Community news: YMCA looking to expand Junior Lakers League; Kiwanis collects toys, L'Aureole has giving spirit, Status of Women seeks nominations

The sound of thundering basketballs echoes throughout the Glendale YMCA's large gym every Saturday morning. Some 150 youngsters, ages 5 to 13, are members of the Junior Lakers League, a sports program that the YMCA is looking to expand.

The YMCA hosted an all-star game and pizza party on Dec. 15 to reach out to the community and bring attention to the camaraderie and sports training it offers to the youth of Glendale, said Mineh Petrosian, assistant sports director of the league.

For $5, the public was invited to enjoy pizza, soda, snow cones, games and music. Domino's provided dozens of pizza pies. Donations collected will go toward replenishing the stock of basketballs, laying the groundwork to develop a high-school-level league and enlisting the services of experienced coaches to provide one-on-one time with players to bolster their skills.

The winners of the All-Star Game were Sylvia Vartazarian, Alex Patatanyan, Jordan Fuller, David Vardanyan, Edvin Abramian, Steven Blugrind, Roland Saad and Guillermo Corrales. Jordan Fuller was named Most Valuable Player.

The opposing team members were Alex Figueroa, Tony Petrossian, Michael Ekimyan, Kamou Abedian, Jewel Holman, David Shamiryan, Dylan Haratoonian and Damien Oballe.

The coaches won the coaches vs. referees game.

A raffle for four Lakers tickets was won by Jose Gonzalez and Robb Hamblin.

Kiwanis collect toys for needy

The Jewel City Kiwanis Club of Glendale is well known for its barbecue cooking efforts for schools and civic groups. But members decided to collect toys at their recent Christmas party in lieu of a gift exchange. In addition, the club voted to buy even more toys to supplement what they had already collected. President Alice Hamrajbaian, Ray Hallo and Rich Jessup filled their cars to the brim and delivered the toys to Glendale Fire Station #29 in Montrose.

The toy drive continued until Dec. 18 when the toys were turned over to a group of churches to distribute to families in need.

Commission seeks city jewels

The city of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women seeks nominations of outstanding women and students to be honored at the ninth annual Jewels of Glendale Awards Luncheon on May 9 at the Oakmont Country Club. The deadline to submit applications for both the Jewels of Glendale: Women of Courage and the Gem of Glendale Awards is at 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

The Jewels of Glendale: Women of Courage Award serves to recognize outstanding Glendale women who have overcome hardship (physical, financial or emotional) to become strong, positive role models for their community. Nominees must live, work, or study in Glendale. Organizations or individuals may submit up to two nominees; nominations are strongly encouraged from a wide range of fields. Posthumous nominations will be considered.

The commission is also seeking nominations for the 2013 Gem of Glendale Award.

One outstanding high school senior (male or female) will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the Jewels of Glendale Awards Luncheon. The recipient should be engaged in community service that reflects the core values and mission of the commission. The community service should include service to women and/or girls in areas such as: homelessness, health, leadership and financial literacy.

Nomination packets can be found at the city's website: For information, call (818) 548-4844. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Christine B. Powers at

L'Aureole has giving spirit

A recent festive gathering at the Oakmont Country Club found L'Aureole of Glendale sharing the Spirit of Christmas love. While catching up on members' and guests' plans for the holidays, the group was serenaded with songs of the season by noted pianist Mel Dangcil.

Following a scrumptious luncheon, a report on the Zone after-school program at the Glendale Salvation Army was given.

Captain Rachel Ray and her two assistants happily accepted the bevy of toys donated by members for the children.

L'Aureole is preparing for its annual fundraising benefit fashion show at the Flintridge-La Cañada Country Club on April 13.


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