Fun Things to do Around Town in December

 

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in December!
DEC 1 | South Lake’s Holidayfest
South Lake Avenue, Pasadena
12-5pm
> Enjoy holiday activities, in-store specials, photos with Santa, live music & more!  southlakeavenue.org
DEC 1 | Montrose Christmas Parade
Honolulu & Rosemont, Montrose
6pm
> Celebrate the 42nd year of this annual Christmas parade!  montrosechristmasparade.com
DEC 1 | Breakfast with Santa & Snow Festival
Arcadia Community Center
8:30am-2pm
> Enjoy breakfast with Santa & stick around for the City of Arcadia’s annual Snow Fest!  arcadiacachamber.org
DEC 1-2 | Holiday Look In Home Tour
4 Homes Across Pasadena
9:30am-4pm
> A self-guided tour of four elegant homes & a free holiday gift boutique.  pasadenaholidaylookin.com
DEC 5 | Family Holiday Tree Lighting & Fiesta
City of Hope, Duarte
6:30-8pm
> Enjoy performances, live entertainment, games, food trucks & more! Tree lighting at 8pmaccessduarte.comDEC 6 | Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Old Town Monrovia
Lighting: 6pm; Parade: 7pm
> Watch the holiday decorations light up Old Town!  cityofmonrovia.org
DEC 8 | Glendora Christmas Parade
Glendora Village
9-11:30am
> An old fashioned Christmas parade featuring Special Honorees Citizen of the Year, Robert Davis, & Glendora Hometown Heroes.  glendorachristmasparade.com
DEC 9 | Fenyes Mansion Holiday Open House
Pasadena Museum of History
1-4pm
> Celebrate with festive music, refreshments, exhibitions & the Fenyes Mansion adorned with touches of Edwardian-style holiday decor.  pasadenahistory.org
DEC 15-30 | The Wonderful Winter of OZ
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Times Vary
> A holiday version of America’s favorite modern fairy tale, in the style of a traditional British Family Panto.  visitpasadena.com
DEC 17 | Monday Movie Night: Elf
Monrovia Public Library
6-8pm
> A man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.  cityofmonrovia.orgDEC 26-30 | Kidspace Snow Days
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
Times Vary
> Play in real snow, make snow angels, snowmen & perfect your snowball making skills. Live performances each day.   kidspacemuseum.org
DEC 28-31 | Rose Parade Float Viewing
Rosemont Pavillion, Pasadena
Times Vary
> Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the Rose Parade!  tournamentofroses.com
DEC 29 | Pasadena TV & Film Driving Tour
Pasadena Memorial Park
11am-2pm
> A special three-hour driving tour of Pasadena’s popular TV & film locations.  visitpasadena.com
DEC 30-31 | Rose Bowl Bash
The Bloc Plaza, Los Angeles
30th: 10am-5pm
| 31st: 10am-4pm > A celebration of college football with family-friendly interactive games, a beer garden & more!  tournamentofroses.com


Posted on November 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

7 Reasons to List your House For Sale This Holiday Season

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.

 

Bottom Line:

Waiting until after the holidays to sell your home probably doesn’t make sense.

 

 


Posted on November 20, 2018 at 12:55 am
Sue Cook | Posted in Sellers |

Moonlight Forest Magical Lantern Art Festival

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!


Posted on November 12, 2018 at 10:05 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Just for Fun, Uncategorized |

Fun Things To Do Around Town in November


Posted on October 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

Tips For Home Improvement From KCM

Follow these tips and receive the best price possible from the sale of your home!


Posted on October 19, 2018 at 9:37 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

Descanso Gardens, An Urban Retreat

The Japanese Garden opened in the 1960s, and features plants native to Asia.

Descanso Gardens in La Cañada is one of southern California’s most beloved parks, but the area might have been developed into something completely different!  Back in the early 1950s when businessman and camellia grower Manchester Boddy was ready to sell his Rancho del Descanso, Walt Disney considered it a possible site for his theme park. Others suggested the land be used as a dump! Yikes! We can be grateful LA County recognized its value as a green space and opened it to the public in 1953.  It continues to serve as a necessary and much valued urban retre

Descanso Gardens is well known as home to North America’s largest camellia collection, yet the beautiful Camellia Forest is only one of nine distinct gardens within Descanso’s 160 acres. They range from the rugged Oak Woodland and carefree beauty of the California Natives to the refined five-acre Rose Garden and the tranquil Japanese Garden.

