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A Smorgasbord of Roses—at The Huntington & Descanso Rose Festival

A Smorgasbord of Roses—at The Huntington & Descanso Rose Festival

After we indulged in the scrumptious Afternoon Tea at The Huntington last week, we strolled around the rose garden. If roses are a perennial you enjoy, this year’s blooming is not to be missed. Just the various perfumes are remarkable—from intense licorice and floral to spicy, lemony and plum-like—let alone the colors, coloring, shapes and sizes. It’s a luscious […]

Jo Nesbo @ All Saints

Jo Nesbo @ All Saints

We first became attached to Harry Hole, Oslo detective, in The Snowman. Of course, that’s no. 7 in the Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole (“Hoo-leh”) series, so we’ve had to backtrack, as well as catchup. The newest release is The Thirst and Vroman’s presents Nesbo in conversation with Hollywood Reporter editor Andy Lewis at All Saints […]

Afternoon Tea Among the Roses

Afternoon Tea Among the Roses

It had been a long day, so we are cheered when a friend suggests we meet and take a walk in the Huntington Gardens. Even better as it turns out (since our long day has not been accompanied by sustenance) that upon meeting our friend she expresses an insistent hunger and wonders, would we care […]

Pot Luck & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo

Pot Luck & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo

The Mediterranean Garden Society welcomes everyone to its 2nd Annual Pot Luck Luncheon & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo on May 20. We’ll let MGS do the explaining… Our wonderful winter rains have spurred exuberant spring growth in our gardens. Start now saving those cuttings—succulents, summer-dry plants, any of your favorites—as you do your spring garden clean-up. […]

Lois Stelzer, Master Quilter

Lois Stelzer, Master Quilter

“Painting with fibers and fabric.” This is how the labor-intensive and meticulously crafted quilts made by Lois Stelzer have been described. Mrs. Stelzer began her art career in 1993 after she retired from elementary teaching in Garvey Unified School District. She had been a photographer, but did not care for the chemicals involved. Her first […]

9th Annual South Pas. Eclectic Music Festival

9th Annual South Pas. Eclectic Music Festival

It begins with Ozomatli, so how much more do we have to say to entice you to this year’s South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. Right? Are were done here? Okay, we’ll share a bit more… First, if you haven’t read our interview with Ozomatli band member Raul Pacheco, then you must.     Four stages! (And this […]

Wild West Day

Wild West Day

Do a little panning for gold, rope a steer, and ride in a U. S. Mail stage coach at the Arboretum‘s “Wild West Day” on May 6. Kids can learn how to write telegrams, play horse shoes, and watch a blacksmith. Christy Lewis of Trick Roper provides a roping demonstration, the Shadow Mountain Band plays […]

In the Pool

In the Pool

We were delighted to visit old friends at their home in Palm Springs. While taking a break from work one morning, we strolled the lawn, side-stepping mammoth grapefruits while harvesting some for our breakfast. The rising sun was already blinding and warm, the raging winds from the evening before had unfortunately moved on; the water […]

Beauty from the Ashes

Beauty from the Ashes

Artist’s Statement I chose the name “Beauty from the Ashes” because it resonated with me as a poignant description of my life and my artistic journey. Before I rediscovered my creativity, I lived a very small and isolated life. When I began to make art again (after years of repressing it), the thought never crossed […]

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

“Living without language.” Can you imagine. In 2007, Pasadena native Lauren Marks woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She woke up into The Quiet. “I was an American actor, director, and PhD student in New York City, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,” Marks […]

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