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Why We Live Here: Reason #19

Why We Live Here: Reason #19

The reason is not the Rose Parade itself, which to be honest we much prefer half-watching from the sofa instead of fighting the battle to leave our Rose Bowl-adjacent neighborhood, which is pretty much in lockdown on January 1. No, what we love is the everydayness of the parade preparation in the month of December. [...]

Remembering Avery

Remembering Avery

By mid-December the ginkgos lining south Allen Avenue toward the Huntington Library are dropping their leaves, so many yellow potato chips settling beneath each tree. Comes the showy end of another cycle of a landscaping staple in our neighborhoods: the ginkgo, whose nascent green ushers spring, whose fan-shaped leaves quietly deepen over summer, whose gold [...]

Daisy Mint, Parson’s Nose and Thou…

Daisy Mint, Parson’s Nose and Thou…

About two weeks ago I met my pal Pat Atkins for some evening fun. We used to teach high school together. Pat has since retired, but her avocation is that of character actress. In fact, I’ll bet you’ve seen Pat in Nestle or Hallmark commercials. She’s the kindly matriarch who beams over a cup of [...]

Why We Live Here: Reason 72

Why We Live Here: Reason 72

For days like today. God, it’s fun to bundle up with scarves and coats — not to mention look upon the San Gabriels this morning and contemplate a ski outing!

Holiday Shopping the Flea Market Way

Holiday Shopping the Flea Market Way

On of the more obvious places to find unique holiday gifts (and get a deal) is the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, held the second Sunday of every month. The PCC Swap Meet (first Sunday of the month) is free, smaller, almost as fun and great for quirky holiday gifts, but as they say, the granddaddy [...]

$29 for a Movie — Really?

$29 for a Movie — Really?

We’re all for the quality movie-going experience, regularly taking the trouble to drive from Pasadena to the Arclight in Hollywood for a primo theater, with large, comfy, reserved seats, ushers, no commercials, clean prints/sound, and a strictly enforced no-talking policy, not to mention art shows, a good bar/restaurant, a fabulous gift shop and regular movie-star [...]

We’re Thankful For…

We’re Thankful For…

We at Hometown Pasadena talked amongst ourselves about what we’re thankful for here, and we wanted to share our short list for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s one hometown thing each of us is thankful for — except that some of us just couldn’t keep it to one thing. Mel Malmberg: The way Pasadena fosters community. [...]

Fly Me to LAX

Fly Me to LAX

I’d heard enough good things about the Metro-to-FlyAway route from Pasadena to LAX, and had had enough of mystery traffic and expensive parking, to finally inspire me to try a public-transportation journey to and from the airport. And I’m here to report that it’s not hellish at all. Tthat alone represents a huge step in [...]

The Gold Line Goes All the Way

The Gold Line Goes All the Way

Sometimes you hear about these mass-transit projects and think, “All those years to build a few miles of subway? We’ll all be dead by then!” And then all of a sudden it’s done and you can’t imagine what life was like before. That’s my hope for the Gold Line Extension, which after years of construction [...]

The Portals of Prospect Boulevard

The Portals of Prospect Boulevard

In 1906, developers laid out a new Pasadena tract called Prospect Park (forever in Brooklyn’s shadow) and hired young architect Sylvanus Marston to design clinker-brick portals to connote the entrance to the neighborhood’s main street. Ninety-three years later, Prospect Park Pistol (an understatement if there ever was one) and Pasadena Beautiful board member Emina Darakjy muscled [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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