Did you know the cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena? Lionel Sternberger made history in 1924 when he served the very first cheeseburger while working at his father’s Pasadena roadside stand, The Rite Spot.
Pasadena salutes Lionel’s delectable innovation with Cheeseburger Week, January 8th – 13th, during which over 40 of Pasadena’s favorite eateries offer their signature burgers. Experience the Zacatecas Burger at El Portal, K-Pop at Dog Haus, the Impossible Burger at Umami and many more!
Go to pasadenarestaurantweek.com to take the Cheeseburger Challenge and vote for your favorite burger. You can also check out a complete list of participating restaurants and hear the official song of Cheeseburger Week!
Jan 1-2 | Post Parade Showcase of Floats
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Music in the Chinese Garden
Jan 20 | Robert Kennard: Architect & Mentor
Jan 27 | Silent Sunday Series: Ella Cinders
There’s no need to experience a post-holiday let-down, Santa Anita’s Opening Day will take place on December 26! Join fans in experiencing the thrill of world-class racing, the biggest guaranteed wagering pools in the country, and gifts for fans. The first post time for the day’s blockbuster 10-race program is at 11:30am.
An Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival will feature gourmet beer or cider tastings, and club house admission. Gourmet Food Trucks will be located around the Kingsbury Fountain.
A Family Fun Zone in the Infield will feature Ice Skating, inflatable bouncers, pony rides, face painting, carnival games and more.
Santa Anita will provide free Club House Admission to all college students with current student ID. And along with Mathis Brothers Furniture, Santa Anita will tender four $2,500 college scholarships which will be given away throughout the day.
All fans will receive a beautiful 2019 Santa Anita Wall Calendar free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 4,000 kids 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult with paid admission.
For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Keep your tree looking lush until the last ornament is packed away with these tips for watering, using stands and siting
Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist, only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honor in our homes.
And no matter which kind of tree it is — spruce, fir, pine or cypress — once it’s indoors, the goal is to keep the tree fresh and green. This means keeping the needles pliable and on the tree until the holidays are over. And the only thing that does that is water, lots of it. Think of it like a big, green pet: Just as a dog or cat needs fresh water every day, so does a fresh Christmas tree.
You can saw off some of the tree’s branches and cover garden beds with them to protect plants, or turn them into mulch with a chipper or shredder. If you have the acreage, drag the tree to an out-of-the-way spot for birds and animals to use as cover. Most communities now collect spent Christmas trees and make mulch or compost from them, which they offer back to residents. The saddest end for a tree is for it to be hauled off to a landfill, instead of being turned back into soil — allowed to decompose and feed living creatures, the way nature intended.
Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays.
Here are seven great reasons not to wait:
1. Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their new employees in their new positions as soon as possible.
2. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.
3. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
4. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.
5. There is minimal competition for you as a seller right now. Inventory of homes for sale traditionally slows in the late fall, early winter. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:
6. The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream homes during the busy spring and summer months are still searching!
7. The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge and reach new heights which will lessen the demand for your house in 2019.
Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.
I was thrilled to attend the kick off for the Moonlight Forest Magical Lantern Festival. The Arboretum has been transformed by magnificent lantern art into a wonderland as vividly colorful as Chihuly Gardens. The illuminated displays center on three themes – Magical China, Nature’s Treasures and Children’s World.
Magical China acquaints visitors with Asian culture. Some highlights include the stunning Terracotta Warriors, an enormous Chinese palace, and my favorite, a dazzling Chinese dragon that stretches across Baldwin Lake. Learn about Chinese opera, Chinese zodiac and other traditions.
Nature’s Treasures offers a zoo-like experience right here in Arcadia! Elephants, giraffes, zebras are among the great variety of animals artfully depicted by the lanterns. Flowers and trees round out the nature theme.
Kids and grown-ups alike will be charmed by Children’s World. A stunning color-changing frog, charming Panda Paradise and vibrant Candy Tunnel are a few of the whimsical displays. Children also have the opportunity to create crafts with paint and dough.
But that’s not all! Chinese acrobats and dancers perform nightly, and a great selection of food trucks and bars offer refreshment to round out your Moonlight Forest experience.
You’ve got to come see this amazing fantasy of light for yourself! The Moonlight Forest runs Wednesdays – Sundays now through January 6, 2019. Visit arboretum.org for tickets. Your get 15% off if you get an Arboretum membership. It pays for itself and you can enjoy the Arboretum year-round with your family. Enjoy!