Author: Lauren Holland

Nothing says ‘home for the holidays’ like the aroma of home baked goods.

With the food holidays upon us, the memories of home and homecomings always include arriving to the smells of something delicious coming from the oven. I was particularly blessed because my mother made a career out of food. A waitress from the age of 14, Mom made it her life’s work to feed people. I think I can safely say she worked at every diner and eatery in Pasadena, from the lunch counter at Woolworth’s in the early 70’s to owning the Putter Inn at the Altadena Golf Course in the early 80’s. What I’m saying is Mom knows...

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Confessions of a self-interested human being

I promised a long time ago that I would write about the substandard insurance company that was legally bound to handle my not-so-recent auto crash claim. And then I delayed the excoriating exposé that I had imagined writing for purely selfish reasons. It all began on Sept. 19. That’s when I was T-boned. I thought I was going to have a bad day, and I was right. But six-months later, I still have not received full satisfaction from Robert Moreno Insurance Services (RMIS). I have not ever been “made whole,” as they say, and likely never will be. Having personally...

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Dec
12
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10:00 am Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
An old-fashioned wreath making class runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will use traditional and unusual greens, including some from the LA Flower Mart, to make the wreaths. All materials are included. Guests should[...]
7:00 pm J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
The weekly showcase features Christmas carols with Annette Conlon, Brainard & Corman, Tim Tedrow, Alice Wallace, Wild Mountain Mystics, The Hardly Sisters and Marty Axelrod at 7 p.m. Free.
Dec
13
Wed
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm
Michele Zack discusses and signs “Lisu: Far from the Ruler” at 7 p.m.
Dec
14
Thu
10:00 am Nutrition for Healthy Eyes at Pa... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Nutrition for Healthy Eyes at Pa... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am
A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film[...]
2:30 pm Wildflower “Superbloom” Garden T... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Wildflower “Superbloom” Garden T... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Dec 14 @ 2:30 pm
A garden talk features Kathy Musial, the Huntington’s curator of living collections discussing last spring’s “super bloom” of California wildflowers in an illustrated lecture, with images from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park,[...]

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