Pasadena’s 4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar Provides Outlet for Vendors to Network

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now CorrespondentPhoto: Deborah Brancic

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Pasadena’s 4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar saw a steady flow of traffic on Wednesday, as shoppers passed through the Rotunda at City Hall to browse items with several vendors who had set up tables. Proceeds from the event will go to support programs at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, according to Linda Offray, the event organizer.

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The ACLU Educates Community Members on Drones and NSA Surveillance

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) held a forum Tuesday night to discuss the details surrounding the National Security Agency (NSA) and its intrusion into the basic civil liberties enjoyed by U.S. citizens.

Topics of the night included data collection and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), detention centers, drones, and several court cases involving these issues. A few dozen attendees listened and participated in the discussion at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. Continue reading

Junior League of Pasadena Needs Support to Meet Today’s Deadline

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

A Pasadena-based non-profit organization is in the final stages of an online competition, and currently about two hundred votes shy of third place.

The Junior League of Pasadena (JLP), an organization of women who volunteer in the community and participate in projects designed to improve quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley, has been reaching out to their membership and social media family throughout the past week to gain votes for LA Photo Party’s Annual Non-Profit Party Package Giveaway. Continue reading

Central Park South Reopens, Beautification Complete

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now CorrespondentPhoto: Deborah Brancic

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City officials and representatives from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the Tournament of Roses gathered in Central Park early Tuesday afternoon to officially reopen the southern end of the park, with its newest landscaping and beautification projects completed.

Mayor Bill Bogaard held a pair of scissors up to a large yellow ribbon, as he, Councilmember Steve Madison, City Manager Michael Beck, Tournament of Roses CEO William Flynn, and Scotts Miracle-Gro Vice President of Sales John McCarthy posed for pictures. Continue reading

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Art Center’s Car Classic 2013 Puts Future Designers in Touch With the Past

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now CorrespondentPhoto: Deborah Brancic

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The twelfth year of the Car Classic at the Art Center College of Design saw a record number of people show up for the event on Sunday. Close to 1800 people passed through the sculpture garden on the college campus throughout the day to view the large collection of classic and modern vehicles that had been “Inspired by Nature,” according to Jay Sanders, executive director of the undergraduate transportation design department. Twenty-four trophies were awarded to motor vehicles on display at the event, in categories such as student’s choice, people’s choice, kid’s choice, classic beauty, motorsport innovation, designer’s choice, and inspired by nature, amongst others. Continue reading

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Lincoln Village Festival Sees Its Tenth Year

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Children and adults gathered on the grounds of the John Muir High School Saturday afternoon to celebrate the tenth year of the Lincoln Village Festival, organized each year by the Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA). The annual event was designed to bring the community together, with many vendors setting up booths and contributing to the festivities. Continue reading

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Police Dogs Demonstrate Crime-Fighting Skills at Police Foundation Breakfast

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Officer Matt Widger with K-9 "Nico" at the Pasadena Police Foundation's Breakfast called "Take A Bite Out of Crime" at Brookside Golf Course on October 10, 2013. Photo: Deborah Brancic
Officer Matt Widger with K-9 “Nico” at the Pasadena Police Foundation’s Breakfast called “Take A Bite Out of Crime” at Brookside Golf Course on October 10, 2013.
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A crime-fighting dog located several boxes of “narcotics” in the Brookside Country Club early Thursday morning, as part of a skills demonstration.

Officer Steve Arcand led his four-legged partner, Figo, in a search of the room as a crowd in the banquet hall watched in amusement. Continue reading

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Wicked Lit 2013 Brings Classic Horror Theatre to a Real Cemetery

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Pictured is the cast of Sleepy Hollow and producer/writers of Wicked Lit. In front: Eric DeLoretta (Ichabod Crane). In back from left: Shawn Savage (Brom Bones), Jonathan Josephson (producer/writer), Ilona Anna Kulinska (Katrina Von Tassel), Jeff G. Rack (producer/writer), Michael Prichard (Baltrus Van Tassel), David Reynolds (ensemble). Photo: Deborah Brancic

Pictured is the cast of Sleepy Hollow and producer/writers of Wicked Lit. In front: Eric DeLoretta (Ichabod Crane). In back from left: Shawn Savage (Brom Bones), Jonathan Josephson (producer/writer), Ilona Anna Kulinska (Katrina Von Tassel), Jeff G. Rack (producer/writer), Michael Prichard (Baltrus Van Tassel), David Reynolds (ensemble).
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Classic horror theater in a real cemetery? Nothing could be more perfect for Halloween.

Unbound Productions, a nonprofit theater company based in Los Angeles, has begun its fifth annual production of Wicked Lit, a series of plays adapting classic horror literature into an interactive experience for theater attendees. Continue reading

ASID Home and Kitchen Tour Draws a Large Crowd for a Self-Guided Tour

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Visitors view the master bedroom in a house in La Canada, designed by Sara Ingrassia. Photo: Deborah Brancic

Visitors view the master bedroom in a house in La Canada, designed by Sara Ingrassia.
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San Gabriel Valley residents were in for a treat Sunday morning as they drove to four different homes to view the winning entries for the 27th Annual Home and Kitchen Tour. Over six hundred tickets were sold for the Tour, which promised to be very beneficial for the Union Station Homeless Services, which will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales this year. Continue reading

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Students Share Fears of Substance Abuse and Bullying at the 4th Annual State of the Kids Event

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Students share their concerns with attendees at the 4th Annual State of the Kids Event. Photo: Deborah Brancic
Students share their concerns with attendees at the 4th Annual State of the Kids Event.
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Cheryl Greer Jarmin, professor of human development at Pacific Oaks College, was the keynote speaker for the event. Photo: Deborah Brancic

Cheryl Greer Jarmin, professor of human development at Pacific Oaks College, was the keynote speaker for the event.
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The 4th annual State of the Kids Event at the Rose Bowl Pavilion brought a record number of students in touch with town officials Wednesday evening. The night included a breakout session in which the youth were paired with their elders to discuss several issues including school problems, fears, hopes, and any suggestions the children believed would make them feel safer. The pairing was meant to educate those in charge about what their young constituents believed was lacking.

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