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Temecula Balloon Festival

Temecula Balloon Festival

Imagine 40-50 “gentle giants” transforming from 2,500 cubic meters of fabric into full-blown hot air balloons, then—along with the rising sun—launching into the sky. Karol Franks attended this year’s Temecula Valley’s Balloon & Wine Festival at the end of May and kindly shares her photos, both untouched and photo-shopped to airlift us back in time, […]

Kate Tripping to Good Luck Gallery in Chinatown

Kate Tripping to Good Luck Gallery in Chinatown

Painter and assemblage artist Kate Carvellas took a day trip to Chinatown, visiting Good Luck Gallery to see the latest exhibit, mixed media works by Andrew Frieder. She snapped pics of her favorite pieces, continued to take pictures as she walked around Chinatown, and now is using those images as inspiration for her next paintings. […]

Wiggle Your Waggle 2015

Wiggle Your Waggle 2015

As of this writing, 271 animals—cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, snakes, guinea pigs, turtles, and a cockatiel—are being sheltered at the Pasadena Humane Society. They’ve been welcomed, cleaned, checked by a vet, fed, housed, and pampered. This is what the Humane Society does, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, every […]

Inter-City Cactus

Inter-City Cactus

The folks who have cactus water in their veins (i.e., a passion for the cacti) are joining together with the Cactus and Succulent societies of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Gabriel Valley to show, talk about, judge, award, and sell cacti at the Inter-City Cactus Show & Sale on August 8th-9th at the Arboretum. […]

IWOSC Reads Its Own

IWOSC Reads Its Own

We were delighted to hear from Flo Selfman, President of Independent Writers of Southern California… Twice a year IWOSC presents a special FREE event – “IWOSC Reads its Own” – a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works – from poems to true stores to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. […]

The Tempest & Merry Wives

The Tempest & Merry Wives

On a rise the stage is set. On the grass, the chairs are settles, the blankets spread. Suddenly the wind shifts and the ocean begins to roll and froth. No, this isn’t watching an incoming storm along our dramatic coast, but the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Shakespeare by the Sea arrives, once again, for […]

Tommy Lasorda’s “My Way”

Tommy Lasorda’s “My Way”

Tommy Lasorda believed that winning wasn’t about being the best, but about believing you are the best.¹ In My Way, Colin Gunderson, who worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 13 years, leads readers through the days, life, and legend of famed manager Tommy Lasorda. Gunderson travels back to Lasorda’s childhood in Norristown, Pennsylvania to […]

Nectarine Sauce with Limoncello & Lavender

Nectarine Sauce with Limoncello & Lavender

Happy August! Stone fruit is in its full glory and this is a quick and easy dessert that can stand alone or go atop vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. It also pairs well with my favorite lemon curd tart! Impress your friends with the sultry summer flavors of lemon and lavender.   Ingredients: […]

Vegetarian Dinners, Meat Lovers & Black Squid

Vegetarian Dinners, Meat Lovers & Black Squid

There are 7 Continents and 7 Oceans on the globe. There are 7 Colors in the rainbow and 7 Notes on the musical scale. There is a pattern of 7 Stars, which are guiding stars (The Big Dipper) and there are 7 Objects in the solar system that are visible to the naked eye. There […]

Van Leeuwen for Our Dog Days of Summer

Van Leeuwen for Our Dog Days of Summer

New York Magazine gives it a critic rating of 5 out of 5 and says the ice cream appeals to the “impulsive tot who dashes out into traffic after the Good Humor man,” as well as the hormone-free, pasture-raised foodies, and styrofoam and plastic-dissing “politically correct environmentalist.” One may argue that enjoying food that is […]

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