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Judson Studios – Mt. Washington

“A work of art is anything supremely well done.” -William Lees Judson

 

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Art lovers of Los Angeles, have you checked out the Judson Studios in Highland Park? Judson Studios is a family run stained-glass art studio that has been in Los Angeles since the end of the 19th century. Check out Judson Studios near Mt. Washington in Southern California for tours and education about the stained-glass process.

The new location of the studio is at 200 S. Avenue 66, Los Angeles, California, 90042 in the Highland Park neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles (in the Garvanza section). The founder William Lees Judson from England started the Judson Studios in 1895 with his sons. At that time, the studio worked under its first name: Colonial Art Glass Co. Judson produced glass for architect Frank Lloyd Wright and eventually founded the Los Angeles College of Fine Arts.

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Today, Judson Studios is made up of two separate locations. The location in South Pasadena specializes in fused and kiln formed glass designs, while the second location is open for tours at 143 Pasadena Ave, South Pasadena, California.

Judson Studios specializes in customized stain glass projects for any venue or location. The studio has produced beautiful glass for both public and private buildings, and the professional team is capable of producing glass for projects of all sizes. The team also takes on restoration and repair projects, including reinstallation of glass.

In addition to crafting some of the most beautiful stained-glass projects in the world, the team at Judson Studios completes every step of the stained-glass process, from design and concept all the way to glass installation. Judson glass is beautiful, breathtaking, and lasting.

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Artists at the Judson Studios are familiar with various styles of glass, and the studio produces both traditional projects as well as contemporary and cutting-edge projects. The artists there experiment with mixing both traditional techniques, contemporary styles, and the latest technologies to produce custom and unique glass designs. Judson Studios works to make designs and dreams a reality in gorgeous, colored glass.

Monthly public tours are available. The studios, which also hosts art exhibitions and artists-in-residence, is two-thousand square feet. The studio space includes a cutting room and a subterranean glazing room for glass work.

“Only the best is worthwhile” -Williams Lees Judson

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Since June of last year, the South Pasadena location has been open for tours. This studio is larger at five-thousand square feet. The space also includes kilns for innovative glass projects. David Judson is still the president of Judson Studios and the great-great-grandson of the original founder.

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Mt. Washington in Northeast Los Angeles is known for its steep hills and contemporary architecture. It is located a short half an hour from the Los Angeles Airport as well as from the famous Santa Monica Pier. In Mt. Washington, visitors and locals enjoy being in close proximity to the Self-Realization Fellowship, downtown Los Angeles, Eldred Street, and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Other nearby destinations include Hollywood, Moon Canyon Park, and the Carlin G. Smith Recreational Center.

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Honeywood Mt. Washington

Transport yourself into the Wild West with an outfit, accessories, and home décor from Honeywood, a beautifully and expertly curated boutique in Highland Park on York Boulevard. Walking into this boutique nearby Mt. Washington you’ll feel like you’ve stepped through time and have been immersed into an episode of Westworld.

If you love fashion, vintage décor, flea markets, antiquing, and/or all of the above, you will love visiting Honeywood. The shop carries clothing for both women and men. Shop owner, designer, and curator Vanessa Dingwell features some of her own clothing designs at the store. You’ll primarily find a bohemian, vintage style celebrating past decades, like the 1960s through the 1970s. Some pieces are designed in the Victorian style, and most pieces are one-hundred-percent authentic and handmade. The embroidered pieces are particularly impressive and beautiful.

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“…the storefront’s surreal hand-painted mural is an invitation to shop in a magical vintage fairy tale, think Frida Kahlo meets Gram Parsons in the desert of the Joshua Tree…”

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-Vanessa Dingwell, https://honeywoodvintage.com/

The mural described above by the shop owner was designed and painted by the artist Chuy Vasquez. It features a Native American on riding a horse through a desert landscape. Beautiful butterflies and flowers frame the front of the doorway and the mural marks the opening of the store in 2006. In the photo above, Dingwell and her boyfriend Charlie Overbey are dressed in the bohemian and ethnic fashions (i.e. Mexican and European wardrobe, jewelry, and objects for the home) curated in the store.

