November 18, 2011
It was a new take on Santa Thursday night at the Americana at Brand's fourth annual tree lighting ceremony, with aerialist and acrobatic performances putting a modern stamp on classic characters like the Nutcracker and toy soldiers. The “Cirque du Santa” event featured fireworks, music and the big man himself, Santa Claus, as the mega-outdoor mall heralded the holiday shopping season. The 100-foot-tall white fir was covered in 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments for the occasion.
December 25, 2010
This year, perhaps more so than in any other in recent memory, people can relate to the desperation of Mary and Joseph as they searched frantically for shelter on the eve of Jesus' birth. No assets, poor, and completely dependent on the generosity of others, they came to rest in a stable, beaten back by the harsh realities of even the small town of Bethlehem. As the economy continues to weigh heavily on households — lost jobs, cut hours, lost health insurance — and with little hope for improvement in the near term, more and more people have had to settle into their own stables and accept the humility and frustrations that come with it. It's the range of impact that makes it all so staggering.
December 1, 2006
When most of us open our stockings on Christmas morning, we pull out a variety of gifts ? some candy, some trinkets, perhaps a pen or paperback or a CD or DVD... In much the same way, Olivia Tsui, music director of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra (GSO), has packed this year's "Sounds of Christmas" concert on Friday evening, Dec. 1 with an eclectic medley of musical treats and gifts. "The concert is a great way to start the holiday season," says Tsui. "Better yet, we've planned this Christmas kick off celebration with the whole family in mind.
December 25, 2001
Amber Willard TOOELE, UTAH -- While most people gather around Christmas trees at home today, some Glendale-based soldiers will be patrolling the snowy mountains of Utah. These 100 soldiers have traded their civilian jobs as teachers, mechanics, police officers and the like for the lives of military men in the state's Army National Guard 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized.) The men -- as a combat unit, there are no women allowed -- were federalized weeks after the Sept.
December 25, 2002
Tim Willert As morning turned to afternoon Tuesday and time started to run out on last-minute Christmas shoppers, Glendale residents and members of the religious community took time to explain the true meaning of Christmas. "It's a time to share with friends and loved ones," said Laura Camarena, 35, during a visit to Glendale Fashion Center. "Unfortunately, it's become about objects and not the birth of Jesus." Camarena's son, 7-year-old Adam Rodriguez, offered this explanation: "It's about being kind and sharing and giving stuff to people."
December 20, 2004
With a week to spare before Christmas, several Glendale organizations gave toys to needy families Saturday, making sure disadvantaged children wake up to gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. At the New Horizons Family Center, about 3,000 families received toys collected by New Horizons, the California Highway Patrol and Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer's office. A similar giveaway took place at the Salvation Army's Windsor Road campus, where 382 families received food for a Christmas dinner as well as gifts.
December 22, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Lilith Garibyan loves getting presents at Christmastime, but she also looks forward to hearing the religious story behind the holiday every year. Lilith, a fourth-grader at Emerson Elementary School in Burbank, was one of about 45 children from Burbank and Glendale who performed Saturday during a Christmas celebration at the Armenian Church Western Diocese in Burbank. More than 800 people, including Armenian American children from public and private schools in Burbank and Glendale and their families, attended the event.
December 1, 2000
Judy Seckler LA CRESCENTA -- Whether shopping for that one last gift or looking for the perfect holiday table cloth, St. Luke's Episcopal Church wants the public to know it has organized a group of holiday activities to combat the stress. "This should be a time of delight and reflection as people concentrate on what's really important -- 'seasoning' our Christmas traditions with a true celebration of Christ's birth," said the Rev. Ron Jackson of St. Luke's.
March 24, 2005
Rosette Gonzales When others were writing Christmas wish lists for toys and clothes, 12-year-old Monica Sogamoso just wanted her family to live happily ever after in a home of their own. Monica, her sister Jasmine, 9, and their mother Maria Leon, a victim of domestic violence, had been living in shelters for two years. "I just want for my mom to be happy, and my sister to be happy, and one day we can have a house of our own," Monica told the News-Press in December.