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The holidays are on the way


One can almost smell the pine in the air.

Burbank Y’s Men will continue their 40-year tradition of selling

Christmas trees. Beginning Dec. 1, residents will be able to choose


from an assortment of trees -- nobles, grand firs, plantation

Douglases, Frasers and Scotch pines -- and have them flocked,

flame-retarded and delivered. There will also be commercial trees

available for businesses, churches and organizations.


The tree lot will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week

at 601 S. San Fernando Road, at Providencia Avenue. Frank Sakata is

this year’s planning chairman, and estimates the club will sell

somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 trees.

All of the proceeds, generally around $25,000, will go to the

YMCA’s youth programs. For more information, call 563-1644 (after

Nov. 25) or 845-8551 anytime.

Burbank Family YMCA Y’s Men Service Club meets at 6 p.m. on the


first and third Tuesday at the Burbank YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd.

For membership information, call Denny Grossman at 841-0387.

Burbank Optimists lose a brother

Burbank Noon Optimist Club recently lost a charter member, brother

Chuck Van Rensselaer Sr.

Van Rensselaer was active for most of the club’s 19-year existence

and in addition to being a past president, he also served as

sergeant-at-arms for several years. A memorial for him was at Little


White Chapel and the Optimist Creed was read at the service.

He was instrumental in getting the club involved with the Boy

Scouts, and is most remembered for his good nature and friendliness.

When the city of Burbank decided not to support a Halloween program

at Vic Roy Park 13 years ago, Van Rensselaer stepped in and

volunteered the club to sponsor it because he wanted local kids to

have a place to go.

Burbank Noon Optimists meet at noon every Thursday at the Anabelle

Hotel, 2011 W. Olive Ave. For membership information, call Bob

Ventura at 506-8714.

Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club announces ’04 line

Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club announced its officers for 2004. The

installation will not be performed for another few weeks, but the new

line is: Christopher K. Barnes, president; Goodwin T. Glance, first

vice president; Herbert E. Rohwer, second vice president; Merill L.

Rush, treasurer; Norman A. Furman, secretary; and Warnock J. McBride,


Serving as directors for the ensuing term as nobles are Vernon G.

Ross, Martin J. Larsson, Tom Brennan, Warnock J. McBride, Charles W.

Pruett Jr., Joe Houser and Marc Canterbury.

Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday at

the Coral Cafe, 3321 W. Burbank Blvd. For more information, call

Furman at 207-3772.

Peace be with you

Burbank Noon Lions is sponsoring its 16th annual International

Peace Poster contest at 4 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the

Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. The program includes

the local level competition of the contest as well as an awards


Students from John Muir, David Starr Jordan and Luther Bank middle

schools, as well as the Boys & Girls Club, have submitted original

posters based on this year’s peaceful theme of “Create a Better


This is the eighth year that the Burbank Noon Lions have sponsored

the competition in Burbank, and the winners will move on to the next

level. All entries are on display at the Central Library.

Burbank Noon Lions meet at noon on the second and fourth Thursdays

at The Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road. For membership information, call

Marva Murphy at 955-8018.

* EDWARD HEADINGTON’s service club column runs the first Wednes-

day of the month. Reach him by e-mail at edwardheadington@sbc, phone at 848-5014, fax at 688-8005, or mail at P.O. Box

10489, Burbank, CA 91510.