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IATSE Locals 44, 728 and 729 Host Annual Family Picnic


IA Family Picnic organizers, (from left) Local 729 BA George Palazzo, Local 44 secretary/treasurer Anthony Pawluc, BA Ed Brown and Local 728 - BA Patric Abaravich.
IATSE Local 44 Affiliated Property Craftspersons, Local 728 Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians and Local 729 Motion Picture Set Painters & Sign Writers hosted their annual “IA Back Lot Locals Picnic” at its traditional scenic venue of Calamigos Ranch, in Malibu, Oct. 2.

The weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all. The festive, family event featured all of the picnic/carnival classics – a Ferris Wheel, swimming pool, bingo, a dunk tank, a foam machine, (always popular with the kids), and traditional picnic games like horse shoe tossing, as well as a football lounge for those who just wanted to sit back and catch the game.

For those feeling a little more ambitious, there was also basketball and volleyball, (plus Ping Pong, if you weren’t feeling quite that ambitious).

A live Kiss cover-band was one of the highlights of the day. There was also a huge prize raffle, and of course, plenty of food – good old-fashioned picnic fare.

Sponsors of the event included Aesthetic Dentistry, Mechta, VER, Independent Studio Services, Kaiser Permanente and Kristal Graphics.

A Kiss cover band brought us all back to the '70s.
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