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Backpack Kickback

Backpack Kickback
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Whether a child’s eager to learn to read and write and about to enter kindergarten or a teenager is worrying more about wardrobe than her upcoming Honors Chemistry class, going back to school in August or September can be a cause for anxiety and stress—before the school year has even begun. Flintridge Bookstore is looking […]

Wiggle Your Waggle 2015

Wiggle Your Waggle 2015

As of this writing, 271 animals—cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, snakes, guinea pigs, turtles, and a cockatiel—are being sheltered at the Pasadena Humane Society. They’ve been welcomed, cleaned, checked by a vet, fed, housed, and pampered. This is what the Humane Society does, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, every […]

IWOSC Reads Its Own

IWOSC Reads Its Own

We were delighted to hear from Flo Selfman, President of Independent Writers of Southern California… Twice a year IWOSC presents a special FREE event – “IWOSC Reads its Own” – a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works – from poems to true stores to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. […]

The Tempest & Merry Wives

The Tempest & Merry Wives

On a rise the stage is set. On the grass, the chairs are settles, the blankets spread. Suddenly the wind shifts and the ocean begins to roll and froth. No, this isn’t watching an incoming storm along our dramatic coast, but the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Shakespeare by the Sea arrives, once again, for […]

Scare L.A. in Pasadena

Scare L.A. in Pasadena

It may be hitting the mid-90s and a far cry from the cooler fall temps in late fall when we dress up as blood suckers, princesses, and pirates, but it’s time to have a Halloween-immersion in August at Scare L.A. Scare L.A. calls the weekend-long event a “season teaser” with “haunt entertainment professionals” meaning designers, […]

Touring Old Pas

Touring Old Pas

Most of us remember when Old Pasadena was not a destination of choice. When Pasadena Heritage was founded 37 years ago, “saving” and restoring Old Pasadena was a top priority. Pasadena Heritage’s trained docents know the history, fun facts, and unusual details of Old Pasadena – and they’re willing to share! On August 1st, rise […]

A Last Minute Surprise

A Last Minute Surprise

A last minute drama of the teenage variety had us forcibly volunteer to drive said teenager and friend down to San Diego for a boy band concert. As our attendance at said concert was not desired, on either parties count, we dropped off two overly-excited fans at the top of a hill to join the […]

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hint: These little guys flap their wings 50 times per second, which also allows them to fly backwards at “speeds exceeding 34mph.” Answer: Hummingbirds. Allen’s hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, Antillean mango, Black jacobin, Frilled coquette, Sooty barbthroat, and Mexican hermit are the few binomial names of the 325-350 species of hummingbirds. Hint: They can’t fly in […]

Wanderlust, Loving the Macabre & Dancing Under Rainbows

Wanderlust, Loving the Macabre & Dancing Under Rainbows

High tea at the Rose Garden, an afternoon break alongside the lily ponds, wandering the new Chinese Garden. Been there, done that? One way to see the “old” with new eyes is by taking a “Quirky Tour” of The Huntington. Huntington intern Sara Schacht writes about self-guided tours for those who want to focus their […]

Always…Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline

Houston housewife Louise Seger first heard Patsy Cline in 1957 on the Arthur Godfrey show and became an instant fan. The two met before a 1961 concert, struck it off immediately, and passed the whole night chatting in Louise’s kitchen. After that night, they kept up an active pen-pal relationship. Years after the 1963 plane […]

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