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"More Cotswolds Memoirs" book cover

Burbank Beat: Downton Abbey, art festival, Annual Care Walk

Tuesday, March 29 — Behind the scenes at “Downton Abbey” at the Buena Vista Library , 300 North Buena Vista Street, begins 7 p.m. tonight.  English actress, comedy writer, and author, Diz White, will take the audience on a colorful , amusing, and visual journey of  Cotswolds, an area in south central England, where she has a cottage. Also White will include the filming locations for the popular PBS drama, “Downton Abbey,” and her experience meeting the cast. White is the author of several books... Read More →

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Music of the civil rights movement topic at Burbank event

Music that inspired the civil rights movement will be the topic of an event in Burbank tonight. Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, will lead the discussion. Santelli is a well-known blues and rock historian. He will “talk about the music that was the key element in the success of the civil rights movement, used to rally the nation and energize the fight for freedom” according to The event runs from 7-8 p.m. at the Buena Vista Library at 300 North... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank

Burbank City Council candidates’ forum tomorrow night

The four city council candidates in the April 14, 2015 Burbank General Municipal will face-off at a forum tomorrow night. The candidates will appear on a panel at the Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank at 7:30 p.m. The contenders are incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and Chris Rizzotti. They are vying for two open seats on the city council. The forum is sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President, Gary Olson, will moderate the forum.  Besides opening and... Read More →

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Long lost brother of notorious mob boss Al Capone

Jeff McArthur has written a book about the long lost brother of infamous 1920s mob boss, Al Capone. The older brother, Vincenzo Capone, changed his name to Richard Hart and worked on the side of law and order. McArthur’s book is “Two Gun Hart” and he will be speaking about it and signing copies at the Burbank Central Library. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


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Free retirement investment seminar

Burbank Central Library offering a free retirement investment seminar. Learn how to build your investment foundation so you can live comfortable in those golden years. Get details on the three types of income: variable, reliable, and rising. Find out why an income stream is important.

Financial advisor, Janelle Samples, of Edward Jones investment firm will be conducting the seminar. There is no charge and it’s open to the public. For more information call (818) 238-5600.

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“Mother Rabbit” a memoir set in the Playboy empire

book cover for "Mother Rabbit" by  Tekla Dennison Miller

“Mother Rabbit” is based on the real-life adventure of a Bunny Mother at a Playboy Club back in the 1960’s, during the struggle between the old school mores and the new feminist views of women. The memoir is a collaborative effort between two sisters. Alyce Bonura who lived the adventure, then used it as a stepping stone to an MBA and a career as a Southland financial and tax expert. And Bonura’s  younger sibling author, Tekla Dennison Miller, who is a former prison warden.

The Burbank Central Library is hosting “Coffee and Conversation” with the author. A book signing is included as well. Both Miller and Bonura are expected to attend. More information at or call 818-238-5600.

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Dewey the dragon new mascot for Burbank libraries

Catching up: New mascot for Burbank library feted

The studious and very green new mascot for the Burbank library was unveiled at a ceremony last Wednesday. Dewey the Dragon is the creation of Burbank artist Chris Runco. Last March, the community development and leadership organization, Burbank Neighborhood Leadership Program, launched a contest to find a “creative mascot” to promote the city’s three library branches. They got more than a hundred entries. The unveiling of Dewey took place at the Buena Vista branch of the Burbank library.

