DAUGHTERS DONATE BOOKS TO LIBRARY
At a recent meeting at the Southern California Genea- logical
Society, members of the Capt. Sally Tompkins Chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy made a donation of 125 books relating to
the Civil War and Southern history to the society’s research library.
The books will now be part of the library’s permanent collec-
tion. Society President Pat Parish attended the meeting to receive
The daughters group is a service organization with membership open
to women who have ancestors who served with the Confederate States of
America during the Civil War or who have an interest in Southern
The next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Dec 6 at a private home. For
more information, call 843-5288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTISM GROUP GATHERS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY
The Foothill Autism Alliance, Inc., an organization dedicated to
supporting families of individuals with autism, will have a holiday
party in lieu of its next monthly family resource meeting.
The party is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Incarnation
School Auditorium, adjacent to Incarnation Catholic Church, 1001 N.
Brand Blvd., Glendale. Parking is available in the lot behind the
Families are welcome to attend the evening of food and a magic
show by a member of the Magic Castle. There is no charge for
The Foothill Autism Alliance Inc. is a local organization, working
to provide information and support for the autistic community in the
Foothill area of Glendale/Burbank/ Pasadena. For more information,
KNIGHTS SUPPORT MENTAL RETARDATION
The 60,000 members of the Knights of Columbus in Cali- fornia and
their volunteers conducted their Annual Fund Raising Drive in
communities across the state to raise funds for people with mental
The drives were the week of Oct. 16. Due to the grocery clerk
strike and lockout, the Knights and volunteers had to cancel their
scheduled solicitation in front of Ralphs and Vons market that week
and conducted the drive the following week. Brothers Dan Ortoski and
David Ramos were able to obtain permission to solicit in front of
Smart and Final. Also, brother Tim Lewis received permission to
solicit the customers of Handy Market for donations. In fact, his
family -- Tim Jr., Mary Elizabeth, Caroline and their mom, Kristin --
were instrumental in collecting most of the solicited funds from this
Francis Gumboc, grand knight, said the total raised was $3,108.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family
fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. For more
information, call 845-2454.
VAN BLOEM SINGERS PERFORM HOLIDAY SHOWS
The busy Van Bloem Singers are preparing for their Christmas
The group is in its seventh year and has performed more than 130
shows for service clubs, volunteer groups, retiree groups, senior
residences and other charitable organizations.
The singers will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 at Dana
Drug Store in the Vons Shopping Center on Pass Avenue; at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 for the Joslyn Adult Center’s annual Christmas program; at
12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 for the McNett senior group at Joslyn Adult
Center; from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec 21 at Beverly Manor Healthcare Center;
and at 1 p.m. Dec 28 at the Salvation Army Chapel in Burbank.
Programs range from 35 minutes to one hour and are tailored to
suit each event.
To reserve the group for an event, call Elaine Paonessa at
FESTIVAL OF TREES BENEFITS YOUTH CENTER
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, a treatment and
residential center for youths in probation programs, will benefit
from the 51st annual Opti-Mrs. Festival of Trees at 10 a.m. Dec. 8
at the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center, 2500 N.
Optimist and Opti-Mrs. clubs, local businesses and the agency
provide and decorate the 50 trees and also contribute the wrapped
gifts that go beneath the trees. Children at the agency -- from the
high school, group homes and main campus -- make ornaments and
decorate the trees.
Burbank resident Julie DeBoever is on the festival committee. She
is a former president of the agency and is an active member of
Burbank- Magnolia Park Optimist Club.
The cost is $45 and includes luncheon, fashion show and an
opportunity to win one of the 50 decorated and gift-laden holiday
trees. Proceeds benefit the agency’s programs and services.
Founded in 1906, Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services cares for
thousands of abused, troubled and neglected youth and juvenile
offenders on probation and assists their families.
For reservations, call Gretchen Mucci at (323) 443-3022 or Dee
Gadbury at (661) 252-7313. Tickets are available at the door.
BETA EPSILON CELEBRATES GIVING SEASON
The Burbank Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society
International will celebrate an evening of “Sharing and Giving”
hosted by Diana Wong at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Program leaders are Cathy Marcy and Linda Strong.
One of the seven purposes of the society is to stimulate the
personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their
participation in appropriate programs of action. In keeping with this
tradition, members will bring wrapped gifts for women and children to
be donated to the YWCA Women’s Shelter in Glendale for distribution
Members will also contribute food items for Christmas gift
baskets, which will be given to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center for
OPTIMIST HOMES BENEFITS FROM GALA
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services’ seventh Annual Mentor
Awards Gala, which honored David Milch and Bill Clark, executive
producers of the TV series “NYPD Blue,” and L.A. County Supervisor
Don Knabe, generated more than $150,000 to support the agency’s
services to youth.
More than 300 people attended the October event at the Millennium
Biltmore Hotel, which was co-hosted by Esai Morales, a star of “NYPD
Blue,” and KTLA News reporter Mindy Burbano Stearns. Co-chairs were
Larry and Barbara Moore of Rolling Hills.
Local supporters attending were Julie DeBoever of Burbank; William
H. Bertrand of Sun Valley, former principal of Burbank High School;
and Bruce Corbin, Ara Zenobians and Mark Edwards of Glendale.
Compiled by Joyce Rudolph