| Nov 19, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The 2013 Disney blockbuster "Frozen" and its characters play a big role in this year's holiday season at Disneyland.
If you're visiting the Anaheim park between now and Jan. 6, expect to see the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree in Disneyland's town square...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 7:58 AM
"Launch" is a new place to meet local innovative entrepreneurs, writers, artists, inventors, scientists and philanthropists, who are raising money for their projects through crowdfunding websites like kickstarter.com.
Who: Kate West, children's book...
| Nov 28, 2014
For some reason or another, the belfry of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem has never been home to a Moravian star.
The multi-pointed ornaments are found everywhere else in the Christmas City, but none has ever hung in the most prominent spot of...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 10:13 AM
On a recent afternoon backstage at Lyric Opera, Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton were behaving like the gal pals they are, hugging each other and singing each other's praises.
Quite the contrast to the emotional sparring partners the singers are...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 5:54 AM
Henry Furhmann at the Los Angeles Times has beaten me to the punch this year with advice against the holiday cliches that any writer with a modicum of self-respect will shun. But I think I am still catching you in advance of the first ’Tis the...
| Aug 1, 2014
Galilee Lutheran Church will hold its annual Peach Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at 4652 Mountain Road in Pasadena. The event includes peaches and ice cream, peach desserts, pit beef, hot dogs, salads and more. Carryout will be...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Mardi Gras is Tuesday -- do you have your king cake?
At first sight, it may come across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there's nothing subtle about it. It might be...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 1:04 PM
In the church we have liturgical seasons.
We begin our year with the season of Advent. We celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, move into a bit of Ordinary Time, and then it's on to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. We celebrate Easter and its season....
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:30 AM
As a service to readers, I have posted annually since 2006 a compendium of dreary but apparently irresistible holiday cliches that any writer with a modicum of self-respect should shun. As Tom Lehrer sings in his Christmas carol, "Brother, here we go...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Thoughts of childhood Christmases flooded Wendy Winebrenner's mind this month when she opened her mailbox to find an envelope stuffed with gift certificates.
Growing up in the O'Donnell Heights project in Baltimore, Winebrenner and her family depended...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 3:10 PM
The holidays may be over for most people, but workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge are planning one last musical hurrah.
The JPL Chorus will perform holiday songs at their second free winter concert at 8 p.m. on...