October 2, 2004
Jacqui Brown Al Moen spent some of his time hiding from his workout buddies Thursday night at the "Taste of Downtown Burbank." He and his friends spend as much as three times a week working out at the Burbank Community YMCA, so he didn't want them seeing him cheat. After confessing to hitting up the chocolate samples three times, tasting the ice cream and downing some fudge, he made peace with the fact that this was all for a good cause -- to raise money for the YMCA.
November 25, 2006
ANNUAL PROGRAM FÉTES THE HOLIDAYS Adult and children enrolled in the Burbank Center for the Retarded programs sang, recited and danced during the annual holiday program Nov. 15 in Holy Cross Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church. Lonna Grant , executive director of the program for children and adults with developmental disabilities, welcomed family and friends and Lanre Orija led the flag salute. For Act I, members of the Adult Day Activity Program presented "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays," produced by Karen Delzell and Marge Wemyss , who also served as piano accompanist.
October 28, 2006
Tucked behind a tree on the north side of East Magnolia, just west of Glenoaks Boulevard, is a lovely little café that serves toothsome sandwiches, soups and salads to a loyal cadre of customers, many of whom no doubt, like me, stumbled upon the place quite by accident. I've driven by Lily's probably 100 times and never noticed it, even though it's been there nearly nine years. Open early to serve gourmet teas, coffees and pastries, Lily's is mainly a workday lunch location.
January 27, 2001
Karen S. Kim SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- The former owners of contaminated property at 170 W. Providencia Ave. have repurchased the land and assumed responsibility for cleaning up any residual radioactive material on the site. Escrow on the sale of the property closed Jan. 19. Providencia Holdings Inc., a group of companies that owned the now-shuttered property in the 1950s, is preparing to submit plans to the California Department of Health Services for cleaning up any radioactive hazards present on the site.
December 17, 2005
mario'sIf Mario's hasn't been a location for a movie shoot, it should be. It's the quintessential neighborhood Italian deli, with soccer posters, Italian flags and gigantic cheeses hanging from the rafters, bin after bin of every shape pasta one can think of, and that familiar aroma of garlic, salami and olive oil. Conversations in Italian ebb and flow, adding to the atmosphere. The glass cases are filled with an irresistible array of antipasti, including oil-cured olives. These plump and wrinkly deep black beauties are sometimes hard to find, and they are among my favorites.
April 27, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Customers might have expected their dessert to melt when Nicolette Sheridan of "Desperate Housewives" served ice cream cake Monday at Cold Stone Creamery in Burbank. In exchange for a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation, ice cream lovers and fans of the show received a free slice of ice cream cake from 5 to 8 p.m. But Sheridan, who plays Edie Britt on the prime-time soap about the private lives of suburbia housewives drew a crowd of paparazzi in addition to donations.
July 5, 2000
Paul Clinton SOUTH SAN FERNANDO -- The whiz-kid animators at Nickelodeon's Burbank studio needed a work atmosphere to match their labor-of-love creativity. They got it in March 1998 when Nickelodeon threw open the doors of its distinctive Pop "Googie" architecture studio. With its medley of colorful shapes -- including a mammoth blob of green slime and oversized orange foot attached to the facade -- the Olive Avenue studio brings to mind the zany world of cartoons that Nickelodeon animators create.
October 21, 2000
Paul Clinton MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Tom Beirne isn't the kind of guy you'd think would write a children's story. At least not if you heard about his day job. A New York City police officer, the stocky, muscular Beirne has seen horrors most adults would choose not to face. But there he was, participating in the weeklong Burbank International Children's Film Festival, which ended Friday. The 34-year-old Beirne flew into town, script in hand, to make his dreams come true as a professional writer.
April 8, 2000
Joyce Rudolph The women of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild have come a long way in 55 years. In 1945, the group organized with seven members. In 1954, first-year proceeds from the thrift shop raised $500. Now boasting 300 members, the guild is working to fulfill a $1-million pledge toward the Pediatric After-Hours Referral Center, which will provide emergency care for children of low-income families. A luncheon fashion show April 1, featuring styles by leading California designer David Hayes, brought them closer to their goal.
August 9, 2006
RANCHO DISTRICT - In a rodeo arena draped with dozens of state and national flags, one pattern eclipsed all the others at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center on Saturday -- a banner bearing red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple horizontal stripes. And beneath that rainbow flag, about 100 cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the United States and Canada competed in the 22nd annual Los Angeles Gay Rodeo. The idea for gay rodeos started in Reno, Nev., about 30 years ago, as safe-haven for homosexuals from ranching and rural backgrounds, who could not necessarily be open about their sexual orientation within their mainstream communities, International Gay Rodeo Assoc.