Something new under the sun: PCC Observatory sheds light on partial eclipse

At 8:30 a.m. last Saturday morning, 9-and-a-half year old Nathan and his aunt, Lorena, hung out on the roof of Lot 4 at PCC. They perched on a cement curb and gazed at a tiny shape on a square of paper. Nathan explained what he was looking at.  “You basically just want to line it up, and you’ll be able to see the curving,” he said. Armed with a simple pinhole camera that he had made downstairs with the help of volunteers from the Astronomy …

Doors open for all on freebie Fridays at the Norton Simon

Aaron Preacher sat on a bench and observed the sculpture garden that is placed inside the Norton Simon Museum on Friday, Oct. 8th. Preacher brought his 5-year-old daughter who ran around the garden of the outdoor museum for which he used to work.  He and his wife back then had taken their daughter all the time to Norton Simon when she was born, but now that things have opened up again post-pandemic, he wanted to see if she was interested. This Friday is special for …

Wildlife Day: How to handle our urban critter friends

Weeknight: 10 PM. It’s a wonderful evening for a nice, cool, late night stroll with your beloved fur baby. It’s a calm evening, but as you round the block, you hear loud vocalizations. As you turn around, you see a group of 3 coyotes. You ask yourself, “What do I do? How can I protect myself and my dog?” Well, Pasadena Humane Society has you covered. For the first ever time in the history of the Pasadena Humane Society, great minds have come together to …

LMU writer’s Joan Didion tribute draws big crowd at Vroman’s

A showing of around fifty individuals gathered at Vroman’s Bookstore to listen to writer and professor, Evelyn McDonnell, read from different passages from her latest book release, ‘The World According to Joan Didion’, highlighting distinct events throughout Didion’s life.  Evelyn McDonnell is Loyola Marymount’s Director of Journalism and a versatile writer, similar to Didion’s versatility, in which both of their careers consist/ed of journalism, various essays, screenwriting, and noveling. McDonnell channeled her gift and passion for writing into a novel honoring the iconic journalist, Joan …

Artwater Life’s fifth Five Dollar Art Party is ‘like an artistic Jurassic Park’

An MC that goes by the name Destruct illustrates how stunningly every vendor stand and piece of artwork is set up throughout the large park that is not only full of beautiful green scenery everywhere you turn, but it was additionally full of many people that attended the event to see the numerous forms of art that they could also interact with. “Shoutout to all the artists and vendors in this building, I love this man. It’s like an artistic Jurassic Park. This shit is …

Pasadena Humane Society unleashes furry friends at adoption event

Tail-wagging, energy-fueled pups, dressed in bandanas and tutus were given the opportunity to experience a new environment and showcase their personalities to potential adopters at the pop-up event pet adoption hosted by the Pasadena Humane Society and the Integrity College of Health.  Some of the dogs were a bit hostile as they interacted with new faces, but other dogs were full of excitement to meet new people.  These organized events are created as a way to allow shelter dogs a chance to get out of …

Pride center platforms trans voices with ‘Monica’ screening

The sun sets at Pasadena City College on a Thursday evening. At the R building, in room R122, a special screening of the film “Monica” was shown to students. The film’s theme sets on a sensitive topic that students on campus, along with America as a whole, are wrestling with the transgender experience. “It really explores the experience that many people of trans experience go through,” Bryce Simon, resource advocate for Pride Center said about the event. “This is a film that really speaks authentically …

Octavia’s Bookshelf saves space for new stories

A few months after her move to Los Angeles, writer Hannah V. Sawyerr stopped by Octavia’s Bookshelf to ask owner Nikki High if she would consider hosting the release of her debut novel, “All The Fighting Parts”. Nikki warned her she had a lot of events lined up, but asked for the date anyway. The day of Hannah’s book release was Nikki’s one free day and it all happened to be her birthday. “The reason why I opened this bookstore is because it’s so hard …

Help Wanted: PCC’s search for Lance O’ Lot’s entourage

Lance O’ Lot is here to stay! In March 2023, PCC introduced its new mascot, Lance O’ Lot, bidding farewell to the retired Larry the Lancer. While Lance O’ Lot remained somewhat elusive, a recent job posting indicates that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him. PCC posted on their Instagram, last week advertising tryouts to be Lance O’ Lot, a paid position. While only one person will fill the role of Lance O’ Lot, PCC is looking for extra help with all of …

Local movement sprouts up to protect endangered black walnut tree

Up the tidy dirt path lined with laurel sumac and bush sunflowers that still bore a few yellow blossoms, two human-sized Mexican free-tailed bats in purple satin capes held aloft a painted paper whale skeleton and led a small parade. Accompanied by cetacean song amplified from a portable speaker, the procession of Eastside neighbors, city nature fans, land use activists, and children in paper bat masks marched up the path to the Ascot Hills Park Amphitheater in observation of the second annual Black Walnut Day …