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					                   PASADENA AREA GUIDE

                                    Fall 2010

                          Caltech Women’s Club
                         http://cwclub.caltech.edu

Judy Collins, Editor

The Pasadena Area Guide is a project of the Caltech Women’s Club and depends
entirely on club members’ suggestions. It is not intended to be a complete or exhaustive
listing of Pasadena area services. Every effort was made to insure information was
correct at time of publication. If there is a category we’ve left out or a service provider
you would like to recommend, we welcome your suggestions. If you can provide new or
updated information for future entries, please e-mail your suggestions to Judy Collins at
 judycollins63@earthlink.net The website is updated continuously.

Disclaimer: The resources identified in this guide have been suggested by individual club
members. Any commentary provided herein reflects the personal opinions of the
contributing club members and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of these
businesses or organizations by the Caltech Women’s Club, the California Institute of
Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or the Huntington Library, or any kind of
warranty as to the quality of services provided.

CALTECH WOMEN’S CLUB

Members of the Caltech/JPL community are welcome to join the Caltech Women’s Club.
We are a group of women who have a connection with Caltech in common. The
objective of the club is to promote friendliness and the sharing of mutual interests. We
are different ages and races and nationalities and have different interests and lifestyles.
Some of us have been here for years, while others have come recently or are here
temporarily. The Caltech Women's Club provides us all with a way of connecting. The
Club is most active during the academic year from October to May with some activities
continuing through the summer.

For information on membership for the 2010-2011 year: Check the club website:
http://cwclub.caltech.edu and/or contact cwcmembership@caltech.edu

For any other questions or inquiries please email the Caltech Women’s Club at
cwclub@caltech.edu
TABLE OF CONTENTS

ART CLASSES ................................................................................................................. 1
ART GALLERIES ............................................................................................................. 1
AUTOMOBILES: Auto Mechanics ................................................................................. 1
AUTOMOBILES: Paint and Body Work ........................................................................ 2
AUTOMOBILES: Tires..................................................................................................... 3
AUTOMOBILES: Used Cars .......................................................................................... 3
BABY SUPPLIES (also see Thrift Shops) .................................................................... 3
BANKING: Credit Union .................................................................................................. 3
BANKING: For Overseas Newcomers to Los Angeles .............................................. 4
BOOKSTORES................................................................................................................. 4
CALTECH RESOURCES ............................................................................................... 5
CATERING AND EVENT PLANNING .......................................................................... 6
CHILDCARE/DAYCARE/ NANNIES ............................................................................. 6
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, LESSONS AND CAMPS ................................................ 7
CITY CONTACTS ............................................................................................................ 7
COMPUTER SUPPORT ................................................................................................. 8
COUNSELING .................................................................................................................. 8
DENTIST ........................................................................................................................... 8
DENTAL: Orthodontists ................................................................................................... 9
DENTAL: Pediatric Dentists ........................................................................................... 9
DENTAL: Periodontist ..................................................................................................... 9
ENTERTAINMENT, TICKETS, & FAMILY ACTIVITES ........................................... 10
EXERCISE/FITNESS .................................................................................................... 12
FARMERS MARKETS................................................................................................... 13
FINANCIAL/TAXES ....................................................................................................... 13
FURNITURE (also see Thrift Stores) .......................................................................... 13
GARDENING: Landscape Design ............................................................................... 14
GARDENING: Nurseries ............................................................................................... 14
GARDENING: Tree Care, Trimming & Removal....................................................... 14
GOURMET FOOD AND WINE / SPECIALTY SHOPS ............................................ 14
GOVERNMENT SERVICES ........................................................................................ 16
HAIR SALONS: Children............................................................................................... 16
HAIR SALONS: General ............................................................................................... 17
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Architects ............................................................................ 17
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Air Conditioning Service ................................................... 18
HOME IMPROVEMENT: General Contractors and Remodeling ........................... 18
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Custom Cabinetry ............................................................. 19
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Drapes and Shutters ......................................................... 19
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Glass ................................................................................... 19
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Hardware ............................................................................ 19
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Hardwood Floors ............................................................... 20
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Historic Homes .................................................................. 20
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Interior Design ................................................................... 20
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Lighting ............................................................................... 20



