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Three Weissmans: Keep the Mom Spirit Going

Three Weissmans: Keep the Mom Spirit Going

Mother’s Day may have passed, but you can (and should) keep the spirit going by diving in to Cathleen Schine’s wonderful new novel, The Three Weissmans of Westport. Reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best, Schine is a deft writer who blends humor, social observation and a real understanding of humankind’s foibles and strengths into [...]

Japon Bistro

Japon Bistro

Don’t let the home-lettered signs and uninviting, tunnel-like space dissuade you from discovering this fine and eclectic Japanese spot with a lively sushi bar and a devout following. The knowledgeable young staff can’t wait to introduce you to the live sea urchin, the sake collection and the terrific izakaya, including such things as salmon carpaccio, [...]

Firefighters in Action!

Firefighters in Action!

You don’t need a kid in tow to want to take part in Fire Service Day on Saturday, when all eight Pasadena fire stations will be hosting open houses. Most exciting will be the happenings at Fire Station 33 (515 N. Lake Ave.), where firefighters will put out a vehicle fire and demonstrate such cool [...]

Arclight Opens Today

Arclight Opens Today

Even though it’s been quietly open all week, the ArcLight Pasadena officially unveils itself today with a midnight opening of Iron Man 2. We checked it out last weekend for a press preview movie, and as is so often true in life, there’s good news and not-so-good news. First, the good: The theaters themselves are [...]

Make Way for Geese

Make Way for Geese

Thanks to our friend Robert Harmon for sharing this wonderful photo he snapped this morning, while leaving Rusnak Audi on Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena. Traffic stopped while the family (families?) made its way across the street. Looks like the kindergartners in front and the middle-schoolers in the back.

Arlington Garden Turns 5

Arlington Garden Turns 5

One of Pasadena’s greatest grassroots treasures, Arlington Garden, turns 5 in July, but the celebration is happening a little early, to take advantage of the robust citrus grove and gorgeous spring flowers — including spectacular poppies, which won’t last much longer. (Bring your camera!) The “Constant Gardeners,” Betty and Charles McKenney, and fellow volunteers will [...]

Show Mom You Love Her by Cleaning Up the Arroyo

Show Mom You Love Her by Cleaning Up the Arroyo

This Saturday is the annual big cleanup of the Los Angeles River and its tributaries, including the Arroyo Seco. Friends of the LA River have organized cleanups at 14 locations; our local one is being handled by the Arroyo Seco Foundation, with sponsorship from Whole Foods. The location is a lovely stretch of the lower Arroyo [...]

Potted

Potted

Sometimes you’ve got to wander a short way out of the San Gabriel Valley to find just the thing you’re looking for — and if you’re looking for something for the garden that you won’t find anywhere else, you need to head west to up-and-coming Atwater and spend some time browsing Potted, the finest garden-accessory [...]

Red Hen Roosts in Pasadena

Red Hen Roosts in Pasadena

On Saturday we stopped by the open house to celebrate the arrival in Pasadena of Red Hen Press, Southern California’s premier publisher of poetry and indie literary fiction. Like us, many of you may know the building on El Molino and Union as “Dr. Jeannie’s,” because it was home to one of Pasadena’s best pediatric [...]

Gale’s Restaurant

Gale’s Restaurant

Hometown girl Gale Kohl and her husband, Rene Chila, know how to run a restaurant, which is why tout Pasadena comes here. The waiters are pros, the Italian chef is talented, and the atmosphere is warm. We have many favorites on the menu, including mussels with white wine and garlic, caprese salad, Caesar salad and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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