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By David Laurell | October 25, 2011
“The very best thing about a school library is that everything is purchased with the student in mind and every student in the school has access to it,” said Laura Tooley who serves as the librarian for David Starr Jordan Middle School. “We provide them with the books they need to complete school projects, books to help them grow and think, and books that encourage them to keep reading and learning. To do that, funds are always needed to help us continually provide up-to-date books and technology.” In an effort to provide Tooley with those much-needed funds, Jordan students, parents, teachers and supporters stepped up to the plate, or more accurately, to the foul line, of the bowling lanes at Pickwick Bowl to raise money this past week.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Linkchorst | September 1, 2007
Under the vibrantly painted art-deco facade of the Jewel City Bowl and Grill, glass double doors bear a sign — “You are now entering a Trans-Fat free zone.” I would expect no less from a bowling alley, but I was very surprised to hear it about their grill. As our guest said, “Most places have the list up like a McDonald’s, but this place has menus!” Menus and no trans fat. This is not your father’s bowling alley grill. I barely got the kids past the arcade, and we gazed at the bowlers on our way to a little sign that said “Java Hut.” There we found a waitress, a posting for the espresso bar and the real menus we were so impressed with.
NEWS
May 15, 2002
Laura Sturza MAGNOLIA PARK -- If "pool hall" conjures up images of smoke, alcohol and racy posters, consider Joslyn Adult Center's spin on the sport. The women who put the balls in motion for this year's Senior Games set a standard for a practice that relies on concentration, balance, strategy, sportsmanship and something of a competitive streak, 74-year-old player Dorian Best said. But the old pool-shark images are hard to break. "I'll still sometimes have someone give a strange reaction at the bridge table when they find out I play pool," Best said.
FEATURES
July 25, 2009
BURBANK TEMPORARY AID NEEDS DONATIONS The Burbank Temporary Aid Center is seeking donations to replenish its depleted food bank. ?The summer months are often challenging for us, because it?s so far from the holiday period when our supporters are frequently reminded of those who have little or nothing,? said Barbara Howell , executive director of BTAC. ?But this year has seen our reserves drawn down like never before.? BTAC?s list of clients has been growing rapidly over the last two years and has even come to include some families and individuals who have supported BTAC for years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Laurell | June 19, 2011
Two recent fundraisers, respectively staged by Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley and the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, brought thousands of Burbankers out to show their compassion for families in need and to support art education in local schools. The Empty Bowl fundraiser, which took place at the St. Finbar Community Center on June 5, saw much-needed funds raised to help Family Promise carry out its mission of providing shelter, meals and support to homeless families.
NEWS
By Joyce Rudolph | May 21, 2013
Ceramic artists are making a statement with their pottery pieces while raising funds to help homeless families. The third annual Empty Bowl fundraiser benefits Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley. The event is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. Proceeds provide safe shelter, meals and support to homeless families. Area artists are creating one-of-a-kind bowls and donating them to the fundraiser.
NEWS
October 26, 2002
Alex Leon Vardan Mkhitarian looks in the mirror and likes what he sees. A junior offensive tackle at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the 21-year-old former Burbank High standout is getting more playing time with the Falcons, and is enjoying football more than ever. But it wasn't always that way. Mkhitarian has taken a curious route to get to this point in his life, and is surprised he is playing Division I football, taking into consideration his beginnings at Burbank when he knew nothing about the sport, and even less when it came to playing it. "I played basketball as a freshman at Burbank High, but I guess because I was big, a few people suggested I go out for football so I gave it a shot," said Mkhitarian, who graduated from Burbank in 1998.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | January 20, 2007
Students flooded onto the lower playing field of John Muir Middle School on Thursday to watch a grudge match, 12 years in the making, unfold. Blue sky and sunshine saturated the scene at this year's Muir Bowl, the annual flag-football game that pits teachers against students on the last day of finals. "It's a muddy field today," teacher and announcer-for-the-day Stephen James said over the loud-speakers. "This could be the students' opportunity to get some of the teachers a little bit dirty."
NEWS
July 8, 2000
Paul Andersen, Weekend HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Glance over Poncho Sanchez's schedule for the next few months, it's guaranteed you will feel winded, if not full-fledged tired. He's long been called the hardest-working man in Latin jazz, and the proof is on his Website. Sanchez, who appears Sunday at the Starlight Bowl for what has become an annual visit, will criss-cross the nation and Japan in August as the summer jazz festival season heats up. So when he recently had a Saturday night cancellation, he did what anyone in his position would do -- he gladly gave his band the night off. "I can't remember the last time that I was actually home on a Saturday night," he says with a laugh.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 18, 2014
A design firm on Tuesday presented an $18-million, 20-year plan to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater, which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming. In a joint meeting with the City Council and the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board, a team representing Lehrer Architects Westlake Reed Leskosky Design laid out a multiphase plan that recommends a host of infrastructure improvements for the facility's restrooms, seating areas, parking lot, concessions, dressing rooms and lighting for both onstage and along walkways.
