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Stan Smith Comes Home

Stan Smith Comes Home

Not many locals know that one of the 20th century’s best tennis players, Stan Smith, is a hometown boy. As Altadena author Kathleen Tuttle wrote in her new book, Altadena Town & Country Club: A Centennial History, Smith grew up in Altadena, and his dad, Ken Smith, was the tennis coach at PCC. The family [...]

A Few Folks for Turkey

A Few Folks for Turkey

For about a decade, we’ve been hearing about the Thanksgiving dinner at our friends Debbie and Doug Deems. If you’ve lived in Pasadena a while, perhaps you’ve heard of it, too—or even been invited. They have a tendency to invite all their friends; the attendance of family is a given. Last year the Deemses sat [...]

Last-Minute Food Needs

Last-Minute Food Needs

Union Station may have more volunteers than it needs this year for staffing its famed Thanksgiving in the Park meal for the homeless and poor of the San Gabriel Valley, but it doesn’t have enough food. While you’re doing your final shopping before turkey time, please consider adding a couple of things from their wish [...]

Stuff White People Like… in Pasadena

Stuff White People Like… in Pasadena

Christian Lander, author of the hit blog-turned-book Stuff White People Like, and his buddy Alex Blagg, have a new series of book-trailer videos to promote Lander’s new book, Whiter Shade of Pale. In the trailers, as in the book, the two dudes visit various American cities to see what the particular white people in those [...]

Why We Live Here: Reason #17

Why We Live Here: Reason #17

The view from a dog walk on Parkview in Pasadena’s Linda Vista neighborhood midday Sunday, after the fierce rain Saturday night, panning from north to south, as best as an iPhone could capture it:

Two Degrees of KPCC Separation

Two Degrees of KPCC Separation

Cruising out on a Wednesday morning toward the Arroyo Seco, tuned to KPCC as nearly always, I was listening to the pledge drive. Demi-desperate, very funny host Steve Julian and general manager Bill Davis were pitching a membership challenge from supporter Tom Hanks, who told an amusing little story about how he first heard about [...]

Another Thing to Worry About

Another Thing to Worry About

As if Dr. Lucy Jones didn’t have enough to scare us about already, she’s speaking on Friday at PCC about something we heretofore had no idea we needed to worry about: California’s “atmospheric rivers,” which when they occurred back in 1861-62 caused such flooding that a third of the taxable land in California was considered [...]

Brigham Yen Does Video

Brigham Yen Does Video

Pasadena’s most popular Realtor-blogger, Brigham Yen, has just kicked it up a bit with his new “show,” P.R.E. (which stands for Pasadena Real Estate). It’s not really a show in the normal TV sense, but appears to be the beginning of a series of YouTube videos about what’s happening in Pasadena’s retail businesses. The first [...]

Golden Eagle in Altadena

Golden Eagle in Altadena

Thanks to our friend Timothy Rutt at Altadenablog for sharing this remarkable post yesterday: Reader M. Stifel saw an ornithological prize this afternoon: Top of the Evening! My husband and I spent a great part of the day outside, enjoying the weather and scenery.  We live near Holliston and Mendocino.  We couldn’t help but notice that our [...]

Olive Oil Harvest

Olive Oil Harvest

We’ve always had the fantasy of helping harvest olives and making extra-virgin oil in the hills of Tuscany—but the campus of Caltech is the next best thing! What started as a student experiment in 2005 with fruit from a few vintage campus olive trees turned into a successful olive oil-making venture in 2006, and Caltech [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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