Monthly Archives: April 2016
Apr 30 2016
Garden Conservancy Pasadena Open Day May 1, 2016 @GCOpenDays

Our first #SOCAL Open Day is this Sun. 5/1 in the #Pasadena area! Meet and greet with many of the garden designers, including Judy Horton at the garden of Merrill & Donivee Nash (pictured).

You can also say hi to our friends from Garden Design magazine at the lead garden, La Casita del Arroyo. Details here:
Photo: Marion Brenner.

Sunday, May 1
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Start your tour at the La Casita del Arroyo Garden on Sunday, May 1 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., where discounted tickets and maps to all of the Pasadena area gardens will be available. Admission to La Casita del Arroyo Garden is free.

Note: In one location, the Open Days Directory lists the Pasadena Area Open Day on a Saturday. The correct day is Sunday.

Admission to each private garden is $7. Don’t forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.

  • Yariv Residence
    Yariv Residence

    Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • Pasadena, CA, 91105

    The Yariv garden is a quintessential example of the Mid-Century Modernism style. The house, designed in 1960 by the notable local architect, Bill Blurock, presents an austere façade to the street that belies the elegance of the interior and rear garden…

  • Oak Vale
    Oak Vale

    Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • Pasadena, CA, 91105

    When my husband and I stopped at an estate sale the object of our interest became the garden! As soon as we walked in to the home it became a secondary thought, one look out of the window and the garden became first and foremost…

  • Lomita Garden
    Lomita Garden

    Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • Pasadena, CA, 91106

    This is the first time this private, estate garden has been included in the Open Days program. The house and garden are designed to take full advantage of the mild, Mediterranean climate where outdoor entertaining can be a year-round activity…

  • Lipsig Garden
    Lipsig Garden

    Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • Pasadena, CA, 91105

    Our gardens surround our Thornton Ladd-designed, modernist house completed around 1950. We extensively re-landscaped the grounds around 1990 with the assistance of the late landscape architect Owen Peters of EPT Design…

  • Garden of Lisa & Tom Evans
    Garden of Lisa & Tom Evans

    Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • Pasadena, CA, 91105

    Sited on over two acres of park-like grounds, this gracious gated estate, originally designed by noted architect Louis DuPuget Millar in 1908, was thoughtfully expanded in the 1920s by Roland Coate…

  • Garden of Merrill & Donivee Nash
    Garden of Merrill & Donivee Nash

    Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • Arcadia, CA, 91006

    Donivee Nash grew up in Delaware surrounded by the rich culture of nineteenth-century estate gardens like Longwood, Mount Cuba, Winterthur and Nemours. She brought this garden aesthetic with her to the New England-style saltbox (as this property was in 1938) over thirty five years ago…

  • La Casita del Arroyo Garden
    La Casita del Arroyo Garden

    Sun  9:30 AM- 3:30 PM • 177 South Arroyo Boulevard. Pasadena, CA, 91105

    Start your Pasadena tour here on Sunday, May 1st between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Discounted tickets and maps to all of the Pasadena area gardens will be available. Otherwise hours are year round, daily, dawn to dusk.

Apr 28 2016
Carl Icahn Dumps All 45.8 million Shares in Apple Stock – Cites China Concerns

Carl Icahn has sold all if his firms Apple Stake amid China concerns

Owned a massive 45.8 million shares in Apple at the end of 2015 (FactSet).

Sold his entire position in the gadget maker on concerns of its uncertain future in China.

This couple owns $1 million in Apple Stock.

Even at the trading average at the sale, Icahn most likely made a pretty nifty profit. Calculating that 45.8 million shares at say $95 = $4,351,000,000, that is over $4 billion!

This will weigh down Apple stock which has been battered after 13 years with positive growth now turning down and expert sentiment that at least the next quarter will also result in downward sales.

Shares of Icahn Enterprises (IEP) have plunged 33% over the past year due to bad bets on oil-related companies like Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), according to USA Today.

The question is how will Apple fix this?

Could we see Apple stock in the $50 range? Perhaps it will hit $75, but $50 would mean massive loss in stock valuation and investors most likely would start a massive sell off which could present a buying opportunity, but could also cause issues for investors, many why hold large positions of Apple stock.

Apr 28 2016
Tell AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson: “Finish the job” on robocall blocking @attcares #stoprobocalls

Consumers Union

Consumer Reports

Tell AT&T: “Finish the job” on robocall blocking

AT&T is making slow progress to implement robocall blocking for its customers. Tell AT&T’s CEO to step it up and make robocall blocking a priority.


Your campaign to End Robocalls has caught fire, and phone companies are paying attention. Because of you and the half-million consumers who joined our campaign, AT&T has started to make it easier for some of their customers to access robocall-blocking tools.

But we know that’s not enough. We need AT&T to set the gold standard and provide 100% of its customers with free and effective tools to block robocalls.

Join Consumers Union and 600,000+ other customers in telling AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson: “Thanks for taking steps to block robocalls. It’s time to finish the job!”

Tell AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: Help your customers block robocalls immediately!

