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Coffee Grounds as Nutrient-Rich Mulch

Coffee Grounds as Nutrient-Rich Mulch

With the popularity of coffee-drink stores like Starbucks and Peet’s and so many others—seemingly on nearly every block in shopping areas—gardeners have nearby and plentiful access to this free nutrient-rich resource. While it can be composted, its great advantage is that it can be applied directly to garden beds. Spreading the grounds an inch thick […]

Flourishing & Skies

Flourishing & Skies

The travels and photography of Karol Franks this spring and summer illustrate our beautiful skies and the burgeoning of color after years of drought. Addressing a situation always close to Karol’s heart, it’s also been five years and three months that Karol’s daughter Jenna has been looking for a kidney. Jenna is 31 years old and does dialysis […]

A Place to Bead

A Place to Bead

Christina Rizzo has been a “bead” enthusiast since she was a teenager and after working in a shop for years, absorbing all she could learn, she had the opportunity to open her own business. A Place to Bead may be found in the 2-block smorgasbord of shops found on Mission Street in San Marino. It sits between a […]

The View of Susan Kallenbach

The View of Susan Kallenbach

  We were delighted when Susan Kallenbach agreed to share her photographs as we find them popping with color, peeking with texture, shying with shadow—and moody, so very moody. Enjoy.                         Kallenbach studied Medieval Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, worked at Caltech, and currently lives […]

Sisters in Crime: LAst Resort

Sisters in Crime: LAst Resort

LAst Resort is the 10th anthology from the award-winning crime writers’ association Sisters in Crime. This next assemblage is 16 stories about “the misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles.” Editors Matt Coyle and Patricia Smiley lead a town hall-type discussion on July 8 dissecting the inspiration behind […]

Independence Day 2017

Independence Day 2017

At the moment, the high on July 4th is forecast to be 84℉ in Pasadena. We assume that will send thousands to the shore, but for those who remain in place, here are some July 4th celebration options… Pasadena 4th of July Lunch Party: The Pasadena Showcase House sponsors an Independence Day party lunch at […]

Blushing Bubbles

Blushing Bubbles

If you’re into “production and tasting notes”—if you know what that actually means or would like to know what that means—POP Champagne Bar in Old Pasadena invites you to Blushing Bubbles. POP’s 2nd Blushing Bubbles class is back by popular demand (the first having sold out). Certified Sommelier Michael Scribner leads the way, covering the production and tasting notes […]

Cos & Pi

Cos & Pi

Almost too beautiful to eat. That was my initial reaction when the young woman set down the plate, delivering our order of Cos & Pi’s salmon toast. Of course, you’ll have noticed the leading word is “almost,” because, of course, for food enthusiasts, nothing is too beautiful to leave untasted. Toasted dark rye is loaded with a layer of avocado, pickled […]

Something Wild in My Garden

Something Wild in My Garden

As the summer heat descends—a bit early, mind you; Mother Nature, where’s our “June Gloom”?—and our gardens need attending, Cactus Gallery brings some levity, truth, poignancy, and whimsy into our days with its new exhibit “Something Wild in My Garden.” The show’s featured artist is Olga Ponomarenko: In this series of paintings, I chose wild […]

I Do Exist

I Do Exist

      I Do Exist It’s hard to hear my mom talking baby talk. I’d rather go to sleep than think of this. It seems so fast—from craziness of raising a child alone To carrying a diaper bag for my mom. There is no special shower thrown, in which I receive a diaper bag […]

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