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“Chalk It Up”

“Chalk It Up”

Number of stores and services: 282 Number of floors: 2 Total retail floor space: 1,300,000 square feet. What’s Up? Regarding all the first floor common area—now stripped down and bare—the Westfield Santa Anita Mall owners have decided to call on local chalk and airbrush artists to come have fun. All accepted artists will be given a space [...]

A Stroll Through the Langham

A Stroll Through the Langham

We attended Pasadena Magazine‘s Women in Business Awards at the Langham Huntington Hotel last month and was moved, motivated, and inspired by the three panelists: Chanel Boutakidis of Five Acres, Andrea Herz Payne of Aid Still Required, and Pasadena resident Amie Satchu of Foundation for Living Beauty. Unsurprisingly, the event was even more enjoyable, and funny, [...]

Polearms, Daggers & Medieval Grappling!

Polearms, Daggers & Medieval Grappling!

Pasadena Central Libary is looking for a fight, though it shall be quite civilized and educational. On July 26th, teens may participate in a Swordscholar event learning German and Italian long sword styles, sword and shield, polearms, dagger, and medieval grappling. Swordscholar “teaches Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)” and is a regional youth program. HEMA [...]

Family History: Finding Yours

Family History: Finding Yours

How did the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints corral the market on genealogy research? “One of the LDS Church fundamental tenets: that deceased family members, especially ancestors, can be baptized by proxy, as well as receive other saving ordinances.…Baptism is essential for salvation” (Mormon.org). Even if a baptism isn’t on your schedule, we layman can be grateful [...]

Isidore’s E-Waste Collection

Isidore’s E-Waste Collection

Don’t know what to do with that outdated cell phone; Dad’s old Dell PC; the half a dozen chargers that no longer fit any device in your home; or need to unload that clunky, seemingly 350-pound CRT TV embarrassment that you can’t wait to replace with an ultra HD 4K, 55-inch LED? Well, you’re in luck. [...]

Ferns & Exotic Plants

Ferns & Exotic Plants

In front of Ayres Hall this weekend, visitors will be deluged with a superabundance of ferns and exotic plants at the Los Angeles International Fern Society‘s Annual Fern & Exotic Plant Show & Sale. Vendors at the L.A. Arboretum will have dozens of different plants for sale, along with garden-related items. Lectures will be ongoing and [...]

Ellen Snortland & Gloria Gartz

Ellen Snortland & Gloria Gartz

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena was founded 70 years ago by Gloria Gartz who also donated the historic Blinn House to the cause. Gloria Gartz proved herself to be a catalyst of community contributions in Southern California, in particular in the Pasadena community. Ms. Gartz, was an Altadena native, daughter to A.F. Gartz, a [...]

Poppy Cake

Poppy Cake

Sierra Madre native Brittainy Turnquist had to settle on northern California in order to persuade her East Coast man to move west. After they met and then graduated in 2005 from the CIA—the Culinary Institute of America situated in Hyde Park, New York along the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt—they moved to [...]

Whoop & Alley-Oop with the Four Preps

Whoop & Alley-Oop with the Four Preps

Though the band began with Bruce, Glen, Ed, and Marvin and now consists of Bruce, Bob, Skip, and Michael, The Four Preps still harmonize and comprise a vocal quartet that will erase—momentarily—all images of twerking or the contemporary sounds that some folks of a particular age and era may have a hard time acknowledging as music. The [...]

Pics of a Bridge Party

Pics of a Bridge Party

We arrived early and the grassy patch at Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards was already flowing with people. Wreck ‘n Sow serenaded arrivals with their bluegrass sounds. We walked along the pathway with a dozen children’s activity stations to our left and classic Mustangs on our right. Our enthusiasm erupted (rather embarrassingly with lots of gushing [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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