Scouts will retire American flags

Delphi Academy's Boy Scout Troop 555 is conducting a campaign to retire worn out or tattered American flags.

They can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Delphi Academy, 11341 Brainard Ave., Lake View Terrace, (818) 583-1070; or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Verdugo Hills Scout Shop, 1325 Grandview Ave., Glendale, (818) 243-6282, Ext. 102.

The troop will retire the flag in a simple and dignified ceremony. A key component to the Boy Scout program is to learn how to be a good citizen of our nation. Scouts learn the significance of the American flag and how to take care of it.

Burbank YMCA sends money to Japan

The Burbank Community YMCA Service Club sent $3,000 to the Sendai YMCA and Sendai Y's Men Club of Japan to aid people suffering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11.

Upon receiving the funds, an email was sent to the Burbank Y's Men Club with the message from Takao Nishimura, international secretary general, "Please give our thanks to the members of the Burbank club for their prayers and their rapid response to Gambare Nippon! Your generosity will help greatly in the relief work that is being organized in Sendai."

With the support of Y's Men International and the International Executive Officers, Region Japan East has launched a relief contribution campaign called Gambare Nippon. The YMCA and Y's Men's Clubs are working together and are showing their solidarity during a time of great loss, said Burbank Y's Men's Club trustee, Frank Sakata.

According to the National General Secretary, Shigeru Shimada, the YMCA of Japan has formed a special task force to respond to the needs of the disaster areas. The focus of the YMCA will be supporting the victims, children, handicapped, elderly and migrant workers of Japan.

Gambare is a Japanese word used to encourage people: "don't give up and stand up"; Nippon is the Japanese word for "Japan." Visit or or call the YMCA of the USA International Group at (800) 872-9622.

Schools compete in a cappella festival

The Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus, a 75-member a cappella women's chorus, is hosting the A Cappella Scholarship Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on May 14 at Glendale High School. The festival offers middle schools and high schools an opportunity to win cash awards for their choral music programs. The festival is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

Four Burbank schools participating are Jordan Middle School, Muir Middle School, Burroughs High School and Providence High School. Glendale High School is also competing.

Tobinworld names clinic for supporter

Tobinworld, the special-needs school that educates and treats youth suffering from autism and severe emotional disabilities, will dedicate the Eugene Ferkich Mental Health Clinic on April 13 honoring the late head of psychological services for special education at the Los Angeles Unified School District.

"We are naming the clinic in the honor and memory of Gene Ferkich, a dear friend and supporter of Tobinworld, for his longtime commitment and loyalty to our school," said Judy Weber, founder and executive director of Tobinworld.

During his long career, Ferkich, a member of Tobinworld's Peer Review/Human Rights Committee, was also an instructor and acting director in the School of Education at California Lutheran University, an adjunct professor of psychology at Cal State Northridge, and coordinator of students services in the special education division of LAUSD. For more information, call Tobinworld at (818) 247-7474 or visit

Women's group has fashion show

The Women's Council of Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation will host a luncheon and fashion show on May 20 in the hospital's Council Room on the fourth floor lobby. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $35 per person.

The event is titled "Luncheon and Fashion Show on the Red Carpet" and features fashions by Holiday Hats and Gowns of Montrose and table favors donated by Merle Norman of Montrose.

For reservations, call the Women's Council at (818) 952-2228. The hospital is at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. in Glendale. All proceeds will support the hospital. Checks can be mailed to: VHHF Women's Council. 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale, CA 91208. If you are unable to attend, but wish to support the Women's Council's efforts, please feel free to make a donation.

Earth group receives donation

The Earth Organization received $5,480 from Whole Foods Market Glendale to benefit its environmental education and awareness programs throughout LA County. The Earth Organization was selected by Whole Foods Market as the recipient for their Whole Foods Market 5% Day, held Feb. 9. Five percent of each customer purchase was dedicated to this local cause.

The Earth Organization is a nonprofit charitable organization that helps individuals and groups take action to achieve a more successful partnership for survival with the natural world. The funds raised on this day will sponsor workshops for at-risk, urban youth in L.A. County to raise awareness of how pollution and littering affect wildlife in their neighborhoods, and to raise their interest in taking better care of their environment. For more information, visit

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