Chamber Mingles With Community at Holiday Mixer

First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

While the celebration was very much in the present, with best wishes being exchanged for the future, it was clearly the past that was highlighted as the Burbank Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Road Kings of Burbank to present last week’s holiday mixer at the Gordon R. Howard Museum complex.
Festively decked out, and most definitely in the mood for yuletide partying, a gathering of close to 200 mixed and mingled amongst the displays of items chronicling the city’s history, from the eras of Native Americans and Spanish Rancheros pioneers, to those of agricultural development, aviation, aerospace, the California car culture and the entertainment and media industry.
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Community Spirit Fuels Toy Drive

First published in the Dec. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

You would think, with only a couple of weeks until Christmas, that Santa would be far too busy for anything other than last-minute toy delivery preparations.
And yet, the jolly old elf found time to take a quick trip from the North Pole to attend the “Spirit of the Community Toy Drive” at Burbank’s Tequilas Cantina and Grill this past week.
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Smoke House Celebrates 75 Years With Hollywood Stars

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It was an emotional evening for Smoke House owner Marti Spencer as the venerable restaurant celebrated its 75th anniversary by throwing a gala party last Tuesday night.
Hosted by former KNBC-4 weatherman Fritz Coleman, the evening saw the legendary eatery packed with longtime regulars, notables from the entertainment world and local political dignitaries who came out to celebrate the three-quarters-of-a-century milestone with Spencer and her staff.
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