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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | December 29, 2010
For 35 years, the Spero family has been celebrating Christmas Eve serenading their neighbors. "It's one time a year that's really special," said Sandy Spero, a graduate of Burbank High School, along with her children and grandchildren who join in the annual caroling tradition. This year, even Toby, the family's terrier mix, came along. The first 20 years, they caroled north of Kenneth Road on Frederic, Naomi and Buena Vista streets, then they moved the party to Mike and Sandy Spero's house on Karen Street where they traveled along Richard and Kenneth streets.
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December 15, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Burbank Boy Scout Troop 209 will host its annual gift-wrapping booth until Christmas Eve. The gift-wrapping service is the group's largest fund-raiser of the year. After school, the scouts will wrap holiday gifts during store hours inside Sears at the Media City Center mall, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. The mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 22, 2009
For most families, ham or turkey make up the typical holiday meal. But Sal Velasquez of Burbank prefers serving tamales on Christmas Eve made from his family’s recipe, a tradition he brought from his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. Each year the weekend before Christmas, Sal and his wife, Tasia Velasquez, begin the two-day preparation of the pork and chili sauce. On the third day, they have a huge celebration and welcome family and friends to join in assembling the tamales.
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January 8, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta and Robert Blechl HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Soorp Dznoont may not sound like Christmas, but it's the same holiday, with a few differences. As some Burbank residents were finally getting around to packing away the tinsel and ornaments Thursday, others were celebrating Armenian Christmas. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on Jan. 6 because it follows the Julian Calendar. "It's a day of spiritual renewal with the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ," said Vatche Hovsepian, archbishop of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.
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By Chris Wiebe | January 6, 2007
In the main sanctuary of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Burbank on Friday, three men dressed in ceremonial robes stood in front the alter singing in unison a Gospel recitative as parishioners looked on in silence. The Jurakalouyts, or Christmas Eve, marked the beginning of Armenian festivities recognizing the birth of Jesus. "This is the biggest day for the Armenians, the Church and all Christians," said Sebou Zaghikian, a long-time Burbank Apostolic Church parishioner. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian is scheduled to be on hand to celebrate the Armenian Christmas Mass today, a special honor for the Church during the holiday season, Father Tavit Zelveyan said.
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December 27, 2003
Molly Shore While some mothers and fathers were racing around shopping for last-minute gifts on Christmas Eve, their children were enjoying a pancake and sausage breakfast prepared for them by Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Service personnel at Verdugo Park as part of Holly Daze Day Camp. The camp is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except New Year's Day throughout the school district's winter recess, which ends Jan. 2. In addition to giving parents extra time to do last-minute Christmas shopping, the camp provides working parents with a place to take their kids, recreation leader Viviana Ardile said.
NEWS
November 22, 2000
Midge Boardman, Enjoy! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Sometimes it seems men get all the credit. Take Santa Claus, for instance. That jolly old man appears in stories and songs. His picture graces everything from greeting cards to billboards. Tens of thousands of children leave cookies and milk for him on Christmas Eve. Good for him. But his mother never gets any credit. Well, Bo Collier is changing all that. The longtime Glendale resident, who recently moved to La Canada Flintridge, has brought Mother Christmas to life in a warm, funny, touching story, "The Truth About Love."
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December 15, 1999
Terri Roberts Christmas -- that most wonderful time of the year -- is here again, and that means holiday sales, sugar cookies and fruitcakes and more productions of "A Christmas Carol" than you can shake a strap of sleigh bells at. Charles Dickens' 1843 chronicle of the Christmas Eve redemption of a miserly old man is probably the best-known story of the season next to the birth of you-know-who. And over at the Glendale Centre Theatre, the 36th annual production of this holiday heart-warmer brings glad tidings to audiences looking for the perfect family entertainment, and maybe even a little spiritual rejuvenation.
NEWS
December 23, 2000
Will Rogers 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through Burbank, not a transport was moving, no car, cab or tank. The trucks all sat vacant by store loading docks. But they didn't move out, just sat there like rocks. The highways were empty, the streets quiet, too. The whole town awaiting some mystery cue. Inside of some homes there were pockets of light, some used their candles to hold back the night. The town had laid low, got down and it huddled.
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By Rachel Kane | December 26, 2007
The First United Methodist Church of Glendale opened its doors on Christmas morning to provide sustenance instead of a sermon. Through the 13 annual Food for Body and Soul Christmas morning breakfast, more than 60 homeless and less advantaged residents from Glendale, Burbank and nearby cities got a full meal in the church?s cafeteria. Food for Body and Soul is a 13-year-old nonprofit program that provides Sunday lunch and then a sermon to those in need. The church also operates The Lord?
