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January 05, 2009

GIRL SCOUTS BACK GREEN SERVICE PROJECT DAY

Girl Scouts from the Burbank and Glendale area were among more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from the Los Angeles area who participated in the first Green Saturday Service Project Day on Dec. 6, organized by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Activities were organized with numerous community partners and took place at locations including the Girl Scout Program Center in Montrose and others.

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Activities included beach cleanups, a river cleanup, recycling drives, eco-workshops, landscaping and gardening projects and a native plant restoration project.

Green Saturday was the first large-scale event for the newly formed Girl Scout council, which began operations Dec. 1. The council is the result of a merger of six area Girl Scout councils.

For information on joining, volunteering or donating to the Girl Scouts, call (888) 474-5248 or visit www.girlscoutsla.org.

VOLUNTEERS SERVE BREAKFAST TO FARMERS

Volunteers from the Burbank Farmers Market Guild served the traditional Christmas Breakfast to the farmers on Dec. 20.

Pancakes, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice were served to the vendors who sell their fruits and vegetables from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday rain or shine at Orange Grove Avenue and Third Street.

Christopher Olin and his mother, Dorothea Olin, prepared the pancakes, while his father, Jon, made sure all the electrical outlets were working properly.

Market Guild President Elaine Paonessa made sure that Christmas CDs were on the player. Assistant Market Manager JoAnn Brennen, Guild Vice President Kay Hamilton and Sarah Overmeyer served the farmers and their helpers.

Market Manager Sarah Dornbos made sure everyone was happy, had enough to eat and were ready to begin the Market Day on time, which they did despite the freezing cold temperatures at 7 a.m.

Kerry Krull, owner of Romancing the Bean Coffee and Tea Shop in Downtown Burbank, who is a new vendor at the Farmers Market helped with the coffee and hot chocolate.

LAS CANDELAS HELP AT MENTAL HEALTH PARTY

Helping put on the annual Christmas Party at Verdugo Mental Health in Glendale is just one of the things Las Candelas women do to help the community.

Each year a party is given for the clients, siblings and family members who go to the facility for help and treatments. Mary Lane was the chairwoman for the event.

Las Candelas members wrapped gifts for two days before the party.

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