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French Holiday Bazaar

Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

The Burbank Campus Parents’ Association of the International School of Los Angeles is proud to present their 3rd annual French Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 6 from 3:00pm-9:00pm. Featuring over 30 vendors and artists, plus gourmet French food and festive drinks, the Bazaar is the perfect place to start (and maybe even finish!) your holiday shopping.

The festivities will include:
> toys, costumes, and games
> trendy fashion
> jewelry
> home decor & linen
> gourmet gift baskets
> pre-orders of holiday trees

Admission is free! Simply RSVP for free via Eventbrite (https://french-holiday-bazaar.eventbrite.com/) to join us for a merry evening of shopping and more!

Posh Bridal Affair

The Posh Bridal Affair is LA’s elite bridal event, exposing its brides to the top vendors in the industry. This event will be hosted by Slomique Hawrylo, lead event planner on WETV’s David Tutera’s Celebrations and held at the magnificent Millennium Biltmore Hotel! Attending brides will not only have the opportunity to meet with the top bridal designers, photographers, makeup artists and wedding planners, but also enjoy our fabulous giveaways at the door, a fashion show, raffles and much more! Finishing up with an epic “Ring On It” dance party for the VIP/Elite brides to be. So bet on this affair being anything but your conventional bridal show and make sure to mark your calendar for this once in a lifetime wedding experience.

Space Shuttle Endeavor To Fly Over Burbank

Burbank residents, along with others in Southern California, will have one last opportunity to view the Space Shuttle Endeavor flying through the sky on Friday morning.  It will be the last time a space shuttle will fly, ending a chapter in America’s space exploration program.

According to information from NASA, the shuttle will be over the greater Los Angeles area sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  It will be riding atop a special Boeing 747 that has carried it from Florida to Los Angeles. The plane and shuttle are scheduled to land at 12 noon. at Los Angeles International Airport.  It was originally schedule to land at 11 a.m., but it’s take off time from Edwards Air Force Base was pushed back an hour to allow for fog to lift in San Francisco before the shuttle flies over that city, and Sacramento prior to coming to Los Angeles.

If the plane carrying the shuttle follows the route that was flown by two jet  trainers making a practice run on August 25, it will come into Burbank from the southeast out of Glendale, after flying by the Griffith Observatory, roughly following the Golden State Freeway, at 1,500 ft.  The two planes made a 90 degree left turn at approximately Magnolia Blvd. and headed west.  The shuttle is scheduled to fly over Universal Studios, so the assumption is that it will head there, before continuing on it’s route.  Although the exact route has not been released, the shuttle is supposed to fly over the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge, Disneyland, the Queen Mary and USS Iowa in Long Beach, it’s future home in Exposition Park, the Getty Museum, and the Hollywood Sign.

The flight path, if it follows the practice run, should have the shuttle flying over or nearby to several schools in Burbank, including McKinley, Disney, Edison, Roosevelt, and Stevenson Elementary Schools, Jordan Middle School, and John Burroughs High School. According to the Burbank Unified School District, school principals have been notified about the shuttle flight. It is uncertain if students will be allowed to go outside the classroom and view the shuttle.  Parents may want to call their child’s school and determine if students will be allowed to watch the shuttle flight.

After the shuttle lands at LAX, it will be housed in a United Airlines hanger, where it will be readied for the drive to it’s permanent home at the California Science Center.  That move will take place sometime in October.

The Show Must Go On For Burbank Ballerina

Hannah Hart of Burbank will be performing in the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s “Dance in the USA” tonight.  It is the culmination of over 15 years of dancing for the young ballerina, but it is a performance she almost didn’t get to make.

Hannah Hart

Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Hannah began taking dance lessons when she was 3 years old.  She moved to Burbank with her mother and sisters in 2006, to pursue an acting career.   She heard about the Media City Dance Company (now Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre) from a friend, and began taking lessons there while attending middle school. Since then she has danced in several of their shows, including the Nutcracker, and Axis Mundi, where she was a demi-soloist.

Although dancing takes up much of her time, Hannah hasn’t neglect her school work.  In her senior year she took Honors English and Advanced Placement Biology, maintaining a 3.95 GPA.  The 18 year-old graduated from John Burroughs High School in May.  She is planning on majoring in Environmental Science in college.

Tonight’s show at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in the Cahuenga Pass, has required many hours of practice in recent months. At one of those practice session in early June, Hannah felt something snap in her foot.  She had broken a bone.  The doctor prescribed a splint and crutches for the next six weeks.  It looked like Hannah might miss her final performance. but she is one dedicated dancer. She went to every rehearsal — on crutches.  She didn’t dance, but had to be content just watching others dance.  Not an easy thing for her to do.

“I almost started crying at that first rehearsal because I couldn’t dance,” said Hannah

Near the end of July, she got the doctor’s OK to dance again.  The rigorous schedule of rehearsals five times a week will all come to fruition at 8:30 p.m. tonight, when the curtain comes up for “Dance in the USA.”   It should be an exciting night for the young dancer, but she won’t have time to celebrate.

Early Saturday morning Hannah is leaving for college.  She and her mother, Bridget Barstow, will be driving up to San Francisco, where Hannah is enrolled as a freshman at the University of San Francisco.  Her dorm at the private college has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  It will be quite a change from the view she has of the Doughnut Hut on Magnolia Blvd. from her present home on Keystone St., where she lives with her mother, step-father Owen Keenan, and three younger sisters, Molly Hart, and Caroline and Bridget Keenan.

