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Volunteer @ 5 Acres’ Annual Golf Classic

Volunteer @ 5 Acres’ Annual Golf Classic

We’ve found that the majority of time, volunteering is an effective way of increasing our sense of well being. Leaving our problems aside momentarily offers us an opportunity to recharge and to re-energize by focusing on helping others. On September 8, Five Acres holds its annual golf classic fundraiser and dinner—the “Mad for Plaid Par-Tee“—and volunteers are wanted. […]

End of Summer at the Levitt Pavilion

End of Summer at the Levitt Pavilion

We hope you’ve been enjoying another summer of free concerts at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. This Saturday, Dustbowl Revival gets the crowd up on its feet to dance and stomp. On site food trucks on Saturday: Lobsta Truck, Mary Sue’s Homemade Eats, Erva Yerba Mate, and Nomad Ice Pops. A “kid zone” is set up for […]

Walter Askin: Through the Eyes of Artists

Walter Askin: Through the Eyes of Artists

We never miss a chance to mention one of our favorite artists, Pasadena native Walter Askin. His work is currently included in the Los Angeles Metro’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” exhibit at Union Station along its new photographic light box passageway. Speaking with Kirk Silsbee of the LA Times during his “Mainstreaming the Muse” exhibit at the […]

CatCon for Lovers of the Feline

CatCon for Lovers of the Feline

We had to click the link to confirm the reality, and yes, there is such an event as CatCon and it is coming to Pasadena this weekend, August 12-13. CatCon, now in its 3rd year, calls itself “the convention with cattitude,” which might lead some folks to stop reading and others to say, “Aw, cute!” […]

The Blue Boy’s Makeover

The Blue Boy’s Makeover

“The Blue Boy has been using his defiant stare and unique fashion sense to transfix viewers for centuries.”¹ Thomas Gainsborough’s 1779 full-length, life-size portrait in oil The Blue Boy is about to get a makeover. On August 8, this work of art will be removed from its dominate position in the Huntington’s Thornton Portrait Gallery—where it has hung since […]

Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom

It’s been fifteen minutes since I read the last line of Gin Phillips‘ Fierce Kingdom and still my heart is lodged in my throat. It’s described as a “thrill ride” and an “exploration of motherhood.” Yet, the word “thrill” has a positive connotation and the intensity of Fierce Kingdom is not a result of pleasure. As to the […]

Helping One of Our Own

Helping One of Our Own

Of course, Pasadena, Altadena, and the environs are large enough that we can’t know everyone, but this area often feels like a village rather than a city (cities), especially when we’re out with friends like Ann Erdman, Vicki Laidig, and Peggy Sue Davis who seem to know someone—or someone x 2 or 3—everywhere we go. That […]

For the Love of Woodworking

For the Love of Woodworking

Professionals from Rockler Woodworking & Hardware want to teach you how to turn a branch into a handle for your barbecue spatula. The Arboretum hosts a 4-class series demonstrating the techniques and methods for working with wood. Rockler is the presenting sponsor of the Arboretum’s “Forces of Nature II” exhibit with works of art created […]

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Old Pasadena is going bold. Bold in size, shape, color, and concept. Old Pasadena “is the canvas for your day of art and play” on August 12 at the inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover. Artists with backgrounds in design, history, urban planning, and architecture descend upon Old Pasadena’s historic and renovated 22-blocks with 12 site-specific installations—to be erected, arranged, placed, or […]

Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

From “Silent Movie Sillies” and “Buildings, Boats, and Bridges,” to “Butterflies, Bees & Ladybugs” to “Carnivals and Carousels,” it’s time for little hands and expansive minds to create, create, create! Week 6 out of 8 of Armory Center for the Arts‘ Summer Classes is almost upon us. If you’re looking for child-engagement and your boy […]

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