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<strong>July</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

The Great<br />

Outdoors<br />


With Veggie Sauces and Marinades<br />


Rev Up Your Summer Parties<br />


A Family Affair for Nearly<br />

Half a Century<br />


Work Out in the Stadium<br />

Of Champions

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VOLUME 15 | NUMBER 07 | JULY <strong>2019</strong><br />

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PHOTOS: (top)Courtesy of WonderTent Parties; (bottom right) Brenda Rees<br />

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Save the planet and your taste buds by grilling veggies and topping<br />

them with dressings and marinades.<br />



With a little (or a lot) of help, your summer party can be the talk of the town.<br />



Stadium Fitness promises to train you “where legends have played.”<br />



The California Cactus Center nurtures botanical wonders and familial<br />

bonds.<br />



09 FESTIVITIES The Blue Ribbon lunches, Indecent opens, LACO<br />

celebrates<br />


37 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS Mixology Month<br />

38 ARROYO COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH The Ginny Hendricks<br />

39 THE LIST AmericaFest toasts <strong>July</strong> 4th, the Cal Phil celebrates Bastille Day and<br />

more<br />

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Sumer is icumen in, as my high school<br />

music class used to sing many moons<br />

ago. I have a lot more summers<br />

under my belt than winters, ever since<br />

trudging through Boston blizzards in<br />

college and ice storms in Kansas City<br />

where I worked on a local newspaper.<br />

Actually, landlocked Kansas City<br />

is the extreme weather champ, in my<br />

experience: it’s both the coldest and<br />

the hottest place I’ve ever lived.<br />

Of course, there are other contenders<br />

for sweltering summers,<br />

including humid New York City and<br />

Miami, where I also worked as a<br />

reporter. I remember an early lesson in not being penny wise and pound<br />

foolish when I neglected to buy a car with air-conditioning. Sometimes<br />

I’d be sopping wet when I showed up for assignments.<br />

SoCal summers may be much drier, but they carry their own hazards<br />

— including deadly wildfi res — that are intensifying due to climate<br />

change. But the ability to spend many summer days outdoors in comfort<br />

is still a thing here, especially with our cooler desert nights. So this issue<br />

celebrates the season of life en plein air, with suggestions for outdoor<br />

fi tness, food, gardening and great parties.<br />

The intrepid Noela Hueso scampered up and down the Rose Bowl’s<br />

77 steps — four times — to sample the supercharged workouts offered by<br />

Stadium Fitness at the legendary venue. Kitchen Confessions columnist<br />

Leslie Bilderback explains why you should consider grilling vegetables<br />

rather than the traditional red meat and tempts you with recipes for<br />

delicious sauces and marinades. Brenda Rees visits East Pasadena’s<br />

California Cactus Center, where one family has excelled in propagating<br />

and selling rare and common cacti and succulents for 47 years.<br />

And don’t miss Brenda’s story about a new entertaining trend —<br />

backyard glamping (a.k.a. luxury camping). You’d be surprised how<br />

much tents, pillows, movie screens, chandeliers and/or other accoutrements<br />

can raise the fun factor of your outdoor parties this summer.<br />

—Irene Lacher<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Irene Lacher<br />

ART DIRECTOR Stephanie Torres<br />



EDITOR-AT-LARGE Bettijane Levine<br />

COPY EDITOR John Seeley<br />

CONTRIBUTORS Leslie Bilderback, Léon Bing,<br />

Martin Booe, Michael Cervin, Scarlet Cheng,<br />

Richard Cunningham, Tommy Ewasko, Noela<br />

Hueso, Kathleen Kelleher, Frier McCollister, Brenda<br />

Rees, Jordan Riefe, Ilsa Setziol, John Sollenberger,<br />

Nancy Spiller<br />


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PAYROLL Linda Lam<br />

ACCOUNTING Perla Castillo, Quinton Wright<br />

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Jill Baldauf and Terri Kohl<br />

Scott Harrison with Carol and Warner Henry and Anne-Marie and Leslie Lassiter<br />

PHOTOS: © Luque Photograph (The Blue Ribbon); JBen Gibbs (LACO Concert Gala); Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging (Indecent)<br />

Terri Kohl<br />

Jackie Rosenberg, Jill Baldauf, Diane Morton and Terri Kohl<br />

Nearly 140 Blue Ribbon members welcomed incoming President<br />

Terri Kohl, a noted Pasadena philanthropist, at the Dorothy<br />

Chandler Pavilion on May 22. “Terri is passionate about the<br />

performing arts and making a difference and will guide The Blue<br />

Ribbon into the future,” outgoing President Jill Baldauf told the<br />

preeminent women’s support group for The Music Center at its<br />

Jane Kaczmarek<br />

annual general meeting and luncheon. The Blue Ribbon also<br />

named arts advocate Diane Morton its <strong>2019</strong> Woman of the<br />

Year; the longtime Blue Ribbon member has donated millions<br />

to the Music Center, including a $1.25 million legacy gift to The<br />

Blue Ribbon’s Children’s Festival Endowment, which she made<br />

with her son, James Gelb…George Takei, Justin Kirk and<br />

Richard Schiff were among the many actors who joined Pulitzer<br />

Prize–winning playwright Paula Vogel and Tony Award–winning<br />

Director Rebecca Taichman at the June 9 opening of their<br />

play, Indecent, at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A. The<br />

play, about a scandalous Yiddish theater production a century<br />

ago, brought the audience to its feet and runs through <strong>July</strong> 7…<br />

On May 2, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra moved to a sleek<br />

new location — the InterContinental Hotel in downtown L.A. — for<br />

its annual gala, co-chaired by Pasadena’s Carol Henry and<br />

Anne-Marie Spataru. The ensemble welcomed Music Director<br />

Designate Jaime Martin, who conducted a performance of de<br />

Falla’s “El amor brujo” with Sierra Madre mezzo-soprano Suzanna<br />

Guzmán, and honored acclaimed concertmaster Margaret<br />

Batjer, who performed two Bach concertos against a backdrop<br />

of city lights.<br />

Margaret Batjer and Cho-Liang Lin<br />

Jaime Martin, Laureate Jeffrey Kahane and Martha Kahane<br />

George Takei Justin Kirk Richard Schiff Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman<br />

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SUMMER<br />

Save the planet and your taste buds by grilling veggies<br />

and topping them with dressings and marinades.<br />


It’s officially summer, which in Southern California (and<br />

most of America) means outdoor<br />

activities. The beach, the park, thepublic pool and, of course, the backyard. This<br />

is the season when entertaining officially moves outside.<br />

But lately, especially here in California, summer outdoor activities have<br />

faced a number of obstacles. Though we’ve had a record wet spring, I am<br />

bracing for a repeat of last year’s extreme heat, which drove me back inside<br />

more than once. A sky full of smoke from wild fires, which experts warn will<br />

become the new normal, also kept me in. And all that rainwater has produced<br />

an unusually large crop of mosquitos, which made hanging outside in the cool<br />

dusk — prime BBQ hours — miserable and hazardous. But even if none of those<br />

elements keep you inside this summer, these environmental changes are going to<br />

force us to reevaluate our idea of summer fun.There is no doubt that climate change has<br />

altered our environment. That I can see it in my lifetime is upsetting enough. What lies<br />

in store for my progeny is what keeps me up at night. Sure, your canvas tote bag and solarpowered<br />

phone charger are totally helping. But if you really want to make an impact, there<br />

is one significant thing you can do right now.<br />

Stop eating beef.<br />

By now, everyone is aware that factory farming is killing the planet. Numerous studies,<br />

international political movements and films have been highlighting the dangers<br />

for over a decade. (The 2008 film Food Inc. changed the way I sourced product at work.)<br />

There have been moderate attempts to offer planet-friendly alternatives to the masses,<br />

such as cage-free eggs and grass-fed meat. Chefs are creating plant-based menus, and the<br />

faux “Impossible Burger” is available from the best white-tableclothed joint to Burger<br />

King. But we still drool at the first whiff of charring meat. I’m fairly convinced that the<br />

Char Boy burger joint in my neighborhood doesn’t need to vent its grill smoke onto the<br />

street — but doing so is advertising genius.<br />

What will it take to get Americans to lay off cows? Perhaps the best incentive is fear of<br />

planetary extinction.<br />

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–continued from page 10<br />

While the “they’re coming for our hamburgers” rhetoric has been used as fodder<br />

for the anti–Green New Deal faction (the deal that, by the way, mentions nothing<br />

about beef), it is true that switching to a plant-focused diet is the single biggest thing<br />

we can do to lower greenhouse-gas emissions. In fact, of the four most important<br />

changes humans can make — eat plants, limit air travel, go car-free and have smaller<br />

families — giving up meat will have the largest impact, and it is the only one I am<br />

readily able to do. (Reminder — broccoli is cheaper than a Tesla.)<br />

A recent National Academy of Sciences study on the environmental impact of<br />

animal foods looked at five of the most consumed animal products — beef, dairy,<br />

pork, poultry and eggs. It makes perfect sense that beef, the largest of the factoryfarmed<br />

animals, is 10 times more damaging to the planet than other animal foods we<br />

consume. Beef production is responsible for 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.<br />

Cutting out red meat would do more for the planet than abandoning cars. It would<br />

also be easier and faster. (Which is a relief, because I love driving my manual transmission<br />

way more than I love beef.)<br />

Although total livestock is the largest land user worldwide, the beef production<br />

uses 28 times more land, and 11 times more water, than each of the other four animal<br />

products. This means that you don’t even need to go as far as veganism to make an<br />

impact. Although, when compared to plant food production, beef uses 160 times<br />

more land, and creates 11 times the emissions. And because we live in a droughtfamiliar<br />

part of the country, you might find it interesting that one pound of beef<br />

requires 2,400 gallons of water, while one pound of wheat uses a mere 25 gallons. So,<br />

yeah, thanks for putting that brick in your toilet tank and turning off the faucet while<br />

you brush, but how ’bout you lay off the carne asada this weekend? It will save more<br />

water than a year of skipped showers.<br />

I know. It’s grilling season. And grilling is as ’Merican as hamburger. And while I<br />

am encouraging you to lay off meat completely, I will settle for a temporary abstention<br />

from beef. To facilitate this, I am offering some suggestions for beef-free grilling<br />

that will not only make your smoke-choked, mosquito-infested barbeque a success,<br />

they will also help stem the tide of global warming.<br />

My biggest peeve regarding vegetarianism is the compulsion many feel to make<br />

it seem like meat. Plants taste good as they are, and to disguise them does Mother<br />

