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Intergalactic Gala, Messy Mayhem, Painted Ladies & an Egg Hunt

Intergalactic Gala, Messy Mayhem, Painted Ladies & an Egg Hunt

Get ready for a busy April. Kidspace has events which if our child wasn’t a young woman and a freshman in college right now, we’d be lining up. Daily: Caterpillar Adoption Days Kids get to witness the magic of metamorphosis by adopting a Painted Lady Caterpillar, including food, adoption sheet, and instructions for care. The 21st Grand Butterfly […]

Showcase House 2017

Showcase House 2017

It’s time once again for designers to descend upon a grand home and in a frenzy—and only approximately 12 weeks—re-create a foyer, living room, dining room, bathroom, foyer, or even a hallway or laundry room. This may mean tearing down walls, pulling down built-ins or re-doing floors, let alone installing light fixtures, painting or wallpapering, […]

In a World of Wisteria

In a World of Wisteria

Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Wisteria. Along with SoCal’s jacaranda, wisteria is a divine purple power flower. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 66 ft. above the ground and spread out 33 ft. laterally. The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring […]

Shopping for Easter Eats

Shopping for Easter Eats

Easter will be upon us quicker than we realize, so we’ve collected some Easter menus to make the day easier to navigate and leave more time for celebrating the resurrection or hunting for chocolate bunnies and painted eggs. Julienne, one of our all-time favorite places to patron, is full of Easter yum: Items ordered will […]

Celebrating Peacocks

Celebrating Peacocks

It’s all things peacock at the Arboretum on March 25. “Proud as a Peacock” unfurls the mysteries of the peafowl’s plumage and the courting secrets and rituals. Join a bird walk and follow the Peacock Discovery Trail. Dress as a peacock! And participate in peacock crafts (well, mostly for the little ones, but don’t be […]

Looking Up, Looking Down, Looking…

Looking Up, Looking Down, Looking…

A night sky in Pasadena. A Water Company hole cover. A friend’s installation. We’ve got Altadena artist Kate Carvellas, snapping pics as she looks at the world.                       More photos by Kate: “Through a Carvellas Eye.”   ~~~     Kate Carvellas, in her own […]

The Health Seekers

The Health Seekers

Our own Michele Zack, an Altadena resident and author of histories of Altadena and Sierra Madre, speaks on illness as a major factor in the 19th and 20th centuries immigration to Southern California. Zack says that her research shows that “the importance of the illness legacy has been underestimated as an influence of how we […]

The Existence of Us

The Existence of Us

          A key turns and I fade away He walks in and past me He doesn’t notice that I am there Maybe I’ve made myself invisible We live an apartheid existence And when we do stand together We simply become columns of catastrophe Notes that belong to different chords If I speak, he will turn If […]

Eat This Poem

Eat This Poem

“Reading a poem and cooking a meal are, quite simply, acts of self-care.” So writes Nicole Gulotta, author of Eat this Poem, who will be discussing and signing her book at Vroman’s on March 23. Eat this Poem includes twenty-five poems from the likes of Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, […]

To Race for Equality: A Virtual 5K

To Race for Equality: A Virtual 5K

At the Pasadena’s latest Commission on the Status of Women, we met, finally and happily, Jessica Kubel, Executive Director of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley. We thank her for the text below…   Many of you know how proud and honored I am to be involved with the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley. As Executive Director, I am passionate about the […]

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