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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 |

The Bunny Museum, Hoppiest Place On Earth

 

The Bunny Museum boasts thousands of bunny objects from art and antiques to plush toys and dust bunnies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know the “Hoppiest Place on Earth” is now in Altadena? The Bunny Museum is home to 35,488 bunny objects and counting – you know how bunnies multiply! The charming museum is celebrating its 20thyear, and has garnered scores of awards and accolades including the Guinness World Record in 2011, The World’s Quirkiest Museum in 2010, and “Place Puts The ‘Um…’ in Museum” in 2017.

The Bunny Museum began in 1993 with a plush bunny “given by a boy to a girl because she called him her Honey Bunny.” The boy, Steve Lubanski, and the girl, Candace Frazee, continued to gift each other bunnies of all kinds as tokens of their love after they were married. By 1998 their collection numbered in the thousands! The couple established the Bunny Museum in their Pasadena home, opening it to the public by appointment. The ever-enthusiastic Huell Howser expressed his astonishment at their vast collection when he featured the Bunny Museum on “Visiting with Huell Howser” in 2007.

In 2017, The Bunny Museum moved to its current home in an airy former art museum on Lake Avenue in Altadena. Its displays tell the history of bunnies in advertising, art, entertainment, fashion, film and everyday vernacular. The museum’s collection includes bunny-based figurines, art, toys, antiques, kitchen items, and even live Flemish Giant bunnies. There are nine bunnies from Rose Parade floats, and an age 13+ “Chamber of Hop Horrors” displaying examples of bunny abuses such as rabbit’s feet keychains and bunnies in horror films.

If you’re looking for a fun and novel place to visit, hop on over to The Bunny Museum, 2605 Lake Avenue, Altadena CA 91001, (626) 798-8848.

“The Bunny Museum is the #1 museum visitors bring friends as a SURPRISE!” -Elijah Wood

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Posted on August 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Just for Fun |

Fun Things To Do Around Town in August!

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Summer Movie Series

Arcadia
Memorial Park > Times Vary
2: Cars 3
9: Lego Ninjago
arcadiaca.gov

Pasadena
Villa-Parke > 7:30pm
2: Lego Ninjago
9: Early Man
cityofpasadena.net

Monrovia
Sundown
4: Library Park > Back to the Future
11: Kiwanis Park > CoCo
cityofmonrovia.org

Street Food Cinema
5:30-11pm
4: Pasadena > The Mask
11: Glendale > Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
18: Pasadena > Casablanca
25: Arcadia > Bridesmaids
streetfoodcinema.com

Sierra Madre
Memorial Park > 8pm
10: A Wrinkle in Time
17: Coco
cityofsierramadre.com

Rooftop Cinema Series
6-11pm
18: Jurrasic Park
25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
southlakeavenue.org

Summer Concerts

Sierra Madre
Memorial Park > 6-8pm
5: Pat O’Brien & The Priests of Love.
12: The Skinny Ties
cityofsierramadre.com

Glendora
Finkbiner Park Bandshell > 6pm
5: Full Petty Fever
cityofglendora.org

La Cañada Flintridge
Memorial Park > 6-8pm
5: Woodie & The Longboards
12: Brian Lynn Jones & The Misfit Cowboys
19: Pacific Coast Highway
26: Hot August Nights
lcf.ca.gov

Altadena
Farnsworth Park > 7pm
4: Deja Vu
11: Upstream
18: Greg & The Gallows
25: The Blue Breeze Band
facebook.com/altadenasheriffsstation

Arcadia
City Hall West Lawn > 6:30pm
2: Yard Sale
9: Cash Up Front
arcadiaca.gov

Monrovia
7-8:30pm
Saturdays at Station Square Amphitheater
Sundays at Library Park
cityofmonrovia.org

Pasadena
Villa-Parke > 5:30-7:30pm
11: Latin Fiesta
cityofpasadena.net

Norton Simon Museum > 5-6pm
4: Debussy: The Painter of Sound
11: Baroque, Classical & Romantic Traditions
25: I See You, I Hear You: Santoor, Tabla, Raga
nortonnsimon.org

Summer Festivities

Friday Night Twilight
Glendora Village > 6-8pm
3: Moonlight Madness Sale
10: Mystery Event in the Bus Plaza
17:
50’s Night
24: Game Night
31: Community Giveback Charity Event
glendoravillage.com

Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival
Memoral Park > 7:30pm
3, 4, 11 & 18: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
sierrashakes.com

End of Summer Carnival
Eisenhower Park, Arcadia > 10am-2pm
8: “Greatest carnival on Earth.” Play carnival games & win kid-friendly prizes!
arcadiaca.gov

Arboretum Summer Nights
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > 5-8pm
10: Crafts, live music, food trucks, lawn games & more in a natural, serene setting.
arboretum.org

Classic Car Nights
Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena > 6-8pm
10 & 24: Classic car show with burgers, live music, a raffle & all-ages fun. 24th will feature the annual Chili Cook-Off!
lakeave.org

Playhouse District Third Thursdays
Pasadena Playhouse District > 6-9pm
16: See, hear & play! Featuring music, dancing, art, food specials, games & more.
playhousedistrict.com

Flashback Car & Motorcycle Show
Glendora Village > 6-11pm
18: 31st Annual classic car show featuring trucks, hot rods, a kids’ fun zone & incredible food.
flashbackinfo.org

Play Music on the Porch Day
Altadena Library > 4-6pm
25: Jam with local musicians on a beautiful summer afternoon. All skill levels welcome!
altadenalibrary.org

Narrated Tours of Historic Monrovia
Monrovia Community Center > 10-11:30am
25: Guided tour with city historian & storyteller extraordinaire, Steve Baker.
cityofmonrovia.org

End of Summer Celebration
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada > 5:30-10pm
29: The gardens stay open late for this end of summer celebration. Cold drinks, music & more!
descansogardens.org

 


Posted on August 2, 2018 at 7:19 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Events Calendars, Just for Fun |

Millennials’ Top 5 Reasons

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Posted on July 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

Local Treasure: The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team

 

 

The highly acclaimed rescue team marches in Sierra Madre’s annual 4th of July Parade.

One of the highlights of Sierra Madre’s charming annual Fourth of July Parade is the chance to see the city’s renowned Search and Rescue Team march down Sierra Madre Boulevard.

Did you know the team was founded over 65 years ago? In 1951, a young hiker was lost in the local mountains, and it took a disorganized group of volunteers three days to find him. Their nearly futile search inspired Larry Shepherd and Fred La Lone to establish the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team in August of 1951.

Over the years, and with help from the community, the group’s equipment evolved from a 30-foot length of rope and a flashlight to the best first aid equipment and mountaineering gear available. This well-trained volunteer team has responded to thousands of calls for help in the wilderness and saved many lives throughout the United States and in Mexico.

To learn more about the team, visit smsr.org.

 


Posted on July 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Sue Cook | Posted in Did You Know..., Just for Fun | Tagged