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South Pasadena Farmer’s Market

South Pasadena Farmer’s Market

As far as kid-friendly farmers’ markets go, South Pasadena’s is up there with the best of them. It’s a Thursday-evening small-town happening, with street performers, great prepared foods, the best farmers’ market produce east of Hollywood, and superb people-watching. Kids love to inspect the fantastical mushrooms at LA Funghi, sample berries from Pudwills, buy some [...]

Prepare for the “Drought”

Prepare for the “Drought”

Ever feel like maybe we’re just a bit too obsessed with the perfection of our lawns here in Pasadena? A recent notice from the Pasadena City Council declaring a ten-day water shutdown due to a necessary seismic retrofit of the F.E Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in LaVerne provides ample evidence of this suspicion. In fact, [...]

Descanso Gardens Needs Volunteers

Descanso Gardens Needs Volunteers

If you’re searching for volunteer opportunities this spring, Descanso Gardens in La Cañada wants your help. Volunteer efforts are an integral part of the success of the nonprofit gardens, and there are a variety of tasks to spark the interest of any gardening and/or community-building enthusiast.  Positions include docent, Boddy House ambassador, membership table and [...]

La Loma Secret Stairs Worth Exploring

La Loma Secret Stairs Worth Exploring

Last weekend, I headed out to take a ramble up the staircases that weave through the La Loma neighborhood in western Pasadena, as outlined in Charles Fleming’s guidebook, Secret Stairs. Honestly, I had no idea that these stairs (or, for that matter, any of the stairs in this book) existed, and I was looking forward to [...]

Go “Off-the-Wall” at Armory’s Art Auction

Go “Off-the-Wall” at Armory’s Art Auction

This Saturday, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena offers a unique opportunity to view and purchase pieces from over 75 Southern California contemporary artists. A ticket for “Off the Wall” includes drinks, live music, dinner sponsored by some of Pasadena’s best restaurants and the chance to bid in three silent and one live [...]

Inspiring Girls to “Be R.E.A.L”

Inspiring Girls to “Be R.E.A.L”

If your middle-school-age daughter is having a hard time dealing with friend dynamics, then the two of you might want to check out the Be R.E.A.L (Relationships- Extraordinary, Authentic and Loving) workshops put on by the Institute for Girls Development. The interactive series, which will run for four weeks at Vroman’s, strives to provide girls [...]

SPACE for Young Artists

SPACE for Young Artists

The teaching program at SPACE, an art center and gallery in South Pasadena, has been growing rapidly, and this spring brings even more classes for kids, including ones as young as 4. The courses, which run 10 weeks each, include: — Art Explorers: experimentation with a variety of media for the youngest set. — Ceramics: [...]

Happy Time in Old Pasadena

Happy Time in Old Pasadena

If there’s anything that makes us happier than a well-made cocktail, it’s a deal on said cocktail — so we’re happy to report that Old Pasadena is in the midst of its first-ever Happy Hour Week. Running from March 1 to 8, it brings together 19 restaurants and bars that have all promised to have [...]

Rain, Rain, Come Again!

Rain, Rain, Come Again!

Want to learn how to make the most of the inordinate amount of rain we’ve had this winter? Come out to a free workshop on March 12 to get the run-down on rain harvesting with barrels and on the basics of rain gardens, which conserve water and replenish the ground water. In our semi-arid climate, [...]

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Painter

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Painter

It is always uplifting to get to know someone who is spending her life pursuing work that gives her great pleasure, and so I was greatly inspired after meeting Pasadena native and artist Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski. I sat down with this cheerful painter, teacher, and student to talk about her nearly 20-year love of painting and the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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