Nature a disservice. Literally anything can be grilled, and everything is improved<br />

with the taste of the grill. Vegetable grilling is not rocket science, and there are a<br />

plethora of ideas in cookbooks and on the Internet for you to sift through. I have<br />

rounded up some of my favorites, with the caveat that you can easily create your<br />

own versions. I routinely grill all kinds of vegetables in the summer — not just the<br />

standard Portobello mushrooms and corn (which are perfect and delicious). Try<br />

quartered cauliflower, skewered Brussels sprouts, sliced winter squash, asparagus<br />

spears (place them perpendicular to the grill slats!), whole cherry tomatoes, hearts of<br />

romaine or radicchio and avocados (halved and pitted with skin on). Once the veggies<br />

are charred, they can be tossed with a dressing, chopped and stuffed into flatbread or<br />

sandwiched between buns.<br />

Giving up meat altogether would be the ideal. But asking 400 million people to<br />

go meatless without some sort of immediate incentive (because it’s obvious that saving<br />

the planet is not enough of a motivator) is going to be challenging. What I will<br />

ask, though, is for you to give up red meat, at least a couple days a week. By doing<br />

this, you can still significantly reduce your carbon footprint.<br />



All of these marinades are prepared by simply mixing all the ingredients together and<br />

macerating with your chosen vegetables for about 1 hour before grilling. When the<br />

veggies hit the grill, cook them until they are marked and a little charred. No need to<br />

check internal temperatures! Times will vary depending on the vegetables, but nothing<br />

will take longer than five to 10 minutes. You can grill veggies individually, lock<br />

them into a grilling basket or thread them on skewers. It’s easier, healthier and more<br />

conscience-soothing than a steak ever was.<br />

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Indian Curried Yogurt Marinade<br />

Try this with quartered red onion, cauliflower, halved new potatoes, green beans and<br />

pumpkin. It’s great for chicken too. Scoop it up with some garlic naan.<br />


2 cups plain yogurt<br />

6 cloves garlic, minced<br />

2 to 3 tablespoons grated ginger<br />

Middle-Eastern Pomegranate Marinade<br />

Try this with halved parsnips, turnips, carrots, romaine hearts or summer squash.<br />

Not bad with lamb either. Serve with some grilled pita and fresh hummus.<br />


1 cup plain yogurt<br />

1 cup pomegranate juice<br />

¼ cup balsamic vinegar<br />

Grated zest of 1 lemon<br />

1 chopped shallot<br />

Thai Green Curry Marinade<br />

Try this with red or yellow bell peppers, zucchini, whole green onions, new potatoes,<br />

sweet potatoes, asparagus and wedged green or Savoy cabbage. Toss them into a dish<br />

of noodles or over a bowl of rice. It’s also great for shrimp.<br />


1 cup coconut milk<br />

Grated zest and juice of 1 lime<br />

2 tablespoons coconut or canola oil<br />

1 tablespoon grated ginger<br />

Provençal Marinade<br />

Perfect for zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, fennel and artichokes. Chop<br />

them and layer onto a grilled flatbread, then top with goat cheese for a decadent summer<br />

pizza.<br />


Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon<br />

¼ cup red wine vinegar<br />

½ cup olive oil<br />

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard<br />

1 tablespoon honey<br />

3 tablespoons tandoori or garam masala<br />

spice blend<br />

¼ cup coconut or canola oil<br />

1 teaspoon sesame oil<br />

1 teaspoon cumin<br />

1 teaspoon cinnamon<br />

Pinch of sea salt<br />

1 teaspoon ground cumin<br />

¼ cup fi nely chopped cilantro<br />

2 to 4 tablespoons green curry paste<br />

1 tablespoon prepared pesto<br />

1 tablespoon herbes de Provence (or<br />

½ tablespoon each of thyme, oregano,<br />

rosemary, lavender)<br />

Soy Balsamic Marinade<br />

Use this for summer squash, eggplant, whole baby bok choy, green onions, broccoli<br />

and carrots. It’s also perfect for your favorite firm fish filet. Finish with fresh chopped<br />

cilantro and black sesame seeds.<br />


¼ cup balsamic vinegar<br />

3 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari<br />

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup<br />

Sesame Peanut Marinade<br />

Try with bok choy, cauliflower, whole small or halved large carrots, parsnips, zucchini,<br />

sweet potatoes and even pineapple wheels. Terrific on pork too.<br />


¼ cup peanut butter<br />

¼ cup rice wine vinegar<br />

2 tablespoons soy sauce<br />

2 tablespoons sesame oil<br />

Spicy Marinade for Tropical Fruit<br />

Try this marinade for mango, pineapple, kiwi and bananas, firm melons and cucumbers.<br />

Then serve the finished fruits over cool sorbet with a coconut macaroon.<br />


½ cup maple syrup<br />

Grated zest and juice of 1 lime<br />

¼ teaspoon ground cumin<br />

Honey Port Marinade for...<br />

Try this with whole figs, peaches, plums, pears and, when the season arrives in the<br />

fall, persimmons. Spoon over vanilla ice cream, or into a crispy meringue cup.<br />


1 cup Port wine<br />

1 tablespoon honey<br />

1 tablespoon brown sugar<br />

2 tablespoons olive oil<br />

½ teaspoon sesame oil<br />

2 cloves garlic, minced<br />

2 tablespoons peanut oil<br />

1 tablespoon honey<br />

1 to 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce or<br />

Sriracha<br />

¼ teaspoon nutmeg<br />

¼ teaspoon cinnamon<br />

¼ teaspoon cayenne<br />

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange<br />

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper<br />

½ teaspoon ground cardamom<br />

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With a little (or a lot) of help, your summer party can be the talk of the town.<br />


PHOTOS: Courtesy of WonderTent Parties<br />

The staycation phenomenon spotlighted the pleasures of hanging out inside your home,<br />

offering you a chance to relax and unwind in the comfort of your own recliner or bed,<br />

where you can get lost in an assortment of Netflix-binging options. And a new trend<br />

aims to reintroduce you to your patio, porch, deck and backyard in ways you didn’t think<br />

possible.<br />

Now glamping, or luxurious camping — combining a nature experience with lavish furnishings<br />

— is hitting closer to home. Backyard barbecues are becoming more extravagant,<br />

baby showers more memorable. Birthday sleepovers are celebrated with enchanted flair, and<br />

simple family gatherings are benefiting from greater creativity.<br />

Backyard glamping is officially a thing. Just scan Pinterest and see the thousands of images<br />

folks are posting of their elaborate thematic setups, their clever use of lighting draped<br />

inside and outside of canvas tents that are artfully decorated with throw pillows, Moroccan<br />

rugs and hanging chandeliers. Kids’ sleepover parties are enhanced with Martha Stewart–<br />

inspired crafts, tasteful design elements encircling the “campfire” (a.k.a. fire pit) and giant<br />

outdoor versions of Jenga and Connect Four.<br />

If these extras sound exhausting for the time-crunched host and hostess, don’t worry.<br />

A handful of companies are making it easier for clients to throw a backyard glamping<br />

experience, because organizing a gathering — no matter how big or small — comes with its<br />

own set of stresses. Hosts work with designers to tailor the events (such as bridal showers,<br />

graduations, book-club meetings or girls’ night-outs) to be as elaborate or simple as needed.<br />

On the day of the event, all the necessary gear and accessories will be delivered and often<br />

set up for you. After the shindig, crews pack everything up so there’s no post-party hassle<br />

and cleanup.<br />

“We started thinking we would focus on children, but we learned quickly that adults<br />

want these kinds of experiences as much as kids do,” says Trish Healy, founder of Studio<br />

City–based WonderTent Parties, launched in 2017. Originally from Australia, Healy said<br />

the idea for the company was sparked by a request from 13-year-old Celia, a child she and<br />

her husband were fostering at the time. Celia’s Christmas wish list included a sleepover,<br />

something she had yet to experience. This simple request turned into not just an unforgettable<br />

event for Celia (who’s now officially adopted by the couple) but a business opportunity<br />

for Healy, who decided to elevate the humble slumber party into a memory-making event.<br />

And who can blame parents when they see kids having fun with their friends in a<br />

relatively nondigital manner? In addition to tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and lanterns,<br />

parties can include a karaoke machine, popcorn cart, dress-up clothes and more. Adults,<br />

says Healy, have options to kick it up a notch with five-star experiences that have included<br />

gourmet dining on low tables, wine or tequila tastings, massage tables, sushi sampling, a<br />

Tiki bar, tarot card readings and more.<br />

Of course, low-key requests are also popular. Healy once organized a Father’s Day<br />

backyard glamping party for a few families that involved a dinner, a movie and tents. “The<br />

families brought the dads’ favorite recliners outside for them to watch the movie,” she says,<br />

explaining that clients often personalize their parties with items they already own. “Backyard<br />

glamping is all about creating a shared experience with others.”<br />

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Another company that serendipitously fell into serving backyard glampers is Los<br />

Angeles–based Joymode, which has been offering camping bundles for folks wanting to<br />

camp — without the ruggedness and/or the gear hassle — at such far-flung destinations as<br />

Joshua Tree and the Pacific Coast. Joymode drops off all the gear for you at the campsite<br />

(yes, you have to set it up yourself) and picks it up afterward. In addition to warm canvas<br />

tents, they supply rugs, air mattresses, sturdy camp chairs and other accoutrements to<br />

make your campsite the envy of the others.<br />

Realizing that a campsite can be a close as a client’s own backyard, Joymode started<br />

offering home glamping bundles which can, according to Molly Schmidt, the company’s<br />

head of merchandise, “take an ordinary weekend or sleepover party and turn it into a<br />

magical event because you are outdoors. You can do all the traditional camping things —<br />

roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, snuggle in your sleeping bags — but you’re not far<br />

from home. It’s the ultimate in low-tech comfort.”<br />

Camping gear is bulky and often needed only sporadically, so renting from a company<br />

that will supply and sanitize everything is a popular choice, says Schmidt. If a person has<br />

never set up a tent before, detailed but simple instructions are included for novices. Rental<br />

products are intensely curated so folks will experience the crème de la crème of blenders,<br />

projection screens, Go-Pro cameras, even TheraGun professional massagers. “This is a way<br />

for many of our clients to get access to these items and test them out,” says Schmidt. Clients<br />

often suggest items for the company to carry; a big request lately is baby gear available<br />

for traveling parents who don’t want to lug all the extras with them. Likewise, Healy has<br />

had clients who have fallen in love with certain items (usually cushions and tableware along<br />

with kids’ products) and want to purchase them outright. “That’s another area we never<br />

thought about before,” she says.<br />

But cool accessories aside, the experience is what really matters. When her preschool<br />

daughter’s annual camping trip to Big Pines was rained out earlier this year, Mary Everard<br />

of West Los Angeles canceled her Joymode gear delivery but decided to rent a backyard<br />

tent package that included a projector and screen for Disney movies. “It was really fun, we<br />

made a weekend of it,” she says, explaining that she wanted her two older children (ages 3<br />

and 5) to have good memories of these “little things that are out of the ordinary that they<br />

did with their family when they were young.”<br />

At its core, backyard glamping is about human connection, explains Healy. “We<br />

are living in an age when people are a little removed from each other, even with social<br />

media,” she says. “This is about bringing friends and family together in a loving home<br />

environment where you can create amazing experiences. It’s a natural extension of the<br />

comfort and warmth of your home — and how wonderful that you want to share that with<br />

friends and others around you.” ||||<br />

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Hosting an event in your own backyard has pros and cons, says Kelsey Sheofsky, the<br />

founder of Shelter Co., a luxury pop-up camping and outdoor-events supplier based in<br />

Northern California. In addition to managing large events, Sheofsky has overseen numerous<br />

backyard kid’s parties, bar mitzvahs and 50th birthdays as well as large weddings and<br />

other formal events.<br />

Smaller events are easier to plan, and “when you are in your backyard, you are on familiar<br />

ground,” she adds. Crowd control is not the only issue with large events. “There are lots<br />

of considerations and costs, especially things you might not automatically think about, like<br />

landscape lighting, parking and how a septic system will hold up,” she says.<br />

For overnight events, there is always a fear that guests won’t enjoy the experience.<br />

