YMCA kicks off funds campaign

YMCA of Glendale officials have kicked off the 2009 Pass It On Campaign, a fundraising effort to increase support for the scholarship fund.

The fund covers the cost of programs for children and families who otherwise might not be able to afford YMCA programs such as child care, day camp and programs for at-risk youth.

The YMCA’s goal is to raise $100,000, said Chief Executive John Thomas.

Children and families in the community need and deserve the family-oriented programs and services the YMCA can provide, said Chairman Greg Grande.

Last year, the volunteers of the YMCA of Glendale support campaign raised $130,000, which allowed 1,300 youngsters and families to join programs.

For more information, call the YMCA at (818) 240-4130.

SAT seminars offered by league

Registration is open for the Assistance League of Glendale’s SAT-prep classes. The classes cover topics such as how to take the SAT and what to expect out of the test.

Two sessions are available. One meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays March 2 to 25. The other session meets at the same time Tuesdays and Thursdays March 3 to 26.

The sessions cost $45 and include eight classes, an SAT-prep book and snacks during class breaks.

The classes are at the Assistance League of Glendale, 314 E. Harvard St., Glendale.

Students can pick up enrollment forms from their school counselors or find registration forms at

For more information, call (818) 247-4296.

Steakhouse plans first Derby Day

Damon’s Steakhouse is having its first annual Derby Day Bash benefiting Glendale Arts at Santa Anita Park racetrack April 4.

Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the track, parking and a buffet lunch/soft drinks.

The event will include raffles, handicapping and more. This is a family-friendly event.

To purchase tickets, stop by Damon’s Steakhouse at 317 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, or call Elissa Glickman at (818) 243-2611, Ext. 14.

Groups selling the most tickets will get a designated seating area and wine or beer throughout the event.

Group promotes weight loss at rally

The Glendale Healthy Kids will host the Losing It for the Kids Rally on Monday to cheer on board President Brian Bergh and board member Ardy Kassakhian on their progress toward the April 18 deadline of losing 12% body fat.

The event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Gourmet A Go Go, 2263 Honolulu Ave., Montrose.

Chef Gail Connell will present a healthy cuisine menu.

Ten percent of purchases that evening will be donated to Glendale Healthy Kids.

For more information, call Camille Levee at (818) 548-7931 or visit www.glendalehealthy and www.losingit

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