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Spring Gardening Classes for Beginners

Spring Gardening Classes for Beginners
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Though we’ve been planting herbs, flowers, cacti, and vegetables for decades, the fact that we’ve never succeeded in establishing a thriving, blooming, surviving garden means we still classify our educational level as beginner, as that sounds more hopeful than doomed to fail. Thanks to information provided by Pasadena native and Master Gardener Yvonne Savio and […]

Call for Artists

Call for Artists

Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena has grown from a handful of participants to more than 50 artists in 25 locations, from home studios to galleries. From exploring the wild wonders and jumble of Zorithian Ranch to enjoying a glass of wine and sitting in a sunny backyard while browsing art, Open Studios is a 2-day event for […]

2016 Empty Showcase House: The “Before”

2016 Empty Showcase House: The “Before”

We do find it rather astonishing that people hand over the keys to their stately homes, with only a few caveats here and there, and say, do what you will. But so it is every year with the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. As we missed the charity’s opening event—the lovely and fun Empty Showcase […]

Order & Chaos

Order & Chaos

I’m one of those people you might call “anal.” It’s an unattractive term for an orderly person. I’m not obsessive-compulsive to the point of exhibiting the so-named disorder, but you could call me an OCD sympathizer. I like having everything in place. I alphabetize my books and organize them by category. I balance my checkbook […]

High Low Vintage & Dinner 4 Two

High Low Vintage & Dinner 4 Two

Pasadena native Carolyn Gray is proprietor of High Low Vintage on East Green Street, part of what is called “Green Street Village.” Hometown Pasadena featured the store after it opened in spring 2012: Something’s up on Green Street. High Low Vintage has just opened with “an eye towards Mid-Century Modern, Industrial Age, and Post Modern […]

Little Yogis

Little Yogis

How about bonding with your little girl or boy while also helping them with coordination, focus, and concentration? Kidspace presents “Little Yogis” to be enjoyed by kids ages 3 to 5 years old with their mom, dad, guardian, or even a jammin’ grandmama or papa. Physical strength can be improved through yoga practices, and flexibility […]

Magnolia House Dinner-for-Two

Magnolia House Dinner-for-Two

The 2009 print edition of Hometown Pasadena (Prospect Park Books) describes Magnolia House (previously Magnolia Lounge) in these terms… The red flocked wallpaper, crystal light fixtures and low velvet couches pay tribute to the speakeasy (Pasadena’s first) that purportedly thrived here during Prohibition. In this more licentious age, patrons freely enter the candlelit walkway that […]

Lemon Rosemary Pound Cake

Lemon Rosemary Pound Cake

In my mind, lemon and rosemary are best friends. I love pairing them together in savory dishes and even cocktails—lemon rosemary French 75, yes please! But I have never thought of making them into a sweet treat until yesterday. I had all these ideas, yet I was craving something I’d want to eat with vanilla […]

Mushrooms of Love at the Wild Mushroom Fair

Mushrooms of Love at the Wild Mushroom Fair

  How can a fungus be so delightful? Thankfully, thousands of cooking amateurs and masters alike have embraced these fruiting bodies with spores. On February 13, the 32nd Wild Mushroom Fair will be held at the L. A. Arboretum, featuring “Mushrooms of Love” by Gary Lincoff (author of The Audobon Society Field Guide to North […]

Feb. 19: Rickie Lee Jones

Feb. 19: Rickie Lee Jones

As it is Valentine’s week, with a constant onslaught of pleas to call 1-800-Flowers or purchase Valentine pajama-grams and oddly configured edible arrangements, we are sticking with the soothing sounds of music to celebrate this commercially inundated pseudo day of love. On her 18th birthday, November 8, 1972, Rickie Lee Jones left Washington state and […]

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