too voting to he trained in music, he devoted his energies to encouraging 10-year-old Gus' potential. He gave the boy a small soprano saxophone and showed him how to play i t . saying: "Gus. this is the mosi popular band instrument in America. If you can play a sax, you'll always he able to get a job." * * * AT FIRST, GUS--blowing as hard as he could-was unable lo produce any sound whatsoever. Later, horrible noises came from the instrument, including Â· pig-like squeaks and elephant-sized honks. Disgusted, Gus q u i t . Despite Kassell's coaxing, he refused to touch the sax again. Nevertheless, the boy was attracted to music and impressed by Kassell's glamorous life as a band leader. A year and a half later, he went by himself to a Chicago hock shop and bought a battered trumpet for $5. He took it home, p l a n n i n g to teach himself to play, saying to himself: "Boy. will Art be surprised when he hears me blow a few hot, sweet licks . . . " His dreams crashed almost al once. He discovered t h a t the trumpet was even harder to play than the sax. Kassel, delighted with the. hoy's interest, encouraged him to t a k e lessons. Gus practiced faithfully, hoping he would be good enough some day to join Art on the. bandstand. While Gus was allendin;: Northwestern Universitv, where he .studied music, he played trumpet in the Chicago area w i t h "scrub bands" (second-raters.) In 1933, when he was 20 years old. Kassel told him: "Gus. I t h i n k you're ready. 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