Delores Kroop of D.K. Designs let the wonders of nature to be the stars in her design of The Botanical Retreat.

2014 Pasadena Showcase home recalls an English estate

The 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened last Sunday with much fanfare. Celebrating its 50th Showcase House of Design, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts members and designers invites guests to tour the English Arts & Crafts style house and grounds in Pasadena through May 11. Seventeen interior and eight exterior designers are displaying their exceptional and innovative imaginings for this historic home and its spacious grounds.

Police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

Burbank police investigated a threat made by a John Burroughs High School student Wednesday afternoon after the student – who has not been identified – alluded to a teacher that the next day could hold potential danger.

Dusty, a hamster from Petco, eats a treat after participating in the 2014 Hamster Ball Derby at Petco in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Hamsters race to the finish

On your marks, get set — roll! That was the call Saturday afternoon at La Cañada's Petco, where local hamster lovers raced their pets in the store's 2014 Hamster Ball Derby.

Glendale Community College's Jack Sheeley takes a tumble as L.A. Pierce's Angel Cruz makes it safe back to first and then makes it to second during a game on Wednesday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

First-inning surge stymies Glendale Community College baseball in loss to L.A. Pierce

GLENDALE — Taking a week-long break from competing in the Western State Conference South Division, the Glendale Community College baseball team found itself matched up against a familiar foe in L.A. Pierce on Wednesday.

Former Glendale Coiuncilman John Drayman, after being sentenced, is taken into custody in handcuffs by a Los Angles Sheriff's Department deputy in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014 for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence was 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees, but spent only eight days in jail and will serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.

818 Roundup: Drayman assigned to house arrest after eight days in jail, GUSD weighs Sagebrush transfer

Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, April 17. Forecasters predict a high of 73 degrees and a low of 57 with patchy fog throughout the day in the Glendale region.

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

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A man waters his lawn with a hose as the sprinklers also run water onto the grass in the 1400 block of Allen Avenue, just north of Bel Aire Drive, in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014. California is in the midst of a drought.

Weather: Forecast for Thursday

Intersections: Examining the self-defense class issue

Two popular self-defense classes for women hosted by Glendale’s Status on the Commission of Women in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month have been postponed this month because of a letter from the National Coalition for Men that claimed the classes violate federal and California anti-discrimination laws.

Mountain Avenue School in La Crescenta, pictured on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, is one of the schools that falls into the Sagebrush territory.

Glendale school board weighs Sagebrush transfer

Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the Sagebrush territory to La Cañada Unified was mixed Tuesday night during the board’s first public discussion of the issue since 350 people attended a town-hall meeting last month and most of the speakers supported the move.

Glendale Freeway shooter gets life

A reputed gang member accused of killing a Mongols Motorcycle Club member on the Glendale (2) Freeway in 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to life without the possibility of parole.

Former Glendale Coiuncilman John Drayman, after being sentenced, is taken into custody in handcuffs by a Los Angles Sheriff's Department deputy in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014 for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence was 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees, but spent only eight days in jail and will serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.

Drayman serves eight days in jail

Victims of former Councilman John Drayman’s embezzlement scheme said they were shocked on Wednesday to learn the convicted felon would serve the remainder of his time in custody — an expected total of six weeks — in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail.

Field trip talk turns to pot at LCUSD school board meeting

La Cañada Unified School District officials examined their field trip supervision guidelines Tuesday night after learning that more than one student participating in La Cañada High School's annual trip to Yosemite National Park in February was caught in possession of marijuana.

Glendale to pay resident for claim of home fire caused by street repairs

The city has agreed to pay $80,000 to a Glendale woman who claimed street repair work caused a fire inside her home, leaving her without electricity needed to care for her disabled daughter and niece.

Mountain Avenue School in La Crescenta, pictured on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, is one of the schools that falls into the Sagebrush territory.

Sagebrush shows up on GUSD agenda

Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board’s first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: Equestrian nonprofit fundraiser, documentary screening, search for Waldo

Valley View Vaulters, a local nonprofit equestrian club, will host an all-day fundraiser on Tuesday at Cordon’s Smokehouse & Grill, 2931 Honolulu Ave.

Burbank High's Clarissa Guerrero (left) was named to the 2014 All-Area Girls' Soccer First Team. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Soccer First Team

Casey Basso, Senior, Midfielder/Forward, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Sophia Saldivar was named to the All-Area Girls' Soccer Second Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Soccer Second Team

Brianna Albarian, Senior, Midfielder, La Cañada

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

La Cañada High junior forward/defender Megan Decker is this year's All-Area Girls' Soccer Player of the Year. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

La Cañada High soccer's Megan Decker led Spartans' success with a smile

Every high school team has high hopes before the season — some realistic, some maybe not so much.

Great Britain's Prince Andrew points to a representation of our galaxy during a 90-minute tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in April 1984. With him is Dr. Carol Persoon.

La Cañada History: Prince Andrew of England visits La Cañada Flintridge

Prince Andrew of England¿s royal family paid a visit to La Cañada Flintridge, touring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 19, 1984

Some members of the La Cañada High School iTeam club include, left to right, Clay Massimino, adviser Jamie Lewsadder, Matthew Pasion, Braden Oh and club president Jonathan Connelly, at the iMac lab on campus on Tuesday, April 14, 2014.

La Cañada High's iTeam provides classroom technology support

For the past year, Jamie Lewsadder has led La Cañada Unified School District’s foray into a new technological era. As IT director, she’s worked with a small team of employees to upgrade the district’s infrastructure and prepare it for online Common Core field testing, currently in progress.

Around Town: Springtime calls to mind the cycle of life

The pine tree we planted has grown tall. The cones tumble down, full of sap. Hummingbirds nest in the branches. The mama birds dive bomb when I walk by. They want to attack me, divert me and protect their young.

The stars of the night at the L.A. Chamber Orchestra Strad gala are, from left, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Chalifour, Margaret Batjer, LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Ray Ushikubo, Chee-Yun, Xiang Yu and Philippe Quint.

The Valley Line: Orchestra supporters have the world on a string

Whew! Tax time is over. Certainly not my favorite time of the year. Actually, I get quite cranky. Of course there is not a darn thing to be done about it. Ben Franklin once wrote in a letter, "Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Amen, Ben.

Burbank City Council voices support for city manager after closed-door meeting

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott came out of a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday with the “unanimous support” of the City Council, the mayor said.

Matzah is passed during Passover Seder at Temple Sinai in Glendale on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Seder service marks the beginning of Passover.

Temple Sinai marks Passover in Glendale

The Temple Sinai community celebrated the second night of Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt, with a seder Tuesday night at its Glendale social hall.

First and fifth graders at the Jefferson Elementary School hummingbird and butterfly garden at the Burbank school's campus on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The garden is maintained by first and fifth grader students.

Gardening is for the birds at Burbank's Jefferson Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary has a new hummingbird garden on its campus, which also features a butterfly habitat.

Former Glendale Mayor John Drayman, with his attorney Sean McDonald, at his sentencing at Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014 for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence is 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees.

Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman released from jail

A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement.

The Comfort Women Statue is located in Central Park in Glendale.

818 Roundup: Attorneys for Glendale request comfort-women statue lawsuit dismissal, Glendale woman files claim against city of Burbank, LAPD

Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, April 16. Forecasters predict the high will be 75 and low 54 in the Glendale region.

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

A man waters his lawn with a hose as the sprinklers also run water onto the grass in the 1400 block of Allen Avenue, just north of Bel Aire Drive, in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014. California is in the midst of a drought.

Weather: Forecast for Wednesday

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