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Kenneth Village Eats

Kenneth Village Eats

We decided the back way home would be best after dropping off our sister at Burbank Airport and seeing on the way that the south 5 was going to be a patience-bending bear. So, we meandered. We zigzagged our way to the other side of the 5 until we hit a dead end at the […]

Emerging From the Shadows

Emerging From the Shadows

Women artists. From 1860 to 1960. From realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, printmakers, and ceramicists. Over 2,000 images. And covering 320 female artists. This is Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens. The Creative Arts Group in […]

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

The Immigrant Artist Group Show

Now more than ever, the topic of immigrants has been on most people’s lips. Our family’s immigrant story begins with our great-great-great grandfather Hugh Ward who came to America, sailing aboard the ship “Charlotte” from Belfast, Ireland on July 28, 1885. His son, Robert Boyd Ward, became a first generation American success story, founding the Ward Baking […]

Cherished Memories

Cherished Memories

Being just “one of the kids” is paramount. To be unable to participate in school activities, from field trips and organized sports to attending the prom is humiliating for students and should be unacceptable in our society. Thankfully, people care. The Salvation Army Tabernacle Pasadena once again presents “Cherished Memories.” Students wishing to attend prom, […]

The Right to Remain

The Right to Remain

No matter what side we’re on, discussion leading to understanding, new insights, and even a new perspective is never a negative. On Thursday, March 9, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley‘s “Talking the Talk” series continues. The aim is to “bring our community together to discuss hot button topics and strive to come up with solutions.” The discussions are […]

Crescent Farm Series

Crescent Farm Series

One of our all-time favorite places, The Arboretum, continues its Crescent Farm Series on March 11. One Saturday a month through June 2017, Crescent Farm staff lead workshops dubbed an “educational training series.” Learn about ancient and new horticultural techniques for water conservation and food production at the Farm, which is just west of Baldwin Lake and […]

“Get Happy” Happy Hour (Extended)

“Get Happy” Happy Hour (Extended)

During these days in which we find ourselves, the traditional “Happy Hour” may be more important than ever. An hour after our day job to relax with co-workers or meet up with friends not often seen. An hour to turn off the day of work—and for many, politics—and socialize, laugh, and detach from the world, yet connect […]

2017 Festival of Women Authors

2017 Festival of Women Authors

From veblens to a lady cop in 1910, it must be the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors being held on April 8. Tickets tend to vanish as this has become quite a popular event (though it does offer a wait list). This year’s authors include Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen and Amy Stewart […]

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Our no. 1 favorite pastime is reading. We will forego swimming, dining, hiking, driving, playing, partying—almost anything—in order to tuck up on the couch or get comfy on the patio, with no one to interrupt, until we read “The End.” It’s our bliss, our heaven on Earth. Our no. 2 favorite pastime is shopping for books. […]

It’s Bloomin’ Cherries!

It’s Bloomin’ Cherries!

It’s not bloomin’ cherries as in cherries off the vine, freshly pressed in juice, or tucked between flaky, buttery crusts. It’s the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens and the beauty and aroma may make you swoon! Tree after tree will be popping with pink cherry blossoms. But that’s not all. The magnolia trees are in […]

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