“People are always concerned, saying that ‘My family doesn’t camp!’ They don’t like being<br />

outdoors” says Sheofsky. “But 100 percent of the time, we get people telling us that they<br />

have had the best sleep in years in our tents. So warm and cozy. Don’t be afraid if you think<br />

you don’t have an outdoor crowd — they will really enjoy themselves.”<br />

Thinking about a summer backyard glamping event? Designers and party-planners say<br />

to let your own creativity be your guide, especially when you want to keep the budget low<br />

but fun factor high. Keep the audience in mind, whether it’s adolescent girls, middle-school<br />

boys, members of your book club or out-of-town family members.<br />

In general, look around your closets and garage for items that can — with a few glam<br />

touches — be repurposed outside. Maybe a trip to local thrift stores, Ikea, Cost Plus,<br />

Costco and Target is in order. Remember, style and substance along with unusual activities<br />

can transform a simple gathering into the Best Summer Party Ever.<br />



1) It’s glamping, so you’ve got to have a tent or a tent-like enclosure to define a<br />

party-mood space. You can dust off that extra-large tent that’s been in your garage for<br />

years, or assemble a series of pop-up canopies decorated with fabric swaths to create<br />

a breezy gazebo structure. There’s always the “tie a rope between tall trees and create<br />

tipi-like structures” approach as well. Depending on your gathering, you may want<br />

just one main party space or a series of rooms. Will there be a food tent? Lounge tent?<br />

Movie tent? Sleeping tent? Even for the budget-minded, this is one item you may want<br />

to rent since it’s the main piece of infrastructure. You might want to think beyond<br />

traditional canvas tents; consider inflatable bubble tents, which are all the rage in the<br />

eco-glamping community. Based in Arizona, Bubble Huts (bubblehuts.com) offers a<br />

selection of see-through structures so you can feel like you are outside...even when you<br />

are technically inside.<br />

2) Furnishings: From mud-cloth to frills, from velvety to plush — pillows of all<br />

sizes and shapes will make your backyard event even glampier. Woven rugs add earthy<br />

textures to the landscape. Colorful rugs beckon guests to sit, stretch out and relax<br />

among friends. Low tables encourage lounging.<br />

3) Eating spaces can be tricky. How formal or casual is the event? Simple dishware<br />

can be easier to clean up. Will there be a sit-down area or buffet line? Maybe food will<br />

be sprinkled throughout various tables and tents? Prepare food in advance so you’re<br />

not stuck behind a grill the entire party. Finger foods are perfect. Of course, what’s a<br />

camping dessert without the obligatory s’mores? Use dark chocolate, trendy flavored<br />

marshmallows and toast over your fire pit.<br />

4) Lighting: The event will probably incorporate dusk and nighttime — it’s camping!<br />

Light up the Tiki torches and string twinkly white lights around the landscape.<br />

Strategically position camping lanterns to set the mood. Opt for flameless candles.<br />

Solar-powered wine-bottle lights cast a rosy golden glow after the sun goes down.<br />

Create a kaleidoscope of color with Bliss Lights laser projections (blisslights.com),<br />

which fling a whirl of rainbow colors onto trees, fences and outdoor walls.<br />

5) Forgo the candles and bug spray, and glam up your insect deterrent. The Mosquito<br />

Repellent DecoShield Lantern (decoshield.com) uses pleasant-smelling all-natural<br />

essential oils and repels mosquitos and biting flies within a 300-square-foot space.<br />

It’s encased in a stylish cover and also serves as a lantern, casting a soft glow.<br />

6) The details: As with all creative endeavors, the devil is in the details. Arrange<br />

cut flowers in mason jars. Incorporate antique sculptures and colorful swaths of flowy<br />

scarves and other materials, lacy hangings and art weavings. Possibilities are endless.<br />

7) But in the end, it’s the shared activities that will make your party. Have friends<br />

bring over their guitars, ukuleles, bongos and keyboards for an impromptu jam session.<br />

If it’s warm, splurge on a three-person adult-size inflatable pool (from Target)<br />

and take turns. Oversized Jenga and Connect Four seem more fun outdoors. But<br />

hands down, watching a movie on a large outdoor screen — maybe a GPX projection<br />

screen — while you are snuggled up in a sleeping bag with your kids or cozying up<br />

to your sweetie could be the ultimate in backyard glamping. Now, the big decision:<br />

Which movie will you watch?<br />

— B.R.<br />

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Innovative decking, swim-up<br />

bars and giant slides are the<br />

hot new trends for Southern<br />

California pools<br />

By Bruce Haring<br />

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Southern California is known as the land of swimming pools. Given our<br />

temperate climate and the recreation and relaxation possibilities afforded<br />

by having access to a pool, many homeowners wouldn’t consider their life<br />

complete without one.<br />

But a pool is really just a hole in the ground filled with water. What really<br />

makes them come alive are the accessories that you bring to it, including<br />

decking, waterfalls, slides, pool bars and other add-ons. These truly make the<br />

space exciting, and appealing added components round out the backyard<br />

swimming pool experience.<br />

US consumers are expected to spend $1.1 billion on their swimming pools in<br />

<strong>2019</strong>, according to research firm IBISworld, a number that is expected to increase<br />

year over year. That means the pool is increasingly the center of home social<br />

life, and given the trend toward integrating indoor and outdoor spaces in home<br />

design, it only figures to keep growing.<br />

Here are some of the hotter trends in Southern California pool design and<br />

accessories.<br />

*** Giant slides: Sure, that 1950s small slide with skinny legs is still around in<br />

some dated homes. But the really fun pools are featuring large slides that would<br />

be right at home in a commercial water park, multiplying the fun and offering<br />

new thrills to your guests. Carrying names like the Adrenaline, the G-Force, and<br />

the Helix-2, these slides offer twists and turns on slides that can measure 20 feet<br />

in vertical height. In many pools, large slides have replaced old-fashioned diving<br />

boards as the center of attention.<br />

*** Because the diving board is largely becoming a relic, so, too, are deep<br />

ends of the pool being eliminated. A new trend is building a pool that’s about<br />

four-feet to six-feet in depth, with some offering a one-foot-deep children’s<br />

area. These are known as sports pools, and are popular with families that like to<br />

get everyone into the water. The smaller depth has an added bonus: because<br />

the water volume is less, it’s less expensive to heat and treat the water, and<br />

installation costs are lower.<br />

*** Part of the fun of socializing around a pool is enjoying some great food<br />

and drink. Some pool owners are borrowing a concept from major resorts and<br />

installing built-in bars in their pools, allowing people to swim up and enjoy a<br />

beverage without leaving the cool waters.<br />

*** Pool decking is becoming more than just a concrete rim around the<br />

water. Decking featuring porcelain tile, a flooring product that can resemble<br />

natural wood, stone or other materials, is popular, and gives the pool area a<br />

contemporary feel. Also rising in stature is the concept of a beach entry, where a<br />

slope allows you to gradually descend into the water, much as you would enter<br />

the ocean from a beach. This touch can be incorporated into your surrounding<br />

areas to create a beautiful landscape. Some decking areas are also featuring<br />

slip-resistant stone epoxy, which lessens the slippery surface that concrete poses<br />

when it gets wet. It’s available in various colors that can compliment the rest of<br />

your design scheme.<br />

*** Another trend in accessories is energy efficient pumps. Large cartridge<br />

pool filters can lessen the need for costly cleanings. Similarly, pool heaters are<br />

becoming more energy efficient, with solar options available for sustainable<br />

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pool warmth. Pool covers can also help keep the water warm and limit water<br />

evaporation.<br />

*** Most cities require you to install a fence around your pool for safety<br />

reasons. But it doesn’t have to present a grim, rigid barrier. Glass fences or mesh<br />

netting pool fences are rising in popularity, presenting a design aesthetic that<br />

provides a unique touch. Just make sure what you propose passes muster with<br />

the town officials before spending.<br />

*** Lighting schemes are also becoming popular add-ons. Advanced LED<br />

lights can change the color of the pool and allows you to keep an eye on all<br />

areas of the water during evening swims.<br />



Mark Meahl is the president of Garden View Landscape, Nursery & Pools,<br />

a Monrovia-based and family-run business that’s been serving Southern<br />

California’s swimming needs since 1978. The company just won the best Water<br />

Feature installation in California from the California Landscape Contractors<br />

Association for a project in Sierra Madre with a real rock grotto in a pool. They<br />

also won the best Landscape renovation in California for another project in Sierra<br />

Madre that had a Japanese garden theme with a pool and pergola.<br />

Meahl says new pool installs and remodels are adding artistic and special<br />

features that make the pool a greater part of outdoor living. “We generally<br />

are placing the outdoor living room close to the pool, so that it becomes a<br />

part of the social hub, along with a beautiful place to enjoy this great Southern<br />

California weather,” Meahl says.<br />

If you have a dream pool, the first step is to talk to an expert to determine<br />

the viability of your vision and establish the budget. “I will come out to the house,<br />

show a computerized portfolio while keeping notes on the clients tastes, style,<br />

scope and budget,” Meahl says. “We will discuss style, theory and how art<br />

applies to the design. We will have a discussion on a budget and break that<br />

down into manageable pieces and discuss how to move forward.”<br />

One trend Meahl has seen in Southern California is the ADU (Additional<br />

Dwelling Units). Planning boards are being encouraged to innovate to help with<br />

the regional housing shortage. ”In many cases, the rules have been relaxed and<br />

these units can be also used as pool houses,” Meahl says. Besides building pools<br />

and outdoor gardens, we are general contractors who employ carpenters and<br />

can build all types of outdoor construction.”<br />

Now, the all-important question: What’s a decent-sized budget? Although<br />

there are plenty of projects below or above, Meahl says his average project is<br />

between $100,000 to $200,000. But, he notes, “Investing in quality does not have<br />

to break the bank. Poor quality is never a good investment for the long term.”<br />

