What home projects are you planning this spring?

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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 | Category: Uncategorized

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 | Category: Uncategorized

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 | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun, Uncategorized

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

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 | Category: Just for Fun, Uncategorized

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 | Category: Uncategorized

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 | Category: Did You Know..., Uncategorized | Tagged

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

Fun Things To Do Around Town In July

Celebrate the 4th of July

Sierra Madre
Memorial Park > Times Vary
3: Pre-parade picnic, music, kids zone & more.
4: Celebrate all day with a 5k fun run, followed by the annual parade, music, games & fireworks.
cityofsierramadre.com

Pasadena  |  Americafest
Rose Bowl Stadium > 2-9:30pm
4: Don’t miss this world-renowned fireworks show & entertainment at America’s Stadium.
rosebowlstadium.com

San Marino
Lacy Park > Opens: 7am, Fireworks: 9pm
4: Celebrate with food, fun zone, parade, entertainment & fireworks.
cityofsanmarino.org

Monrovia
Library Park > Entertainment: 3pm, Music: 7pm,  Fireworks: 9pm
4: Monrovia celebrates with entertainment, live music & fireworks.
cityofmonrovia.org

South Pasadena  |  Festival of Balloons
Locations Vary > 7am-4pm, Fireworks: 9pm
4: Parade showcasing the balloons, pancake breakfast, celebration at the park & fireworks.
southpasadenaca.gov

La Crescenta
Crescenta Valley High School > 4-9:30pm
4: Annual celebration with live music, food from Berlin Truck & Slammin’ Sliders & fireworks.
cvfireworks.com

Music in the Park

Sierra Madre
Memorial Park > 6-8pm
1: Sierra Madre Music Co.
8: Cash Up Front
15: Sgt. Peppers
22: Alumni Acoustic
29: Tenor Daniel Rodriguez
cityofsierramadre.com

Glendora
Finkbiner Park Bandshell > 6pm
1: City Beat and the Main Street Horns
8: Kings of 88
15: Upstream
22: Creedence Relived
29: Night Owl Jazz Orchestra
cityofglendora.org

La Cañada Flintridge
Memorial Park > 6-8pm
1: FM Radio
8: The Jack Lantz Big Band
15: My Generation
22: Cold Duck
29: Past Action Heroes
lcf.ca.gov

Altadena
Farnsworth Park > 7pm
7: Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans
14: Susie Hansen Latin Band
21: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats
28: Mary Jane’s Last Dance
facebook.com/altadenasheriffsstation

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

Pasadena
Parks After Dark Concerts > 5:30-7:30pm
14: Jazz it Up! (Washington Park)
21: 80’s Vibes (Central Park)
cityofpasadena.net

Norton Simon Museum > 5-6pm
14: Del Mar Trio
21: Marlon Martinez & the Jazz Marlonius Quartet
nortonsimon.org

Movie Nights Under the Stars

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema
Across Old Pasadena > Times Vary
5-28: Movie series featuring 17 screenings in various urban locations.
oldpasadena.org

Glendora
Finkbiner Park Bandshell > Dusk
11: Lego Ninjago
18: Wonder
25:
Coco
cityofglendora.org

Sierra Madre
Memoral Park > 8pm
13: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
27: Sherlock Gnomes
cityofsierramadre.com

Monrovia
7-8:30pm
21: Space Jam (Julian Fisher Park)
28: The Sandlot (Recreation Park)
cityofmonrovia.org

Fun in the Outdoors

Classic Car Nights
Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena > 6-8pm
13 & 27: Classic car show with burgers, live music, a raffle & all ages fun.
lakeave.org

Colorado Street Bridge Party
Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena > 6-11:30pm
14: Music, dance, activities & more. Visit the Podley volunteers at the wine & beer bar!
pasadenaheritage.org

Glendora Village Art Walk
Glendora Village > 5-8pm
20: Featured artists interact throughout the Village while showcasing their pieces & process.
glendoravillage.com

Altadena Chalk Walk
Altadena Library > 10am-3pm
21: Twelve artists showcase their works. There is extra space to create your own chalk masterpiece.
altadenalibrary.org

Dancing Under the Stars
The Paseo, Pasadena
Dance Lesson: 7-7:30pm, Music: 7:30-9:30pm
22 & 29: Learn some dancing steps, then enjoy free live motown & rock.
thepaseopasadena.com

MAFA Summer Art Walk
Old Town Monrovia > 7-10pm
28: Stroll in the cool summer air & enjoy art demos, live music & more.
monroviafinearts.org

 

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Posted on June 29, 2018 at 12:59 am
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun, Uncategorized

Celebrate Earth Day! Seven Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 5:11 am
Sue Cook | Category: Uncategorized