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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 [...]

Zeke’s Smokehouse

Zeke’s Smokehouse

A partnership between chefs Leonard Cohen (Maple Drive, 72 Market St.) and Michael Rosen (Reign) along with the Gelsinger family (Gelsinger’s Meats) opened Zeke’s in 2002. It’s become a Montrose mainstay for its top-quality regional American barbecue and smokehouse cooking, as well as its bright, retro-style interior. We’re regulars for the Memphis-style baby-back ribs, Texas beef [...]

Ocean Star Seafood

Ocean Star Seafood

Vast and glossy, this reliable Cantonese restaurant is chaotic for dim sum and a bit more refined at dinner; we’ve had several memorable dinner parties in one of its private rooms. The dim sum, served in the usual way on rolling carts, is fresh and varied, and the seafood is consistently excellent; don’t miss the [...]

3 Drunken Goats

3 Drunken Goats

Same space, same owners, wildly different vibe: The former deli/shop/wasteland of Goudas & Vines has been transformed into the lively tapas restaurant 3 Drunken Goats. Within days of opening it developed a following for its a huge menu of delicious, light small bites (bacon-wrapped dates, croquettes and mushrooms of many kinds, grilled octopus, steamed clams, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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