Check out all of the fun things to do around town in December!


May the joy of the season stay with you throughout the year.

Thru Jan 12  Moonlight Forest
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > Wed-Sun: 5:30-10pm

Thru Jan 5  Enchanted Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

5  Holiday Parade
Old Town Monrovia > 7pm

5  Playhouse District Tree Lighting
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard > 7-9pm

6-29  Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Sierra Madre Playhouse

7  Holiday Snow Festival
City of Arcadia Recreation Department > 9am-2pm

7  South Lake Holidayfest
South Lake Avenue, Pasadena > 12-5pm

7  Altadena Village Makers Winter Pop-up
Altadena Golf Course > 10am-6pm

7  Winter Holiday Festival
Pershing Square, DTLA > 11am-9pm

7  Montrose-Glendale Christmas Parade
Honolulu & Rosemont, Montrose > 6pm

7-8  Holiday Look In Home Tour
Various Pasadena Homes > 9:30am-4pm

7, 14, 21, 28  Santa in the Village
Glendora Village

8  Castle Green Holiday Home Tour
Historic Castle Green, Pasadena > 1-5pm

8-10  A Christmas Carol
La Cañada Playhouse > 7pm

13-21  Play Production: Frozen Jr.
IFGF Monrovia

14  Downtown Arcadia Holiday Fair
First Avenue, Arcadia > 11am-4:30pm

14  Christmas Tree Lane Lighting & Craft Festival
Altadena > 3-9pm | Lighting: 6pm

14  Glendora Christmas Parade
Glendora Village > 9am

20-23  Holiday Food Distribution
Must Register to Volunteer: 626.358.3486
Monrovia & Pasadena Locations > 8am-4:30pm

24  LA County Holiday Celebration
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, DTLA > 3-6pm

26-30  Kidspace Snow Days
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena

28-30  Tournament of Roses Sip & Savor
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena > 1-7pm

28-31  Rose Parade Float Viewing
Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena

31  Rose Bowl Bash
The Bloc Plaza, Pasadena > 10am-5pm



Posted on November 27, 2019 at 3:23 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a Home

Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a Home | MyKCM

Success is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made his way in a momentum-driving direction. Here are 3 tips he shares from a recent piece in Business Insider on the benefits of owning real estate:

1. Real estate diversifies your income

“While it is certainly important to be properly diversified with your investments, it is even more important to be diversified with your income. This is because the largest financial risk for most of you is the loss of your primary source of income, which is typically in the form of a day job.”

The article highlights how having multiple sources of income, such as those derived from real estate investments, can eventually lead to relying less and less on a day job. Sound dreamy? It can be. When done well, real estate investments may eventually open up your time and the financial freedom to explore other things, like travel and other aspirations you may have for the future, particularly in the golden years of retirement.

2. Real estate produces near-immediate results

“You can achieve and feel the results almost immediately. Property improvements are visible and tangible. You can cash, spend, and invest rent payments. Today! Not 30 years in the future.”

Currently, home prices are appreciating in all price ranges, and just last weekCoreLogic announced their 12-month home value projection at 5.6%, an increase from 4.5% noted earlier this summer. With that in mind, real estate today is definitely driving immediate results!

3. Passive income can help you become financially independent sooner

“If you need $40,000 a year to live, you could alternatively invest in assets that generate an 8% cash-on-cash return. This is a very reasonable assumption. And it means you would only need to save a total of $500,000 (instead of $1 million). Yet, your investments would still meet your annual household living needs.

While returns, taxes, and inflation can, of course, affect your timeline, cash-flowing real-estate is a clear asset.”

Homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you’re contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home, bringing you one step closer to true financial independence.

Bottom Line

If you want to increase your savings and overall net worth, real estate is a great way to go. To learn how you can make it happen, let’s get together to discuss the process.

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Buyers, First Time Buyers |

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in November!

Fall is in full swing, so celebrate the harvest season with these  festivals, craft fairs & more!

1-3  28th Annual Craftsman Weekend
Pasadena Convention Center

1-3  2019 Creative Arts Group Festival
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre

1, 8, 15, 22  Fall Film Series
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena > 5pm

2  Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Hollywood Forever Cemetary > 12pm-12am

2  La Fetra Holiday Craft Boutique
La Fetra Center, Glendora > 9am-4pm

2  O2Breathe PHun Run & Walk
Library Park, Monrovia > 8:30am-12pm

8-10  Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show
Hilton Pasadena > 10am-6pm

9-10  American Indian Arts Marketplace
Autry Museum, Los Angeles > 10am-5pm

9-10  Chrysanthemum Show & Sale
Huntington Library, San Marino > 10am-5pm

9 Thru Jan 12  Moonlight Forest
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > Wed-Sun: 5:30-10pm

10  Village Market & Festival
The Rhythms of the Village, Altadena > 12-6pm

10  Griffith Park Harvest Festival
Griffith Park, Los Angeles > 11am-7pm

16  Centennial Family Day
Huntington Library, San Marino > 11am-3pm

16-17  Jackalope: Indie Artisan Fair
Central Park, Pasadena > 10am-4pm

16 Thru Jan 5  Enchanted Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

22  The Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting
Glendora Village > 6-9pm

23  Elves’ Faire
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena > 10am-4pm

23  Art on Palm
Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena > 9:30am-4pm

23-24  Renegade Craft Fair
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles > 11am-5pm

