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Meredith M.

Meredith M.

Meet Meredith Miller. From Co-Owner of Webster’s Community Pharmacy (an Altadena staple since 1926) to owner of the new shop next door, Meredith M. Meredith and Michael Miller, former owners of the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in South Pasadena, are Altadena enthusiasts and “dedicated to revitalizing and restoring this Altadena gem to its [...]

Quatuor Ebène

Quatuor Ebène

Four Frenchmen. Pierre Colombet, violin. Gabriel Le Magadure, violin. Mathieu Herzog, viola. Raphaël Merlin, violoncello. They are a string quartet. Quatuor Ebène. They’ve been described as charismatic, their playing as spellbinding. Alan Kozinn of the New York Times writes that Quatuor Ebène is “a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band.” Since [...]

Brown Is the New Green

Brown Is the New Green

(Official text) “Brown is the New Green”is the new catch phrase in California and especially in Central Valley where Monrovia’s Visalia growing grounds are located. Join Nicholas Staddon as he presents some of the new and not so new Mediterranean plants that are well suited for California gardens…and knowing Nicholas, he will stray from the [...]

Difficulties with Toys? Ask Dr. Toy

Difficulties with Toys? Ask Dr. Toy

Ever have that grandchild, nephew, niece or even your own son or daughter who’s just a wee bit picky or particular or particularly focused? Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., otherwise known as Dr. Toy, is hoping to help solve your dilemma. Dr. Auerbach has “dedicated a lifetime to the importance of play, and evaluating, toys, games, and [...]

Benefit Shopping

Benefit Shopping

Buying gifts for the holidays can be a tortuous event if we are already overworked, out of time, and exhausted. But as the holidays approach with Thanksgiving in our midst, quickly followed by Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, we try to make sure we check our pace. So one day, we’ll park the [...]

Artful Weaving

Artful Weaving

Learn the basic techniques of weaving with artist/weaver Cameron Taylor-Brown at the Norton Simon Museum. Discuss several paintings with unique color compositions in the galleries and select the one that most excites you. Then make a simple loom and create a woven work of art inspired by the painting. Teens are invited to work with [...]

In Memoriam: Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral

In Memoriam: Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral

Nov. 10th: We are sad to report that the multi-talented, much beloved Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral has passed away. To honor her spirit and many, many talents, we are extending this feature of her photos and we wish to mention that some of her dolls will be on exhibit and for sale this Saturday at Cactus Gallery’s [...]

Tamra Fago’s Cru Moderne: Haute Hats

Tamra Fago’s Cru Moderne: Haute Hats

We remember when we first walked into Camille DePedrini on Mission Street in South Pasadena and began looking closely at the clothes on display. The fabrics, the stitching, the beads, buttons, and trim were masterful and exquisite. Revealing her own artistic finesse, Tamra Fago of Cru Moderne will be exhibiting her collection of hand-formed, haute [...]

Repair Cafe at All Saints

Repair Cafe at All Saints

Would you like to slice through that tomato, that lemon, that roasted chicken like it’s butter on a spring day? Tired of sore muscles trying to find that exact angle with a  Sharpening Steel? At Repair Cafe on November 15th at All Saints, you can learn how to sharpen knives on a wet stone. You [...]

Opera, Anyone?

Opera, Anyone?

Opera is coming to Pasadena. Firstly, Caltech engineering and literature graduate, JPL summer research fellow, pianist, vocal coach, music director, and conductor Dana Sadava. Secondly, Professor of Sciences and Humanities at San Francsico Conservatory of Music, cognitive neuroscience affiliate at USC’s Memory and Aging Center, and working soprano Dr. Indre Viskontas. Jointly, these two women [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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