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THE818NOW
February 3, 2014
A Doritos commercial starring and co-written by a Burbank resident was a co-winner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad shows a boy who has created a time machine and he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
According to a study by the Public Religion Research Institute, "football fans are more likely than other sports fans to report praying to God (33% vs. 21%). They also are more apt to believe their team has been cursed (31% vs. 18%), and to perform rituals before or during games (25% vs. 18%). " Q: With the Seattle Seahawks battling the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl this weekend and fans on both sides sending up prayers, do you think God will have a say in the outcome?   It's ridiculous to think that the religious actions of the fans would affect the outcome of a football game.
SPORTS
By Nathan Cambridge | November 24, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS - Last year in Pacific Youth Football, the Burbank Green junior squad went undefeated and won the league's Super Bowl. This season, the Vikings and coach Corey Enman had the chance to match that feat if they could beat the Camarillo Roadrunners Saturday afternoon at Thousand Oaks High. It was not an easy road, as the Vikings lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter and were tied going into the fourth, but Burbank pulled out a 14-8 win for another perfect season.
SPORTS
By Nathan Cambridge | November 24, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS - In his 13 years in the Pacific Youth Football League, coach Don Ashley had never had one of his midget division squads finish undefeated and win the league's Super Bowl. But this year, Ashley and his Burbank Green Vikings team were on the cusp of doing just that as they matched up against the North Oxnard Red Warriors at Thousand Oaks High School in the championship game. The Vikings did not let the opportunity pass them by Saturday afternoon, seizing the day with a 54-6 blowout victory over the Warriors to finish with a perfect record and the elusive Super Bowl win. “It's the first time I've had 23 kids with the same vision,” Ashley said.
NEWS
October 14, 2013
Residents with ideas on structural or programming improvements for the Starlight Bowl amphitheater can attend a community meeting next week to share their thoughts. The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McCambridge Recreation Center, located at 1515 North Glenoaks Blvd. “We're just really excited to delve in and learn more about what this community really would like to see up there,” said Gaby Flores, deputy director of park, recreation and community services.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | August 13, 2013
With John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Freddie Mercury of Queen and "the King of Pop" Michael Jackson all having left this world, the opportunity to see these icons perform live is now only available to inhabitants of rock 'n' roll heaven. But those who attended this year's Starlight Bowl Summer Concert Series did get as close as is humanly possible to seeing those late greats of rock royalty. Thanks to a magical mimicry tour provided by outstanding impersonators, including the Fab Four as the Beatles and an incredible cast of Michael Jackson stylists who perform as Moonwalker, even those who never got to see these legends live were given a more-than-decent idea of what it was like to be in their presence.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | August 9, 2013
Last season, the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program's Midget Green team captured a Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl championship with a resounding 34-6 victory against Ventura Black. This season, with another solid turnout for the organization, the Vikings are looking to establish a tradition of appearances in Super Bowl games. PHOTOS: Burbank Vikings youth football practice "Last year it was great that we had the team that made it to the championship game, and that Super Bowl team is back," Burbank Vikings President Kirk Jensen said.
COMMUNITY
August 7, 2013
As the sun set behind the Starlight Bowl this past Sunday, a legend stepped into the spotlight at the Verdugo Hills amphitheater. Engelbert Humperdinck, one of the few romantic crooners of the 1950s and '60s, who still regularly records and performs, was met with a thunderclap of applause from those who grew up with his music, as well as those who were born long after he was a regular fixture on the pop charts. With his smoldering good looks and romantic style, Humperdinck earned a worldwide audience of fans, predominantly female, who called him "The King of Romance" and dubbed themselves "Humperdinckers.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | July 24, 2013
A break in the mid-July heat saw a cool evening breeze blend with the hot collision of urban-Latino, hip-hop, salsa, dance-hall, cumbia, samba, funk, merengue and comparsa that has become the signature sound of Ozomatli at the Starlight Bowl this past Sunday. Presenting the third of the bowl's seven summer-concert series as "An Evening with Ozomatli," Sunday's show was coordinated by Gabby Flores , deputy director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and recreation supervisor Vickie Cusumano . Among the throng who made their way into the Verdugo Hill's amphitheater toting picnic baskets and blankets were Burbank Councilman Jess Talamantes and his wife, Sandy , Police Commissioner Nat Rubinfeld and his wife, Alma , Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioner Barry Gussow and his wife, Karen Volpei , Jennifer Wyatt , who serves as Burbank's information technology director, and former City Treasurer Donna Anderson . Having become as much a tradition as the music at Starlight Bowl concerts, the audience was also introduced to Sally Chasman , who serves as the operations director of the volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.
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