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

April 6  Shakespeare Day
Huntington Library, San Marino 11am-3pm
huntington.org

April 6  5K Run/Walk for Stroke Prevention
Pasadena High School > 9-11am
helpforstroke.org

April 6  LA Beer Fest
Los Angeles Center Studios, DTLA 12-3pm & 5-8pm
labeerfest.la

April 6  Night Garden: LA Blooms!
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge 5:30-8:30m
descansogardens.org

April 7  Montrose Craft Beer Fest
Along Honolulu Avenue 12-4pm
brewfest.montrosechamber.org

April 7  Masters of Taste 2019
Rose Bowl Stadium 4-7pm
mastersoftastela.com

April 13  Monrovia Wine Walk
Old Town Monrovia > 6-9pm
cityofmonrovia.org

April 13 & 20  Kidspace Museum Egg Hunt
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena Times Vary by Age Group
kidspacemuseum.org

April 13, 19-20 & 26-27  Stuart Little
Sierra Madre Playhouse Times Vary
sierramadreplayhouse.org

April 14  Art of the Garden Tour
5 Gardens: Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre & San Marino 10:30am-4:30pm
creativeartsgroup.org

April 14  ROTV Spring Festival
Rhythms of the Village, Altadena 12-6pm
rotvp.com

April 16  Taste of South Pasadena
Fair Oaks Ave. & Mission St., South Pasadena 6-9pm
tasteofsouthpasadena.com

April 20  EGGstravaganza
Arcadia County Park 10-11:15am
arcadiaca.gov

April 20  Glendora Easter Egg Hunt
Finkbiner & Gladstone Parks, Glendora 9-11am
cityofglendora.org

April 20  Easter Egg Hunt
Sierra Madre Memorial Park 10am
cityofsierramadre.com

April 20  Earth Day Picture Perfect Scavenger Hunt
Monrovia Public Library 2-3pm
cityofmonrovia.org/library

April 21 – May 19  Pasadena Showcase House of Design
The Boddy House at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge Times Vary
pasadenashowcase.org

April 27  Eclectic Music Festival & Arts Crawl
Various South Pasadena Locations 9am-6pm
theeclectic.rocks


Posted on March 22, 2019 at 10:40 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

What home projects are you planning this spring?

Comments (2)
skmom

I need to do some minor landscaping by extending a garden bed and connecting it to another around a patio that we finished last summer and planting some ground cover in the new area. I was planning on using creeping phlox in that location with a couple of stepping stones to make it easy to get to the lawn. (We just don’t want to edge a lawn next to the new patio) I also have to plant some bushes in another bed I just extended last fall. We might have to chop down a tree, we know it has been affected by emerald ash borers, but we don’t know how much worse the effects of their damage will be this year compared to last year. It’s such a shame, that tree was a beautiful focal point of our yard when we bought the house seven years ago, it’s right next to our mailbox. My hubby is also planning on repairing windows this year and that will likely be our big project for the year.
   

sandy2060

We are having a backsplash installed in our kitchen in 2 weeks. We installed new granite countertops 2-1/2 years ago, and we had made arrangements for a tile installer to come to estimate the backsplash. He renovated a bathroom for us and did a beautiful job on the tile work so we really wanted him to return. Well, 2 years later we are still waiting for him to call us before he stops over to give us the estimate!! So we moved on. We are having the entire interior of the house painted, so we have bought new lighting for kitchen, dining room, family room and foyer. I shopped for a couple of months on-line and bought each light when we had the extra cash in the monthly budget. After the paint is completed, we are having a new kitchen floor installed. Also, if we feel like doing it we will restain our deck, if not we will have someone come to do that as well. Lots going on. Hopefully it will all go smoothly. Every year I break down the house projects by season – at the end of the year I have usually checked off everything we planned on during the year.


Posted on March 20, 2019 at 1:20 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

So many great things to do around town in March!


