December 21, 2005
The Colony Theater's Showcamp theater group for youth is putting on its final holiday performances today and Thursday.Waiting in the wings of the Colony Theater on Monday, 13-year-old Lily Miloccaro peered out from inside a bulbous costume. She is the 7-ball in a cast of misfit toys. "It's like a messed-up 8-ball that gives bad advice," she explained. Lily is performing this week in the latest production from "Showcamp", a theater company that hones the talents of Burbank's youngest stars.
December 17, 2005
service clubsOne of the most difficult and heart-wrenching things a parent can go through this holiday season is not being able to provide gifts for their children. During this year's annual Santa's Room Toy Drive, however, more than 200 families will be able to experience the fun and excitement of tearing open holiday presents thanks to Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) and the help of service clubs such as the Burbank Jaycees. Also known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Burbank Jaycees is a group dedicated to community improvement and personal betterment.
November 23, 2005
The Holiday Toy Express carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus, ornaments and 50,000 lights will pull into the downtown Burbank's Metrolink station at 6:50 p.m. Friday. The stop is part of the Spark of Love toy drive to benefit disadvantaged children in Burbank and other cities in the Los Angeles area. Toy donations will be accepted that night to be given to children in Burbank. Refreshments will be served and entertainment provided by the Jingle Singers at the event. For more information on the Spark of Love, call (818)
February 16, 2005
Lisa Dupuy "Accomplice," now playing at the beautiful Colony Theatre in Burbank, exemplifies the unique role live theater plays in the realm of modern entertainment. Television and film, while capable of telling a good story, cannot break through that fourth wall and toy with the viewer's mind the way a play can -- and "Accomplice" does so brilliantly. Cleverly directed by Simon Levy, the actors take us for a ride through a play within a play within a play, twisting the plot in wholly unexpected ways.
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.
November 27, 2004
Jacqui Brown A local eldercare company, along with area retailers and eldercare agencies, is hoping to bring joy into the lives of area seniors with a visit from Santa this holiday season. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, one of the nation's largest providers of non-medical home care and companionship for the elderly, has teamed with In Care Foundation, Burbank Healthcare, Alameda Care Center, Verdugo Valley Convalescent Hospital, Burbank Unified School District, Kmart and Sav-On Drugs to provide presents to seniors who might otherwise be overlooked.
September 1, 2004
Jackson Bell There is more involved than the name Mommy & Me might suggest. The Burbank-based company, in fact, encourages playtime among children and anyone who watches over them -- including fathers, grandparents or other legal guardians. "Mommy & Me allows the primary caretaker, whomever that might be, and the child to get together and learn from each other while spending quality one-on-one time," company President Jane Pemberton said. Founded in 1989 by a child development specialist, Mommy & Me provides the tools and know-how for guardians to spend more time interacting with newborn to 5-year-old children through playtime.
May 15, 2004
DAVID SILVA I'm spending a lot of my time these days dealing with the infinite complexities of a new relationship. This has forced me to look deep within myself for everything I know about communication and psychology, patience and trust. It's been a lot of work, but the rewards have been tremendous. I'm referring, of course, to my relationship with my girlfriend's dogs. Or more precisely, I'm referring to my two relationships with Sharon's dogs, because each presents its own unique challenges.
December 10, 2003
Residents are asked to bring in new, unwrapped gifts to any one of Burbank's six fire stations during the annual Spark of Love toy drive through Dec. 25. Firefighters will collect the toys and deliver them to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center for distribution to needy local families. This is the sixth year the Burbank Fire Department has participated in the countywide drive, which is co-sponsored by KABC-TV Channel 7. Burbank fire station locations: Station 11: 200 N. 3rd St. Station 12: 644 N. Hollywood Way. Station 13: 2713 Thornton Ave. Station 14: 2305 W. Burbank Blvd.
August 27, 2003
THEATER REVIEW It isn't often that the star of a show is not an actor, but in the Colony Theatre Company's presentation of "Toys in the Attic," the buzz was all about the incredible set and props designed by Tom Buderwitz, Chuck Olsen and crew. Lillian Hellman's semi-autobiographical tale sprawls across a homey-looking front porch, and a living room, complete with piano. It's as if a small New Orleans house had fallen smack in the middle of the stage.