Browse the online store to view the types of items offered and curated by Dingwell, including dresses, handbags, bracelets, ponchos, cowboy hats, earrings, shirts, skirts, antique bags, halter tops, hawk hats, smock and maxi dresses, and folk vests. Whatever you choose, you’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind look. Additionally, you’ll find items for your home, like rugs, blankets, and bedspreads. The Dude Shop is a section of the boutique that is curated by Overbey (a musician by trade); he collects boots, magazines, jackets, t-shirts, and more. Remember to check Honeywood’s blog for featured sales, news, and information.

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Mt. Washington is a Northeastern neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. Robert Marsh built a hotel in the hills in 1909 near the ostrich farms, rivers, and mountains. Mt. Washington is located near Downtown Los Angeles, Devil’s Gate, and the Arroyo Seco River. Visitors in Mt. Washington may visit the Self-Realization Fellowship, walk up some of the steepest steps in the city at Eldred Street, go on a water adventure at the Los Angeles River Kayak Safari, and visit the Chandelier Tree.

Other destinations near Mt. Washington include:

-Heritage Square Museum

-Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

-Los Angeles’ Southwest Museum

-Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

-Moon Canyon Park

-Carroll Ave

-Echo Park Lake

-Designs by architect John Lautner

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Heritage Square Museum – Mt. Washington

Architecture lovers, history buffs, design students, and those visiting Los Angeles would all find something to explore at the Heritage Square Museum near Mt. Washington. A museum ticket includes a guided tour of the historic homes moved to Heritage Square from different corners of the city of Los Angeles, beginning with the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Program in 1961.

The homes at the museum are quite different from the modern architecture in other areas of Mt. Washington. In Montecito Heights, the homes at Heritage Square are examples of the Victorian architecture that was popular in Los Angeles in the 19th century and the early 20th century.

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For example, the Hale House (see picture below) was restored, including the original paint colors and interiors. George W. Morgan built the home in 1887, and it was originally located at 3800 Homer Street.

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The other homes at the Heritage Square include the Perry Mansion, which was designed by E.F. Kysor for William Hayes Perry. The Victorian Italianate home is known for the elegant stairway and the Corinthian columns. It was originally located in Boyle Heights.

An artefact from 1876, the Palms Depot brought visitors and newcomers to California via the Southern Pacific. Today, it is the museum store and visitor center.

It may sound unusual to us now, but houses with eight sides were once quite popular. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House (see picture below) is an example of the style. Some argued that octagon houses allowed more light and air into homes. The house was built in 1893 on San Pasqual Street for Gilbert Longfellow who was a farm owner.

Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House

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The gorgeous wood carvings at the Ford House (see picture below), built in 1887, are a sight to behold. The French Mansard roof on the Valley Knudsen House (see last photo below) exemplifies the unique architecture of the west. You’ll also be able to visit the Carriage Barn and the Lincoln Ave Church on site. A new addition to the museum is the Colonial Drug building. George A. Simmons’ family donated original pieces from his drug store, which were used in the museum’s recreation of the space.

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At the Heritage Square Museum, visitors enjoy performances, programming, weddings, parties, and learning about the history of architecture and life in Los Angeles. Heritage Square participates in the event Museums of Arroyo Day, alongside the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History.

Valley Knudsen House

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Other famous homes to see in Los Angeles include the Lummis House, the Greek Revival Nickel-Leong Mansion, and the Gamble House. Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it is located in the Northeast region. Founded in 1909, it sits within the San Rafael Hills. Eldred Street and the Southwest Museum are historic and famous sites in Mt. Washington. While in Los Angeles, also be sure to visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Time Travel Mart, and the Audubon Center.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop – Mt. Washington

Going to Bevmo is a treat, but no other beverage store in Los Angeles has as much character and history as Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Located at 5702 York Blvd near Mt. Washington, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop was once a grocery store specializing in Italian food and sandwiches. Today, the store still contains and runs its deli and serves Blockbuster sandwiches.

Growing up, John F. Nese’s family herded goats in Chavez Ravine before having to move from the construction of Dodger Stadium. Nese became passionate about soda when he learned about the soda making process while visiting the soda bottling factory of a family friend in the 50s.

Later, while running Galco’s Old World Grocery — which offered unique Italian goods to the community — Nese experienced being locked out of soda distribution chains by larger retailers. When Pepsi offered prices Nese could not afford, he decided to start carrying smaller soda brands. What once started out as a soda endeavor involving 25 brands grew into the Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, which today carries more than 400 soda flavors.