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HOME IMPROVEMENT: Painting ............................................................................... 20
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Plumbing ............................................................................. 21
HOME IMPROVEMENT; Plumbing and Supply........................................................ 21
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Metal Refinishing ............................................................... 21
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Roofer ................................................................................. 21
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Tile and Stone Setting ..................................................... 21
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Window and Door Screens .............................................. 22
HOUSE CLEANING: Carpets....................................................................................... 22
HOUSE CLEANING: Exterior ....................................................................................... 22
HOUSE CLEANING: General ...................................................................................... 22
HOUSE CLEANING: Windows .................................................................................... 22
HOME TOURS ............................................................................................................... 23
KNIFE SHARPENING ................................................................................................... 23
LEGAL SERVICES ........................................................................................................ 23
LIBRARIES...................................................................................................................... 23
MEDICAL: Children’s Hospital ..................................................................................... 23
MEDICAL: Dermatology ................................................................................................ 24
MEDICAL: Diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology .............................................. 24
MEDICAL: Diagnosis ..................................................................................................... 24
MEDICAL: Internal Medicine ........................................................................................ 24
MEDICAL: Optometry/ Ophthalmology ....................................................................... 25
MEDICAL: Orthopedics ................................................................................................. 25
MEDICAL: Pediatrics ..................................................................................................... 25
MEDICAL: Physical Therapy ........................................................................................ 26
MEDICAL: Pulmonology ............................................................................................... 26
MEDICAL: Urgent Care ................................................................................................. 26
MUSEUMS, GARDENS, AND EVENTS .................................................................... 26
MUSIC: Lessons and Musical Appreciation ............................................................... 28
MUSIC: Pianos – Sales, Rentals, Tuning, and Repairs ........................................... 29
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ............................................................................................ 29
OUTDOORS ADVENTURES: Camping ..................................................................... 30
OUTDOORS ADVENTURES: Beach Camping ........................................................ 31
OUTDOORS ADVENTURES: Mountain Camping ................................................... 31
OUDOORS ADVENTURES: Camping Reservations ............................................... 32
PETS: Boarding & Grooming ....................................................................................... 32
PETS: Veterinarians and Cat Hospitals...................................................................... 33
PHARMACIES ................................................................................................................ 33
PRESCHOOLS & PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUPS .................................................... 33
RESTAURANTS, COFFEE HOUSES & BAKERIES ............................................... 34
SENIOR RESOURCES ................................................................................................. 36
SENIOR RESOURCES: Care Giver ........................................................................... 36
SENIOR RESOURCES: Retirement Home .............................................................. 36
SENIOR RESOURCES: Senior Services and Assessment ................................... 36
SHOE REPAIR ............................................................................................................... 36
SHOPPING: Craft Supplies .......................................................................................... 37
SHOPPING: Camping Gear ......................................................................................... 37


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SHOPPING: Children’s Clothing .................................................................................. 37
SHOPPING: Outdoor Furniture................................................................................... 38
SHOPPING: Picture Frames ....................................................................................... 38
SHOPPING: Produce .................................................................................................... 38
SHOPPING: Religious Articles and Books ................................................................ 38
THRIFT SHOPS & CLASSIFIED LISTINGS.............................................................. 38
TRANSPORTATION: Airport........................................................................................ 39
TRANSPORTATION: General ..................................................................................... 40
TRAVEL & TOURS ........................................................................................................ 40
VIDEO STORE / RENTAL ............................................................................................ 40




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ART CLASSES

Sierra Madre Creative Arts Group, 108 North Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre.
www.creativeartsgroup.org. “I took a landscape oil painting class there, taught by
Margot Lennartz. It was excellent and very inspiring, a good course for a small budget.
Margot is a very good teacher and a real jewel as a person. I’m so glad to have found
that excellent place.” Dania T. (Summer 2010)


ART GALLERIES

“Although Pasadena has been an avid art museum city there are no art galleries on
Colorado Boulevard or in Old Town. Artists just cannot afford the high rents. I do not
know if there is a Pasadenan who cares about art that could open a gallery, but if there
is I would love to have some artists meet him/her. South Pasadena has responded to
artists with an art gallery located attached to its chamber of commerce. But a few art
galleries have opened up in Pasadena, one in an Art Complex for artists to live in, and
two are in houses. Here are some additional art venues for your list.” Ref. by Sylvia M.
(Summer 2010)

Art Center College of Design, Williamson Gallery, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena.
(626) 396-2200

The Armory, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (626) 792-5101. Art Gallery and Art
Classes

California Art Museum, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, (626) 568-3665

Fremont Gallery, 812 Fremont Ave., Ste. 100, South Pasadena, (626) 403-9901

Gallery 210, 2888 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Art Galleries and artists residences

Haus, 517 S. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 356-2408

MOCA, 250 Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 621-1745

Offramp Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, (626) 298-6931.
“This gallery is run by a wonderful couple in a historic building but not in the best of
neighborhoods. Be sure to park in their parking lot and not on the street. Parking is
limited so call to have a space saved for you.”

