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By Bill Kisliuk, | April 14, 2011
Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the Ventura (134) Freeway, horse riders emerge to see an unusual sight: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is deep into building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city’s reliance on open-air reservoirs, including Silver Lake. When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath an open-space recreation area along Forest Lawn Drive near the intersection with Zoo Drive.
October 3, 2001
Jeff Tully GRIFFITH PARK -- The temperatures weren't the only thing blazing at the annual Bell-Jeff Invitational cross-country event at Griffith Park. With the heat hovering in the upper-90-degree range Saturday, the event featured all four teams -- Burbank, Burroughs, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence highs -- running against a field of premier schools. Leading the pack of locals was Burbank's Kyle Ivie, who placed second in the boys' varsity Division 2 race on the hilly, dusty 2.9-mile course in 15 minutes 15 seconds.
April 12, 2000
Amber Willard GRIFFITH PARK -- Burbank police officers and fire fighters will be at the L.A. Zoo parking lot Friday through Sunday for a free earthquake preparedness fair. The fair will feature more than 200 agencies and vendors showing people how to prepare for the aftermath of an earthquake. Burbank fire fighters will demonstrate how to shut off home gas lines, secure electrical power and mend broken water lines, said Rich Baenan, the department's disaster preparedness coordinator.
August 1, 2001
Gary Moskowitz GRIFFITH PARK -- A blanket, a basket full of food, some refreshments and don't forget the ants. What could be better than a picnic in the park? Graduates of John Burroughs and Burbank high schools will convene at noon Aug. 18 in Griffith Park near the carousel for an informal, afternoon picnic for any and all classes of each school. The event is intended as a reunion for graduates, teachers, staff members, families and friends from Burroughs and Burbank high schools.
September 13, 2003
Adult photography classes now forming MAGNOLIA PARK -- The photography program at Burbank Adult School begins Monday, with classes in the new photo facility at John Burroughs High School, 1920 Clark Ave. Classes being offered include beginning photography, advanced black-and-white lab, color photography and digital photography. Students can register on the first day of each class. For class times, days and fees, call 558-4611 or 558-4777, ext. 2113.
August 22, 2001
Joyce Rudolph GRIFFITH PARK -- Genevieve Sultenfuss, nee Cowden, has always been a mover and a shaker. It's a trait she picked up in high school. At Burbank High School, she was president of Girls League and the Girls Athletic Assn. She played on the girls baseball team and was the Key Club's choice for the Most Popular Girl trophy. Later, she became the first female president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. At 91, the Glendale resident stays young as an active member and past president of Soroptimist International of Glendale and the Verdugo Hills Business and Professional Women's Club.
July 19, 2000
Paul Clinton LOS ANGELES -- After receiving a flood of comments on a proposal to bring dog shows, swap meets and other events to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department will delay consideration of the plan until September. No date has been set for the five-member panel's review of a June 8 report that examined the impact of traffic, and parking in the Rancho neighborhoods surrounding the equestrian center.
May 5, 2004
Mark R. Madler Sue Wittick has been riding horses on the trails in Griffith Park for 20 years and until recently, enjoyed taking evening rides there. That changed when signs went up announcing that a mountain lion is living in the park. Caution has become the watchword for some members of the equestrian community in Burbank and Glendale, although they recognize that the mountain lion has not attacked anyone. "I stay close to the freeway part of the park now," said Wittick, who lives in Glendale and is a horse trainer.
November 30, 2005
Bell-Jeff's state run is impressive feat At the beginning of the cross-country season, the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls' team didn't look to be a breakout squad. In fact, the Guards finished third among Burbank and Burroughs in the 15th installment of the Burbank All-City Meet on Sept. 15 at Griffith Park. However, Bell-Jeff came together as a team and despite struggling in the Sunshine League, advanced to the CIF State Cross-Country Championships. In the Division V race Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, the Guards placed 11th.
January 11, 2003
A family event celebrating Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish holiday honoring trees, is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Heritage Court at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. At 2 p.m., "Songs of the People," a live musical performance exploring the world of Jewish tradition, will be in the museum's Wells Fargo Theatre. Reservations are required for this program. Both events are free with paid admission to the museum. Admission is $7.50, seniors and students $5, and children 12 and younger $3. Parking is free.
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