ORGANIZATIONS

BURBANK ELKS SPONSOR CHILDREN'S PARTY

Burbank Elks Lodge #1497 had a Christmas party for more than 375 children who were treated to a visit with Santa Claus and presented with a new toy.

The Elks lodge was filled with excited children and their parents, who were served free hot dogs and punch while they waited to visit with Santa.

Camera flashes lighted the room as each child sat on Santa's lap and told him their Christmas wishes.

The Burbank Elks have been hosting children's Christmas parties locally for more than 50 years. This year, the event started with Boy and Cub Scouts presenting the flags.

The Scouts then played the role of Santa's helpers to distribute the toys.

Dennis Pifer, co-chairman of the event with his wife, Jackie, said it was a great way to start off the holidays.

“It was great to see such a large turnout,” he said.

“To see the excitement for both the kids and their parents, and the smiles on the kids' faces as they got to see Santa, was very rewarding for all of the volunteers.”

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OFFICERS TAKE POSITIONS WITH CATHOLIC FEDERATION

New officers have been installed for the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 102, headquartered at St. Francis Xavier in Burbank.

New officers are Teresa DeRobertis, trustee; Ann Porretta, hospital agent; Vangie Scarone, recording secretary; Phyllis Dovalgo, trustee; and Suzie Thompson, treasurer.

Meetings are the third Friday of the month, preceded by dinner at 5 p.m. in Cabrini Hall at St. Francis Catholic Church, 3801 Scott Road, Burbank.

For more information, call (818) 768-2321.

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB BENEFITS FROM POKER TOURNAMENT

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank will benefit from the annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Masonic Center, 406 Irving Drive, Burbank. Tutorials and sign-in begin at 6 p.m.

The grand prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas, which includes airfare, a two-night stay at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino and dinner for two.

Other prizes are Lakers tickets, Dodgers tickets, Disneyland tickets, a Poquito Mas Party Pack, movie tickets, Circuit City gift card and more.

For a $100 donation, participants receive $1,000 in chips and dinner. For more information or to register, call Shanna Warren at (818) 842-9333, Ext. 10, or visit www.bgcburbank.org.

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BURBANK HIGH SENIOR BULLDOGS MEET AT CLUB

The Burbank High School Senior Bulldogs will meet for lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Monday at the Elks Club, 223 N. Hollywood Way.

More than 80 alumni from the 1930s into the 1960s and '70s attend the monthly meetings. The lunch features a crisp salad, beef, chicken or pasta and a dessert and coffee.

The price is $12, and parking is free.

Classmates are invited to come early and visit with friends.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Nomination forms are available for the 2008 city of Burbank Older Americans Volunteer Service Awards.

People are asked to nominate a senior volunteer who has made a significant contribution to their organization. Recipients will be honored in May, “Older Americans Month.”

Nominees must be 60 or older; Burbank residents; have volunteered a significant amount of time since May 2007; and have not received this award in the past.

Forms are available at the Joslyn Adult Center front office and must be submitted by March 7. Call (818) 238-5353.


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