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League benefit brings an early Christmas

August 11, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
(Ruth Sowby )

"Christmas in August" is the annual sale all of Glendale awaits with baited breath — at least those who love the holidays and want an early supply of bargain trinkets, clothes, wrapping paper, buttons and bows. Members of the Glendale Assistance League threw open their doors to waiting customers on Thursday. Those lucky enough to be given a low-numbered ticket were the first in. Bea Wojtyla was their charming greeter.

Honors go to Assistance League volunteers who put in hundreds of hours to collect the items, display them and sell them for three days. President Jean Peacock and Ann Chadney supervised their hard-working staff — all decked out in signature Assistance League aprons. Number-one cashier was Margo Burkhart. Wrappers and baggers were Clay Kempson, Rita Turkmany and Rose Ann Case. The creative force behind the sale was Sylvia Kowal, assisted by her co-chairwoman Claire Collins.

Customers were there from Glendale and beyond. Cecelia Walker came from the West Adams area of Los Angeles. Martha Feutz came from her Central Avenue home. Both were caught up in the fine china department. Feutz purchased a well-preserved set of holiday-themed plates. Walker decided to window shop.

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Proceeds are earmarked for the league's charities and will help support its biggest fundraiser of the year—the Festival of Trees for which members decorate artificial trees and collect fine merchandise to be auctioned off. This year's Festival of Trees, headed by Karen Millman, will be Dec. 5 at the Hilton Glendale. Don't miss it.

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The free Summer Concert Series at the Americana at Brand kicked off on Aug. 4. Jazz musician Steve Tyrell starred, and Jennifer Leigh Warren was the featured performer.

Most of the audience sat on picnic blankets on the green and grooved to the sounds of cool jazz. Glendale residents Karen and Jim Sartoris were front and center.

"We're big Steve Tyrell fans and years ago have paid a lot to see him," Jim Sartoris said.

Glendale mom Evet Barseghian brought her children, Erica Barseghian, 11, and Emil Barseghian, 4, to see the dancing waters. The concert was an unexpected pleasure.

Diners at the Americana's Amici Trattoria Ristorante had the best seats in town.

Tonight's concert features Natasha Bedingfield.

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