December 25, 2011
When the freak windstorm was knocking down power lines and toppling giant trees on roofs and cars, Scotty Sorensen was pounding 42-inch stakes into the ground with a sledgehammer to keep the 95-mph gusts from blowing away the tents at his Christmas tree lot in Pasadena. It was an exercise in futility as the raging winds bent the aluminum poles holding up the tents. It was the same at his lot in South Pasadena where the giant tent - Big Red - was in danger of blowing away and damaging someone else's property.
December 19, 2008
There’s little doubt the spirit of Christmas is displayed in the illuminated splendor of Art and Cheryl Galvan’s La Crescenta home. With its brightly lit star perched about 70-feet above a nativity scene, honoring the first Christmas and pointing the way to the “reason for the season,” the house is one of several creatively decorated homes along Paraiso Way, long known for its festive and “friendly” holiday decoration...
December 27, 2010
Dozens of members of the Salem Lutheran Church on Sunday set aside their newly unwrapped Christmas presents in order to prepare and partake in a holiday meal with the local homeless. The second annual Christmas feast drew about 200 people, including several families with young children, from local social service agencies such as PATH Achieve Glendale, New Horizons Family Center and Catholic Charities. Also present were residents of Solheim Lutheran Home in Eagle Rock. "We have a much better turn out this year, and we have a lot more donations," said volunteer Gary Barseghian.
October 28, 2011
Even before Halloween, Christmas spirit lumbered into the Americana at Brand Friday morning in the form of a 100-foot-tall white fir. The tree, shipped in from Mt. Shasta, arrived at 6 a.m. on a flatbed truck and was hoisted by crane onto the outdoor mall's green. In the coming weeks, crews will cover the Christmas tree with 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments in time for its official debut ceremony Nov. 17. -- Jason Wells, Times Community News Twitter: @JasonBretWells Photo: A crane hoists a 100-foot-tall white fir tree at the Americana at Brand on Friday, Oct. 28. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News
November 30, 2012
The good weather made the Montrose Christmas Tree Lighting Festival a great success. A snow-making machine helped make Honolulu Avenue feel like a winter wonderland. I saw little kids and bigger kids with gray hair throwing snowballs. One even hit one of the carolers, right in the middle of one of my favorite songs. Behind the scenes, Santa's elves, Steve Pierce and Linda McMenamin, were busy making sure all the equipment was being moved into place. They and the other merchants helped make sure the streets and sidewalks were clean before the first snowball hit the ground.
December 22, 1999
Las Vegas-style show at Beyond the Stars Palace Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale is offering a unique dinner theater production with music and dancing from around the world Wednesdays through Sundays. "Russian Extreme" features 26 famed Russian dancers in colorful costumes in addition to daring circus acts, slapstick magicians, clowns and audience participation. Music in the show, spans the gamut from techno, jazz, Latin, ambient, modern Jewish dance and even an African number with the "I Dream of Jeannie" theme laced throughout.
December 15, 2006
Deborah Scott and Patty Wynne-Hughes are helping to make the season bright with their appearances in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Their vivid characterizations are enhanced by singing and dancing in the mid-19 century setting. Both women are featured vocalists in solos, duets and quartet performances. Wynne-Hughes was lead vocalist for the Step Sisters, singing hits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, performing internationally, including appearances with Linda Rondstat, Mel Torme and Tex Beneke.
December 28, 2009
GLENDALE — It might not qualify as a Christmas miracle, but sales and traffic around Glendale retail hubs exceeded last year’s numbers, mall operators said. The Americana at Brand is anticipating its best Christmas season on record in its short history, and the parking lot at the Glendale Galleria has been filled to capacity for seven days leading up to the big day, representatives for the two properties said. “People are shopping with confidence,” said Jennifer Gordon, a senior vice president with Caruso Affiliated, which owns the Americana.
December 14, 2007
At this time of the year, it’s not difficult to get misty-eyed as we receive holiday cards in the mail or listen to songs about being apart for Christmas. In fact, since the deluge of holiday cheer starts before Halloween arrives, it’s not inconceivable that by the time that Christmas does roll around we’re ready to scream, "Enough!" I am embarrassed to admit that I am one of the many who feel more stress as the season approaches than joy. I don’t get my cards out on time, and if I do, I never seem to have the time to include a family photo, even though that’s easy to do now with digital images and color printers.
December 16, 2005
I wanted to say "Happy Holidays" to a guy the other day, but he had just told me that he was scheduled to work through Christmas. I suddenly realized that the word, "holiday" might make him feel bad, being that his was less than a happy one this year, what with work and all. So I smiled and said nothing. It was a safe encounter. He was not offended and I was politically, religiously, seasonally correct. There was a brief temptation on my part to mutter something neutral, like maybe, "Happy Winter" or safer yet, "Merry Whatever," but he just might be a depressed person and those words could hurt, too. Best to be silent, I thought.