It’s our birthday this week, and having reached a certain age, we take great comfort in seeing how good some of those who are much older than us look—like the city of Pasadena, which just turned 124 and doesn’t look a day over 100. The weekend’s celebration, held at the Pasadena Museum of History, centered around a dazzling replica of City Hall in flour, butter and sugar, created by the patisserie students at Le Cordon Bleu, the culinary college that’s grown so fast in the last few years that it seems to be single-handedly boosting Pasadena’s economy out of recession.
The celebration included performances of Chinese, Armenian and Mexican dance; jazz and mariachi music; food from Japon Bistro, Robin’s and others; craft workshops (including the making of a time capsule) for kids; and, of course, the cutting (and eating) of the incredible cake.
If you couldn’t make the party, we encourage you to find a way to say happy birthday to our fair town this week. Take a stroll under Del Mar’s spectacular blooming jacarandas; read a book in our stately Central Library; ride your bike around the Rose Bowl; walk your dog in the lower Arroyo; sign up to volunteer for one of our many wonderful nonprofits; take your kids to Kidspace or Eaton Canyon; or just get out and do whatever you most love to do in Pasadena.