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On the Town: 'Throwback Thursdays' tune in to classic TV

On the Town: 'Throwback Thursdays' tune in to classic TV

Thanks to the Media City Center Barnes & Noble and the Classic TV Preservation Society’s “Throwback Thursday” series, the summer of 2015 will be recorded as one that gave Burbankers the opportunity to spend an evening with a diverse array of individuals who provide entertaining...

On the Town: Rain doesn't stop Flock fans from roosting

On the Town: Rain doesn't stop Flock fans from roosting

Inclement weather serves as an allure for sea gulls, and the rains of last Saturday evening drew out a flock of them, along with fans of 1980s pop music who braved the storm to catch A Flock of Seagulls at the Starlight Bowl.

On the Town: Water-art exhibit whets drought support

On the Town: Water-art exhibit whets drought support

While those who appreciate and support the arts don’t give much, if any, thought to how important water is to the creative process, Burbank artists Tyler Coleman and Bradley Wilder are acutely aware of that fact.

On the Town: Starlight Bowl hosts Fourth of July celebration

On the Town: Starlight Bowl hosts Fourth of July celebration

It was an evening of patriotism, picnics, pyrotechnics, musical kings and military heroes for the sell-out crowd that celebrated the Fourth of July at the Starlight Bowl this past Saturday.

On the Town: Empty Bowl event helps fight homelessness

On the Town: Empty Bowl event helps fight homelessness

While most charitable organizations stage fundraisers in fancy ballrooms and provide their supporters with steaks, salmon and souffles, Family Promise of the Verdugos takes a lower-key approach by presenting an annual Empty Bowl luncheon.

On the Town: Guild's spring dance casts a magical spell

On the Town: Guild's spring dance casts a magical spell

Members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found themselves in a spin, and loving the spin they were in, as they gathered for their annual spring social dinner dance presented under the theme “That Old Black Magic” on June 7 at the...

On the Town: Artists draw supporters to the FSA cause

On the Town: Artists draw supporters to the FSA cause

For the third consecutive year, Cartoon Network teamed up with the Family Service Agency of Burbank to present their “Healing He-ARTS,” art auction fundraiser at the network’s downtown Burbank-based studio this past week.

On the Town: Chamber members, guests tour West Coast Customs

On the Town: Chamber members, guests tour West Coast Customs

Close to 200 members and guests of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce got a special treat as they were given the opportunity to peruse an assembly line of customized vehicles and take part in small group tours of the worldwide headquarters of West Coast Customs this past week.

On the Town: Burbank High's VMA wraps up 2015 season

On the Town: Burbank High's VMA wraps up 2015 season

Burbank High School’s Vocal Music Assn. presented a program called “Keep The Faith!” as its final Pop Show production of the 2015 season during three performances in the school’s auditorium this past weekend.

On the Town: Foundation celebrates arts supporters

On the Town: Foundation celebrates arts supporters

When it comes to the art of party-throwing, no one does it better than the folks at the Burbank Arts for All Foundation.

On the Town: Boys & Girls Club honors its founders

On the Town: Boys & Girls Club honors its founders

In the mid-1990s, a handful of Burbank visionaries began the work to establish a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club. Soon thereafter, that vision and work resulted in the opening of a club that today provides services to more than 2,200 area young people between the ages of 6 and 18.

On the Town: Director and his wife exit the stage

On the Town: Director and his wife exit the stage

This past Saturday evening, as the final curtain fell on the Burbank High School drama department's spring production of "Failure: A Love Story," it also marked the last show to be staged under the direction of drama teacher Brooks Gardner and his wife, Ann.

On the Town: St. Joseph's celebrates the sweet life

On the Town: St. Joseph's celebrates the sweet life

For 69 years, the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild has worked to sweeten the lives of those who are in need of medical care, and so it was fitting that its recent spring fashion show and luncheon fundraiser was presented under the theme, “La Dolce Vita.”

On the Town: Police group's event supports four-legged units

On the Town: Police group's event supports four-legged units

Staged to raise funds for the Burbank Police Department's K-9 and mounted units, the Burbank Police Foundation welcomed supporters to the third annual Hoof and Woof Walk at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center this past Saturday.

On the Town: Coleman honor is a laughing matter

On the Town: Coleman honor is a laughing matter

Gary Olson, president and chief executive of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, and Eric Foster, the organization’s board chairman, were forecasting a great evening as they welcomed more than 300 supporters to their 2015 annual gala that honored NBC4...

