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James A. Garfield: Mystery History

James A. Garfield: Mystery History

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1903 photo, young students plant gardens at James A. Garfield Elementary School. The school, at what is now the northeast corner of Pasadena Avenue and California Boulevard, was designed by the firm Ridgeway, Stewart & Son in the Anglo-Teutonic style. It opened in 1888 on a large [...]

“Go Public” Kickstarter

“Go Public” Kickstarter

Hopefully by now, most people have heard of Pasadena’s Go Public project initiated by Dawn and James O’Keeffe. This past Spring, they organized hundreds of volunteers to shoot 50 films—”A Day in the Life of an American School District”—all in one day. After conquering the towering hurdle of editing, the films have now been seen 14,200 [...]

Dr. Seuss & the Royal Court

Dr. Seuss & the Royal Court

The Tournament of Roses‘ seven members of the Royal Court of 2013 have been announced. In the next few months, these young women won’t have a moment to breathe, but will hopefully have the time of their lives as they attend over 150 community functions culminating with the 124th Rose Parade, which will be held [...]

Hi, I’m Kat

Hi, I’m Kat

I’m sitting at my computer as the clock strikes 1 a.m. My street is quiet—TVs are turned off, interior lights have been extinguished, and my daughter (her headphones having fallen finally out of her ears) is “passed out,” as she would put it. Our one remaining cat is meowing relentlessly, trying to annoy me enough [...]

Celebrating California’s Arts & Crafts Movement

Celebrating California’s Arts & Crafts Movement

Just hold on a few more weeks and you can get your California Arts & Crafts Movement fix via the 21st Annual Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend. Start the weekend off by attending an opening reception at Blinn House, which is currently inhabited by the Women’s City Club of Pasadena and is an “exemplary portrayal of [...]

Macy’s Fashion Show for Charity

Macy’s Fashion Show for Charity

Macy’s is strutting its stuff. Macy’s variety of clothing brands for men and women will be on the runway, Sunday, October 14th to benefit Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), which is “an independent organization dedicated to improving health and prolonging life by enhancing knowledge of life processes and diseases through world-class medical research.” Besides the [...]

Pasadena Art Weekend: It’s That Time

Pasadena Art Weekend: It’s That Time

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are going to be very, very busy. It’s the 7th Annual Pasadena ArtWeekend. 1. ArtNight will have a “kinetic evening of mini-modern dance works” by the Pennington Dance Group, the debut of PAGES! that celebrates the art of the book at the Art Center, and creating art through physics in honor of the [...]

Day of the Dead at Cactus Gallery

Day of the Dead at Cactus Gallery

It’s a ritual that goes back 3,000 years. It’s Dia de los Muertos, a national holiday in Mexico (and many other countries around the world) to pray for and remember friends and family who have died. This celebration involves the building of private altars that honor the deceased. They are usually intricately decorated and include [...]

A Jeanne Kelley Fall Salad—Perfect for…Now!

A Jeanne Kelley Fall Salad—Perfect for…Now!

Figs are in. Now. Right this minute. Author and food writer Jeanne Kelley has wonderfully, incredibly, marvelously (are those enough superlatives?) offered to share a Fall salad recipe with Hometown Pasadena readers. She reports though that this is a time-sensitive recipe. Figs are currently in season and it appears this window doesn’t last long. Our [...]

Old Town Haunt

Old Town Haunt

It’s October, so down to the tunnels you go. October 5th is the opening night for Pasadena’s Old Town Haunt. Come follow the trail of the catacombs, the same catacombs where in 1929, as a consequence of a street-widening project, twelve residents were found, deceased, their bodies “hideously torn apart.” The history of this site [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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