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Wonderful Water: A Neighborhood Fest

Wonderful Water: A Neighborhood Fest

Once upon a time… It all began with butterflies. The Butterfly Fair, in fact. “Then we went underground for the Wiggly Worm Fair.” Now, The Farmer’s Yard, Northwest Pasadena Community Gardeners, and the Trailer Trash Project presents “Wonderful Water” on November 15th. Appropriately for a day of water appreciation, everyone is welcome to come and “enjoy [...]

Contemporary Crafts for the Holidays

Contemporary Crafts for the Holidays

Susan Zalkind writes that her work “is an exploration of stone and fire.” The work pictured (right) is white San Pedro alabaster that has been gathered throughout the southwest. As Zalkind works, she hopes to reveal “the highest beauty hidden in each stone, uncovering its shape, its flow, the place where it can be brought [...]

The Trucks Are Coming

The Trucks Are Coming

As many as 400,000 double-bed, diesel belching monsters, clogging streets, creating noise, dust, pollution, destroying precious habitat and severely impacting recreational opportunities and our neighborhoods. Is this any way to manage a river? Do you feel this way? The sentiment above is from the Arroyo Seco Foundation‘s Save Hahamongna campaign. They announced that the L.A. County [...]

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian mallow and Emerald Carpet manzanita are two of the many native plants that will be on hand at the 2014 Garden Native Plant Sale on November 8th at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Knowledgable members of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) will be available to answer any questions and offer recommendations as you [...]

Saving Libraries

Saving Libraries

According to Altadena Alliance… Since 1993, Altadena voters have overwhelmingly approved the parcel tax to counter crippling State cuts. We need a 2/3 majority to save our Altadena Libraries. If Measure A fails, we face slashed services and perhaps even closures. Help get out the vote. Keep our tradition alive. Keep our libraries open. In [...]

Spooky Creatures & Halloween Hunt

Spooky Creatures & Halloween Hunt

Who know what lurks in the garden? Take a jaunt and discover who hangs out in the plants and trees! See what scary things nature has to offer on docent-led hikes through the garden. The will be Halloween crafts and other activities for children ages 10 and under. Come in costume if you’d like! (Official [...]

SoCal Children’s Museum Opens

SoCal Children’s Museum Opens

(Official press release) Until now, it has been a museum without walls. But an available space on Lake has given us the opportunity to open a fully-functioning – albeit miniaturized - children’s museum right in the heart of Pasadena. We’ve packed our temporary space with all sorts of activities to tickle the imaginations of children under the age of 8 – [...]

Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

The men who work inside the San José Mine are divided into two shifts, A and B, each working seven days at a time, and all of these men have been assigned to A shift. The A shift, in turn, is divided into twelve-hour-long night and day shifts that keep the mine working around the [...]

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

“The pod, by the way, was ‘low hanging fruit’ from a silk floss tree in the parking lot of the Hastings Ranch Ralph’s in Pasadena,” says Susan Strother Carrier who has kindly shared her pictures and the evolution of the pod. The silk floss tree or Chorisia speciosa has one of the “most unique trunks [...]

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Writing your life, two pages at a time. James E. Birren was a man immersed in aging. The study of aging. Gerontology. Mortality and well-being. After decades in this career, his thoughts seem to have naturally evolved… I found myself increasingly interested in topics that were outside conventional psychology. In my graduate seminar, I introduced [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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