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Many customers are initially stressed when facing the task of picking out just a few of Galco’s wide inventory of sodas. The possibilities are endless. However, once acquainted with the store, the great thing about Galco’s is that you have a choice between your favorite flavors, unique and wild flavors, and international brands. Just to name a few flavors, believe it or not, Galco’s offers butterscotch, birch, chocolate, cucumber, dandelion, caramel, honey, guava, lavender, mint julep, passionfruit, mandarin, mango, peach, rhubarb, rose, strawberry, tamarind, pineapple, vanilla, and more.

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Types of sodas on the shelves include coffee, egg cream, brews, sarsaparillas, ginger soda, diet sodas, kosher sodas, root beers, and non-carbonated sodas. If you can’t choose a soda, you can let loose on the Soda Creation Station. Customers mix creations into bottles from an assortment of 100 cane sugar syrups, which are mixed with carbonated water. You can also shop online, but note that the minimum order is 6 sodas.

Galco’s does soda in a big way, but it isn’t the only product or opportunity that the store has to offer. In addition to soda, the store houses 600 forms of beer within 10 cold cases. Besides the craft beer from around the country and the world, Nese stocks his shelves with options for everyone, like champagne, cider, mead, sake, wine, and artisanal waters.

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If you stop in to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, be sure to check out the retro and vintage candy and toys. Show your family and friends the products you grew up loving, or find something new to take home.

About Mt. Washington: Mt. Washington is located in the San Rafael Hills in the Northeast region of the city of Los Angeles and was founded in 1909. It is known as home to Eldred Street (one of the steepest streets in the nation), the Southwest Museum, and the Headquarters of the Self-Realization Fellowship.

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Chicken Boy Shop & Future Studio Gallery

Art lovers, prepare yourselves. If you haven’t heard of Future Studio Gallery, then you are in for a treat. Located at 5558 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042, in Highland Park, this art venue features contemporary art by local artists. Future Studio Gallery is open between 7 and 10 pm during the North East Los Angeles Second Saturday Gallery Nights, or you can make an appointment to view the gallery.

The gallery features different types of media, including paintings, photography, sculptures, performance art, and more. You can check the gallery’s website to review their recent and past archives of art shows. For example, the most recent post on the website describes the work of artist Nishio Ruby who creates beautiful quilts. In the archives, you will find detailed descriptions about each artist and their artwork. Sometimes the artists’ smaller pieces are available for cash and carry purchases.

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Future Studio Gallery is located on the Historic Route 66. At the top of the gallery stands a statue of a chicken man, known as Chicken Boy (also known as “the statue of liberty of Los Angeles”). The Chicken Boy Shop is inside the Future Studio Gallery and it features unique gifts and exclusive Chicken Boy collectibles. Surely, there’s no way you can miss Chicken Boy on the top of the building. You can access the shop when the gallery is open for viewings.

In the shop, you’ll find curated and one-of-a-kind souvenirs for lovers of Los Angeles, Route 66, Chicken Boy, and popular culture. Chicken Boy’s image is displayed on baby onesies, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, postcards, socks, sock chickens, purses, lapel pins, luggage tags, and more, which are for sale in the shop. There’s even a copy of Chicken Boy the Movie.

The California-specific souvenirs are quite impressive. You can find a flag of Highland Park and postcards printed with the flag of California and the flag of Los Angeles. An “I Love You, California” postcard pairs the text with the image of a bear. If you aren’t looking for postcards, you can choose between embroidered patches and a wide variety of greeting cards featuring Arroyo Seco Parkway, Civic Center L.A., Figueroa Street Tunnels, LAX, and the Colorado Street Bridge.

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Californians or fans of the state will fall in love with earrings that are miniature maps of downtown Los Angeles and a silver necklace with a pendant that is a metal outline of the state of California. A handmade orange showcases Californian pride and a “I Love Highland Park” bumper sticker makes a great gift for those who live there or who love visiting.

You can also purchase books, prints, DVDs, cards, and other items related to the art on display at Future Studio Gallery.

Highland Park is northeast of downtown L.A. and offers shopping, creative dining, and entertainment. Other locations to visit in Highland Park include the Highland Park Farmers’ Market, Lummis House Heritage Square, The Artsy Flea, and the Taproom at Eagle Rock Brewery.

