December 29, 2010
Creating a winter wonderland in their front yard is a family project for the Fagnani family. Eight-year-old Michael Fagnani helps his dad, Troy, decide where all the elements will go. "My son gets into it quite a bit," said Troy Fagnani. "It's quite a family thing. " Michael set up the gingerbread men, candy canes and gumdrop trees. "All the nice white cottony snow I put out by myself," Michael said. "And I put out the baby Jesus. " He did such a great job, the Burbank Civic Pride Committee dubbed it the first-place winner in the Youth category of the city's Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest.
November 15, 2003
Jackson Bell The Media City Center is already transforming into a winter wonderland. Off-duty Burbank firefighters got a head start on the holiday season this year as they assembled a 65-foot metal Christmas tree Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the IKEA Courtyard. The tree, at the corner of San Fernando Boulevard and Cypress Avenue, is adorned with multicolor ornaments and a large star on top. Its lights will be turned on Nov. 26 in conjunction with the Santa Arrival Parade heading down North San Fernando Boulevard and ending at IKEA.
December 15, 2007
This year and in years past, some local residents, along with radio talk show hosts such as Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, have expressed concern that “secular progressives” are trying to eliminate the name Christmas from holiday events. The city of Glendale’s annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” has come under fire because it doesn’t note, some say, that it is a “Christmas” tree that is being lighted, not a holiday tree. What do you think?
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."
May 27, 2006
Lance Cpl. Salvador Ambriz was patiently waiting for Christmas in Iraq last year, stationed in the deserts along the Syrian border, when an unassuming box arrived from Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Burbank. "They had told me they had made something for us," he said. "I had no idea to what extent it was." The 22-year-old Marine, whose niece attends Miller, visited the school on Thursday to help the students and educators celebrate Memorial Day. Looking over a sea of little red-white-and-blue hats and small paper flags, Ambriz tried to give the students a picture of what Iraq was like.
November 8, 2003
Festival of Trees benefits medical center Celebrities and designers will decorate holiday trees and wreathes to be auctioned at the third annual International Festival of Trees Black and White Ball Nov. 22 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The gala is hosted by the foundations of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence. It will benefit cardiac services at both medical centers. The black-tie event will also feature a dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and opportunity drawings.
December 15, 2010
"So this is Christmas, and what have you done…another year older and a new one just begun ... " I take more pride in all the little things I do than anything else. Buying presents all through the year and putting them away finally pays off at Christmas. I have more time and fun. In reality, Christmas and the holiday season are just a spectacular end and beginning to another year of our lives. Christmas is peace, and why not? Just imagine for one moment, maybe as you stare at the lights on your Christmas tree, China is booming because China spends nothing on war. She is not fighting with anyone, although she is also not yet helping with North Korea.
November 14, 2009
WINTER BREAK Four volunteers are needed each week to help with activities for the Winter Break Drop-In Activities involving arts, sports and cooking for children ages 5 to 10. Prospective volunteers must have previous volunteer experience working with children or have completed the Counselor in Training program. The first week is from Dec. 21 to 23 while the second week is from Dec. 28 to 31. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The location is Ovrom Community Center, 601 S. San Fernando Blvd.
December 24, 2003
JEFF TULLY I've always related to the plight of long-suffering Ralphie Parker. You remember poor Ralphie? He's the tormented kid in the movie "A Christmas Story" who only wants one thing in the world for Christmas -- a shiny-new Red Rider BB gun. But as much as he wishes and hopes for the special gift, little Ralphie is dissuaded and put down by his parents and his teacher for even suggesting such a present....
November 25, 2000
Lolita Harper MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Little Samuel Barcelona could not sit still, he was so excited. "I saw Santa in a helicopter and horses and the big Christmas tree," the 3-year-old said while bouncing up and down. Samuel was one of thousands of people who gathered Friday at the Media City Center Mall to welcome Santa -- who arrived via the Mountain Dew/KISS (102.7 FM) helicopter -- and kick off the holiday shopping season. Santa Claus's arrival at the mall was only one of several activities, which included a puppet show, carolers, a holiday youth choir, a horse-drawn trolley, ice skaters and 15 tons.