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Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Anyone who lives in the Silver Lake area is invited to a community meeting on the traffic impact at West Silver Lake Dr. and Rowena Ave. of an upcoming DWP water line project. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at the Ivanhoe Elementary School Auditorium, 2828 Herkimer Street, 5-7:30 p.m.
If you live in a Preferential Parking District (PPD) or Overnight Parking District (OPD), you can now renew your annual and visitor permits on-line. You will be notified by mail of this new service when you receive you next renewal notice. PLEASE NOTE: The residents in new districts are still required to show up in person for the first time to establish their accounts. Twenty-four hour guest permits are not available on-line.


Celebrate Disney’s Newest Animated Musical “The Princess and the Frog”
In celebration of Disney’s newest animated musical “The Princess and the Frog,” Walt Disney Studios is opening its Burbank gates to the public for a once-in-a-lifetime advance special engagement, welcoming Disney fans to experience its newest animated musical comedy now through Dec. 13, 2009. Following the film, fans will also be treated to The Ultimate Disney Experience, an exciting extravaganza that will feature—for the first time ever—all nine of the Disney princesses (including the film’s Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess), as well as exciting Bayou games, movie archives, how-to presentations from Disney animators, Studio tours and more.
Group general admission tickets (for groups of 20 or more) are $20 each, general admission tickets are $30 each, and royal seating (a reserved seat, “The Princess and The Frog” Mardi Gras beads and an exclusive limited-edition collectible lithograph from “The Princess and The Frog”) is $50 per ticket. Guests can call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or log onto www.princessandfrogtickets.com.

The film opens nationwide on Dec. 11, 2009.

Adopt a Foster Kitten
The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter are hosting Kitten Adoptions in the Conference Room at the Burbank Animal Shelter. Rescuing a homeless animal is the right thing to do. Many colors, sizes and personalities to choose from. All kittens have been lovingly raised by the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter and are ready for immediate adoption.

Saturdays, 11am-3pm 1150 N. Victory Place

For more information please contact Anne (818) 469-3937 or cal-mac@pacbell.net. To meet any of our kittens privately please visit www.basv.org

Holiday Christmas Drive—Please Help!
For the past five years, I have adopted families from the USPS. Basically, children write in to Santa Claus, the post office sorts those letters based on Section 8 and low-income house. I would sift through thousands of letters and find families in dire need I knew we could help. Special needs children, children without parents, children who live in poverty, etc. We then collect gifts based off children’s requests, I typically send out an e-mail blast to individually then personally go and deliver a few days before Christmas. According to CNN, the post office was shutting down their Santa Helper program; the post office this year is no longer participating in the program due to a supposed pedophile in Maryland.
So, this year, through a very good friend, I found an organization that obtains families in need of assistance for the holidays. This year, they gave us three families. Our 4th family is a referral from a client who has a friend in dire need. Our 5th family is a family that was also a referral; this single mother of 2 lost everything to Hurricane Ike and has a story that will bring you to tears.
We are asking for donations of food (canned goods, rice, beans, etc.), gift cards, clothing for children of all ages, baby diapers and items, household items, school supplies (backpacks, crayons and coloring books). Anything helps—even simple goods like toothpaste, cologne and soap.

Now – Dec. 17

Drop off locations: Strickler Insurance (17401 Ventura Blvd. #A-35, Encino, CA 91316) or The Tolucan Times (10701 Riverside DR., Tolucan Lake, CA 91602). For more information, call Samantha Strickler Tradelius at (818) 970-6520 or (818) 285-0323.

Los Angeles County Firefighters and Their Families…
Receive Free Admission to the Autry now through December 31, 2009 in honor of the firefighters and other agencies’ valiant efforts in fighting the recent Los Angeles area fires.

The Southwest Museum and NELAart Are Proud to Welcome…
Mixed-media artist Sandra Horse’s “A New Earth—Shiny, Pretty Things” exhibit featuring one-of-a-kind jewelry and paintings.
Sandra is an artist and actor, and has a long affiliation with the Southwest Museum and The Autry National Center’s Native Voices and Wells Fargo Radio Theatre Programs. She is thrilled to have been selected to participate in this event. Her jewelry is collected around the world and she is honored to have been asked to create pieces for Nelson Mandela and his daughter Zindzi.
Join us for her opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 7-10pm, as part of NELAart’s Second Saturday Gallery Night, for an evening of “Art! Music! Shopping!” With music by Don Teschner (of the Rod Stewart Band) and light refreshments.

The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles, CA “A New Earth—Shiny, Pretty Things” will be on exhibit from December 12-27.

Creative Arts Center Holiday Boutique
Featuring pottery, paintings, photography, ornaments, decorations, clothing, jewelry, mosaics and more! Find that unique handmade gift you’re looking for! Sale items are created by students and instructors at the Creative Arts Center and members of the Fine Arts Federation.

December 4–17, 2009


FREE Improv and Acting Class
The instructor is Mark Colson, who is currently in the production of Brendan Behan’s play “The Hostage” at the Banshee Theater in Burbank. Colson was nominated for the Ovation award for his part of ‘Slim’ in last year’s “Of Mice and Men” production, also at the Banshee. He has also been on many TV series, including “Angel,” “Heroes” and “CSI NY” as well as a recurring role on a popular daytime soap.
The class is for all levels of competence. You will learn how to think on your feet which will help you in auditions. We do various forms of skits or inter-activity to teach us how to pay attention and work well with others. The activities change from week to week. You can register in class… just show up and sign up.

Tuesdays from 1-3 pm Glendale Community College Lifelong Learning Conference Room

Los Angeles

Academy’s Christmas Special

Dorothy Barrett and Francis Lederer backstage at The American National Academy.

Dorothy Barrett and Francis Lederer backstage at The American National Academy.

Francis Lederer, who created The American National Academy of Performing Arts in 1957, would be so proud today. He passed away in the year 2000 at the age of 100. Dorothy Barrett has directed the school ever since. She is now presenting a beautiful Christmas show which will feature the students of the school.
“A Touch of Broadway” will be presented on December 13th at the Beverly Garland Grand Ballroom. Show will present numbers from such great musicals as: “Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “Gigi” and even “The Wizard of Oz.”
The world of jazz, tap and hip hop will not be forgotten, however, with numbers directed by Cathy Wilkinson, Druscilla Abel and a special ballet by Hana Konupek.
Horace Heidt will emcee the event as he did for Francis in 1999.

Dinner will follow the show and tickets can be obtained by calling the Academy… (818) 763-4431.

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