July 8, 2009
The Fourth of July weekend ended on a high note with an evening of jazz gospel performed Sunday by the Jazz Chronicles at the Salem Lutheran Church of Glendale. The concert was the kickoff for the church’s Coffeehouse summer series to benefit its Mexico Mission project. The sunset fundraiser attracted an impressively large crowd that expanded from the front doors of the church to the parking lot and sidewalk along Brand Boulevard. Keyboardist Dave Siebels pulled the band together, aided by the Music Committee of the church.
February 24, 2007
A watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called into question financial dealings of Pastor Mac Hammond, who leads Living Work Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, a so-called mega-church. Hammond calls the group's complaints to the IRS that he violated federal tax law, along with published reports about his dealings, a misunderstanding of the prosperity gospel ministry. Complaints include alleged sweetheart deals such as a $1.9-million loan with favorable rates given to Hammond, who reportedly lives lavishly, by the church.
June 20, 2009
Last week’s shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., exposed that the nation’s virulent strain of racism and racial hatred continue decades after the civil rights movement. What role should religion play in the ongoing effort to stamp out racism? And how, if at all, have churches failed in that effort so far? The central message that God has given Christians to proclaim to the world is called “the Gospel” (literally “the good news”)
August 3, 2002
Amber Willard Frank Inn might not have lived in Burbank, but he certainly helped put the city on the map when he rescued a scruffy puppy from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The mutt went on to star as Benji in several films. Inn died July 27 at a nursing home in Sylmar. He was 86. Inn did not take in Higgins, who later became Benji, with the thought of making him a star. The poodle-terrier- cocker spaniel mix was the last of a litter dropped off at the shelter in 1960 and would have been put to sleep if Inn had not taken him in. A few years before, Inn started his own animal training business and a filmmaker visiting Inn's ranch saw Higgins and knew he had found the right dog for the job. "Higgins was an all-Amer- ican cross between Burbank and Hollywood," Inn said in an interview a year ago with the Leader.
May 16, 2013
Growing up can be tough, but children of preachers face an extra element - the added pressure to keep up appearances and not give in to temptation. Also dealing with the church takes up a lot of parents' time, and that means more stress and more temptation to rebel. In the article, "Beneath the stereotypes, a stressful life for preachers' kids," on Religious News Service, Jay Bakker, the son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, says that as a preacher's child, he was expected to be happy all the time, even during tough periods.
July 21, 2001
GLENDALE -- Jazz violinist Lesa Terry of Glendale will present a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles. Titled "Jubilee to Jazz: A Celebration of Black Music," the concert will feature Terry with a double string quartet exploring a range of music including spirituals, blues, gospel and jazz, including a number of classic jazz tunes recast for this unique instrumentation. Admission is free. Terry gained prominence as a member of drummer Max Roach's Double Quartet, which led her to form the Grammy-nominated Uptown String Quartet, a landmark group that fused many styles of music.
January 26, 2000
Robert Blechl NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- The Burbank Human Relations Council will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. today at Little White Chapel. "An Evening Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." will feature several speakers, including John Hill, chief of staff for L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke, Burbank Human Relations Council President John Brady and the Rev. Ron Degges. Entertainment will include a performance by The Morris Dance Project and a gospel tribute by Marissa Mike from John Burroughs High School.
March 17, 2007
BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL GRAD'S GROUP WINS MUSIC HONOR The Braeded Chord, made up of keyboardist Doris Au MacDonald , a graduate of Burbank High School, and guitarist Sharon Dennis , was awarded a Washington Area Musicians Assn. Award (WAMMIE) for Best Gospel/Inspirational Group of 2006 in February at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va. MacDonald is the daughter of Dorothy Au of Burbank. This marks the second year in a row that performing songwriting duo has been nominated for a WAMMIE honor by its music peers.
October 20, 2010
"When our children hear us say, 'Now, look at what you've done,' it's not because they have done something good," laughed former Burbank Mayor Michael Hastings . "But when it comes to the Cusumanos, when we say, 'Now, look at what you've done,' it is said because of all the very good and positive contributions they have made to our community over the years. " Thus began the accolades bestowed upon the Cusumano family, the recipients of Woodbury University's 2010 Movers & Shapers Award presented Thursday at a luncheon held on the school's Glenoaks Boulevard campus.
June 23, 2007
Summer is here. Those of us with children still at home now have the privilege of a more relaxed schedule for them, even if we ourselves work outside the home. There may be extra time to sleep in, and additional time to travel. For many, a more comfortable agenda will be enjoyed with some time for leisure activities. Although I work, I do find summer changes our schedule and there are moments of spontaneity and flexibility. I always feel excitement build as I know I will have prime time for life lessons.