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


May the joy of the season stay with you throughout the year.

Thru Jan 12  Moonlight Forest
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > Wed-Sun: 5:30-10pm

Thru Jan 5  Enchanted Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

5  Holiday Parade
Old Town Monrovia > 7pm

5  Playhouse District Tree Lighting
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard > 7-9pm

6-29  Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Sierra Madre Playhouse

7  Holiday Snow Festival
City of Arcadia Recreation Department > 9am-2pm

7  South Lake Holidayfest
South Lake Avenue, Pasadena > 12-5pm

7  Altadena Village Makers Winter Pop-up
Altadena Golf Course > 10am-6pm

7  Winter Holiday Festival
Pershing Square, DTLA > 11am-9pm

7  Montrose-Glendale Christmas Parade
Honolulu & Rosemont, Montrose > 6pm

7-8  Holiday Look In Home Tour
Various Pasadena Homes > 9:30am-4pm

7, 14, 21, 28  Santa in the Village
Glendora Village

8  Castle Green Holiday Home Tour
Historic Castle Green, Pasadena > 1-5pm

8-10  A Christmas Carol
La Cañada Playhouse > 7pm

13-21  Play Production: Frozen Jr.
IFGF Monrovia

14  Downtown Arcadia Holiday Fair
First Avenue, Arcadia > 11am-4:30pm

14  Christmas Tree Lane Lighting & Craft Festival
Altadena > 3-9pm | Lighting: 6pm

14  Glendora Christmas Parade
Glendora Village > 9am

20-23  Holiday Food Distribution
Must Register to Volunteer: 626.358.3486
Monrovia & Pasadena Locations > 8am-4:30pm

24  LA County Holiday Celebration
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, DTLA > 3-6pm

26-30  Kidspace Snow Days
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena

28-30  Tournament of Roses Sip & Savor
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena > 1-7pm

28-31  Rose Parade Float Viewing
Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco Street, Pasadena

31  Rose Bowl Bash
The Bloc Plaza, Pasadena > 10am-5pm



Posted on November 27, 2019 at 3:23 am
Sue Cook | Category: Uncategorized

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

Fall is in full swing, so celebrate the harvest season with these  festivals, craft fairs & more!

1-3  28th Annual Craftsman Weekend
Pasadena Convention Center

1-3  2019 Creative Arts Group Festival
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre

1, 8, 15, 22  Fall Film Series
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena > 5pm

2  Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Hollywood Forever Cemetary > 12pm-12am

2  La Fetra Holiday Craft Boutique
La Fetra Center, Glendora > 9am-4pm

2  O2Breathe PHun Run & Walk
Library Park, Monrovia > 8:30am-12pm

8-10  Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show
Hilton Pasadena > 10am-6pm

9-10  American Indian Arts Marketplace
Autry Museum, Los Angeles > 10am-5pm

9-10  Chrysanthemum Show & Sale
Huntington Library, San Marino > 10am-5pm

9 Thru Jan 12  Moonlight Forest
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > Wed-Sun: 5:30-10pm

10  Village Market & Festival
The Rhythms of the Village, Altadena > 12-6pm

10  Griffith Park Harvest Festival
Griffith Park, Los Angeles > 11am-7pm

16  Centennial Family Day
Huntington Library, San Marino > 11am-3pm

16-17  Jackalope: Indie Artisan Fair
Central Park, Pasadena > 10am-4pm

16 Thru Jan 5  Enchanted Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

22  The Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting
Glendora Village > 6-9pm

23  Elves’ Faire
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena > 10am-4pm

23  Art on Palm
Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena > 9:30am-4pm

23-24  Renegade Craft Fair
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles > 11am-5pm

24  Doo Dah Parade
2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena > 11am

24  Art Fair in the Garden
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena > 10am-4pm

28  Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk
Memorial Park, La Cañada Flintridge > 8:30am

28  Rose Bowl Turkey Trot
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena > 8am

30  Sierra Madre Winter Festival
Downtown Sierra Madre > 12-8pm

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 4:09 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Uncategorized

Arcadia Police Foundation Honors Denne, Raises Funds for APD


On October 19 at the Arcadia Community Center, Arcadia Police Foundation’s Halloween Hoopla partygoers were treated to an exciting evening of great food, drink and spooktacular merriment with arcade games, humorous sobriety tests, a spirited costume contest, and roving entertainers.

