T16-Community News 1 LaBongeHonoring Ball of Cotton This year Ball of Cotton is the stateside company who, with dedication and skill, assembled the cardigans, part of the uniform for Team USA, for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi designed by Ralph Lauren. Councilmember LaBonge saluted Ball of Cotton in Council Chambers for their skill and time in creating high quality uniforms for Team USA. Ball of Cotton is the brain child of Eddy Park and his wife, Elizabeth. After gaining in-depth experience at Picardo Knits and French rags, Eddy Park decided to start his own line in 1991. Determined to keep operations in the United States, he developed a unique design of production cycle which allows for faster turn-around and better quality control. This downtown Los Angeles factory has grown to a 13,000 square foot facility in Commerce, California, with a capacity to produce 6,000 sweaters per month. Ball of Cotton, your handiwork truly stood out at the opening ceremonies, and proudly displayed our American colors. You helped the team present a unified front, and spoke of great things to come from our athletes.


2014.04.05 Hollywood Half Marathon Please be advised that the Hollywood Half Marathon is taking place NEXT Saturday, April 5, and will include the following street closures: Hollywood Blvd. between La Brea Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. Street closures will begin as early as1 a.m. and may be open by approximately 12 noon. Expect delays and congestion in and around the event area.


Love, Madness and Longing: Songs of Richard Strauss in Celebration of His 150th Birthday The Friends of Music, at Burbank First United Methodist Church, proudly presents this recital of the music of Richard Strauss. Soprano Rachelle Woolston studied voice with Lila Stuart-Bachelder and Lawrence Vincent at Brigham Young University, where she received her BA in vocal pedagogy. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in voice performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Barbara Honn. Her choral experience includes singing with the BYU Concert Choir, under the direction of Mack Wilberg and BYU Singers under Ronald Staheli, with which she toured Italy and West Africa. Her opera roles include The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and others. James Thatcher has been a member of the Phoenix Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He currently plays principal horn for the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and is an associate professor of French horn at the University of Southern California. He is arguably the most heard horn player in the world due to his performances on some 70 to 80 films per year for the last 15 years. He has performed as principal horn for more than 900 motion pictures. Coleen Thatcher is a well known accompanist in the Southern California area. Admission for the recital is free. The Friends of Music group welcomes any donations which will continue their ability to bring quality music performances to the community. A reception for all guests will follow in Trever Hall. Free childcare is available.

Burbank First United Methodist Church (Sanctuary) 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m.

For further information please call the church office at (818) 845-1531.


Free C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Course Studio City Neighborhood Council is proudly sponsoring CERT 1 Classes. This class runs on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30—9:30 p.m. Classes are FREE to the public and your CERT instructor will be LAFD Firefighter McKnight. First-Aid/CPR/AED* also offered (fee required*). The information and knowledge you will gain is PRICELESS! You will learn such basics life-saving skills as:

  • Manage public utility functions and safely put out small fires.
  • How to prevent the three “Medical Killers” by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock.
  • Provide basic emergency medical aid to your neighbor.
  • Search for and rescue accident victims safely.
  • Organize yourselves and other CERT volunteers to be effective rescuers.
  • Collect disaster intelligence to support First Responder efforts.

CBS Studio Center (MPR-9) 4024 Radford Ave. Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., from April 3 & 10

RSVP to: scnc.2014certtraining@gmail.com


National Poetry Month The North Hollywood Library is having a special program to celebrate National Poetry Month with an open reading, music, books, and refreshments. The readings by the host group La Luciernaga will be in Spanish but the open mike portion can be read in any language.

North Hollywood Regional Library 5211 Tujunga Ave. Sunday, April 6, 2—4 p.m.


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