South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery, 1121 Mission St.
South Pasadena, (626) 441-2339

Space Gallery, 1506 Mission St., South Pasadena. Galleries and art classes


AUTOMOBILES: Auto Mechanics




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AutoRepairProtection.com. Owner Sev Magina, (1-877) 533-9939, Fax: (1-602) 532-
7967, info@AutoRepairProtection.com. “This automotive business is unique. Their motto
is “we don’t repair the car, we repair the quote.” Frequently customers are overcharged
for automotive repairs. I took my car to the dealer twice and Mr. Magina saved me
hundreds of dollars. He has contacts in the California Bureau of Automotive Repairs in
Sacramento, and he has the ability to send inspectors to any mechanic’s shop in the
United States. He also re-negotiates price quotes over the phone via three-way
teleconferencing.” Jennifer H. P. (Summer 2010)

Crown City Tire, 80 West Bellevue Drive, Pasadena, (626) 793-4181. “Trustworthy auto
mechanics. The men here are very patient, kind and thorough in their work. They charge
a fair price for most services.” Ref. by Sara J. (Summer 2010)

Husco German Auto Service, 719 Mission St, South Pasadena, (626) 799-4176. Don’t
be misled by the name or the appearance of his shop. He works on all autos, does a
great job and is most reasonable.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)

Mike Gibson Auto, (626) 795-3726, 1701 East Walnut Street, Pasadena.
“They do a great job at a reasonable price and are really nice people.” Ref. by
Laurie K. (Summer 2010)

Gold Shield Station, 1076 East Walnut, Pasadena. “Located on the SW corner of Wilson
and Walnut. Smog testing only.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

Independent Volvo Service Center, (626) 796-5460, 2244 East Walnut Street,
Pasadena. “They do dependable, honest and thorough work.” Ref. by Sylvia H.
(Summer 2010)

Mitch's Auto, 767 East Green Street, Pasadena, (626) 795-2495. "Mitch and his staff
are a breath of fresh air when it comes to auto mechanics. Honest, hard working and
VERY fair priced. Drop your car off in the morning and they will usually diagnose it for
you by 12 noon and if they have the parts, can have it fixed by the end of the day.
Within walking distance of Caltech, so it is very easy to drop off the car and walk home
or to work. There is something different about this place! I cannot recommend it highly
enough!" Ref. by Carolyn R. (Summer 2010)

Nishikawa Auto Service Inc., (626) 793-3595, 510 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena
(on the east side of Fair Oaks just north of the antique store). “This independent auto
service and repair shop specializes in Dotson, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda,
Mitsubishi and Isuzu autos. Joe Lira always comes up with a simple and inexpensive
repair and your car is ready the same day. This is also a good place to get your car
smog-checked.” Ref. by Judy C. (Fall 2010)


AUTOMOBILES: Paint and Body Work

Bob’s Paint and Body Shop, 2211 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, (626) 796-4573. “They do
good work at a reasonable price.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)




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AUTOMOBILES: Tires

Jerry's Tires, (626) 584-9730, 1536 East Walnut Street, Pasadena. “The price is good
and the people are nice. Once I brought my car in to check whether a tire was OK and
they found that it was fine and didn't charge anything.” Ref. by Laurie K. (Summer 2010)


AUTOMOBILES: Used Cars

CarMax, 1131 Central Avenue, Duarte, (626) 357-9972. “We had a very good
experience buying a car through CarMax. Their cars are in very good condition and
come with a 30 day guarantee. Our car required a small repair and they did it without
any questions asked. By getting a relatively new car with low mileage through CarMax,
we saved a significant amount of money rather than buying a new car.” Ref. by Julie W.
(Summer 2010)

The Universe is JPL's biweekly employee newspaper, published every other Friday.
Listings include used cars. Read and submit classified ads at JPL’s online new source
http://jplspace. Ref. by Judy C. (2010)


BABY SUPPLIES (also see Thrift Shops)

Caltech Baby Furniture and Household Equipment Loan Pool (HELP), (626) 584
9773, 234 South Catalina Avenue (Behind 230 South Catalina, just north of Del Mar
Avenue), Pasadena. Open on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm. No
appointment necessary. Caltech and JPL staff and employees and their significant
others can borrow maternity clothes, cribs, strollers, high chairs, baby swings, baby
bathtubs and toys as well as pots and pans, dishes, glasses and other useful household
items. A nominal donation is requested for some items (i.e. cribs $20, electrical items
$4). Other items are free (including children's toys and clothes). Donations of new and
gently used items welcome. There is also a Toy Library where toys can be checked out
for a period of time. A small annual fee applies for the Toy Library. (Summer 2010)

Once Upon a Child, (818) 248-9996, 2607 Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta. “Good
selection of new car seats, cribs, and decent used baby toys/clothes. Will also buy
back your kids’ used items. Great place for new parents to shop since it is not as
overwhelming as most baby stores - has good basics. Take 210 West to La Crescenta
Boulevard, go north. Turn right on Foothill. Store is in the shopping center about 2
blocks east.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)


