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DAUGHTERS DONATE BOOKS TO LIBRARY At a...

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

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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 donation.

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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

history.

The next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Dec 6 at a private home. For

more information, call 843-5288 or e-mail mrhistory@earthlink.net.

AUTISM GROUP GATHERS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY

The Foothill Autism Alliance, Inc., an organization dedicated to

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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

school.

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

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admission.

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,

call 662-8847

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

retardation.

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

market.

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

performances.

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

845-6851.

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.

Hollywood Way.

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

at Christmas.

Members will also contribute food items for Christmas gift

baskets, which will be given to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center for

needy families.

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


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