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By Zain Shauk | October 11, 2008
Local Jews gathered at sundown Wednesday to observe the start of Yom Kippur, a daylong fast that involves prayer, forgiveness and charity. The holiday lasts just over 24 hours ? it stretched from dusk Wednesday to nightfall Thursday ? and involves abstinence from food and drink. ?The concept behind the fasting is to live in an austere manner for 25 hours,? said Rabbi Simcha Backman of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale, explaining that Jews ?refrain from physical needs? on Yom Kippur, a process that allows them to focus on spirituality.
By Jason Wells | August 20, 2008
In a city where classic cars and hot rods reign supreme, it’s not uncommon to see a car show sprout up nearly every weekend during the summer in Burbank. For car enthusiast Jeff Lindstrom, harnessing Burbank’s love of cars for a charitable cause was a no-brainer. On Saturday, he and his colleagues at the Masonic Lodge on Irving Street held their slightly larger second annual car show to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international network of Free Mason-supported medical facilities that offer free specialty care for children.
By Angela Hokanson | July 12, 2008
For Burbank resident Sean Barton and his wife, Jamie Barton, lunch is often an energy bar on the run rather than a big sit-down meal. Between the two of them, they consume at least 10 snack bars a week. So when Barton heard about an energy bar recycling initiative that reuses energy bar wrappers while raising money for charity, it was something he figured his household could contribute to. “It fits us both,” he said. Earlier this year, Barton and his wife began collecting energy bar wrappers as part of the Energy Bar Brigade, one of a handful of recycling initiatives organized by TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based company that makes plant fertilizer and prides itself on the sustainability of its products.
July 5, 2008
President Bush noted on June 26 at the national conference of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives that his first executive order was to establish that office. The White House program has improved relationships between the federal government and religious charities. But many people say there should be a church-state separation and that the program should be shut down. Should this program be kept by the next president? ? No, it shouldn?t. I know that it sounds harmless and maybe even good that government and faith-based charities work together.
By DAVID LAURELL | April 2, 2008
While a few years have passed since her competitive softball playing days, Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos recently returned to Tomahawk Field at John Burroughs High School to show that she can still deliver a pitch and connect in the batter?s box. Along with Councilman Gary Bric and a roster of actors and actresses, Ramos, who played for the Indians softball team during her days at Burroughs, recently took on the school?s staff in a charity game to raise funds for the Burroughs softball program.
By Chris Wiebe | February 27, 2008
With one of their busiest weekends of the year only days away, the John Burroughs High School cheerleaders are polishing their jumps, sharpening their claps and synchronizing their steps. On Friday, the squad is scheduled to perform at a charity basketball game between the school’s faculty and the L.A. Breakers, a team comprising players shorter than 5 feet tall. The next day, the girls will travel to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, where they will compete in a statewide cheerleading competition.
By Rachel Kane | January 12, 2008
More than 100 philanthro- pists put on their poker faces to play Texas Hold ’Em at a Boys & Girls Club of Burbank benefit Friday night. “It’s a really popular one for us,” said Shanna Warren, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. The event consists of several rounds of Texas Hold ’Em, with players’ buy-in money donated to the club. Last year’s event raised about $6,000, but fewer people attended, Warren said. She expected the event to raise around $15,000 this year.
By ANNIE P. HOVANESSIAN | September 15, 2007
Food, fun and fantastic cars from every era made for a family-style good time Aug. 18 at the Burbank Masonic Lodge 406’s first Charity Car Show. The lodge parking lot featured more than 40 sparkling classic cars with proud owners in tow to answer participants’ questions about the beauties. Lodge member Paul McKenna , who submitted his classic Corvette, enjoyed the day with family and friends. “It’s really a great event for the whole family,” he said.
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