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By David Laurell | December 16, 2009
'Tis the season of traditions, and one long-standing one in Burbank is the annual holiday fundraiser at the home of Councilman Dave Golonski Dave Golonski and his wife, Barbara Sykes . For the better part of the past two decades, this event has collected funds and toys for the children of the Kids International Foundation, the El Faro and Hacienda Orphanages of Tijuana, the Burbank Coordinating Council?s Holiday Basket Program, and the Five Acres Child and Family Services Agency.
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.
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?
December 23, 2000
We don't know about you, but from our perspective, holiday cheer, glad tidings and peace on Earth have been in short supply on Burbank streets the past couple of weeks. In the crush of holiday traffic that surrounds the Media City Center, indeed all of downtown's commercial high points, "ho ho ho" has been supplanted by "go go go" as would-be shoppers try to outmaneuver, outfox and, in frustration, outswear the opposition -- er, other drivers. It's emblematic of how quickly the legitimately kind, considerate and positively spiritual tone of the season is lost when the worst instincts of human nature come to the fore.
December 11, 2002
Burbank Chorale performs free concerts BURBANK -- The Burbank Chorale, which has been singing for the community since 1920, will perform in two free concerts this month featuring Bach's "Magnificat" as well as holiday music from around the world. The first concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, 521 E. Olive Ave., Burbank. Also on the program will be the Burbank Virtuosi Orchestra and the Mayfield Singers.
November 28, 2007
Holiday spirit missing from shopping scenes Reading the article (?Early risers stalk shops,? Saturday) about the holiday shopping season unfolding struck me as a particularly pathetic commentary on the state of our city and country, in fact our whole civilization. Stores opening at 4 a.m. for sales, people lined up overnight for a deal or a bargain, mad rushes resulting in the destruction of merchandise and property ? this might be the worst example I?ve ever seen of the capitalist consumer culture Americans are so reviled for around the globe.
By Jeremy Oberstein | November 28, 2007
While many shoppers marked the start of the holiday season last Friday, Burbank commemorated the countdown to Christmas as an 18-foot pine tree was delivered to City Hall on Tuesday morning. “This kicks off our holiday season in anticipation of the tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday,” said Kris Smith, recreation and services manager with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Mayor Marsha Ramos is scheduled to light the tree Saturday evening in an annual ceremony at City Hall.
December 4, 2004
Bret Harte dishes up ice cream DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Bret Harte Elementary School teachers and staff members will be dishing out ice cream from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cold Stone Creamery, 131 E. Palm Ave., in downtown Burbank, next to the AMC Theatres. There will be 25 teachers and staff members taking turns filling cones and cups to raise money to purchase items related to the school's copy machine, such as ink cartridges and the future purchase of a new Ricoh copier.
By Joyce Rudolph | December 9, 2006
The Burbank Chorale's holiday concert has been given the theme "Echoes of Joy," which takes on multiple meanings for the event on Dec. 16 and 17 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale. The featured pieces are "Gloria" and "Cantus" by contemporary British composer John Rutter, said director Mikhail Shtangrud. "We have this great space now at St. Mark's Church and it has very live acoustics, beautiful acoustics," he said. "It truly lends itself to a concert with brass instruments."
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