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
creativeartsgroup.org

Thru Oct. 20  Little Shop of Horrors
Pasadena Playhouse
pasadenaplayhouse.org

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

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

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

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

October 1-6

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

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

October 7-13

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

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

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

13  Glendorafest
Glendora Village > 5-9pm
glendorafest.com

October 14-20

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

19  APF’s Halloween Hoopla
Arcadia Community Center > 5pm
halloween.arcadiapolicefoundation.org

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

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

20  Taste of Old Town Monrovia
Old Town Monrovia > 5-8pm
tastemonrovia.com

October 21-27

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

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

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

October 28-31

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

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

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

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

31  Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Across Old Pasadena > 5-8pm
oldpasadena.org

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

 

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

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

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm
Sue Cook | Category: 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 | Category: Did You Know..., Just for Fun, 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 | Category: Did You Know..., Just for Fun

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

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 8:04 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun, Uncategorized

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

1-19  Pasadena Showcase House
The Boddy House at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

Visit pasadenashowcase.org for times

4  Fiber Arts Day
Huntington Library, San Marino
> 10am-5pm
huntington.org

4-5  Sierra Madre Art Fair
Memorial Park, Sierra Madre
> 9:30am-5pm
sierramadrelibraryfriends.org

5  Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
> 10am-6pm
olvera-street.com

5  Altadena Guild Home Tour
2100 Midwick Drive, Altadena
> 10am-4pm
altadenaguild.org

5  Monrovia Historic Homes Tour
Historic Homes & Museums
> 10am-4pm
mohpg.org

5  Verdugo Mountains 10K Trail Run & Hike
Begins at Brand Park, Glendale
> 8am
runtheverdugos.com

6-10  Pasadena Restaurant Week
Participating Restaurants

Visit pasadenarestaurantweek.com for times

7  Cuisines of the Foothills: Wild Wild West
Glendora Country Club
> 5:30-8:30pm
cuisinesofthefoothills.com

11  Fountain to the Falls 7K Run/Walk
Begins at Library Park Fountain, Monrovia
> 7am
cityofmonrovia.org

11  Glendale Historical Society Restoration Expo
Glendale Civic Auditorium
> 9am-4pm
glendalehistorical.org

11 & 25  Community Service Day
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
> 8-10:30am
descansogardens.org

17-19  Monrovia Days
Library Park, Monrovia
> Fri: 5pm, Sat: 9am, Sun: 11am
cityofmonrovia.org

18  Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Haugh Performing Arts Center, Glendora
> 7pm
haughpac.com

18  Friends of the Altadena Library Book Sale
Altadena Public Library
> 10am-4pm
altadenalibrary.org

18-19  LitFest Pasadena
Pasadena Playhouse District
> 1-10pm
litfestpasadena.org

19  626 Golden Streets
South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel
> 9am-4pm
626goldenstreets.com

19  CFAER Annual Art Auction
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
> 1-5pm
cfaer.org

19  Museums of the Arroyo Day
Participating Pasadena & LA Museums
> 12-4pm
museumsofthearroyo.com

24-27  La Cañada Fiesta Days
Various Memorial Day Weekend Events & Locations

Visit lacanadaflintridge.com for times

25-26  Santa Anita Bonsai Show
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia
> 9am-5pm
arboretum.org

31  Final Fridays Food Truck Festival
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena > 4-8pm
rosebowlstadium.com

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 3:23 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun

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 | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun

So many great things to do around town in March!

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

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 | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun

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 | Category: Did You Know..., Just for Fun