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Exploring Mandalas

Exploring Mandalas

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world [...]

It’s Bananas

It’s Bananas

The backyard grass wet with pulp, beaten down by dropping fruit. Do you have a fruit tree that is unattended except for when you need a slice of lemon for your cocktail? The branches weighted down by ripe fruit, the leaves crowded? Garden Talks with Lili Singer welcomes Kazi Patelka on Thursday, January 16th for [...]

The Courage to Write in 2014

The Courage to Write in 2014

Contributor to Hometown Pasadena’s “Write Here” category for poetry and fiction, Esther Bradley-DeTally, begins the year with her “Courage to Write” workshop. Bradley-DeTally helps attendees to find their voice and walks them through various modes of writing in this six week, hands-on workshop. And…it’s free. The Courage to Write Begins Friday, Jan. 10th, 1-3 p.m. [...]

Brendan’s Poetry & a Shot of Whisky

Brendan’s Poetry & a Shot of Whisky

It’s time to start 2014 off right. Let’s start with whisky. Smoky, spicy, peppery, orangey, woody, creamy. How about “cerealy” or “phenolic”? Every one of these words, and many more, may be used when sipping, and then describing, whisky. And when interspersed with classic or home-written poetry, with dozens of candles lit and delicious munchies, [...]

Salsa Night, Ladies and Gentlemen

Salsa Night, Ladies and Gentlemen

Strap on your high heels, Ladies, or tuck in a tailored shirt, Gentlemen, and come support the preservation of historic Blinn House at their Salsa Night fundraiser, Friday, January 10th. Come early with friends and sit at your reserved table for a full dinner followed by dance lessons, or, come late and enjoy the dancing [...]

Saving Seeds

Saving Seeds

According to “Mr. Cog” of the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico, our “genetic crop diversity has declined from 7,000 to 150 plant species.” He continues, stating that “this loss means that our food supply is reliant on a small selection of crops, making it more vulnerable to pests, diseases, and changes in climate.” [...]

Animal Care Center Opens

Animal Care Center Opens

In 2013, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA “cared for more than 11,000 cats, dogs, and other animals.” On Thursday, January 9th, a $20 million expansion—the Animal Care Center—will open. Some of the highlights are an expanded spay/neuter clinic that will be open Tuesday through Saturday and allow veterinarians to perform 20 surgeries on cats, dogs, [...]

“Applaud My Friends. The Comedy Is Over.”

“Applaud My Friends. The Comedy Is Over.”

The above quote is supposedly a statement by Ludwig von Beethoven from his deathbed. The Pasadena Master Chorale would say that the entertainment is far from over. Sunday, January 9th, PMC joins with the L.A. Daiku to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. From the PMC press release, some fascinating facts: “In Japan, the word ‘daiku’ or [...]

Petrea, Finnegan, & Des

Petrea, Finnegan, & Des

Three local authors, Petrea Burchard, Margaret Finnegan, and Desiree Zamorano will bring their experiences, insights, inspirations, and humor to an authors’ panel on Monday, January 13th, at Crowell Public Library in San Marino. Margaret Finnegan’s novel The Goddess Lounge turns Homer’s The Odyssey inside out.…Finnegan’s heroine Penne (“named for a noodle”) tells her story in a smart, yet harried [...]

Be a Bride Against Breast Cancer

Be a Bride Against Breast Cancer

They call it a “Nationwide Tour of Gowns.” Brides Against Breast Cancer, headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, works to offer “free information, programs, and services to cancer patients, caregivers, and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience.” BABC’s “‘Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns’ raises nearly one million dollars for cancer [...]

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