Although she is leaving behind her family, friends, and Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, as she embarks on her college career, Hannah does plan to take some dance classes while she is in San Francisco. Ballerina, actress, environmental scientist — whichever career, or combination of careers, she chooses, I’m sure we have not heard the last from this talented young lady.

Ballerina Hannah Hart with the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre will be among the poerformers in "Dance in the USA."


Special Olympics Holds Torch Relay Through Burbank

Burbank Police Officers run the Special Olympic's Torch past NBC Wednesday afternood. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run Wednesday  afternoon as Burbankers came out and cheered on members of the Burbank Police Department as they passed through the city.

Burbank police officers on the running team accepted the torch from the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division team in Toluca Lake at Riverside Dr.and Clybourn Ave around 12:50 in the afternoon.

The torch was carried through the heart of Burbank (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Special Olympic athletes, with the assistance of the officers, carried the torch up Olive Ave. with a quick stop at NBC before proceeding up to San Fernando Blvd.  After making the left, they then proceeded up to the front of the Burbank Police Station.

There was a brief presentation ceremony on the steps of the station, before the runners continued with the torch on Glenoaks Blvd. to the city limits which ended at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza at Alameda and Glenoaks.  The torch was then passed to the team from the Glendale Police Department.

In addition to the Torch Run, the Burbank Police Department is also be taking part in the “Tip-A-Cop” event on June 12, at the Black Angus Restaurant, 235 S. First St.  Between 5 and 9 p.m., department personnel will be serving as waiters and entertainment to raise

Special Olympians Matthew Raymundi, Marisa Watkins, Fred Orr join Burbank Police Detective Martha Jimenez with the Special Olympic Torch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

funds for the Special Olympics.  All of the funds raised will go to local athletes.  It helps pay for transportation, training, and equipping athletes of all ages who participate in the program for the developmentally disabled.

For additonal information about the Tri Valley Special Olympics program, contact Laura Mayo, Regional Directo, at 818-342-0017 or 661-253-2121, or visit their website at www.sosc.org.


L.A. Live Steamers Dedicate New Train Station


Councilman Tom LaBonge leads a group of officials in cutting the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum's new Sherwood Centennial Station. (Photo by Ross A. Benson

By Stan Lynch

The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum had a grand opening celebration to mark the completion of their newest train station, the Sherwood Centennial Station.

The new station is in honor of Gordon L. Sherwood’s 100th birthday, which he celebrated in March of 2011.  The longtime Burbank resident was one of the founding members of the club, and the only one to remain continuously active in it since the beginning.  Unfortunately, Mr. Sherwood did not live to see the completion of the station.  He died in January of this year.  Until shortly before his death, he would go to Live Steamers every Sunday, as he had nearly every weekend since 1956.

Bronze plaque on Sherwood Centennial Station honors its namesake. (Photo by Ross A. Benson) (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The new station is not only a tribute to his memory, but carries on a tradition of naming station after him.  Sherwood Centennial Station is actually the fourth passenger station at the group’s Griffith Park site to bear the name “Sherwood.” The original Sherwood Station was a simple sunshade structure with benches. It’s still on its original site, but little used.   As the Live Steamers site expanded, a “New Sherwood Station” was built on the other side of the extensive track layout.

The first Sherwood Station still stands at Live Steamers, a few hundred feet from the new station. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Several years ago, another “New Sherwood Station” was built along with a new public entrance to the site.  It allowed easier access for the public on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the club offers train rides.  The rides are free, but donations are welcome.   This site is where the newest Sherwood Station now stands.

The station building, which will house a gift shop, ticket window, and restroom facilities, is the largest and most elaborate passenger station to be constructed on the club’s site in Griffith Park, adjacent to Travel Town.   LALS began in 1956 as a place for steam train enthusiasts to run their scale model trains. It has grown over the years and has the Walt Disney train barn on its grounds.  Mr. Disney was a live steam train enthusiast, with an extensive train layout at his home, where the barn was originally located.

The first steam locomotive Gordon Sherwood built, still runs today. It was on display at the station dedication ceremony. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dedication of the Sherwood Centennial Station coincided with the Live Steamer’s Spring Meet held over the Memorial Day weekend, which was expected to attract about 1,000 live steam enthusiasts, many of whom bring their own locomotives to run on the tracks at the site.  Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, and Park & Recreation officials were on hand for the dedication. The project has taken five years from start to finish, at a cost of about $250,000 that the club has raised.

Among the people gathered for the dedication ceremony was Craig Sherwood, Gordon Sherwood’s son.    “My dad spent over half his life involved with Live Steamers.  It was truly one of the loves of his life,” said Sherwood. “This beautiful new station is a fitting tribute to my father and his dedication to Los Angeles Live Steamers.”

The ceremony went off with a bang, when air cannons firing confetti and streamers into the air as LaBonge and LALSRM President Lou Kovacs cut the ribbon.   Directly next to the station is a large  “garden railroad” featuring G scale trains, that are much smaller than the regular trains that carry passengers around the site.  Club members were busy working on the finishing touches for the layout, when a gust of wind hit.   Most of the confetti and streamers ended up just over the fence in the garden.   As the ceremonies ended, club members were busy picking up the pieces.

Confetti and streamers filled the air as the Sherwood Centennial Station was dedicated. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

The small sign in the foreground marks to approach trains take into the new Sherwood Centennial Station, where hundreds of children and adults can board the trains each Sunday for a ride. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)