BANKING: Credit Union

Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union (CEFCU). www.cefu.org. As a member-
owned financial cooperative, CEFU is the only financial institution owned by and
operated exclusively for the extended Caltech community. This bank is in a Caltech
owned house at 515 South Wilson Ave (near corner of San Pasqual St.), (626) 395-6300
and also in a building at 528 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, (818) 952-4444. CEFCU has
ATMs at the Winnett Center (behind Red Door Café), Keith Spalding building at Caltech,


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plus ATMs at JPL and Huntington Library. CEFCU offers credit cards, loans,
scholarships, on line & phone banking options. The Foothill branch has safety deposit
boxes but there is a waiting list to get one. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


BANKING: For Overseas Newcomers to Los Angeles

See http://cit.hr.caltech.edu/postdoc/default.htm for more detailed complete information.

Money exchange services are limited in LA. Usually, the best currency exchange rate is
at banks. ATM and bank exchange rates are as spread out as LA is sprawled. Often
coins and small notes in US currency are required for transportation & shopping. Public
transportation often requires exact fare so try and get some US currency before arriving
in USA and/or use ATM at the airport on arrival. Withdrawal and access fees at ATMs
vary. For example there may be transaction and currency conversion fees, depending on
ATM banking network and your bank card. On-line and telephone banking/payments
often require an MasterCard, Visa or American Express card from an American bank or
Credit Union, with matching US billing address. To open an American bank account in
your name, you do not need a social security number. You will need to bring your
passport, Caltech ID card, and sometimes address verification such as a rental
agreement, utility bill or letter from your landlord. There are saving accounts, checking
accounts and credit cards available. You can have your paychecks deposited directly to
your account. Locals worry about ID theft and fraud. Shred personal information on mail
and other documents and before disposal. The usual precautions apply to giving out
personal details & carrying various forms of money – consult your bank or American
Express Office. Secure your most important documents in a bank safety deposit box.
Go to http://cit.hr.caltech.edu/postdoc/default.htm for more complete information.
(Summer 2010)


BOOKSTORES

Janet Jarvits' Used Cookbook Store, (626) 296-1638, 1388 East Washington Boulevard,
Pasadena (near Hill). “It has a tremendous collection of used cookbooks that are in
great condition and reasonably priced.” Ref. by Karen B. (Summer 2010)

Penelope's Cafe-Books-Gallery, (818) 790-4386, 1029 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada.
“This is one of my favorite businesses in or near La Canada.” Ref. by Dee D. (Summer
2010)

Vroman’s Bookstore, (626) 449-5320, 695 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena;
and Vroman’s Hastings Ranch, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, (626) 351-0828,
http://www.vromansbookstore.com. “Vroman’s is Southern California's oldest and
largest independent bookstore. This nationally recognized bookstore features a fantastic
selection of books and will special order anything you want. Vroman’s also hosts author
events, children's parties, book discussions, workshops and lectures.” Ref. by Judy C.
(Summer 2010)




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CALTECH RESOURCES

Athenaeum, 551 South Hill, Pasadena (on campus), (626) 395-8200.
www.its.caltetech.edu/~ath. “This 1929 building is considered architecturally the jewel of
the campus. Membership is open to individuals with teaching, research or administrative
staffs at Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Huntington Library and Art Gallery,
the Palomar Observatory and Caltech Associates. The Athenaeum offers formal and
casual dining, informal bar and game room, the Hayman Lounge, hotel facilities for
members and their guests, tennis courts, meeting rooms, private and club events and
reciprocal club privileges. The Athenaeum is a great place to meet for lunch or dinner.
We have stayed in their newly renovated hotel rooms and have used the reciprocal club
privilege to dine at the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer
2010)

Caltech Graduate Student Council, gpspubs@its.caltech.edu. The student government
for Caltech graduate students. Their mission is “to work to maximize the quality of life
for the graduate student community at Caltech. The GSC interacts with the institute’s
administrative bodies to put forward the interests of the student body.” (Summer 2010)

International Spouses Club (CISC): “We are from different cultures. We speak different
languages. But we share the similar experiences of working to make Pasadena our new
home. In the CISC, we share our interests, cultures, life experiences, adventures, and
even our grandmothers’ recipes! We help each other with information and nurture our
friendships to overcome the difficulties of living in a foreign country, and to make this
new life fulfilling and fun. If you find yourself alone while your spouse is busy studying or
working in his lab, you are warmly welcomed to join the fun we have here at CISC.”
CISC hosts two interest groups that meet regularly on Wednesdays. Contact the
internationalspousesclub@caltech.edu for specific meeting dates and times.” (Summer
2010)

The Caltech Postdoctoral Association (CPA) seeks to foster a sense of community,
provide resources for career and personal development, and provide a framework for
representation on campus and in the local community for postdoctoral scholars from all
departments of the Institute. You can subscribe to their weekly CPA Announcement
email list which features events for postdocs and often advertises garage sales, used car
sales, etc. (as postdocs prepare to unload stuff when they leave town). For more
information: http://www.cpa.caltech.edu.

