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Organizations: Clients present annual holiday program

November 27, 2010
(Bonnie Burrow )

Clients and their teachers of the BCR "a place to grow" presented their annual holiday program on Nov. 17 at St. Francis Xavier Church Holy Cross Hall. The center's mission is to provide quality program services for children and adults with developmental disabilities that will enable them to achieve their individual potentials and become increasingly self-reliant, well-integrated and contributing members of their families and communities.

The holiday program gives them a chance to showcase their singing, reading and dancing abilities.

The first act featured the Adult Day Activity Program under the theme of "A Country Christmas." A highlight was when the performers danced the Cowboy Boogie to "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" dressed in different-colored cowboy hats and jeans, jean skirts and boots. Later in the set, Ernie Pistacchio sang his traditional solo of "O Holy Night."

Starring in the second act were clients who attend the Children's and Adult's Extended Day Program, under the theme of "Heroes." Staff member Tom Burke assisted clients making their presentations to the audience, including members of the Aktion Club Helen Lopez, Sandy Saenz and Karen Young, who read their speech on Heroes that took third place in an essay contest at the national convention. The set included musical salutes to the many kind of heroes there are in the world — American military heroes, famous heroes, everyday heroes, parent heroes and culminating with the finale "Heart of a Hero" showcasing the complete Extended Day Program cast.


"Our holidays wouldn't be complete without this special evening of performances by our clients," said Lonna Grant, executive director. "They always deliver an inspiring program with a heartwarming message."

Many businesses and organizations contributed items for a silent auction.

"This event also raises funds for BCR's programs, and our families, friends, local businesses and organizations give us great support with their donations," she added.

Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle drive

The Salvation Army, Burbank Corps, kicked off its annual Red Kettle Drive on Nov. 22 and it continues through Dec. 23.

The ringing of the bell and the traditional Red Kettle have been a part of the holiday season all over the world since 1895. The Red Kettle Funds provide services for needy families throughout the year, and 93 cents on every dollar raised goes back into Salvation Army Social Services, and each local corps is responsible for its operating expenses.

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