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It's Time For Dodger Baseball!

It's Time For Dodger Baseball!

I grew up to the sound of Vin Scully’s voice. This man is an extra grandfather to every Dodger fan. He’s a legend. I am not the only kid who grew up with this man – he has been broadcasting Dodger games for half a century. He started more than 50 years ago when the [...]

Prospect Park Architectural Walk

Prospect Park Architectural Walk

Here’s a fine outing for this spring Easter/Passover weekend: an architectural walk in Pasadena’s historic Prospect Park neighborhood, on the eastern bank of the Arroyo Seco above the Rose Bowl.  Prospect Park This area, designed as a housing development in 1906, boasts Sylvanus Marston clinker-brick portals on Orange Grove at Prospect Boulevard. Mature camphor trees create [...]

Pasadena Bar Bets

Pasadena Bar Bets

The things you learn when you least expect it… I spoke at Pasadena Rotary the other day, and longtime member Nat Read warmed up the crowd first, as he apparently does every week. Read is the author of a very fine new book called Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor, published by my [...]

Literary Festival Hits Pasadena

Literary Festival Hits Pasadena

As home to one of the county’s best bookstores and many accomplished writers, Pasadena has always been a literary place. But it’s never had a literary event of its own, until last Saturday’s Pasadena Literary Festival of Women Authors, which took place at the Pasadena Senior Center. As typically happens with such productions, the idea [...]

Ode to Spring: Arlington Garden

Ode to Spring: Arlington Garden

I know it might seem like we spend a lot of time going on about Arlington Garden here at Hometown Pasadena, but there’s a good reason for that: It’s flippin’ amazing. Plus I drive by it every day, and it brings a wee bit of joy every time. A true community effort, founded, created and [...]

Lower Arroyo Seco Architectural Walk

Lower Arroyo Seco Architectural Walk

Here’s another architectural walk from the pages of Hometown Pasadena, just in time for the weekend. Lower Arroyo Seco & San Rafael This pastoral residential area has retained many of its lovely homes, though the elaborate and fanciful Busch Gardens closed in 1937, its 30 acres subdivided and developed with California ranch houses. The famed “Millionaire’s [...]

Polkatots Wins L.A. Cupcake Challenge

Polkatots Wins L.A. Cupcake Challenge

  Pasadena’s very own Polkatots, a new spot fairly hidden on Lake at Orange Grove, walked away with two out of three first-place prizes at the 2009 Cupcake Challenge, a sold-out event last weekend at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The goal was to find Southern California’s best cupcakes, and Polkatots’ amazing dulce de leche cupcakes [...]

Fatal Accident in La Canada

Fatal Accident in La Canada

A car carrier (a big rig carrying vehicles) lost control coming down Angeles Crest Highway early last night and crashed into several cars and finally Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Two people are dead and many injured. Click here to read the story on the Pasadena Star-News, and here to read the Valley Sun’s report.

Bono at the Bowl

Bono at the Bowl

Forgive us while we regress a few decades…. OMG, U2 is coming to the ROSE BOWL! And it’s their only stop in the western U.S. on their global 360 Tour! And some of us practically live next door to the Rose Bowl! So October 25th will be hell for some Pasadenans, but heaven for those [...]

Poppy Season

Poppy Season

    We’ve hit spring and that means one thing to me: poppies! A friend visited this past weekend and I pointed out with pride those bright flowers. The California Poppy is clearly the best state flower ever. This Monday, April 6th, is officially California Poppy Day. I’ll have to come up with something fun to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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