Talk of Our Towns


Mothers’ Club Searches for Alumni

Mothers’ Club Searches for Alumni

Mothers’ Club of Pasadena is celebrating its 50th anniversary and wants to know: Are you one of these kids? Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center has served more than 2,000 Pasadena families over the past half a century and its staff members are looking for those whose lives have been touched by the organization. Mothers’ Club [...]

Dine Well to Aid a Little Girl

Dine Well to Aid a Little Girl

On Wednesday, Weiser Family Farms will be hosting and donating produce for a gourmet dinner in order to raise money for the child of an employee: 2-year old Emily Rico, who suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare nerve cancer in her stomach. Emily has spent a month in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy and will soon have [...]

The Power of Nature on Display

The Power of Nature on Display

My mom and I took a trip the other day on the trail that winds up the northern part of the Arroyo Seco behind JPL, where we saw considerable damage from this winter’s heavy rains and flooding.  Though the trailhead is posted as closed due to the Station Fire destruction of summer 2009, you can [...]

Noises All Around

Noises All Around

The confusion that arises from the theater troupe known as A Noise Within (let’s call them ANW) doing a show called Noises Off, which is a show about another show called “Nothing On,” is really only the beginning. Reviving last year’s hit production, ANW’s show is fast-paced, funny, overwrought and charming. It’s an exhilarating night [...]

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Here’s one of the realities of living in Southern California: People want to visit you. In the summer, when the kids are out of school. In the winter, when the snowbirds need someplace warm. People who don’t even know your surname will call or write—and call again—asking if they can come visit. Out-of-town visitors are [...]

Beginning Again

Beginning Again

“Girls, make your life a dance!” our Orange High School PE teacher, Mrs. Weatherill, would exhort us. She of the black tights, the blacker ponytail, the Kathyrn Crosby demi-curl bang, a big apostrophe resting on the right side of her forehead. Smartly keeping time, Mrs. Weatherill beat a hand-held drum and dispatched us in choreographed [...]

Susan Love at Caltech

Susan Love at Caltech

Kudos to our pal Leah Thomson Snell, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, for pulling together a free talk by prominent breast cancer physician Susan Love. It’s taking place at Caltech’s Cahill Auditorium on Wednesday evening, and it’s free and open to all—you just need to RSVP to Leah a day in advance. Dr. Love [...]

Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

Next time you’re in traffic on the 210, wondering how bad it will be in the next 10 years, consider attending the upcoming Pasadena-based panel discussions about transportation issues.  On January 22, anyone interested in gaining first-hand information on the often-controversial plans for transportation improvement in the San Gabriel Valley is invited to attend a [...]

Gotta Go: Saturday Morning in Old Pasadena

Gotta Go: Saturday Morning in Old Pasadena

It’s sunny in Pasadena, but an 8 a.m. car drop-off for new tires inspires doubt. I think I was oversold. I don’t really need Pirellis for the Prius. So I walk the Lake Avenue neighborhood, opting to raise my heart rate through exercise instead of anxiety. I need to live long enough to pay for [...]

The Most Controversial Mom in America

The Most Controversial Mom in America

We’ll give Amy Chua credit where it’s due: This woman knows how to sell books. She is now professing a certain degree of astonishment at the virtriolic comments being made about her new memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, but for pete’s sake, she’s a Harvard-educated Yale professor—she knew darn well that her tales [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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