Which, when added together with the hours of enjoyment a pool will bring<br />

friends and family, is a pretty good return on investment.<br />

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arroyo<br />

HOME SALES ABOVE $1,100,000<br />



-0.62%<br />

AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.<br />

-0.06%<br />

may<br />

2018<br />

972<br />

HOMES<br />

SOLD<br />

may<br />

<strong>2019</strong><br />

365<br />

HOMES<br />

SOLD<br />


source: CalREsource<br />



102 South Curtis Ave. 5/31/19 $1,120,000 5 2,179 1920 $813,000 4/5/06<br />

10 North Primrose Ave. 5/28/19 $1,100,000 8 4,874 1926<br />


1560 Homewood Dr. 5/7/19 $2,895,000 4 4,922 1932<br />

2709 Visscher Place 5/31/19 $1,985,000 5 4,204 1915<br />

1374 Hull Lane 5/9/19 $1,566,500 4 2,611 1931 $1,417,500 2/9/15<br />

838 West Heritage Oak Court 5/13/19 $1,475,000 5 3,886 1998 $732,000 1/10/02<br />

1333 Pleasantridge Dr. 5/1/19 $1,400,000 5 5,672 1992<br />

2140 Grand Oaks Ave. 5/28/19 $1,400,000 4 1,717 1948 $1,060,000 2/4/17<br />

1221 New York Dr. 5/30/19 $1,400,000 3 2,355 1922<br />

1163 Beverly Way 5/17/19 $1,340,000 6 2,248 1924 $740,000 2/2/12<br />

1712 Midwick Dr. 5/14/19 $1,240,000 2 1,785 1950 $895,000 10/3/18<br />

2011 Mar Vista Ave. 5/7/19 $1,189,000 5 3,719 1916<br />


960 Singing Wood Dr. 5/30/19 $3,000,000 3 2,605 1953<br />

400 East Rodell Place 5/31/19 $2,780,000 $1,300,000 1/3/14<br />

1230 Ramona Rd. 5/17/19 $2,530,000 4 3,264 1962<br />

2018 South 6th Ave. 5/8/19 $2,200,000 5 5,500 1994 $900,000 1/25/99<br />

1334 Oaklawn Rd. 5/9/19 $2,200,000 3 2,770 1953<br />

1004 Mayfl ower Ave. 5/24/19 $2,180,000 $960,000 11/24/14<br />

230 California St. 5/24/19 $1,650,000 3 1,850 1937 $1,180,000 4/3/15<br />

1727 Highland Oaks Dr. 5/30/19 $1,508,000 3 3,049 1953<br />

338 East Haven Ave. 5/14/19 $1,370,000 4 3,052 1995 $668,000 5/27/03<br />

2566 Loganrita Ave. 5/29/19 $1,200,000 4 2,993 1948<br />

1727 El Vista Circle 5/20/19 $1,190,000 3 1,645 1950<br />

147 Alice St. 5/16/19 $1,110,000 3 1,797 1947 $640,000 12/16/08<br />


2130 Hill Dr. 5/31/19 $1,492,000 2 2022 1921 $265,000 1/1/86<br />

5329 Mount Royal Dr. 5/28/19 $1,434,000 3 2828 1930 $265,000 6/1/86<br />

4834 Ray Court 5/7/19 $1,350,000 3 1,708 1947 $917,000 7/27/16<br />

1547 Wildwood Dr. 5/15/19 $1,239,000 4 2,304 1965<br />

1323 Brampton Rd. 5/22/19 $1,140,000 3 1760 1948 $769,000 4/23/18<br />


1407 West Kenneth Rd. 5/24/19 $6,000,000 5,696 1927 $3,375,000 9/13/13<br />

1411 West Kenneth Rd. 5/24/19 $6,000,000 6,424 1927 $3,375,000 9/13/13<br />

3429 Rosemary Ave. 5/30/19 $1,375,000 4 2,456 1927 $280,000 4/28/98<br />

921 Calle Simpatico 5/30/19 $1,320,000 4 2,618 1990 $1,300,000 10/23/17<br />

1810 Bel Aire Dr. 5/17/19 $1,220,000 6 2,626 1926 $375,000 4/2/98<br />

1710 West Kenneth Rd. 5/24/19 $1,220,000 3 2,011 1930 $694,000 6/11/14<br />

3381 Oakmont View Dr. 5/31/19 $1,218,000 5 4,176 1981 $1,202,000 5/24/05<br />

1546 Grandview Ave. 5/16/19 $1,212,000 3 1,604 1946 $450,000 6/20/01<br />

2333 Del Mar Rd. 5/29/19 $1,135,000 4 2814 1948 $528,000 3/7/11<br />

1844 Fern Lane 5/1/19 $1,130,000 4 2,120 1958 $875,000 3/8/05<br />


4321 Chula Senda Lane 5/15/19 $7,750,000 5 9,669 2006 $6,900,000 8/25/14<br />

1222 Green Lane 5/24/19 $3,450,000 4 3,090 1957 $1,875,000 4/7/15<br />

5111 Alta Canyada Rd. 5/31/19 $3,000,000 3 4,582 1949<br />

4616 El Camino Corto 5/30/19 $2,710,000 5 4,845 2006 $2,480,000 5/21/14<br />

2021 Tondolea Lane 5/15/19 $2,655,000 4 4,175 2005 $1,815,000 3/2/09<br />

4735 La Canada Blvd. 5/7/19 $2,570,000 4 3,014 1952 $2,375,000 4/5/16<br />

4358 Beulah Dr. 5/2/19 $2,500,000 5 2,602 1950 $2,669,500 4/19/16<br />

3747 Chevy Chase Dr. 5/3/19 $2,500,000 5 5,712 1954 $1,200,000 8/1/89<br />

4368 Bel Aire Dr. 5/3/19 $2,480,000 4 3,189 2002 $1,705,000 9/21/06<br />

1239 Lanterman Lane 5/14/19 $2,195,000 4 3,168 1960 $1,950,000 5/22/15<br />

816 Chehalem Rd. 5/24/19 $2,150,000 3 1,810 1952 $1,160,000 4/21/15<br />

1219 Olive Lane 5/8/19 $2,020,000 4 2,673 1962 $1,638,000 8/22/13<br />

1628 Leycross Dr. 5/17/19 $2,000,000 4 3,140 1948 $1,190,000 9/19/07<br />

4361 Bel Aire Dr. 5/1/19 $1,925,000 4 2,231 1938 $820,000 11/22/13<br />

1932 Tondolea Lane 5/17/19 $1,925,000 4 2,987 1940<br />

2102 Bristow Dr. 5/31/19 $1,438,000 4 2,213 1961<br />

2322 Conle Way 5/16/19 $1,421,000 4 2,032 1969<br />

4628 El Camino Corto 5/16/19 $1,300,000 2 2,527 1947<br />

4551 Viro Rd. 5/23/19 $1,215,000 3 1,555 1946<br />

4618 Lasheart Dr. 5/31/19 $1,100,000 3 2,074 1950<br />

ALHAMBRA MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 23 37<br />

Median Price $735,000 $670,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1552 1360<br />

ALTADENA MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 24 40<br />

Median Price $832,500 $805,250<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1445 1637<br />

ARCADIA MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 23 31<br />

Median Price $1,158,000 $950,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1950 1850<br />

EAGLE ROCK MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 11 15<br />

Median Price $769,500 $990,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1285 1688<br />

GLENDALE MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 86 44<br />

Median Price $742,500 $712,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1465 1526<br />

LA CAÑADA MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 22 24<br />

Median Price $1,655,000 $2,010,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2334 2638<br />

PASADENA MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 104 136<br />

Median Price $860,000 $862,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1432 1572<br />

SAN MARINO MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 4 14<br />

Median Price $1,955,000 $2,806,250<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2371 2746<br />


Homes Sold 14 10<br />

Median Price $1,135,000 $980,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1698 1680<br />


Homes Sold 12 14<br />

Median Price $1,037,000 $1,470,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1601 1802<br />

TOTAL MAY’18 MAY’19<br />

Homes Sold 972 365<br />

Avg Price/Sq. Ft. $570 $605 –continued on page 28<br />

The Arroyo Home Sales Index is calculated from residential home sales in Pasadena and the surrounding communities of South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Eagle Rock, Glendale (including Montrose), Altadena, Sierra<br />

Madre, Arcadia and Alhambra. Individual home sales data provided by CalREsource. Arroyo Home Sales Index © Arroyo <strong>2019</strong> . Complete home sales listings appear each week in Pasadena Weekly.<br />

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870 South San Rafael Ave. 5/29/19 $7,053,500 7 5744 1923 $3,400,000 9/9/10<br />