Even if AT&T isn’t your primary phone provider, they’re an industry leader with millions of customers nationwide. Pushing them to act could create a domino effect that leads to action by your phone provider.

While providers like Time Warner Cable have started offering free call-blocking tools to all of their voice customers, Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, has been happy to let his customers deal with the headache.

Together, we have over 600,000 voices that AT&T can’t ignore. Join us.

AT&T, start offering robocall blocking protection right now.

Thanks for everything you do.

Tim Marvin,
Consumers Union, Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

Apr 27 2016
National Conference – Gluten Free Expo April 30 – May 1, 2016 Tickets Pasadena @CeliacDotOrg #CDFEXPO

10th Annual Gluten-Free Expo at Pasadena Convention Center

CDF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

You can buy discount tickets to the expo from Groupon and Goldstar.

Gluten-Free EXPO

Discover New Products and Ideas!
All CDF National Conference Packages include access to the EXPO Hall on Saturday and Sunday.
EXPO Hall Only Tickets are also available.



Saturday, April 30th 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, May 1st 10:00am – 4:00pm

2 day EXPO Ticket

One price for 2 EXPO days. Children 12 and under $10

  • 100+ Gluten-Free Companies
  • Try NEW products before they hit stores
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Leave with a bag full of gluten-free goodies and coupons
  • EXPO Hall features cooking demonstrations, raffles, book signings and a photo booth
  • Sample the best & newest gluten-free products on the market… plus so much more!

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New Vendors Added Daily!

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Apr 26 2016
Mother Moo Creamery Expanding to South Pasadena Moo on Mission Opening Soon #mothermoo @mothermooo #icecream

Karen Klemens, owner of Mother Moo in Sierra Madre is expanding to South Pasadena. Look for a formal announcement coming soon. Offerings will include ice cream, coffee & espresso, pie, muffins, scones, sandwiches, soup, and other surprises.  We understand the location will be where Buster’s is located. Buster’s sold last month.

Three sisters, Reneé and Colette Richards, and Monica  Barry, owners decided its time to move on after 30 years, according to South Pasadena Now.

We are saddling up our cow to hoof it to South Pasadena. We are over the Moooooon and look forward to scooping at our Moo on Mission location. #coming soon #southpasadena #icecream #pie #mothermoo — at Mother Moo Creamery.

South Pasadena Location:
Coming soon: The Moo on Mission   |   1006 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

Until the South Pasadena location opens, you can visit the Sierra Madre location:

17 Kersting Ct, Sierra Madre, CA
 (626) 355-9650
 Open 10:00AM – 10:00PM

Image from Karen Klemen’s facebook page.

Apr 26 2016
Open Studios AltaPasaDena Art Tour June 4 & 5, 2016

Open Studios AltaPasaDena Art Tour June 2016 is coming June 4 and 5! Hoopla! Emporium will be on the tour again this year, hosting Piece by Piece, a Los Angeles based non profit organization that works with the disenfranchised inhabitants of Skid Row to teach them marketable skills. Their mission statement: “To provide low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life.”

Open Studios AltaPasaDena, Presenting A Gift Of Art With Our Neighbors – Come Curious, Leave Inspired!

The Open Studios Tour is a Free Tour of the home studios of local artists in the Altadena and Pasadena area. During this tour, the artists open their studios to people to come in for a visit.

Open Studios is an intimate view into an artist’s domain, where ideas are conceived and come to life. When you visit an artist’s studio, the creative process is palpable.  It’s unique to each artist and unattainable at your typical gallery show. That is, in essence, what makes this event so special.

People of all ages love this self-guided tour, with the flexibility to visit with as many artists as you like over two days. We have found this casual format to be a wonderful exchange between artists and visitors.



