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Pasadena Kids Go Glee

Pasadena Kids Go Glee

If you thought that cello player behind Gwyneth Paltrow in the April 19th episode of Glee looked familiar, maybe she really was your neighbor. Twenty-four of the most talented musicians from Pasadena Youth Symphony (ages 12 to 14) were hired to back up Paltrow’s performance of Adele’s hit song “Turning Tables.” You can watch the performance [...]

Arlington Garden: There’s an App for That

Arlington Garden: There’s an App for That

We’ve been champions of Arlington Garden since its earliest days—many of the Hometown Pasadena team drive and walk past it almost daily, and our own Sandy Gillis has been a regular volunteer. But even we never imagined how fantabulous the garden would become—and that it would have its own iPhone app! That’s right, you can [...]

The Doo Dah Parade

The Doo Dah Parade

Wacky, irreverent, weird, silly, anarchistic . . . is that not how you’d describe Pasadena? No, it’s not, and that’s the whole point of our “other” parade, the Doo Dah, the rebellious stepsister and antidote to the grand dame, the Rose Parade. As an all-city goof, it’s so successful that other towns around the country [...]

Party on: Celebrating with Julienne Returns

Party on: Celebrating with Julienne Returns

Celebrating with Julienne is currently available through our Prospect Park Media Online Store or any of the local retailers listed below. After nearly a year out of print, the award-winning, hot-selling Celebrating with Julienne cookbook is back, published by, that’s right, your friends here at Prospect Park Media. To launch the new edition, Julienne in San [...]

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Yoga

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Yoga

I do love the calming, de-stressing and strengthening effects of yoga… but sometimes find it just a little too quiet. So I decided to try Pasadena’s new workout craze, YogaHop. It’s the same poses you are used to, except they’re combined with heart-pumping jams, and you move through the poses quickly in time to music—read: [...]

Showcase Goes English

Showcase Goes English

If there’s a place in America more obsessed with its homes than Pasadena, we don’t know it. That’s why a few generations of women who want to support music education have been able to make millions by running an annual event called the Showcase House, which returns on April 17th for the 63rd time. A [...]

Hometown College Smackdown

Hometown College Smackdown

The cooks, the scientists, the teachers, the designers, the theologians and the undeclared are doing battle once again this year in the second annual Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament. Student teams from PCC, Caltech, Art Center, Fuller Seminary, Pacific Oaks College and Le Cordon Bleu will compete in a number of highly competitive events, including Capture [...]

Arroyo Walkers: Pay Attention!

Arroyo Walkers: Pay Attention!

Thanks to Pasadena historian, writer and Arroyo resident Ann Scheid for letting us know about the issue that’s been brewing in the lower Arroyo watershed area. There’s been some tension between the Pasadena Roving Archers and walkers—the archers, understandably, want to have lots of space to shoot arrows without fear of hitting people (or dogs), [...]

Hey, Pasadena Drivers—Pay Attention!

Hey, Pasadena Drivers—Pay Attention!

Not-so-fun facts: —Pasadena has the second-highest rate of pedestrian-car accidents for mid-size cities in California, behind only Berkeley. — In 2010 alone, cars in Pasadena hit a whopping 83 pedestrians. — Contrary to what you might think, the majority of these accidents do not stem from jaywalking—the walker is most often either in a crosswalk [...]

This Week at Vroman’s: Victoria Patterson & Eleanor Brown

This Week at Vroman’s: Victoria Patterson & Eleanor Brown

Victoria Patterson’s collection of short stories, Drift, was released last year to much fanfare, including an interview with this here online magazine (she’s a South Pas resident), which you can read by clicking these words. Now she’s got a novel out, This Vacant Paradise, which she’ll be reading from at Vroman’s this Thursday at 7, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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