Organizations: Birthdays, luncheons and troops


Parade honors city’s 100th birthday

Burbank on Parade will salute the city of Burbank’s Centennial and the parade’s 30th anniversary on April 9, said parade chairwoman Joanne Miller. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will travel east along Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.

The centennial theme will be reflected in several entries.

“We’re delighted to have the honor of paying tribute to Burbank residents who have achieved their own 100th birthday (or more) with a featured entry,” Miller said. “That in itself is a tremendous accomplishment and we want to salute them.”

The parade will be led off by Burbank’s own beautiful black stallion, “Music of the Knight,” followed by a gigantic birthday cake built by the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.

Appearing in the parade for the first time will be rock ’n’ roll group Captain Cardiac. The parade will also feature the Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club that appeared in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. SpongeBob SquarePants will amuse the crowd as he catches a ride in Burbank's Tournament of Roses’ Hot Rod float.

Entries are still being accepted. For more information, call Miller at (818) 846-8910.

Collectors Club has first luncheon

La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles members and guests convened at Lakeside Golf Club for the Collectors Club’s First Annual Speaker Luncheon. The Collectors Club, chaired by Gene Marie Watson, is a relatively new group that has discussions on different collections and that also organized a recent trip to the Getty Museum. They also discuss the value of antiques, jewelry and other collectibles.

The guest speaker was Toluca Lake jeweler Cos Altobelli. He is a member of the American Gem Society and a certified gemologist appraiser. He discussed the often undervalued and overlooked asset of jewelry in one’s estate.

Women’s chorus conductor chosen

The California Women’s Chorus, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging choral singing among women, will have its 42nd annual public award concert, hosted by the Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus, on May 1 at the Hilton Glendale Hotel.

More than 200 women in the chorus represent 13 member choruses from throughout California. The organization raises funds for music awards for vocal students that are presented at the annual concert.

Suzanne Duff and Diana Tyson are co-chairwomen. Desiree La Vertu of Pasadena is the guest director of the concert, titled “A Song in Our Hearts.” La Vertu, an accomplished conductor, soloist and voice teacher in the greater Los Angeles area, has been the director of Choral Music at Occidental College since 2009.

The master of ceremonies is Dario J. Frommer, a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP. Frommer represented the 43rd Assembly District for three terms in the state Legislature.

For tickets, contact Cleta Porterfield (818) 790-4342 or

University Women hear about Near East

American Assn. of University Women, Glendale Branch, will host Rubina Peroomian, a research associate in Near Eastern languages and cultures at UCLA, at their meeting on Saturday at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale.

In observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Peroomian will present Armenian women’s history and current status in the reality that circumstances for women are not necessarily one long uninterrupted trajectory of improvement. Brunch begins at 9:00 a.m., cost is $23. Call (818) 773-2227 for reservations by Thursday.

Scouts collect DVDs for troops

Fremont Elementary Cub Scout Pack 304 welcomed 1st Lt. Tito Ruiz, who came by to thank the pack and the school’s principal, Mrs. Walley, for the more than 450 DVDs the pack collected and shipped to troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Ruiz, whose sister, Selva Pravikoff, is a den leader in Pack 304, was on leave from his tour in Afghanistan and made the special trip from the Bay Area to express his squadron’s gratitude for the DVDs. Ruiz presented Principal Walley and Cub Master Dan Kilgore and with two U.S. flags that had been flown over the U.S. military base in Afghanistan, and shared an inspirational message with the boys, reminding them of the many U.S. heroes who also wore Cub Scout uniforms, including astronauts, presidents and senators.

When the idea was first raised by den leader Pravikoff, pack leaders quickly agreed and suggested enlisting the help of the broader Freemont community. Fliers were printed, announcements were made and by the end of the drive, the school had collected 450 DVDs. More than 20 boxes were filled with the movies and shipped to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan in an attempt to make the troops feel a little closer to home.

YMCA adds science camp to program

Burbank Community YMCA has added weekly specialty youth summer camps focusing on science, art, history and other topics.

New to the program are field trips. And for the first time, pre-kindergarteners enrolled in the pre-school program will be able to register for two summer field trips a week. Camp registrations begin Monday. For more information visit or call (818) 562-5461.

Panhellenic has scholarship luncheon

The National Panhellenic Conference will have its annual scholarship luncheon on March 12 at The La Cañada Thursday Club, 4440 Woodleigh Lane, La Cañada Flintridge.

Founded in 1902, National Panhellenic Conference represents more than 4 million women at 655 college/university campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the United States and Canada. Each year, NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities.

The Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic was established in 1948 and provides financial assistance to young women attending college who live in the area.

Last year’s recipients included Katherine Chapman, Amanda Borland and Kristen Hernandez, all of La Cañada Flintridge; Alexandra Heyes and Angelina Nilssen of Glendale; Yasmeen Cesare and Anasheh Sookezian of La Crescenta; Anush Shaginian of Burbank, and Nicole Pascua of Tujunga. College sorority member recipients included Elizabeth Sanfilippo and Caroline Chapman of La Cañada Flintridge.

A luncheon ticket is $55. Social hour is at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Guest speaker is Sarita Gomez, who will be taking us on “a journey with tea.” For reservations, visit or call Lynne Graves at (818) 790-3746.

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