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Chocolate Wonders: Food of the Gods

Chocolate Wonders: Food of the Gods
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  Etymologists trace the origin of the word “chocolate” to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” —”A Brief History of Chocolate” (1 March 2008) by Amanda Fiegl, SmithsonianMag.com       Almost nothing […]

Vampire Mermaids, Tyrannical Aliens & Magical Watches

Vampire Mermaids, Tyrannical Aliens & Magical Watches

Julia Edwards is a writer. A lover of writing. A groupie of words. And she wants to spread the delight and adventure of writing. Her 2-year-old StoryLab continues to expand its creative classes. The mission? Get kids to dig the written word. From treasure hunts to The Scallion student-created newspaper, from playwriting to create-your-own class, […]

Toying with Science

Toying with Science

Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Editor’s Note: We just received a phone call from Mary Herrera that the price for the evening show is not a flat $10, but $25 for kids and $10 for children. We were not (until now) on the Caltech media list and as such did not receive a press release for […]

Youth Ceramics

Youth Ceramics

Growing up in Fairfield County, Connecticut one of the places to which I returned happily time and time again was what I knew only as Silvermine. Sitting in the passenger seat, trying not to get car sick as my mother drove down windy roads crowded with ancient trees and an endless canopy of greenery overhead, […]

Snow Days & Noon Year’s Eve

Snow Days & Noon Year’s Eve

Besides perfecting one’s snow angel-making and honing one’s snowball-making skills, kids can enjoy snow flakes crafts, the smells of winter, arctic animals, weeble wobble penguins, a winter wonder box, and messy winter art. It’s the annual winter wonderland of “Snow Days” at Kidspace, December 26-30. There will also be cookie decorating, a seedlings give-away, and […]

Wacky Winter Adventure & The Mousecracker

Wacky Winter Adventure & The Mousecracker

It’s being touted as The Nutcracker with mice, “and maybe some cheese.” It’s the “Wacky Winter Adventure” puppet show presented by Luce Puppet Company at One Colorado on December 22. It that’s not enough Nutcracker for the kiddies, as evening descends the Old Pasadena, the courtyard will be the location for The Mousecracker. This 1998 […]

Santa’s Coming to Town!

Santa’s Coming to Town!

Santa’s coming to Altadena, touching down at the 2015 North Lake Pole Holiday Fest on December 5. The Lake & Mariposa Shopping District will host Santa Claus and his elves with carolers caroling, prize drawings, and Gypsy Eats and Pizza of Venice offering street-side tables full of yummy nosh for purchase. Local stores will remain open […]

The Carol Bus

The Carol Bus

The carolers come a caroling… by bus. It may not be an open sleigh, but the L. A. Master Chorale has decked out red, double-decker bus in holiday finery and is popping up in areas around the southland. On Saturday, November 28, the LAMC’s carol bus will pop up at Mercantile Place and One Colorado […]

Holiday Ornament Contest

Holiday Ornament Contest

We realize competition isn’t a characteristic of the holiday spirit, but creating with our hands and spreading cheer is! So, let’s make some ornaments. Margaret Tonapetyan and Jenna Gibson have opened Art/work/space in a lovely lemon yellow cottage on Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena. Art/work/place is the result of their dream to have an art […]

Master Chorale on the Prowl

Master Chorale on the Prowl

It is no accident that composing plays as nearly a leading a role in Pasadena Master Chorale’s mission as singing. For starters, founder (and Altadena resident) Jeffrey Bernstein is a composer who has written works that have been performed nationwide and throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. Then, in 2014, PMC commissioned local composers Matthew Brown […]

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