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Heroes in the Shadows

Heroes in the Shadows

Of the estimated 4,444 homeless individuals in San Gabriel Valley, twelve percent or 533 of them have been identified as Veterans. Within this latter group, a rising number of them are recently released Veterans. In response, Joe Leal, an Iraq combat veteran, founded The Vet Hunters Project. He “is shedding light on a population that [...]

In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

The evening has no Charlton Heston as John the Baptist or Max von Sydow as Jesus Christ as in George Stevens’ 1965 epic film The Greatest Story Ever Told, but rather a group of no name “biblical bystanders” in the greatest story never told. The Cultural Arts Program of the Jewish Federation and the JFed Players [...]

This Moment

This Moment

This Moment by Austin Straus at the dining table, chewed and savored, reverberating in my skull, seeping into memory staying forever and when and if it ever dies, if everything dies when the person dies, I will feel the loss, somehow, a loss to posterity, to the universe of a moment that throbbed with life, [...]

Grist & Toll Shortbread Cookies

Grist & Toll Shortbread Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Nan Kohler of Grist & Toll… I love shortbread cookies. It’s amazing how much more I love them now that I can make them with freshly milled flour. The flavors of fresh, whole grain flour really shine when there aren’t a lot of competing flavors and ingredients in the mix. This really [...]

Bark for Life

Bark for Life

The day has gone to the dogs quite literally. On Sunday, March 30th, Library Park in Monrovia will be swarming with canines as they and their owners walk, eat, learn, laugh, and raise money to fight cancer. Humans and canines who are survivors of cancer, as well as therapy dogs will be honored with an [...]

Inventing Media & Author Robin Sloan

Inventing Media & Author Robin Sloan

Think of the formats we love:  books, 2-hour movies, serial TV dramas, blogs…the list goes on and on. All of these formats had to be invented. But how does that happen? How do new formats get started? And, how might a person participate in the process of “media invention”? To find out…join us. (Pasadena Public [...]

Flavors of Morocco

Flavors of Morocco

Can you smell it? Cumin, olives, and preserved lemons working its magic in a pot of tagine. Can you taste it? Sesame, toasted flour, and almond “truffles” infusing the selloh, cumin and roasted bell pepper cumin chakchouka, eggplant salad, and tomato and preserved lemon crostini. These smells and tastes can all be yours if you [...]

“Homeless” Campers

“Homeless” Campers

ABC News anchor Phillip Palmer will kick off “Teens Camp Out to Stamp Out Homelessness” on Friday, April 4th. Polytechnic Middle School students and their families plan to camp out on the school campus, taking part in “activities that will offer new insights on homelessness and poverty, and inspire the next generation to make a [...]

Tomatomania!

Tomatomania!

Every year, do your cherry toms wither on the vine? One good crop and then your heirlooms seem to succumb to apathy? Let 2014 be the year your garden makes you smile and your taste buds delight. How, you wonder skeptically. Tomatomania! The world’s largest tomato seedling sale at Descanso Gardens. Not only are there hundreds [...]

Louisa May Alcott: In Person!

Louisa May Alcott: In Person!

In honor of Women’s History Month, Valerie Weich brings Louisa May Alcott to life in her “Living History” performance on March 27th, at the South Pasadena Public Library. “Besides being one of the most read authors of her time, Alcott was also active in the causes of temperance and women’s suffrage.” The topics covered by [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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