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Come Join the Parade!

Come Join the Parade!

There’s nothing like sitting in the front row—feet on the pavement, Norton Simon at your backside, picture-blue day, it’s 7:45 in the morning and you’ve already been up for three hours! It must be time for the Rose Parade. In case you missed it—in case you slept in, had a nice leisurely breakfast, read the [...]

Our Own Festival of Lights

Our Own Festival of Lights

We love lights. Any kind of lights: July 4th fireworks; firelight (indoors or out, fireplace or campfire); moonlight; sunlight (that’s a big one); the lights we hope to see one day, like the Aurora Borealis. And then there are Christmas lights. Walking our neighborhoods on Boxing Day, a sliver of a moon rises in the [...]

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Build a snowman in Southern Cal? Erect a fort and have a snowball fight? Make a snow angel? No way. Not even. Ah, but now you can. Kidspace is trucking in the white stuff to bring a little White Christmas cheer to our balmy location. Tons of imported snow will create a a winter wonderland [...]

Toys Are a Spark of Love

Toys Are a Spark of Love

Christmas morning and no gifts under the tree? Unfortunately, far too many children will experience just this scenario on Christmas morning, the day many of us will be celebrating with family, engulfed in wrapping paper, and opening boxes filled with wonderful surprises—expressions of the love that is all around us. What brings meaning to the [...]

Loving Our Trees

Loving Our Trees

Our city of Pasadena lost close to 1,100 trees during the hurricane-force windstorm. Additionally, some 70 trees were seriously damaged in local parks; their chances of survival are currently being assessed. The Pasadena Community Foundation is teaming up with Pasadena Beautiful Foundation and has established the Windstorm Tree Fund to raise money to buy and [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/19/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/19/11

Hardcover Fiction Week Death Comes To Pemberley, P. D. James The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes The Drop, Michael Connelly The Litigators, John Grisham 11/22/63, Stephen King 1Q84, Haruki Murakami V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach The Leopard, Jo Nesbo A Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco Hardcover Non-Fiction Steve [...]

A Merry, Merry Muppet

A Merry, Merry Muppet

This Saturday, watch the holiday classic A Christmas Carol Muppet-style. Kermit the frog, the internationally renowned Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear will be featured in The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatre as part of the Playhouse District‘s 5th Annual Merry Merry Movie events. Not only is this family fun, it’s a free [...]

Memorial for the Unknown

Memorial for the Unknown

Did you know Lurch? He died alone. On a bench. Right here in Pasadena. How about Tom, who died next to a dumpster at a pharmacy? These are just two out of the 50 local homeless people who died in 2011, and 50 out of the thousands nationwide who die each year from illness, exposure [...]

Cheeseball for the Holidays

Cheeseball for the Holidays

Let us rephrase: not cheeseball as in corny or goofy, but cheeseball as in yummy goodness. But let’s start from the beginning. In 1951, Jim Carmack was a naval aviator pilot. He and his wife Betty Jane were spending their first holiday together in wedded bliss. Then Jim got a hankering for a tasty cheeseball. [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/12/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/12/11

Hardcover Fiction Week The Thirteen Hallows, Michael Scott Death Comes To Pemberley, P. D. James The Drop, Michael Connelly A Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes 11/22/63, Stephen King The Litigators, John Grisham 1Q84, Haruki Murakami A Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco Rules of Civility, Amor Towles The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach Hardcover Non-Fiction Steve [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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