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One Colorado Summer Movies & Music

One Colorado Summer Movies & Music

On weekend evenings in July, the wall above Crate & Barrel become a movie screen, and the courtyard fills with people out to see such classic films as High Society and The Sting. In August, the courtyard becomes a music club – fun blues bands play at 9 p.m., and everyone dances, from date-night couples [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/22/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/22/11

Hardcover Fiction Calebs Crossing, Geraldine Brooks Spiders Web, Earlene Fowler Snowman, Jo Nesbo Leaving Van Gogh, Carol Wallace Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly Sixkill, Robert Parker Drop of the Hard Stuff, Lawrence Block Buried Prey, John Sandford Tigers Wife, Tea Obreht 2030, Albert Brooks Hardcover Non-Fiction In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson If You Ask [...]

The Sacrifice of Deputy Charlene Rottler

The Sacrifice of Deputy Charlene Rottler

On January 3, 2010, retired Deputy Sheriff Charlene “Charlie” Rottler, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, died from injuries she sustained while working on patrol at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Most people are unfamiliar with Charlie’s story. She and her training officer were involved in a traffic collision with a drunk driver on November 5, 1972, [...]

Altadena Foothills Conservancy

Altadena Foothills Conservancy

As development has encroached upon the foothills, this conservancy was born to help preserve open land and historic structures, as well as fight for access to long-established hiking trails. It has helped a neighborhood create a “pocket oak” area and is now working to create a pocket park at Woodbury and Marengo, as well as [...]

Summer Camps

Summer Camps

We do summer camp right in these parts. While Pasadena can certainly boast the Holy Trinity of summer camps—Sawyer, Shi’ini and Summerkids, each privately owned and run by longtime local families—it also boasts quite a number of specialty camps. Following are some of our favorites saints of summer fun. Note that many of them sell out [...]

Altadena Community Gardens

Altadena Community Gardens

This colorful, fenced collection of 63 garden plots on the southwest corner of Loma Alta Park sits on the site of the former Mount Lowe Military Academy, which closed in the 1970s. The citizenry asked the L.A. County Parks Department for a communal garden, so with the help of the California Conservation Corps, walkways and [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 04/24/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 04/24/11

Hardcover Fiction Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly Tigers Wife, Tea Obreht Pale King, David Foster Wallace Informant, Thomas Perry Troubled Man, Henning Mankell Lesson in Secrets, Jacqueline Winspear Sixth Man, David Baldacci Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, Stieg Larsson Land of Painted Caves, Jean Auel Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, Alexander Smith Hardcover Non-Fiction Two [...]

Art Your Way

Art Your Way

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Pasadena area is thick with artists, art lovers and resources for those who want to make their own beautiful things. Here are our favorite places to get creative. The Armory Center for the Arts Part gallery, part community center, the Armory is perhaps best known as a venue for [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 04/17/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 04/17/11

Hardcover Fiction Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly Field Gray, Philip Kerr Pale King, David Foster Wallace Troubled Man, Henning Mankell Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, Alexander Smith Tigers Wife, Tea Obreht I’ll Walk Alone, Mary Clark Heideggers Glasses, Thaisa Frank Lesson in Secrets, Jacqueline Winspear Heads You Lose, Lisa Lutz Hardcover Non-Fiction Be Your Own Shaman, [...]

El Centro de Accion Social

El Centro de Accion Social

El Centro is another of Pasadena’s several fine organizations dedicated to educating low-income kids, via after-school tutoring (held at La Pintoresca Library, Jefferson Elementary and its colorful center in Central Park), youth leadership groups at John Muir High and  and a strong, bilingual summer school for kids from kindergarten through high school; it also runs [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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