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Gardening Shears

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“Gardening Shears” by Amy Uyematsu   Anyone who truly knows Southern California understands the longheld secret about “my Japanese gardener”— the handiwork of issei and nisei gardeners still showcased from the tract homes of West Los Angeles to the manicured pines and cypress trees of wealthy Hancock Park estates. This wasn’t true before the war, […]

Peach Strawberry Crumble Bars

Peach Strawberry Crumble Bars

Summer is finally here and that means outdoor eating is upon us. My first beach BBQ is this weekend and I was put in charge of burgers and dessert. Actually I self-appointed the dessert because I wanted to try to make a dessert that doesn’t require refrigeration, heat or à la mode (although it certainly […]

The Art of Seating

The Art of Seating

Thus emerged the chair… Though something to sit upon—other than the ground, a tree branch, or a large rock—may be an ancient product going back to ebony and ivory, carved and gilded wood chairs for Egyptian royalty, such as the arm-chair found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that may date back […]

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Constructed in 1937, the garden at the estate of Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns was designed by Kinzuchi Fujii and took seven years to complete. Every month, Storrier Stearns’ Japanese garden, which is a registered historic landmark, is open to the public and on June 28th, artist Barbara Thomason gives a talk and presents a […]

Happy 129th, Pasadena!

Happy 129th, Pasadena!

In 1886, Pasadena incorporated “largely as a measure to rid the city of its saloon.”¹ How’s that for a reason? Would Pasadena’s “founding fathers” cringe at the multitude of basic, casual, raucous, and fine drinking venues that currently exist? We hope not. Hopefully, a thimble of 93.7 proof Kentucky Ridgemont Reserve whiskey at the Blind […]

The Delicacy of Light, of Petals

The Delicacy of Light, of Petals

A Matilija Poppy, Romneya coulteri.   The photo of the week, by Lois P. Jones – poet, essayist, editor, and host of Pacifica Radio’s “Poet’s Café” (KPFK 90.7 fm).      

Hsi Lai Music & Art Fest

Hsi Lai Music & Art Fest

“Practicing compassion through music and art” is the aim of the Music & Art Festival at the Hsi Lai Temple. The event offers arts and crafts, live music, and booths selling vegetarian food. Local artists will exhibit their works, plus vendors will be selling Buddhist books, jewelry, and crystals. Hands-on craft activities and games will […]

2015 Chalk Festival

2015 Chalk Festival

Signature works, original ideas, social statements, classic characters, and famous personalities—all may be enjoyed as one strolls the 23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, June 20th-21st. Over 600 artists will draw and 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk will be used to create murals on concrete areas spanning three city blocks at Paseo Colorado, stretching over Green […]

A Moonday Trifecta

A Moonday Trifecta

Moonday Poetry invites the public to come celebrate “thy eternal summer” with its June feature poets: Cindy Rinne, Don Kingfisher Campbell and Radomir Luza.   A Moonday Trifecta Sunday, June 21st, 2 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge Free event FlintridgeBookstore.com For more details, visit event Facebook page   Cindy Rinne is […]

Help Out, We’re in a Drought

Help Out, We’re in a Drought

Assemblymember Chris Holden, in partner ship with Kidspace Museum, is leading a community meeting about conserving water and learning ways “to outsmart the drought.” Live demonstrations and practical advice will be available from JPL’s Chief Earth Scientist Dr. Duane Waliser, Chief Deputy Director Caren Trgovcich of the California State Water Resources Control Board, and a […]

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