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Avenue 50 Studio – Mt. Washington

Are you a creative and imaginative artist, poet, and/or musician? Or are you passionate about viewing and discussing artwork that raises awareness about social justice? You need to check out Avenue 50 Studio near Mt Washington, a nonprofit art gallery where the community comes together to experience multicultural art exhibits, lectures, spoken word, and music.

Avenue 50 Studio was originally founded in 2000 and it was an art gallery. Today, Avenue 50 Studio is a nonprofit “arts presentation organization” and a platform for emerging artists and creative thinkers to share their work, engage with the community, and raise awareness for social issues. The gallery focuses on Chicana/o and Latino/a artists, writers, and musicians to give a platform for the work of historically marginalized groups. Avenue 50 Studio attracts work and creators who strive to effect change, take risks, and make public statements.

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Mixtures of medias are featured at in the art spaces at the organization. Artists who work in both traditional media and non-traditional media are brought into the spotlight. You can check the organization’s website to get information on upcoming exhibits, past exhibits, and the ongoing programs and projects being held. For example, Avenue 50 Studio recently held the exhibit Adopt an Art Piece. Visitors had the opportunity to purchase the “orphan” art pieces.

Past exhibits are great examples of how Avenue 50 Studio challenges the traditional boundaries of art by creating space for non-traditional media and marginalized artists. The Spiritual Medicines exhibit, created with UCLA’s Latin and American Institute, showcased artwork that explores different types of spirituality and human needs. Artists and writers published in Words Uncaged Arts & Literary Journal from the California State Prison in Lancaster were featured in the WordsUncaged exhibit. The exhibit design included photographs of both prisoners and their families. These spaces give the public the chance to learn about these manualized groups, to discuss how to effect change, and to spread awareness. The recent Call to Artists at the gallery for Crossing Boundaries: Engendering LGBTQ Identities (opening this June during Pride Month) is an excellent example.

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This nonprofit offers a community space, two art gallery spaces, and studios for resident artists. Events like readings are held on a regular basis in addition to the presentation of art and mixed media like the Atomix Avis exhibition, featuring jazz-inspired artwork by Hembert Guardado and bird-inspired artwork by Ana Chaidez. Avenue 50 Studio showcases and celebrates the diversity of Los Angeles through these art exhibits, lectures, concerts, and readings.

Since 1909, Mt. Washington is located in the San Rafael Hills in northeast Los Angeles. Popular destinations in Mt. Washington include the Southwest Museum, the Mount Washington Hotel Self Realization Fellowship International Headquarters, and Eldred Street. The Golden State Freeway, the Glendale Freeway, and the Pasadena Freeway are easily accessible from Mt. Washington. Public transportation like the Metro Gold Line is also available.

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The Audubon Center at Debs Park

Los Angeles is home to unique ecosystems as well as a long tradition of public parklands and environmental conservation. In this post, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of one of the city’s most inventive ecological resources, the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

The Center first opened in 2003, designed as a conservation and environmental education center that would allow Los Angeles residents to visit and learn about local wildlife in their natural habitat.

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The Center is situated in Debs Park, the fourth largest public park in the city of Los Angeles. A rolling swath of grasslands northeast of downtown Los Angeles, most of the park’s sprawling acreage is covered in walnut-oak woodland and coastal sage scrub – the same flora that filled the Los Angeles Basin before it became a metropolis. The area has become a haven for birds, and over 140 separate species have been recorded in the park’s environs – the park’s shaded trails are filled with birdsong.

The Center at Debs Park is operated by Audubon California, a state-level field program of the National Audubon Society. Part of the Society’s mission is to engage young people, as well as to cultivate diverse audiences in the Los Angeles area. Designed to serve as a recreation and education venue, the Center is a unique community gathering spot and dynamic focal point for outdoor activity, hands-on environmental learning, and wildlife conservation.

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The Center’s mission is to teach the public about the unique value of nature, inspiring visitors to understand and care for the natural world by allowing them to encounter it firsthand. Community and education programs at Debs Park are engineered to engage children and their families with the outdoor world, giving them a personal stake in safeguarding the environment by showing them how environmental concerns are relevant to their own lives.

Looking for kid-friendly sites for local excursions? Visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena!

