Senior Ticktockers culminate community service

The 2013 Senior Class of Ticktockers from National Charity League Glendale culminated their six years of volunteer service during the 62nd annual Senior Presentation, themed "Dancing in the Moonlight."

As each of the 27 Ticktockers was introduced and completed the promenade around the ballroom of the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, a long list of accomplishments was read by emcee Debbie Cox, immediate past president of the Glendale chapter.

The young women served their community by giving time to philanthropies such as Twelve Oaks Retirement Lodge, Salvation Army, Ascencia, Special Olympics, YWCA of Glendale, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and others.

Those presented were Rachel Artime, Courtney Kreditor, Kristine Seuylemezian, Lindsey Trujillo, Erin McCoy, McKenzie Dodge, Louisa Harb, Dana Budzyn, Elizabeth Herman, Elizabeth Forgarty, Madelyn Brown, Sierra Rhoads, Emily Temple, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Kimberly Cotter, Desiree Dahlson, Kelsey George, Samantha Smith, Lauren Barsamian, Amber Zadravecz, Kimberly Horne, Kaelin King, Callan Gies, Isabel Hodgson, Amy Young, Meghan Knapp and Rebecca Weitzel.

Since entering the chapter as seventh-graders, this year's group of graduating Ticktockers completed a total of 8,586 service hours.

Amber Zadravecz received the Golden Oak Leaf Award, presented to the Ticktocker who served the most volunteer hours at the chapter's primary philanthropy, Twelve Oaks Retirement Lodge. Amber served 627 hours at Twelve Oaks since seventh grade.

Rebecca Weitzel received the Senior Achievement Award, presented to the Ticktocker who, during her six years, completed the most service hours at all of the chapter's philanthropies. Rebecca achieved a total of 1,302 philanthropy hours.

Trio receives Accolades

Three women were honored by Soroptimist International of Glendale at its 14th annual Accolades Luncheon in March at the Hilton Glendale.

The Ruby Award went to Lisa Hineman, a nurse practitioner who has advocated for cancer patients and their families by serving as a board member or officer for many organizations. Her current position is Clinical Operations Director for the Los Angeles Cancer Network.

The Violet Richardson Award was presented to Sarah Magee, a senior at Clark Magnet High School, for her volunteer work with Ascencia.

The Women's Opportunity Award was received by Yadira Sanchez, a student at Glendale Community College who has two young boys at home. She plans to attain a degree in social work to be able to serve children and families more effectively.

YWCA Legacy event lauds women

The 2013 Heart & Excellence honorees will be recognized at the YWCA of Glendale's 16th annual Legacy Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 25 at the Oakmont Country Club.

The five women being honored for their support of women's and children's issues pertaining to the YWCA's mission are Toni Beck-Espinoza, Lena Bozoyan, Jory Potts, Mary Margaret Smith and Joylene Wagner.

In addition, two high school seniors will receive the Jane O'Connor Volunteer Service Award. They are Rebecca Weitzel, of Campbell Hall, and Amber Zadravecz, of Crescenta Valley High. Both are residents of Glendale.

Mistress of ceremonies will be Cater Lee, senior director of Television Program Development for Scripps Media. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Mark Z. Stevens Jazz Trio.

To purchase tickets, contact Virginia Ruiz at (818) 242-4155, Ext. 221.

Morgan and Kaufman are engaged

Kelsey Morgan and Ben Kaufmann have announced their engagement. Kelsey is the daughter of Bob and Beth Morgan of Tujunga and Ben is the son of Jim and Barbara Kaufmann of Hollywood Beach, recently from La Crescenta.

The future bride and groom are planning a fall wedding in the Sierras.

Tasty way to raise funds

The Friends of the Glendale Public Library have come up with a delicious way to raise funds for the collections and programs of the Library, Arts & Culture department.

They are planning a Used Cookbook Sale and Recipe Share on May 4 at the Chevy Chase Branch Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Friends members get in an hour before the public at 11 a.m. while the public can shop from noon to 4 p.m.

Those of us whose pantry shelves are teeming with gently used cookbooks can donate them to the sale. Drop them off at any Glendale public library.

Visitors can bring tasting-size portions of their favorite home-baked goods and copies of their recipes to display and share. For more information, call (818) 548-2048 or visit

Design for modern times

Glendale interior designer Marlene Oliphant of Marlene Oliphant Designs was interviewed by a reporter with the Wall Street Journal for a March article, "For Kids, the Ultimate Play Room … at Grandma's House," about her recent project in Northridge for Carol and Dan Aron.

Oliphant "repurposed their cluttered attic" into a sleeping area for the Arons' four grandchildren. The designer transformed the room into a child-friendly space adding kid-sized trundle beds with custom headboards and bedding, closet doors with a chalkboard surface and multi-colored, spill-proof carpet tiles.

Hoover singers perform at Disney Hall

Hoover High School Chamber Singers, led by Director Beth Richey-Sullivan, will be one of 25 schools performing in the free 24th annual Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival at 1 p.m. April 26 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

One of the largest high school choir festivals in the nation, each year it showcases the vocal talents of nearly 1,000 high school students from 25 Southland schools in a massive choir conducted by Grant Gershon, the LA Master Chorale's music director. For more information, call (213) 972-7282 or visit


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