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Feather Murals, Physics & a Rubber Ducky Race

Feather Murals, Physics & a Rubber Ducky Race

Kidspace is offering three days of Memorial fun with bird-themed activities. Match eggs (we have no idea what this means), create a feather mural, and participate in a flight-based physics experiment. While supplies last, purchase a rubber ducky from the Busy Bee Learning Store, decorate it, then join the crowd for the Rubber Ducky Race—down […]

Golden Poppies at 1905 Casa Roca

Golden Poppies at 1905 Casa Roca

It was called a “white elephant,”¹ but for a short while Pasadena had an elevated cycleway, something cyclists and environmentalists might pine for now. Horace Dobbins invented the California Cycleway, which opened in 1900, starting at Castle Green (Hotel Green then) and continuing for about a mile, near to the newly rebuilt Raymond Hotel (1901-34). […]

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Sarah Margaret Fuller (Marquess Ossoli) was a woman with more drive, persistence—and nouns—associated with her name than most. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a scholar, intellectual, feminist, crusader, investigative journalist, critic, editor, columnist, foreign correspondent, conversationalist, and Transcendentalist.¹ She was friends with the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Nathaniel Hawthorne, […]

From Oenology to Criminology

From Oenology to Criminology

Northern California may be renowned for its vintages, but the state’s wine industry “actually was born near El Pueblo de Los Angeles.” Whatever one’s feelings may be about the Spanish missionaries, we must thank them for planting, nurturing, and then in 1782 harvesting their first vintage at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Vineyards were cultivated at […]

Best in Show: The California Classic

Best in Show: The California Classic

Anita had a fancy for bulldogs and Airedales. In 1908, Anita Baldwin, daughter of E. J. “Lucky” Baldwin and resident of Sierra Madre, founded the then Crown City Kennel Club, “envisioning for the west coast a dog club of the stature of the Westminster Club in the east.” Today, the Kennel Club of Pasadena is […]

Yard Lovin’ It

Yard Lovin’ It

Toys, furniture, electronics, clothing, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, bedding, holiday decorations, books, and movies…these are some of the items available for sale at “Yard Lovin’ It,” which benefits sick children and the family members who stay with them at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House on May 23rd. If a few closets, chests, or basements […]

Day Trips L.A.

Day Trips L.A.

Thanks once again to Ralph DeFelice for allowing Hometown Pasadena to re-publish a few of his stunning photos from the many adventures he’s taken with his two kids. We highly recommend checking out his blog Day Trips LA. Day trips and road trips are spectacularly photographed and posts include address, contact info, drive time, cost, […]

Pinot, Pinot!

Pinot, Pinot!

It is said that ancient Romans first knew the pinot grape as Helvenacia Minor and it was “vinified” as early as the first century A.D.¹ The “golden child” of pinot grapes are grown in Burgundy, France along the Côte d’Or or Slope of Gold, a two-mile wide and thirty-mile long stretch of hills. Pinot Noir […]

Unexpected Roots

Unexpected Roots

Roberta Martínez shares intimate stories of Pasadena’s earliest days through the romance, marriage, and works of Arturo Bandini and Helen Elliott Bandini; legacies of Old California and women’s identity and roles; and connections with the Valley Hunt Club, Greene and Greene, Charles Lummis, and even the Manhattan Project. Helen Elliott came to California from Indianapolis […]

Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

South Orange Grove Boulevard was once dubbed “Millionaire’s Row” as a result of the “grandiose Victorian style mansions” that were erected. “As a result of economic shifts and population explosion following World War II,” the neighborhood transitioned to include many mid-century garden apartments. On May 16th, Pasadena Heritage presents “South Orange Grove: Mid-Century Living on […]

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