Monthly Archives: November 2015
Nov 17 2015
Local Guides for Google Maps – Contribute Earn Points & Awards

Sign up for Local Guides for Google Maps

You’ll get one point for each type of contribution you make to a place. For example, if you add three photos to a place, you’ll get one point. If you add a review to the same place, you’ll get another point.

See your points

To see how many points you have, follow the steps below:

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app maps.
  2. Touch the side menu  > Your contributions.
  3. Under your profile picture, touch Contributions.
  4. You points will appear in your profile. It may take up to 24 hours before you see your points.

Note: As a Local Guide, you can move up in levels when you get more points. Learn about the benefits at each level.

Earn points in 5 ways
Got an insightful review to share? That’s cool. Got photos to publish? Even better. Every place you review, photograph, add, edit, or provide additional info for earns you points in return.

Nov 16 2015
Artisanal LA 2015 Holiday Market – Old Pasadena – Dec 5, 2015 @artisanalla

Artisanal LA Holiday Market – Old Pasadena
Saturday, December 5, 11am-8pm


Holiday 15 Poster 11.9 copy

Shopping –

Photos with Santa Unique Holiday Gifts and more. LA Made – Made in the USA

  • 150 Local Makers
  • 150 Indie Businesses
  • 3 City Streets & Alleys
  • Holly Street and Beyond
  • Free – Family Friendly
  • More info at





Nov 15 2015
State of the Mulch Pasadena Event December 8, 2015

From drought to floods: How MULCH can help and how you can get yours.

If we haven’t already converted our lawns, we will soon, so we need to get new plants started. We understand that el Nino will bring heavy rains, so we need ways to capture that water. But soil experts explain that the drought has actually made flooding more likely by diminishing the soil’s capacity to soak up moisture

Whether Nature sends us too little or too much rain, it also provides trees to help us. When we place chipped tree-wood mulch on soil, heavy rain lands on many surfaces, which breaks its velocity and allows the rain to stay and soak in instead of racing off to the ocean. It provides water for our trees long after the rainy day and some reaches the aquifer to be pumped out and purified for the drinking water no longer available to import.

So how can we get enough of this versatile mulch to cover all our bare soil? Pasadena provides some free mulch and can learn from other cities ways to provide more. We need you to come help make that happen.

Learn from experts: Leigh Adams of the LA County Arboretum, Melanie Winter of The River Project and Water LA; Greg Jones of Long Beach Public Works and Charles Peretz of Pasadena Public Works. Moderator Sarah Leone of Hollywood food Guild will invite you to share your ideas too.

State of the Mulch 2, Tuesday, December 8 at The Shed, 1355 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, 91103: mingle at 6:30, panel at 7:00. Presented by Mulch for the People, a project of Transition Pasadena, and by Zanja Madre.

Lin Griffith

Nov 15 2015
Apple iPhone Bugs Malfunctioning iPhone iOS 9.1

Is anyone else experiencing weird behavior of their iPhone?
I have seen my iPhone doing some very odd things, some are very concerning, some are a nuisance.

Here’s what I have experienced even after doing a reset, powering off and on, doing network reset, reset settings.

1. Calls mute for no apparent reason. I will be on calls, and look down and the call is mute. Usually using the bluetooth, but have also noticed it when using the handset, and speaker.
This settings have been recommended by some users who have experienced these issues.
Go to Settings – Cellular – Enable LTE for Data only if the option is present
Also check Settings – General – Accessibility and see if Noise Cancellation if off
With Verizon using LTE for voice calls, seems to be buggy, but maybe it is something that is being worked on, as LTE for voice calls uses different routing, and if you have the setting off, then calls are routed via 3G.

2. Phone goes dark during calls and cannot be used. Only way is to hit the power button.

3. Making a call, silence, even though call connects. There is silence on the line.

Other users have reported issues with phone doing random activity, without any interaction. Very disturbing with this latest iOS 9.1, seems to be very buggy to say the least.

Nov 15 2015
Seed Bakery Pasadena Opening

Seed Bakery Pasadena Opening

942 East Washington Blvd. Pasadena CA  91104



Nov 15 2015
QVC Vitamix Blender $379.98


Vitamix Creations Gallery 64oz
13 in 1 variable speed Blender $379.98
Peanut butter
Ice crusher

Whether prepping meals for yourself or a party, this Vitamix blender makes it easy to make your best meals. From Vitamix.

