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
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
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
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
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
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.