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1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

1906 SF Earthquake: Found Pics

Though this is not the history of Pasadena or even San Gabriel Valley, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake is a defining moment in our state’s history. I stumbled upon some historic photographs—was gobsmacked—and I can’t resist sharing them. My mother and I were visiting family up in Greenbrae, Marin County. My cousin has a pile of books, ranging […]

A Homecoming, of Sorts

A Homecoming, of Sorts

What would you do if all your stuff went up in smoke?” Megan Edwards knows. In 1993, Megan Edwards‘s house was the first of 200 to burn down in the 1992 Altadena wildfire dubbed “the fire of the future.” Suddenly “stuff-less,” Edwards and her husband decided not to rebuild. Instead, they grabbed the family dog and set out […]

Wine & Song This Summer

Wine & Song This Summer

Another evening of wine and song; part of the Wednesday Wine & Song Concert Series—”a mid-week, spirit-lifting hootenanny”—thanks to musician and host Brad Colerick. As per usual, the location is the Arroyo Seco Grill at the golf course in South Pasadena. It’s a funky, intimate spot right off the putting green. Food is available; the […]

PMH Free Admission to “The Art in the Street” & Feynes Mansion Tours

PMH Free Admission to “The Art in the Street” & Feynes Mansion Tours

To coincide nicely with the 25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, the Pasadena Museum of History is welcoming everyone to view a current exhibit “Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival”—free of charge on June 17 and 18. Not only is it free to roam the history of the Chalk Festival, so […]

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Car Show

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Car Show

We thought the word was “hot rod.” Are we merely misremembering the cars in Rebel Without a Cause and American Graffitti? Appearing at the 5th Annual LA County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station Car Show (could that name be any longer) is what’s being called “street rods.” Also showing off their goods will be vintage trucks and […]

Legends & Fairytales, Roots & Shoots

Legends & Fairytales, Roots & Shoots

  We wish our summer camps had titles like this—”Myths, Legends & Fairies of the Forest.” It’s just one of the one-week summer camp sessions at the Arboretum for kids age 5 to 11. We apologize for being a bit late to the promotion party, but here is a listing of the remaining one-week, Monday through Friday, […]

Saving Edgar

Saving Edgar

It hasn’t been an easy road for Edgar. For two weeks after he was born, he was “on the streets.” No food bowl, no warm bed to sleep in at night, no safety from the elements and predators, no cuddles, no kisses. Luckily, he was brought to the Pasadena Humane Society and after 6 weeks of care […]

Plumeria Grafting

Plumeria Grafting

Apparently grafted plumeria trees bloom in a variety of colors. That’s an interesting idea. But how does one graft? Diana Donnellan leads a hands-on workshop “exploring both the mechanics of grafting as well as best practices” on June 17. Donnellan will show on the grove’s demonstration trees examples of “good” grafting and “bad” grafting, which […]

4,000 Murals Later…

4,000 Murals Later…

The Pasadena Chalk Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary during this annual event on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18. Over 600 artists descend upon Pasadena to create 200 chalk murals—in every style imaginable. Watch artists work, listen to live music, and take the kids to Chalkland. Plenty of eateries are within mere steps (and shopping if need […]

“Magical Synergy” – Beata Bermuda

“Magical Synergy” – Beata Bermuda

Three violins. Three voices. A Swedish trio called Beata Bermuda performs at Skandia Hall on June 9. Beata Bermuda is three women who sing original songs as well as 100-year-old music, both contemporary and traditional folk music. This event in Pasadena is the last stop on Beata Bermuda’s first American tour that spanned the length […]

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