Burbank YMCA, Conundrum Theatre Partner For Fundraiser

Jackie Brenneman, Bryan Snodgrass, Daniel Segura, Lisa Sedares and Jess Jani were among the cast members who performed at last week’s concert. | Photo by David Laurell

As the gradual reopening of schools, churches, restaurants, recreational and community facilities begins to bring life-as-we-once-knew-it back to Burbank, one organization of the local artistic community has already made its return to the stage.

This past week, the Burbank-based Conundrum Theatre Company joined forces with the Burbank Community YMCA to stage a drive-in concert fundraiser to support the Y’s new Social Impact Center.

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Jorge Adrian Garcia-Gonzalez | Obituary

Jorge Adrian Garcia-Gonzalez

Jorge Adrian Garcia-Gonzalez, 36, of Burbank, California, died unexpectedly on March 28, 2021.
Jorge was born July 1, 1984, in Michoacán, Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and son Jaxon (2 years old), his mother Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez, sisters Candy, Jackie and brother Josh.
Jorge enjoyed playing soccer, tennis, and basketball with friends. His favorite thing to do was spending time with family, watching action movies, going on walks, listening to 2000’s Hip Hop, and enjoying his life.
Jorge was working as a school age counselor at the Burbank YMCA helping children with their distance learning. Before working at the Y, he worked many years at Coral Café as a bus boy and their first male server.
He was a people pleaser and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

Kiwanis Looks to Draw Its Next Generation Into Service

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Newly sworn-in Kiwanis Club of Burbank President Kelly Peña (center) with First Vice President Douglas Chadwick (left) and Second Vice President Bryan Snodgrass at last week’s reorganization ceremony, which fellow club members saw via Zoom.

This past week, for the 99th time, members and supporters of the Kiwanis Club of Burbank gathered to swear in the organization’s new president and board of directors.
While the event included all of the traditional components of a Kiwanian reorganization, it was also very different from the previous 98 ceremonies. Instead of a gathering at a local restaurant or event facility, the service club’s 2020-21 reorganization was physically attended only by the group’s board members, who wore masks and maintained a social distance while convening at the Magnolia Park home of incoming President Kelly Peña.
As preparations were finalized by the evening’s hostess, Charissa Wheeler, to “go live” via Zoom and bring in a screen-ful of fellow Kiwanians and local dignitaries, Peña shared some insight on what the organization will look like under her leadership.
“My theme will be ‘Creating the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,’ and we will be making that happen by what I am calling the ‘Three M’s’ — membership, marketing and mentoring,” Peña revealed.

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