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Sites of the Season

Sites of the Season

Lately, while we’ve been out and about in our car, we find ourselves effortlessly deferring an errand, a “should”, or a “next on the list”, and, instead, cutting down a side street to see what holiday decorations might await us. During these lapses in duty to work, parenting, the household, etc., when we succumb to [...]

Float of Hope

Float of Hope

City of Hope will exhibit its 40th float in this year’s Rose Parade on Wednesday, the 1st of January. If you’ve never had a chance to get up close and personal, consider signing up for a shift to help decorate their float, which is called “Turning Hopes and Dreams into Reality.” Inspired by the wishing trees [...]

Grist & Toll for the Holidays

Grist & Toll for the Holidays

Grist: grain that is ground to make flour. Toll: origin, Old English, denoting a charge, tax, or duty. Paying a tribute, compensation. Grain is milled into flour. In bygone days, the miller was aloud a “toll” or percentage of the final product as payment for his work. Grist & Toll on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena [...]

Gingerbread Houses, Ornaments, Candlelight, Carols & Holiday Everything!

Gingerbread Houses, Ornaments, Candlelight, Carols & Holiday Everything!

Waking up this Monday morning with the temperatures hovering near freezing, it certainly feels like the winter holidays are upon us. So, bundle up and choose your pick, because activities highlighting the season abound… Have your kids create Christmas ornaments out of paper, peppermints, candy canes, and whatever else Vroman’s Hastings can gather on Saturday, [...]

Random Acts of Music

Random Acts of Music

We don’t know about you, but when we’re enjoying our coffee, say at Jones Coffee Roasters on Raymond, and our morning blah blah blah is supplanted by the sounds of a string quartet, the joy of living in Pasadena simply multiplies. (Listen here.) Pasadena Public Library is hosting 2 Random Acts of Music performances by [...]

Toy Drive At CoolHaus & Dog Haus

Toy Drive At CoolHaus & Dog Haus

Bring an unwrapped toy or game valued at $20 or more to CoolHaus on December 18th. Guests will be treated with CoolHaus mini ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes, as well as hot chocolate. Pasadena Magazine says, “We’ll bring the bubbly.” This holiday’s toy drive benefits the Pasadena Child Development Associates. PCDA is “a non-profit that focuses [...]

Tiny Treasures at Cactus

Tiny Treasures at Cactus

Cactus Gallery’s 8th Annual Miniatures Show opens Saturday, December 7th, with more than 40 artists participating. Handmade ornaments, paintings, mixed media works, dolls, and whatever else can be created in miniature will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Perfect for stocking stuffers! Cactus Gallery owner Sandra Mastroianni is an impressive curator, illustrating her love [...]

A Castle Carol

A Castle Carol

Creativity knows no bounds they say, so we’re stretching the definition of our “Creative Types” category once again. This year, the annual holiday tour of Pasadena’s glorious Castle Green takes on a creative Dickensian twist. Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas transforms Castle Green into a Victorian wonderland…Experience firsthand its restored 1890′s splendor…Enjoy [...]

Crafts, Cookies & Cocoa

Crafts, Cookies & Cocoa

Pasadena Presbyterian Church is welcoming those of all ages to “come celebrate the customs of Christmas.” There will be holiday crafts to create, cocoa to sip, and cookies to enjoy. Christmas Crafts, Cookies & Cocoa Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2-5 p.m. Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Parish House 007, 585 E. Colorado Blvd. PPC on Facebook, or call [...]

Phoenix Food Boutique in South Pas

Phoenix Food Boutique in South Pas

“Food” and “boutique” are not generally words that we expect to find in the same sentence unless we’re thinking of artisan jams or pickled homegrown cukes. Yet, Phoenix Food Boutique in South Pasadena aims to fit the definition—”a business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele.” Chrysanthemum tea, a barley and lime drink, osmanthus with [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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