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Thank You

Thank You

We would like to thank each and every Hometown Pasadena reader and subscriber who read about and attended Cecilia’s Day benefitting Cecilia von Harz, daughter of L.A. Firefighter James von Harz, who’s been fighting cancer since she was two years old. The fundraiser was held on December 4th at Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena and […]

Phoebe at Backstage

Phoebe at Backstage

We remember when she was hardly four feet tall, slinging the strap of an adult-size guitar over her head and taking the stage in the Sequoyah School courtyard. Phoebe Bridges began writing, singing, and strumming, and has never looked back…but always up. Phoebe has played at a myriad of local venues and last year her […]

Santa as Tin Man…or Knight?

Santa as Tin Man…or Knight?

As some may know, we are holiday decoration addicts. We’re the ones slowing to 25 mph so we can get a good look at a worthy lawn decoration or light design. Whether it’s traditional and reminiscent of our East Coast childhood or pure “Cali” or something beyond words, we pull over to get our fix… […]

Hoopla!

Hoopla!

Lori and Scott Webster have left the “Webster” enclave on North Lake Avenue and opened up their own brand of “good things” emporium on Fair Oaks Avenue called Hoopla! The exclamation mark is deliberate and indicative of the shop’s atmosphere and the owners’ personalities. Even as we were visiting, we heard a customer remark Lori, […]

Skies, Moons & Lights

Skies, Moons & Lights

  Amid evening traffic a moon rises next to clouds colored by the setting sun; holiday lights are being hung; a quiet street after the storm; and sunset colors…                

Arroyo Champions

Arroyo Champions

The Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations presents the 2014 Arroyo Verde Awards honoring “outstanding dedication” to “protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco during the past year.” On December 16th, a holiday party will be held and awards awarded at L.A. County Fire Camp 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park. A lifetime achievement award will be given to […]

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

We’re slightly giddy over here as an old, old, going back to high school days in Darien, Connecticut-friend Geoff Aymar, a jazz pianist, will be one of the evening’s guest performers at the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra in “Christmas Musical Spectacular” at the Alex Theater in Glendale on December 13th. He will be performing with […]

Twilight Zone: Holiday Edition, The Nutcracker, Turkey Lurkey & Unbound Christmas Carol – Holiday Theater Galore

Twilight Zone: Holiday Edition, The Nutcracker, Turkey Lurkey & Unbound Christmas Carol – Holiday Theater Galore

A Noise Within, Boston Court, Pasadena Playhouse. These are the bedrock of our local, professional theater. But in addition, we have several other avenues for theatrical experiences. Here are a few option for those pining to see stories told, live onstage… ● Twilight Zone Unscripted. This Special Holiday Edition “pays homage to Rod Sterling’s iconic […]

Cecilia’s Day

Cecilia’s Day

At the age of two, Cecilia von Harz was diagnosed with stage 1 Wilms’ Tumor, which is a malignant tumor of the kidneys that typically occurs in children. Subsequently, her right kidney was removed, as well as a 2-pound tumor, followed by 20 weeks of chemotherapy. After six months of remission, on February 28, 2014, […]

Open Studios for the Holidays

Open Studios for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. No, not time to take out the holiday boxes or planning a sit-down dinner for twenty-five. It’s time for Open Studio Days, when a slew of talented artists and craftspeople open their doors and welcome the public to walk right in. For the fourth year, artist Kathleen Swaydan invites […]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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