Posted on February 24, 2019 at 12:57 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

Home Improvements That Will Pay Off


Posted on February 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Sellers |

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

 

 

Feb 1 & 2 | Rare Books LA
Pasadena Convention Center 1: 2-8pm & 2: 10am
Features more than 120 leading specialists in rare books, fine prints, photography, ephemera & maps. rarebooksla.com
Feb 2 | Lunar New Year Art Market
Arcadia Public Library 2:30-4pm
Receive special APL dollars to purchase supplies to make crafts in celebration of the Lunar New Year! arcadiaca.govFeb 2 & 3 | 13th Annual Museums Free-for-All
Participating Pasadena Museums > 11am-5pm
30+ regional museums join in presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history & science.
socalmuseums.org

Feb 3 | Chinese New Year Festival
Huntington Library, San Marino 10am-5pm
Celebrate the Year of the Pig in the garden with dance, martial arts, music & more. huntington.org

Feb 9 | Great Trivia Challenge 27
Glendora Public Library > 2pm
Teams representing local businesses compete for the title of Trivia Champion. Proceeds benefit programs & services for the library. gplff.org

Feb 9 | Second Saturday: JazzZone
Altadena Public Library > 1: 2-8pm & 2: 10am
Enjoy food, drinks, community fun, along with live smooth jazz from JazzZone!
altadenalibrary.org

Feb 9 | NightGarden: Campfire Stories
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 5:30-8:30pm
Bundle up, enjoy live music & warm up w/hot chocolate, grilled cheese & soup.
descansogardens.org

Feb 9 | 47th Annual Camellia Show
Huntington Library, San Marino 1-5pm
View exhibits, shop for blooming camellias & get expert tips on care, cultivation & more.
huntington.org

Feb 10 | Botanical Valentine’s & Tea
LA County Arboretum 10am & 1pm
A lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day celebrating herbs & flowers.
arboretum.org

Feb 16 | Black History Parade & Festival 
Charles White Park, Pasadena 10am-4pm
Celebrate one of SoCal’s largest Black History parades with bands, dance performances, food & more! cityofpasadena.net

Feb 17 | Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope
Haugh PAC, Glendora 2pm
Spirited dancing, expressive lyrics, buoyant melodies & an earnest story told in a manner that is both universal & unmistakably Irish. haughpac.com

Feb 17 | 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival Gala
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 7:30pm
Spirited dancing, expressive lyrics, buoyant melodies & an earnest story told in a manner that is both universal & unmistakably Irish. missionplayhouse.org

Feb 20 | 100 Years of Women’s Art
Pasadena Museum of History 10am
Tour “Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960,” a landmark fine art exhibition of more than 250 works. creativeartsgroup.org

Feb 22-24 | Tuesdays with Morrie
Sierra Madre Playhouse > 22 & 23: 8pm | 24: 2:30pm
The true story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist who finds out his college professor Morrie Schwartz is dying. sierramadreplayhouse.org

Feb 24 & 26 | Twelfth Night
La Cañada Playhouse > 7pm
A hysterical play of mistaken identity revolving around the comic adventures of shipwrecked twins. lacanadaplayhouse.org

Feb 25 | Monday Movie Night: Sherlock Gnomes
Monrovia Public Library 6-8pm
Dress in your pajamas, bring your blanket, pillow & your favorite stuffed friend to join us! Cuddle up to watch a terrific movie.  cityofmonrovia.org


Posted on February 1, 2019 at 6:48 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

It’s Cheeseburger Week!

 

 

The Rite Spot, 1500 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, where cheese was put to hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history.

 

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!

 


Posted on January 10, 2019 at 1:12 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

The Tournament of Roses’ Royal Court

Kristen, a semi-finalist
Rose Queen Christina Farrell with the 1999 Court

With its stunning floats, spectacular bands, and high-stepping equestrian units,
the Tournament of Roses is a delightful way to welcome the New Year. The Rose
Queen and her Princesses add a glamorous element to the pageantry.
The Rose Court’s ride down Colorado Boulevard with radiant smiles, their hands
swishing in that iconic figure-eight wave, (elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist:) is what
comes to mind when we think of the Rose Queen and her princesses; but these
accomplished young women participate in nearly 100 community and media
events in the few months leading up to New Year’s Day.
Trying out for the Rose Court is practically a right of passage for teenage girls in
the Pasadena area. Hundreds of young women try out for the Rose Court every
year…the perk is, if they try out, they get to attend the Coronation Ball! My
daughter Kristen was a Rose Court semi-finalist during her senior year of high
school, and our Arcadia neighbor Christina Farrell served as Rose Queen in 1999,
much to the joy and pride of our community. This year’s Queen is a lovely, bright
young lady who loves making a difference.
Over the years I’ve loved the pageantry of the Rose Parade and all of the hoopla
leading up to it. Mike and I like to drive down Colorado Boulevard on New Years
Eve and see all of the crazy people spending the night. They are pretty crazy –
throwing marshmallows at us and shooting silly string at the car. Last year Mike
and I joined in many tournament festivities as guests of our gracious neighbor,
the 2018 Tournament of Roses President, Lance Tibbet. At every event, I
marveled at the poise and stamina of Rose Queen and her Court.
Whether you watch the parade in person or enjoy it “couch potato style”, I hope
you enjoy the pageantry of the Court. And, if you live in the area, do what my
neighbors and I do the minute the B2 Bomber flies over the start of the parade,
run outside, even if your in your pjs, and look up to see that amazing stealth
bomber fly right overhead. You’ll never forget it! That’s how we kick off the New
Year. Here’s to a wonderful 2019!
Fast Facts:
Louise Deser Siskel is 2019’s Rose Queen
This year’s theme is “The Melody of Life”
Chaka Khan will serve as Grand Marshal
The President this year, Gerald Freeny, is the first African American to hold the
position.
The Rose Parade begins at 8am New Year’s Day

