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Local Photographer Gives to Japan

Local Photographer Gives to Japan

Pasadena photographer John Nelson has family in Japan, and his memories of visiting them and his ties to the people there have inspired him to take action. So he is selling prints from his image archives and donating all the proceeds to relief efforts. Nelson says, “All of my visits there were always marked by warm, welcoming […]

Greased Lightning

Greased Lightning

    Itching to sing along to your favorite vintage tunes? Come out to Pasadena High School and Marshall High School’s joint production of Grease: The Musical, beginning this Thursday at Edwards Auditorium at PHS and get your toes tappin’ along to leather jacket and poodle skirt clad performers. Grease: The Musical Edwards Auditorium 2925 […]

Annual Spring Home Tour

Annual Spring Home Tour

Rain or no rain, it’s time once again for Pasadena Heritage’s spring home tour, this year dubbed “The Legacy of Wallace Neff.” The drive-yourself tour, which includes six private homes, highlights the work of Southern California architect Wallace Neff. Neff was known for creating Mediterranean Revivals that he called “California Houses”—European-influenced architecture adapted to Southern […]

Tomato Time Once Again

Tomato Time Once Again

With tomato-planting season fast approaching, the L.A Arboretum will soon be offering its annual “Great Tomato Sale & Talk” with expert Steve Gotto. Back for the tenth year, this event will begin with a seminar on all the proper techniques for choosing, planting and growing your tomato crop, which will be followed by a sale […]

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 […]

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