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Cottage Co-op Apple Sale

Cottage Co-op Apple Sale

Longtime cooperative Pasadena preschool Cottage Co-op is back again for its annual fall apple sale fundraiser, done in partnership with Whole Foods.  In exchange for their support to this hands-on community school, donators will receive a voucher for a dozen organic, locally grown apples in addition to a reusable bag. Online purchasing runs from now until September [...]

A Predictable Plot That Never Gets Old

A Predictable Plot That Never Gets Old

The plotline is predictable: Clara enjoys the Christmas party, the Nutrcracker comes to life, a battle ensues, and the Sugar Plum Fairy leads the waltz—but that Mouse King and his army will always give me the creeps. So we still attend annually, a spectator for Uncle Drosselmeyer’s puppet show, Tchaikovsky’s classic—the Grand Pas de Deux, [...]

The 12 Days of Holiday Helping

The 12 Days of Holiday Helping

As a Pasadena newcomer and intern for Hometown Pasadena, I have witnessed the many ways which the people of the greater Pasadena community have consistently donated their time and money to those in need. While programs and donations for low-income adults and children have recently dwindled in my hometown, Pasadenans continue to give. Keep it [...]

Win a Weekend at the Langham

Win a Weekend at the Langham

If you’ve read Lian Dolan’s bestselling new novel, Helen of Pasadena, you know how the historic Langham Huntington Hotel is the setting for the big love scene. And now it’s the setting for the grand prize for the Helen of Pasadena contest, which is running through December. We can’t guarantee that a sexy archaeologist will [...]

Vincent van Gogh on Cement

Vincent van Gogh on Cement

When I was in kindergarten, I had two favorite after-school activities: playing Hungry Hungry Hippo and redrawing my hopscotch court.  My hopscotch chalk drawings didn’t cease until tetherball hit the schoolyard in second grade.  If only I had known there was a future in chalk drawings—some of these 3-D projects are incredible. On Saturday, December 18, professional [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers Week of 12/6/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers Week of 12/6/2010

Hardcover Fiction Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris Of Love and Evil, Anne Rice Our Kind of Traitor, John Le Carre Object of Beauty, Steve Martin Distant Hours, Kate Morton Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, Steig Lrsson Confession, John Grisham Dead Or Alive, Tom Clancy Cross Fire, James Patterson Freedom, Jonathan Franzen Hardcover Non-Fiction Autobiography [...]

Put Grandma on a Bus

Put Grandma on a Bus

Celebrate Grandma successfully avoiding those reindeer by giving her the hometown tour she’s always wanted. By the end of December, the holiday rush will be over for many, but here in Pasadena, we’ll just be getting started, with family and friends arriving for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. While they’re waiting for the New [...]

Double Your Donating Dollar

Double Your Donating Dollar

Wouldn’t it be nice if every dollar you made was doubled? Not gonna happen…. unless you’re a lucky nonprofit that gets a matching-fund donor. That’s exactly what’s happened this holiday season to A Noise Within, Southern California’s only classical theater repertory company. It has received a $1 million “Patron to Patron” challenge grant, in which each donation [...]

The Best Part of Waking Up

The Best Part of Waking Up

“Every day I wake up, I pour myself a cup… The best part of waking up, is _____ in your cup.” If you are able to fill in the blank, or better, sing along with this Folger’s Coffee tune, then you enjoyed a taste of the Rockapella singing crew, the same group you may have [...]

A Winter Concert with an International Twist

A Winter Concert with an International Twist

If you can’t place Estonia on a map, that’s okay, neither could we.  It is probably because we weren’t one of the lucky members of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) who got to tour Scandinavia last summer with the Estonia TV Girls’ Chorus. But lucky for us, unlike the college study abroad students who [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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