Archive for ‘January, 2009’


SG Valley Family Site Re-Launches

SG Valley Family Site Re-Launches

Welcome back to OrangeCat.org, a family-event newsletter and web site run ably for years by Karen Klein and now edited by Troy Corley, publisher of the terrific Free Fun Guides, and journalist Susan Carrier. We at Prospect Park Books are happy to support this great resource for local families by providing the editors with some […]

It's Another Sunny Day — Go Solar!

It's Another Sunny Day — Go Solar!

On her blog, Pasadena public information officer Ann Erdman spills the details on a free city seminar tonight, Thursday 1/29, about going solar. There’s never been a better time. The costs are dropping and the tax incentives are high. You might even say it’s your patriotic duty! Click here for details.

All Your Cosmos Questions Answered

All Your Cosmos Questions Answered

Well, maybe not all your questions, and maybe they’ll be more debated than answered, but at the Mysteries of the Cosmos presentation at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium this Friday, you’ll hear such famously smart people as black-hole guru Andrea Ghez of UCLA, solar-system sleuth Mike Brown of Caltech, dark-energy lord Saul Perlmutter of Lawrence Berkleley Lab […]

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Former Altadena/La Canada/Pasadena locals David King and Julie Carnahan (they got around!) now live in Madison, Wisconsin. They both worked in film production but left it behind in search of a simpler life and a lower cost of living in a smart, if cold, town. The good news is that they’re as creative as ever, […]

Hometown Girl Wins Caldecott

Hometown Girl Wins Caldecott

The most recent book by Pasadena’s own Marla Frazee, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever (Harcourt), was just selected as one of three 2009 Caldecott Honor Books. The awards were announced today at the American Library Association meeting in Denver, Colorado. Marla, a friend to all the Hometown Pasadena authors and an […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 01/26/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 01/26/09

Hardcover Fiction Piano Teacher, Janice Lee On the Grind, Stephen Cannell Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, Charlie Huston Agincourt, Bernard Cornwell Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Shaffer A Mercy, Toni Morrison Beat the Reaper, Josh Bazell Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski Private Patient, P D James City of […]

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

  The Playhouse has been embracing, no, wrasslin’ the bejesus out of sassy, accomplished women this past year. And schooling us, too. Witness the chronicles of Viven Leigh, Talulah Bankhead, even Ann Landers. Now it’s Lena Horne’s turn. You know Lena, the fiery jazz/pop siren known for steaming the creases out of suits. If you […]

Honoring the Call

Honoring the Call

A national day of service? Linked with Martin Luther King? Even though I didn’t realize it till I started paying attention, that part’s been around since 1994. Thank you, Congress. Now, a big high five to history, for converging upon Obama who calls me personally to service. Well, I wasn’t home, but I heard he […]

Free Fruit Trees!

Free Fruit Trees!

This comes to us via Common Ground, the UC Co-op Extension Master Gardeners program. Franklin High School, in concert with Tree People, is offering 300 free fruit trees this Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 1 p.m. Reies Flores organized the rain-or-shine event, whose goal is to promote self-sustainability and combat hunger in Los Angeles. The trees […]

Places to Take Out-of-Towners

Places to Take Out-of-Towners

If you’re from Pasadena, you understand what Pasadena is. Those from out of town do not have this luxury, and often have interesting misconceptions. Some people think it’s part of Los Angeles proper, others think it’s just another suburb. Some think it’s posh, others think it’s made out of roses. What people don’t know is that it’s a big, […]

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