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Mini Repair Demo

Mini Repair Demo

Repair Cafe Pasadena is a marvelously community-organized and community-focused foundation. It’s based on an idea initiated by Martine Postma in the Netherlands in 2007. Quite simply, Repair Cafe is a “bi-monthly meeting of repair people and people who need things repaired.” Neighbor helping neighbor not to simply throw away that toaster, those pair of pants, or that […]

Blushing Bubbles

Blushing Bubbles

If you’re into “production and tasting notes”—if you know what that actually means or would like to know what that means—POP Champagne Bar in Old Pasadena invites you to Blushing Bubbles. POP’s 2nd Blushing Bubbles class is back by popular demand (the first having sold out). Certified Sommelier Michael Scribner leads the way, covering the production and tasting notes […]

A Very Special Evening with Lisa See

A Very Special Evening with Lisa See

Helen Simonson of the Washington Post writes that local author Lisa See‘s new novel The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane is a story that “balances moving on with returning home.” The story begins with Li-yan in a remote Chinese mountain village and eventually incorporates the story of Haley, a Chinese orphan adopted by a wealthy […]

Cos & Pi

Cos & Pi

Almost too beautiful to eat. That was my initial reaction when the young woman set down the plate, delivering our order of Cos & Pi’s salmon toast. Of course, you’ll have noticed the leading word is “almost,” because, of course, for food enthusiasts, nothing is too beautiful to leave untasted. Toasted dark rye is loaded with a layer of avocado, pickled […]

Something Wild in My Garden

Something Wild in My Garden

As the summer heat descends—a bit early, mind you; Mother Nature, where’s our “June Gloom”?—and our gardens need attending, Cactus Gallery brings some levity, truth, poignancy, and whimsy into our days with its new exhibit “Something Wild in My Garden.” The show’s featured artist is Olga Ponomarenko: In this series of paintings, I chose wild […]

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

Though this is not the history of Pasadena or even San Gabriel Valley, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is a defining moment in our state’s history. I stumbled upon some historic photographs—was gobsmacked—and I can’t resist sharing them. My mother and I were visiting family up in Greenbrae, Marin County. My cousin has a pile of books, ranging […]

A Homecoming, of Sorts

A Homecoming, of Sorts

What would you do if all your stuff went up in smoke?” Megan Edwards knows. In 1993, Megan Edwards‘s house was the first of 200 to burn down in the 1992 Altadena wildfire dubbed “the fire of the future.” Suddenly “stuff-less,” Edwards and her husband decided not to rebuild. Instead, they grabbed the family dog and set out […]

Wine & Song This Summer

Wine & Song This Summer

Another evening of wine and song; part of the Wednesday Wine & Song Concert Series—”a mid-week, spirit-lifting hootenanny”—thanks to musician and host Brad Colerick. As per usual, the location is the Arroyo Seco Grill at the golf course in South Pasadena. It’s a funky, intimate spot right off the putting green. Food is available; the […]

PMH Free Admission to “The Art in the Street” & Feynes Mansion Tours

PMH Free Admission to “The Art in the Street” & Feynes Mansion Tours

To coincide nicely with the 25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, the Pasadena Museum of History is welcoming everyone to view a current exhibit “Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival”—free of charge on June 17 and 18. Not only is it free to roam the history of the Chalk Festival, so […]

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Car Show

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Car Show

We thought the word was “hot rod.” Are we merely misremembering the cars in Rebel Without a Cause and American Graffitti? Appearing at the 5th Annual LA County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station Car Show (could that name be any longer) is what’s being called “street rods.” Also showing off their goods will be vintage trucks and […]

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