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Urban Nature Fest

Urban Nature Fest
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  It’s a 2-day celebration of nature—nature surviving and thriving in the big city. It’s the the inaugural “L. A. Urban Nature Fest” sponsored by LADWP and the Natural Museum of History on June 27th and 28th. Coyotes cross Sunset Boulevard. Lizards scale manzanitas. P-22, Los Angeles’ resident mountain lion, explores Griffith Park. Vaux’s swifts […]

Mystery Lit at The Huntington

Mystery Lit at The Huntington

  It’s Sherlock Holmes times three in a fiendishly clever mash-up of stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, including “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.” Follow three different versions of Doyle’s iconic Baker Street detective through a literary labyrinth of clues and misdirection in a script-in-hand performance […]

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

The devoted, enthusiastic potters of Wheelhouse Ceramics are looking to break a record. Last year, at their Empty Bowls event—where 500 bowls were sold at $10 apiece—they raised $5,000 to benefit Foothill Unity Center. This year, they want to break $6,000…one ten-dollar bowl at a time. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement for hunger relief […]

Gardening Shears

Gardening Shears

“Gardening Shears” by Amy Uyematsu   Anyone who truly knows Southern California understands the longheld secret about “my Japanese gardener”— the handiwork of issei and nisei gardeners still showcased from the tract homes of West Los Angeles to the manicured pines and cypress trees of wealthy Hancock Park estates. This wasn’t true before the war, […]

Happy 129th, Pasadena!

Happy 129th, Pasadena!

In 1886, Pasadena incorporated “largely as a measure to rid the city of its saloon.”¹ How’s that for a reason? Would Pasadena’s “founding fathers” cringe at the multitude of basic, casual, raucous, and fine drinking venues that currently exist? We hope not. Hopefully, a thimble of 93.7 proof Kentucky Ridgemont Reserve whiskey at the Blind […]

The Delicacy of Light, of Petals

The Delicacy of Light, of Petals

A Matilija Poppy, Romneya coulteri.   The photo of the week, by Lois P. Jones – poet, essayist, editor, and host of Pacifica Radio’s “Poet’s Café” (KPFK 90.7 fm).      

Hsi Lai Music & Art Fest

Hsi Lai Music & Art Fest

“Practicing compassion through music and art” is the aim of the Music & Art Festival at the Hsi Lai Temple. The event offers arts and crafts, live music, and booths selling vegetarian food. Local artists will exhibit their works, plus vendors will be selling Buddhist books, jewelry, and crystals. Hands-on craft activities and games will […]

2015 Chalk Festival

2015 Chalk Festival

Signature works, original ideas, social statements, classic characters, and famous personalities—all may be enjoyed as one strolls the 23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, June 20th-21st. Over 600 artists will draw and 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk will be used to create murals on concrete areas spanning three city blocks at Paseo Colorado, stretching over Green […]

A Moonday Trifecta

A Moonday Trifecta

Moonday Poetry invites the public to come celebrate “thy eternal summer” with its June feature poets: Cindy Rinne, Don Kingfisher Campbell and Radomir Luza.   A Moonday Trifecta Sunday, June 21st, 2 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge Free event FlintridgeBookstore.com For more details, visit event Facebook page   Cindy Rinne is […]

Help Out, We’re in a Drought

Help Out, We’re in a Drought

Assemblymember Chris Holden, in partner ship with Kidspace Museum, is leading a community meeting about conserving water and learning ways “to outsmart the drought.” Live demonstrations and practical advice will be available from JPL’s Chief Earth Scientist Dr. Duane Waliser, Chief Deputy Director Caren Trgovcich of the California State Water Resources Control Board, and a […]

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