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A Mother Lover Market

A Mother Lover Market

Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908. The first Mother’s Day was born. She subsequently began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in America and was successful in 1914. A mere 6 years later, she was already bemoaning the excessive commercialization of the holiday, having [...]

Opera Sing-a-Long

Opera Sing-a-Long

It is said that the role of Thäis in Jules Massenet’s opera of the same name is “notoriously difficult to sing and is reserved for only the most gifted performers.” It’s also been called a “diva spectacle”¹. An opera company does not decide to mount a production of Massenet’s Thäis and then look for a [...]

Summer Pies

Summer Pies

“Bring a knife, an apron, and closed shoes and be ready to work.” If this sounds intriguing, maybe Mother Moo Creamery‘s popular summer pie-making class should be on your “to do” list. At the Moo Kitchen & Barn, students will work with pastry chef Emily Earhart, learning how to make the perfect crust and “how to [...]

May Repair Café

May Repair Café

Repair Café is ON for May 3, Saturday, 11-5, in Memorial Park at the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival! And we will be OFF the grid!  Repair Café is a monthly meeting of repair people and people who need things repaired. We are a member of the Repair Café Foundation, which was founded in The Netherlands [...]

Altadena “La Solana” Home Tour

Altadena “La Solana” Home Tour

In 1926 23 houses were built on La Solana Drive as “a residential connection to the nearby golf and country club.” While every house on the street has a red tile roof, white Mediterranean-style exteriors, 12-inch thick walls and hardwood floors, no two floor plans are alike. In 1926, the purchase of a house on [...]

It’s a Big Night Out

It’s a Big Night Out

Start your evening of fine dining at the 12,000 square foot Stratford Manor, a French Normandy estate situated on 4 acres in La Cañada-Flintridge that has a “woodsy backyard with several bridges” and “a breathtaking view of the San Gabriel Mountain Range.” Chat, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, peruse the silent auction, raise your hand [...]

My Mother’s Voice

My Mother’s Voice

“Becoming an orphan after losing her family in the Armenian Genocide, my mother took a chance that the man in the picture would make a good husband…” The Armenian Genocide was a planned campaign by the Young Turk government to annihilate the Christian Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. Embarked upon in 1915, during WWI, [...]

REDCAT for Kids

REDCAT for Kids

The arts center is called REDCAT and stands for the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, operating within the Disney Concert Hall complex. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery, and lively civid discourse. (Redcat.org) But, what about fun? Fun comes in the manner of [...]

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party

Critics of the 17th and 18th centuries accused William Shakespeare of “a want of artistic restraint.” In the 20th century, George Bernard Shaw questioned his moral propriety. And then there’s Laurence Olivier who said, “Shakespeare – The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.” A Noise Within celebrates the Bard’s 450th birthday on April [...]

Share Faire at Farnsworth

Share Faire at Farnsworth

It started as a few neighbors (3 miles above Pasadena, in the foothills) who had too much fruit all at one time. We set up a fruit stand and sold blackberries to passers by. We were amazed at the generosity of our neighbors, who liked to stay and chat, and even return with their own [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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