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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 [...]

Union Station Foundation

Union Station Foundation

Union Station serves Pasadena’s homeless, providing food, shelter, counseling, job-seeking help and much more. It runs several facilities, including the Adult Center on Raymond near Central Park; the Family Center, which serves homeless children and their parents; and Euclid Villa, a transitional facility for families striving to achieve stability. It always has a pressing need [...]

DineLA, Pasadena-Style

DineLA, Pasadena-Style

Yes folks, it’s time once again for Dine LA Restaurant Week, which grows bigger and more successful every year—and which always includes some excellent Pasadena-area venues. This year’s runs this week and next, excluding Saturdays—October 3 – 8 and 10 – 15—and is rich with good restaurants offering prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus that are [...]

Young Jazz Quartet for ArtNight

Young Jazz Quartet for ArtNight

As part of ArtNight in Pasadena, a remarkable quartet of young musicians who call themselves Solstice will be performing at a free concert in Old Pasadena early Saturday evening. (We know, ArtNight is a Friday-night event, but this fall it seems to have expanded to meander over three days.) The kids are all students at [...]

Alhambra’s Elections Cancelled

Alhambra’s Elections Cancelled

Alhambra canceled its municipal elections for the first time recorded. No challengers chose to oppose the three incumbent City Council candidates and two School Board members, so they will automatically be reelected in November. While in the recent past candidates have run unopposed, never has an entire slate remained empty and led to the election being canceled. (Alhambra residents will still have the opportunity to vote for candidates running for county, state and federal offices and ballot measures.)

Garfield Heights Home Tour

Garfield Heights Home Tour

To get yourself good and warmed up for the coming Craftsman Heritage Festival, take an hour or two this Sunday afternoon to explore several historic houses in Pasadena’s landmark Garfield Heights neighborhood. Occupying the zone between Marengo, Los Robles, Mountain and Washington, the neighborhood is rich in architectural treasures, including houses designed by Sylvanus Marston [...]

Palate Food & Wine

Palate Food & Wine

Chez Panisse in Glendale? Before you laugh, get over to Octavio Becerra’s place and prepare to get caught up in his joy in robust, simple, reasonably priced (very) small plates served with exuberant wines. Everything either comes from a local farmers’ market (or someone’s garden), a small-scale craftsman (as with the cheeses) or is made [...]

One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat

One of Old Pasadena’s most fashion-forward merchants, Elisa B, is partnering with the nonprofit One Warm Coat as part of One Colorado’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration on September 10th. Starting on the 10th, Elisa Bruley and her staff will be accepting donations of clean, gently used coats for women, men and children. In return, donors [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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