A McDonald's restaurant in Burbank is one of six in Southern California that will participate today in National Family Literacy Day.
From 3 to 7 p.m., the McDonald's at 1701 W. Olive Blvd. will offer celebrity book readings, singalongs and other activities.
Children will receive a free book and parents will each receive a bookmark that includes tips for improving their children's reading, writing and thinking skills.
Smoke will signal training for fires
Smoke will be visible in the Verdugo Hills behind Burbank from November through May as the Burbank and Pasadena fire departments conduct live fire training, fire officials said.
The firefighters will use a newly purchased Swede Survival Flashover Training System, said Battalion Chief Norm Stockton of the Burbank Fire Department.
The training will be held at the base of the mountains in protected metal containers at the Starlight Mesa helispot, adjacent to the Starlight Bowl parking lot.
Council approves new park project
The City Council will undertake an $8.2 million project to build a park named after former City Manager Robert "Bud" Ovrom. The council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the project at San Fernando Boulevard and Providencia Avenue, to be paid for by city and state grant money.
The 1-acre park will have a 7,000-square-foot recreation center, a basketball court and play areas for children, according to a city report. Construction is expected to begin this month, with the job being done in a year.
Hospice seeks care volunteers
Procare Hospice seeks volunteers to provide support to those facing a terminal illness, including making home visits, listening, offering caregiver relief, assisting with errands or providing bereavement support. To volunteer and attend a training class, call Linda Martinez at 818-895-8000.
Museum to hold Glendale Day
Saturday is Glendale Day at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Los Angeles. Show your Glendale Public Library Card to get into the museum free.
Tribe will host annual Stars Gala
The Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians will host the fourth annual Stars Gala tonight at 6 at The Odyssey, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills.
Funds raised will go toward Pukuu Cultural Community Services. For almost 40 years, the tribe has provided social services to American Indians and low-income families in Los Angeles County.
For more information, go to www.pukuu.org.
Center schedules open house, tour
TARZANA -- The Tarzana Community and Cultural Center on Sunday will host an open house and tour of the property at Ventura Boulevard and Vanalden Avenue.
The event from 2 to 5 p.m. is part of a fundraiser to help pay off a $250,000 loan.
The museum houses about 100 artifacts highlighting Tarzana history, as well as a growing collection of items from Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The site includes a koi pond, children's garden, rose garden and other features.
The nonprofit organization purchased the property in February 2000 for $1.5 million, with a balance of $250,000.
"People in the community drive by us but don't know who we are," said Patty McManus, president of the organization.
"This is a way to introduce the community to us, show them they can use this property."
For more information, visit www.mytarzana.org or call (818) 705-1286.
-- Staff and Wire Services