October 12, 2002
Art in the Verdugo Mountains HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The Nature's Artists Club begins at 11 a.m. today at Stough Canyon Nature Center. The club is open to people 10 and older interested in drawing, photographing, sculpting or painting in the peaceful and scenic Verdugo Mountains. "Oak trees and our sycamores are losing their leaves, but not a lot," Recreation Supervisor Carol Mercado said. "The oak tree is getting acorns, and the squirrels and scrub jays are going for the acorns."
September 11, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Residents were breathing a little easier Tuesday night as flames receded in a 1,100 acre fire that had threatened their homes the day before. The blaze that has burned mostly on the Glendale side of the Verdugo Mountains was about 70% contained on Tuesday night, Glendale Fire officials said. The fire, which at its peak early Tuesday was being battled by more than 600 firefighters and water-carrying helicopters and airplanes, is considered suspicious in origin.
June 26, 2002
Molly Shore Long before the white man pushed west, the area was inhabited by the Gabrielinos, members of the Tongva Nation. In celebration of that heritage, Stough Canyon Nature Center hosted a daylong event Sunday featuring native foods, music and games. Adults and children of the Tongva Nation Dancers, in full ceremonial garb, performed a series of dances, including one in honor of women as procreators. Dana Bleitz, a part-time recreation leader at the center, said that a ceremony using white sage was performed to bless the nature center.
December 26, 2001
Gary Moskowitz HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Burbank's Park, Recreation and Community Services Dept. will celebrate the passing of another year Monday by hosting a full moon hike in the Verdugo Mountains. The hike will be from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave. in Burbank. Reservations to participate in the hike must be made by today. The cost of the event is $5 per person. The event will include a hike, noisemaker crafts and other activities for the whole family.
November 3, 2001
BEST BET The fourth annual Burbank Burroughs Eat Off will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John Burroughs High School football field. Dinner will be available for a small fee. Sal Santoro from Santoro's Subs provides all the food. For more information, call 840--0631. SATURDAY A Verdugo Mountains community hike will begin at 8 a.m. Call Stough Canyon Nature Center at 238-5440 for location. Farmers' Market will be from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at Olive Avenue between Glenoaks Boulevard and 3rd Street.
October 27, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Burbank and Glendale residents will have an opportunity to discover their "other backyard" in the Verdugo Mountains next week. The Verdugo Mountains community hike will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 and will take place from three different starting points. Interested hikers can begin at La Tuna Canyon, at the intersection of La Tuna Canyon and the Foothill (210) Freeway; the Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave. in Burbank; or Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.
September 29, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- The annual job of clearing brush from the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains is almost complete -- just in time for the end of fire season, officials said. In April, the department sent out letters to residents living north of Glenoaks Boulevard, reminding them to clear native vegetation, which burns readily, at least 100 feet away from structures, Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr said. Residents had until June to remove the brush, or else they could receive a citation.
July 28, 2001
Tim Willert BURBANK -- Gov. Gray Davis slashed nearly $600 million from the state budget this week, but he spared $80,000 in funding for two Burbank projects and another $15 million that could be used to develop parks in the city. Included in the $103-billion spending plan signed Thursday by Davis was $40,000 for Burbank's Childcare Demonstration Project, part of the new middle school project planned for the 200 blocks of North Fairview and North Ontario streets.
March 28, 2001
Tim Willert and Karen S. Kim HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- After years of delays, the Stough Canyon Nature Center has finally opened its doors. Hundreds of people attended a Saturday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony in the canyon of the Verdugo Mountains north of the De Bell Municipal Golf course. Guests were treated to live animal presentations and nature hikes. "We had a tremendous response," said Carol Stiver Mercado, the center's recreation program coordinator.
March 14, 2001
Tim Willert HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The public is invited to help celebrate the grand opening of the Stough Canyon Nature Center, at 2300 Walnut Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 24 and 25. The Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department, along with the Burbank Nature Docents, will help welcome visitors to the center with interactive and nature displays, hikes, live animal presentations, ...