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Holiday In The Park Draws Record Crowds

Magnolia Park’s annual Holiday in the Park event drew record numbers of people to the eclectic Burbank shopping district on Friday evening, November 17. Approximately 22,000 people attended the event showcasing local music, arts and crafts, services and shops.

“On behalf of the Holiday in the Park committee, we are overjoyed and overwhelmed by the amount of love and support the community has shown us by attending the event,” commented committee member Ashley Erikson.

“Everyone involved from the the entertainment, to the stores, to the exhibitors that filled the streets, to every single attendee, did a phenomenal job creating such a fun and interactive event that people of all ages could enjoy.”

holiday in the park


A cappella vocal groups from John Burroughs High School and David Star Jordan Middle School performed at the event, along with cheer teams from Jordan and Luther Burbank Middle Schools. Live DJs, along with small acoustic and electric bands and ensembles livened up the scene along the nine block stretch.

Two performance stages at Bank of America and Worship Walk Church showcased musical and gymnastics groups.

Santa and Mrs. Claus posed for photos with children and families at the UMe Credit Union and free candy apples were handed out to those in line.

A snow play area, a bubble party, face painting and games entertained visitors. Vehicles from SRT and Burbank Fire and Police departments, along with classic cars, were parked throughout the event.

holiday in the park

“For the committee, putting Holiday in the Park together is an act of love- not just for Magnolia Park but for the entire Burbank community, and we hope we conveyed that in our efforts.”

Erikson noted Burbank officials estimated the number of attendees for the 2017 event at 22,000 – which was 7,000 more than the estimated attendance at the 2016 Holiday in the Park.

“The committee is already hard at work analyzing the event and what we can do better for next year, seeing as 2018 will be the event’s 30th anniversary,” added Erikson.

Holiday in the Park is funded through donations from individuals, businesses and stores in the Magnolia Park area.

The Holiday in the Park committee is accepting donations online to help fund the 2018 Holiday in the Park here. Closing down Magnolia Boulevard is costly for the committee, but much safer than trying to contain the event to the sidewalks of Magnolia Boulevard.

More information on the Holiday in the Park event can be found on their website.

Holiday In The Park Plans For Bigger Better Event November 17th

Save the date Holiday in the Park just a week and a half away.

Holiday in the Park 2017 plans have been getting worked on by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association who is hard at work to bring the biggest community event in Burbank to life.

The event which is always planned on Friday before Thanksgiving will land on Friday, November 17th from 5-9pm.  Holiday in the Park stretches down Magnolia Blvd from Hollywood Way to Florence St with an estimation of 20,000 people in attendance this year.  The street will be closed as the previous year’s event, creating an open and safe environment for kids and families. 

You’ll be able to find all of your favorite things from last year including live music and dance shows, character photo ops, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as Food Trucks, community booths, a kid zone, classic car show and more.

The neighborhoods surrounding Magnolia Park should expect plenty of cars parking in front of their houses and traffic on the east/west corridors to be packed with vehicles. 

As a reminder, Magnolia Blvd. will be closed down from 2 pm to close to 11 pm so please use alternate routes.  

For more information you can Follow Magnolia Park on Facebook here:
www.facebook.com/ MagnoliaParkBurbank/  or visit www.holidayintheparkburbank. com for more updates


Magnolia Park 1927

On the western end of Magnolia in Burbank is an area of homes and shops know as Magnolia Park.

Earl White with Betty Gerry

In the 1920’s, a project to build homes and a shopping district was begun.

Hopes were high and plans were laid out to make this a fantastic area to live and to shop. To draw attention to the area of Magnolia, the promoter Earl L. White pulled out all the stops and hired several Silent movie actresses to show off the new development and bring in buyers and businesses.

Within a short few years there were 3500 homes and a new business district on Magnolia Blvd itself.

As they say the rest is history as today Magnolia park is a bustling hub of shops, restaurants, antique stores and other fine eclectic businesses.

