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Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Established by a retired teacher and Quaker who saw the challenges faced by young, poor, isolated mothers in Northwest Pasadena, Mother’s Club is a lifeline for many local women. It combines a quality preschool for children with education and support for the mostly Latina moms, with classes in English, parenting skills, career planning, support for [...]

Stress-Free (!) Shopping at Vroman’s

Stress-Free (!) Shopping at Vroman’s

You may not be hearing those sleigh bells jingling just yet, but if you don’t want to driven insane by the jingling in the final days before Christmas, consider Saturday’s Stressless Soiree at Vroman’s. It’s a new kind of event for the San Gabriel Valley’s literary hub: You pony up $45, and here’s what you [...]

North by Northeast

North by Northeast

Ah, November in Northeast Los Angeles: mosaic-hued black walnut trees, emboldened coyotes, the Arroyo Arts Collective 18th Annual Discovery Tour.

NELA: where decay meets death meets drawing (and more).

This year’s pre-Thanksgiving art extravaganza has been dubbed “North by Northeast,” perhaps to firmly establish the geographic identity of the art-centric area that, after 100+ years of unflagging, creative activity, has suddenly been discovered by international publications such as The New York Times and the Financial Times of London.

It’s good to be an overnight success.

Golden Eagle in Altadena

Golden Eagle in Altadena

Thanks to our friend Timothy Rutt at Altadenablog for sharing this remarkable post yesterday: Reader M. Stifel saw an ornithological prize this afternoon: Top of the Evening! My husband and I spent a great part of the day outside, enjoying the weather and scenery.  We live near Holliston and Mendocino.  We couldn’t help but notice that our [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers, Week ending 11/7/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers, Week ending 11/7/2010

Hardcover Fiction Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris Take One Candle Light a Room, Susan Straight Towers of Midnight, Robert Jordan Moonlight Mile, Dennis Lehane Worth Dying For, Lee Child Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson Our Kind of Traitor, John Le Carre What I Didn’t See, Karen Fowler Freedom, Jonathan Franzen Reversal, Michael [...]

Farrin O’Connor

Farrin O’Connor

This is the place for jewelry-making supplies – both tools and such raw materials as sterling silver and semiprecious beads and gems. Wannabe jewelry makers can sign up for a class or get expert advice from owner Margo Farrin, a Pasadena treasure. Staples: Everything the novice to expert jewelry maker needs. Don’t Miss: The bead room. You won’t believe [...]

Zankou Chicken

Zankou Chicken

The aroma of this Lebanese rotisserie chicken drives our kids mad with hunger. You tear the salty meat and skin off the bird, stuff it into a pita, add garlic sauce, and go to poultry heaven. Good schwarmas and wraps, but the chicken’s the thing here. 1296 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.405.1502, zankouchicken.com. Lebanese. L [...]

Publication Party for Cancer Support a Hit

Publication Party for Cancer Support a Hit

“I just want to say: Should an unfortunate butter-related accident happen to Paula Deen, I could be ready to step in as Grand Marshall in a moment’s notice.” So proclaimed Lian Dolan at the October 28th publication party for her debut novel Helen of Pasadena. About 100 people came to Little Flower Candy Co. to celebrate the [...]

Convalescent Aid Society

Convalescent Aid Society

This wonderful group has been laboring in relative obscurity since 1923, and it’s trying to get the word out so more people will take advantage of its services. Its mission is to help people recover from illness and surgery in the comfort of their own homes, by providing the free loan of medical equipment: wheelchairs, [...]

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Our very own Extreme Home Makeover, this affiliate of the international organization has built more than 36 homes for deserving families right here in the San Gabriel Valley. And it’s also helped build houses from Mexico to Sri Lanka. Volunteer aid of every kind is put to excellent use, from making lunch for the construction [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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