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Yellow, Yellow

Yellow, Yellow

If you get a chance to amble down Huntington Drive just East of Garfield Avenue, you’ll experience a wash of yellow. The trees growing in the median catch the sunlight and dazzle, while the leaves that have fallen make a carpet underneath, creating the appearance of stripes against the green grass in between. Driving by, [...]

Santa’s Sleigh Toy Drive & More

Santa’s Sleigh Toy Drive & More

Through December 17th, unwrapped, unopened toys can be donated to Santa’s Sleigh: A Rose City Toy Drive. Additionally, if you eat at participating restaurants on Tuesday, December 11th during “Dine Out In Pasadena Day,” 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to purchase even more toys. The goal is to give 100 children the [...]

David Kipen at Literary Fest & Tree Lighting

David Kipen at Literary Fest & Tree Lighting

The holidays and literature seem to go hand-in-hand, so rather than ringing in the season with only the flick of a switch to “light” the Christmas tree, Allendale Public Library is adding a literary angle to the event. David Kipen, proprietor of Libros Schmibros (a lending Library and used bookshop) in Mariachi Plaza and book correspondent [...]

The Season’s Myths & Folktales

The Season’s Myths & Folktales

Myths, folktales, and literature for the holiday season at the South Pasadena Public Library, Tuesday, December 4th. “With an iconic, antique steamer trunk on center stage, three We Tell Stories actors will weave a world of extraordinary stories using everyday items as costumes and props. Audience members will participate from their seats, then join the [...]

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

For ten years, 40+ people have gathered on Saturday mornings at Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena to practice Handel’s Messiah. Tomorrow, Sunday, December 2nd the public is welcome to sing along. Director Mike Wilson will conduct and the choir will be accompanied by an orchestra, harpsichord, and professional soloists. George Frideric Handel composed this [...]

A Taste of Fall

A Taste of Fall

  It’s not an East Coast fall—with hundred year old maples blinding you with thousands of bright yellow leaves, or the next tree with mixes of oranges, or the one after that with shades of reds from raspberry to burgundy. Here in Southern California, we have to look for our fall. We found a patch [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Is cooking not your thing? Would you rather be gift shopping than thumbing through cookbooks and braving the grocery store? Rather be relaxed, laughing, and chatting with a cocktail in hand than cringing and frantic as the green beans get cold, the mash potatoes gluey, and the filet is a 20 minutes away from barely [...]

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