380 South Arroyo Blvd. 5/24/19 $4,255,000 5 5091 1919 $3,597,500 7/12/18<br />

1155 Lida St. 5/29/19 $4,125,000 3 3835 1921 $2,925,000 8/9/17<br />

1570 San Pasqual St. 5/30/19 $3,487,000 5 4878 1926 $3,200,000 7/5/18<br />

1906 Country Lane 5/22/19 $3,218,000 4 6670 2010<br />

1490 El Mirador Dr. 5/20/19 $3,105,000 4 3990 1963 $3,050,000 11/16/17<br />

1812 Linda Vista Ave. 5/24/19 $2,926,000 5 5055 1933<br />

1059 Laguna Rd. 5/7/19 $2,800,000 3 3952 2012 $2,280,000 4/23/13<br />

333 South San Rafael Ave. 5/2/19 $2,700,000 2 1903 1949 $1,750,000 6/4/13<br />

1261 Afton St. 5/10/19 $2,675,000 2 2140 1953 $1,500,000 3/26/18<br />

251 South Orange Grove Blvd. #10 5/20/19 $2,673,000 3 3092 1980 $1,350,000 1/19/05<br />

615 West California Blvd. 5/29/19 $2,535,000 5 3576 1910 $950,000 7/8/98<br />

885 Linda Vista Ave. 5/21/19 $2,500,000 4 3162 1938<br />

487 West California Blvd. 5/15/19 $2,420,000 4 3,664 1910 $2,286,000 10/3/16<br />

1339 Linda Vista Ave. 5/7/19 $2,250,000 3 2906 1993 $2,200,000 5/12/15<br />

2103 San Pasqual St. 5/16/19 $2,098,000 5 3,154 1927 $425,000 3/1/87<br />

3416 Avondale Rd. 5/15/19 $2,050,000 4 3,575 2008 $1,885,000 2/8/19<br />

1717 Linda Vista Ave. 5/16/19 $1,950,000 4 3,187 1954 $1,860,000 4/14/05<br />

201 Glen Summer Rd. 5/29/19 $1,950,000 4 2837 1936 $1,175,000 4/11/13<br />

817 South El Molino Ave. 5/1/19 $1,900,000 5 3269 1913<br />

831 South El Molino Ave. 5/15/19 $1,893,000 5 3,337 1915<br />

233 North Grand Ave. #2 5/15/19 $1,870,000 3 2,559 1990 $1,350,000 9/19/13<br />

741 South Madison Ave. 5/10/19 $1,800,000 6 4846 1904<br />

1640 Knollwood Dr. 5/21/19 $1,775,000 5 3348 1955<br />

330 San Miguel Rd. 5/8/19 $1,700,000 3 1572 1949<br />

268 South Orange Grove Blvd. 5/9/19 $1,700,000 5 4482 1892 $1,215,000 9/19/13<br />

626 Bellefontaine St. 5/15/19 $1,695,000 5 2,183 1904 $1,400,000 1/24/07<br />

2047 North Raymond Ave. 5/2/19 $1,650,000 8 5216 1931 $818,000 4/5/04<br />

3340 Calvert Rd. 5/30/19 $1,640,000 3 2940 1953 $432,500 11/5/98<br />

150 Linda Vista Ave. 5/29/19 $1,590,000 3 2394 1959 $1,400,000 6/10/15<br />

3600 Landfair Rd. 5/17/19 $1,585,000 4 2,121 1951 $1,100,000 4/9/18<br />

3000 Clarmeya Lane 5/14/19 $1,524,000 4 2,435 1952 $1,305,000 9/7/05<br />

670 South Oak Knoll Ave. 5/7/19 $1,520,000 4 2277 1994 $1,018,000 8/2/12<br />

1058 Linda Vista Ave. 5/10/19 $1,460,000 3 2016 1965 $1,500,000 7/12/17<br />

2082 Lambert Dr. 5/22/19 $1,432,000 3 3073 1924 $1,200,000 5/20/17<br />

1848 Kinneloa Canyon Rd. 5/29/19 $1,380,000 4 4109 2004 $770,000 5/28/10<br />

3540 Grayburn Rd. 5/21/19 $1,320,000 3 1931 1940 $900,000 7/12/05<br />

67 North Meridith Ave. 5/31/19 $1,288,000 7 3702 1923<br />

1000 North Madison Ave. #A 5/29/19 $1,275,000 5 1837 1914 $918,000 1/7/15<br />

755 North Chester Ave. 5/6/19 $1,240,000 3 1104 1921 $561,000 8/23/16<br />

1321 Ontario Ave. 5/14/19 $1,230,000 3 1,650 1939 $364,540 3/1/92<br />

1679 Rose Villa St. 5/31/19 $1,200,000 3 2240 1921<br />

238 South Arroyo Parkway #412 5/16/19 $1,199,000 3 1,920 2008 $755,000 8/25/09<br />



640 Westbridge Place 5/6/19 $1,180,000 3 1591 1954<br />

1895 Brigden Rd. 5/15/19 $1,160,000 3 1,983 1925 $1,045,000 5/10/16<br />

550 Eaton Dr. 5/24/19 $1,160,000 2 1449 1948 $852,000 11/13/17<br />

3171 East Villa Knolls Dr. 5/24/19 $1,150,000 3 2424 1966<br />

136 North Bonnie Ave. 5/31/19 $1,132,000 2 2185 1911 $140,000 3/1/86<br />

3825 Landfair Rd. 5/16/19 $1,128,000 4 1,989 1950<br />

845 Adelaide Dr. 5/24/19 $1,125,000 3 1798 1934 $962,000 2/17/15<br />

1160 Valley View Ave. 5/17/19 $1,050,000 3 1,669 1951 $732,000 8/28/09<br />

3952 East California Blvd. 5/31/19 $1,043,500 3 2155 1950<br />

201 North Grand Ave. #12 5/14/19 $1,025,000 3 1,824 1979 $832,000 11/30/10<br />

2337 Loma Vista St. 5/3/19 $1,015,000 3 1614 1937 $825,000 2/15/07<br />

245 South Bonnie Ave. #D 5/22/19 $1,010,000 2 1276 1921 $600,000 8/31/18<br />


1450 Old Mill Rd. 5/13/19 $5,689,000 6 7,048 2015 $6,080,000 11/23/15<br />

1606 Virginia Rd. 5/31/19 $4,200,000 4 4165 1932 $2,000,000 4/18/03<br />

1660 Oak Grove Ave. 5/16/19 $3,900,000 5 3,508 1926 $3,900,000 6/7/18<br />

2900 Sheffi eld Rd. 5/1/19 $3,120,000 2 1599 1947 $1,100,000 4/25/17<br />

1316 Westhaven Rd. 5/8/19 $3,055,000 4 3049 1937<br />

1527 Cambridge Rd. 5/2/19 $2,998,000 5 2484 1946<br />

1435 Bellwood Rd. 5/7/19 $2,980,000 4 3015 2015 $1,660,000 6/29/15<br />

1840 Carlisle Dr. 5/29/19 $2,632,500 4 3028 1937 $1,300,000 4/5/12<br />

2784 Fleur Dr. 5/20/19 $2,250,000 4 3007 1927 $2,383,000 6/10/15<br />

2759 Doresta Rd. 5/23/19 $1,780,000 4 1841 1928 $685,000 6/24/99<br />

1872 Alpine Dr. 5/10/19 $1,700,000 4 2470 1937<br />

2395 Roanoke Rd. 5/14/19 $1,682,000 3 2,078 1947<br />

1965 South El Molino Ave. 5/22/19 $1,580,000 3 2075 1924 $455,000 3/1/00<br />

1620 Rubio Dr. 5/2/19 $1,330,000 2 1510 1950<br />


427 West Montecito Ave. 5/13/19 $2,550,000 2 2,668 2005 $340,000 7/17/02<br />

491 West Montecito Ave. 5/9/19 $1,486,000 3 1310 1908<br />

521 East Orange Grove Ave. 5/8/19 $1,350,000 3 2337 1948 $1,190,500 7/23/15<br />

776 Valle Vista Dr. 5/23/19 $1,350,000 5 2853 1965<br />


1950 Mill Rd. 5/3/19 $2,650,000 5 2520 1948<br />

5016 Harriman Ave. 5/31/19 $1,950,000 2 1057 1952 $433,500 12/12/03<br />

1912 Alpha St. 5/29/19 $1,859,000 4 2675 1976<br />

648 Arroyo Dr. 5/2/19 $1,710,000 5 2578 1948 $880,000 8/13/04<br />

835 Milan Ave. 5/1/19 $1,678,000 3 2123 1914<br />

1115 Maple St. 5/23/19 $1,649,000 3 2220 1922 $1,050,000 7/27/18<br />

220 Camino Del Sol 5/24/19 $1,525,000 3 1812 1965 $1,285,000 10/3/14<br />

1137 Fairview Ave. 5/10/19 $1,416,000 4 1658 1908 $350,000 6/1/90<br />

2042 Pine St. 5/23/19 $1,400,000 3 1658 1921 $789,000 9/28/05<br />

850 Lyndon St. 5/28/19 $1,330,000 3 1648 1938 $815,000 10/28/09<br />

337 Pasadena Ave. 5/2/19 $1,300,000 3 1792 1923 $790,000 8/13/15<br />

727 Meridian Ave. #V 5/30/19 $1,125,000 3 1831 2005 $905,000 12/9/15<br />

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Stadium Fitness promises to train you<br />

“where legends have played.”<br />


PHOTO: Courtesy of Stadium Fitness<br />

It’s 5:55 a.m. on an overcast Friday in late May and I’m standing outside<br />

the entrance of the venerable Rose Bowl stadium in the Arroyo Seco.<br />

Looking around, I notice that the crowds of recreational runners and<br />

bikers so common on the weekends are nowhere to be found. It’s still and<br />

quiet. I turn back toward the stadium and think about its history: how<br />

it has been home to 105 New Year’s Day post-season collegiate football<br />

contests; how A-list musical acts, from Journey and Depeche Mode in<br />

the ’80s to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé in recent years, have performed<br />

here. I think of all the events I’ve personally attended: AmericaFest, the<br />

Independence Day fireworks extravaganza, UCLA football games, the<br />

longstanding annual Turkey Tussle game between Pasadena and Muir high<br />

schools, end-of-year American Youth Soccer Organization presentations,<br />

Billy Graham’s last Southern California crusade, in 2004. But this<br />

morning, I’m not here as a spectator. I’m here as a participant in what can<br />

only be considered an exceptional workout opportunity: In five minutes, I<br />

will be inside the Rose Bowl, running 77 stairs to the top of the stadium<br />

alongside other early risers who have made their way here for a 6 a.m.<br />

workout.<br />

I like the idea of exercising outside again, especially now that the days<br />

are warmer and longer. Running on the three-mile loop that surrounds the<br />

Rose Bowl used to be part of my regular routine, but lately my workouts<br />

— primarily weights and fitness classes — have been inside the gym. As I<br />

wait for the stadium gate to be unlocked, I’m not 100 percent sure what I’ll<br />

be doing this morning besides scaling the stairs. But I’m excited; I love new<br />

athletic challenges. Who will be in this early–morning session, I wonder.<br />

Marathon runners? Elite athletes? I soon find out that it’s a lot of regular<br />

folk who are just interested in staying healthy in a very cool setting.<br />

David Liston, the founder and co-owner of Stadium Fitness, has a<br />

unique arrangement with the Rose Bowl Operating Company that has<br />

allowed him to bring health and wellness to the community, as well as the<br />

bowl’s own employees, since 2009. He greets me warmly at the gate and<br />

tells me to head into the stadium. If you’ve never done it, I recommend<br />

walking into a completely empty Rose Bowl. It’s a bit of a cinematic moment,<br />

heading through the dark tunnel and emerging into the early morning<br />

light (even on this gray day) to be greeted by the historic green field<br />

that has seen so many contests and the nearly 91,000 seats that surround it.<br />

“You should see it when it’s clear and the sun is just coming up,” he tells me.<br />

There are about 16 of us this morning and we come in a wide range of<br />

ages. Liston is particularly proud of Bernie, 75, the group’s senior member,<br />

who has been maintaining her fitness by working out in the stadium three<br />

times a week for years.<br />

Before I even begin, Liston asks me what kind of physical activity I<br />

already do, gauging my fitness level. I tell him about my gym repertoire and<br />

about the triathlons and half-marathons I’ve done in the past. Confident<br />

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that I can handle a lap around the perimeter of the field, he sends me off with the other<br />

folks doing the same. Liston doesn’t lead a class in the traditional sense; rather, he works out<br />

each of his clients according to their ability, giving what he calls “individual workouts in a<br />

group setting.”<br />

When I return, warmed up and eager for the next challenge, he asks me if I’m ready<br />

for some stairs. I nod enthusiastically. My next assignment is to run — four times and row<br />

by row — up the 77 steps that lead to the top of the stadium and back down again. In a<br />

race with myself, I bound up the stairs, making great progress…until I reach the 65th step.<br />

That’s when my legs start burning from the exertion, slowing me down to a walk-run pace.<br />

It’s not enough to make me stop, though. I make it to the top, feeling triumphant, before<br />

heading down for round two. By the time I reach the bottom, my legs have recovered<br />

enough for me to begin sprinting up the next row. Each time, I slow at stair 65. But I make<br />

it, and I feel good.<br />

It turns out that Stadium Fitness workouts aren’t just about running. For the next hour,<br />

I alternate between stair sets and other moves that target my arms, legs and core: lunges,<br />

bicep curls, triceps dips and pushups. After each exercise, Liston checks in with me: “How<br />

do you feel?” “How are the legs?” “Ready to run the stairs again?”<br />

Liston began his career as a seventh-grade social studies teacher in his native Massachusetts<br />

before arriving in Pasadena in 1996 to work with his brother, who was already involved<br />

in fitness. It’s easy to see that he still loves teaching. During the course of the hour, Liston<br />

connects with all his clients, not just me. He remembers each one’s workout goals, ailments<br />

and what’s going on in their lives. “I try to ‘touch’ everyone three times an hour. I can have<br />

multiple conversations going on at the same time. My wife says I would be a good air-traffic<br />

controller,” he says with a laugh.<br />

Although we’re not down on the field today — the South Korean boy band BTS recently<br />

performed and, as a result, new sod has been laid — Liston says that about 75 percent of<br />

the time his groups are down there running sprints and “doing a lot of fun group exercise<br />

stuff” such as partner and running exercises, relay races and agility training. Stadium Fitness<br />

participants work out in the locker room on occasion, particularly in the winter. “If it’s<br />

39 degrees [outside] everyone is like, ‘Can we please start inside?’” he says. They also stay<br />

inside when it rains.<br />

Kids as young as 11 have worked out with Stadium Fitness — Liston accepts youth<br />

based on their maturity level — but the youngest average about 12 or 13, he says. Particularly<br />

in the summer, “we encourage people to bring their kids to the 8:30 a.m. class,” he<br />

says. The 6 a.m. class I am sampling is for people, like me, who have to go to work.<br />