Here are some photos from the 1928 promotional pictures featuring actresses, Betty Baker, Betty Gerry, Dorothy Gulliver, Ann Carter and Billie Barnes.




Betty Gerry

Betty Gerry

Betty Gerry





Coming on November 27, 2017….

Growing Up in Burbank



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lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

Kasey Lansdale & Dark Delicacies Raise Over $15,000 in Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser

Last week, a large Hurricane Harvey fundraising event was held at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies, located in Magnolia Park. The fundraising event was headlined by a group of celebrities, all of which were there to help the event be the best it can be. In the days leading up to the event, citizens of Burbank contributed an overwhelming inventory of supplies, ranging from protein snacks to blankets and beds.

Photo By: Kelsie Hernandez

The event was also coupled with a simultaneous online auction for those who couldn’t make it. During celebrity signings, Kasey Lansdale stood on a chair and conducted the online auction.

On hand to lend their support for the fundraiser were actors Lance Henrickson (Pumpkinhead, Aliens) and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, Kidnapped). Before a wave of people flooded the Dark Delicacies floor, I got a chance to sit down with Lew Temple to ask him how he heard about this fundraising event.

It was on the internet and social media. One of my friends had indicated he was going to Dark Delicacies on Tuesday to sign some autographs for Houston. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! What a great event!’

Being from Houston, and wanting to serve and help out any way I can, especially because it’s Houston, I called Del and Sue, who run Dark Delicacies and who I’ve known for a long time, and they said to come on down! I’ll sign whatever, take pictures with people, represent my end of ‘The Walking Dead’ or my end of ‘Devel’s Rejects,’ or any of Rob Zombie’s films!

I have family in Houston and some friends. Everybody’s okay, but there are some displaced from their homes, but all in good health, God Bless. I know that isn’t the case for everybody, but for those who have suffered, we are trying to help as best we can. I’m just proud of Houston, the State of Texas, and also our nation. We’ve all sort of rallied – there’s not a Red or a Blue, or Black or White – it’s just people helping people, which is the right thing to do. It gives us renewed faith in the Human element. We’re just planetary inhabitants riding, and I feel like we have to serve each other. That’s what we’re doing tonight!

Actor Lance Henrickson was also in high spirits throughout the event, signing posters, figures, and other memorabilia belonging to his storied career.

Photo By: Kelsie Hernandez

As a lengthy line formed just a few feet away from his table, I had a quick minute to ask him why he was here:

Look, every time I go to Texas, something good happens. I do love Texas. This was an opportunity for me to give something back. It’s a little something. It’s no big effort to come out and do this. It’s Houston! We have to give them everything we can give them.

In all, the fundraising event raised over $15,000 in cash and goods. You can find more information on where the funds are going here. If you’d like to see more photos of the event, check out the gallery below!

Kasey Lansdale & Dark Delicacies Throw Harvey Fundraiser

Country Music Star, Writer, and Actress Kasey Lansdale is throwing a fundraising and donation event, with the help of the folks over at Dark Delicacies. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, and will benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Tuesday event is headlined by special guests and celebrity talent who are available for autographs at $20 an item. The guests include:

Lance Henriksen (Aliens)

Cerina Vincent (Original Cabin Fever)

Paul Dini (Batman & Harley Quinn)

Misty Lee, Brea Grant (Halloween II)

Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity)

Izzy Lee (Innsmouth)

Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare on Elm St)

David J. Schow (The Crow)

AJ Bowen (You’re Next)

Lew Temple (Walking Dead)

Jackson Stewart, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant & Chase Williamson (Beyond the Gates)

Online Auction

Organizers are asking that everyone who attends the event to please bring cash. Additionally, for those who can’t make it, an online auction will be set up and run live on Facebook. The auction will include items such as:

John Carter Cash & Ana Cristina Cash are donating Johnny Cash memorabilia for the auction.

Cerina Vincent

Kane Holder  

David Morrell

Bracken MacLeod’s “Come to Dust” limited edition 

Art by Bill Paxton

Joe R. Lansdale

*Indie horror kids Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson and Jackson Stewart will also be in attendance! They got IFC to donate posters for them and Brea Grant to sign from Beyond the Gates! Crushing it!