24  Doo Dah Parade
2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena > 11am

24  Art Fair in the Garden
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena > 10am-4pm

28  Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk
Memorial Park, La Cañada Flintridge > 8:30am

28  Rose Bowl Turkey Trot
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena > 8am

30  Sierra Madre Winter Festival
Downtown Sierra Madre > 12-8pm

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 4:09 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

Arcadia Police Foundation Honors Denne, Raises Funds for APD


On October 19 at the Arcadia Community Center, Arcadia Police Foundation’s Halloween Hoopla partygoers were treated to an exciting evening of great food, drink and spooktacular merriment with arcade games, humorous sobriety tests, a spirited costume contest, and roving entertainers.

Attendees came together to support the efforts of the Arcadia Police Foundation in raising funds for the Arcadia Police Department’s projects and programs through silent and live auctions. A generous $30,000 donation from Grand Funding Group was announced and will cover the cost of an additional K-9 officer.

“Mother of the Force” Dorothy Denne was honored for her many years volunteering for the APD and Foundation. Dorothy’s warmth, wit and no-nonsense attitude have endeared her to the many APD officers she’s worked with over the years. Dorothy ran the PACE office at the Santa Anita Mall, worked in community relations, and in recent years spearheaded efforts to bring the K-9 program back to the APD.

The Arcadia Police Foundation was formed in 2015 to support the Arcadia Police Department by raising funds to support projects not funded in full through the city budget. I am honored to support Arcadia’s boys in blue by serving on the APF board. For more information about the APF please go


Posted on October 25, 2019 at 10:56 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in October!

Autumn, traditionally the season of harvest and change, has arrived. Celebrate the harvest season with these fun, local events.

Recurring Events

Thru Oct. 19  Scarecrow Festival
Across Downtown Sierra Madre

Thru Oct. 20  Little Shop of Horrors
Pasadena Playhouse

Thru Oct. 31  LA Haunted Hayride
Griffith Park Zoo > 7pm-12am

Oct. 17-Thru Nov. 3  Little Women
Sierra Madre Playhouse

19-20 & 26-27  Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia > 12-5pm

19-27  Carved: Pumpkin Exhibition
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 6:30-10:30pm

October 1-6

2  Coffee with a Cop
Bowlero Entertainment Center, Arcadia > 8-10am

6  Eagle Rock Music Festival
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock > 4-10pm

October 7-13

12  SGV Pride Festival
Central Park, Pasadena > 11am-9pm

12  Pasadena Art Walk
Green Street & Madison Avenue > 11am-6pm

12  Fall STEAM Festival
Arcadia Performing Arts Center > 2-5pm

13  Glendorafest
Glendora Village > 5-9pm

October 14-20

19  L.A. Beer & Food Festival
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > 7-10pm

19  APF’s Halloween Hoopla
Arcadia Community Center > 5pm

19  Latino Heritage Parade & Festival
Villa Parke, Pasadena > 10am-4pm

19-20  Pumpkin Festival
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena > 9:30am-5pm

20  Taste of Old Town Monrovia
Old Town Monrovia > 5-8pm

October 21-27

25-26  Halloween Window Painting Contest
Downtown Sierra Madre > 25: 2:30-6pm & 26: 7:30-10am

26  Fall Festival
Victory Park, Pasadena > 2-6pm

27  Bark Halloween Pet Adoption Party
Eagle Rock City Hall > 1-4pm

October 28-31

31  Pumpkin Decorating
One Colorado Courtyard, Pasadena > 10am-12pm

31  Halloween Walk & Celebration
Glendora Village > 10am-2pm

31  Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Bash
Library Park, Monrovia > 3-6pm

31  Halloween Happenings
Across Downtown Sierra Madre > 3:30-7:30pm

31  Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Across Old Pasadena > 5-8pm

31-Nov 2  Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia > 5-8pm


Posted on October 1, 2019 at 6:55 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

How to Use White in Your Home After Labor Day

If you think the rule of not wearing white after Labor Day still applies, think again. It’s acceptable to not only continue wearing white after the beginning of September, but to also decorate your interior space with white.

Soft white accents  

A neutral palette—any time of year—can instantly make your home brighter and more welcoming. If you still want to keep the autumn feel alive, add white gourds instead of orange. The options are endless for decorating with ivory and soft whites, making this the way to go for post-summer decorating.

Gallery wall

A black and white gallery wall could do wonders for your living room. It looks chic and clean, but still adds personality to the space. Stick with white frames with extra white space within the frame to keep the gallery wall minimalist.

