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December 01, 2007

LA PROVIDENCIA GUILD THRIFT SHOP HAS OPENING

The grand opening celebration of the La Providencia Guild Thrift Shop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the new location, 3301 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank.

A congratulatory cake will be cut and there will be a courtesy coffee bar.

Proceeds from Items sold at the thrift shop benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

The new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Burbank businesses have donated materials to freshen up the shop’s new space. Lou Lenz has donated half of the cost for wall paint. Beauty Kiss Flooring has donated part of the industrial tile. Lorne Rogerson Woodwork has made cabinets, counters and closets.

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Members have spent hundreds of hours locating the new building, organizing the space and sorting and pricing items under the guidance of President Judy Pierce and Rosemary Witten, thrift shop chairwoman. Even Witten’s husband Richard Witten, has given time to the endeavor.

Items available at the thrift shop include a vintage doll collection, Christmas decorations, men’s and ladies apparel, books, crafts and toys.

Special donations from the community to the thrift shop include a set of English fine bone china from Berta Hedstrom Imports; a player piano from member Doris Palmer; antique furniture from an anonymous donor; a Persian rug from a member.

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ANNUAL SHOW FEATURES SINGING AND DANCING

The holiday season got a merry kick off with the annual show produced by the children and adult programs of BCR — A Place to Grow, formerly known as the Burbank Center for the Retarded.

Members of the program took turns singing and dancing to taped music on stage at St. Francis Xavier Church’s Holy Cross Hall.

This year’s themes, “A Salute to the Holidays” and “Random Acts of Kindness,” highlighted favorite holiday traditions as well as demonstrated how clients want to give and receive acts of kindness in their lives and world.

Mark Nakamura, Ernie Pistacchio, Ernie Hernandez and Grant Thayer sang a holiday song together.

James Dewitt-Sparks on the drum and Miles Mallier on trombone play “76 Trombones.”

Jesus Flores and Jennifer Tashjian sang about the importance of being kind to others.

BCR is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1963, that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities in Burbank.

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SALVATION ARMY PRESENTS RED KETTLE KICK-OFF

The Salvation Army, Burbank Corps, kicked off its annual “Red Kettle Drive” on Nov. 19 at the Pavilions Market in Burbank.

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