Keeping city's Rose entry afloat

Earlier this year the Glendale Rose Float Assn. presented the city with a check for $45,000, half the cost of a float for the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

The city of Glendale, which foots the bill for the float, has the second-longest streak in the state in entering the parade without missing a year. For the 98th year, volunteer adults and Glendale youth will decorate the 2012 float. Just revealed is its proposed concept — ”Elephant Express.”

Some 100 float-fan fundraisers dropped by Glendale’s Scarantino’s Italian Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday for a meal. A percentage of each will be donated by the restaurant to the Rose Float Assn.

Acting as the evening’s host was association President Garry Ackerman. Unofficial hostess was association publicity chairwoman Elaine Alexander.

“We’re excited about the float’s design,” Alexander said. “It looks Republican, but there are plenty of Democrats who will work on the float, as well.”

Glendale residents found tying on the feed bag included Marilyne and Nelson Wiechmann and Dorothy and Ken Lewis.

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The association’s next fundraiser will be May 23 at Casa de Ramos Restaurant.


“Wallpower: limitless prints” is the new exhibition at the Brand Library and Art Center. Exhibit curators Nancy Jo Haselbacher and Cathie Weiss discussed their works with gallery visitors on April 23. Also speaking about their art in the exhibit were artists Emily Joyce, Poli Marichal, Sarah Pavsner, Mary Sherwood Brock and Penny Young.

“We’re presenting large works from small components,” Haselbacher said.

An example is Haselbacher’s work displaying shelves with portions of paperback books on shelves from various libraries. Haselbacher has also included bookmaking material for visitors to make their own books that they take or leave behind.

According to the artist, “We’re looking at library books not as absolutes. Visitors can touch and put together their own works.” The complete installation, “Borrowed: Mystery, Romance and Knowledge,” is a mixed-media work that is available for sale to the public.

The full installation by the shelf is valued at $7,500. A choice of four prints and shelf is $400. Individual prints mounted as displayed are $50 each. Jumping right in to create their own books were student visitors Fiachra McAllister, 9, and big sister Saoirse McAllister, 16, a junior at Providence High School in Burbank. Parents Mairead and Seamus McAllister snapped photos to record the event. The girls were there to support their art teacher, curator-artist Cathie Weiss.

The exhibition ends June 3.


The Glendale Salvation Army collected hundreds of pounds in food donations from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 23 at the New Life Christian Church on Kenneth Road. The donations ranged from canned vegetables and fruits to dry pinto beans and peanut butter.

Assisting in the food drive were members of the Kenneth Merchants Assn. and the Northwest Glendale Homeowners Assn.

Dropping off a jar of vegetables and packaged spaghetti at the drive’s closing were Homeowners Assn. member Tom Moore and Glendale resident Cathy Nicksin.

“This is an important cause. I hate to hear that food shelters are going dry,” Nicksin said.

On hand to oversee the donations were New Life Christian Church Senior Pastor Arnold Doi and Associate Pastor Dave Watanabe. The church regularly provides a polling place and meeting rooms for the Kenneth Merchants Assn. and Homeowners Assn.

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