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Rover Roving the Arroyo

Rover Roving the Arroyo

Our friend Bruce Moision, a JPL engineer, tipped us off that JPL/NASA is testing the latest Mars Rover, named Athlete, in the upper Arroyo– and this Rover will be roving the Arroyo tomorrow, Friday, if you’d like to go spy it in action. Here’s a photo of the Rover they’re testing; Bruce is going to [...]

An Artist at Work

An Artist at Work

Thanks to Lori Webster for drawing our attention to this short video showing Altadena Ngene Mwaura, a sculpture, painter, mixed-media artist and silkscreener of very cool t-shirts. The video shows him creating a new t-shirt, from conception to final product. You’ll find some of his t-shirts for sale on Etsy; his prints and some other [...]

Wandering Old Town

Wandering Old Town

Some thoughts while wandering Old Pasadena on a lovely summer Saturday afternoon: When a street parking spot opens before me on the weekend, I figure it’s a sign from God that I need to take it, even if I don’t need to buy, eat or drink anything. As much as I decry the mallification of [...]

Brigham Yen, Blogger-Realtor

Brigham Yen, Blogger-Realtor

First of all, yes, that’s his real name. Brigham Yen was born in Provo, Utah, when his father was pursuing his Ph.D. at BYU, and he thought he’d give the name of the university to his son, because it would be unique. And it is. (“Contrary to popular belief,” says Brigham, “there are not that [...]

Coffee Action

Coffee Action

Pasadena’s coffee people, who are numerous indeed, are abuzz with two new developments. First is last week’s opening of the new Intelligentsia Coffee in Old Town, in the former Wok ‘n Roll space on the north side of Colorado jus west of Raymond. A Chicago native, Intelligentsia first settled in Silver Lake, where it instantly [...]

Rose Parading in Summer

Rose Parading in Summer

For us locals, the Rose Parade is pretty much a year-round event. The army of volunteers starts working on the coming year’s parade on January 2nd, float builders start that same month, and we all know it’s Thanksgiving when the stands appear on Orange Grove. For us at Hometown Pasadena, the parade starts in mid-summer, [...]

Helping the Wellness Community

Helping the Wellness Community

Pasadena-based The Wellness Community-Foothills is one of those amazing nonprofits that most people know nothing about—until they need it. TWCF, as it calls itself, exists to make the lives of people dealing with cancer a little easier— and we’re here to tell you that an awful lot of people in the San Gabriel Valley are [...]

A Look at La Miniatura

A Look at La Miniatura

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s more acclaimed houses, La Miniatura (aka the Millard House) is on the market again, this time for a hair under $5 mil. (Last time, pre-recession, it was up for $7.73 million.) We’ve been neighbors to this beautiful Prospect Park sculpture in concrete textile block for many years, so we know [...]

Choosing Pasadena

Choosing Pasadena

The word “hometown” is heavily weighted. It evokes community, family, history and stability. Whether real or longed for, a hometown implies a sense of belonging, perhaps even of nurturing. No matter that so many Americans move so frequently — as a society we still place a high value on at least the idea of a hometown.

Laurie Ochoa, Editor

Laurie Ochoa, Editor

Laurie Ochoa, editor of the much-talked-about new L.A. literary quarterly Slake, grew up in Whittier, close enough to Pasadena to decorate floats with high school friends and camp on Colorado Boulevard to see the parade. She was drawn to words as a student, and set out on the path to being an editor right out of school—first [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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