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Peafowl!

Peafowl!
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Our thanks to Pasadena resident and Chorale Bel Canto member Claudia Bailey who, year to year, year after year, faithfully records the lives of the local, wild peafowl… (as in peacocks)….                                  

Open Market Art + Design

Open Market Art + Design

When we’re told that 100% of proceeds go directly to the artist, we’re in one hundred percent. Now in it’s 14th year, One Colorado hosts “Open Market Art + Design” on May 24th. In the courtyard and along the alleyways, over 100 local artists—who are current students or alumni of Art Center College of Design […]

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 […]

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