The hour goes by quickly and, when it’s over, I ask Liston what makes his workouts so<br />

popular. “For most people, exercise has to be fun for them to do it on a regular basis,” he<br />

says. “Eighty percent of exercise is getting to the place to do the exercise. It’s easier to let<br />

someone tell you what to do.”<br />


(626) 232-6900 • stadiumfi tness.com<br />

Classes are ongoing and meet Mondays at 6 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.;<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6<br />

and 8:30 a.m.;<br />

Single class $25/Student $18<br />

10-Class Pack ($22/class): $220<br />

24-Class Pack ($16.63/class): $399<br />

1-month unlimited: $150<br />

Other pricing available<br />

PHOTOS: (left) Courtesy of Stadium Fitness, (right) Noela Hueso<br />

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PHOTO: Noela Hueso<br />

Boot Camp Pasadena’s Stephen Cooper<br />


A couple of days before I ran the stairs with Stadium Fitness, I sampled a 5:45 a.m.<br />

class with Boot Camp Pasadena, another early-morning group-exercise business that has<br />

been putting people through their paces for a decade.<br />

Founder Stephen Cooper, a personal trainer with nearly 30 years of experience, leads all<br />

the early-morning and early-evening (6 p.m.) classes, which take place Monday, Wednesday<br />

and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday near the Pasadena-Altadena border. (Contact<br />

him for details.) Despite what the name implies, there’s no military-style training at Boot<br />

Camp Pasadena. You won’t find Cooper wearing camouflage or barking instructions. His<br />

approach is decidedly low-key and he considers his clients friends, not soldiers. “I don’t<br />

think instructors have to yell to be effective,” he says.<br />

Cooper touts BCP as a toning and fat-burning program. There’s no running of stairs,<br />

just some sprints, along with targeted muscle work using TRX suspension training, medicine<br />

balls, kettle bells and boxing, among other things. “People love the stress release of<br />

boxing,” Cooper says, “and some people have a lot of stress!”<br />

His clients, who are primarily in their 30s to 50s, come to Boot Camp Pasadena not<br />

only because they want accountability in their workouts and wouldn’t necessarily exercise<br />

on their own but because it’s a friendly environment where people of different fitness levels<br />

can work out together. There’s no competition among the participants; in fact, they encourage<br />

one another. “They like being in the group because there’s camaraderie,” he says.<br />

Cooper wants his clients to make their workouts a regular part of their lives, and a<br />

number of them have been with him almost from the beginning. “I can tell when it clicks<br />

with people; for a while they’re hoping that some kind of fad diet is going to help them lose<br />

the weight or change them dramatically,” he says. “It takes them a while to realize, ‘Okay,<br />

this is a serious commitment, it’s a habit; once they realize that, they’re calmer and they see<br />

the payoff.”<br />

Like Stadium Fitness’ Liston, Cooper prides himself on knowing his clients’ needs. It’s<br />

that personal touch, he says, that keeps bringing people back.<br />

— N.H.<br />


(626) 509-9958 • bootcamppasadena.com<br />

Classes are ongoing and meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays and<br />

Thursdays:<br />

Mornings: 5:45 to 6:30<br />

Evenings: 6 to 6:45<br />

One-time rate: $18–$20 per class<br />

Monthly rates: $135–$175<br />

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Sisters Thongthiraj: (from left) Sue, Malinee and Arree<br />

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A FAMILY<br />

AFFAIR<br />

The California Cactus Center nurtures the<br />

botanical wonders of cacti and succulents<br />

along with familial bonds.<br />


When the six Thongthiraj children were growing up in Pasadena in the 1970s, going<br />

to Disneyland was the high point of their summer break. But before the daughters<br />

could get into the car for a pricey day with Mickey and Minnie, they were told they<br />

needed to contribute to the family business. “Our father insisted that in order for us to go, we<br />

needed to propagate 1,000 flats of plants,” Arree recalls of her childhood with a laugh. “And<br />

we always managed to do that before the summer ended. He was very smart that way. That<br />

project certainly kept us busy and out of trouble.”<br />

Indeed, keeping busy has long been a family affair at the California Cactus Center, which<br />

has been at its original East Pasadena home since it opened in 1976 with a simple setup — just<br />

a couple of benches, a gravel floor and a modest selection of home-propagated plants. Today,<br />

five of six daughters are actively involved in the day-to-day workings at the nursery known<br />

internationally for all things cacti and succulents. With 23 additional acres of propagation<br />

facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the center specializes in rare and hard-tofind<br />

plants with specimens from all over the world.<br />

Away from the buzz of busy Rosemead Boulevard, a steady stream of customers wanders<br />

among rows of sculptural exotic plants that are often weird, fuzzy, prickly, knobby and mesmerizing.<br />

The center was a natural offshoot of the beloved hobby of Arree’s father, Zhalermwudh,<br />

who, along with wife Maleenee, immigrated from Thailand in the 1950s. He had fallen<br />

under the spell of desert cacti and succulents in his adopted country so he started to investigate<br />

species, perfect propagation techniques and learn everything he could about these plants —<br />

long before the Internet made such research easy.<br />

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Brenda Rees

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Albuca spiralis<br />

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Malinee and Zhalermwudh Thongthiraj<br />

Euphorbia lactea variegata<br />

In the 1960s, Zhalermwudh dove deep into his botanical fascination while working<br />

as an X-ray technician at Huntington Hospital. Back then, IVs came in plastic bottles,<br />

not bags, and Arree recalls her father recycling numerous IV bottles at home. “He’d cut<br />

the corners off the bottoms and make tiny little pots,” she says. Through trial and error,<br />

he developed his own soil recipe — the same popular mixture the nursery sells today.<br />

Growing up, the sisters carefully studied how their father made cuttings from the<br />

plants he bought, positioned them in the tiny plastic IV pots and tended them as they<br />

grew and flourished. Plants took over the backyard where the Thongthiraj sisters received<br />

their horticultural education — despite the occasional poke, scrape and scratch.<br />

The rest of the family caught Zhalermwudh’s cacti and succulent bug, taking frequent<br />

trips to local deserts where they expanded their knowledge by seeing these plants in<br />

their native habitat. “The Huntington Garden was also our playground,” adds Arree.<br />

“We went there practically every weekend, spending hours in their desert garden.”<br />

While Zhalermwudh taught his girls about plant names, propagation techniques<br />

and plant care, mother Maleenee “taught us how to pot and arrange them,” says Arree,<br />

who continues in that artistic vein, offering design services for customers who want to<br />

integrate these drought-tolerant plants into their yards and homes or businesses. “I do a<br />

lot of on-spot design, especially for people who have just purchased a house,” she says.<br />

Indeed, the demand for California Cactus Center plants is impressive. You’ll find<br />

them at numerous L.A. Department of Water and Power stations, a SoCal Google<br />

campus, Huntington Gardens, UC Riverside, Claremont College and even Disneyland.<br />

Celebrity clients include Martha Stewart, Paul Weller, Diane Keaton, Barbra Streisand<br />

and James Brolin, to name just a few.<br />

Yet for some clients, unconvinced at first, Arree needs to nurture their appreciation<br />

of cacti. (“People think they are just thorny, but that’s not true.”) She explains why they<br />

have become prized garden additions: “They really appreciate that they are low maintenance<br />

and can look good all year round. Plus they want the most they can get out<br />

of their money; they want longevity, which these plants offer,” she says. “Rather than<br />

spending weekly or biweekly on flowers, they know they can get a cactus or succulent<br />

and it will last — you don’t have to replace it all the time.”<br />

With a degree in art, Arree encourages clients to consider cacti and succulents as<br />

an art form on their own, especially when appropriately paired with others in tasteful<br />

containers. “The plant is the art piece and the pot is the frame,” she says, adding that as<br />

the plant grows, its changes can be a form of “performance art. No plant is ever going to<br />

stay the same size, right?”<br />

There are rows of artful displays of well-curated plants with delightful shapes and<br />

textures in stylish bowls and dishes; no wonder these mini-gardens are in high demand<br />

as wedding centerpieces, party favors or gifts for birthdays, showers and other celebrations.<br />

There is also a selection of local pottery, including a series crafted by a NASA<br />

scientist who embeds fossil prints on the sides of his amber-and-rust-colored creations.<br />

As she leads a visitor on a tour, Arree points out selections that are rare and impressive,<br />

including two that are more than 100 years old: a Pachypodium succulentum from<br />

South Africa and a desert rose (Adenium obesum) sporting gorgeous pink blooms. There<br />

are frilly-shaped crested euphorbias (created by a mutation) and the sea urchin–shaped<br />

Euphorbia obesa, commonly known as the baseball cactus (which is special to the family<br />

PHOTOS: (Second from top) Courtesy of Calfonia Cactus Center; (plants and soil) Brenda Rees

Lithops (living stones)<br />

PHOTO: Brenda Rees<br />

since it was one of the first specimens in Zhalermwudh’s collection).<br />

This slow-growing cactus with no needles requires a delicate procedure to fertilize<br />

the female flowers in order to produce seeds — a task the Thongthiraj girls learned<br />

at an early age. Arree would use a horsehair brush to gather the pollen on the male<br />

flowers and gently deposit the powdery substance onto the female flowers. “We made<br />

cones out of window screen material and placed them on top of the female flowers in<br />

the summertime,” she says. When the heat caused the seed pods to finally burst open,<br />

she adds, there was a “popcorn-like noise all over the place. It was pretty fun and very<br />

neat.”<br />

These days, Arree’s sister Sue handles propagation duties at the nursery. She’s often<br />

behind her work table, prepping containers, observing the progress on certain youngsters<br />

and carefully extracting and cultivating small offspring. Cuttings are the easiest<br />

way to propagate; seeds can take up to two years to germinate.<br />

Sue’s hands hold the descendants of her father’s collection. Many plants at the center<br />

can be directly traced back to the Thongthiraj home, whether they were propagated<br />

via seed dispersal or cuttings. “My father had a personal goal of propagating a million<br />

golden barrels from seed,” she says, as she shows a selection of tiny seeds collected<br />

from the cactus flowers of Echinocactus grusonii.<br />

Zhalermwudh did not achieve that benchmark during his lifetime; Arree and Sue<br />

roughly calculate that he got to about 500,000 before he passed away in 1998. (You<br />

can see 550 of Zhalermwudh’s golden barrel descendants at the Getty Center.)<br />

While friction is common in any family business, Arree and her siblings have<br />

managed to keep drama down while improving on and expanding their father’s dream.<br />

Malinee Romero captains the center’s popular video channel, posting short tutorial<br />

videos on all aspects of care of cacti and succulents along with design tips. Sister Molly<br />

oversees the business side; and even Took Took, an English professor at Pasadena City<br />

College, rolls up her sleeves at the center during school breaks. Along with the oldest<br />

sister, Smanjai, the siblings all care for their 87-year-old mother.<br />

To keep the business as a family endeavor, 10-year-old Evanlee, Arree’s nephew<br />

and the sisters’ only offspring, has been coming to the nursery to learn the secrets of<br />

succulents and cacti. “We’d like very much to continue as a family business, so we<br />

are in the process of grooming him,” says Arree with a sparkle in her eye. Like the<br />

generation before him, the youngster is learning the art of propagation (mainly from<br />

his Aunt Sue) along with all the other horticultural complexities. Fortunately for him,<br />

he won’t be required to propagate 1,000 flats as his aunties had to do.<br />

Arree says her father’s presence is still felt every day as she walks past the giant<br />

tree aloe from South Africa (Aloe bainseii) that graces the outside of the business along<br />

with a Bombax ellipticum, better known as a shaving brush tree. “This is the largest<br />

aloe tree you’ll ever see,” she says of the center’s stately unofficial landmark — originally<br />

planted by her father. “He wanted to make sure we would be always be taken<br />

care of; that’s why he created this business for us.” ||||<br />

California Cactus Center is located at 216 Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena. Hours are<br />

