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National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

In 1917 young Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. Putting her Hoosier ingenuity to work, she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, patted the first dough into shape by hand, but soon employed an ordinary wine bottle as a rolling pin. [...]

A Grill Apron for Dad

A Grill Apron for Dad

Yes, Orchard Supply Hardware is a chain, but we like the idea: make a personalized grill apron for Pops in honor of Father’s Day. Orchard in Pasadena and South Pasadena are inviting kids to come in, choose from a grab bag of markers, and create an apron that shouts, “He’s my dad and I love [...]

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

An impromptu invite and we found ourselves seated at the bar on the second story of Crossings restaurant in South Pasadena. The small, cozy front room can be seen from Mission Street with white on white tables (tablecloths, napkins and dinnerware), u-shaped ribbed beige booth and matching chairs backed by the open kitchen and sided [...]

May I…?

May I…?

May I Have This Last Dance, Mr. Banana Nose? I cannot remember not loathing Sunday school. And much of that loathing, more than likely, stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t a cool kid. I was as far from cool as a screaming tea kettle from a popsicle – a shy, socially awkward, irremediably klutzy, [...]

Make Music Pasadena 2014

Make Music Pasadena 2014

It’s twelve hours of rock ‘n roll, chamber music, acoustic guitar, pop, soul, blues, and country. It’s Make Music Pasadena. Dozens of individuals and groups will play their rhythms and songs, all for free, from Cal State L.A., Fuller Seminary and Bar Celona to Beyond Hair, the Armory, the Paseo and Vroman’s Bookstore. Vertical Wine [...]

“My Dog Is Home”

“My Dog Is Home”

“My name is Brigitte ______. I am downtown on skid row. This is my service girl Nubian. She has me because I have issues. I hate to say it, downtown is the only place where you can come and get assistance once you’ve been put in a position where you become homeless. “Thirteen years ago, I [...]

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

Making a world of “magical things” weave into our idea of reality is a skill. Maybe even more so when this magic is woven into not our present time, but our history, as we have set ideas and an understanding of what has already been. In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker brings to [...]

The Noonday Rest

The Noonday Rest

For those acquainted with the life and accomplishments of early Pasadena resident, Eva Scott Fenyes, trying to imagine her idle may seem very nearly impossible. Even on road trips, when she and her companions would stop by the roadside for a picnic lunch, she remained keenly aware of her surroundings and invariably sketched a memorable [...]

Simple Vibrant Summer Salad

Simple Vibrant Summer Salad

Cold Peanut Noodles with Veggies Ingredients: 1 pound soba noodles or your favorite long pasta ( spaghetti or linguini work well) 2 large zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces 1 large head broccoli, cut into bite sized florets 2 large carrots, cut into small rounds 1 package firm tofu, cut into small cubes 4 large cloves [...]

Jury Walkabout No. 2

Jury Walkabout No. 2

On our first Tuesday as a full-fledged juror, designated as one of twelve “judges” by the sitting judge herself, we strolled and sweated through the heat, down through the bottom half of Grand Park and then around the side of City Hall only to be told, “It’s not here today.” The “it” is what’s promised [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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