May 2, 2014
Whether it's rock 'n' roll, pop, R&B or jazz, the tenor saxophone has played an absolutely critical role in the advancement of vernacular American music. The contributions of such long-gone players as Lester Young, John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins still echo through contemporary recordings, and come Sunday, two of the most important sax survivors will blow the roof off Burbank's Joe's Great American Bar. The occasion, an 87th birthday celebration for Los Angeles R&B spearhead Big Jay McNeely, who will perform a set of his incendiary honking sax classics, also features an appearance by the New Orleans-bred master Plas Johnson, the prolific, cherished saxist best known for his unforgettable soloing on Henry Mancini's “The Pink Panther Theme.” McNeely and Johnson make for a highly significant pairing, one that brings together two musicians with oddly similar backgrounds and very divergent career paths.
February 26, 2013
The Burbank Coordinating Council will look back at its accomplishments over the 80 years it has served the community during a birthday luncheon beginning at noon Monday at the Little White Chapel Social Hall, 1711 N. Avon St. Membership is made up of representatives from service organizations, PTAs, churches, city offices and others, who come to hear a program and share their upcoming events during the council meetings held at noon the first Monday...
October 26, 2012
The Burbank haunt “where screams are made” is back for Halloween - full of ghosts, goblins and folk tales. Those looking to get their fright fix this weekend can head to “The Haunted Wilsley Manor” at 907 N. California St., where longtime resident Preston Meyer and his family have been scaring costumed kids and trick-or-treaters with their haunted house for more than two decades. The idea originated 23 years ago as a birthday party for Meyer's 9-year-old daughter, who was born just five days before Halloween.
November 6, 2010
The Boy Scout Venture Crew will assist at the grand-opening celebration for the new owners of the Foster Freeze at 201 S. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and will feature a car rally and show displaying new Camaros and Mustangs and muscle cars and hotrods from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. A People's Choice trophy will be presented at 4 p.m. The public can vote for their favorite throughout the event. The event is part of an effort to establish an ongoing first-Sunday-of every-month car rally that is free to the public, said Jim Etter , assistant adviser for the Venture Crew.
May 23, 2009
After a couple of gut-wrenching rounds of rock-paper-scissors, it was decided that my wife would be the one staying home when we started having children. Each day as I left the house for work she would say to me, “There will be a time when I’m working and you will have to take care of the kids all day.” As children wailed in the background, her desperate cling to sanity was lost on me. Until now. As she kissed me goodbye and skipped gleefully away from the house one recent Saturday morning, I thought, “How hard could it be?
March 4, 2009
Students across Glendale and Burbank heard the riddles and rhymes of Dr. Seuss on Monday, in honor of the famous children’s author and illustrator Theodor Geisel. Geisel, who wrote children’s books under the name Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, but Monday was his birthday, and teachers across the area took the opportunity to engage students in his work. Children at Chamlian Armenian School in Glendale heard a parent read “Green Eggs and Ham,” after which they ate green eggs and ham. Classes throughout the Glendale and Burbank unified school districts spent time reading some of Seuss’ most famous titles, including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Fox in Socks.
July 30, 2008
Holiday Inn invites public to 56th birthday party The Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center celebrates its 56th birthday and invites the public to stop by for cake from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the hotel, 150 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. For more information, call (818) 841-4770. Youth club begins Friday night event for teens The Burbank Boys and Girls Club will kick off a new program for teenagers on Friday. From 7 to 10 p.m., youngsters from 13 to 17 can drop in for free at the main club at 2244 N. Buena Vista St. The program will offer free dinner and the chance to play games.
February 16, 2008
One letter can make a big difference I would like to thank the Burbank Leader for publishing my letter titled ?A tale of a man and his dog? (Letter to the Editor) on Feb. 6. The response to my letter about Mel and his dog, Hobo, has been both surprising and amazing. Mel?s 90th birthday was Feb. 10, and many in the community decided to celebrate his birthday by having a party at the Coral Café on Feb. 11. During the festivities, I noticed that Mel seemed overwhelmed by the all the attention.
September 26, 2007
HILLSIDE DISTRICT — Stough Canyon Nature Center is cleaning up from a messy, wet weekend in which more than 2 inches of rain and 4 feet of mud blanketed the area. “We’re digging ourselves out here,” center tour guide Linda Bailey said. Heavy early-morning rain pelted the hilltop nature center on Saturday, forcing officials to place sandbags at the foot of its doors in an attempt to ward off potential floods. Hours later, rivers of mud gushed down from the hillside, streaming toward the nature center, on Walnut Avenue.
December 24, 2005
??Burbank doctor throws a party for his 12 long-time patients, all aged between 90 and 100.If a good birthday celebration entails remembering years past, then Dr. David Adelman's recent birthday celebration honoring his patients has almost everyone beat. "When you get to be this age, you can look back and see it all," said 90-year-old Burbank resident Lloyd Runyan, sitting in his doctor's office on Monday. "You can look all the way back." Runyan had come to the office not because he was injured or sick, but to celebrate his capacity for living alongside 12 other of the doctor's long-time patients.