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Wildflowers, Earth Day, Spring Break, & Stories Under the Oaks

Wildflowers, Earth Day, Spring Break, & Stories Under the Oaks

The California Native Garden is full of spring blooms and on display during Descanso Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration. Little ones can “make and take” Earth Day crafts from the Redwood Rest or head to Magnolia Lawn and “make and take” a science project. Under the oaks, the California Shakespeare Ensemble tell nature-inspired stories suited to [...]

Lyrids Meteor Shower

Lyrids Meteor Shower

Thank you, Mother Earth, for traveling through clouds of particles left by comets. Because of this, we’ll be able to enjoy the Lyrids meteor shower on April 22nd. Go to bed on the 21st and set the alarm for 4:14 a.m., two hours before sunrise, which will be the best time for viewing. The originating [...]

Hunting Eggs 2014

Hunting Eggs 2014

If Easter means bunnies and hunting for colored hard-boiled eggs (okay, plastic eggs filled with chocolate or jelly beans), then here are some choices where you don’t have to rise before dawn to hide the bounty… Egg-ceptional Celebration! at The Arboretum. Saturday, April 19th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (early 9 a.m. entry for members). “Children will [...]

Egg Hunt 2014

Egg Hunt 2014

Can’t walk or coordinate the hands, arms, legs, and knees for crawling? Can’t focus her eyes or doesn’t have a strong enough neck to hold his head up? No matter. The City of Pasadena’s Annual Spring Festival has announced an egg hunt for wee ones age 0-5. Literally. Zero to five years of age, they [...]

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

Taking a walk in our neighborhood last week, we came across a “Little Free Library.” Painted in the colors of the attendant house, this box full of books welcomes passerby to “Take a book, return a book.” So, we indulged, perusing the baker’s dozen on display and settled on Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost that [...]

Susan Sironi: Books Sculpted

Susan Sironi:  Books Sculpted

She’s been called a “literary vandal” and a “dissector” by Leah Ollman (LATimesBlog 2011). Why so? Because artist Susan Sironi cuts up books. Over the last ten years,” Sironi states, “I have been using vintage books as an initial source material, altering them into sculptural collages that reflect on history and/or the past.” For Flower [...]

BOOK ‘Em Closing

BOOK ‘Em Closing

After 24 years, Mary and Barry are closing their doors. After Wednesday, April 30th, BOOK ‘Em Mysteries bookstore in South Pasadena shall be no more. Over the years, author events have included the likes of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais to local mystery authors Denise Hamilton, Naomi Hirahara, and Kwei Quartey. Mary and Barry’s shop, [...]

Singing Sisters

Singing Sisters

We were introduced the other day to Sister Timothy of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles who make their home in Alhambra. We admit we were caught off guard when told that they are releasing their new CD Lean Into the Wind. CD? Singing nuns? And the answer to both is [...]

Pot-Luck Up-Pop

Pot-Luck Up-Pop

Surrogate Gallery Projects‘ Pot-Luck Up-Pop exhibition at Paseo Pasadena comes to a close on Friday, April 4th, though it will be open until 9 p.m. for a closing reception to which the public is invited. The Paseo donated the space and curator Holly Boruck has transformed the space, exhibiting artists like Meriel Stern, Barbara Lai [...]

Huntington High Tea & Chinese Garden

Huntington High Tea & Chinese Garden

We spent a few hours on the last day of March 2014 at the Huntington, stopping in for late afternoon tea and focusing on the Chinese Gardens. Before we could enter the Tea Room, one of the two teenagers in our foursome took us on a detour. Teen No. 1 lured her friend under a canopy and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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