Archive for ‘July, 2010’


The Terrace

The Terrace

Ah, the good life! At your large umbrella-shaded table overlooking the pool, with an iced tea or chardonnay in hand, it’s easy to forget about the troubles beyond the walls of the grand old Huntington. The ladies who lunch and the business folk who meet chat quietly over flawless chicken Caesars, gorgeous Cobb salads and […]

The Huntington Collection

The Huntington Collection

The higher end of the clothing at this upscale thrift store benefiting Huntington Hospital is set off from the rest of the merchandise and is well worth some serious exploration. You’ll find some designer labels (Calvin Klein, I. Magnin) mixed in with some Talbots basics. This is a great source for affordable but quality used […]

South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

This neighborly, charm-packed certified market used to be better for prepared foods than produce, but new manager Greta Dunlap is kicking things up a few notches, and now it’s the best market east of Hollywood. There’s an abundance of great produce, including amazing mushrooms from LA Funghi, berries from Pudhill, grass-fed beef from J & […]

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets

It’s prime farmers’ market season—although truth be told, it’s always prime market season here in Southern California—so herewith is our guide to the best farmers’ markets in the San Gabriel Valley, organized by day. Every day but Monday brings at least one worthwhile market! TUESDAY Pasadena – Villa Park This offshoot of the big Saturday […]

Choosing Pasadena

Choosing Pasadena

The word “hometown” is heavily weighted. It evokes community, family, history and stability. Whether real or longed for, a hometown implies a sense of belonging, perhaps even of nurturing. No matter that so many Americans move so frequently — as a society we still place a high value on at least the idea of a hometown.

Stairway to Nowhere

Stairway to Nowhere

A friendly new reader tipped me off to this little bit of South Pas hiking history. It’s on Monterey, about a half block east of Foremost Liquor. I couldn’t see anything more than overgrown weeds but apparently, somewhere beyond this (blocked!)entrance 272 wooden steps lead all the way up the hill, topping out on Alta […]

Shakespeare, Farmers Markets and Sunshine in Ashland, Oregon

Shakespeare, Farmers Markets and Sunshine in Ashland, Oregon

Welcome to Ashland! 11 plays, 100 actors, 1000 staff and volunteers, thousands of theater lovers! Hi, Chaos Crew… Back in my sister Liz’s bungalow in Bend, Oregon after a three- day side-trip to beautiful Ashland, Oregon with my sister-in-law Susan and my niece Fiona.  I had always wanted to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in […]

Last Day, July 2010

Last Day, July 2010

The Last Day project has its merits, though I admit I’m losing interest. If you’re new here, Last Day is an idea I borrowed from Marley, a blogger from Cheltenham, England, who for one year posted a monthly photo of the same downtown corner in Cheltenham. It was fun to share the changes of season […]

Burglary arrest case falls apart

Burglary arrest case falls apart

The highly-touted arrest of several burglary suspects by Altadena deputies and the Pasadena Police Department last week is falling apart, according to this PSN story by Dan Abendschein.  Charges have been dropped or suspended, some of the suspects were actually arrested weeks before … Altadena deputies still think they can make a case against three […]

Friends of Foster Children Celebrates Christmas in July

Friends of Foster Children Celebrates Christmas in July

  By Candyce Columbus Friends of Foster Children (FOFC) Sugar Plum (SP) has a remarkable track record. Since the program began 34 years ago they have collected over 160,000 holiday gifts for children in the San Gabriel Valley foster care system and the facilities that support them. The all-volunteer organization has 80 active members 29 […]

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