24″ by 36″ ‘Rise Up’ poster of Season 7 signed by all season regulars

Signed ‘Breaking Bad’ pilot script up for auction.

Charlaine Harris is sending auction items.

We will have Walking Dead memorabilia or Photos of Pollyanna McIntosh from ‘The Walking Dead’ signed personally to you.

Volumes 3&4 of Clive Barker’s limited edition fine art book, will be up for sale.

Chris Cuffaro, who has “shot” every bad ass band in LA is donating a signed, framed photograph. He has also volunteered to do a photoshoot for anyone who wins the in store raffle.

George R.R. Martin

 Game of Thrones Anniversary illustrated edition 
 Song of Ice and Fire set of five book in Spanish from Plaza Jane 
 Wild Cards hardcover set of Inside Straight, Busted Flush, Suicide Kings 
 Knight of the Seven Kingdoms illustrated
 Mystery Knight Comic
 World of Ice and Fire 
 Dance with Dragons Subterranean Press Limited edition box set fully illustrated (Out of Print) 
– Tuf Voyaging limited edition 
– FFC chapter books X4 
– Coins
– Funko pop dolls X2
– Stuffed Dire wolves plushy X2


Donations had already started accumulating at Dark Delicacies and they have since run out of room in the store. If you are planning on attending the event and still want to donate, event organizers have asked that you please donate money instead. However, Dark Delicacies will also be accepting payment by card both online and in-store.

The event is on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 PM at Dark Delicacies, which is located at 3512 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505.

For more information, including new announcements regarding memorabilia up for auction, you can find the Facebook event page here. Hope to see you all Tuesday!

The New Deal Restaurant Adds Style To Burbank’s Magnolia Park

Since opening in August 2016, The New Deal restaurant has drawn a lot of interest with its stylish, 1930’s-themed vibe and menu of beers, burgers and malts. The New Deal does a lot of things right, but continues to lack consistency in execution.

We have eaten at The New Deal at least half a dozen times since August 2016. Each visit, something was off – either the service was mind-numbingly slow, one of the dishes served was not up to the standard of previous visits or the restaurant was out of one or more items on the menu.

One aspect that has dramatically improved since the opening is the service. For months, service was slow, non-attentive and frustrating. Recently though, we have had excellent, attentive service.

The New Deal’s All American burger in August 2016. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

But, the burgers were terrible on our last visit! It was shocking for a place at which we had enjoyed several terrific burgers in the past.

Although the burgers looked amazing, the patties used on the Blue Eagle and the All American burgers were well done instead of medium as ordered. The meat was dry and tasteless and basically ruined the overall effect of the bite, no matter the toppings. The Blue Eagle was not stuffed with gorgonzola cheese as indicated on the menu but topped with a few crumbles.

Blue Eagle Burger at The New Deal in Magnolia Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We had been impressed by the burgers from the first visit – we do hope this was a one-time blip. The All American and Roosevelt burgers have been excellent in previous meals.

This inconsistency in preparation and presentation  has happened before – we’ve had a delicious House Salad of butter lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and Green Goddess dressing one time, only to be served shredded romaine lettuce in the salad another time, with the avocado missing – basically the kitchen took a side salad and added the dressing to serve it as House Salad.

The New Deal made one of the best tomato soups we have ever tasted – once. The next time, the soup was overly spicy, and its accompanying Grilled Cheese Sandwich was dry and hard.

Tomato soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich at The New Deal. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We have also enjoyed The New Deal’s fantastic Brown Derby Cobb Salad – a fresh lettuce mix topped with hard-boiled egg, bacon, Roquefort cheese, tomato, avocado, chicken and a delicious French dressing.

Shakes and malts are consistently terrific – try the Creamsicle. Mini Milkshakes and The Teen Special (cheeseburger or hamburger, fries or chips and a mini milkshake) are perfect offerings for the younger set or lighter eaters.

