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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 [...]

Sure Is Quiet

Sure Is Quiet

It took us far too long to mosey down to South Pasadena to see Sure Is Quiet, the current show at SPACE, a gallery and art center on Mission. And we’re here to tell you that if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to get there before it closes on Saturday. On display in [...]

Publication Party for Cancer Support a Hit

Publication Party for Cancer Support a Hit

“I just want to say: Should an unfortunate butter-related accident happen to Paula Deen, I could be ready to step in as Grand Marshall in a moment’s notice.” So proclaimed Lian Dolan at the October 28th publication party for her debut novel Helen of Pasadena. About 100 people came to Little Flower Candy Co. to celebrate the [...]

Walk for Hope: Fight On!

Walk for Hope: Fight On!

USC continues to fight on against breast cancer, with bright pink awareness T-shirts lining the front window of the campus bookstore. All Southern Californians can show their support along with Trojans in the Los Angeles Walk for Hope on Sunday, November 7.  The City of Hope, named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and [...]

Helen of Pasadena: Chapter 1

Helen of Pasadena: Chapter 1

Editor’s note: In honor of the Amazon Pre-Order Day (Friday, October 15th) for Helen of Pasadena, and in anticipation of the publication date of November 1, we at Hometown Pasadena are happy to share the first chapter of Lian Dolan’s novel, coming from our publisher, Prospect Park Media.

All Saints Hosts “Bullied”

All Saints Hosts “Bullied”

As the recent matters of LGBT youth bullying splash across newspaper headlines, leaders, activists, and artists across the nation are utilizing political and creative forces to combat the abuse. And many have already made strong moves. Major cities have hosted rallies against homophobic bullying, while individuals, celebrities, and companies have created nationally popular support memes [...]

The People You Need

The People You Need

“I love Hometown Pasadena’s Concierge. I recently used it to find great skilled tradesman fix up my house, and every one has been exceptional. Some did not even know they were on the site.” — Mary Flynn, Pasadena Didn’t we just overhear you saying you’re trying to find a good electrician? Or was it a [...]

NAMI, Union Station and a Pasadena Party

NAMI, Union Station and a Pasadena Party

Last week I had invitations that both relate to homelessness. Not my temporary, seeking-a-house-to-buy homelessness, but the serious kind, often symptomatic of mental illness, poverty, or addiction. Two vaunted organizations, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Union Station, sponsored their annual fundraisers. NAMI hosts an October walkathon in Santa Monica. A dear couple I [...]

ArtNight, ArtWalk and More!

ArtNight, ArtWalk and More!

We locals know there’s a whole lot more to Pasadena than parades and princesses—there’s culture, and learning, and beauty, and food… and ArtNight. Held on a fall Friday night, ArtNight is a robust celebration of the arts that is attended by everyone and his mother: schoolkids, seniors, yuppies, preppies, Caltech scientists, preschool teachers, employed poets, unemployed [...]

Food Trucks at KPCC Tuesday

Food Trucks at KPCC Tuesday

Are food trucks a great asset to the L.A. culinary scene, or are they unfair competition for bricks-and-mortar restaurants? Is the good they do—feeding thousands with flair, economy and sociability—offset by the issues they cause in terms of trash, zoning and parking? That will be the topic at Tuesday’s AirTalk forum to be held at [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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