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Altadena Architectural Walk

Altadena Architectural Walk

The architectural walk for this weekend is actually part drive and part walk, because to see Altadena’s most significant houses, you have to cover a lot of ground. If you part at Woodbury and Santa Rosa, you can walk north on Santa Rosa to Mariposa and Madison to see three of the houses. Altadena Wild, [...]

Your Garden as a Dog

Your Garden as a Dog

Father, forgive me, it has been… hmmm… a long time since my last confession. My sin? Living in Pasadena and not being a gardener. Thanks to our hired gardeners, our front yard, at least, looks nice enough so we don’t get run out of town by Pasadena Beautiful (whose president, alas, lives across the street, [...]

Southwest Pasadena Architectural Walk

Southwest Pasadena Architectural Walk

This weekend’s architectural walk will take you from Southwest Pasadena into dreamy South Pasadena. Southwest Pasadena & South Pasadena Filled with glorious homes both modest and grand, Southwest Pasadena and South Pasadena make for superb strolling territory. The stately trees, street-facing gardens and shaded porches evoke a timeless sense of the American neighborhood. Of particular [...]

Solar 101, Part 2

Solar 101, Part 2

My Altadena household has been making electricity since March 27. Our solar panels are almost disappointingly discreet — I can’t help but want everyone to know how virtuous we are. But on the other hand it’s nice to be humble, quietly saving the planet in our own way, you know…. Solar installation took about two [...]

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

We got ourselves a picture-perfect Earth Day here in the SG Valley, and the heat is much more manageable today, so we at Hometown Pasadena hope you can get into a little nature today. Some of us started our morning with our usual Wednesday dog walk in the Arroyo; here are a couple of photos. [...]

Old Pasadena & Civic Center Architectural Walk

Old Pasadena & Civic Center Architectural Walk

This weekend’s architectural walk, which comes from the pages of Hometown Pasadena (the book), is a walk through Old Pasadena to the Civic Center. We’d recommend doing this walk first thing in the morning, before the shoppers and slow-walkers fill the sidewalks. Old Pasadena Historic District & Civic Center You’ll never stop locals from calling [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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