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North & South Lake for the Holidays

North & South Lake for the Holidays
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Would you like to visit the North Pole, but just don’t have the time? Then make your way to North Lake Avenue in Altadena on Saturday, December 6th for the North Lake Pole Holiday Festival. (It won’t be anything like the North Pole, which is good since our Absolute Zero Parka is at the cleaners […]

Cecilia’s Day

Cecilia’s Day

At the age of two, Cecilia von Harz was diagnosed with stage 1 Wilms’ Tumor, which is a malignant tumor of the kidneys that typically occurs in children. Subsequently, her right kidney was removed, as well as a 2-pound tumor, followed by 20 weeks of chemotherapy. After six months of remission, on February 28, 2014, […]

Open Studios for the Holidays

Open Studios for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. No, not time to take out the holiday boxes or planning a sit-down dinner for twenty-five. It’s time for Open Studio Days, when a slew of talented artists and craftspeople open their doors and welcome the public to walk right in. For the fourth year, artist Kathleen Swaydan invites […]

High Spirits at The Tempest

High Spirits at The Tempest

A Noise Within’s production of The Tempest creates a world where animation triumphs over the static, where magic seems not only possible but essential, and where every action and reaction is imbued with life. From the first moments of the play, we see movement placed at the forefront, both as a visual style and narrative […]

Dragoon Mountain Dreams

Dragoon Mountain Dreams

I. I am running, breathing Fast and climbing, the Pebbles underfoot scattering in echo of genetic memories carried in the wishful capillaries That sting with child sweat And desert dust in the Texas Canyon not far from the Dragoon Mountains along the Interstate that flings us, Me, my father, sometimes A carload with three or […]

Creamy Spiced Oatmeal with Pumpkin Seeds & Figs

Creamy Spiced Oatmeal with Pumpkin Seeds & Figs

Here’s a perfect breakfast for a late fall morning. Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (preferable organic) 2 tsp. virgin coconut oil ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cardamom ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. black pepper 2 cups water 1¼ cups milk, cream or coconut milk 2 tsp. honey 4 figs, […]

The Lighting of Trees

The Lighting of Trees

My mother’s family, the Broemmel family of San Francisco, were, naturally, of German descent and she remembers her grandparents’ Christmas tree being meticulously decorated with ornaments and the placement of individual strings of tinsel being overseen by Valda, the family matriarch. My mother remembers, also, real candles decorating the tree—and being lit. Of course in […]

In the Wheelhouse

In the Wheelhouse

We seem to be on a “ceramics” kick at the moment. We stopped by Flintridge Bookstore during Small Business Saturday to see Beverly Crist’s plates, bowls, and vases and started a savings jar for a future purchase. We snagged a stunning vase and bowl for Christmas presents at Xiem Clay Center’s fall show a few […]

Hotbox Vintage

Hotbox Vintage

Delilah Rabina is celebrating ten years in business in possibly the smallest store in the Valley – Hotbox Vintage. She actually calls it “closet-size” and it is surprising when one expects a “regular” size store to walk through the door and be within ten feet of the back wall. One is also quickly charmed. We […]

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

Muir Ranch is an operating farm on a mere 1.5 acres of land on the campus of John Muir High School. Begun in 2011, this urban farm grows flowers, vegetables, and fruit that are used in the school cafeteria, as well as in weekly CSA boxes. Besides the opportunities for students to learn, the community […]

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