January 02, 2010


The Van Bloem Singers kept busy entertaining organizations in Burbank and Glendale over the holidays.

They performed at the Holiday Inn, Media Center, during the city of Burbank’s 12 Days of Christmas.

The singers entertained at nine other venues during December, including the Burbank Coordinating Council, the Joslyn Adult Center, the Burbank Retired City Employees, The Franciscans of St. Francis Xavier and other venues.

These performers are completing their 14th season and have performed more than 350 shows for service clubs, retiree groups, volunteer organizations, charitable organizations and senior residences.


The group performs 30 shows a year from Broadway, the ’30s and ’40s, the Music of favorite composers, and can tailor the programs to fit any event or occasion.

For more information on having this group attend an event, call musical director Elaine Paonessa at (818) 845-6851.



The Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles Thrift Shop operated by La Providencia Guild was closed over the holidays for cleaning and preparation for the new year’s inventory. It will have a Grand 2010 Reopening from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

This event kicks off several events throughout the month, including Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, Friday when homemade goodies will be offered to shoppers at the Thrift Shop, 3301 W. Burbank Blvd. To contact the Thrift Shop, call (818) 845-6606. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Featuring one of Elvis’ popular recordings, “Nothing But a Hound Dog”, the shop will have merchandise available for dog lovers. Also, as the month progresses to the Super Bowl, football will be one of the/ features of the window décor.

Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has dedicated itself to restoring the health and well being of seriously ill and injured children for more than a century, and it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health.

Childrens Hospital is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC. It is a national leader in pediatric research.



The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank’s Annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament is Friday at the New Woody’s Cafe on the Woodbury University campus.

Sign in and poker tutorials begin at 6 p.m. and the tournament will start at 6:30. Dinner will be served. A $100 donation gets one $1,000 in chips.

Those who register by today, will be entered in to a drawing for a special prize.

To register, visit and click on the Support Us link and then Poker Tournament.

The winner will receive a first place trophy and a flat screen TV.

Other prizes are hotel and restaurant gift cards, Laker tickets, a sport fishing trip, a laser tag party and trips to Disneyland.

For more information, contact Shanna Warren, chief executive officer at (818) 842-9333, Ext. 10 or visit

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