  • Includes Vitamix Creations Gallery base, 64-oz blending container; tamper, spill-proof vented lid with removable plug, 22-oz flip-top smoothie to-go bottle, Creations cookbook, 365 Skinny Smoothies recipe book, and Let’s Get Started DVD
  • 2.0 peak HP motor
  • Variable speed
  • 13-in-1 machine: whole food juicer, blender, food processor, stick blender, hand mixer, ice cream maker, ice crusher, meat grinder, chopper, cheese grater, peanut butter maker, fondue maker, hot soup and sauce maker
  • 64-oz blending container with stainless steel hammermill and cutting wet blades
  • Soft grip handle
  • BPA-free blending container and to-go bottle
  • Plastic construction
  • Creations cookbook: 280 pages, over 260 recipes
  • Skinny Smoothies recipe book: 343 pages, 365 recipes
  • Measures approximately 20″H x 7-3/4″W x 8-3/4″L; Cord 6’L; weighs 11 lbs, 2 oz
  • Hand wash only
  • UL listed; 5-year LMW
  • Glowing Amber, Sapphire Blue, Pearl Gray, Glacial Blue, and Champagne Quartz colors exclusive to QVC from 11/15/15 until 1/31/2016

Today’s Deal! Shop for one day only items at a low price!

Nov 12 2015
Le Mesnager Stonebarn La Crescenta 100 Years Wine Making in Los Angeles Winery, Vineyard

Le Mesnager Barn La Crescenta 100 Years Wine Making in Los Angeles
Le Mesnager Barn offers visitors the closest thing in Southern California to an authentic French farmhouse. Using local river rock, the French Le Mesnager family built the barn in 1914 and used it to store grapes for their downtown Los Angeles winery. Today, the City of Glendale has restored the barn as part of Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Visitors can enjoy a short loop trail, picnic area, and spectacular views of the La Crescenta Valley and Verdugo Mountains. A modest vineyard tended by the Stonebarn Vineyard Conservancy still produces a small amount of wine yearly.

See some pictures from the location.

Stonebarn Vineyard La Crescenta Los Angeles 100 years

Nov 12 2015
Walking Tour (An Incomplete & Personal History of Old Town Pasadena)

What can be learned from Old Town? What can you see and not see? Join guest collaborators for a walk organized by Maryam Hosseinzadeh in Old Town Pasadena.

Social history, urban redevelopment, shared spaces, personal memory, and the places where they meet. This walk welcomes the participation of anyone interested in sharing their own experiences, too.

Approx. 3-3 1/2 hours.

This will be the culminating event of Maryam’s WCCW residency at the Armory Center for the Arts, which she will spend organizing and producing this public walking tour, as well as a booklet and map, as part of an ongoing, long-term project on community-based and word-of-mouth histories of Pasadena and Altadena.

Maryam Hosseinzadeh is a native Angeleno interested in the layered sites, memories, places and histories encountered individually and created collectively by all people, everyday. Originally from Altadena, she has lived in Northeast Los Angeles most recently for the past nine years. Some of her past projects include walks for the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the MAK Center, and Machine Project’s Guide to Modern Architecture in LA.

This project is funded as a part of the NEA Our Town Public Art Project “My Pasadena,” a City of Pasadena public art project with Side Street Projects as a partner.

Read more here

Saturday, November 21, 2015
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Meet on the lawn at the corner of W. Colorado Blvd. and S. Orange Grove Ave.

Nov 12 2015
38th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Sunday Nov. 22, 2015 11am #pasadena @pasadenadoodah

SUNDAY, NOV. 22   11:00AM
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Doo Dah Parade dubs playwright/director, musician, Juli Crockett as its Grand Marshal!

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The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade has selected renaissance woman, Juli Crockett, to lead this year’s 38th Occasional Parade. Consider the fact she’s a singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, and leader of an alt-country/Americana genre-defying band and you’ll get the picture. Don’t forget to add Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communications to her resume. Doo Dah organizers say “Juli is a fierce and brilliant artist who embodies the spirit of our event!”