On the Town: Gala offers healthy support of Medical Focus

On the Town: Gala offers healthy support of Medical Focus

More than 250 supporters of Providence High School in Burbank gathered for the school’s annual gala fundraiser on March 28 at Lakeside Golf Club.

On the Town: Hospital guild reorganizes its leadership

On the Town: Hospital guild reorganizes its leadership

Although Burbankers don’t experience it as dramatically as those who live in the northeastern region of our country, which was unmercifully bombarded with frigid temperatures this winter, spring is the time of change.

On the Town: BTAC honors hospital for citizenship

On the Town: BTAC honors hospital for citizenship

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center, known as BTAC, presented Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center with Burbank's Top Award for Citizenship at its 12th annual gala fundraiser held at the Castaway Restaurant and Special Events Center on March 6.

On the Town: St. Patrick's Day is tops for local Civitans

On the Town: St. Patrick's Day is tops for local Civitans

Members of the Burbank Civitan Club once again took to the wearin’ o’ the green as they welcomed guests and local dignitaries to their annual St. Patrick's Day Champagne brunch in the Rose Garden Room at the Pickwick Gardens Banquet Center this past Sunday.

On the Town: St. Francis Xavier goes mad for the '60s

On the Town: St. Francis Xavier goes mad for the '60s

While the main entrance to the Castaway’s Starlight Ballroom provided no outward clue, a simple cross of the threshold proved to be a step through a portal into time travel as the Burbank’s St. Francis Xavier School presented its annual dinner auction fundraiser this past Saturday...

On the Town: Police luncheon fetes the department's best

On the Town: Police luncheon fetes the department's best

The Burbank Police Foundation, working in conjunction with the Burbank Police Department, presented the inaugural Burbank Police Awards Luncheon at the Airport Marriott this past Thursday.

On the Town: Music competition honors young finalists

On the Town: Music competition honors young finalists

Established in 2001 by violinist, conductor and teacher Noumi Fischer and his wife, fellow violinist and teacher, Audre Hennings Fischer, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation perpetuates the goals of musical tradition and excellence.

On the Town: Talented Bulldogs keep things swinging

On the Town: Talented Bulldogs keep things swinging

With art and music programs falling victim to dwindling budgets in so many public schools throughout the United States, it is encouraging to know that is not the case in Burbank.

On the Town: NCL fundraiser is a night of magic

On the Town: NCL fundraiser is a night of magic

While every evening spent looking down on the lights of Burbank and the San Fernando Valley from the Castaway restaurant is magical, this past Saturday saw the level of magic amped-up as the Burbank Chapter of National Charity League presented its annual casino fundraiser under the theme: “A...

On the Town: St. Robert Bellarmine hosts annual open house

On the Town: St. Robert Bellarmine hosts annual open house

St. Robert Bellarmine parish pastor, the Rev. John Collins, and the parish school’s principal, Melissa Ronan, were joined by members of the faculty, staff, student body and their parents as they hosted their annual open house this past week.

On the Town: Book'd in Burbank hosts its first event of year

If people aren’t reading books these days, no one told that to the attendees that filled Theatre Banshee on Magnolia Boulevard for the first Book’d in Burbank event of 2015 this past week.

On the Town: Auditorium supporters gather at arts gala

Among the glitz and excitement of the red-carpet arrivals, a woman crossed paths with a man who, decades earlier, was her teacher. It could have very well been an actress and her drama coach encountering one another as they arrived at the Nokia Theater for the People’s Choice Awards or at...

On the Town: ANC's local chapter celebrates Christmas dinner

Just when you think the holidays are over, there is always another round of celebrations to enjoy thanks to the Armenian community. While most Christians celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, Armenians do so on Jan. 6.

On the Town: Teen's charity efforts skate to success

It’s easy for people to spend New Year’s Day making promise after promise to themselves that this will be the year they make a difference in their lives, or the lives of others. The not-so-easy part is keeping those promises and turning them into realities. That, however, is exactly what...

On The Town: First Presbyterian presents its nativity pageant

As the holiday season, and the year itself slip into history, many Burbankers will be remembering 2014 with memories of the extravagant nativity pageants presented by local churches.

On the Town: Not your typical holiday show at Westminster

You just know it’s not going to be your traditional Christmas pageant when, at the outset, Bing Crosby steps into a spotlight and, between puffs on his pipe, invites you to travel back in time with Doc Brown and Marty McFly to a night, many years ago, when a baby boy was born in Bethlehem.

On the Town: Visitors congregate to church Nativity scenes

In what has become a local Christmastime tradition, three Burbank churches present uniquely different nativity pageants during December.

