Glendale toasts its 100th

first_imgGLENDALE – Hundreds of people came out Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city’s incorporation, despite rain that moved part of the festivities inside the Glendale Civic Center. Visitors munched on free hotdogs, watched ethnic dance performances, and perused displays outlining the history of the Jewel City and such longtime businesses as Forest Lawn and Bob’s Big Boy restaurant. “It is a wonderful, wonderful city,” said Nicole Vasquez, 25, who was born and raised in Glendale. She came to the celebration with her husband, Ismael Hernandez, 31, and their son, Donovan, 6. “I feel safe here in Glendale and everything is close. The schools are very good; I see a good future for kids here.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Rene Monchanin, 83, who has lived in Glendale since 1954, agreed that the city is friendly and safe but said he missed the clear view of the mountains he had when he first moved here. “I liked the way it was – not so congested,” he said, a little wistfully. “Driving around Glendale is becoming a chore.” Out in the parking lot, Glendale Police Sgt. Lewie Guay was doing his part to make traffic safer. He watched as a woman wearing special goggles intended to simulate alcohol-impaired vision demolished an orange traffic cone while trying to steer a golf cart around an obstacle course. “Hey, lady! You ran over my mailbox,” Guay called out, while a trio of children chortled on the sidelines. Guay said the program is particularly popular for teenagers at prom time and can become a real eye-opener for young drivers, particularly when they learn the goggles simulate a person who’s well below the legal limit for intoxication. Kathy and Richard Krause, 57 and 63, both of Glendale, were among 20 people who took an early morning tour of the Alex Theatre, which was built in 1925 and was restored by the city in the early 1990s. Although she hadn’t been to the theater in recent years, Kathy Krause recalled buying pastries after school at a local bakery and then catching a matinee at the theater with a girlfriend, and, in later years, going with her husband. “Everyone needs a place to go to that stirs the old memories,” she said. Alex Executive Director Barry McComb noted the theater has been at the center of the city’s history from the boom years in the 1920s, when it presented silent films and vaudeville performances, to today, now hosting everything from live shows to private weddings. “It continues to be an important part of the community,” he said. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more