On the Town: Adventist Health Glendale goes ‘red’ during Heart Health February

The media were out in force at Adventist Health’s Heart Health Celebration. ARTN-TV cameraman Romik Arts films show hostess Rubina Matevosian interview Dr. Harry Balian.
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Heart Health February and “Wear Red” on Friday was celebrated by the cardiology staff at Adventist Health Glendale with red balloons, heart-shaped cookies and booths with plenty of heart health information.

There were free blood-pressure checks that many of the 200 plus who dropped in took advantage of.

This past Friday, the West Tower Lobby of the hospital was the place to be, especially if you were wearing red.

Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine was wearing her signature red jacket.


Councilman Vrej Agajanian eschewed the red but went for a blood pressure check. Student nurse Hykouhi Gevorgyan assured him his blood pressure was ideal — perfect for a city father.

Heart-healthy snacks of fruit, cheese and crackers filled hungry tummies. The popular heart-shaped cookies were the only exception to the healthy menu. They went fast.

Rounding out the two-hour party were games, a photo booth and modest giveaways such as pamphlets and small bags of sweets.

Dr. Harry Balian, chair of cardiology and director of the cat lab, was interviewed by show hostess Rubina Matevosian of ARTN-TV.


Balian described some of the often overlooked symptoms of a heart attack such as jaw pain, especially in women. Balian’s interview will air on “Rubina’s Show” on Spectrum 385.

Ramella Markarian, vice president of the hospital’s business department, said the purpose of the event was to raise community awareness about the importance of heart health.

“Don’t take the symptoms of a heart attack lightly,” she said, “If anyone comes into [the emergency room] with heart attack symptoms, we get to them fast and activate a heart panel of tests.”

Glendale Centre Theatre fourth-generation owners, from left, James, 13, and Travis Dietlein, 18, man the concession counter during a performance of “Bright Star.”
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This past Saturday was the opening of the musical “Bright Star,” the latest production at the Glendale Centre Theatre.

By mentioning “Opening Weekend Special,” one ticket could be purchased at the regular price of $34 and another for $22. Also, season ticket holders could bring a friend for $22.

A recent bright star on Broadway, “Bright Star” is based on a true family saga set in the American South of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. A favorite with audiences, Saturday’s matinee attendees gave the cast a standing ovation.


Simi Valley resident Janet Willingham seldom misses a production. Now middle-aged, Willingham started attending the theater when she was 16 years old.

Her family commuted regularly to the theater from Fullerton. For the past 20 years, she and her husband often go on dates to the theater.

“I’m telling all my friends to come to the show,” she said.

The Glendale Centre Theatre is the longest, continuous, family-owned theater in the United States.

“Bright Star” will run through March 14.

For more information and tickets, call (818) 244-8481 or visit

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce held its 2020 Awards and State of the City luncheon last week. The Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale was the scene of the festivities.


Judee Kendall, chamber president, was hostess extraordinaire. Kendall noted the large turnout of over 400 city supporters.

Congratulations were given to honorees. Among them were “Woman of the Year” Helen McDonagh, “Man of the Year” Philip Lanzafame and “Business of the Year” went to the Accountancy.

Partners are John L. Sadd, Michael Velazquez, Kirby N. Higashi, Nassif E. Shammaa, and Steven Clement.

Glendale residents who applauded the awardees included Glendale Arts’ Elissa Glickman, Betty Porto of Porto’s Bakery, and Velvet Rhodes of the Glendale International Film Festival.

Women-about-town included Nancy Guillen, Denise Miller, Rosemary Montana, Ramella Markarian and Lisa Yeghiayan.

Power couples included Karen and Mike Swan, Monica and Jose Sierra, Pam and Steve Ropfogel, and Michelle and Joey Ball.

Luncheon sponsors were Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and city of Glendale employees. ABC7’s Ellen Leyva was a whiz at guest emcee duties with nary a name mispronounced.

The next day, Facebook was abuzz with news of the chamber event.

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