IN Brief

Tasting Bee Hosted by Girl Scouts
Local Girl Scout troops will be participating in the Crescenta Valley Glendale 29th Annual International Tasting Bee on Sunday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pacific Community Center. This annual event celebrates Girl Scouting around the world, with troops hosting booths from many different nations. Girls have studied the culture of their chosen nation, and have cooked sample foods for the public to taste, as well as decorating their booths and creating costumes that share what they have learned. The public is warmly invited to drop by and purchase “taste tickets” and enjoy lunch from “around the world.”

Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave. in Glendale

Glendale Prepares for Arbor Day
Glendale Beautiful invites the public to participate in its annual observance of Arbor Day. The 63rd celebration will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at Casa Adobe de San Rafael Park, 1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale.

Arbor Day presents the opportunity for the community to be a part of the planting of trees to beautify the city.

Donors will be presented with a certificate at the brief ceremony at Casa Adobe Park on Arbor Day. Coffee social is at 10 a.m.; program at 10:30 a.m.

GFD Donates Truck to Academy
The Glendale Fire Dept. donated a fire truck to the Glendale Community College Verdugo Fire Academy on Monday prior to the GCC board of trustees meeting. The truck will be on display in the San Rafael Plaza.

The 1990 Seagrave 100-foot tillered ladder truck is in addition to two Class A engines that the GFD previously donated to the Verdugo Fire Academy.

The key functions of a ladder truck are to: allow access or egress of firefighters and casualties at height; provide a high level water point for firefighting (elevated master stream); provide a working platform from which tasks such as ventilation or overhaul can be executed; carry a large selection of tools and equipment.

The tillered ladder concept originated when taller buildings and narrow city streets became a problem for fire departments. Larger ladders were needed to get to the upper stories of buildings, and the only way to move these large ladders was with a large vehicle.

The presentation ceremony included the GCC board of trustees and administrators, fire academy personnel and cadets, the GFD and city of Glendale officials.

Rosemont Preserve Volunteers Wanted
Volunteers will next meet at the Rosemont Preserve on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., focusing on identifying and removing invasive plant species to allow room for the native flora to become reestablished. Preliminary work will begin on building trails.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothes and garden gloves (long pants and sleeves are recommended). Those who have a shovel, pickaxe, loppers or digging bar should bring them along.

The preserve is located at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence. As street parking is limited, park at Two Strike Park.

This event is free to the public, all ages, no reservations required.

For further information, contact the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve at

In the event of rain, event will be canceled.