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Burglars Prey On Worshipers At Local Churches

Thieves have apparently found easy prey, as they broke into several parked cars of worshipers attending local churches this past Sunday, September 15.

The Burbank Police Department took nine separate reports for auto burglaries that occurred at or near local houses of worship between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Victims reported losing laptop computers, an iPad, a GPS, tools, a briefcase, and books. The break-ins occurred while the car owners were attending worship services at five local Christian churches and one Jewish temple.

The burglaries occurred at First Christian Church of Burbank, 221 S. Sixth St.; Magnolia Park United Methodist Church/The Lighthouse at Magnolia; St. Finbar Catholic Church, 2020 W. Olive Ave.; St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.; St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 154 N. Fifth St.; and Temple Beth Emet, 600 N. Buena Vista St.  One car was broken into in the parking lot of the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  The parking lot is adjacent to St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

The Burbank Police Department is currently investigating the burglaries.  The department advises everyone to secure their property when leaving it in a parked vehicle, and offers the following tips to keep from being a victim:

•   Park in well-lit areas while visiting malls, shopping centers, and places of worship.

•   Lock All doors and windows, even while in your own driveway or carport.

•   Be aware of your surroundings while going to and leaving your vehicle.

•   Make eye contact with those around you and your vehicle.

•   Do not leave valuables (backpacks, computer bags, packages, GPS systems, in plain      sight inside your vehicle.  Secure them in the truck or a covered area inside the vehicle.

•   If you see someone suspicious looking into vehicles, call the police.

•   If you see a crime, be a good witness and obtain a description of the suspect(s) and the suspect vehicle — including the license plate.

•   Remember to “Lock It, Hide It, Keep It.”

St. Finbar To Once Again Host Empty Bowl Fundraiser in March

The Second Annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser is set for Sunday, March 25, any time between 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., at the St. Finbar Community Center, 2110 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank.

The event will benefit Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley (FP-ESFV) in their efforts to provide safe shelter, meals and support to homeless families.

The Empty Bowl premise is simple: independent potters, arts associations and other groups within the community create handcrafted ceramic bowls. Guests who purchase adult tickets are entitled to a one-of-a-kind bowl, in which is served a simple meal of soup with bread and dessert donated by area restaurants. They take their selected bowl home with them as a symbol of the hunger and uncertainty homeless families face daily. Last year, hundreds of area residents attended the memorable event.

Participating potters include the Burbank Creative Arts Center, McGroarty Art Center and Hoover High School Potters.

Some of the soup donors returning for a second year include Café Victory, California Pizza Kitchen, Gary Bric’s Ramp, Granville Café, Pomodoro and The Riverside Café.

Event sponsors include the Media City Community Credit Union and Philleen Meskin Real Estate/Re/Max Elite.

Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley opened in July 2010 as one of over 170 networks across the country affiliated with Family Promise, a national non-profit organization committed to helping low-income families to achieve lasting independence. Family Promise helps mobilize communities to provide safe shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families through programs designed to redress the underlying causes of homelessness. Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley serves the geographic area that includes North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, and Eagle Rock, California through the participation of an Interfaith Hospitality Network of local congregations and volunteers.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. All money raised will further Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley’s mission of assisting situationally homeless families. For tickets or more information, visit www.FamilyPromiseESFV.org email tickets@FamilyPromiseESFV.org or call 747-333-6081.

St. Finbar Fiesta Coming This Weekend

The annual St. Finbar Fiesta will take place this weekend.  The festivities start Friday evening at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday evening, on the playground of St. Finbar School, at the corner of Olive Ave. and Keystone St.

There will be fun, carnival games, raffles, prizes, and plenty of food and beverages.  The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers, Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican cuisine, along with beer and margaritas.  Admission is free.   There will be a raffle for a $10,000 grand prize, with tickets going for $50 each.  The Fiesta is held each year to benefit the St. Finbar School.

The Fiesta will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.