Attendees came together to support the efforts of the Arcadia Police Foundation in raising funds for the Arcadia Police Department’s projects and programs through silent and live auctions. A generous $30,000 donation from Grand Funding Group was announced and will cover the cost of an additional K-9 officer.

“Mother of the Force” Dorothy Denne was honored for her many years volunteering for the APD and Foundation. Dorothy’s warmth, wit and no-nonsense attitude have endeared her to the many APD officers she’s worked with over the years. Dorothy ran the PACE office at the Santa Anita Mall, worked in community relations, and in recent years spearheaded efforts to bring the K-9 program back to the APD.

The Arcadia Police Foundation was formed in 2015 to support the Arcadia Police Department by raising funds to support projects not funded in full through the city budget. I am honored to support Arcadia’s boys in blue by serving on the APF board. For more information about the APF please go


Posted on October 25, 2019 at 10:56 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Uncategorized

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

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

Summer Movies

Pasadena Parks After Dark
Movie: 6:30-9pm
1: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse  Grant Park
2: Bumble Bee  Victory Park
8: Cars 3  Villa-Parke

Eat, See, Hear
Doors: 5:30pm
| Live Music: 7pm | Movie: 8:30pm
3: North by Northwest 
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
10: Fargo  The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
17: Mrs. Doubtfire  La Cienega Park, Beverly Hills
24: Do the Right Thing  Santa Monica High School
31: The Shining  The Autry Museum, Griffith Park

Monrovia Movie in the Parks
Event: 6:30pm
| Movie: 7:30pm
3: Mary Poppins Returns 
Rotary Park
10: Wall-E  Library Park

Street Food Cinema
Doors: 5:30pm
| Live Music: 6:30pm | Movie: 8:30pm
3: E.T. 
Brand Library Park, Glendale
10: Monsters Inc.  Crystal Springs Picnic Area, Griffith Park
10: Star Wars: Episode V  LA State Historic Park, Downtown
11: Breakfast at Tiffany’s  Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
17: Pretty in Pink  LA County Arboretum, Arcadia
31: Star Wars: Episode VI  Victory Park, Pasadena

Sierra Madre Movies in the Park
Memorial Park Bandshell, Sierra Madre > Dusk
9: The Incredibles 2
16: Captain Marvel

Rose Bowl Movie Night
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
> 6:30-10pm
10: Remember the Titans

Space Party & Movie Night
Main Library, Altadena
> Party: 6pm | Movie: 7:30-10pm
17: Star Wars: Rogue One

Summer Concerts

Monrovia :: Station Square Amphitheater
Every Saturday (except Aug 31) > 7-8:30pm

Altadena :: Farnsworth Park Amphitheater
Every Saturday (except Aug 31) > 7pm

Monrovia :: Library Park, Rotary Club Bandshell
Every Sunday > 7-8:30pm

La Cañada Flintridge :: Memorial Park
Every Sunday > 6-8pm

Pasadena :: Vroman’s Courtyard
Every Sunday > 5-7pm

Glendora :: Finkbiner Park
Aug 4 > 6pm

Sierra Madre :: Memorial Park Bandshell
Aug 4 & 11 > 6-8pm

Arcadia :: LA County Arboretum
Aug 9 & 16 > 6-8pm

Pasadena :: Parks After Dark
Aug 10: Memorial Park > 5:30-7:30pm

Summer Nights

Every Thursday  Beer Garden Nights
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 5-8pm

2-3, 10, 17-18  Shakespeare Festival
Memorial Park, Sierra Madre > 7:30pm

9-11, 30-31  626 Night Market
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia > 4pm-12am

17  Annual Flashback Car & Motorcycle Show
Glendora Village > 6-11pm

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 5:06 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Uncategorized

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

What home projects are you planning this spring?

Comments (2)

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.


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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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