December 12, 2007
Bundled-up revelers slid and played in nearly 15 tons of snow brought into Downtown Burbank on Sunday. At the tail end of the shopping area’s 12 Days of Holiday Cheer events — a stretch of 12 days that included a holiday parade, tree lighting, free food and refreshments — people took advantage of one of the most visible happenings. “Oh man,” said Gail Stewart, manager of downtown activities and events. “We had like 1,000 people [at the snow day]
December 25, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum While most of the city slept early Friday morning, taking advantage of a day off of work or school on Christmas Eve, Kelly Chulick surveyed the five large boxes filled with toys in the lobby of Fire Station 11. Then he started stuffing the toys into the back of his van. One day before Christmas and fresh off of an overnight shift, the Burbank firefighter played Santa Claus. "They call me Santa Claus on Wheels," said Chulick, who has organized the Burbank Fire Dept.
December 22, 1999
Robert Blechl MAGNOLIA PARK -- In the middle of the Joslyn Adult Center's ballroom dance class Tuesday, a voice broke out over the intercom: "We have some special guests this morning -- Laurel and Hardy and company." He wasn't kidding. With their antics unflawed, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy traipsed into the dance hall with company -- Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marx, two Tiny Tims, an elf and the big man himself, Santa Claus. The perplexed faces of center members soon gave way to smiles.
December 20, 2000
I am writing this letter in response to what I heard that the council meeting the other night. I do not agree with gadflies at the City Council meeting about many things, such as loss of property values, ROAR, the airport, the yelling and calling my council members crooks. But this time, I agree with them about the city playing Santa Claus. It is outrageous that the city would consider a gift of $250,000 to Sears to bring a store into Burbank. A better idea would be for the city to give a tax break to any new business that would move to Burbank you would fill every empty space in the Media City Center mall.
December 18, 2002
Toy run dedicated to longtime member GLENDALE -- The Road'ers Car Club has dedicated its annual holiday toy run to longtime member Jim Thomas, who died in August. The Jim Thomas Memorial Toy Run to Lake Piru will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The group will leave from Bob's Big Boy, 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Anyone is welcome to join the cruise and bring a lunch. Members will return to Bob's for the Cops For Kids Christmas Car Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
November 10, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Santa Claus will be dropping by, via helicopter, to Burbank's Media City Center later this month. Upon his 9:15 a.m. arrival to the Magnolia Boulevard entrance to the mall Nov. 23, Santa will be joined by Mervyn's Frosty the Snowman for "Magic in the Making," a holiday show at 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the winter play land will open, adjacent to Mervyn's 3rd Street entrance. Parents and children are welcome to attend.
November 28, 2001
Gary Moskowitz TRANSPORTATION CENTER -- Santa Claus and the holiday toy express train got held up by rainy conditions this weekend. The 450-ton train, which has been decorated with large holiday ornaments and more than 30,000 holiday lights and filled with gifts, has now been set to arrive at 6 p.m. Friday at the Burbank Metrolink Station, 201 N. Front St., in Burbank. The rescheduled lighting ceremony at the train station will also feature a tribute to honor local firefighters who were called to duty in New York City after the Sept.
November 21, 2001
Gary Moskowitz TRANSPORTATION CENTER -- Burbank's Regional Intermodal Transportation Center will host a holiday celebration for Burbank residents next week. Festivities will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Burbank center, 201 N. Front St. Residents who attend are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, which the Burbank Fire Department will then distribute to disadvantaged children in Burbank. Southland firefighters who assisted with recovery efforts in New York City will be special guests at the celebration, which will include musical performances, a holiday story telling, a live stage show with Santa Claus and his helpers and an appearance of Burbank's antique 1913 Moreland fire engine.
December 5, 2001
Laura Sturza MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Santa Claus will join a room full of happy children for a special Saturday breakfast. The event features music from a toy soldier band, storytelling, a warm breakfast and letter writing to Santa with a mailbox to the North Pole. It is suggested that tickets be purchased in advance, as the breakfast often sells out. However, any tickets still available that morning can be purchased at the Media City Center customer service desk.
November 29, 2003
Santa Claus and his entourage jump-started the holiday season Wednesday evening at Media City Center as part of the mall's first holiday parade. Snowmen, holiday elves, clowns, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, a teddy bear and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer started at 800 S. San Fernando Blvd. and traveled two blocks south to the IKEA Courtyard at 600 S. San Fernando Blvd. Santa greeted guests and lighted a 50-foot metal Christmas tree assembled earlier this month by off-duty Burbank firefighters.