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Eight organizations receive grants from our Foundation

In the past month, the John Aaroe Group Community Foundation awarded grants to eight remarkable organizations devoted to helping those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, homelessness, and debilitating diseases; caring for infants in intensive care; giving children a...

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Old Pasadena Happy Hour … Week?

You read it right. Old Pasadena’s put together not one, but two whole weeks of Happy Hour heaven, with extended menus and special tastings, flights and pairings. They’ve got a great list of itineraries and crawls so you can get the most out of every day. You can even score 90 minutes of free...

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In the pink: LA Cherry Blossom Festivals

If you’ve always thought of cherry blossoms as a DC thing, this is the spring to discover the LA story. There are 2,000 trees around Lake Balboa in Van Nuys alone, originated from a single parent and developed to grow in warm climates. Here’s where you can find more pink profusion.

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LA’s greatest Irish pubs

Face it: if you haven’t celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in an authentic Irish pub, you haven’t done it right. And if you have a favorite local Irish pub, maybe this is the year you hoist a pint somewhere new. LA is home to an array of choices, from Ireland’s 32 in Van Nuys to The Tilted Kilt in Long...

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Whose house is it, anyway?

If you’re like many of us, your home is ruled by your four-legged friends. But they couldn’t influence your home buying and remodeling decisions … could they? A lot more than you might think, says a new report from the National Association of Realtors.In fact, a whopping 81 percent of people...

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Oscar-nominated fashions take a bow at FIDM

The flippy, jewel-toned frocks of La La Land. The 1926 New York looks from Fantastic Beasts. The over-the-top concert frocks of Florence Foster Jenkins. The chic forties spywear of Allied. In all, more than 100 costume designs from 23 films of 2016 are on view in the annual Art of Motion Picture...

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What the heck is hygge, and where do I get some?

The Danish concept of hygge took off last year in the UK and is now sweeping the US by storm. Especially popular during Nordic winters, hygge (HUE-gah) is the art of making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Although lifestyle marketers are going wild with cozy...

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Should these Modernist landmarks be saved?

LA’s Mid-Century architecture includes some stunning treasures. But today, many of its less-flashy late Modern buildings may be facing the wrecking ball. Where does preservation draw the line?

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And the Best Performance by a Home goes to …

OK, it’s not a category. But in view of all the houses that have played key roles in famous movies — or played home to their stars — maybe it should be. In looking for examples, we’d hardly know where to start if we hadn’t just listed this lavish two-story Colonial Revival on Mapleton Drive in...

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