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Leigh Adams’s Dry-Garden Paradise

Leigh Adams’s Dry-Garden Paradise

What a wonderful story by Emily Green in today’s Los Angeles Times about Altadenan Leigh Adams’s dry garden. We at Hometown Pasadena have known Leigh for years—she taught most of our kids Spanish and the art of gourd painting at Sequoyah School—and have watched in awe as she’s continued to grow as an artist and […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 02/27/2011

Vroman’s Bestsellers 02/27/2011

Hardcover Fiction Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness When the Killing’s Done, T C Boyle Help, Kathryn Stockett Gideon’s Sword, Douglas Preston Paris Wife, Paula McLain Sherlockian, Graham Moore 13 Rue Therese, Elena Shapiro Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown Death of a Chimney Sweep, M C Beaton Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, Stieg Larsson Hardcover Non-Fiction […]

Mt. Wilson Observatory

Mt. Wilson Observatory

Mt. Wilson Observatory, founded in 1904 by the Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW) with astronomer George Ellery Hale, sits atop the 5,715-foot summit of Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains. Since the 1980s, when it decided to restrict deep-sky astronomy research to its Las Campañas Observatory in Chile, CIW now partners with the Mt. […]

Mt. Wilson Toll Road to Henninger Flats, Altadena

Mt. Wilson Toll Road to Henninger Flats, Altadena

5.4 miles round-trip; moderate Alternate: Eaton Canyon Falls Trails Enter Eaton Canyon through the Pinecrest gate, walk down into the canyon and head up the clearly visible dirt road. Head up to Henninger Flats, site of the L.A. County Experimental Forestry Nursery. The nursery produces tree seedlings (Monterey pine, cedar, Sequoia, knobcone pine) to reforest […]

Gamble House Bookstore

Gamble House Bookstore

The former garage for the Gamble House is jam-packed with enough Arts & Crafts–related books, art and gifts to make an aficionado tremble with joy: limited-edition sets of drawings of Greene & Greene houses; gorgeous books on the Gamble House, the Greene brothers, the Arts & Craft movement, architecture, design and local history; greeting cards; […]

Junior League of Pasadena

Junior League of Pasadena

This has been Pasadena’s blue-blood philanthropic organization since its founding in 1926—but it ain’t your mother’s Junior League. While today’s group still has plenty of country-club gals as members, it also has working women, and Junior Leaguers are increasingly diverse. Famed for its superb cookbooks (like the classic California Heritage), this group also raises money […]

More Words About Pasadena

More Words About Pasadena

Writers both famous and undeservedly little-known have lived in, or passed through, Pasadena and her sister towns, and we’ve collected some of their bot mots about these towns. Recently we posted Part 1; here’s Part 2. Tiny ramshackle houses gave way to stores, and then again to houses, albeit nicer, as they crossed into Alhambra, and nicer […]

A Square-Cornered Archivist

A Square-Cornered Archivist

We are upstairs at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, and the folding chairs are filling fast. Somebody has thoughtfully placed a cooler of cheap beer toward the back of the space, and the hospitality is gratefully received by the crowd gathered to hear several experts discuss the work of the late Los Angeles poet and novelist Charles Bukowski.

The event is billed “An Evening with Bukowski’s Friends,” and the night’s speakers have been chosen by the author’s widow, Linda Lee Bukowski. The woman at the podium, though, does not look like the usual Bukowski connoisseur.

Doña Rosa Bakery & Taqueria

Doña Rosa Bakery & Taqueria

The taqueria is taken to a new level here—true, you order at the counter, but you can have a superb margarita (a mere $4) while you wait, the setting is upscale, the tortillas are handmade on-site, and the food is better than at its fancier parent restaurant, the Pasadena El Cholo. It’s a panaderia, so […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 2/6/2011

Vroman’s Bestsellers 2/6/2011

Hardcover Fiction Sentry, Robert Crais Clara and Mr Tiffany, Susan Vreeland While Mortals Sleep, Kurt Vonnegut Swamplandia, Karen Russell Border Lords, T. Jefferson Parker Sherlockian, Graham Moore Object of Beauty, Steve Martin Fatal Error, J A Jance Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender The Help, Kathryn Stockett Hardcover Non-Fiction How I Killed Pluto and […]

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