Archive for ‘May, 2011’


Celebration of Latin American culture at Charles White Park Fri.

Celebration of Latin American culture at Charles White Park Fri.

On Friday, from 4 PM until dark, Charles White Park will host a celebration of Latin American culture and music. According to Jason Hauser, recreational services supervisor for the park, there will be a display of art from different Latin American countries and recorded music that gives a taste of the clture. The artwork, Hauser […]

Old Town Cooking School

Old Town Cooking School

Pasadena can now boast a cooking school for the rest of us, one that doesn’t require a second mortgage to finance. Owner Deb Swartz has been cooking and studying food for nearly thirty years, having started at the ripe old age of eight. Five years ago, giving in to the clamoring for classes, she launched Old […]

TOR Gives Back $98,000 to Community

TOR Gives Back $98,000 to Community

A little known fact of Pasadena’s New Year’s Day parade-and-football machine is that they give back a considerable amount of money to our local non-profit organizations each year. Last week the Tournament of Roses Foundation announced this year’s grants – a total of $98,000 – to a mix of 25 civic, educational and cultural organizations […]

Stumbling Over Artwork

Stumbling Over Artwork

I noticed several of these whimsical sculptures displayed at the school administration building. Anyone know what they are? Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Random Thoughts on a American Idol Finale!

Random Thoughts on a American Idol Finale!

Imagine my surprise when, mid-Gracies, Liz turned to me and gave me the “scoop”on the American Idol Finale. Liz revealed that she had been “following the AI Twitter feed all afternoon.” Really? Well, okay Liz does work for Fox and she may actually have a business reason for monitoring the Twitter feed, but still!  Liz […]

Monday at BEA: eBooks, Great New Authors, and More!

Monday at BEA: eBooks, Great New Authors, and More!

Jen, one of Vroman’s women on the streets at this year’s Book Expo America (BEA), has an exciting recap of Monday’s events! Read on… Day one of the BEA started with the ABA (American Booksellers Association) Day of Education held at the Javits Convention Center. I attended some really great workshops speaking on online marketing […]

Michael Shermer’s skeptical take on the brain: can you believe it?

Michael Shermer’s skeptical take on the brain: can you believe it?

Besides having sex for pleasure and cooking food before ingestion, there is one other way in which humans differentiate from the rest of the animal kingdom: our big, believing brains. Michael Shermer, the founder of Skeptic magazine, attempts to explore this heady notion in his new book The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to […]

Forget the blood-type diet; bring on the bacteria-type diet!

Forget the blood-type diet; bring on the bacteria-type diet!

A new Nature study looking at bacteria systems growing in the gut divides people into three groups. Similar to the way blood types divide people into four groups, the new research finds there are three distinct bacteria ecosystems that transcend sex, weight, health, age and race. It’s not clear yet whether these bacteria types are […]

Guest Post: Dianne Emley and "Love Kills"

Guest Post: Dianne Emley and "Love Kills"

Today we welcome guest author Dianne Emley, best-selling crime novelist. Her Nan Vining “thrillogy” is set in Pasadena and features a female Pasadena Police Detective. Dianne was the first author I interviewed for PDP and she’s been a friend of the blog ever since. I always wondered how she researched the books and today we […]

Briton Ensemble Spring Concert at the Folly Bowl, June 5

Briton Ensemble Spring Concert at the Folly Bowl, June 5

Folly Bowl’s Susanna Dadd says: We welcome back the fabulous Briton Ensemble singers with jolly choral singing to usher in summer. This is a free concert, but if you can please bring a dish and beverage to share. There will be a pot luck party afterwards. The concert is on Sun., June 5. Doors open […]

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