For almost a century the League of Women Voters (LWV) has focused its efforts on registering voters. Women, men, whatever party they prefer–they are actively encouraged to register to vote.
And now young people age 16 and 17 are allowed to pre-register and be ready to vote when they turn 18. This means that the LWV members are now visiting high schools around the nation registering prospective voters.
This week the LWV Pasadena Chapter set up a table in the plaza at East LA College on Wednesday and Thursday and here are some photos of what happened.
Originally the Descanso Gardens was an estate where camellias and roses were grown commercially. The owners back then, Mr. and Mrs. Boddy, also replanted California oak trees after a wildfire burned through the property decades ago. Today we have to thank them for one of the most beautiful gardens in Southern California, now part of the Los Angeles Park system.
Camellia trees still thrive as understory trees beneath the oaks. Roses from around the world still bloom in summer although they are gradually being replaced with more drought-tolerant plants. A garden of lilacs suitable for hot climates has been added, as has a Japanese garden. And more.
Here are a few photos from my Sunday walk around the garden.
On the first Tuesday every month at 12:30 p.m., you can travel back in time to an experience that would have been familiar to Jane Austen, Queen Victoria and other ladies of the 19th Century. Members of the Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena perform classical music in the Wright auditorium at the Pasadena Library in a free recital. They even offer a modest ‘tea’ afterwards.
If you close your eyes, you can imagine refined ladies in long pastel dresses sitting around a drawing room while their talented friends–singers, pianists, cellists–perform works by Mozart, Bach, Offenbach and others.
I am marking this up as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, mostly because I am not a particular fan of soprano solos.
Pasadena has from almost its beginning back in 1874 prided itself on being a cultural center. And, as I discovered in a corner of the main hall on my way to the recital, the Library has a longer history than I knew.
A few years ago the city of Pasadena changed trees in the center of the Arroyo Parkway, the city street at the end of the 110 freeway. Out went the tall leafy trees and in came palms. Date palms to be more precise. And every year these palms produce huge amounts of dates, which, sadly, go uneaten by humans. I think birds may feast on them.
City officials and Metro were expecting a larger crowd at the Women’s March this year and it may have been true. Unlike New York, Boston or Chicago, the weather was beautiful in Los Angeles: temperature in the low 60sF and clear skies and no circling helicopters which there had been last year.