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A Stitch in Time & Hodge Podge Gifts

A Stitch in Time & Hodge Podge Gifts
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We had dropped the ball; our girl is going to her high school senior prom on Saturday and her dress had yet to be hemmed. We flew out of the house, “flew” down Huntington Drive, and cut through A Stitch in Time to reach Carlos the Tailor who has a minute shop in the back, […]

Aerial Photographer Renee Rusak Strouse

Aerial Photographer Renee Rusak Strouse

We are delighted to feature one of the dozens of local artists participating in Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena, the next of which will be held June 4-5. Renee Rusak Strouse is an Altadena resident and a photographer. Her husband is a pilot. Says Open Studios artist Leslie Delamater: They combined passions and Renee now does mostly aerial photography. […]

Tales of Desegregation & Sayonara Slam

Tales of Desegregation & Sayonara Slam

Naomi Hirahara has been introducing many of us to a world about which we no little, if anything. Her Mas Arai mystery series follows the life of Mas Arai, a (now) retired landscape gardener who’s career and wife have passed, who’s attempting to stay in a new relationship while worrying about being too old and being […]

Blackberry Mint Mojitos

Blackberry Mint Mojitos

TGIF people, T.G.I.F. Working on my own start-up business has made me very appreciative of Friday afternoons. As a chef, I’ve never been very good at the business/office end of things—talking on the phone, meetings, email, blah blah. Even with my own restaurant I tended to avoid that whole office side of it (thank the […]

2016 Mother’s Day at Castle Green: Tour & High Tea

2016 Mother’s Day at Castle Green: Tour & High Tea

Some weeks back, we were invited to attend a private reception. Upon accepting we found the location was to be a penthouse at Castle Green. It had been some years since we’d been buzzed through the entrance wrought iron gate, walking under the “bridge,” up the front steps and into the handsome foyer. We smiled […]

2016 Evening with Star Chefs

2016 Evening with Star Chefs

Founded by Julia Child in 1963, “An Evening with Star Chefs” is Pasadena’s oldest and largest culinary benefit. Year after year, guests of the event are given a one of a kind opportunity to sample exquisite cuisine prepared by the premiere chefs from some of the area’s most prestigious restaurants. On May 7, Rosemary Children’s Services invites over 300 members […]

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Désirée Zamorano and Isabel Quintero at two Latinas who are raising their voices. The National Endowment for the Humanities has partnered with the American Library Association, allocating $1.48 million to support Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, “a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

On April 28, Matt Hormann, who has written so many wonderful history articles for Hometown Pasadena over the years—including “A Love that Dared Not Speak Its Name,” “Courage and Cowardice in San Marino,” and “When South Pasadena Was for Whites Only“—comes to South Pas. Library for a History Night presentation entitled “The Darkest Night—The Destruction and Rebirth of […]

It’s Time to Go Jackalope

It’s Time to Go Jackalope

Jackalope Arts has taken a hold in Pasadena and committed to the long haul. At the beginning of 2015, Sara Vausbinder, Laura Fischer, and Melissa Shipley decided to leave their jobs and create art-centered events. Now, most folks would start slowly, build each event slowly year by year—don’t bite off too much too quickly—but no. Right out […]

Tea Lovers Fest: 10 Years

Tea Lovers Fest: 10 Years

The Tea Lovers Festival is celebrating a decade of annual events at the Pacific Asia Museum on May 1. Traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, live music and a talk by the festival’s founder Kulov will augment the release of the retrospective book Tea Lovers Festival: 10 Years. “The Way of Tea.” It sounds like the anthropomorphism of […]

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