Talk of Our Towns


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 [...]

The Fork in My Road

The Fork in My Road

I already thought I had a great commute — it’s only five to seven minutes, and every day I get to pass lovely Arlington Garden and the happy kids playing in the field at my children’s alma mater, Sequoyah School — but now it’s gotten that much better, thanks to the Fork in the Road. [...]

Name that Location

Name that Location

Editor’s note: We have a winner. Read the comments to discover the answers. It’s time for our first-ever Hometown Pasadena contest: Name that Location. The three houses pictured here are all in the same neighborhood, and each has served (or is serving) as a star in a film or TV series. The first person to [...]

Lian’s Prospect Park Halloween

Lian’s Prospect Park Halloween

We have to share today’s Chaos Chronicles column by our neighbor Lian Dolan, locally famous for handing out full-size Hershey bars on October 31st. She sums up the trick-or-treating life in our neighborhood (which is much like many other Halloween destination neighborhoods around town) with her usual wit. Check it out here: Chaos Chronicles

Halloween Haunts Around Town

Halloween Haunts Around Town

We trolled around Pasadena’s best-known trick-or-treating streets to see how things are shaping up for Saturday night, and things are looking plenty spooky. Here’s a look at the haunted houses around town:

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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Camelot and Vine

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