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Garden as Site

Garden as Site

The Descanso Gardens in La Cañada provide some of the most lovely visuals in our area. Now, the public is welcome to fill 5 remaining spots in “Garden as Site,” an Arts Center College of Design class beginning September 8th. The class is advertised as “intersections of nature and culture in public space.” Instead of [...]

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, it will be a balmy 87º Fahrenheit, which is a lot kinder than the high of 97º predicted for 2 p.m. So, why not take advantage of the morning’s pleasant, summery temps and join Frank McDonough, the L.A. Arboretum botanical information consultant, who will lead a walk around the lagoon [...]

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

In 1881, two Iowa farmers, John H. Painter and Benjamin F. Ball, purchased “raw acreage”—2,000 acres in northwest Pasadena for $30,000.¹ In 1904, Block R was registered with the city of Pasadena as Garfield Heights. The Heights is a mere handful of blocks between Washington Boulevard and Mountain Street (north and south), and Marengo and Los Robles [...]

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

“In 1986, we saw an ad in the popular Recycler that read ‘Idaho Cougar, 6 weeks, male, $600.’ We were lucky to have a friend with a zookeeper’s license, a large piece of land and a safe, sturdy enclosure. We had lots of animal experience including previous mentorships with big cat and wolf trainers under [...]

Energy Road Map

Energy Road Map

IRP stands for the Pasadena Water and Power’s Integrated Resource Plan. The idea is for a “long-range blueprint for providing customers with reliable, environmentally responsible electric service, competitive rates, and energy independence over the next two decades.” With our drought not showing any sign of abating, increasing water-wise efforts by all of us will become, hopefully, [...]

Getting Out There

Getting Out There

Thanks 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’re going to let him speak for himself with text from his blog Day Trips LA: I’m a single dad living in Pasadena with my two kids, a 5 [...]

Paco’s for Foothill

Paco’s for Foothill

Christina Karagias states that when she was growing up, the restaurant was called La Pinata. She also says, “I had always wanted to buy it, and in 1996, my goal came true.” Christina is owner of Paco’s Mexican Restaurant in Arcadia and she says that half of her current staff is the original staff from [...]

“The Black Man of Happiness”

“The Black Man of Happiness”

“What is a happy Black man?” This, according to Mike Sonksen of KCET, is the simple question that Peter J. Harris asks in his nonfiction “meditation” The Black Man of Happiness. Before he defines this in a myriad of ways, he also identifies the obstacles that get in the way. Harris not only debunks negative [...]

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

Who would have suspected that an “undercurrent of socialism” ran through the Arts and Crafts movement? The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period in England, the most industrialized country in the world at that time. Anxieties about industrial life fueled a positive revaluation of handcraftsmanship and precapitalist forms of culture and society. Arts and [...]

Sweet Corn Curried Soup

Sweet Corn Curried Soup

By Sean Lowenthal, Little Beast Restaurant Ingredients: 16 ounces yellow corn, cut 1 yellow tomato, diced ½ sweet onion (Vidalia), diced 1 celery rib, diced 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon turmeric, ground ½ tablespoon yellow curry, ground 1 dash cayenne, ground 1 dash red chile flake 1 teaspoon coriander, ground 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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