Caltech Relocation Services. CWC member Barbara Avouac has created a website to
help postdocs settle in. This is also a good resource for everyone who works at Caltech
as well as their spouse/partner. http://cit.hr.caltech.edu/postdoc/default.htm. (Summer
2010)

Caltech Women’s Club, http://cwclub.caltech.edu. “The purpose of the CWC is “to
promote friendship and the sharing of mutual interests.” Membership is the CWC is
open to anyone who is affiliated with Caltech, JPL, the Huntington Library, affiliated
observatories or CIT Associates. The CWC has a diverse membership of about 300
women (and a few men), with many international members and a broad range of ages
from graduate students to members who have been in the club for more than 20 years.”
(Summer 2010)



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Caltech Y, http://www.caltechy.org. (626) 397-6163. The Caltech Y coordinates a
variety of programs each term; some designed to heighten awareness of ethical, social,
and political issues; some to serve the community; and some just to promote fun and
relaxation. (Summer 2010)

English as a Second Language: languages.caltech.edu/esl/index_html


Staff Faculty Center Consultation: www.its.caltech.edu/sfcc_index_html. Five SFCC staff
members offer a wealth of resources and skills to the Caltech community: counseling
and consultation functions, targeted outreach, campus Work/Life coordination. Staff
members are readily available and accessible throughout the work week and after hours.
The Staff members also speak a variety of different languages and SFCC is able to
obtain a translator if you or a family member needs a language that we do not provide.

The Women Mentoring Women program, Caltech Center for Diversity (CCD).
www.diversitycenter.caltech.edu. Matches postdoctoral scholars with graduate women
for a one-to-one mentoring experience. The purpose is to provide support for women
graduate students as they negotiate their academic, professional and personal
development. Each mentoring match meets over a one-year period—some meet
monthly, others bi-weekly. Each month there are workshops, discussions or networking
socials. Matches receive coffee stipends, books and other resource materials. (Summer
2010)

Women's Library.
”The Diversity Center operates as a central meeting place and hub of resource
information. We house a collection of campus, local, state, and national resources and
our staff is able to provide support and make referrals on a wide range of gender-related
personal and professional issues. The Diversity Center Lending Library holds over 500
books, journals, magazines and videos. Items are available for 2-week check-out or to
read in our comfortable lounge.” (Summer 2010)


CATERING AND EVENT PLANNING

Scott Robbins, Perfect Equation Catering, (626) 529-5585, Cell (626) 268-2478.
perfect.equation.catering@gmail.com. “Catering and event planning. Scott used to work
with Andre at Caltech Dining Services.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)


CHILDCARE/DAYCARE/ NANNIES

Caltech provides an extensive list of childcare options at:
http://www.campuslife.caltech.edu/childcare/html/referral_list.htmldent

The Children's Center at Caltech (CCC), (626) 395-6860, 286 South Chester Street,
Pasadena, http://www.its.caltech.edu/~ccenter. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Programs
are open to children ages 6 months to 6 years. Tuition assistance is available. There is
always a waiting list to get in so plan ahead. The CCC is a strong supporter of the CWC



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and provides short term day care during some CWC meetings and events. Many club
members have used their services. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

The Child Education Center at JPL, (818) 354-3418, 140 East Foothill, La Canada,
http://www.ceconline.org. The Children's Educational Center at JPL is one block from
JPL. They are open 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Programs are open to children ages 2
months to 8 years. Children from 6 weeks to 2 months may be admitted following an
interview with the infant program director. After school care is provided at several
locations for children from kindergarten to 6th grade. Some tuition assistance is
available. There is usually a waiting list, so plan ahead. CEC gives preference to JPL
employees but also accepts children from the community. State accredited, well trained
teachers. Unstructured and loving environment for very young children. Has regular
educational meetings for parents. My grand daughter went there from six months until
pre- kindergarten and also attended several summer programs. Her best friends are still
the girls she met there.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Nannies to Go, (626) 444-4820. Ref.by Laurie K. (Summer 2010)


CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, LESSONS AND CAMPS

Children's Dance Classes, Miss Claire, (626) 403-7385, South Pasadena. “Affordable
beginning dance classes available through South Pasadena Parks and Recreation
Department. Miss Claire can work magic with small children (ages 2 and up).”
Referred by Katie C. (Spring 2010)

L.A. Parent Magazine, http://losangeles.parenthood.com. This website lists summer
camps and activities.

