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Trees, Trees, Innumerable Trees

Trees, Trees, Innumerable Trees

Did you know that Southern California is host and home to nearly a thousand species of woody perennials (aka trees)? Magnolia x soulangeana. Liquidambar styraciflua. Platanus racemosa. Tabebuia impetiginosa. Translation: Tulip Tree, American Sweet Gum, Western Sycamore, and Pink Trumpet Tree. According to Don Hodel, author of Exceptional Trees of Los Angeles County, we live […]

The Courage to Write Workshop: Free!

The Courage to Write Workshop: Free!

Find your voice. Walk (write) through various modes of writing. Work, share, listen, learn, and play. Solicit your hutzpah and enroll in a hands-on workshop with author Esther Bradley-DeTally. Beginning Friday, September 20th, Esther will lead a free six-week writing workshop at La Pintoresca Branch Library. One of her groups just came out with an […]

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

When we read, see, or hear “Hound Dog,” many of us think, Elvis Presley. This song by composer Mike Stoller and lyricist Jerry Leiber was originally a hit in 1953 for blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Three years later, Elvis would bump and grind and the song would forever be linked in people’s minds to […]

Free Water Wise Landscaping Workshops

Free Water Wise Landscaping Workshops

Fed up with that itchy, rough Bermuda grass that you have to mow every weekend? Considering replacing it with a drought tolerant lawn? The City of South Pasadena is offering free water wise landscaping workshops starting September 7th. “Preparation and Design” will teach you how to remove grass and give your yard a makeover with […]

Fiore: A Jolly Good Choice for Lunch

Fiore: A Jolly Good Choice for Lunch

My daughter raved, so when friends came into town from Palm Springs and we were going to catch up over a Saturday lunch, we walked a few blocks to Fiore Market Café. My girl didn’t even have to look at the menu, ordering her new favorite: the roast chicken on homemade bread with basil, walnut […]

Cookies & Cream in South Pas

Cookies & Cream in South Pas

Another ice cream joint has arrived, joining the multitude of others in the area, elbowing its way amongst all the cupcake shops, bakeries, and cafés that tempt our waistlines on a daily basis. Cookies and Cream on Fair Oaks Avenue, south of Mission Street and north of Oxley, owned by Mr. Cheng Lui, has opened […]

Grammy Award-Winning Quetzal at Levitt

Grammy Award-Winning Quetzal at Levitt

Quetzal, who are known for their activist musical perspective, use of traditional instruments and the soulful vocals of lead singer/scholar Martha Gonzalez, won a 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Latin Urban, Rock, or Alternative Album” for their latest release “Imaginaries.” (San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival/sfsjf.com) In 2006, Agustin Gurza of the L.A. Times observed that […]

Little Mad Scientists & Rhythm Child

Little Mad Scientists & Rhythm Child

Saturday at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch, Katie the mad scientist invites little mad scientists ages 4-10 to participate in her mad experiments like Frankenstein’s Hand, See-Through Egg, and Underwater Volcano. We spoke to “Dr.” Katie personally and she said she’ll also share with her little mad scientists-in-training how to sink a marshmellow in H²0. Additionally, Katie […]

Revitalization at Altadena Community Garden

Revitalization at Altadena Community Garden

We are a NPO that provides gardening space, information & education to garden members and the local community and believe that growing nutritional food & working outdoors in a group setting promotes healthy minds, spirits and bodies… This is the raison d’être for the Altadena Community Garden, led by President Silvera Grant. Sixty-four plots thrive on […]

Auto Parts at the Fremont

Auto Parts at the Fremont

Do you like a good mystery? Then perhaps Auto Parts at the Fremont Centre Theatre has been constructed just for you. Not only does the production have “love, longing, theft, failure, sex, marriage, infidelity, and murder,” but four interrelated parts are presented each night according to the audience’s picks. Before each performance, an audience member […]

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