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Saving Libraries

Saving Libraries

According to Altadena Alliance… Since 1993, Altadena voters have overwhelmingly approved the parcel tax to counter crippling State cuts. We need a 2/3 majority to save our Altadena Libraries. If Measure A fails, we face slashed services and perhaps even closures. Help get out the vote. Keep our tradition alive. Keep our libraries open. In [...]

Spooky Creatures & Halloween Hunt

Spooky Creatures & Halloween Hunt

Who know what lurks in the garden? Take a jaunt and discover who hangs out in the plants and trees! See what scary things nature has to offer on docent-led hikes through the garden. The will be Halloween crafts and other activities for children ages 10 and under. Come in costume if you’d like! (Official [...]

SoCal Children’s Museum Opens

SoCal Children’s Museum Opens

(Official press release) Until now, it has been a museum without walls. But an available space on Lake has given us the opportunity to open a fully-functioning – albeit miniaturized - children’s museum right in the heart of Pasadena. We’ve packed our temporary space with all sorts of activities to tickle the imaginations of children under the age of 8 – [...]

Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

The men who work inside the San José Mine are divided into two shifts, A and B, each working seven days at a time, and all of these men have been assigned to A shift. The A shift, in turn, is divided into twelve-hour-long night and day shifts that keep the mine working around the [...]

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

“The pod, by the way, was ‘low hanging fruit’ from a silk floss tree in the parking lot of the Hastings Ranch Ralph’s in Pasadena,” says Susan Strother Carrier who has kindly shared her pictures and the evolution of the pod. The silk floss tree or Chorisia speciosa has one of the “most unique trunks [...]

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Writing your life, two pages at a time. James E. Birren was a man immersed in aging. The study of aging. Gerontology. Mortality and well-being. After decades in this career, his thoughts seem to have naturally evolved… I found myself increasingly interested in topics that were outside conventional psychology. In my graduate seminar, I introduced [...]

Food As Art

Food As Art

South Pasadena’s Arts Crawl involves art of all kinds, including the culinary variety. Michelle Hohman’s Urban Kitchen is celebrating it’s one-year anniversary on October 18th with “Food As Art.” Hohman has invited Chef Beer Vee to conduct an interactive cooking demonstration, sharing his “artful” French macarons, truffles, and other treats. For Urban Kitchen’s cooking classes, Hohman [...]

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Chado, Sado, Chanoyu. It’s the Way of Tea. This highly choreographed ritual is the Japanese ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha or green tea, “a sacred tea ceremony (that) embodies harmony, respect, and tranquility.” Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, [...]

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier was born in Lausanne Switzerland. From this idyll location, Odier moved in 1959 to America, joining the United States Army. Once he’d completed his obligation found himself in Tacoma, Washington. In the small city, 35 miles from Seattle, he opened a restaurant/nightclub combo, as well as an art gallery. He eventually received his [...]

The Art of Honoring the Dead

The Art of Honoring the Dead

El Día de Los Muertos, the tradition of honoring loved ones, which can be traced back thousands of years to the pre-Columbian era, has inspired innumerable creative expressions. The building of ofrendas, making detailed sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers, masks, and calacas (skeletons) are symbols of lasting love and a desire to honor a particular individual. The [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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