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In a World of Wisteria

In a World of Wisteria

Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Wisteria. Along with SoCal’s jacaranda, wisteria is a divine purple power flower. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 66 ft. above the ground and spread out 33 ft. laterally. The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring […]

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

David Delgado, one of the visual strategists at NASA’s JPL, reminds us of the all the times we picked up a shell and put it to our ear and “heard” the sound of the ocean. This is one of the reasons he and fellow creator Dan Goods—along with the New York design firm StudioKCA—chose the […]

A Healthy Brain

A Healthy Brain

The keys left in the freezer, the phone in the laundry basket, the 50th birthday party forgotten. Growing older can be a bear. Frustrating, annoying, humiliating. Sometimes, when we’re in a good mood, laughable. Learn about ways to retain a healthy brain from Dr. Robert Tager at the Arboretum on April 1. Dr. Tager is […]

The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of Amherst, most will have already deduced, is Emily Dickinson. Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play by William Luce. Julie Harris portrayed Dickinson in the original Broadway production in 1976, for which she won a Tony Award. The play was written while consulting Dickinson’s poetry, diaries, and letters. Watching a bit of Harris’s […]

Emerging From the Shadows

Emerging From the Shadows

Women artists. From 1860 to 1960. From realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, printmakers, and ceramicists. Over 2,000 images. And covering 320 female artists. This is Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists in California, 1860-1960 by Maurine St. Gaudens. The Creative Arts Group in […]

Poppy Super BOOM

Poppy Super BOOM

We are grateful to Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA for more stunning photography. Ralph and his kids found a “poppy super BOOM,” as he calls it, in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore. This year’s California poppy boom may be found about 62+ miles south of us, down along the I-15 between Alberhill and Lake Elsinore. Though the […]

Gumbo y Sopa

Gumbo y Sopa

It is said, “many ingredients go into soup.” And so it is that many ingredients make up the vast array of cultures we enjoy all around us in Southern California. Clazzical Notes was founded by Jerri Price-Gaines to illustrate through music and discussion “how seemingly dissimilar ethnic groups share a common humanity.” Clazzical Notes’ inaugural […]

The Right to Remain

The Right to Remain

No matter what side we’re on, discussion leading to understanding, new insights, and even a new perspective is never a negative. On Thursday, March 9, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley‘s “Talking the Talk” series continues. The aim is to “bring our community together to discuss hot button topics and strive to come up with solutions.” The discussions are […]

The Weather ‘Round Here!

The Weather ‘Round Here!

This has been such a wet, soggy, blustery, shivery winter—after it had gotten to a point we thought perhaps we’d never experience another one—that some people we know are pining for the drought. But on our drive up the 101 to San Francisco several weekends ago, the rolling hills, vast fields, and endless vineyards, even under a […]

From The Little Arctic to Inez Milholland

From The Little Arctic to Inez Milholland

For eight days everyone is welcome to take a seat and revel in the silver screen. For a mere $75, film enthusiasts have access to all screenings beginning March 8 through March 16 at the 4th Annual Pasadena International Film Festival. From animation to live action, suspense to science fiction, human trafficking to mental illness, and from […]

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