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Burbank Leader

Artists welcome award winner

The Valley Porcelain Artists Club had world-renowned artist Mariela Vallasmil-Kaminski as its guest demonstrator at the meeting on May 28 at the Joslyn Adult Center, 1301 W. Olive Ave., Burbank.

She has a bachelor’s degree and master’s in fine arts and worked in the Vatican from 1998-99 as an oil and porcelain painter. She then was honored to paint the portrait of Pope John Paul II on a porcelain piece as a special Jubilee commission. She teaches portrait workshops in many countries.

Some of her works can be seen at www.

Grant helps women overcome adversity

A new grant program has been introduced by the Zonta Club of Burbank to provide financial assistance to adult women overcoming adversity and going back to school.


The program, called Wings, offers up to $2,000 to pay for tuition, books, equipment or related items necessary to complete academic or vocational training leading to employment and self-sufficiency.

The next deadline for applications is June 30.

“We know how difficult it is for women trying to recover from divorce, escape from an abusive relationship, death of a spouse or other major life-changing event, said Sharon Cohen, president of the Zonta Club.

“We want to help women who have made a commitment to turn their lives around through education but might be struggling with the financial burden that often comes with it.”


Information about the program is available through counseling offices at the Burbank Adult School, Glendale Community College, and other area schools offering adult classes. Potential candidates are urged to work through their counselors for application information and instructions. Information is also available by e-mail at nbonner1@ Grants will be awarded quarterly.

The Wings grant program is a project of the newly formed Zonta Club of Burbank Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity.

Road Kings rev up their engines

The Burbank Road Kings will present their 21st annual Picnic in the Park and Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Johnny Carson Park, 400 S. Bob Hope Drive, Burbank.

There will be a variety of makes and models of hot rods, custom and factory muscle cars.

Admission is free to all participants and spectators, but donations are accepted. Free parking is available at the M. David Paul building at Parkside and Bob Hope Drive and at Providence High School.

All proceeds are donated to Road King charities, including Burbank Fire and Police Museum, Burbank High School’s Auto Shop Program, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Burbank Boys & Girls Club, Tierra Del Sol, Joslyn Adult Center, Dog Tags for Kids Project, Burbank Historical Society, Burbank Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Burbank Summer Youth Work Program and American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

There will be a vendors’ row with merchants selling T-shirts, collectibles and hats. Dash plaques will be given to the first 500 participants and those who make a donation.

The national anthem will be sung by Gino Gaudio at 9 a.m. Boy Scout Troop 50 will perform the color guard presentation.


Kiwanis For Fun will be flipping pancakes starting at 8 a.m. and serving lunch after noon.

There will be drawings for prizes, a 50/50 cash prize and silent auction.

Car show chairmen are Don Baldaseroni and Frank Nay.