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The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling

This extremely likable debut detective novel by JK Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith) features an up-to-the-minute rant on celebrity, a standard-issue schlubby-but-brilliant detective-with-a-past with a twist, his winsome gal Friday, and a cast of well-drawn, semi-unsavory people as suspects/bad actors. The sympathetic characters get even better treatment, and everyone’s lives are satisfyingly messy, detailed, and [...]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

She couldn’t explain how they did it. The company’s projected stock value had once again soared way over thirty million dollars, and the outlook for 2014 was good. It was as if they’d found their fairy godmother and suddenly their every wish was granted. Only four years ago, they’d been a small family-owned health store [...]

Salade Verte

Salade Verte

Salad Ingredients: 4 strips good-quality bacon, uncooked, cut into small pieces 2 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled ½ cup green apple, cut into matchsticks (skin on) ¼ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped 6 ounces soft-leafed lettuce, such as mache or butter lettuce, or a spring mix Vinaigrette Ingredients: 2 tablespoons good quality red wine vinegar 1 [...]

Lego Club!

Lego Club!

There’s something about how the pieces click into place. About the click being so firm that you can extend the blocks, building a staircase to the stars, an arch for a castle, or a fender, trunk and hood. The Altadena Library once again offers Lego Club. Children from 2 to 13 years of age are [...]

Mentally Gifted, Not Disordered

Mentally Gifted, Not Disordered

Dr. Enrico Gnaulati specializes in child and adolescent therapy, assessment, parenting, consultation, couples therapy, and in-depth adult individual therapy. His most recent book is Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is having a discussion and book signing this Saturday at Hastings Branch Library. [...]

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel

This photo of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is circa 1870. The dirt road was part of “El Camino Real” – the 600-mile California Mission Trail connecting the former Atla California’s 21 missions. The Moorish influence of the mission is evidenced by the Buttressed walls, vaulted roof, and fortress-like appearance. The walls are original and [...]

Taste of South Lake

Taste of South Lake

“Taste of South Lake started just a few years ago as a grassroots marketing effort,” says Gina Tleel, Executive Director of the South Lake Business Association. Now with several thousand people attending this day of food demos, food tasting from almost 20 South Lake establishments, indulging at the wine and beer garden, and listening to [...]

Art Night 2013

Art Night 2013

Born in Normandy and having spent her childhood years in Limousin and Brittany, artist Valérie Daval now calls Pasadena home. “A unique color and gesture spring from each of us,” she states. Her works can be as large as 9 by 13 feet or as small as 4 by 8 inches, but they all seem to [...]

Pasablanca!

Pasablanca!

The economy is still not what it was pre-2008, though many sources speak of a struggling—or even horrific—economy going back as far as 2003. For those women and men in Greater Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, Women at Work has become a proven resource. They offer career guidance, job search support groups, and [...]

Baking Bread at Fiore

Baking Bread at Fiore

Interested in creating your own sigh in perfect satisfaction, melt in your mouth bread? Fiore Market Cafe in South Pasadena is offering another in their series of Bread Making Classes on October 22nd. We reviewed Fiore just last month (read it here) and we gushed about their roasted chicken sandwich. We were delighted when Bill [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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