Archive for ‘June, 2014’


2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The event made their way into the Guinness World Record™ in 2010 as the largest street painting festival in the world. It attracts 600 artists and more than 120,000 folks will view works of art in chalk over Father’s Day weekend, June 14th-15th. Last year, Jem-Arlou Somo created Kissing Couple (right, partial) and won Best in […]

Lemonade for Eliza

Lemonade for Eliza

Two girls in my neighborhood read about Eliza O’Neill, a little girl suffering from a big disease. They decided to go proactive and sell lemonade to raise funds for Eliza. They enlisted their friends. They made flyers and walked up and down the block with their mother to distribute them.  Today, Sunday, I can hear […]

Thank You, Octopus! | An interview with author & illustrator Darren Farrell

Thank You, Octopus! | An interview with author & illustrator Darren Farrell

Darren Farrell is a children’s book author and illustrator, whose newest book, Thank You, Octopus, is one of Vroman’s new favorites! Darren was nice enough to answer some interview questions and share some special behind the scenes info about Thank You, Octopus with us!   Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell (pre-k-1st grade, Dial Books, […]

Little Flower Candy Co.

Little Flower Candy Co.

WHY Divine salt caramels and other gift-worthy candies, as well as delicious bran muffins, pretzel rolls, cookies and gorgeous cakes to order. WHAT Known for her national line of handmade sea-salt caramels, Christine Moore has livened up this stretch of Colorado Boulevard with a friendly bakery, confectionary and café. Great for to-go sweets, or for […]

SusieCakes

SusieCakes

WHY For excellent homestyle sweets: German chocolate cake, banana pudding with vanilla wafers, layer cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies and lemon squares. WHAT This nostalgia-driven bake shop dressed in retro colors turns out desserts that owner Susan Sarich found on her grandmother’s recipe cards. Several more locations, including Calabasas and Manhattan Beach. WHO Locals stopping by […]

Morning Report: Silver Lake area shooting victim identified; fire out in Atwater Village; Boyle Heights shul hosts first art show

Morning Report: Silver Lake area shooting victim identified; fire out in Atwater Village; Boyle Heights shul hosts first art show

Palm & Sunset, Echo Park | Andriana Baker/Instagram News & Notes: The victim who was fatally shot outside a Silver Lake area Del Taco on Thursday was identified as 19-year-old Christopher Hernandez.  L.A. Now reports that Hernandez  had gotten into an argument with another man after attending his brother’s graduation ceremony at nearby Thomas Star […]

Supervisor-elect

Supervisor-elect

I am somewhat shy by nature.  Some of you out there who are used to seeing me in different roles may be wondering, as did my children, how I can write that I am shy.  Here’s the answer.  Give me a role to fill; not shy.  Leading a meeting; not shy.  In front of a […]

L.A. Council members make a big splash on the L.A. River

L.A. Council members make a big splash on the L.A. River

Echo Park’s Lotus Festival used to be the scene of an annual canoe race between employees or rival council districts.  But maybe now it’s time to move that competition to the L.A. River.  That’s where council members Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez raced in kayaks in a not-so-serious competition for the first-ever Golden Paddle,  an […]

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 7 to 13

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 7 to 13

Here are my top picks for events scheduled from Saturday, June 7, to Friday, June 13. All events are free, so take a look — and don’t you dare say there’s nothing to do in Pasadena! Make Music Pasadena will feature 150 concerts rotating on stages throughout Old Pasadena, the Civic Center area (including the patio at […]

The Last Real Movie Star? Tom Cruise from ‘Risky Business’ to Oprah’s couch and beyond

The Last Real Movie Star? Tom Cruise from ‘Risky Business’ to Oprah’s couch and beyond

Tom Cruise visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on June 4, 2014 in New York City. ; Credit: Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for “The Tonight Sh The film reel that flutters through your mind when thinking of Tom Cruise likely includes the “Risky Business” boxers scene, the iconic “Magnolia” monologue and a […]

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