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The Tolucan Times staff would like to thanks Mr. LaBonge for bringing us pumpkin bread for the holidays. We, unlike our guts, are glad to report every bite has been eaten.


Volunteering Opportunity

Teenagers aged (15 and above) are invited to become volunteers at the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. A training workshop will be given on Saturday, January 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The library is located at 12511 Moorpark St. at the corner of Whitsett Ave. A minimum of thirty hours of volunteer work will be expected for those, who join this program. Many schools have a requirement that students must complete a Community Service commitment before one is allowed to graduate. Participation in this library club allows that to happen.

To participate, stop in at the library, complete an application, and take a simple test. Parental approval is needed for any teen to help the library. For further information, call the library at (818) 755-7873 and speak to the Young Adult Librarian.

Financial Aid

Parents and interested teens are invited to attend a free talk on the “Financial Aid Process and How It Affects College Admission” on Thursday, January 27, at the Studio City Branch Library. The presenter of the presentation is a representative of the Princeton Review. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will adjourn approximately in an hour. It will be given in the meeting room of the Studio City Branch, LA Public Library at 12511 Moorpark St. in Studio City.


Who: TreePeople, an environmental nonprofit, and the U.S. Forest Service

What: Free Restoration Supervisor training teaches how to supervise volunteers during TreePeople’s restoration efforts in the Angeles National Forest this spring 2011. Participants will learn how to teach the planting of native tree seedlings, proper safety and tool use, and how to ensure that everyone has a great time.

Where: Angeles National Forest, detailed e-mailed upon reservation

When: Saturday, January 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How: Register online at www.treepeople.org/angeles-restoration-supervisor-training-1


Holiday Hours

West Hollywood City Hall will be open during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday during the holidays with a modified schedule on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. West Hollywood City Hall will be closed on New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31.

The following transactions are available on a modified schedule at the first-floor Permit Parking and Cashier Counters: purchase residential and commercial parking permits and obtain free, temporary visitor parking permits; pay parking citations; pay fines for vehicles which have been impounded; make payments such as Business License Taxes and other fees; and obtain information and referrals regarding City services.

Smoke Free

In an effort to promote public health and limit exposure to second hand smoke, the City of West Hollywood’s City Council has directed its staff to develop a draft ordinance to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining and other public areas.

The major provisions of the proposed smoking ordinance include the following:

  • Outdoor dining areas of restaurants will be covered, but outdoor areas of bars and nightclubs will be exempt from the smoking prohibition. Restaurants that operate as nightclubs in the late evening will be permitted to create smoking operation plans that will allow for smoking in outdoor areas during those hours.
  • The two hookah cafes currently located in the City will be exempt from the smoking prohibition
  • A “no-smoking buffer zone” of five feet will be created around covered outdoor dining and service areas.
  • Hotels will be encouraged to establish smoke-free pool areas through incentives.

The smoking ordinance is scheduled to be adopted in early 2011 and will become effective in January 2012.


Decorating Awards

Three residential, two youth and two commercial locations have been chosen by the Burbank Civic Pride Committee from this year’s entrants in the City’s 28th annual holiday outdoor decorating contest.

Certificates for “outstanding decorations” will be presented to the winners and video footage of the winning displays will be shown on The Burbank Channel (channel 6 on Charter cable, 99 on AT&T U-verse, and streaming on www.BurbankUSA.com).

“The Committee enjoyed our annual drive through Burbank looking at all the holiday decorations. There were a lot of first-time entrants this year. Thanks to everyone who participated,” said Civic Pride Committee Chairman Rob Vincent. He noted that members were pleased at the interest in the contest and encouraged other residents to enter next year.

Three awards were given in the Residential category. First place went to Aurora Aclan and family at 1075 E. Harvard Dr.; second place to Marvin Walker, 246 S. Sparks and 3rd place to Daryl Klein, 1057 E. Tujunga Ave.

Art Show

What: Outdoor Nudes

Classic Landscape

Old Wood

An Exhibition of Black and White Photography by Neal Johnston

When: Opening Reception – Friday, January 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Creative Arts Center Gallery, 1100 W. Clark Ave. in Burbank. For more information, call 9818) 238-5397.

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