Archive for ‘December, 2015’


Festive & Fashionable!

Festive & Fashionable!

We are easily lured by the baubles and lights of the holiday season. Some may even call us suckers, but that’s too humbug for our merry mood, so we shall ho ho ho and prance along on our way. One holiday event to which we shall prance is Pasadena Museum of History‘s holiday open house—”Festive […]

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

When you startle awake in the dark morning heart pounding breathing fast sitting bolt upright staring into dark whirlpool black hole feeling its suction Get out of bed knock at the door of your nearest friend ask to lie down ask to be held Listen while whispered words turn the hole into deep night sky […]

Wacky Winter Adventure & The Mousecracker

Wacky Winter Adventure & The Mousecracker

It’s being touted as The Nutcracker with mice, “and maybe some cheese.” It’s the “Wacky Winter Adventure” puppet show presented by Luce Puppet Company at One Colorado on December 22. It that’s not enough Nutcracker for the kiddies, as evening descends the Old Pasadena, the courtyard will be the location for The Mousecracker. This 1998 […]

A Winter Solstice Party, Intentions & BS Bonfire

A Winter Solstice Party, Intentions & BS Bonfire

Lori and Scott Webster of Hoopla! in Altadena invite the public to celebrate Yule and “welcome back our progression toward light on the longest night of the year!” Additionally, Kristin Dwan will lead guests on a “Winter Solstice intentioning.” Says Lori… We’ll make a list of the things and thoughts you’d like to let go […]

Price cuts on Echo Park Victorian, Monterey Hills condo & Mt. Washington contemporary

Price cuts on Echo Park Victorian, Monterey Hills condo & Mt. Washington contemporary

The owners of about 25 Eastside properties did some price cutting over the past week. The reductions range from $40,000 on a Monterey Hills condo to the second chop on a three-bedroom Mount Washington home. Here’s a sample of some of the reductions: Two-bedroom Monterey Hills condo now going for $388,000 after a $40,000 reduction. […]

The Zen of Suiseki

The Zen of Suiseki

It’s such an odd concept: viewing stones. And yet, after the hectic holiday schedule a dose of zen stone viewing may be just the ticket as we ready ourselves for a new year. The California Aiseki Kai presents its 26th annual show, which runs through January 3, 2016. Over 100 examples of suiseki or viewing […]

LAUSD families scramble after threat shuts down 1,000-plus schools

LAUSD families scramble after threat shuts down 1,000-plus schools

; Credit: Annie Gilbertson/KPCC Parents were notified of the LAUSD closures this morning, due to a “credible threat,” not long before school bells were scheduled to ring – leaving hundreds of thousands of families scrambling for childcare. Some parents were informed of campus closures this morning via cell phone, while others heard of the news […]

Pine Boughs & Flowers

Pine Boughs & Flowers

One of the aspects of the holidays that charm and warm our heart is holiday decorations. Wreaths on front doors—from the classic pine boughs with pine cones, berries, and a red ribbon to more modern wreaths made out of ribbon stripes, hand cut paper leaves, balls of felt, wraps of bark, bunched burlap, thistle, kale, […]

Soda Bread & Dreams of Ireland

Soda Bread & Dreams of Ireland

From Laura’s Mobile Kitchen, September 21, 2015: I tend to organize my memories by meals. Chances are if I’ve been on a journey of any kind, I can remember what I ate every day of the trip. I guess it comes along with having a food- oriented brain—when I’m out of my everyday life, flavors […]

Former Echo Park Avenue market to become new juice bar and take-out restaurant

Former Echo Park Avenue market to become new juice bar and take-out restaurant

El Batey being converted to a juice bar and take-out sandwich shop ECHO PARK — It’s been 18 months since a rent increase forced El Batey, a small neighborhood market, to close after 48 years in business. The Echo Park Avenue storefront has remained vacant ever since the landlord at one point asked as much […]

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