Archive for ‘April, 2015’


How a Former Isolation Hospital Became a Public Library

How a Former Isolation Hospital Became a Public Library

You can read about infectious diseases at the Allendale Branch Library, but you won’t contract one – I promise. Still, it’s a little unnerving that Pasadena’s smallest branch library was once used as a contagion ward for deadly illnesses, including smallpox. Built in 1923, the building began life as the Pasadena Isolation Hospital, became a research […]

Monday Mentions!

Monday Mentions!

Whoa! What a whirlwind of a weekend we had at the Festival of Books! Thanks to everyone for stopping by our booths, saying hi, being friendly and really just for being book lovers in general! Another great Festival under our belts.  We know you probably spent a good chunk of the weekend perusing books, hearing […]

Are recent increases in crime stats linked to Prop 47?

Are recent increases in crime stats linked to Prop 47?

A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his ‘segregation cell’ back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California.; Credit: John Moore/Getty Images Since voters approved it during the November elections, law enforcement officials and public safety advocates all over the state have been trying to gauge […]

A busy week for Boyle Heights & East L.A. vehicle thieves

A busy week for Boyle Heights & East L.A. vehicle thieves

Click on map for details. |CrimeMapping.com Looks like Eastside car and truck thieves decided to spend most of their time in Boyle Heights and East L.A. during the last week, when about 30 vehicles were stolen, according to CrimeMapping.com. In addition, there were several vehicle break-ins as well. At least eight cars were stolen in […]

Lincoln Heights Brewery ArtWalk

Lincoln Heights Brewery ArtWalk

Lincoln Heights is outside of the San Gabriel Valley but it’s really only a skip and a jump, so we’re including this week’s Brewery Artwalk  because a cold brew on a hot day is divine and art always fills the creative well and nourishes the soul. The Brewery ArtWalk is described as “an alternative venue […]

Bellissimo!

Bellissimo!

For many of us, the arrival of spring is welcome not just for the poppies and tulips, but because of the upcoming home and garden tours. On May 3rd, the Altadena Guild presents Bellissimo! where guests may “explore the magnificent homes and gardens residing within the original Sphinx Ranch of northeastern Altadena…nestled around the Midlothian […]

A Chat with Jackalope Art Fair Co-founder Sara Vausbinder

A Chat with Jackalope Art Fair Co-founder Sara Vausbinder

Once upon a time, three young women—Sara Vausbinder, Laura Fischer, and Melissa Shipley—worked together for an international arts organization. Their job? Creating art-centered events in major cities around the country. Now they’ve banded together, returned home to their native backyards (Pasadena, Phoenix, and Denver respectively), and founded the Jackalope Art and Craft Fair. The Pasadena […]

Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

I don’t know if you call these Hello Dollies or 7-layer cookie bars or coconut chocolate nut bars, but whatever you want to call them, they are a mighty delicious, decadent dessert. It took all of 5 minutes to throw together and after 28 minutes of baking, they were ready to go. Fridge: 1½ sticks […]

A Day at the Getty

A Day at the Getty

It was spring, it was a lovely temperature with a blue sky above, and it was our day at the Getty. It felt as though it had been eons since we’d stepped onto the tram and silently zoomed up the hill face to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum. Though is was early, our quartet […]

5,000 SF of Delight: PMRRC’s Open House

5,000 SF of Delight: PMRRC’s Open House

We remember coming down the steep stairs of our grandparents’ 1820 home and seeing a length of model railroad cars, a caboose, and an engine on a horizontal shelf, then walking into the enclosed sun room with an extended oval track set lovingly on the mantle above the fireplace than ran the whole width of […]

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