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 6:41 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Just for Fun |

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

Jan 1 | 130th Rose Parade
Along Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
8am > Experience the magic of New Year’s Day with this unrivaled celebration!  tournamentofroses.com

Jan 1-2 | Post Parade Showcase of Floats
Along Sierra Madre & Washington Blvd., Pasadena
Mon 1-5pm & Tues 9am-5pm > Get a close-up look at the float designs & learn from the volunteers.  tournamentofroses.com

Jan 2, 3, 5 | Drop-in Winter Art
Sierra Madre Public Library
12-5pm > Draw, color, paste, stamp & create with a variety of materials. Supplies provided.  creativeartsgroup.org

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Music in the Chinese Garden
Huntington Library, San Marino
1-3pm > Enjoy the sounds of traditional Chinese music every Wednesday in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance.  huntington.org

Jan 5 | Art Night With Friends
Craft School, Altadena
7-10pm > Relax, unwind from the week & hang out with friends while doing art; drawing skills not required!  craftschoolaltadena.com

Jan 5, 26 | 2019 Spring Festival Gala
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
7-9:30pm > Galas celebrating Chinese music, dance & more. missionplayhouse.org

Jan 6-11 | Cheeseburger Week
Participating Restaurants Across Pasadena
40 local favorites offer signature burgers, special creations & deals.  pasadenarestaurantweek.com

Jan 9 | Community Game Night
Monrovia Public Library
6-8:30pm > Socialize with other gamers by playing our games or bringing your own. Snacks provided. 18 & up.  cityofmonrovia.org

Jan 12 | Opera Talks
Glendora Public Library
11am-12:30pm > An interactive presentation given by one of LA Opera‘s Community Educators.  cityofglendora.org

Jan 12 | Second Saturday
Altadena Public Library
6:30-8:30pm > Live country music, food, drinks & more. Don’t forget your cowboy boots & hat!  altadenalibrary.org

Jan 12-13 | Camellia Walk
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
10am-4pm > Celebrate the camellia collection during peak blooming season with crafts, music, walks & more.  descansogardens.org

Jan 18-20 | Pasadena Bead & Design Show
Hilton Pasadena
10am-6pm > Buy direct from artisans: beads, art clothing, jewelry, gemstones, textiles & embellishments.  beadanddesign.com

Jan 20 | Robert Kennard: Architect & Mentor
Monrovia Historical Museum
1-3pm > Presentations on the life and struggles of Kennard, founder of one of LA’s oldest African-American architecture firms, in honor of MLK Day. cityofmonrovia.org

Jan 25 | 2019 Faculty Show Opening Night
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre
8am > Meet the artists & enjoy refreshments. Show continues through Feb 22nd.  creativeartsgroup.org

Jan 26 | Chinese New Year Celebration
Arcadia Public Library
2:30-4pm > Celebrate the Year of the Pig with fun stories, activities, a festive craft & more.  arcadiaca.gov

Jan 26 | Les Ballets Trockadero
Haugh Performing Arts Center, Glendora
7pm > World-class company delivers a playful view of traditional classical ballet in parody form. haughpac.com

Jan 27 | Silent Sunday Series: Ella Cinders
San Gabriel Misson Playhouse
2:30pm > A small town girl ill-treated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters enters a local contest to win a trip to Hollywood. missionplayhouse.org

 


Posted on December 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun, Uncategorized |

Opening Day at the Great Race Place December 26

 

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.


Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:57 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Just for Fun |

How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

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.


Posted on December 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Just for Fun, Uncategorized |