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December 7, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 48-year-old Burbank parolee has been arrested for allegedly procuring the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least half a dozen Los Angeles Zoo docents and then breaking into their homes while they were away, Glendale police said Thursday. Brian Simpson, who was arrested Wednesday, is suspected of committing burglaries between early September and Tuesday, Glendale Police Det. Danny Carver said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2001
A 48-year-old Burbank parolee has been arrested on suspicion of burglary for procuring the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least half a dozen Los Angeles Zoo docents and then breaking into their homes while they were away, Glendale police said Thursday. Brian Simpson, suspected of committing at least half a dozen burglaries, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly committing crimes from early September until Tuesday, said Glendale Police Det. Danny Carver.
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April 7, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN
The docents program at the Orange County Museum of Art has received a hefty boost through an endowment gift from the estate of Camille and Eric Durand. The donation of approximately $750,000 will help support the volunteer corps of docents who guide visitors through the museum's exhibits and present art education programs to schools and community groups. The gift is the biggest donation to the docent program, museum officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ricardo Valdez leaned against his office desk on the first floor of the 113-year old landmark house, pointing outside his window to a group of tourists closely inspecting the building. "Look at these people," he said. "They're paying such close attention to the detail. Sometimes I think locals take for granted the history of this city." Valdez is president of Las Angelitas del Pueblo, a volunteer docent society that provides walking tours at El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park downtown.
NEWS
December 22, 2000 | GREG GARLAND, BALTIMORE SUN
David P. Novak never dreamed things would turn out this way, that a simple daily journal he kept while in federal prison for insurance fraud would become the key to rebuilding his life. Three years after his release, the 38-year-old Vancouver, Wash., man is making six figures sharing his knowledge of prison life with others across the country who are about to enter that unfamiliar, frightening world. Novak acts as a sort of "Big Buddy" to freshman felons, mostly of the white-collar variety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2000 | NANCY FORREST-YOSNOW
The Carnegie Art Museum is seeking volunteers and docents to help support its rapidly growing exhibits and educational programs. The museum needs volunteers to help with special events, ongoing museum projects, mailings, office work and collection care, said museum spokeswoman Patricia Vincent. The volunteers will help enable the museum to bring art programs to the Oxnard community. "Volunteering at the museum is a fun and rewarding experience," Vincent said.
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July 21, 2000 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the children encounter a bees nest, Nancy Berk steps in: "Bees are very busy doing their work here, and if we leave them alone they will leave us alone." After she explains the role bees play in the cycle of nature--pollinating flowers, for example--the children's fright usually changes to appreciation. "When people have fears, it generally comes from lack of knowledge," says Berk, who trains volunteers for the Children's Nature Institute to lead nature walks for children up to 8 years old.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2000
Monday is the deadline for applying to the Getty Center's docent program and the visitor services volunteer program. Experience in the arts is not required, and multilingual candidates are particularly welcome. A four-month training program will begin after interviews are conducted at the end of May. Participants are not paid but are offered discounts in the Getty cafe and bookstore, free parking and other compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2000 | GREG RISLING
About 30 artists will be selling their work this weekend to raise money for the docent program at Topanga State Park. The third annual "Gathering of Arts," sponsored by the park docents and the Topanga Canyon Art Gallery, will offer paintings, ceramics, jewelry, handcrafted furniture and photography. Books on wildlife and hiking trails also will be available. The docents will receive 10% of the art sales and revenue from the $5 parking fee, gallery spokeswoman Nancy Williams said.
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November 5, 1999 | MILO PEINEMANN
At 79, Millie Baker can't tell legends of the Chumash forever. Her assignment as a docent at Strathearn Historical Park and Museum puts her at the park the first Wednesday and third Sunday of each month. Then there are the elementary school tours to squeeze in. A core group of retirees who volunteer to conduct the museum's tours is spread thin, she said. "We're all getting older. We need new blood in that group, we really do."
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