Joyce Rudolph

The invitation to the Woman’s Club of Burbank Poinsettia Luncheon said

it all: “The best holiday memories are often made of good friends, good

food and a little slice of time to be together.”


In that spirit, members of the group gathered for some holiday cheer

at The Castaway Lagoon Room on Dec. 7 to recognize the organization’s 90

years of community service and honor its past presidents, club President

Julia Larsen said.


Members brought gifts to donate to the Family Service Agency of

Burbank CARE program, which provides counseling services to battered

women and their children. Accepting the gifts was program counselor

Silvia Powell.

Woman’s Club members also remembered their friends at the Veterans

Hospital in Sepulveda, filling decorated one-pound coffee cans with

cookies. The vets also received gifts such as white socks and toiletries.

Ellen Tanner, children’s librarian for the Burbank Central Library,


accepted two sets of books for young adult readers from the club. The

books’ topics were women’s history and famous American women.

The Woman’s Club also donated $500 in Vons gift certificates to the

Burbank Coordinating Council’s holiday basket program and $500 to the

World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. in memory of the servicemen who

fought in that war.

The donation will be going through the Veterans Commemorative

Committee of Burbank. Larson says it was appropriate because the meeting


was held on Dec. 7, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

A $300 donation was made in honor of past presidents to the Police K-9


Past presidents attending the luncheon were Arline Michaelson

1952-'54, Dorothy Oldson 1964-66, Virginia Dodge 1979-'80 1991-'93, Gerry

Karraker 1985-'87 and Julia Larson 1978-'79 and 1996-2000.

New members accepted into the club were Masami Brooks, Mary Hoffman,

Lenore Lacey, Franchon Rice and Mary Zaryika.

The Van Bloem Singers provided the entertainment with a selection of

Christmas music.


Friends of the Burbank Family Service Agency saw some of Burbank’s

loveliest homes decked out for the holidays on the annual home tour.

Gary and Tracy Canfield invited guests into their charming country

home with a welcoming front porch, cozy family room, hardwood floors,

newly remodeled kitchen with lovely tiles and second-floor bedroom

suites. Visitors marveled over the beautiful outdoor pool and garden

entertainment areas.

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Drive opened their home, an English-style country

house with ivy-covered walls and charming garden walkways. Some of the

home’s highlights are a Steinway piano in the entryway and antique

furnishings. The bar area is a great conversation piece featuring a

beautiful stained glass window.

Chris Friedgen and Ken Koch made an overwhelming hit with guests who

were awed by an incredible atrium and fountain, spectacular leaded

windows and hardwood oak floors. The remodeled kitchen flows together

with the family room. Guests enjoyed the spectacular panoramic views from

a rear terraced garden.

The fourth home on the tour is owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Casey. It

has undergone total remodeling with a custom-built kitchen and gracious

master bedroom. This comfortable home features traditional furnishings, a

rear garden with a pool and outdoor fireplace.


Just a reminder that from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, volunteers are

needed to deliver holiday baskets to families through the Burbank

Coordinating Council effort. Those wanting to deliver or donate goods

should come to the Burbank Armory, 3800 Valhalla Drive, behind Fry’s

Electronics on Hollywood Way.

Donations needed are grocery store gift certificates, toys (from birth

to age 18), canned goods, nonperishable items, and toiletries (tooth

brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, hand lotion, facial and bathroom


It’s a great way to share the holiday spirit.

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

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

information to 241-1975.