Archive for ‘June, 2010’


Altadena Heritage celebrates 2010 Golden Poppy winners

Altadena Heritage celebrates 2010 Golden Poppy winners

by Michele ZackSpecial to AltadenablogPhotos by Mark Goldschmidt and Steve Haussler Altadena Heritage’s 7th Golden Poppy Awards yesterday was held in the backyard courtyard and gardens of Pat Corcoran’s beautiful home on Altadena Drive. Sixty members and guests arrived to the lovely strains of the Diego Miralles String Quartet wafting down the long driveway, shaded […]

Cal Tech Scientists Put World Cup Ball to the Test

Cal Tech Scientists Put World Cup Ball to the Test

Caltech Scientists Test Air Flow Over the 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball One of the main differences among soccer balls is how much the air flow follows the ball’s surface. Turbulent air flow would hug the curvature of the ball, reducing drag. In this high-speed video of the Jabulani ball, however, Caltech scientists demonstrate that […]

Free Mulch!

Free Mulch!

Mulch is a versatile substance. Most people think of its many uses in the garden: moisture retention, reduced erosion, suppressed weed growth and a staggered supply of nutrients. However, mulch can be used for all sorts of other things. Many playgrounds use rubber mulch as a safer surface alternative to gravel and broken glass. Some […]

Understanding the Hispanic electorate in America

Understanding the Hispanic electorate in America

When Latinos go to the polls, most have the same political agenda, right? Not necessarily, says CalTech’s Michael Alvarez. He’s the co-author of a new book that looks at the political identity, public opinion, turnout and voting behavior of the nation’s largest minority group. What do the data predict about Hispanic voters? Which factors most […]

Spiders! They’re creepy and crawly but are they dangerous?

Spiders! They’re creepy and crawly but are they dangerous?

A spider is just one of those creatures greeted with an automatic “ick” from humans. They jump, they crawl, the hang from webs, and, most importantly, they have fangs. Nonetheless, they’re here to stay. Some are poisonous, but many are harmless. So which spiders really warrant a scream and squish? Patt talks to an expert […]

Golden Deli

Golden Deli

Spring rolls are the golden ticket here—fabulously crisp spring rolls that you can eat as is or roll up in a lettuce leaf with basil, mint and/or cilantro, marinated vegetables and chile paste. There’s a reason every single table gets at least one order. That’s just the beginning of the good eating: rich, oniony pho […]

Arcadia in Sierra Madre

Arcadia in Sierra Madre

English playwright Tom Stoppard has made a career out of writing absurdist tragicomedies, full of mistaken identities, epigrammatic dialogue, predetermined chaos and other metaphysical, metatheatrical mischiefs. He would approve then, probably, of the Sierra Madre Playhouse’s latest production: his Tony Award-winning Arcadia. It’s not so much about the San Gabriel Valley city of 60,000 as […]

Reminder: no fireworks in LA County areas

Reminder: no fireworks in LA County areas

Just a reminder that fireworks are illegal throughout unincorporated Los Angeles County and in 26 cities in the county, so your best move is going to a professional fireworks display. A list of displays in the county is available at this link.  Thx to the scanneriffic Alice Wessen for the graphic. Read the Full Story […]

How to get the Kids Off to School without Whining

How to get the Kids Off to School without Whining

Oh, did you think I was going to have all the answers on how to get the kids up and out the door without Chaos? No. I have some thoughts and I’m looking for any tried-and-tested strategies you have used to make your mornings go a little smoother. I am putting together an article for […]

Jazz at Descanso

Jazz at Descanso

Every Thursday until August 12, some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians will grace Descanso Gardens for “The Evolution of American Jazz,” a seriously ambitious name for a concert series. In an unusual bout of permissiveness, Descanso is allowing outside food to be brought in for these shows—picnic suppers. Take advantage, if only so you can […]

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