Joyce Rudolph

For a charming look at holidays of yesteryear, don your high-top boots

and parasols and stroll over to the Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex from

1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.


Publicity chairwoman Loris Warner tells us the annual Christmas open

house will feature tours of the historic Mentzer House and museum from 1

to 4 p.m. and a special performance of the Steed Woodwind Quintet playing

holiday selections from 4 to 6 p.m.


The quintet, formed in 1972, has been broadcast over FM radio stations

in Los Angeles and received several awards including the Award of

Excellence in the Field of Performing Arts from the city of Los Angeles.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

The museum complex is at 115 N. Lomita St.


American Lutheran Elementary School is planning a variety of holiday

events. Piano students of Tony Redman will be featured in a recital on


Monday, Dec. 13 in the American Lutheran chapel. A Christmas Chorale will

be performed by the kindergarten through fourth-grade classes on the

evenings of Dec. 15 and 16. Both events are sponsored by the Parent

Teacher Organization.


The Casting Society of America’s fifth annual Stockings for Care

program is looking for sponsors to donate Christmas gifts to more than

600 children whose parents are unable to grant their Christmas wishes.


The items will be collected at a three-day gift gathering at the

Warner Ranch in Burbank from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9

a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. A special gift gathering finale reception with

refreshments is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The parents of the children who will receive a gift are homeless,

disadvantaged or residents of shelters. The program responds specifically

to the gift wishes of the more than 600 children. Those who participate

purchase a specific gift on their Christmas or Hanukkah list. The values

of gifts range from $10 to several hundred dollars.

All gifts are given directly to the parents to give to the children.

The kids are chosen from a variety of local agencies such as Para Los

Ninos, Beyond Shelter, LA Family AIDS Network, LA County Department of

Children and Family services, Temple Beth Hillel Russian Immigrant

Program, Jewish Big Brothers and Jewish Family Services.

The program was conceived in New York by society member Rosalee Joseph

and introduced to the society in Los Angeles in 1995. The society was

founded in 1982 to advance the goals and professional standards of

casting directors.

The Warner Ranch is at 3701 W. Oak St. To arrange to sponsor a gift

for a child, call Donna Dockstader at 846-9599.


IKEA Burbank is hosting a canned food drive for Burbank Temporary Aid

Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. IKEA officials hope the public will

bring two to three cans of food to donate and in return each customer

will have their name entered into a drawing to win a catered Swedish

dinner for eight in their home. Besides furniture. IKEA is known for its

Swedish specialty foods.

The temporary aid center provides 1,200 local families each month with

clothing, food, shelter and toys for children. The shelter is operated

mainly by volunteers and stocked by generous donations from local

businesses, organizations and individuals.


More than 200 Special Olympians and their family members enjoyed a

barbecue and games when the athletes were guests of the Burbank Noon

Lions Club.

Lion Mimi Van Horn was chairwoman, organizing fellow Lions and

securing donations from Smart & Final. The group, the Tri-Valley Special

Olympics, went through a major leadership change. After an absence of

several years, the Lions were able to once again sponsor the picnic in

their honor.

Lions helping were John Nelson, Marva Murphy, Dave Gold, Mike Kubasak,

Louie Cardona, Dick Vitolo, Barry Alberts, Bud Alleman, John Panarisi,

Bob Bombassei and Ed Dysthe.


Senior Day Trips are planned for January, February and March through

the Joslyn Adult Center, 1301 W. Olive Ave.

Prices range from $13 to $68 and full payment must be made at time of


Registration for Burbank senior residents only is Monday beginning at

9 a.m. and identification is required to prove residency. Official

priority numbers will be pulled from a box lottery style by registrars at

8 a.m. as they walk through the Joslyn parking lot entrance. Immediately

following, regular numbers will be handed out in numerical order until

10:15 a.m.

All seniors can register on Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m.

For information, call 238-5353 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2

p.m. Monday through Friday.

* JOYCE RUDOLPH is features editor. Her society column runs each

Saturday. To have an event covered, call her at 637-3241 or fax

information to 241-1975.