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First Methodist Church To Present ‘Service Of Darkness’

The Chancel Choir of Burbank First United Methodist Church will present Dale Wood’s moving and well-known “Service of Darkness” on Good Friday.

The Service of Darkness commemorates the death of Christ, and is patterned after the ancient service of Tenebrae which represented the darkness that fell over the earth as the Son of God was crucified.

Seven choral meditations are based on the seven last words from the cross. With each meditation, candles in a darkened church are progressively extinguished until only a vigil candle sheds its glow as
a symbol of the coming Resurrection.

Performances of this dramatic choral work for Holy Week have become an annual tradition in countless churches throughout the United States and abroad. Published in 1962, it remains one of the most widely performed choral services each year during the Lenten season.

The chancel choir is directed by Roger Lamb and accompanied on organ by Dr. Euny Kim. Dr. Wayne Walters and the Rev. Heather Blackstone will serve as liturgists for the service.

Everyone is invited and welcome to “The Service of Darkness.”  The Good Friday Tenebrae Service will be held in the church sanctuary.  Burbank First United Methodist Church is located at 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., across the street from Burbank High School.  Child care will be available. For further information please call the church office at 818-845-1531.

Capacity Crowd Enjoys “Burroughs on Broadway”

Photso By Ross A. Benson


 Members of the John Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves and Decibels, preformed “Burroughs On Broadway” Friday and Saturday evenings to capacity crowds.  Members preformed to numbers from Mary Poppins, Chicago,  Hairspray and In The Heights where students wowed the crowd and preformed to a technically stuffed show. The final performance will be on Sunday at 2:00pm and there are still tickets available. This event is one of the  Burroughs Vocal Music Association’s major fundraisers for the year.

Fire Destroys Garage and Classic Car

Garage Fire 3316 W. Verdugo

Photos By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Firefighters had their hands full when they arrived on scene at 3316 W. Verdugo Avenue, Thursday afternoon as they had a garage well involved with fire. The 91 year-old occupant was  knocked to the ground after attempting to start his classic car in the garage.   It backfired and caught fire, engulfing the entire garage.
Firefighters made a quick knock down but were unable to save the garage or any of it’s contents which included the 1940 Ford Coupe, and a  trailer parked near the garage.  Firefighter/Paramedics treated the resident, Tom Medley, the owner of both the home and of the car, who was knocked to the ground after the fire started.  Medley declined any further medical treatment.  Burbank Fire sent three engines, two truck companies, a paramedic unit and Battalion Chief, and Assistant Chief Tom Lenahan. The damage was listed at $30,000 to the garage and $60,000 to it’s contents.  There were  no injuries to firefighters  The cause is being listed as an accidental, caused by the backfire from the car’s engine.

Smoke House Celebrates 65 Great Years

Smoke House owners (L to R) Lee Spencer and his wife Marti along with General Manager Israel Aviles toast the Burbank landmark's 65 anniversary. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The Smokehouse was a buzz  Wednesday night when celebrities and local politicians stopped by to help celebrate the 65th Anniversary of   Burbank’s well known Smokehouse Restaurant.
Burbank Councilmen Dave Golonski and Emily Gabel Luddy were present along with Assemblyman Mike Gatto, and Los Angeles City Councilmen Tom LaBonge.  LaBonge presented the current owner, Lee Spencer, with a proclamation from the entire Los Angeles City Council.
The evening’s guests were treated to champagne and special prices. Celebrities from Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby,  George Clooney, and a slew of others have been seen there throughout the years.  Of course, one of the great things about the Smoke House is their specialty Garlic Bread — which they went through well over a couple hundred loaves during the evening.

The BurbankNBeyond video crew was on scene and will have a video out soon.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge stopped by the smoke house to present owners Lee Spencer and his wife Marti with a proclamation by the Los Angeles City Council. (Photo By Ross A Benson)