The Audubon Center includes extensive displays about California’s extraordinary bird species, from the scurrying quail to the soaring condor. Visitors can see their feathered neighbors outdoors on monthly all-ages bird walks. Many of the Center’s activities are geared towards introducing visitors to surrounding Debs Park, and the Center’s crowded social calendar also includes guided hikes, community science projects, art classes, musical performances, film screenings, yoga, tai chi, and seasonal celebrations. Most programs are free of charge and open to the public. The park itself is mostly dog-friendly, with facilities for fishing and picnics.

The Center’s ecological mission extends to design – the Audubon Center was the first LEED platinum certified building in the country, and one of the very first carbon-neutral buildings constructed in the United States. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program developed to encourage architects, owners, builders, and communities to plan and construct energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly buildings. LEED is the most widely-used verification system of its kind, and it has become the “green standard” for ecological building innovation.

LEED certification is designed to work for all buildings of all shapes and sizes, from single-family homes to skyscrapers, and the rating system is intended to address many different aspects of environmentally-conscious design: water and energy savings, efficient use of space, renewable materials, and reduced emissions. The Audubon Center at Debs Park holds the highest possible rating, an accolade that reflects everything from its innovative architecture to its ecological advocacy.

A big component of LEED rating is strategic use of space – renewable materials and energy efficient technology can take you a long way, but cutting down on waste also means making sure that every building becomes a durable resource. The Center’s “platinum” certification is also based on its commitment to providing a multi-use public space to members of the community. Not content to rest on its laurels, the Center holds free public seminars on LEED certification and design, so that local home and business owners can learn how to make these improvements themselves.

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The Audubon Center works hard to be kid-friendly as well as environment-friendly, and a big part of its community engagement comes from local school field trips, since Debs Park is preserved as a natural space but maintained as an accessible local parkland. There’s an extensive play and exploration area located just behind the Center buildings with plenty of activities for kids, as well as a short Butterfly Trail perfect for younger hikers. The Center leads group nature walks from the center, and visitors can ask about upcoming hikes at the information desk. If you’d like to take a family or solo hike, docents at the center offer maps and route recommendations for all ages, and the Audubon Center offers backpacks and binoculars on loan for free to park visitors!

Interested in more opportunities for hiking? Check out Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena!

Visit the Debs Park Audubon Center to learn about local wildlife, and then take a stroll around the trails outside to see California’s extraordinary native birds in their natural surroundings!

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Vroman’s Bookstore

Are you tired of going to Barnes & Noble and shopping for books at the grocery store? Read on to learn more about Vroman’s Bookstore and other sites in Pasadena, California.

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You won’t believe the selection of books in this independent bookstore, a shopping experience unique to Southern California. Vroman’s Bookstore is the oldest and biggest store of its kind in the Los Angeles area. At Vroman’s, you’ll find a book for any taste, and you’ll have the opportunity to attend events, meet authors, enjoy trivia nights, and go to launch parties. The store was awarded Publisher’s Weekly Bookseller of the Year in 2008 and has hosted Bernie Sanders, Ray Bradbury, President Bill Clinton, Anne Rice, Joan Didion, Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris, Upton Sinclair, and more.

Adam Clark Vroman, the founder of Vroman’s Bookstore, was originally from Illinois before coming to California and selling his book collection following the death of his wife Esther. Eventually, he opened his bookstore in 1894. He is also well-known for his photography of Native American tribes in Arizona and New Mexico, in which he took portraits in a respectful manner. Vroman was also fascinated with taking photos of American western landscapes.

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Vroman left a legacy of giving back to the community. During the second world war, he took books to Japanese Internment Camps in California, even when armed guards tried to stop him with firepower. Additionally, he worked at mission sites, assisted with opening the Southwest Museum, and was a part of the Pasadena Public Library project.

Today, the owner of Vroman’s Bookstore is the great grandson of one of the employees who Vroman left the bookstore to when he died in 1916. This independent bookstore is still family owned, and today the company has two bookstore locations, two smaller locations in the Los Angeles Airport, and the company acquired the independent bookstore Book Soup in 2009 (located in West Hollywood).

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At Vroman’s, you’ll find books, specialty pens and stationery, cards to send your loved ones and friends, and many types of gifts. The store is located at 695 E Colorado Boulevard, and proceeds from every book purchase go towards a charity of the customer’s choice. Furthermore, through Vroman’s Gives Back programming, the store hosts events for community fundraising. Past events have included HIV testing, raffles, pet adoption, book fairs, support for girl scout troops and more. The store puts on more than 400 events for the community annually and has raised $655,998.52.