The New Deal in Burbank’s fantastic Brown Derby Cobb Salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The fries have always come out from the kitchen perfectly crispy and warm. The Street Corn is very tasty, coated with mayo, cotija cheese and chili powder. The fried pickles and roasted carrots with burrata and pesto are delicious, too.

The New Deal offers a nice selection of wine and beer. But on every single occasion we’ve ordered a beer in the past six months, the restaurant has been out of at least one or two of the beers requested. They have been able to substitute with a delicious option, though.

The style of The New Deal is lovely, with old-fashioned looking utensils, salt & pepper shakers and a vintage decor. We appreciate the individuality of the place. Restrooms are clean and fun.

Street Corn at The New Deal in Magnolia Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Parking is available on the street. Usually, The New Deal is steadily busy at lunch and dinner and the restaurant does take reservations. Sometimes, the wait for a table can be a while because it’s a small place.

Magnolia Park, and Burbank in general, really needs more individual and unique restaurants and shops, and we are rooting for The New Deal to make it all work. Great concept, great menu of food and drinks… but consistency in service and the quality and presentation of the menu items is vital.

For the first time in myBurbank history, we have a restaurant that sits between two ratings. Because it does so many things well, yet really needs to pay attention to some important issues, The New Deal ranks between Could Use A Rewrite and On The Marquee.

Restaurant Info: The New Deal is located at 3501 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. 818 861-7731. The New Deal is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 pm.

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

Pedestrian Succumbs to Injuries in Magnolia Park Accident

On November 17, 2016, at about 12:30 pm, Burbank Police Officers and paramedics responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Lima Street.


(Photo Courtesy Ashley Erickson)

Preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian, 86 year-old Burbank resident Arzelia Pisani, was crossing Lima Street in an unmarked crosswalk when she was struck by a black Dodge Charger traveling north on Lima Street preparing to make a right turn onto Magnolia Boulevard.

Pisani sustained a significant head injury as a result of the collision. Burbank Fire Department Paramedics treated her at the scene before she was transported to a local hospital. Pisani has since succumbed to her injuries. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will rule on the cause of death.

The driver of the Dodge Charger, a 32 year-old Sylmar resident, remained at the scene and has been cooperating with the investigation. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this collision.

Burbank Police Traffic Detectives continue to investigate this collision.

Anyone who witnessed this traffic collision is asked to contact Burbank Police Detective Sam Anderson at (818) 238-3103. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” or by using the website www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Magnolia Park Pet Shop Celebrates First Birthday, Adds Airport Kiosk

Still searching for the perfect Superman or Batgirl costume for your pet? Up Pup ‘N’ Away, a Magnolia Park pet shop, has a large selection of colorful styles for all sizes of animals, from spooky Halloween skeletons to Star Trek, Iron Man and beyond.

The Magnolia Park pet shop also stocks toys, treats, food, apparel, travel, collars, leashes and more fun items for pets and their humans.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Located on Ontario Street behind Blast From The Past comic book, toy and hobby store, Up Pup ‘N’ Away recently celebrated the grand opening of their pet supply kiosk inside the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The Burbank store for pet lovers and their best friends only sells products made in the United States.

The store welcomes those interested in the costumes and apparel to bring in their pet to try items on for a perfect fit.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Up Pup ‘N’ Away just announced its first Halloween Pet Costume Contest from October 25 to 21. The store also currently offers 10% off all costumes.

Costumes must be purchased at the Burbank store. Check out the pet shop’s Facebook page for contest entry photos. First prize is a plush Star Trek bed for the winning furry entrant.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Up Pup ‘N’ Away marked its first year anniversary in Burbank at the Ontario/Magnolia storefront in October. Run by Marwick Kane and Tracy Michele Tabb, the two humans turned their love for animals into a store dedicated to pets’ health and well-being.

The Magnolia Park store is open daily from Tuesday until Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. Up Pup ‘N’ Away is located at 3117 W. Magnolia Boulevard, Suite A, in Burbank.