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday.<br />

Call (626) 795-2788 or visit cactuscenter.com.<br />

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Mixology Month<br />



These past six months of examining the National Day Calendar have made me realize that,<br />

for certain causes, certain awarenesses, the calendar is a brilliant way to get the word out<br />

and expand their reach. For instance, <strong>July</strong> 1 is National Postal Worker Day, and I think<br />

we can all agree that it’s nice to honor these dedicated workers. However, the calendar is also<br />

clearly a place for loonies. Do the nudists of America really expect us all to strip on <strong>July</strong> 14 for<br />

National Nude Day? (Probably not coincidentally, it is the same day as National Tape Measure<br />

Day… I do not make this stuff up.) Some of these days have clearly been created by certain<br />

groups just to show off how smart they are. I had to look up the meaning of National Yellow Pig<br />

Day (<strong>July</strong> 17), which has something to do with calculus and the number 17. (Even after I looked<br />

it up I’m still not sure what that’s about.) And I’m betting not many of you know who Edmund<br />

Clerihew Bentley is, yet <strong>July</strong> 10 is National Clerihew Day, during which you are urged to write<br />

a Clerihew –- a very specifically formatted biographical poem. It has four rhyming couplets (aa/<br />

bb), must use a person’s name in the first line, must say something about that person and must<br />

be humorous. Let try it, shall we?<br />

Leslie Bilderback writes<br />

And sometimes picks fights<br />

Occasionally about food<br />

Or whatever her mood<br />

Okay, well, that was fun, and now I can see why they made it a National Day.<br />

Although <strong>July</strong> is the season for grilling and patriotism, there are relatively few such days<br />

in this month’s National Day Calendar. There is, however, a lot of booze. So much booze, in<br />

fact, that it’s doubtful anything will get done this month. Stay hydrated, everyone, because we<br />

have Anisette Day (<strong>July</strong> 2), Piña Colada Day (<strong>July</strong> 10), Mojito Day (<strong>July</strong> 11), Grand Marnier<br />

Day (<strong>July</strong> 14), Daiquiri Day (<strong>July</strong> 19), Wine and Cheese Day ( <strong>July</strong> 25) and Scotch Day (<strong>July</strong><br />

27). All these boozy days are certainly a clever way for companies to boost sales, though I am<br />

a bit worried that national productivity may find itself in a slump as a result. Nevertheless, I<br />

have pledged to celebrate the National Calendar this year so, in response, I am offering some<br />

homemade cocktail elements for your summer soirées.<br />

Cocktail mixing has taken on a new life in recent years. In fact, bartenders have taken to<br />

calling themselves mixologists to emphasize new creative aspects of this vocation that have<br />

evolved. No longer is it simply the martini and gin and tonic. In finer restaurants, cocktails<br />

— and the unfortunately named “mocktails,” without alcohol — are being paired, as wine has<br />

traditionally been, with each course. Unique mixers, fancifully decorated rims, clever garnishes<br />

and artfully molded ice cubes are all a part of the cocktail arsenal now. So, to ensure you don’t<br />

look like a rookie this summer, I offer not drink recipes, but homemade cocktail ingredients that<br />

will boost your cocktail game.<br />

The easiest cocktail mixer to make is simple syrup, which is nothing but equal parts sugar<br />

and water. (Combine them and bring the liquid to a boil until the sugar dissolves. That’s<br />

it.) Simple syrup is the reason why drinks taste better at the bar than in your kitchen. It has<br />

long been a component of cocktails, making its way into such classics as the old-fashioned,<br />

the whiskey sour, the daiquiri, the julep — and many more. But today, the best mixologists<br />

are infusing simple syrup with flavors, opening up infinite cocktail possibilities. I love<br />

flavored syrups because, not only do they make interesting cocktails possible, they make great<br />

homemade sodas. Just combine with soda water and ice for a refreshing offering your guests will<br />

really appreciate. (FYI — designated drivers are really sick of Diet Coke.) I’m giving you below<br />

not only my favorite summer soda syrup — strawberry rhubarb — but also lots of variations for<br />

you to try.<br />

The second cocktailing recipe is for homemade bitters. Bitters are another classic bar<br />

ingredient, comprised of alcohol flavored with botanical aromatics and herbs. It is designed to<br />

bring balance to your cocktail. The bitterness, which varies by brand, enhances the other flavors<br />

of the drink and helps align the ingredients, much the way salt and acid work in cooking. There<br />

are many bitters on the market, and most keep their ingredient list secret. But homemade<br />

bitters are easy to make and, like simple syrup, can be concocted to suit your personal bitter<br />

preferences.<br />

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Both of these recipes are just examples. There are hundreds of variations to be made of and I<br />

encourage you to experiment. With these in your pantry, your summer barbecue will be the talk<br />

of the town.<br />

Syrup and bitters from scratch<br />

Whip yourself up a big batch<br />

With these in your bar<br />

I declare you a star ||||<br />

Strawberry--Rhubarb Syrup<br />

If you have trouble laying your hands on rhubarb, replace it with a full 2 pounds of<br />

strawberries, or substitute another tart ingredient, such as raspberry or cranberry.<br />

In addition, you can use this same basic recipe with any number of fruit, fruit-and<br />

spice or fruit-and-herb combinations. Use your imagination, and get creative.<br />

You’ll find some variation ideas after the recipe.<br />


1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and<br />

quartered<br />

1 pound rhubarb, washed and cut into halfinch<br />

pieces<br />

1 cup white sugar<br />

½ cup brown sugar<br />

2 cups water<br />

Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon<br />

1 teaspoon sea salt<br />

METHOD<br />

1. Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring,<br />

then reduce to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fruit has<br />

softened to the point of mush. It should take about 20 to 30 minutes.<br />

2. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, and line it with cheesecloth.<br />

Pour the fruit purée into the strainer and let it sit and drain slowly. For clear<br />

syrup, it is best not to force or press the purée free of liquid; let gravity do it for<br />

you. After an hour, if it appears there is still liquid suspended within the pulp,<br />

squeeze it gently. Transfer the clear syrup into sterilized jars or bottles, and<br />

store in the refrigerator. Syrups should last you through the summer. For longer<br />

storage, pack in plastic containers and freeze for up to a year. (Defrost slowly<br />

in the refrigerator for best results.)<br />

Here are some of my favorite fruit syrup variations. You may need to adjust<br />

the amount of sugar, depending on the ripeness of the fruit: plum--sage,<br />

peach--basil, cherry--vanilla, mango--lime, papaya--lemongrass, pineapple-<br />

-black pepper. Once you start syrup–making, it won’t be long before you<br />

come up with your own signature syrup.<br />

Homemade Bitters<br />

This is a basic bitter, close in form to Angostura. But Angostura uses ingredients<br />

such as cinchona bark and gentian root — not something you can pick up at<br />

Ralphs. Here I use accessible ingredients, but the end result is equally effective.<br />

If you catch the bitters bug after this, the more exotic elements can be ordered<br />

online.<br />


Dried peel of 1 orange (remove with a potato<br />

peeler, and set in the sun for a day, or<br />

place in a dehydrator or very low-temp<br />

oven for an hour or so, until stiff and<br />

shriveled)<br />

2 to 3 pieces dried apple or apple skin<br />

6 to 8 pieces dried cherry<br />

1 cinnamon stick, crushed<br />

2 whole cloves<br />

3 to 4 allspice berries, crushed<br />

3 to 4 juniper berries, crushed<br />

3 to 4 coffee beans<br />

2 to 3 cardamom pods, crushed<br />

1 teaspoon cacao nibs, crushed<br />

½ teaspoon coriander seed, crushed<br />

¼ vanilla bean, scraped<br />

1 quart neutral alcohol, grain alcohol or<br />

vodka (Rye or bourbon can also be used,<br />

but will impart their fl avors to the fi nished<br />

product.)<br />

2 to 4 tablespoons simple syrup<br />

METHOD<br />

1. Combine all ingredients except alcohol and simple syrup in a large, sterilized<br />

canning jar. Cover the ingredients with the alcohol, then cover with the<br />

top and place in a cool, dark space for 2 weeks. Shake the jar once a day to<br />

help distribute the infusion.<br />

2. After 2 weeks, strain out the contents of the jar, and combine the infused<br />

liquid with simple syrup to taste. (The sugar is not to sweeten as much as it is<br />

to neutralize the bitterness.)<br />

3. Return to a sterilized jar, and set aside again for another week. At this point<br />

the bitters can be used, bottled and shared.<br />





Granville opened on Lake Avenue in Pasadena earlier this year, its fifth<br />

location in Greater Los Angeles. But what sets this branch apart is<br />

its second-story open-air seating offering views of the San Gabriel<br />

Mountains. This is a must stop for the adventurous aficionado, with 30 cocktails<br />

on the menu. That includes Granville’s signature cocktail, the Ginny Hendrix, on<br />

the menu since 2012.<br />

“Pasadena is a more sophisticated crowd,” says food and beverage manager<br />

Marc Dix, noting that more locals are staying close to home in the hunt for<br />

quality cocktails rather than hiking to downtown L.A. “And gin is the hot<br />

category right now,” Dix adds. So the Ginny Hendricks is a great bet. It impresses<br />

with its layered flavors and juxtaposition of sweet, heat and earthiness. The gin’s<br />

mild botanicals are noticeable as is the subtle fire from the jalapeño, balanced by<br />

the sweetness from the puréed fruit. While this can work with a variety of foods,<br />

try it with Granville’s New York strip steak or Thai ginger salad. ||||<br />

1 ounce fresh cucumber purée<br />

1 ounce fresh strawberry purée<br />

6 mint leaves, sliced thin<br />


1 ounce Monin Chipotle Pineapple Syrup<br />

2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin<br />

METHOD<br />

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, then add crushed ice, cover and shake<br />

vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with jalapeño slices.<br />

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Descanso Jams<br />

— Jazz, World<br />

Music and Stone<br />

Fruit<br />

All events are included<br />

in Descanso<br />

admission of $9, $6 for students and seniors<br />

and $4 for children 5 to 12; free for<br />

visitors 4 and younger, unless otherwise<br />

noted. Concerts run from 6 to 7 p.m.<br />

Music on the Main Jazz Concerts<br />

<strong>July</strong> 4 — Lao Tizer<br />

<strong>July</strong> 11 — Abe Lagrimas, Jr.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 18 — Molly Miller<br />

