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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!

French Holiday Bazaar

Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

The Burbank Campus Parents’ Association of the International School of Los Angeles / Lycée International is proud to present their 2nd annual French Holiday Bazaar on Friday, November 16. 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 and no tickets are necessary. Simply RSVP for free via Eventbrite to join us for a merry evening of shopping and more!

South Hills Children’s Center Holds Ribbon Cutting

On the afternoon of Thursday, April 19, families and city officials gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the South Hills Children’s Center located at 222 S. Victory Blvd.

Director Maria Martinez, who launched the daycare, was grateful for the large turnout in attendance. Burbank city councilman Bob Frutos and other city officials assisted Martinez as she cut the ribbon, officially opening the daycare to the public.

“It is a great resource for the community. Thank you for your efforts for opening this up and we hope for many successes for you,” said a city official, handing a certificate to Martinez.

The Children’s Center is intended for kids ages 2 to 5, who can attend sessions Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“My passion is to help others and this church has given me the opportunity to open this center as one of my big dreams because I can support the learning and development of each child in their own way,” said Martinez.

Crafts, painting, and a bounce house were provided at the ceremony to celebrate the daycare’s official launch.

South Hills pastor Dave Stewart was in attendance during the ribbon cutting ceremony, proud of Martinez for her accomplishment.

“It’s been a three-year dream so we’re excited it’s finally happening and about Maria’s vision coming to be. For us, it’s exciting to be able to provide something like this for our community,” said Stewart.

Parents are thankful to have a place where their kids can go, knowing they won’t get lost in the shuffle, and be treated according to their individual needs.

“I’ve really appreciated the level of attentiveness that comes with people of faith who have an underlying understanding of what it means to not just teach your kids, but to love them as well,” said Jessie Brewer, mom of Noah (7) and Sophia (4).

Among the parents who are excited about sending their children to a daycare they can trust is Jon Torres, who works within the church as the family pastor.

“They send out these weekly newsletters where they talk about what they do for the entire week to inform parents what’s going on. Not only that, but their Instagram page shows that the team behind the Children’s Center values excellence,” said Torres.

 

The team who works at the Children’s Center hopes to foster an atmosphere where families can feel safe and cared for. Teachers use a curriculum called “STEM,” which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

“There’s also a lot of focus on developing and maturing their social skills, not just academically,” said Paola Bracamontes, one of the teachers.

A statement on the Children’s Center website at http://southhillschildrenscenter.com explains the philosophy behind their method of education: “We believe children are like little scientists and have a natural curiosity to explore their world. We create environments where optimal learning takes place.”

Burbank Arcade Welcomes All

On Saturday, March 3, the All Amusement Fun Center at Burbank Town Center hosted an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing visitors to get their face painted, request balloon animals, and play an unlimited amount of arcade games— all free of charge.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

After 24 years, owners Jim and Susan Rowton are thankful for the continued influx of customers, especially since the arcade was nearly closed last year in light of the mall’s refurbishments.

Relocated from the first floor to the third floor, the All Amusement Fun Center has taken on a brighter energy and a more inviting ambiance. While many of the arcade’s games come from the previous location, half of the games are brand new. Recent additions include claw machine games, which allow patrons to play until they win a stuffed animal.

“People love that and it’s a beautiful new concept that is part of what’s called a fair play initiative that’s started in the industry and something we embraced immediately,” said Jim Rowton. “We love giving back to people. The more you give them, the more you win their business and the more you win their trust, and that’s what we’re all about.”

Among the arcade’s most popular games, racing games linked online allow patrons to compete against other gamers across the world.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Rowton also recognizes the arcade as an opportunity to show hospitality to the disabled and mentally impaired.

“We love the fact that they entrust us and feel comfortable here. It really touches us, that families come here and their kids can have a slice of normalcy and enjoy things that others of us take for granted.”

While some arcades might showcase lackluster prizes for patrons saving up their tickets, Rowton has worked hard to stock the best quality prizes for customers. From stuffed animals to Star Wars themed wallets among other items, the display case has something of interest for gamers of all ages.

“One of the things we’re most proud about is our merchandise. We work hard to shop for the community and be astute and expert buyers so we can put prizes out there that people can win easily,” said Rowton.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

If a gamer is a few tickets short of the cost of a prize, a claw machine gives them the chance to win 30 to a thousand tickets to meet their goal.

“We try to be very generous about giving back to people. It’s been one of the things that made us successful over the years.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

When Los Angeles County’s last mall arcade nearly closed in 2017, the community spoke up and made it known that Rowton’s business holds a special place in their lives. With the help of Lance W. Taylor, director at CAPREF Burbank LLC, who has been overseeing the renovation of the Burbank Town Center, the arcade’s closure was avoided. Instead, the Rowtons collaborated with Taylor so that the All Amusement Fun Center would be relocated and refurbished.

“Special marketing events like this one, with a generational tenant like All Amusement, help connect the community with our tenants, and give them a reason to visit the new Burbank Town Center. We hope their experience gives them a new perspective and makes them want to come back to both All Amusement and the mall,” said Taylor.

Cusumano Family Pledges $1 Million To St. Joseph’s Medical Center

The Cusumano family of Burbank has donated $1 million to the new Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, earmarking the funds for high-tech diagnostics equipment.

In recognition of this gift, the institute’s Neurodiagnostic Center will be named for the Cusumanos, whose family roots are deep here in Burbank, both in business and in philanthropy.

The family is particularly interested in funding a state-of-the-art biplane angiography suite where a neurovascular X-ray system will provide sharp three-dimensional images for interventional procedures. These images can be rotated so physicians see tiny intricate blood vessels from all angles as they map their treatment for patients with strokes, aneurysms or other brain injuries.

“This generous donation from the Cusumano family will go a long way to provide this cutting-edge equipment to residents of the San Fernando Valley as we build our Hill Neuroscience Institute,” said George Teitelbaum, M.D., a neurointerventionalist on staff at Providence Saint Joseph.
“Such an advanced imaging system will afford us greater abilities to perform complex neurointerventional surgical procedures in the brain and spine. I’m positive that this donation will help to save many lives.”