November 26, 2008
Producers of this year’s Bethlehem Village are adding more sights, sounds and smells to give visitors the most realistic look at what life was like when Jesus was born. The parking lot of First Presbyterian Church of Burbank will be the backdrop where volunteers will build sets for a marketplace and the manger for the Dec. 5 and 6 event. More than 150 church volunteers participate as shop owners or working behind the scenes. As visitors arrive at the village, they will be welcomed by Roman soldiers and directed to census takers who present them with gold coins to spend at the various shops.
December 11, 2013
Village Church in Burbank will host an event this weekend called "Journey to Bethlehem," a live Christmas event recreating first-century Bethlehem and featuring a marketplace with roughly a dozen vendors, 60 cast members and a collection of rescued animals. "I want to show them what it was like in the first century back in Jerusalem, at the time Jesus was born," said Richard Zemaitis, a church member and set designer for the production. Upon entering, visitors will receive a handful of tokens, which they can use to "purchase" items from the vendors.
May 21, 2005
The R-rated "Kingdom of Heaven" is a rousing epic in the grand tradition of many sword-fight spectacles. A multilayered film, it offers something for many viewers. Because of the many violent fight scenes with bloody battles, it should not be thought of as a family film, but older teens who are mature enough to handle these elements will enjoy the action. The story takes place in 1184 in France, where Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a French blacksmith whose wife has committed suicide, leaving him spiritually confused and searching for meaning in his life.