<strong>July</strong> 25 — Dayren Santamaria<br />

World Rhythms World Music Series<br />

<strong>July</strong> 2 — California Feetwarmers<br />

<strong>July</strong> 9 — Boogaloo Assassins (above)<br />

<strong>July</strong> 16 — Briseyda Zárate<br />

<strong>July</strong> 23 — Dance India<br />

<strong>July</strong> 13 — Urban Forager author Elisa<br />

Callow leads a cooking class on stonefruit<br />

and strawberry jam from 10 a.m. to<br />

12:30 p.m. in the Boddy House kitchen.<br />

Cost is $50 ($40 for members). A tasting<br />

and book signing follow the class, starting<br />

at 2 p.m. Advance registration is<br />

required.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 15 — The Shine a Light exhibition<br />

by artist Carole Kim, Descanso’s fi rst<br />

artist-in-residence, includes digital metal<br />

prints, micro video projections, window<br />

treatments and a multimedia installation,<br />

on view through Oct. 27 in the Sturt<br />

Haaga Gallery.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 25 — A photography book by<br />

former L.A. County District Attorney Gil<br />

Garcetti, Protea: The Magic and the<br />

Mystery, goes on display from 10 a.m. to<br />

4 p.m. <strong>July</strong> 25 to 28. Garcetti and writer<br />

Larry Livingston will sign their book from<br />

1 to 2 p.m. <strong>July</strong> 28.<br />

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso<br />

Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818)<br />

949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.<br />

A Grand Fourth<br />

Downtown<br />

<strong>July</strong> 4 — Grand Park<br />

and the Music Center<br />

in downtown L.A. host<br />

a free family-friendly <strong>July</strong> 4th celebration,<br />

with a rooftop fi reworks show atop the<br />

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a 75-foot<br />

Ferris wheel, picnicking, music and<br />

dancing, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Music on<br />

two stages includes headliner Boogaloo<br />



<strong>July</strong> 4 — Once again, Rose Bowl Stadium is home to Americafest, a family-friendly<br />

event celebrating the Fourth and climaxing with a big fireworks display at 9 p.m.<br />

Parking lots open at noon, and the Family Fun Zone opens at 2 p.m. Stadium doors<br />

open at 5:30 p.m., followed by performances of various types at 7 p.m. General<br />

admission tickets are $15 and reserved seating is $30; children 5 and under are<br />

admitted free. Field viewing experience tickets are $100.<br />

Rose Bowl Stadium is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena.<br />

Call (800) 745-3000 or visit rosebowlstadium.com.<br />

Assassins, along with The Delirians, Earth<br />

Arrow, Victoria La Mala, South Soul Spinners,<br />

Blaq Pages and Foreigner, as well<br />

as deejays.<br />

Events take place between Los Angeles<br />

Street and Grand Avenue and Temple<br />

and Third streets. Visit musiccenter.org.<br />

All About Anime<br />

at L.A. Convention<br />

Center<br />

<strong>July</strong> 4 through 7 —<br />

The Anime Expo celebrates<br />

anime, manga and Japanese<br />

pop culture from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each<br />

night at the L.A. Convention Center.<br />

Activities include previews of the newest<br />

anime TV shows and fi lm productions, table-top<br />

and videogaming, cutting-edge<br />

fashion, exhibits from anime production<br />

companies and manga comic companies,<br />

licensed goods, a kids’ zone and<br />

live concerts. It is hosted by the nonprofi t<br />

Society for the Promotion of Japanese<br />

Anime. Tickets cost $20 to $100.<br />

The L.A. Convention Center is located<br />

at 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Visit<br />

anime-expo.org/register.<br />

Muse/Ique Goes<br />

to the Movies at<br />

the Huntington<br />

<strong>July</strong> 6 — The Muse/<br />

Ique orchestra<br />

launches its summer<br />

series at the Huntington Library, Art<br />

Collections and Botanical Gardens with<br />

“Moving/Pictures,” a concert of fi lm<br />

scores “that have moved our country.”<br />

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance<br />

starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50<br />

to $130.<br />

Call (626) 539-7085 or visit muse-ique.<br />

com/museiquessummer.<br />

Shakespeare in<br />

the Park<br />

<strong>July</strong> 6 through Aug. 18<br />

— The annual Sierra<br />

Madre Shakespeare<br />

Festival presents free, family-friendly<br />

weekend performances of Much Ado<br />

about Nothing by professional actors at<br />

7:30 p.m. in Sierra Madre Memorial Park.<br />

Guests may bring blankets, lawn chairs<br />

and picnics. Performance dates are <strong>July</strong><br />

6, 13, 19, 20 and 27 and August 2, 4, 10,<br />

17 and 18.<br />

Sierra Madre Memorial Park is located at<br />

222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre.<br />

Visit sierrashakes.com.<br />

Pasadena<br />

Heritage Walking<br />

Tours<br />

Historic preservation<br />

group Pasadena Heritage<br />

hosts two walking tours this month:<br />

<strong>July</strong> 6 — The Old Pasadena Historic<br />

District, formerly drab and rundown,<br />

has gone through incredible revitalization<br />

over the past 30 years. It was<br />

nearly destroyed but now stands as a<br />

top dining and entertainment destination,<br />

offering a fi ne example of urban<br />

revitalization. Guests can tour the district<br />

from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $20 ($18<br />

for members).<br />

<strong>July</strong> 13 — A walking tour of the Governor<br />

Markham Landmark District, one of<br />

Pasadena’s oldest neighborhoods, runs<br />

from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Ninety-four percent<br />

of the residences in the long-debated<br />

710 Freeway extension route were built<br />

between 1891 and 1933. Tickets are $20<br />

($18 for members). Meeting location is<br />

provided with ticket purchase.<br />

Call (626) 441-6333 or visit pasadenaheritage.org.<br />

Pops Rhapsody at Arboretum<br />

<strong>July</strong> 13 — The Pasadena Pops <strong>2019</strong><br />

Sierra Summer Series at the L.A. County<br />

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THE DOME<br />

<strong>July</strong> 7 — The Mt. Wilson Observatory hosts two Sunday afternoon concerts inside<br />

the dome housing the 100-inch Hooker Telescope. This month’s “Voices in the<br />

Dome,” performed at 3 and 5 p.m., features sopranos Hila Pittman, Sangeeta<br />

Kaur, flutist Sara Andon, violinist Reina Inui, harpist Jacqueline Marshall and<br />

guitarist Shea Welsh. The program includes works by Danaë Vlasse, Todd Mason,<br />

Bruce Babcock, Mark McEnroe and Anthony Constantino. Tickets are $50, and<br />

must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the Mt. Wilson Institute.<br />

The Mt. Wilson Observatory is located on Mt. Wilson Rd., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit<br />

mtwilson.edu/concerts.<br />

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Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents<br />

“Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring the music<br />

of the Gershwin era and the Jazz Age,<br />

with songs by George and Ira Gershwin,<br />

Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen,<br />

including “I Got Rhythm,” “An American<br />

in Paris,” “Stormy Weather,” “Rhapsody<br />

in Blue” and others. Gates open at 5:30<br />

p.m. for picnicking, and the concert<br />

starts at 7:30 p.m. Michael Feinstein<br />

conducts the orchestra and featured<br />

performers LaChanze, Tony Yazbeck and<br />

Frederick Hodges. Tickets are $10 to $95.<br />

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic<br />

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin<br />

Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit<br />

pasadenasymphony-pops.org.<br />

Improv and<br />

Indian Music at<br />

Norton Simon<br />

Activities are<br />

included in Norton<br />

Simon Museum admission of $15 and $12<br />

for seniors 62 and up; free for students<br />

and visitors 18 and younger.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 13 — A concert, “Freedom in<br />

the Moment,” features bassist Marlon<br />

Martinez (above) and the Jazz Marlonius<br />

Quartet in an evening of original compositions<br />

and jazz classics from the 1950s<br />

to the 1970s. Martinez and his band<br />

explore freedom of expression through<br />

improvisation, from 6 to 7 p.m.<br />

–continued on page 42<br />

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<strong>July</strong> 19 — The exhibition Air Land Sea:<br />

A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfi<br />

eld opens, offering a rare look at the<br />

artist's works printed at the Tamarind<br />

Lithographic Workshop in 1970. Featuring<br />

trains, ships and airplanes, all portrayed<br />

as overbuilt, fantastical models of modernity,<br />

it runs through Nov. 4.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 20 — “Ragas and Rhythmic Patterns<br />

— An Exploration,” a concert drawing<br />

on classical Indian music, features the<br />

husband-and-wife team of Kamaljeet<br />

Ahluwalia on santoor and Jas Ahluwalia<br />

playing the tabla. Their innovative approach<br />

simultaneously explores ragas<br />

and intricate rhythmic patterns. The<br />

concert, from 6 to 7 p.m., offers a 21stcentury<br />

perspective on the emotional<br />

themes in ragamala paintings.<br />

The Norton Simon Museum is located at<br />

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call<br />

(626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.<br />

Cal Phil Concerts<br />

Reach from Paris<br />

to Planets<br />

Concert talks with<br />

Maestro Victor<br />

Vener start at 1 p.m.<br />

and concerts start at 2 p.m. Tickets are<br />

$37.50 to $140:<br />

<strong>July</strong> 14 — The California Philharmonic<br />

summer concert series at Walt Disney<br />

Concert Hall, led by Maestro Vener,<br />

continues with “Bastille Day” with the<br />

Cal Phil Chorale. The program includes<br />

excerpts from Les Misérables by Claude-<br />

Michel Schönberg, Symphonie Fantastique<br />

by Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saëns’<br />

“Organ” Symphony. Featured performers<br />

are Philip Smith, Anne Martinez and<br />

Randal Keith.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 28 — “Space: A Giant Leap”<br />

features music from fi lm hits including<br />

Apollo 13, Star Wars and Star Trek, plus<br />

“Mars and Jupiter” by Gustav Holst and<br />

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan.”<br />

Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at<br />

111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Call (323) 850-<br />

2000 or visit calphil.com.<br />

Woman of the<br />

Year Performs in<br />

San Gabriel<br />

<strong>July</strong> 14 — Genredefying<br />

violinist and<br />

12-language soprano Maki Mae (left)<br />

performs on her “Woman of the Year”<br />

tour around Southern California. <strong>July</strong>’s<br />

performance takes place at 3:30 p.m.<br />

in Cleaver Hall of Church of Our Saviour,<br />

San Gabriel, with proceeds benefi ting<br />

the Asian Youth Center. Her diverse<br />

repertoire ranges from “The Phantom<br />

of the Opera” to selections by Queen.<br />

Mae was recently selected as this year’s<br />

California State Senate Woman of the<br />

Year. Tickets are $20 for students, $40 VIP.<br />

Cleaver Hall is located at 535 W. Roses<br />

Rd., San Gabriel. Call (626) 941-6418 or<br />

visit makimae.com.<br />

Summer Nights<br />

Roar at the<br />

LA Zoo<br />

<strong>July</strong> 19 — The L.A.<br />

Zoo Roaring Summer<br />

Nights program offers fun activities for<br />

adults 21 and older, including live music,<br />

deejays, pop-up zoo talks by resident<br />

experts, food trucks and full bars. This<br />

month’s event features live music by<br />

’80s tribute band Fast Times, plus Deejay<br />

Severe, Deejay Johnny Hawkes and<br />

Chulita Vinyl Club. Admission is $21 ($16<br />

for members).<br />

The L.A. Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr.,<br />

Griffi th Park. Call (323) 644-4200 or visit<br />

lazoo.org.<br />

Playhouse Offers<br />

Shakespearean<br />

Acting Course<br />

<strong>July</strong> 22 through Aug.<br />

2 — The Pasadena<br />

Playhouse teams with the London<br />

Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for<br />

a two-week summer acting intensive.<br />

The practical, fast-paced program is<br />

designed for students desiring more<br />

confidence in performing classical work<br />

from Shakespeare’s Elizabethan and<br />

Jacobean periods. It combines scene<br />

study with technical classes in movement<br />

and voice, leading to an understanding<br />

of the challenges of working with<br />

classical texts. The course is open to<br />

those 18 and older with some acting<br />

experience. Tuition may be paid in full<br />

or in installments, and the playhouse will<br />

offer a limited number of scholarships.<br />

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at<br />

39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626)<br />

356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.<br />

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