City of Burbank to Target: You Need to Dot I’s and Cross T’s

As first reported here in myBurbank on Monday, Target has announced that it will open a new ” flexible-format” location at 1033 N. Hollywood Way in a store that once held Akron’s until the mid-1980’s.

artist rendering for the site to be opened at 1011 N. Hollywood Way

artist rendering for the site to be opened at 1011 N. Hollywood Way

Many in the community has lashed out about parking and traffic concerns in the Magnolia Park area where the store is planned.

In a comment to myBurbank posted by Community Development Director Patrick Prescott, he states that while Target has inquired about the property, the City of Burbank has not approved the store.

What has not been established is if the area, which was originally zoned for the Akron store to do business from 1955 through 1985 was still in effect. If the area is not zoned for the store, Target might have to apply for a conditional use permit through the City.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Councilman Will Rogers asked Prescott for more information and was told what is referenced below in his comments.

Below is the comment sent in by Patrick Prescott:

Hello. Patrick Prescott here. I’m the city’s Community Development Director and I would like to clarify that the City of Burbank has not approved a Target store at 1033 N Hollywood Way. Target inquired about the property a week or so ago and the planner they spoke to told them we needed more information about what they are proposing. They have submitted no applications and the city has approved nothing, although we have some preliminary drawings of how they would like to use the building.  We agree this is an unusual location for Target to pursue given the limited amount of parking at the site.

Here’s what we know:
1. Target is building a new small “flexible format” store concept and they would like to open one at 1033 N Hollywood Way.

2. The size of the 1033 N Hollywood Way building is about 24,000 square feet. For comparison, the Target at the Empire Center is about 146,000 square feet. The Ralphs at Buena Vista and Victory is about 35,000 square feet.

3. A business like this could require special permits from the city, but we haven’t determined which since we only received their drawings of the building on Friday.  We have to figure out exactly what is being proposed before we can provide information on permit applications and possibly help them find a different location in the city.

Target Store Coming to Magnolia Park

Target announced plans to open a flexible-format store in Magnolia Park. The first store will be located at 1033 North Hollywood Way, and is also projected to open in July 2017.

The space has been used for different types of stores and real estate offices since Akron’s left the location in the mid 80’s after opening up the original store in 1955.

artist rendering for the site to be opened at 1011 N. Hollywood Way

artist rendering for the site to be opened at 1033 N. Hollywood Way

Following the opening of the store, Target will have nine flexible-format locations in the greater Los Angeles area. The other locations include: Beverly Connection (opened March 2013), University of California, Mission Hills (opening July, 2017), Irvine (opening July 2017), Koreatown (opening October 2017), Los Angeles Central (opened October 2012), Long Beach Bixby (opened March 2016), University of Southern California (opening July 2017), and Los Angeles Westwood (opened July 2012).

Growth in dense suburban and urban markets is a priority for Target, and Target’s flexible store design allows for stores in smaller locations to bring a localized experience to guests with tailored assortments.

The Burbank store at approximately 24,750 square feet will provide a quick-trip shopping experience with curated assortments, including:

  • A selection of fresh groceries, including produce and meal essentials, as well as grab-and-go items spanning sandwiches, salads beverages, snacks and more
  • Men’s and women’s apparel
  • A curated assortment of kids’ and baby care products, as well as toys
  • Home décor
  • An assortment of health, personal care and beauty products
  • Portable technology products and entertainment accessories
  • Services Target Mobile and Order Pickup

“Target is focused on serving more guests in dense urban and suburban neighborhoods by adding flexible-format stores in priority markets, including Los Angeles. We look forward to providing a quick-trip shopping experience to two new L.A. neighborhoods with product assortments that are uniquely Target,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Properties, Target.

Flexible-format stores are a priority for Target and guests have responded well to having these customized stores available in areas where they previously couldn’t have opened. The company currently operates 23 flexible-format stores and will continue to open additional flexible-format locations, including the nine stores opening in fall 2016, and the 18 stores that have been announced to-date for 2017 and 2018.