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Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! For information on any of the items below, or to view photos from one of Tom’s events this week, please visit: www.tomlabonge.com.

When 4,000 British tourists were stranded in Los Angeles by the volcano in Iceland, Councilmember LaBonge worked with British Consul General Dame Barbara Hay and LA Inc., to show them a good time. The three arranged free visits to attractions in Council District 4 (Madame Tussaud’s, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Petersen Automotive Museum and others) to anyone with a Britsh passport.

In celebration of Earth Day, Councilmember Tom LaBonge led more than 350 public school fifth graders on a hike and tree-planting on the top of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park on his Fifth Annual Hike for Health.

On Tuesday, April 27th, some streets downtown will be closed for the funeral of former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates. The funeral service will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The procession from Deaton Auditorium at LAPD Headquarters to the Cathedral will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. See the attached flier for more information about street closures.

Have a great weekend and continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles.

Universal City

NBC Picks Up New Mid-Season Drama Parenthood for 2010-11 Season

NBC has renewed its new mid-season drama Parenthood (Tuesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for the 2010-11 season.

Parenthood is one of the most upscale series on primetime broadcast television, ranking in the top 10 in terms of the concentration of homes with incomes of $100,000 or more in its adult 18-49 audience. It’s also a highly time-shifted show, adding an average 32 percent to its adult 18-49 rating when going from “live plus same day” to “live plus seven day” Nielsen results, and adding an average 26 percent or 1.8 million persons in total viewers.

Parenthood, a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office comedy hit of the same name, premiered Tuesday, March 2 (10-11 p.m. ET). The re-imagined and updated production introduces audiences to the large and colorful yet imperfect Braverman family, and features an all-star cast that includes Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, Sam Jaeger, Sarah Ramos, Mae Whitman, Miles Heizer, Savannah Rae and Max Burkholder.

Parenthood is from Imagine Television and Universal Media Studios.


St. Finbar Church

A Night of Praise Worship, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Healing Prayer will be held on Wednesday, May 5th, at 8 p.m. at St. Finbar Catholic Church at 2010 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506. Call 818-846-6251 for additional details.

Also, St. Finbar will be holding a National Day of Prayer event on May 6th from noon until 9 p.m. Eight praise choirs from different churches, pastors, and community leaders will come together.

McDonald’s Honors Burbank Manager

Burbank is home to one of the nation’s top McDonald’s restaurant managers. Brenda Quiroz recently received the Ray Kroc award, which annually recognizes the top performing McDonald’s restaurant managers in the country.

One hundred forty one managers were chosen this year to win the Ray Kroc Award. Quiroz has worked at McDonald’s, located at 1127 N. San Fernando Blvd., for 19 years. She began her career as a crew member and worked her way up the ranks.


Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

On Wed, May 12, at 7 p.m., at Brand Library and Art Center, John R. Tumpak will present a lecture titled “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” Fitzgerald is recognizes as “America’s First Lady of Song.” She is arguably the greatest female jazz vocalist.

Tumpak, a jazz historian, will feature selections from her 53 hit records and discuss the little known personal life of the intently private music icon. There will be ample time for questions. Admission is free.

Brand Library is located at 1601 W. Mountain Street. Call 818-548-2051 for additional information.

Los Angeles

Secondary School Open House

Thirty independent schools from the Valley and greater Los Angeles will have representatives available to discuss school programs, admissions procedures, financial aid, etc. The schools are all members of the California Association of Independent Schools. This is open to parents of current 4th through 10th graders.

Monday, May 10th
6:45- 9 p.m.
Curtis School
15871 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sesame Street Live at the L.A. Zoo

Bring your camera and take a photo with Bert, Ernie, and Grover when they stop by the Zoo for Sesame Street Live Weekend!

Enjoy Sesame Street related activities throughout the Zoo and be sure to pick up your coupon for discounted tickets to L.A. area performances of Sesame Street Live “1-2-3 Imagine! With Elmo & Friends!”

Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2
11 a.m – 3 p.m.
L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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