Paintbox Kids 1383 E. Washington Blvd, Pasadena. (626) 808-0330. This is a wonderful
art studio for children of all ages, with open studio hours, camps and classes. Ref. by
Allison F. (Summer 2010)

Terrific Twosome Mothers Multiples Club (TTMOM) http://www.ttmom.org.
“TTMOM for Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, La Canada and La Crescenta. This is a
social, educational and supportive nonprofit group that meets monthly to share the
unique problems and delights of parenting multiples (families with twins, triplets or
more). They also have an online community that has classified listings for furniture, toys,
and Nanny referrals and a monthly newsletter for members or prospective members.”
Ref. By Marcia B (Summer 2010)

The Orange Cat, www.theorangecat.org. A calendar with current listings of local
happenings, plus advice and tips for families living in the San Gabriel Valley.


CITY CONTACTS

. Alhambra, (626) 570-5090. Community Services. www.cityofalhambra.org
. Arcadia, (626) 574-5113. Recreation Department. www.ci.arcadia.ca.us
. La Canada Flintridge, (818) 790-4289 www.lacanadaflintridge.com



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. Los Angeles City Hall, (213) 978-0600, www.lacity.org
. Monrovia, (626) 932-5550 www.ci.monrovia.ca.us
. Pasadena, (626) 744-4000 www.ci.pasadena.ca.us
. San Gabriel, (626) 308-2800 www.sgch.org
. San Marino, (626) 300-0700, www.ci.san-marino.ca.us
. South Pasadena, (626) 403-7230 www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us
. Temple City, (626) 285-2171 www.ci.temple-city.ca.us


COMPUTER SUPPORT

“Tracy Miller is a superb computer teacher. He charges $90 an hour and is absolutely
terrific in explaining things and fixing problems. He knows both PCs and Macs, but has
a fairly strong bias for Macs.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)


COUNSELING

Westminster Counseling Center (WCC), (626) 798-0915, 867 East Atchison Street,
Pasadena. “Individual counseling for all ages. Marriage and family counseling available.
Family, couple, child, teen counseling, school visits, speaker bureau. Excellent services
for individual counseling and employment transitions. Staff has a wealth of information
regarding holistic support networks in the San Gabriel Valley. Judy McCord, MFCC,
MSW, is the director of WCC; and she has taught free parent education classes for
Pasadena City College (PCC) for many years. Charges: Sliding fee scale. ” Ref. by
Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)

DENTIST

Sylvia Beeman, DDS, 3858 E. Colorado, Pasadena. “She is friendly and a very good
dentist.” Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Kenneth Canzoneri, DDS, (626) 446-1679, 500 North First Avenue, Suite 1, Arcadia.
"Dr. Canzoneri is fabulous! He does meticulous work and is very careful not to cause
pain to his patients. I've recommended him to many friends and all are as enthusiastic
about him as I am. He does almost all of his drilling using a laser. It is very
quiet and painless and because it works so well, he usually doesn't need to administer
an anesthetic of any kind. When it comes to the newest and best techniques in dentistry
today, he is at the top of the list." Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)

Raymond Lee, DDS, (818) 790-2778, 4522 Indianola Way, La Canada. "Absolutely the
best dentist I've found since moving to Los Angeles in 1987. Great with children who
dread dentist appointments." Ref. by Barbara B-L. (Summer 2010)

Kathleen Lucas DDS, 959 East Walnut Street, #208, Pasadena, (626) 793-6930. Dr.
Lucas is just wonderful. She’s an excellent dentist and a kind soul who has the best
woman in the world, friendly and responsive Karen, managing her office.” Ref. by Sara
J. (Summer 2010)

Salvador Pimentel DDS, (626) 577-2848, 237 South Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. Ref.



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by Vila Z. (Summer 2010)

Paul Shinto, DDS, (626) 796-8904, 301 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 205, Pasadena.
Ref. by Marjie W. (Summer 2010)

Grant Willcox, DDS, 200 South El Molino, Suite 3, Pasadena, (626) 449-2996 "He has
small, exceptionally gentle hands. His dental hygienist is wonderful and there is never a
wait for your appointment time.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Kenneth Yamanaka, DDS, (626) 799-4187, 1941 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena.
"This dentist accepts Delta Dental and offers great dental and oral hygiene work. The
office fosters a positive environment for children. My children have been able to play
with toys and read children’s books and magazines in the waiting room. After their
exam, they’ve been able to pillage through the office’s treasure chest of toys. This office
is especially good for families who do not want to have to drive to separate dentists for
kids and parents. Dr. Yamanaka and his staff understand what it takes to promote good
oral hygiene for life.” Ref. by Jennifer H. P (Summer 2010)


DENTAL: Orthodontists

Dr. Robert Hambleton, (626)795-0634, 200 S Oak Knoll Ave Ste 201, Pasadena.
“We had a great experience with our son. Dr. Hambleton has great work. The
office staff is always friendly. I highly recommend him.” Lisa S-L (Summer, 2008)


