BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS

'Wonderland' depends on rain

City officials warned that a Winter Wonderland event planned for Saturday at Brand Park might be canceled because of rain.

The event, which is scheduled for between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the west side of the park Saturday, will feature more than 60 tons of manufactured snow and include downhill slides for children and other activities.

If rain continues into the weekend, the event will be canceled, officials said.

The National Weather Service on Thursday had forecast a 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms for Saturday.

Call the event's information line the day of the event at (818) 548-2002 for information.

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Course on personal finance

The Financial Peace University, a 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, 725 N. Central Ave., Glendale.

Ramsey, who specializes in personal money management, began teaching financial classes in 1994. The program is made up of 13 lessons taught by Ramsey on DVD. After each lesson, the group will meet to help one another plan budgets, discuss successes and temptations and support their efforts to beat debt and build wealth. Lesson topics include “Saving for Emergencies,” “Budgeting,” “Retirement and College Planning” and “Getting Out of Debt.”

For more information or to register, contact Robby Bolden at (818) 246-2408 or robby@firstglendale. com.

Organizers plan recruiting events

The Glendale-Foothills Communities CROP Hunger Walk is having a Recruiter Rally from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Incarnation Catholic Church School, 1001 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

CROP, or Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is a national fundraiser that benefits food pantries in the United States and provides food and other disaster relief aid to developing countries. A program concerning CROP Hunger Walks will be presented the first hour.

These events are also open houses for people who just want to stop in to pick up the materials. The CROP Hunger Walk is March 15.

Call (818) 243-4891.

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Mystery Shopper seminar at college

Glendale Community College's Community Services Education department will offer a seminar on “How to Become a Mystery Shopper” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Road, Glendale.

Mystery shoppers receive assignments from business-evaluation companies to visit restaurants, retail stores, theaters and other locations, then report on their visit.

The seminar is led by Elaine Moran, a mystery shopper with more than 20 years of experience, who recently received a Gold Certification from the Mystery Shopper Providers Assn.

The fee is $39, plus a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor for a workbook. Call the Community Services Education office at (818) 548-0864, Ext. 5015, or visit www. glendale.edu/cse.


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