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Ben Green

Ben Green
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Tom Coston and I had a lovely dinner with Ben and Kelly Green on Wednesday evening at Colombo’s in Eagle Rock. Ben had just given Tom and me a private VIP tour of the Showcase House of the Design, which this year is the Cravens Estate, also known as Red Cross headquarters. It has been […]

The Jaws of Life

The Jaws of Life

Pasadena’s finest came to the rescue yesterday at about 3 p.m. Firefighters from Stations 31 and 39 used the jaws of life to extricate an injured person from this car that crashed on the 710 Freeway at Del Mar Boulevard. The jaws of life is a heavy-duty pneumatic tool that is used to pry sections […]

Bloggers’ Tour of City Hall

Bloggers’ Tour of City Hall

Some local bloggers have been asking me for long time if I would do a bloggers-only tour of City Hall. On Saturday I showed about 20 bloggers my home away from home, including some of the unique architectural elements (can you find an upside-down artichoke? a whimsical, mustachioed face? a castle?) and provided a lot […]

Don’t You Dare Say There’s Nothing to Do in Pasadena!

Don’t You Dare Say There’s Nothing to Do in Pasadena!

Saturday, May 8, from 8 to 11 am. – Help create a children’s butterfly garden at Hastings Branch Library. Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to noon — Are you interested in how open space in Pasadena is acquired and preserved? Voice your opinion and learn more during a workshop. Saturday, May 8, from 10 […]

Jones Reservoir

Jones Reservoir

If you haven’t been to Hamilton Park, it’s in the Upper Hastings Ranch area, generally bounded by Cartwright Street to the north, Sierra Madre Boulevard to the south, Pepperhill Road to the east and Crestview Drive to the west. The back side of the park is across the street from PazNaz. If you have been […]

Pasadena City Hall Tour for Local Bloggers — Saturday, May 8

Pasadena City Hall Tour for Local Bloggers — Saturday, May 8

There have been many requests for tours of Pasadena City Hall by local bloggers over the years, so now’s your chance! Join me for a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1920s-era building, including background about the history and architecture of Pasadena’s most famous landmark. We’ll meet in the courtyard at noon, then go along corridors, into […]

Hogoboom Memorial Bench

Hogoboom Memorial Bench

This is the second in a series of posts about monuments and memorials in public rights of way in Pasadena. The Hogoboom Memorial Bench was designed by Pasadena artist Patricia Ferber using river rock and stone slabs. You’ll find the bench at sweet little San Rafael Park on the west side of the Arroyo Seco […]

Lunch with Rachael

Lunch with Rachael

Yesterday I got together with Rachael Worby, music director of the Pasadena POPs. We’ve known each other for years but rarely have much time to share each other’s company, just us. So we enjoyed salads at Ventanas and talked about everything under the sun, including the wonderful Music Under the Stars concert that is the […]

Monuments and Memorials in Pasadena

Monuments and Memorials in Pasadena

I gave the mighty Zack Stromberg — my graphic designer in the Public Affairs Office — the assignment of photographing monuments and memorials in public rights of way and on public property throughout Pasadena. For the past month or so he has been snapping away when time and weather permit. The Pasadena Pioneers Bridge Rock […]

Thank You, Walden School

Thank You, Walden School

A few weeks ago about 50 Walden School children and parents transformed the upper level of Washington Park during their monthly Big Help Day, which teaches students the value of community service. They were joined by the Friends of Washington Park as well as staff from the Human Services and Recreation Department and the Public […]