Older American Volunteer Service Awards

Recipients of the Older American Volunteer Service Awards were honored at City Hall on May 7. Attending are, from left, Senior Board member Doug Halter, awardee Sue Stimpson, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Senior Board member Peter McGrath, awardees Peg Setti and Sandy Struble and Senior Board member Bill Anderson. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Grayeb / May 23, 2013)

Nickelodeon Animation Studios has formed a partnership with Muir Middle School to help get its media program running, said Carson Smith, human resources manager.

Nickelodeon's media technology services team, under Director Boris Beaubien, worked with Muir's Principal Greg Miller to develop a three-session, one-hour class that serves as an introduction to the role of the computer in the animation process.

The media technology team brought computers into the classroom and instructed the students on how to safely install hardware and trouble-shoot potential issues during the first class.

The second class addressed the type of software used in the animation process and how to install and trouble-shoot.

For the final class, the media technology team, along with one of the studio editors, brought editing workstations into the classroom and instructed the students in how to assemble and cut together animated footage using software called Final Cut Pro.

Nickelodeon has also partnered with Burbank High School and on April 25 presented BASH, Best Animated Shorts Festival, which showcased 11 short animated films that were written, produced and directed by students from the high school's animation program. It was the culminating event after a year of mentoring projects taught by Nick artists.

Nickelodeon is working with the animation program's teacher, Jonelle Pickett, to expand the curriculum for next school year.

City Council recognizes volunteers

Three senior adult volunteers who are 60 years old or older received the Burbank Older Americans Volunteer Service Award from the Burbank City Council earlier this month for giving numerous hours to city services and charitable organizations throughout the year.

Sandy Struble has given her time to perform tasks at City Hall and the Joslyn Adult Center. Sue Stimpson volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter and the Burbank Community YMCA. Peg Setti, who also received the L.A. County Volunteer Service Award, was honored for service she gives to Burbank Temporary Aid Center and St. Francis Xavier Church.

Jaycees run carnival for relay

The Burbank Jaycees' Carnival for a Cure raised $389 for cancer research at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life earlier this month at Johnny Carson Park. That puts the total amount raised by this group of young professionals at more than $3,000 for the fundraising event.

The Jaycees held a mini-carnival for kids as well as raffles for adults featuring prizes from local restaurants and movie theaters. The group meets every month for business mixers and for a volunteering event somewhere in Burbank. For information, visit burbankjaycees.org.

The Burbank Relay for Life raised $114,192.97, said Daniela Barragan, manager of Relay for Life. There were 49 teams and 499 participants, she added. Donations are being accepted through Aug. 31.

Mail checks to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Burbank Relay, 500 N. Victory Blvd., Burbank, Burbank, CA 91502. 

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