Toluca Lake

Tom LaBonge News

Channel 4’s Fritz Coleman interviews Councilmember LaBonge as Gloria Pink looks on at the annual Toluca Lake holiday tree-lighting ceremony on December 4.

Channel 4’s Fritz Coleman interviews Councilmember LaBonge as Gloria Pink looks on at the annual Toluca Lake holiday tree-lighting ceremony on December 4.

Councilmember LaBonge’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee approved a ban on smoking on restaurant patios this week. The proposed ordinance will be heard by the full council early next year.
Members from almost every neighborhood council in Council District 4 attended Tom’s community leadership breakfast on Thursday morning. The breakfast meetings are part of the Councilmember’s initiative to bring city government to the people. The group discussed development issues, beautification and other items of district-wide interest. Thanks to everyone who attended.
The 2010 Census will begin its outreach to the central part of the city next week. The purpose of this meeting is to coordinate and develop local strategies to reach the hard-to-count communities in each of these areas and get them mobilized to participate in the 2010 Census. Federal funding levels are determined by census numbers, so it’s important that every resident be counted. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the California Endowment, YOSEMITE A, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, please contact:  office at (213) 978-0301 or via e-mail to Juan Rodriguez at juan.rodriguez@lacity.org.
The Department of Transportation and a transportation partner are pleased to launch a real-time information service for DASH Downtown passengers. Beginning Nov. 16, just in time for the start of the next work week, riders can access a service through their cell phones, online or by calling DASH to check when the next bus will arrive at a bus stop. Riders can access the info by visiting the www.dtdash.com or calling the automated phone line (213) 785-3858.
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.
Councilmembers LaBonge and Perry went to the US Postal Service’s Operation Santa headquarters in South Los Angeles this week to thank the postal worker who volunteers to not only answer needy children’s letters to Santa, but buy the requested gifts as well.


Burbank Family YMCA Christmas Tree Lot
First quality trees at fair prices. Big selection. All profits go to youth scholarships for those that can’t afford the many Y activities. This is our 50th year of selling Christmas trees with the Y Service club doing all the volunteering necessary to have it always a first class operation. Flocking, fire retardant spraying, wreaths, garland, trees from table top to 12’. We have Nobles, Douglas fir, Grand Fir and Frazer Fir.

Victory and Burbank Blvd. (East of Costco, across the street) 10am- 9pm, daily

For more information, call (818) 563-1644.

Creative Arts Center Holiday Boutique Runs Through December 17, 2009
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.

Creative Arts Center Gallery 1100 West Clark Avenue, Burbank, California

For additional information and gallery hours, call the gallery at (818) 238-5397.

Burbank Chorale Presents Antonis Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Songs of the Season
The Burbank Chorale, under the direction of Mikhail Shtangrud, presents “Celebrate” the theme for their 2009 Holiday Concert. The Chorale will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria and songs of the season accompanied by the Burbank Chorale Orchestra and noted keyboardist John Tveit. The Colburn Children’s Choir will be featured in a guest performance. There will be a reception and raffle during intermission. General Admission $20 at the door. $15 Seniors and children under 12. $15 pre-sale.

First United Methodist Church, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502 Sat. Dec. 19, 7:30pm

For more information call (818) 759-9177.

Los Angeles

Coronet Debutantes

Jerry Jameson, daughter Grace James, mother Sue James and their guest Gretchen Wayne at the 60th Anniversary Coronet Debutante Ball.

Jerry Jameson, daughter Grace James, mother Sue James and their guest Gretchen Wayne at the 60th Anniversary Coronet Debutante Ball.

The 60th Anniversary of the Coronet Debutante Ball was held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
As the presenter announced her name the Debutante stepped through the huge architectural floral Coronet and made her bow.
Earlier in the evening the past directors of the Coronet Balls were introduced ending with the 2009 Director Mrs. Joseph Aponte-Fran.
Two other girls were legacies, Michelle Bailhe, daughter of Clare O’Donnell Bailhe who was presented in 1979, and Grace Jameson who’s sister, Kate, was a Coronet Debutante in 2007.
Proceeds from the Ball go to National Charity League Los Angeles Founder Chapter whose major philanthropies are: recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Head Start I and II among others.

2009 Satellite Awards to Spotlight Mary Pickford, Michael York, Roger Corman and Roger Deakins

Roger Corman.

Roger Corman.

International Press Academy’s 14th Satellite Awards™ presentation will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in the Grand Salon at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. During the ceremony, the IPA will celebrate screen legend Mary Pickford’s 100th Anniversary in film, which dates back to her 1909 start at Biograph Studios. Since 1997, the IPA’s highest honor has been the Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry — a special life achievement award. This year’s recipient is actor Michael York. In 2008, York narrated “Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies,” a documentary that chronicles Pickford’s eventful career.
This year’s Satellite Award honorees also include cinematographer Roger Deakins (“A Serious Man,” “No Country for Old Men”) and legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. Deakins will receive the 2009 Tesla Award for Visionary Achievements in Filmmaking Technology. Corman will receive the 2009 Auteur Award. Celebrity arrivals for the 14th Satellite Awards begin at 5pm. The Awards Presentation takes place at 6pm in the Grand Salon, followed by a dinner at 8pm.


Pasadena Pro Musica Presents Baroque Christmas
We invite you to savor the joys of the season with A Baroque Christmas! Please join us for a sparkling sampler of Baroque Christmas music on Sunday, December 20, 2009. The gifted young soprano soloist Lucy Zepeda joins the Pasadena Pro Musica chorus and orchestra for a sensuous holiday program to inspire the mind, warm the heart and delight the spirit.

You are encouraged to arrive early… seats fill up quickly!

301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103 Sunday, December 20, 4pm

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