On the Town: Local Realtors honor two of their own

While December is the month of gift giving, realtors are the men and woman who can make any day of the year seem like Christmas or Hanukkah by assisting people in the purchase of their greatest gift — their home.

On the Town: Theatre Banshee heats up the holidays

While 'tis the season to become stressed out over the decorating, planning, cooking, shopping and everything else that comes with the holidays, thanks to the folks at Notorious Possum Productions, who are staging "Holiday Fever!" at Theatre Banshee, Burbankers have no excuse for taking a little time...

On the Town: Organization presents second annual Secret Art Show

On this Thanksgiving eve, gratitude is being served up to the Burbank Arts For All Foundation as hundreds of local homes are now showcasing newly acquired works of art, and hundreds of local residents have checked a few of their art-loving loved ones off their shopping list.

On the Town: School's Harvest Ball fundraiser honors three

For the 12th time, parishioners and supporters of Burbank’s Saint Finbar Parish School gathered to bestow the Harvester of Faith Awards at their Harvest Ball fundraiser held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center this past Friday evening.

On the Town: Fashion show dazzles for charity outfit

Welcoming more than 350 members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to the 67th annual Razzle Dazzle Luncheon and Fashion Show, Veronica Chavoor, the organization’s president, lauded those she represents as a varied group that...

On the Town: Zonta Club names its Woman of the Year

An assemblage of close to 150 men and women filed into the Castaway restaurant’s Starlight Room this past Saturday.

On the Town: Betting on Boys & Girls and iconic TV women

From gambling to “Gidget,” poker chips to Chip Douglas from “My Three Sons,” Burbankers had the chance to celebrate the launch of a local author’s book, enjoy fascinating insight from two classic television stars and tangle with Lady Luck to support the Boys & Girls...

On the Town: Actors and Others for Animals present 2014 gala

It’s not often that one finds themselves in the midst of a galaxy of film and television stars that includes an original cast member of the Not Ready For Primetime Players from “Saturday Night Live,” two-eighths of the Brady clan and the world’s most famous baby witch.

On the Town: Dignitaries help celebrate the YMCA's 90 years

With the city of Burbank just entering its teens, 1924 saw the birth of numerous individuals who would go on to become legendary and iconic figures reaching the pinnacle of their respective fields — Marlon Brando, Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughan, Lauren Bacall, Truman Capote, George H.W. Bush and...

On the Town: Agency honors members of an extended family

Imagine a fundraiser that boasted the attendance of close to 250 of Burbank's movers and shakers along with the mayor, a full complement of the city council, the city manager, his three predecessors and nine of the 20 living former mayors.

On the Town: Supporters gather for Realtors' charitable auction

While the parking lot adjacent to the red-brick-walled building at 2006 W. Magnolia Blvd. is just about as inconspicuous as a parking lot can be, it took on a very different look as it was transformed into a western ranch as the Burbank Assn. of Realtors staged its annual Community Service...

On the Town: The stars align for salsa at Burroughs

Last week's heat spell was nothing more than a mere memory as the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa blended together and rendered a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual "Salsa Under the Stars" fundraiser this past Saturday evening.

On The Town: Casino fundraiser bets on dental health

Finding smiles on the faces of folks at a casino are usually only evident when big wins are happening.

On the Town: A great week for learning and the arts

This past week marked the celebration of two openings as Burbank's Colony Theatre staged a gala opening-night reception and performance of the second production of its 40th season, and the Friends of the Burbank Public Library presented its annual Trivia Challenge to raise funds for the literacy...

On the Town: Burbank Arts for All Foundation holds fundraiser

What could be better than being poolside in a beautiful twinkle-light-illuminated backyard, mingling with friends over cocktails, and listening to live music on a warm summer night? Perhaps, only one thing: doing all those things while raising funds for a wonderful cause.

On the Town: Aktion Club rallies locals for the troops

As they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of their organization, members of the Burbank chapter of the Aktion Club presented "Operation Red, White and Blue" — a World War II-themed fashion show fundraiser to benefit Operation Gratitude, the volunteer organization that sends...

On the Town: Emblem Club presents summer event

The doors of local schools are once again open, and plans are being finalized for Labor Day get-a-ways and gatherings, which, in Burbank, are annual signs that it is time for the Burbank Emblem Club to stage one last summer fundraiser.

On the Town: Booster Club, Tony's go after causes

With two different, and yet equally important goals, the Roosevelt Elementary School Booster Club and Tony Yanow, the proprietor of Burbank's Tony's Darts Away, staged respective fundraisers this past week.

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