Descanso Gardens is a nationally accredited “museum of living collections.” Its mission is to “offer people an experience close to nature and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.” Plan a visit soon, and be sure to check out their website for upcoming programs and events at Descansogardens.org.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, (818) 949-4200 Descansogardens.org


Posted on October 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Just for Fun |

Fun Things to do Around Town in October

The Arts, Food & More!

6  |  Montrose Oktoberfest
Montrose Shopping Park > 12-10pm
Live music, rides, games, food & more – and say hello to the Podley agents working the barrels!  oktoberfest.montrosechamber.org

12  |  Art Night Pasadena
Various Museums Across Pasadena > 6-10pm
The city’s most prominent arts & cultural institutions open their doors for free.  artnightpasadena.org

13  |  Glendorafest
North Glendora > Village 5-9pm
Glendora’s 5th Annual beer tasting event with local craft brews, food trucks & live music.  glendorafest.com

13-14  |  Japanese Garden Celebration
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 9am-5pm
Celebrate Japanese arts & culture with this festival with entertainment for all ages.  descansogardens.org

17-Nov 11  |  The Woman in Black
Pasadena Playhouse > Times Vary
Witness Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story that has kept London’s West End on the edge of its seat for the past 28 years!
pasadenaplayhouse.org

21  |  A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
Old Town Monrovia > 5-8pm
Local vendors showcase their best in a festival of food, music & spirits.  facebook.com/atasteofoldtownmonrovia

Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Festivals, Scarecrows…Oh My!

1-20  |  Sierra Madre Scarecrow Festival
Across Sierra Madre
Times Vary1-19: Voting & Judging   5: Kickoff Party
7: Free Scarecrow Bus Tour   20: Winners Announced
creativeartsgroup.org

20  |  Santa Anita Pumpkin Patch
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia > 12-4pm
Pumpkin patch with a Family Fun Zone for your little jockeys.
santaanita.com

20-21, 27-28 Slightly Spooky Stories
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 11am
Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with a family-friendly telling of your favorite surprising & slightly spooky stories. Costumes encouraged!  descansogardens.org

22-27 Halloween Craft Week
Glendora Public Library > All Day
Get into a spooky mood with Halloween crafts.
cityofglendora.org

26-27  |  Halloween Window Painting Contest
Downtown Sierra Madre
26: 2:30-6pm, 27: 7:30-10am >  Community youth paint business windows throughout the downtown area. Judging & awards on the 27th.
sierramadrecivicclub.org

27  |  Off The Page Players: Halloween Tales
Monrovia Public Library
2-3:45pm >  Young ghosts & goblins will enjoy these fun stories.
cityofmonrovia.org

27  |  Downtown Arcadia Halloween Harvest Festival
First Avenue, Downtown Arcadia
11am-5pm >  Festival w/pumpkin patch, spooky stories, magic show, free balloons, face painting & chalk art fun.
downtownarcadia.org

27-28 Pumpkin Festival
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
9:30am-5pm >  All are invited to enjoy carnival games, a pumpkin patch & live entertainment.  kidspacemuseum.org

27-28, 31 Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Old Pasadena > Times Vary
Pumpkin decorating, costume contests, trick-or-treat & more!
oldpasadena.org

31  |  Annual Halloween Carnival
Finkbiner Park, Glendora > 5-8pm
Trick-or-treat around the Village. Stay for games, food & prizes.
cityofglendora.org

31  |  Sierra Madre’s Halloween Happenings
Downtown Sierra Madre
3:30-5pm > Trick-or-Treating   5pm > Costume Parade
5:30pm > Costume Contest
cityofsierramadre.com

31 Old Town Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Bash
Library Park, Monrovia
Times Vary > Ghoulish fun for all! Trick-or-treat, costume contest plus a dog costume contest for furry friends.  cityofmonrovia.org

31Trick-or-Treat Along Foothill Blvd.
846 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge
3-5pm > Stop by our office + participating merchants to trick-or-treat!


Posted on September 28, 2018 at 11:27 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

Savor the First Day of Fall

With the autumnal equinox coming up on Saturday, Sept. 22, it’s
official: Fall is here. It’s a good weekend to savor hot drinks, go on a
cozy picnic, prep the yard for cold weather and dry fresh herbs from
the garden. And with hurricane season upon us, this is a good time to
check your family emergency plan.

