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Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Is cooking not your thing? Would you rather be gift shopping than thumbing through cookbooks and braving the grocery store? Rather be relaxed, laughing, and chatting with a cocktail in hand than cringing and frantic as the green beans get cold, the mash potatoes gluey, and the filet is a 20 minutes away from barely […]

SGV’s Holiday Lights & Fun

SGV’s Holiday Lights & Fun

We are simply suckers for holiday decorating, whether it’s inside or out, one tree on a small lawn, or a mansion decked to the hilt. In case you do as well, here are some holiday “holiday lighting” sights to see, as well as local holiday events. Do you have any experiences to share? Events, streets, […]

Holiday Boutiques, Crafts & Fairs

Holiday Boutiques, Crafts & Fairs

There’s so much going on and not enough space! So, we’re slurping several together in the same post (hope you don’t mind): The Handmade Holiday Boutique: Carlie Ochoa will have edible crafts and Maria Garvin baked goods. Lori Koop will be selling ceramics and Darcy Arena Dichroic glass jewelry. Helga Mycroft has made ornaments, Lori […]

The Holidays on Holly Street

The Holidays on Holly Street

This Thursday, November 29th, from 6-9 p.m. shops on Holly Street in Old Pasadena will hold a holiday party with discounts, give-aways, promotions, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cocktails. (During the block’s Fall NoCo Week, Jenette Bras was whipping up a smashing Lavender Strap cocktail.) You’ll even be serenaded while you shop at Therapy Pasadena—a jazz […]

Art from the Forces of Nature

Art from the Forces of Nature

Creating art from destruction and heartache. This is the idea behind the “Forces of Nature Artists Exhibition” at the Arboretum. The unexpectedly brutal windstorm that struck just a year ago took out 235 trees and damaged 1,000 on the Arboretum grounds. “In the subsequent massive cleanup by Los Angeles County crews, private contractors, and countless […]

From Disney to Pluto

From Disney to Pluto

“In the immediate wake of a local school shooting, single mother Elizabeth Miller and her college-age son Bailey struggle to communicate while also contending with aggressive household appliances, the odd new family pet, a forceful crowd threatening to invade their kitchen, and a tree that’s crashed through the ceiling.” Like, an angry fridge? Or a […]

Snow & Gingerbread

Snow & Gingerbread

Snow Day is back! On Saturday, Vroman’s will bring in 5 tons of snow and even Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance. If you arrive at 2 p.m., you can sign up for the snowman-making contest that will start at 3 p.m., but remember to bring your own carrot, scarf, coal—whatever you’d like with […]

Trolley Pics at PMH

Trolley Pics at PMH

Desperate to put that holiday card together, but running out of ideas? The Pasadena Museum of History has a vintage trolley prop that’s now been festooned with Christmas garlands, ribbons, ornaments, a wreath, and even a bird and a squirrel (?). The prop was created by photographer Steve Crise who co-curated with Michael Patris the […]

Holiday Houses

Holiday Houses

In their 45th year, the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association presents its annual Holiday “Look In” Tour with local rose kings Jacob Maarse, the daringly untraditional Ixora, and the lovely Mary Falkingham Floral Designs. Four houses and their gardens will be dressed for the holidays: the Banta Residence; a 1931 Monterey Colonial Burge home; the […]

Operation Santa

Operation Santa

The Pasadena Jaycees are gearing up for Santa. For 78 years, letters have been received and read, toy drives have been organized, funds raised, houses mapped out, and on Christmas, Eve Santa and Mrs. Claus visit children with gifts in hand. For Operation Santa to be a success, volunteers are needed. Every Tuesday and Thursday […]

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