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Rosita’s Hands

Rosita’s Hands
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Rosita’s Hands by Thelma T. Reyna   Rosita’s hands soaked in the early morning suds, the scalding pinking her skin as she swooshed and swirled the scouring pad and scrubbed pans until they sparkled. Then her prune0skin hands wiped baby’s face, peach oatmeal sticking on Allegra’s chin and rosebud mouth, dangling like mushy earrings on […]

The Making of Salt, S(e)a & Smoke

The Making of Salt, S(e)a & Smoke

How does one balance “creative ambition” with “professional comittment”? Pasadena resident, music producer, co-owner of London Bridge Studio in Seattle, Washington, songwriter, and musician Eric Lilavois writes… Understanding a project as it stands, those are the primary colors. Helping an artist fully realize the vision and not be afraid to take the back roads and […]

Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

In order to grow strong trunks and limbs, Arborist-Treecare asserts, trees must be skillfully pruned. Pruning branches decreases the weight on the individual branches allowing them to withstand wind, ice, wet leaves, as well as the weight of fruits and nuts. Trimming, if well done, creates “an overall balanced branch structure in terms of weight […]

When Johnny Came Marching West

When Johnny Came Marching West

On April 9, 2015 local churches, schools and public buildings can partake in a national observance. A nationwide commemoration of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Confederate Army—150 years ago—will be observed on Thursday.¹ Locations with bells will ring them for four minutes beginning at 3:15 p.m. EST—one minute for each year of the […]

Behind the Velvet Ropes, Details & Joinery, Fire & Light

Behind the Velvet Ropes, Details & Joinery, Fire & Light

How can architectural aficionados and groupies resist a house tour that comes with a flashlight? Gamble House is offering a “leisurely” paced, 2½ hour tour led by knowledgeable and passionate docents “wearing white gloves” who will open doors and drawers to “reveal gems” that can only be seen close up and are not included on […]

Easter Egg Hunts Around SGV

Easter Egg Hunts Around SGV

We may have highlighted the Rose Bowl’s first Easter egg hunt, or the Egg Bowl, but there are many different options for families who might like something smaller and more intimate. Saturday, April 4th: Egg-ceptional Celebration with egg hunt, hikes, and “egg scramble” and “egg-expedition,” hands-on activities, refreshments, and prizes. L.A. Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin […]

The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

John Muir spoke of being able to walk from the City of Los Angeles to the northwest San Fernando Valley without ever leaving the shade of an oak tree. So writes Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren in The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner’s Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance. On April 1st, these […]

Crickets

Crickets

  “Crickets” by Thelma Reyna   Crickets detest silence. They’re sirens with nonstop trills that sunder the summer air as they tear me, too. Crickets moan, and I recollect sultry Texas nights and fights with my man under trees in a foresaken park, making love while crickets shamed the dark, or crying alone on the […]

Lobsta, Jogasaki, Tornados & Lobos

Lobsta, Jogasaki, Tornados & Lobos

Pasadena Conservatory of Music has partnered with Jefferson Elementary School for over a decade, teaching the students in instrument and vocal performance. Recently, the school has been “on the road” to becoming a performing arts magnet school and PCM is now also providing instruction to fourth and fifth graders on guitar, drums, and recorders. The […]

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Despite temperatures in the high 80s and even low 90s, we know it’s officially spring because it’s time for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens. Walks, talks, music, origami, food, and the sale of cherry trees will take place all weekend, March 21st-22nd. 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday-Sunday, March 21st-22nd Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso […]

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