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Got talent? Create a mascot for Burbank libraries

Put your thinking caps on? A contest is underway to find a creative mascot for the Burbank libraries. They are looking for a colorful costumed character who will “… champion reading and literacy in the community,” according to a news release. You don’t have much time to come up with an original sketch, drawing or digital image for the Mascot Design Contest. The submissions are due by  5 p.m.  next Friday March 21, 2014 at any of the three Burbank libraries. A prize will be... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank

Cool out in Burbank during the heat wave

Looking for a cool place to chill out for a while on this sizzling hot weekend? Check out a couple of the libraries in the Media City– which have been designated as cooling centers by Burbank officials. Hours of operation have been extended at the Buena Vista Library located at 300 North Buena Vista Street.. It is open today until 8 p.m. and tomorrow, Sunday, 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Another cooling center, the Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard is also open today until 6 p.m. Escape the... Read More →

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Burbank Northwest Library: Officially open for business today

    Back in business! The Northwest Branch of the Burbank Library officially reopened to the public today. As reported here earlier here, the branch at 3323 West Victory Boulevard was closed last August for earthquake retrofitting, up grades, and general renovations. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held last Saturday. Great piece about the event by Joyce Rudolph on MyBurbank. The Northwest branch was completed in October of 1972, for around $195,000. How much did the new overhaul cost? Well, the... Read More →

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Photo of Burbank Northwest Library courtesy City of Burbank

Burbank Northwest Library reopening ceremony this weekend

A reopening ceremony is on tap tomorrow for the nearly 41-year-old Northwest Branch of the Burbank Library. Since August first of last year, the library branch at 3323 West Victory Boulevard has been closed for upgrades and renovations. The festivities on Saturday begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by an open house until noon. The public is invited to come out and tour the new Northwest branch. The library officially reopens on Monday, July 22. Normal hours are Monday-Friday noon-6 p.m.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank

Two Burbank libraries designated cooling centers during heat wave

Starting today, folks in Burbank will get some relief from the heat wave. Two of the city’s libraries will have longer hours through Sunday, providing cool places to escape hot temperatures in the 90s and even triple digits. Two designated cooling centers were announced yesterday in a news released: “Residents are encouraged to seek relief from the heat by visiting either the Buena Vista Library at 300 N. Buena Vista Street or the Burbank Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard. The Northwest Branch Library on W. Victory Boulevard remains... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- (l-r) David Gordon, David Nos, Jess Talamantes, and Dave Golonski. City council candidates discussed the issues at a forum hosted by the Burbank Association of Realtors in the upper room of the Central Library on Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank, March 21, 2013

Photo Gallery: Burbank City Council candidates speak out at forum

Burbank city council candidates pleaded their case for votes at a forum hosted by the Burbank Association of Realtors yesterday. The candidates: Dr. David Gordon, Jess Talamantes, Mayor Dave Golonski, and David Nos. The forum, at the Burbank Central Library, drew only about 35-50 people, but it was very insightful and at times disturbing. More on it coming.

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Another scorcher! Cooling center hours extended in Burbank

Another blazing hot day in Burbank. The forecast is for a high of at least 100 today and for a sizzling weekend, too. Meanwhile, the city of Burbank is extending the hours of one of its cooling centers — due to the continued heat wave: “Now that the extreme high temperatures are expected to continue through Sunday, the City is extending the hours of operation at Buena Vista Library, which is centrally located and offers the most efficient cooling system. The Central Library hours will remain... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank

Burbank Central Library open for business

After being closed for more than a week due to water damage, the Central Library in Burbank reopened today. Burbank public information officer Keith Sterling says, “..first time this length of closure in recent memory.” The library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard was shutdown on Saturday, April 9, after a water pipe ruptured in one of the book sections. The pipe was in the ceiling. The damage included carpets and books — one-to-two thousand were destroyed in the accident. City officials had originally planned to open the library the Monday following the incident.... Read More →

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Brendan Fraser, author Cornelia Funke, and the “Inkheart” trilogy

Actor Brendan Fraser is about to hit the big screen in another fantasy adventure film. Last year, Fraser gave movie fans a wild ride in the remake of “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and the third installment of the Mummy franchise, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Fraser starred in the two previous Mummy movies as well. All were Box Office hits. Each film earned more than $200 million worldwide. Fraser’s latest film, “Inkheart,” is scheduled to open next Friday, January 23.  Based on the bestselling young... Read More →

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