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Uncategorized | Tagged

September Events Calendar

September Events Calendar

Local Tastes

11  |  Taste of Old Pasadena
Participating Old Pasadena Restaurants
5-9pm >  Stroll through & sample food from many of Pasadena’s finest restaurants & bakeries!
oldpasadena.org

13  |  Taste of Pasadena
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
6-9pm >  Enjoy unlimited food & drink tastings from 24 of Pasadena’s stand out restaurants.
visitpasadena.com

22  |  Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast Extravaganza
Memorial Park, Sierra Madre
8-11am >  Enjoy pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice, friends & neighbors. The revenue generated goes to youth programs & events the Kiwanis sponsor in town.
sierramadrekiwanis.com

24  |  Taste of Arcadia
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia
5:30-9pm >  Fundraiser dishing up fare from 30+ restaurants. No-host bar, raffle drawing & live music.
tasteofarcadia.com

29  |  Taste of ‘Dena
Altadena Main Library
7-9:30pm >  Night of delectable beverage tastings & samples from an assortment of local restaurants & caterers.
altadenalibrary.org

30  |  Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting
Memorial Park, La Cañada Flintridge
3-6pm >  20+ gourmet vendors offer tastes of their delicious cuisine & exceptional wines from around the world.
lacanadakiwanis.com

Festivals

15  |  Open Arts & Music Festival
Downtown Glendale
3-10pm >  Free event featuring artists, performers & local vendors bringing downtown Glendale to life.
openartsmusic.com

15  |  Mid-Autumn Festival
Arcadia Public Library
2:30-4pm >  East Asian celebration of family, harvest & moon. Lunar stories, activities & moon festival snack!
arcadiaca.gov

21  |  Teen Fall Festival
Monrovia Public Library
7-8:30pm >  Prepare for the season with some balancing, relaxing crafts & enjoy fall-themed snacks.
cityofmonrovia.org

21-23 Pasadena Greek Festival
St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, Pasadena
Times Vary >  Annual celebration featuring the best in authentic Greek food, music & entertainment.
pasadenagreekfest.org

Crafts, Games & More!

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Checkmate! Chess at the Museum
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
5-7:30pm >  Drop by & challenge a friend to a game of chess & learn the rules from a U.S. chess expert.
nortonsimon.org

8  |  Creative Arts Group Scarecrow Workshop
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre
10am-4pm >  Bring your scarecrow to life at this annual workshop in preparation for the Scarecrow Festival.
creativeartsgroup.org

8-9  |  Rubber Ducky Races
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
11am-4pm >  The wackiest, quackiest event of the year! Decorate & race your duck down the stream.
kidspacemuseum.org

15 Markham Place Historic Walking Tour
Governor Markham Landmark District, Pasadena
9-11:15am >  A guided walking tour of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Pasadena.
pasadenaheritage.org

16 Young Living Essential Oils Workshop
Knot Too Shabby, Glendora
1-3pm >  Fun & informative class where students make their own lotion, spritzer & lip balm using essential oils.
knottooshabby.net

18  |  Battle of the Books
Foothill Christian School, Glendora
6:30pm >  Students from grades 6-12 compete in this ultimate Book Trivia Championship.
cityofglendora.org

18  |  VR & Board Game Night
Sierra Madre Public Library
5-7:30pm >  Bring the family, meet neighbors & play one of the new board games.
cityofsierramadre.com

Arts & Entertainment

8-Oct 6 The Gin Game
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Times Vary >  In this tragi-comedy, the upper hand is shuffled between two souls over a well-worn score pad.
sierramadreplayhouse.org

16 La Reina de Los Ángeles Reception
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
5-7pm >  Celebrate the artists of La Reina de Los Ángeles exhibition with music, drinks & more!
7pm >  After the reception, enjoy a screening of the film Chinatown.
descansogardens.org

17  |  Monday Movie Night: Captain Underpants
Monrovia Public Library
6-8pm >  Enjoy freshly popped popcorn as we cuddle up to watch a terrific movie with your family.
cityofmonrovia.org

22-Oct 27  |  Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden
Huntington Library, San Marino
7:30-9pm >  A contemporary theatrical production set against the mystical backdrop of the garden, lake & pavilion at night.
huntington.org


Posted on August 29, 2018 at 10:39 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition


Posted on August 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Buyers, Mortgage Rates |