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Less Clutter More Life

Less Clutter More Life

If Barbara says get rid of it, get rid of it. For twenty years, Barbara Hemphill, founder of Productive Environment Institute, has been helping individuals, executives, and whole companies eliminate stacks of paper and piles of clutter. With the advancement of technology, she began aiming her focus at digital clutter. Now, Barbara has refined her […]

Fiore Market Café Roast Beef

Fiore Market Café Roast Beef

Sincere thanks to Bill Disselhorst for contributing this week’s recipe. He and Ann have just released their first cookbook—Fresh—and will have a signing on Saturday, December 20th. Only thirty dollars, Fresh makes for a great holiday gift and supports our local independent entrepreneurs! Thank you, Fiore Market Café, and congratulations…(We’ll be seeing you in a […]

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Val Echavarria is moving to the back. That is, this local artist has created her new studio space at the back of Avenue 50 Studio. Val is a multi-media artist who works in pastel, pencil, acrylics, and watercolor. She’s also a sculptor and done assemblage art and collage. She opens her studio doors this weekend… […]

Fenyes & Queen Anne for the Holidays

Fenyes & Queen Anne for the Holidays

We find holiday decorations hard to resist. Wreaths on front doors, faux candles in windows, sparkling lights in trees. We love getting off main roads to meander along side streets, checking our rear view mirror so we can putter along at 20 miles per hour, swinging our head left to right to catch sightings of […]

A Round of Limericks – On the House!

A Round of Limericks – On the House!

There are limericks and there are limericks. Clean, PG-rated limericks sound something like this: There was an American resident Who’d long had a wish to be President. But the modest amount In his savings account Was probably why he felt hesitant. (Anthony Bowden) Or… There was a young lady of Lynn Who was so excessively […]

The Curiosity Tales

The Curiosity Tales

Shakespeare is said to have been a member of the troupe that first performed Ben Johnson’s 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour, in which these lines were first heard: Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill the cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman. “Care” at that time indicated worry and sorrow. […]

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Want the holiday wreath on your front door to be your work of art this season? On Saturday, December 13th, The Huntington welcomes guests to build a wreath from scratch, as well as “deconstructing a ready-made wreath and embellishing it with ornaments, fresh flowers, berries, and branches.” We remember when our mom made homemade wreaths—the […]

Nothing Says the Holidays Like Tamales

Nothing Says the Holidays Like Tamales

Prepare for holiday tamales by enjoying Grassroots’ Tamale Lunch Fiesta, December 19th-20th. After savoring one or all five of Grassroots’  homemade tamales, make sure to put in a holiday order. Unsurprisingly, Grassroots’ tamales are made with certified GMO-free and organic U.S.A. corn. They’re also advertised as being antibiotic-free, hormone-free, lard-free, and gluten-free, which will satisfy […]

Holiday Snow, Artisanal L.A., Enchanted Handmade & Re-Assembled

Holiday Snow, Artisanal L.A., Enchanted Handmade & Re-Assembled

It’s holiday festival time. Take your pick or visit them all! Holiday Snow Festival, Arcadia, Saturday, Dec. 6th, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Arcadia Comm. Center, 365 Campus Drive. Dual sled runs and 2 snow play areas; entertainment by Elsa and Olaf from Frozen; the Grilled Cheese Truck for nom. Free parking and shuttle service. For more […]

North & South Lake for the Holidays

North & South Lake for the Holidays

Would you like to visit the North Pole, but just don’t have the time? Then make your way to North Lake Avenue in Altadena on Saturday, December 6th for the North Lake Pole Holiday Festival. (It won’t be anything like the North Pole, which is good since our Absolute Zero Parka is at the cleaners […]

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