Play around with textures

Too much white without texture can seem cold and boring. Research various wall textures to see if this is a viable option, or incorporate texture in other ways with throw pillows, accessories, and other decorative elements.

Don’t overdo it

It may seem impossible to overdo it with white—the most neutral color there is—but making your entire home white could have the opposite effect of cozy and lived-in. Still add splashes of color throughout your home, even if it’s just with centerpieces and other decor elements.

Posted on September 3, 2019 at 9:31 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know... |

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in September!

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained | MyKCM

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,”Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting.

When you’re in the middle of your real estate-themed TV show marathon, you might start to think everything you see on the screen must be how it works in real life. However, you may need a reality check.

Reality TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:

Myth #1: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.
Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors, the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.  

Myth #2: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.
Truth: Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #3: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.
Truth: Since there is no way to show the entire buying process in a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy. 

Myth #4: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.
Truth: Of course, this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but they are only one piece of the overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind, many homes are sold during regular showing appointments as well. 

Myth #5: Homeowners decide to sell their homes after a 5-minute conversation.
Truth: Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives and goals.

Bottom Line

Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee you can make the home of your dreams a true reality.



The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 11:12 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Just for Fun, Uncategorized |

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in August!

Summer Movies

Pasadena Parks After Dark
Movie: 6:30-9pm
1: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse  Grant Park
2: Bumble Bee  Victory Park
8: Cars 3  Villa-Parke

Eat, See, Hear
Doors: 5:30pm
| Live Music: 7pm | Movie: 8:30pm
3: North by Northwest 
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
10: Fargo  The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
17: Mrs. Doubtfire  La Cienega Park, Beverly Hills
24: Do the Right Thing  Santa Monica High School
31: The Shining  The Autry Museum, Griffith Park

Monrovia Movie in the Parks
Event: 6:30pm
| Movie: 7:30pm
3: Mary Poppins Returns 
Rotary Park
10: Wall-E  Library Park

Street Food Cinema
Doors: 5:30pm
| Live Music: 6:30pm | Movie: 8:30pm
3: E.T. 
Brand Library Park, Glendale
10: Monsters Inc.  Crystal Springs Picnic Area, Griffith Park
10: Star Wars: Episode V  LA State Historic Park, Downtown
11: Breakfast at Tiffany’s  Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
17: Pretty in Pink  LA County Arboretum, Arcadia
31: Star Wars: Episode VI  Victory Park, Pasadena

Sierra Madre Movies in the Park
Memorial Park Bandshell, Sierra Madre > Dusk
9: The Incredibles 2
16: Captain Marvel

Rose Bowl Movie Night
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
> 6:30-10pm
10: Remember the Titans

Space Party & Movie Night
Main Library, Altadena
> Party: 6pm | Movie: 7:30-10pm
17: Star Wars: Rogue One

Summer Concerts

Monrovia :: Station Square Amphitheater
Every Saturday (except Aug 31) > 7-8:30pm

Altadena :: Farnsworth Park Amphitheater
Every Saturday (except Aug 31) > 7pm

Monrovia :: Library Park, Rotary Club Bandshell
Every Sunday > 7-8:30pm

La Cañada Flintridge :: Memorial Park
Every Sunday > 6-8pm

Pasadena :: Vroman’s Courtyard
Every Sunday > 5-7pm

Glendora :: Finkbiner Park
Aug 4 > 6pm

Sierra Madre :: Memorial Park Bandshell
Aug 4 & 11 > 6-8pm

Arcadia :: LA County Arboretum
Aug 9 & 16 > 6-8pm

Pasadena :: Parks After Dark
Aug 10: Memorial Park > 5:30-7:30pm

Summer Nights

Every Thursday  Beer Garden Nights
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 5-8pm

2-3, 10, 17-18  Shakespeare Festival
Memorial Park, Sierra Madre > 7:30pm

9-11, 30-31  626 Night Market
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia > 4pm-12am

17  Annual Flashback Car & Motorcycle Show
Glendora Village > 6-11pm

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 5:06 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

Splash into the Top 10 Trending Pool Designs

Clean lines, waterfalls, fire features and bubble lights are some of the elements in these recently uploaded pool photos.

To kick off summer, we rounded up the most popular pool photos uploaded to Houzz in the past three months. But none of the designs are — dare we say it? — watered down. Whether you’re ready to dive into a pool renovation or you’re looking for a refreshing dose of inspiration, don’t miss this countdown of the 10 most-saved pool photos during the spring of 2019.

10. Contemporary Cool

AMS Landscape Design Studios designed this luxurious pool and patio in Orange County, California, for clients who enjoy entertaining friends and having quiet evenings at home. Clean lines and crisp edges dominate and give the design a contemporary style that coordinates with the home.

On the cool-gray tiled patio seen here, an elevated platform deck with fire features on either side sets the stage for four chaise lounges, inviting people to sit back, relax and take in the view.

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Just for Fun |