  • #1 – Ana Marini Genzon

    710 Florecita Terrace

  • #2 – LA General Store

    295 West Las Flores Drive, Altadena

  • #3 – Beth Spiegel Studio

    265 West Las Flores Drive, Altadena

  • #4 – Gothard Art

    215 Laurel Drive, Altadena

  • #5 – Telling Images Studio

    3199 Glenrose Ave, Altadena

  • #6 – Zorthian Ranch

    3990 North Fair Oaks Ave, Altadena

  • #7 – HalfCity Productions

    333 Marathon Rd. Altadena

  • #8 – Yoga for Balance

    3034 N. Raymond Ave, Altadena

  • #9 – ArtCrush Studio

    2361 Lincoln Ave, Altadena

  • #10 – Perry’s Joint

    2051 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena

  • #11 – ARK Gallery & Studios

    2599 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena

  • #12 – Hoopla! Emporium

    2591 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena

  • #13 – Sidewalk Café

    2057 N. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena

  • #14 – Altadena Library

    600 E. Mariposa St. Altadena

  • #15 – Daarina Abdus Samad

    946 Dolores Dr. Altadena

  • #16 – Jewelrey by Peter

    927 E Poppyfields Drive, Altadena

  • # 17 – Art Space Gallery

    2605 N. Lake Ave. Altadena

  • #18 – Merge Framing

    928 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena

  • #19 – Trudy Joost Studio

    2507 N. Lake Ave. Altadena

  • #20 – McGinty’s Gallery

    869 E. Mariposa St. Altadena

  • #21 Janell Mithani Studio

    2502 Highland Ave, Altadena

  • #22 – Apodaca Studio

    2711 Tanoble Drive Altadena

  • #23 – Fox & Traveling Gypsy

    1183 Garfield Ave, Pasadena

  • #24 – Dave Lovejoy Studio

    1000 N. Oakland Ave. Pasadena

  • #25 – Feinblatt Studio

    1174 N Hudson Ave, Pasadena

  • #26 – Saint-Oyant Studio

    1170 N Catalina Ave, Pasadena

  • #27 – Linley Eathorne Studio

    868 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena

  • #28 – Renée Rusak Strouse

    1716 Morada Place. Altadena

  • #29 – Chantal Giddens Studio

    2174 Midlothian Dr. Altadena

  • #30 – Leah Knecht Studio

    1208 N. Oxford Ave. Pasadena

  • #31 – Christodoulides Studio

    1958 Beverly Dr. Pasadena


Apr 26 2016
Goldman Sachs GS Bank $1 Minimum Opening Balance High Interest Rate CD #gsbank
Goldman Sachs Bank
Note: for what it is worth, I tried to open an account and got to the “Review and Sign” page and hit submit and the page goes nowhere and if you call to speak to someone, be prepared to be on hold for a while.

Thank you for applying for an account at GS Bank.

An unexpected error has occurred while processing your application and we are unable to continue at this time. Please try again or call us toll free at 1-855-730-SAVE (7283) for assistance. Please reference ID xxxx when calling so we can better assist you.

Apparently no confirmation, a complete waste of time, Goldman Sachs is obviously not ready for online banking when they can’t even process or confirm an online application. Give them a few months and try again.

A new internet bank has launched from Goldman Sachs. Named GS Bank, the minimum to open an account is $1, interest rates start at 1% up to over 2% yield on certificate of deposits.
You can open an account in less than 10 minutes.
Some info on the savings account:
Apr 25 2016
HP LaserJet Pro M377dw Color All-in-One Printer $299.99 @staples @hp

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Apr 22 2016
VegFest Los Angeles 2016 – May 1st, 2016 Woodley Park

FREE attendance this year!

VegFest Los Angeles 2016 will be held on May 1st, 2016 at Woodley Park in Lake Balboa (San Fernando Valley). It’s all vegan!

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page – Click Here!

All Vegan Festival with…
Over 100+ Exhibitors!
40+ Food Booths!
Oasis Beer and Wine Garden! – $5 craft beer pints, wine, and specialty drinks
Guest Speakers: Rawvana, Freelee the Banana Girl, Durian Rider, Gene Baur, Steven Smith (Forks Over Knives), and more!
Cooking Demos with PCRM, Mr. & Mrs. Vegan, and more!
Live Bands including Nina & Randa, GrooveSession, the Turners, and more!
Animal Adoptions!
Kids’ Kingdom!

We welcome attendees to a magnificent day filled with food, fun and inspiration. The combination of a delicious vegan international food court, great live music, empowering speakers on health, environmental, humanitarian and animal topics, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, an eco-marketplace with typically over 150 vendors, cooking demos and more, make for an an unforgettable earth-friendly experience that is sure to be enjoyable for all!



For more details or to become a vendor, please visit us at:

Many of you may recognize us – we were WorldFest for the past 15 years. We’re back now as VegFest Los Angeles.
Sunday, May 1 at 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, California 91406

Apr 22 2016
Caltech World IP Day 2016 Got IP? Intellectual Property & Innovation April 28, 2016 @Caltech #CaltechLiftOff @CaltechLiftOff #WorldIP

World IP Day 2016

Got IP? Intellectual Property & Innovation

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 3PM

Admission is free, registration is requested

Register Here

A panel of intellectual property experts will discuss the many facets of IP that engineers and scientists encounter in different work settings. The panel will outline the importance of intellectual property protection for entities producing technology and the challenges and opportunities that IP provides to scientists working in startups, big companies, and academia and provide providing guidance on how to prepare for these challenge and opportunities.

Where:  Caltech Hameetman Auditorium in the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics

When: Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2016 (program from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; reception following)


3:00-3:10 pm: Welcome and introductions

3:10-3:30 pm: USPTO introduction – John Cabeca Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office

3:30-4:30 pm: Panel

Wayne Sobon, IP Attorney and former AIPLA President

Kevin De Bre, Partner Stubbs Alderton and Markiles LLP

Tim Loomis, Vice President and Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property Policy, Qualcomm

Case Cortese, Caltech Director for Innovation, New Ventures & Entrepreneurship

4:30-5:30 pm: Networking reception

This event is brought to you by Caltech as part of World IP Day, which was created by the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO) to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity, World IP Day events across the United States are supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Here is a video message from the USPTO for the 2015 World IP Day featuring then USPTO Deputy Director, Russell Slifer: World IP Day message from USPTO.



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