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Sites of the Season

Sites of the Season
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Lately, while we’ve been out and about in our car, we find ourselves effortlessly deferring an errand, a “should”, or a “next on the list”, and, instead, cutting down a side street to see what holiday decorations might await us. During these lapses in duty to work, parenting, the household, etc., when we succumb to […]

Float of Hope

Float of Hope

City of Hope will exhibit its 40th float in this year’s Rose Parade on Wednesday, the 1st of January. If you’ve never had a chance to get up close and personal, consider signing up for a shift to help decorate their float, which is called “Turning Hopes and Dreams into Reality.” Inspired by the wishing trees […]

Gingerbread Houses, Ornaments, Candlelight, Carols & Holiday Everything!

Gingerbread Houses, Ornaments, Candlelight, Carols & Holiday Everything!

Waking up this Monday morning with the temperatures hovering near freezing, it certainly feels like the winter holidays are upon us. So, bundle up and choose your pick, because activities highlighting the season abound… Have your kids create Christmas ornaments out of paper, peppermints, candy canes, and whatever else Vroman’s Hastings can gather on Saturday, […]

Random Acts of Music

Random Acts of Music

We don’t know about you, but when we’re enjoying our coffee, say at Jones Coffee Roasters on Raymond, and our morning blah blah blah is supplanted by the sounds of a string quartet, the joy of living in Pasadena simply multiplies. (Listen here.) Pasadena Public Library is hosting 2 Random Acts of Music performances by […]

Rockapella & Irving Berlin

Rockapella & Irving Berlin

In the movie, snow covers everything in sight while Bing and Danny croon. This famous song became a famous movie in 1954, then premiered as a musical in 2004. This holiday season, come watch and listen as World War II veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis—with romance on their mind—follow two sisters to a lodge […]

Open Studio Days

Open Studio Days

Local watercolorist Kathleen Swaydan is holding her 3rd Annual Open Studio Holiday Art Sale event this weekend. For viewing and holiday shopping opportunities, sixteen artists will exhibit their assemblages, ceramics, paintings, photography, collage, handcrafted jewelry, and hair adornments constructed with vintage millinery, as well as clothing made with vintage fabrics and trim. “We are a group […]

Tree Lighting, Carolers, & Let It Snow!

Tree Lighting, Carolers, & Let It Snow!

It’s time to light it up and embrace the holiday season. Here are a few options: ONE COLORADO, annual tree lighting with Santa:  Friday, Nov. 29th, 6-7 p.m. with the Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Choir, Charles Dickens Carolers and Resound Ringers of F.U.M.C. Pasadena handbell choir. There will also be some elf hijinks and cookies and […]

A Victorian Grand Ball

A Victorian Grand Ball

You could see Ivan the Terrible or a “Scot” in full kilt. Many ladies flutter fans. In proper mid-Victorian style, necklines are low and bustles abound. Late-Victorian dress boasts higher collars and tiny wasp waists. All dresses, concealing petticoats, corsets, and chamises, brush the floor as the ladies within them are led onto the dance […]

It’s Time for (Holiday) Teas

It’s Time for (Holiday) Teas

We Americans may be more inclined to enjoy a cup o’ joe, but the lovers of tea have boldly muscled their way in, figuratively and literally. Tea houses—traditional English or modern Asian—liberally dot our valley. This holiday season offers some special high teas that involve history, elegance, bears, and a curmudgeon. Fenyes Mansion Holiday Tour […]

Holiday Concerts Galore

Holiday Concerts Galore

Can we split ourselves in two? Maybe into quarters? The weekend of December 14th abounds with holiday concerts and we’re here to break them down, so that you may distinguish, choose, buy tickets (where applicable), and mark your calendar. Pasadena Symphony & Pops Grant Cooper conducts the L.A. Children’s Chorus, L.A. Bronze (Handbell Choir), The […]

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