Life and Arts

Brass ensemble serenades shoppers

On Nov. 21, a Salvation Army brass ensemble played Christmas music for shoppers while they placed their donations in the familiar Red Kettle at the Pavilions market in Burbank.

Ensemble members were Judy Smith, Sharon Gregg, Major Doug Peacock, Bob Gregg, Major Larry Shiroma, and Majors Bob and Marian Rudd, parents of Lt. Eric Rudd, Burbank Corps Officer.

Lt. Kari Rudd, Corps Officer, and Elaine Paonessa, Salvation Army Christmas Events Chairman, were happily entertained.

Mayor Jess Talamantes placed his own donation in the kettle.


Since 1891, the Red Kettles and the Silver Bells have been associated with the opening of the Christmas season.

Millions of people have been helped with food and social services throughout the year in Salvation Army Corps all over the world from money received during this event.

To volunteer for the Angel Tree Project, Adopt A Family, or to help pack food boxes and distribute toys, call Elaine Paonessa at (818) 845-6851 or Carlos Figueroa at the Corps Office at (818) 845-7214.