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Andalucia Mosaic

Andalucia Mosaic

  It seems we don’t patron Vroman’s enough, or perhaps our eyes are already into our book as we walk to the car, because we hadn’t seen this mural before. It’s on the Vroman’s side of new The Andalusia complex. With studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments, rents range from $2,015 for a studio to $4,043 (for a 2-bedroom, […]

Tropico: the Glendale Train Station

Tropico: the Glendale Train Station

Great American Train Stations tells us that the Southern Pacific Railroad built the Spanish Colonial Revival Glendale train station in 1924. The smashing WaterAndPower.org (with its extensive historical photographs and history) states that the architects were Maurice Couchot and Kenneth MacDonald, Jr., and the station was built in 1923, replacing “an older one that dated as […]

A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World

Orphan Train brought her fame. A Piece of the World brings us Andrew Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting Christina’s World is the impetus for Christina Baker Kline’s new novel. She will be discussing and signing A Piece of the World at Vroman’s on March 17. As with her bestseller, A Piece of the World moves back […]

Harry Potter Immersion

Harry Potter Immersion

Do you have kids or grandchildren who are Harry Potter fans? Perhaps you’re a fan too? We didn’t pick up any of J. K. Rowling’s books until the first movie was made. Subsequently, we devoured them. Finally, we shared them with our girl, first reading to her and then taking turns as she learned to read. […]

Kenneth Village Eats

Kenneth Village Eats

We decided the back way home would be best after dropping off our sister at Burbank Airport and seeing on the way that the south 5 was going to be a patience-bending bear. So, we meandered. We zigzagged our way to the other side of the 5 until we hit a dead end at the […]

Emerging From the Shadows

Emerging From the Shadows

Women artists. From 1860 to 1960. From realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, printmakers, and ceramicists. Over 2,000 images. And covering 320 female artists. This is Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens. The Creative Arts Group in […]

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

Now more than ever, the topic of immigrants has been on most people’s lips. Our family’s immigrant story begins with our great-great-great grandfather Hugh Ward who came to America, sailing aboard the ship “Charlotte” from Belfast, Ireland on July 28, 1885. His son, Robert Boyd Ward, became a first generation American success story, founding the Ward Baking […]

Cherished Memories

Cherished Memories

Being just “one of the kids” is paramount. To be unable to participate in school activities, from field trips and organized sports to attending the prom is humiliating for students and should be unacceptable in our society. Thankfully, people care. The Salvation Army Tabernacle Pasadena once again presents “Cherished Memories.” Students wishing to attend prom, […]

The Right to Remain

The Right to Remain

No matter what side we’re on, discussion leading to understanding, new insights, and even a new perspective is never a negative. On Thursday, March 9, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley‘s “Talking the Talk” series continues. The aim is to “bring our community together to discuss hot button topics and strive to come up with solutions.” The discussions are […]

Crescent Farm Series

Crescent Farm Series

One of our all-time favorite places, The Arboretum, continues its Crescent Farm Series on March 11. One Saturday a month through June 2017, Crescent Farm staff lead workshops dubbed an “educational training series.” Learn about ancient and new horticultural techniques for water conservation and food production at the Farm, which is just west of Baldwin Lake and […]

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