Archive for ‘November, 2012’


Adopt-A-Family Needs Support

Adopt-A-Family Needs Support

Foothill Family Service recently kicked off its annual Adopt-A-Family Program for local families in need who are receiving treatment from their facilities. For a family receiving mental health treatment, often to overcome trauma, violence, or abuse, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time. FFS matches low-income client families with a donor who will help […]

Farnsworth Park winter camp starts

Farnsworth Park winter camp starts

by Timothy Rutt Winter break from school is just ahead, and Farnsworth Park is offering a winter camp during the holiday season to keep your 5-to-14-year-old active. Camp runs two weeks, Monday through Friday from 8 AM-6 PM Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 (it doesn’t meet Christmas or New Year’s Day, of course). Cost is […]

Water Walk, 2

Water Walk, 2

Whew! We’ve just walked through the magical passageway pictured in yesterday’s post, just south of the Devil’s Gate Dam in the central Arroyo Seco. There’s a fresh, cold stream here that flows year ’round from east to west (sometimes it’s more full than others). It’s in my picture, actually, but so wealthy with reeds at […]

Mystery History Comes to Town

Mystery History Comes to Town

Where are we? What’s happening? In the photo to the right, the tents are all set up in the Arroyo Seco for the Clyde Beatty and Russell Brothers’ Combined Circus, which was in town for two days in May 1944.       Here’s an excerpt from a Pasadena Star-News article published May 4, 1944: […]

Kim Fay’s “The Map of Lost Memories”

Kim Fay’s “The Map of Lost Memories”

Fiction often gives us characters who lie, cheat, and commit murder to achieve their goals. Usually these nefarious types are presented as the villain. But in Kim Fay’s The Map of Lost Memories, our young, determined heroine, Irene Blum, will stop at nothing to claim the mysterious lost scrolls of the Khmer. It’s the mid-1920s […]

Pete R. Martinez, 1912-2005

Pete R. Martinez, 1912-2005

Today would have been my dad’s 100th birthday.  Well, it would have been had he acknowledged his age.  Even to the end of his life – and it was a long one – he fibbed about his age.  The stereotype that is shared about a women not giving her real age…well, my dad must have […]

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Can new director get California’s state parks back in the green?

Coe Park is California’s second-largest state park, spanning more than 87,000 acres. Credit: Melissa Block/NPR When he retired last year at the age of 63, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, a highly decorated marine whose 36 years of service included stints with Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous other command posts, headed for the hills – […]

The Weekend Go Go: Ms. Go Go’s Whisky & Poetry Salon, A Taste of Mexico, Great Gatsby Party, Victorian Lamplighting

The Weekend Go Go: Ms. Go Go’s Whisky & Poetry Salon, A Taste of Mexico, Great Gatsby Party, Victorian Lamplighting

Go Go’ers, consider this a bonus week…and not just because Ms. Go Go is co-hosting a fantastic pre-weekend event! Thanksgiving has been sliced, diced, stirred, carved and (hopefully) digested.  Christmas gremlins elves are just cresting the horizon in their elf-mobiles.  It’s a little too early to think about the beloved culinary hockey pucks known as […]

It’s a store. It’s a radio station. It’s Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights

It’s a store. It’s a radio station. It’s Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights

Merkado Negro Radio’s Nico Avina records and broadcasts George Vallejo and Angel Chang, members of the band Buyepongo, on Radio Sombra at Espacio 1839.  The store (below right) at Espacio 1839. /Photos by Erik Luna By Erik Luna Radio Sombra is an Internet radio station with an eclectic  mix of programs devoted to culture, the […]

Hallelujah!: Master Chorale celebrates "Baroque Christmas" Dec. 15

Hallelujah!: Master Chorale celebrates "Baroque Christmas" Dec. 15

The Pasadena Master Chorale, conducted by Altadenan Jeffrey Bernstein, will perform the music of Monteverdi and Handel with a professional barorque orchestra in a Christmas concert on December 15, 7:30 PM. The Chorale and Orchestra Camerata will perform Monteverdi’s "Magnificat" and Handel’s "Messiah, Part I." Soloists include Hayden Eberhart, soprano; Tania Mandzy, mezzo-soprano; Arthur Rishi, […]

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