She frequently has friends drop in to have tea and discussions about the social and political events of the week. One recent visitor was Shirley Geller. Hobart re-read her diary and noted that Geller had a doctor's appointment on a specific date. Hobart was just checking to see if the appointment had been kept. She also told Geller she was working too hard as a clinical psychologist, and that she needed to reduce her work hours.
"I'm better at giving out advice than taking it from others," Hobart said.
Woman is speaker on positive aging
Burbank resident Suzanne Knode, 67, was a speaker at the fourth annual International Conference on Positive Aging this week in Los Angeles.
Knode was selected as one of 11 subjects for a nationwide campaign and photo exhibit to help raise awareness of how people can keep their minds beautiful. The campaign, Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential, is co-sponsored by the National Center for Creative Aging and Martek Biosciences, a company committed to Brain Health.
In addition to being a subject for the photo exhibit, which was displayed at the conference, Knode spoke about her later-in-life career change to become screenplay writer. After taking a writing class at the Burbank Artists Colony, Knode wrote the screenplay of her first film, "Bandida." Featured at the Valley Film Festival in 2007, Bandida was cast and made by seniors at the Colony — their first media endeavor.
For more information, visit http://www.beautiful-minds.com.
Urban studies student receives scholarship
Alex Fuchs, a John Burroughs High School graduate and a senior at Cal State Northridge, is a recipient of the 2010-11 Student Scholarship Los Angeles Section Award from the California Planning Foundation. This scholarship was awarded to 10 students in California, and Fuchs was the only recipient from Cal State Northridge. The award ceremony was held in November at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, where the winners were recognized for their achievement.
Fuchs is majoring in urban studies and planning and will graduate in May. He plans to continue his education pursuing a master's degree. During this past summer he was able to fulfill his educational internship requirement under the direction of Michael Cusumano of the Cusumano Real Estate Group in Burbank.