DENTAL: Pediatric Dentists

Dr. David A. Chin, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, (818) 790-6721, 1808 Verdugo Boulevard,
Glendale. Ref. by Vilia Z. (Fall 2010)

Kevin Snaer, DDS., Huntington Dental Group, (626) 449-8963, 1235 West Huntington
Drive, Arcadia. “We've been going to Dr. Kevin for almost 11 years now and my girls
look forward to their visits with Dr. Kevin.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010). “I also
concur with the pediatric dental choice of Dr. Snaer. Both my boys and children of
colleagues have gone there for years and they are terrific with children.” Ref. by Pat B.
(Summer 2010)

Kenneth Yamanaka, DDS, (626) 799-4187, 1941 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena,
626-799-4187. “Julie is an excellent dental hygienist for children and Dr. Yamanaka
provides a treasure chest for children to look through after their exams.” Jennifer H.P.
(Summer 2010)


DENTAL: Periodontist

Dr. Ronald W. Miller, (626) 796-5386, 71 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena. “I have been his
patient for nearly 30 years. His hygienist, Allyson, is thorough but gentle. The office is
well run and accepts Delta Dental.” Ref. by Barbara W. (Summer 2010)




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ENTERTAINMENT, TICKETS, & FAMILY ACTIVITES

Beckman Auditorium at Caltech, (626) 395-4652, 332 South Michigan Avenue,
www.events.caltech.edu. “Great stuff for the music lover, students, families, and more!
The Caltech/JPL Family (including staff, alumni, retirees, members of The
Caltech Associates and The Friends of Beckman Auditorium) receives a $3 discount on
all adult tickets to reserved seating events in Beckman Auditorium. There are $10 tickets
for full time CIT students with ID and seniors over 55 beginning 30 minutes prior to most
performances. The $4 per order handling fee is waived for the Caltech/JPL Family.”
(Summer 2010)

Caltech Book Store/JPL ERC. Members of the Caltech and JPL community can get
discount tickets to amusement parks, sporting events, cinemas, etc by checking with the
ERC at JPL or the Caltech Bookstore.

Caltech Presents. “The mission of Caltech is to expand human knowledge and benefit
society through research integrated with education.” Through Caltech Presents, the
intrinsic virtues and impact of culture on individual and society are offered through broad
spectrum of events from performing arts to scientific lectures and discussions.
(626) 395-4652, www.events.caltech.edu. (Summer 2010)

The Colburn School Orchestra Concerts at the Ambassador. The Colburn School is an
internationally recognized performing arts school in LA, providing opportunities for more
than 1700 students to attain their highest potential. The Colburn School Conservatory of
Music’s Orchestra of 90 students performs at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium as
well as other LA locations. General admission tickets $10 available at the Colburn
website: www.colburnschool.edu. (213) 621-1019. Priscilla M. (Summer 2010)

Coleman Chamber Music: Sundays with Coleman at the Beckman Auditorium.
Outstanding chamber concerts performed six Sundays at 3:30. Order season tickets
through the Coleman Chamber Music Association (626) 793-4191,
www.colemanchambermusic.org. Single tickets are available through the Caltech Ticket
Office (626) 395-4652, events@caltech.edu. Discount tickets are available for youths 18
and under. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Classical Music at L.A.C.M.A. Each Sunday form 6 pm to 7 pm. Free. 5905 Wilshire
Blvd., LA., (323) 857-6000, www.lacma.org. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

E! Pasadena, www.pasadenaweekly.com. This online version of the
Pasadena Weekly lists activities and events in the greater Pasadena area. Judy C.
(Summer 2010)

Experience L.A., www.ExperienceLA.com. “L.A.’s Official Cultural Calendar and Trip
Planner.”

Family Fun.com, www.familyfun.com. “Great ideas, practical advice, fun stuff to do.”

Go City Kids.org, http://www.gocitykids.com/?area=195. This helpful website allows
you to type in your zip code and receive a weekly e-newsletter with everything
happening in Los Angeles (it is not specific to Pasadena, some events are in L.A.



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or Orange County).

Goldstar Events, http://www.goldstarevents.com. “This service provides significantly
discounted tickets to venues throughout Los Angeles County. While there is a fee to
purchase tickets, the savings are still considerable. My husband and I have used
Goldstar tickets for several events, including musical Jazz at LACMA “ Ref. by Bianca
E. (Summer 2010)

Holiday POPS. Pasadena POPS offers the sights and sounds of the Holidays performed
at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Dec. 4, 2010. (626) 793-7172,
www.PasadenaSymphony-POPS.org. Ref. by Priscilla M. (Summer 2010)


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs at the Alex Theater in Glendale and at Royce
Hall at UCLA. “Masterworks played by an accomplished 40 piece chamber orchestra.
Family concerts are performed on three Sunday afternoons.” (213) 622-7001X215 or
www.laco.org. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010).

