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Jason Lezak & Rosemary Children’s Services

Jason Lezak & Rosemary Children’s Services

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love, remembers.” That is Ophelia speaking to Hamlet. Her words inspired Mrs. Emma Spear and her fellow Pasadena Shakespeare Club women in 1920 to name their shelter program for teenage girls Rosemary Children’s Services. RCS has grown in the last 92 years from a small home that accomodated [...]

Green House Gifts for Halloween

Green House Gifts for Halloween

For 42 years, the volunteers have done it all. They’ve been buyers, managers, designers, decorators, and saleswomen. Though their location may have changed since they opened the original green-framed shop on East Green Street, their mission has not. The Green House Gift Shop exists to support and raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. At their [...]

Wiggle Waggle Video

Wiggle Waggle Video

Thank you, Jennifer Wieland for sharing Marlowe’s video with Darryl and Colleen Dunn Bates. Thank you, Colleen for sharing it with Hometown Pasadena. Please watch as Jen’s puppy, Marlowe Wheaton, takes on the sun, the heat, and the 3-mile route around the Rose Bowl, to participate in the 2012 Wiggle Waggle Walk benefiting the Pasadena Humane [...]

Jennifer Worick’s Punch Party

Jennifer Worick’s Punch Party

“Things I Want to Punch in the Face.” How long would your list be? Jennifer Worick wrote about her pet peeves on her blog. Then local publisher Colleen Bates of Prospect Park Books gathered, sorted, and organized Worick’s pronouncements. Et voilá, a hilarious new book. In an interview on poetrie.com, Worick responded to a question [...]

Mr. Potato Head Becomes a “Spud Missile”

Mr. Potato Head Becomes a “Spud Missile”

Tomorrow, October 16th. Location: the “Fork in the Road,” at Bellefontaine Street and South Pasadena Avenue. Why: Because when was the last time you saw an 18-wheeler hauling around a 6-ton potato? The Idaho Potato Commission is celebrating their 75th anniversary. It appears that their party planner decided to either “go big, or go home,” [...]

Netflix “Netflixed” at Vroman’s

Netflix “Netflixed” at Vroman’s

Collecting data, optimizing the utilization of consumer behavioral patterns, and in 1997, a little upstart company called Netflix that eventually turned the video rental world upside down and eviscerated Blockbuster. Gina Keating is a former reporter at Reuters who became intrigued by the public story about the company’s beginning as repeatedly told by CEO Reed [...]

Art Bites!

Art Bites!

No, no, art does not “bite,” in the urban slang sense of the word. To clarify, Maite Gomez-Rejón is back on the West Coast after a series of sold out classes in New York City and is leading a swarm of new classes: “Art Bites: Cooking Art History.” After earning an MFA from the School [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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