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Live at the Park

Live at the Park
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Nothing quite says summer like a supper picnic in the park with a blanket spread on the ground, already-abandoned mini-me beach chairs for the little ones, a few camping chairs for those who can’t get down the ground (or up) so easily anymore, and—with the sun setting and the spotlights coming up—the sound of instruments […]

Free Mulch!

Free Mulch!

Mulch is the answer! Not completely, but it’s a wonderful means for retaining moisture in the soil, controlling weeds, and even giving a finishing touch to a lawn. Julie Gutierrez, Pasadena Assistant City Manager, explains that “by mulching and re-purposing tree trimmings from Pasadena street trees, we divert material from our landfill and reduce carbon […]

Embroidering in Architecture

Embroidering in Architecture

In 1908, Mary and David Gamble commissioned architects Charles and Henry Greene to create a summer residence for their family. Initially, the house was home to Mr. and Mrs. Gamble and their youngest son Clarence, but they were soon joined by Mary’s younger sister, Julia. Aunt Julia, as she was called, had a bedroom with […]

A Last Minute Surprise

A Last Minute Surprise

A last minute drama of the teenage variety had us forcibly volunteer to drive said teenager and friend down to San Diego for a boy band concert. As our attendance at said concert was not desired, on either parties count, we dropped off two overly-excited fans at the top of a hill to join the […]

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hint: These little guys flap their wings 50 times per second, which also allows them to fly backwards at “speeds exceeding 34mph.” Answer: Hummingbirds. Allen’s hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, Antillean mango, Black jacobin, Frilled coquette, Sooty barbthroat, and Mexican hermit are the few binomial names of the 325-350 species of hummingbirds. Hint: They can’t fly in […]

The Smart Set

The Smart Set

When Eva Fenyes took her four little dogs to their photo session at Kohler Photo Studio on East Colorado Boulevard, Fairy, Prince, and Non se sa were composed and cooperative, sitting up nice and straight before the camera. Pinta, however, fidgeted and became distracted by something on the floor below his pedestal. His attention could […]

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Stunning locations, a cast of icons, a smidgen of history-lite, and a large dose of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. On July 31st, Distant Lands hosts the viewing of Tea with Mussolini, starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, and Cher as part of the annual Old Pasadena Film Festival. Tea with Mussolini is […]

Scribblings: Week 39 – Welcome to Boot Camp

Scribblings: Week 39 – Welcome to Boot Camp

Considering that I have been likened to an Obsessive on Uppers, my rather intense relationship with my Fitbit surprises no one. Yet for all ‘the Fitbitch’ has cracked her whip at me this past week, I have managed only about 20 to 50 steps a day, depending on bathroom runs. A bus outside my hotel […]

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

How do you put into words the anguish and ecstasy of first love? Dodie Smith managed that and much more in her 1948 novel, I Capture the Castle, a YA (young adult) novel of the first rate, written long before the term was coined. It’s 1930’s England. Teenaged Cassandra Mortmain lives with her impoverished though […]

Music Ed App

Music Ed App

Musicians Brandon Bernstein and Terry Carter believe in “equal access” and their creation of the free app BandBlast is the product of that belief. Now, with funds from the Pasadena Arts Council, BandBlast has been released by Bernstein and Carter’s organization Music Lifeboat. According to AppBrain.com, BandBlast is an easy-to-use, interactive tool for kids, students, […]

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