Los Angeles County Museum Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA. (323) 857-6000,
www.lacma,org. “Free jazz concerts every Friday from 5:30pm – 8:30 pm. Free
Classical performances each Sunday from 6 pm – 7 pm.” Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer
2010)

Not for Tourists, http://www.notfortourists.com/losangeles.aspx. A compilation of
information about Southern California including transportation systems, governmental
infrastructure, shops, restaurants, and nightspots.

Los Angeles Times Calendar, www.CalendarLive.com. Listings of events and activities
throughout Southern California.

The Orange Cat, www.theorangecat.org. A calendar of current listings of local
Happenings plus advice and tips for families living in the San Gabriel Valley.

Pasadena Arts Council, www.pasadenaartscouncil.org. Their on line publication FOLIO
describes visual arts, music performances, new theater and dance spaces, and local
architecture in the Pasadena area. (Summer 2010)

Pasadena POPS Summer Series (June – September). (626) 793-7172.
www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org. Pairs musical entertainment and a tradition of
picnic-dining on the lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl. In addition, Pasadena Pops
Orchestra plays Music Under the Stars, a free evening concert for the community held at
Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall in June. See website for schedule. Ref. by
Priscilla M. (Summer 2010)

Pasadena Symphony Classic Series (October - May), (626) 793-7172,
www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org. “Founded in 1928, the PSO makes its new home at
the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. See website for this year’s schedule of
concerts.” Ref. by Priscilla M. (Summer 2010)

Pasadena Symphony Association’s Musical Circus, (626) 793-7172,



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http://www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org/all-that-jazz--musical-circus. The Pasadena
Symphony Association’s Musical Circus is a perennial favorite for children 3-8 years of
age and their families. Now held at The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way,
Glendale, 2 pm – 3:30 pm on selected Sundays. The Circus begins with the instrument
“petting zoo” where youngsters can toot flutes, blow trumpets, pluck violins and cellos
and bang on percussion instruments. The program is free. Each program has a different
theme. For calendar of upcoming events visit www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org
Ref. by Priscilla M. (Summer 2010)

Pasadena Symphony Youth Orchestra (PYSO), (626) 793-7172,
www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org. “PYSO has been training tomorrow’s classical
musicians since 1972. Now in its 38th year, PYSO is considered among the best youth
orchestras in the Southland. This exceptional ensemble is comprised of talented middle
school students grades 6-9. These committed young people receive advanced
instruction and challenging music opportunities through a rigorous program that
emphasizes ensemble playing and includes a minimum of three concerts a year.
Auditions for PYSO, String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble are open to students who will
be in grades 6 through 9 in September of the year that they audition.” Ref. by Priscilla M.
(Summer 2010)


EXERCISE/FITNESS

Altadena Town & Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena, (626) 794-7163.
Tennis lessons are available here for non-members. You may sign up for a session or
pay per session attended, on a pro-rated basis. Ref. by Sara J. (Summer 2010)

Caltech Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Braun Athletic
Center and Brown Gymnasium, (626) 395-3250. Fitness Center, weight rooms and
cardiovascular equipment, Aerobics and Yoga classes, running track, two 25-yard
swimming pools, men’s and women’s’ locker rooms, swim lessons including lessons for
toddlers, young children and adults. Register at the Recreation Office, Braun Athletic
Center.” www.gocaltech.com Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Le Studio Dance, 57 Palmetto Dr., Pasadena, (626) 792-4616 or (626) 795-5875. “Le
Studio Dance is an excellent place for adult ballet classes. Leigh Purtill is a talented and
dedicated ballet teacher! I highly recommend this studio for dancers of all levels.” Ref.
by Sara J. (Summer 2010)

Rose Bowl Tennis Center, Office Phone (626) 325-TENNIS or (626) 325-8366
infoplease@rosebowltennis.com. Tennis Court address: 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena. “Rose Bowl Tennis offers tennis instruction and other tennis programs such
as league play for children, juniors, and adults. This is a very well run program and the
instructors are dedicated and friendly.” Ref. By Sara .J. (Summer 2010)

South Pasadena I San Marino YMCA, (626) 799-9119, 1605 Garfield Avenue,
South Pasadena. "Reasonable monthly membership includes free childcare.
Good selection of exercise classes, including Yoga and Pilates, weight room
and cardio equipment and indoor swimming pool." Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)




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Yoga/Fitness Walks at Descanso Gardens, (818) 949-4200, 1418 Descanso Drive, La
Canada. "Half hour walks in the garden followed by one hour of yoga. Excellent
instructors in a delightful setting." