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Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Chado, Sado, Chanoyu. It’s the Way of Tea. This highly choreographed ritual is the Japanese ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha or green tea, “a sacred tea ceremony (that) embodies harmony, respect, and tranquility.” Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, [...]

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier was born in Lausanne Switzerland. From this idyll location, Odier moved in 1959 to America, joining the United States Army. Once he’d completed his obligation found himself in Tacoma, Washington. In the small city, 35 miles from Seattle, he opened a restaurant/nightclub combo, as well as an art gallery. He eventually received his [...]

The Art of Honoring the Dead

The Art of Honoring the Dead

El Día de Los Muertos, the tradition of honoring loved ones, which can be traced back thousands of years to the pre-Columbian era, has inspired innumerable creative expressions. The building of ofrendas, making detailed sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers, masks, and calacas (skeletons) are symbols of lasting love and a desire to honor a particular individual. The [...]

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

On September 25th, one hundred-twenty Gooden School students became “artful ambassadors for peace.” The students used chalk as their medium and pavement as their canvas as they created artworks reflecting their visions of peace for themselves, others and the world. “Peace feels like a warm hug,” said a third-grader. “Peace sounds like sizzling bacon,” said [...]

Betrayed

Betrayed

Betrayed By Julianna Jackson   Justice is not only blind, it is inept. Its abuse of power defies decency. You want my respect; I do not trust you anymore. You are not representing me. Why would I respect you? You are just bullies with badges, and the judicial system is complicit, creating monsters with guns. [...]

Taste of South Lake 2014

Taste of South Lake 2014

PBS’s Emmy-nominated chef and host of Growing a Greener World, Nathan Lyon will be leading a cooking demo on October 11th at the 2014 Taste of South Lake in Pasadena. Other cooking demonstrations include Le Cordon Bleu instructor Kira, KCRW Good Food host evan Kleiman, and Luisa Fabbri, owner of Contessa who will be using [...]

ArtNight 2014

ArtNight 2014

A Room to Create or ARC Pasadena will feature the Pennington Dance Group, Katerina Tomas & Mojacar Flamenco, and Michelle Shear & Dancers, just to name a few at this Friday’s ArtNight in Pasadena, which offers a variety of art exhibits, musical and dance performances, and hands-on, interactive activities. All for free. ARC Pasadena, 1158 [...]

Gale’s Restaurant Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache

Gale’s Restaurant Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache

Many thanks to Gale Kohl of Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena for sharing her flourless chocolate cake with ganache recipe… Serves 12 to 16 Prep time: 1 hour, 10 min., plus cooling time Ganache Ingredients: ¼ cup (½ stick) butter ⅓ cup (2 ounces) semisweet chocolate, chopped Directions: Using a double-boiler (or in a bowl set over [...]

Morning by Janice

Morning by Janice

Thank you to Vicki Laidig for spreading the word and thank you to Janice Corsino for sharing her photographs. Dear HP Reader: “Photo Op” is for you. A place to enjoy a visual moment, maybe with a little explanation or a little story, maybe a memory. If you have pictures from around San Gabriel Valley, of [...]

State of the Mulch

State of the Mulch

Do you want more high-quality mulch more easily? Who wouldn’t? Mulch for the People (MFTP), a project of Transition Pasadena, has organized a public meeting for arborists, homeowners, and the City of Pasadena to consider ideas and voice concerns regarding mulch and to develop a program for making mulch more freely available. According to MFTP, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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