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One More Good Reason to Become a Teacher

One More Good Reason to Become a Teacher

Kudos to former Hometown Pasadena editor John Stephens for making this video this morning at Sierra Madre School. The students, faculty and parents, with the help of the Sierra Madre Fire Department, staged a heart-tugging flashmob (which began as a fake fire drill) to say goodbye to retiring principal Gayle Bluemel, who we profiled right [...]

Developing Pasadena: 4 Alternatives

Developing Pasadena: 4 Alternatives

Four alternatives to consider for Pasadena’s future, and four opportunities to voice an opinion. Pasadena’s next step in the process of  revising its General Plan comes this month, in four public forums and a survey process. At the end of the process, the city will update its Pasadena’s General Plan Land Use and Mobility Chapters. The [...]

Make Music Pasadena 2011

Make Music Pasadena 2011

Despite the June gloom, summer is heating up with the return of the free Make Music Pasadena festival, this year substantially bigger than last year’s. Music lovers will gather in the streets this Saturday all around Pasadena for a free, all-day, all-ages music festival that takes place during World Music weekend. (The tradition began a few [...]

Michelle Obama in Pasadena

Michelle Obama in Pasadena

Michelle Obama and about 500 of her closest friends converged on a Pasadena Monday morning, the first sunny day in what felt like months. While helicopters hovered, a patient crowd lined the sidewalks of Orlando Road as valets sprinted and the smart folks had friends drop them off at the end of the ever-lengthening line. [...]

Redistricting Forum

Redistricting Forum

After years of being self-proclaimed politicians at dinner parties and social functions, Californians (specifically Pasadenans) are finally getting the chance to voice their opinions concerning the shaping of their political districts. The League of Women Voters: Pasadena Area is offering an opportunity for voters to participate in a free public forum at KPCC. The forum, “Dueling Maps: How [...]

Happy 125th Birthday, Pasadena!

Happy 125th Birthday, Pasadena!

Put another candle on the birthday cake, Pasadena is celebrating its 125th birthday. The quasquicentennial celebration will be held on June 11th at the Pasadena Museum of History, whose location is on the corner of Walnut and Orange Grove. Along with the City of Pasadena, the museum has teamed up with local individuals, businesses, and community organizations to host [...]

Just Imagine: Club 21

Just Imagine: Club 21

The volunteers at Club 21 are wrapping up spring session. I help there every Wednesday at ECAR, the Every Child a Reader tutorial. I am one of a cadre of ten teachers who report from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each of us is assigned to a student with language and developmental needs. All the [...]

Angeles Crest Reopens

Angeles Crest Reopens

After months of fighting with nature, Angeles Crest Highway is finally being reopened to the public. Today, Friday, June 3, officials are set to reopen the section of California Highway 2 between La Cañada Flintridge and the Angeles Forest after a morning news conference just outside of the Angeles National Forest entrance. The Angeles National Forest reopened [...]

Leadership Pasadena: Congrats, Graduates!

Leadership Pasadena: Congrats, Graduates!

We’d like to offer a warm (if someone belated) congratulations to the 2011 graduating class of Leadership Pasadena. If you’re not familiar with the program, it’s a sort of hatchery for local community leaders. It consists of eight months of workshops, projects, and retreats designed to improve leadership skills, within both participants’ organizations and the [...]

Bryan Denton, Our Eyes in Libya

Bryan Denton, Our Eyes in Libya

Local boy Bryan Denton, now all grown up, was featured today in the New York Times blog, Lens, which covers Photography, Video and Visual Journalism. Denton, a photojournalist and product of Sequoyah School, Flintridge Prep and NYU, is currently behind enemy lines in Misurata, Libya. C.J. Chivers, who is with him in Libya writes: This [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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