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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:

McGovern & Dean Talk Politics in Altadena

McGovern & Dean Talk Politics in Altadena

This is not your usual small-town library event: the Friends of the Altadena Public Library are hosting George McGovern and John Dean at the Senior Center on November 2nd to sign books and give a joint lecture called, appropriately, “Talking Politics.” McGovern, a former U.S. senator, Democratic presidential candidate and respected historian, will be signing [...]

Dust Storm in La Cañada

Dust Storm in La Cañada

Driving north on the 210 from central Pasadena this afternoon, I saw what looked like another fire — thick brown smoke on top of the clouds. Circumstances wouldn’t allow me to check it out, but before long I heard from my friend Bruce Moision, who works at JPL. He said they were in the middle [...]

Bohos Behave Themselves at Altadena Shindig

Bohos Behave Themselves at Altadena Shindig

I didn’t live in Pasadena back in the glory days of Jiyayr Zorthian’s famed and rather decadent parties/happenings, but I’ve read Larry Wilson’s descriptions. What I saw on Saturday at Altadena Heritage’s tribute to Zorthian and fellow merrymaker Gus Albrecht was a thoroughly civilized affair, with nary a naked nymph in sight. Zorthian might have [...]

The Irish Are Coming… the Irish Came

The Irish Are Coming… the Irish Came

Update: The Irish came. Unbelievable sound from our Prospect Park back yard. We hosted an impromptu party with friends (adults and teens) who were going and parked at our house, then listened from a distance (but still crystal clear) to great shows by the Black-Eyed Peas and the great U2. Here’s the best local’s report [...]

Doing the Right Thing?

Doing the Right Thing?

The following column is by our friend and Hometown Santa Barbara author Starshine Roshell — she’s not a Pasadena local, but her column this week in the Santa Barbara Independent sure rings true for so many of us in our trying-hard-to-be-sustainable town. You can read more of Starshine’s witty and wise columns at starshineroshell.com and [...]

All Hail Queen Natalie

All Hail Queen Natalie

Sixteen?? This girl is sixteen???? How the heck is she a senior in high school at 16, let alone the new Rose Queen? But indeed she is both, and she is Natalie Innocenzi, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. She’s a tennis player, a volunteer and apparently an all-around wonderful girl. And, we might [...]

The YWCA Inspires

The YWCA Inspires

You live in a town for almost 18 years and you think you know it — and then something happens and you realize you hardly know it at all. That happened to me today, when I attended the YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, as a guest of Ann Erdman, Pasadena’s public information officer and [...]

Pasadena Women Connect Across a Century

Pasadena Women Connect Across a Century

I know, I know, I’ve been going on quite a bit about the three shows now on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. But that’s because they’re so freaking amazing. And I haven’t yet paid proper due to the one with the deepest roots here — Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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