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By Bryan Mahoney | December 24, 2013
On my parents' Christmas tree hangs a wooden train ornament. It is a simple, quaint expression of the youthful joys of the holidays - not the flashy hi-techitude of the laser-cut teddy bear that hangs nearby. It doesn't provide the luminescence of its glass-blown cousins on the lower branches (placed nearer to the gifts so that if gravity should loosen them from the plastic pine-needles, they have far less to fall). The train's wheels don't move. It does nothing to hide the glue that binds its pieces together.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | December 29, 2010
For 35 years, the Spero family has been celebrating Christmas Eve serenading their neighbors. "It's one time a year that's really special," said Sandy Spero, a graduate of Burbank High School, along with her children and grandchildren who join in the annual caroling tradition. This year, even Toby, the family's terrier mix, came along. The first 20 years, they caroled north of Kenneth Road on Frederic, Naomi and Buena Vista streets, then they moved the party to Mike and Sandy Spero's house on Karen Street where they traveled along Richard and Kenneth streets.
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By Craig Sherwood | December 22, 2010
Merry Holiday, everyone. Yes, only three more days until Holiday, so I hope you all have your shopping done. Have you figured out what to get your friends for Holiday? Do you think the kids will be excited to run down and look under the holiday tree to see what Santa has brought them for Holiday? Does this all sound pretty damn stupid? Yep! Forget Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even Festivus. These names just don't have any meaning anymore. Corporate America has decided it is just easier to market to everyone and just use a generic word: Holiday.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 22, 2009
For most families, ham or turkey make up the typical holiday meal. But Sal Velasquez of Burbank prefers serving tamales on Christmas Eve made from his family’s recipe, a tradition he brought from his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. Each year the weekend before Christmas, Sal and his wife, Tasia Velasquez, begin the two-day preparation of the pork and chili sauce. On the third day, they have a huge celebration and welcome family and friends to join in assembling the tamales.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | December 26, 2007
BURBANK ? Adam Durigh, a 25-year-old laid-off trucker from Nebraska, had never been in a shelter before going to the Burbank National Guard Armory a week ago. Having made the hard choice to house his 1-year-old son with the father of his ex-wife, Durigh came to the shelter out of desperation and pragmatism. ?There just wasn?t enough room at my father-in-law?s,? he said Monday night, as guests at the shelter prepared to eat a steak dinner Union Rescue Mission prepared for the holidays.
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By Rachel Kane | December 26, 2007
The First United Methodist Church of Glendale opened its doors on Christmas morning to provide sustenance instead of a sermon. Through the 13 annual Food for Body and Soul Christmas morning breakfast, more than 60 homeless and less advantaged residents from Glendale, Burbank and nearby cities got a full meal in the church?s cafeteria. Food for Body and Soul is a 13-year-old nonprofit program that provides Sunday lunch and then a sermon to those in need. The church also operates The Lord?
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By Chris Wiebe | January 6, 2007
In the main sanctuary of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Burbank on Friday, three men dressed in ceremonial robes stood in front the alter singing in unison a Gospel recitative as parishioners looked on in silence. The Jurakalouyts, or Christmas Eve, marked the beginning of Armenian festivities recognizing the birth of Jesus. "This is the biggest day for the Armenians, the Church and all Christians," said Sebou Zaghikian, a long-time Burbank Apostolic Church parishioner. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian is scheduled to be on hand to celebrate the Armenian Christmas Mass today, a special honor for the Church during the holiday season, Father Tavit Zelveyan said.
NEWS
December 27, 2003
Molly Shore While some mothers and fathers were racing around shopping for last-minute gifts on Christmas Eve, their children were enjoying a pancake and sausage breakfast prepared for them by Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Service personnel at Verdugo Park as part of Holly Daze Day Camp. The camp is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except New Year's Day throughout the school district's winter recess, which ends Jan. 2. In addition to giving parents extra time to do last-minute Christmas shopping, the camp provides working parents with a place to take their kids, recreation leader Viviana Ardile said.
NEWS
December 20, 2003
Scouts Troop 210 wrapping gifts for holidays Troop 210 of the Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America, is wrapping gifts for the community in exchange for donations. Gift wrapping is being done in front of Sportmart in the Empire Center. Packages from any store will be wrapped by volunteer Scouts from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day until Christmas Eve. Proceeds from this fund-raiser help the boys attend summer camp. Part of the Scouts motto encourages them to pay their own way. Donations of any amount will be accepted and there is no limit.
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