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While in the Pasadena area, be sure to visit these sites as well:

Pasadena City College Flea Market

Norton Simon Museum

Old Town Pasadena

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Pasadena City College Flea Market

While waiting for the 626 Night Market near South Pasadena to start this summer, get out and enjoy the California sun while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market. You may have never heard of a nonprofit flea market before, but this one is the largest of its kind in the state of California. For the bargain hunters out there, you will not be able to resist more than 400 vendors offering deals and the food trucks serving lunch and treats.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market is located on the college campus at 1570 E Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. It spans both the West Side Parking Lot and the East Side Parking Lot (both of which are covered, so you won’t have to spend the entire day in the sun). The market is run by the Board of Directors, and the proceeds go to a scholarship for college students. Keep the first Sunday of the month free, and go shopping between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

You’ll find anything you could need and more from the various vendors at the market, including carpets, potted plants and succulents, artwork, sunglasses, handmade ceramics, Halloween decorations, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, antiques, music, furniture, collectibles, and more. Redecorate your kitchen, find the perfect vase for a bouquet of flowers, and complete your music collection in one trip.

The Record Swap event at the flea market is extremely popular, where shoppers search for and trade records, CDs, and DVDs. You’ll find it on the ramp on the fourth floor in Lot 5.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market was pioneered in 1977 by Tom and Tim Selinske in 1977. Pasadena City College was founded in 1924; it was originally named Pasadena Junior College until it was combined with John Muir College. Admission to the market is free, and parking is a small fee of two dollars per car. There are also shuttles that take shoppers between the two parking structures.

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California in the San Gabriel Valley and the famous home of the Tournament of Roses Parade. While in Pasadena, visit the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena.

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Norton Simon Museum

Visiting the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is a rite of passage for modern art lovers in Southern California. Located at 411 West Colorado Boulevard, the museum is built on ten acres of land in-between Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard. The museum, formerly known as the Pasadena Art Institute, and the Pasadena Art Museum, showcases the art collection of the late Norton Simon. As you plan a trip to South Pasadena, be sure to include the museum on your list of stops.

Norton Simon was a successful sheet metal company owner who migrated from Oregon all the way to Los Angeles. He built the company Norton Simon, Inc., which became home to many well-known names. Today, the it encompasses Avis Car Rental, Saturday Review of Literature, Hunt-Wesson Foods, Canada Dry Corporation, and more.

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Simon started the museum when he ran out of space for his art collection of European pieces. He started circulating his collection as a “museum without walls.” In other words, he regularly lent out his pieces to international venues. The Norton Simon Art Foundation was born, and he was also involved in starting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Simon passed away in 1993, but his legacy lives on. Visitors continue to enjoy his collection of one-thousand European and Asian art pieces, as well as the sculpture garden and the pond at the museum. The museum is a space for lectures, masterpiece loans, tours, programming for the community, performances, and education courses. A museum store, cafe, and the Norton Simon Theater are also open to visitors.

Parking at the museum is free to the community, and it is inexpensive to visit the museum. Students, military personnel, and children 18-years-old and under enter free of charge. Don’t forget that the museum also offers free entry between 5 and 8 pm in the evening on the first Friday of every month.

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Simon said, “I am not essentially a religious person, but my feeling about a museum is that it can serve a substitute for a house of worship. It is a place to respect man’s creativity and to sense a continuity with the past. It is a place to give us a feeling of the dignity of man and to help us to strive towards our own creativity.” (Visit the museum’s website here, where you may read this quote and learn more about Simon and the museum.) His legacy inspires young artists and the future creators of our time. As you ponder ways to harness your own creativity, visit the pieces preserved at the museum. Preserving our past, our history, and our culture allows us to connect with these artefacts as we learn and grow.

About South Pasadena: South Pasadena is a city that spans three-and-a-half square miles within the West San Gabriel Valley of the Los Angeles area. While visiting South Pasadena, consider seeing the following locations, parks, and historic sites:

-Old Town Pasadena

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-The Curio Emporium

-Garfield Park

-Arroyo Seco Park

-Historical Museum

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