Archive for ‘May, 2015’


Nestlé Waters CEO isn’t stopping bottling in California, says new tech will save millions of gallons

Nestlé Waters CEO isn’t stopping bottling in California, says new tech will save millions of gallons

Volunteer firefighter, Christian Avalos loads bottled water into the bed of a truck for resident Donna Johnson to distribute as water wells supplying hundreds of residents remain dry in the fourth year of worsening drought on February 11, 2015 in East Porterville, California.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images “Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase […]

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

The Mount Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale, who encouraged the likes of Edwin Hubble and who also had a great deal to do with the way Pasadena looks today. Think the city center plaza and City Hall. Think Caltech. Thank you, Mr. Hale. More than 100 years later important astronomical research continues […]

Guest Blog Post – Jason Squire Fluck – Author of Jon Fixx!!

Guest Blog Post – Jason Squire Fluck – Author of Jon Fixx!!

Local Author, Jason Squire Fluck is on deck for this month’s Local Author Day (May 31, 4pm). We’re so excited to have him be a part of a day that we love month after month. Jason was kind enough to do a guest blog post for us about Jon Fixx. Read on and make sure […]

David McCullough’s ‘The Wright Brothers’

David McCullough’s ‘The Wright Brothers’

Orville Wright (1871 – 1948) lands one of the early Wright gliders badly, overseen by his brother Wilbur (1867 – 1912); Credit: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images Historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian David McCullough has gained notoriety for his writing on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and Panama Canal. He tackles the […]

A parking lot in a park draws criticism in Lincoln Heights

A parking lot in a park draws criticism in Lincoln Heights

The site of the new parking lot has been fenced off in preparation for construction By NATHAN SOLIS LINCOLN HEIGHTS — For many years a section of dirt and grass in front of the Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center in Lincoln Park has served as a parking area for staff and patrons. That’s going […]

A Latina Lecturing at the Library

A Latina Lecturing at the Library

Getting to view the treasures in an archive is a wonder to me.    Those of us who are history nerds view this as a bit of Nirvana.  Truly.  I find being in an archive both invigorating and soothing. It is place of bliss. Every once in a while I get to share my discoveries […]

Day Trips L.A.

Day Trips L.A.

Thanks once again to Ralph DeFelice for allowing Hometown Pasadena to re-publish a few of his stunning photos from the many adventures he’s taken with his two kids. We highly recommend checking out his blog Day Trips LA. Day trips and road trips are spectacularly photographed and posts include address, contact info, drive time, cost, […]

Pinot, Pinot!

Pinot, Pinot!

It is said that ancient Romans first knew the pinot grape as Helvenacia Minor and it was “vinified” as early as the first century A.D.¹ The “golden child” of pinot grapes are grown in Burgundy, France along the Côte d’Or or Slope of Gold, a two-mile wide and thirty-mile long stretch of hills. Pinot Noir […]

Unexpected Roots

Unexpected Roots

Roberta Martínez shares intimate stories of Pasadena’s earliest days through the romance, marriage, and works of Arturo Bandini and Helen Elliott Bandini; legacies of Old California and women’s identity and roles; and connections with the Valley Hunt Club, Greene and Greene, Charles Lummis, and even the Manhattan Project. Helen Elliott came to California from Indianapolis […]

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

Floral artist Alison Franchi of La Petite Gardinia and make-up effects artist Jennifer Aspinall use layers of body paint, jewels, and “perfectly manipulated flowers” to create a human vase at this weekend’s Rose Festival at Descanso Gardens. A live model will be the object in creating the Rose Queen, her body the canvas for this […]

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