Glendale will honor residents reaching their 80th birthday in 1986 as part of a yearlong celebration of the 80th anniversary of Glendale's incorporation.
Mayor Jerold F. Milner said new octogenarians will be congratulated each month in ceremonies before the City Council.
City officials, however, are unsure how many Glendale residents will turn 80 this year. Because the city has a large number of senior citizens, it is preparing for a lot of celebrants and asking churches and nursing homes for names.
Ceremonies are planned the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning Jan. 23, at City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. Sessions will begin at 8 p.m. except on Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Participants will be mailed birthday wishes and a lapel pin with the seal of the city.
"We're very proud of our city and proud of the residents who are responsible for making it the wonderful place it is," Milner said. "This is just one small way we can let some of our citizens know how much we appreciate them. It is, after all, the people in a city who make an anniversary worth celebrating."
The council, by proclamation, has dedicated this year to the Glendale community, under the theme "It's Great to Be 80."
The highlight of the celebration will be a huge birthday cake and entertainment at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 16.
Officials also have asked community organizations and schools to sponsor birthday celebrations.