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Anthony Bourdain June 25, 1956 - June 8, 2018

Today is June 25. It would have been Anthony Bourdain’s 65th birthday. We lost the celebrity chef, author and documentarian in 2018, just over 3 years ago. Bourdain was a […]

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I ran into a former colleague of mine at a store not too long ago. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and asked each other what the other was reading. I […]

Information, Entertainment: A Reading List for the Week of January 4, 2021

We’ve had a challenging week with Wednesday’s turmoil in Washington, DC. You may be the kind of person who is glued to your favorite news source, bleary-eyed and breathless with […]

Image of Rose Parade band in street with people lined up on both sides, 1926

It was sometime in 1889 during a meeting of the Valley Hunt Club that a distinguished professor by the name of Dr. Charles F. Holder shared an idea he had […]

Color image of Eddie Van Halen in shirt and jacket, with long hair. Image dates from 1993 by Alan Light, used under CC by 2.0 license from wikimedia.

Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955; his family left the Netherlands in 1962 and settled in Pasadena. Eddie grew up here, attended Pasadena High School and Pasadena […]

Local and family history research - six online resources you can use from home

Do you like local history or learning about your family‚Äôs history? Research of this kind often requires a visit to the library to browse through city directories, photos, genealogical records, […]

Detail of eagle head totem on carved and painted Native American flute by Chief Arthur Two Crows, 1987

  Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson The latest from Hobson (Deep Ellum) is a smart, dark novel of adolescence, death, and rural secrets set in late-1980s Oklahoma. […]

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, July 1969 (used via Wikimedia Commons; source: NASA/Public Domain)

  Saturday, July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the first time humans landed on the moon. An amazing moment in history shared by everyone on this planet. Commemorate the […]

USS Pasadena Commissioned Launched December 28, 1943 Commissioned June 8, 1944 served in the Pacific theater in WWII

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe by Allied Forces, landing on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. It is the largest-ever invasion by […]

HOME: A State of MInd: Join us Sat 5/18 10 am-2 pm to celebrate Pasadena Mental Health Day 2019

  We are celebrating Pasadena Mental Health Day 2019 on Saturday, May 18 with keynote speakers, a resource fair, and panel discussions about mental health. In honor of the occasion, […]