Street Closures for Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Street Closures for Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015


The 38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in East Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard.  The parade is free to the public.

The following streets will be closed for the parade at the times listed below. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area.


  • Colorado Boulevard from Altadena Drive to San Gabriel Boulevard, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Nina Street from Altadena Drive to Vinedo Avenue, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Vinedo Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to Nina Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thousands of local spectators are expected to take part in plenty of irreverent frolicking on the streets of East Pasadena during the event, known as the twisted sister of the conventional Rose Parade. The public is encouraged to arrive early to navigate around street closures, find parking and claim their favorite viewing spot. Bring a lawn chair so you can relax and watch dozens of art cars and floats make their way down East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets.

Doo Dah Parade Map 2015

The public can take advantage of public transit to get to the parade. Foothill Transit 187, Metro 181 and the Metro Gold Line will operate near the parade route. For more information, contact Foothill Transit at (800) 743-3463 and Metro at (323) GO-METRO (466-3876). You can also visit and

Following the parade, the Official Doo Dah after-party will happen at American Legion, 179 N. Vinedo St., two blocks from the parade at Vinedo Avenue & Walnut Street. Admission is $3, and attendees can enjoy live music and for-sale food and drinks.

Unofficial Doo Dah after-parties will take place on the parade route at PooBah Records, 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., and at the Colorado Bar, 2640 E. Colorado Blvd., where the public can enjoy music, food & drinks!

Visit for more information or call the Parade Info Line at (626) 590-7596.

Nov 11 2015
Wines of Los Angeles with Wine Tasting – Altadena Library

Wines of Los Angeles with Wine Tasting!

Author of the new book, Los Angeles Wine , Stuart Byles, will discuss the wine history of Los Angeles and by extension, southern California. The San Gabriel valley and Altadena/Pasadena play a significant role in that history. This is a fascinating study of a little known facet of our local history, especially of its beginnings in the late 18th century with the Hispanic settlers and rancheros. It is more than likely that the first non-mission vineyard in all of California was planted by Jose Maria Verdugo on his Rancho San Rafael (now Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena,etc.) Mr. Byles will be bringing copies of his books for signing and purchase.

This exciting event will include tastings of six Spanish wines. It was the Spanish that brought European wine making grapes to the New World. And it was from those Spanish settlers that the winemaking traditions of California (Baja and Alta) came from.

The Altadena Ale & Wine House, which will be providing the wines, is located in the diverse, eclectic community of Altadena. They take pride in the careful maintenance of their products so that they are served fresh and in peak condition. They are a family-owned and operated business. If you enjoy intellectual conversation and the sense of community as well as camaraderie that defines the best traditions of a neighborhood watering hole, then their pub is the place for you.

Tasting List:

Deshora, Cava, Organic

Valencia, Spain

Intense aromas of pear and apples with notes of lime and white flowers. Fresh with acidity, leaving a floral long taste


Vina Mayor, Verdejo, 2012

Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Fresh and elegant, with lots of fruit flavours and a lingering taste of grapefruit on the end of the palate.


Milflores, Rose, 2013

Rioja, Spain

Fun, fruity and soft style. A great example of a young Tempranillo rose wine, soft & fruity


El Furioso, Tempranillo, 2013

Castilla y Leon, Spain

Fresh and forward, young, juicy raspberry fruit, a touch of spice with well balanced acidity


Bles, Crianza, Organic, 2012

Valencia, Spain

Dry, medium bodied and fruity, featuring refreshing acidity. It showcases smooth tannins and a broad mouthfeel that leads into a medium finish


Vina Mayor, Toro, 2012

Ribera Del Deuro, Spain

Well balanced but powerful fruit flavours, with elegant fine tannins. Complex, with a long finish


Glorioso, Gran Reserva, 2005

Rioja, Spain


Round and complex with long, mature tannins of a quality consistent with the old vine Rioja Alavesa fruit used in its production

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a part of an ongoing series of Latino-American library programming. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

There is no charge for this event but you must be at least 21 to attend. There is a limit of 80 seats for this event.


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Program Date:

Friday, November 20, 2015 – 6:00pm

PDF Attachment:

Press Release_Nov 2015_Los Angeles Wine.pdf


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