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Mt. Wilson Trail, Sierra Madre

Mt. Wilson Trail, Sierra Madre

Mt. Wilson Trail to Orchard Camp, Sierra Madre Alternate: Continue on to Mt. Wilson 7-8 miles round-trip, moderately strenuous You get it all on this hike: a sunny climb up the face of the San Gabriels, views to the ocean on clear days and a back-side forest hike through ferns, shady glens and little waterfalls. [...]

A Noise-y Groundbreaking

A Noise-y Groundbreaking

Normally we’d do whatever it takes to not stand in the hot sun in East Pasadena on a Tuesday morning when there’s work to be done, but on this particular hot Tuesday morning, we made an exception. It was the groundbreaking ceremony for A Noise Within, which is moving from its 19-year home in Glendale [...]

Heritage Wine Company

Heritage Wine Company

Pasadena lacks a few kinds of essential food-and-drink establishments (like a proper deli and a really good gastropub à la the York), but it’s doing great in the wine bar department. There’s been a fair amount of hoopla around such places as Noir, Vertical, Bodega and the Wine Detective, but somehow we hadn’t noticed what [...]

Cherry Canyon Hike, La Cañada

Cherry Canyon Hike, La Cañada

2 to 8 miles round-trip; easy to moderate Alternate: Liz’s Loop and others lamountains.com This isn’t actually a San Gabriels hike-it’s a little-known series of trails through the chaparral of the San Rafael Hills on the south side of La Cañada, and it’s ideal for hikers who don’t have more than an hour. A new [...]

Bus to the Beach

Bus to the Beach

Summer heat has officially arrived, and the L.A. Department of Public Works is bringing back its popular Bus to the Beach. Last summer my teenage daughter and her friends were regular riders on the county-sponsored, excellent-value Altadena Summer Beach Bus. On  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day (and including Labor Day), it leaves from the [...]

Setting an Example for Teens

Setting an Example for Teens

One of the many things I learned in my son’s freshman year of high school had nothing to do with reading, writing or college application résumé-building. I learned the art of the carpool line. Up until this past year, my sons had walked to school right down the street. As a result, I had never sat in an endless line of cars at pickup or drop-off. I had never witness the madness firsthand of late kids, stressed parents and bad driving behavior.

Attack of the Ugly

Attack of the Ugly

Pasadena photo-blogger Kat Likkel posted about the latest visual blight to hit Pasadena, with a plea to Pasadena Heritage to try to do something about it. At right is the “before” sign atop the old storage building on Fair Oaks, on the south end of Old Town; below is the “after” sign, a giant swath [...]

Graywater Workshop

Graywater Workshop

Your great-grandmother might not have considered using water twice to be revolutionary—it’s just what you did back then. But now we have to learn how to do it all over again, as water becomes a scarce commodity. To further the conservation cause, Altadena Heritage is sponsoring a free program with ideas for harvesting and redirecting [...]

Happy Birthday Yujean Kang’s

Happy Birthday Yujean Kang’s

It’s hard to believe that chef Yujean Kang has been cooking his elegant brand of Chinese food in Southern California for 20 years, but it’s true. He started his career as a restaurateur in the Bay Area, then moved to L.A., and finally found his real home in Old Pasadena. Kang’s sophisticated dishes, prepared with [...]

Three Cheers for Real Local Journalism

Three Cheers for Real Local Journalism

We had to share colleague Timothy Rutt’s post today about Patch.com on his invaluable site, Altadenablog.com. And as part of that, we’re re-running the photo we took when we profiled him on Hometown-Pasadena.com—because now he’s more of a hyperlocal superhero than ever. It’s damn hard to turn down a cash-paying job in this day and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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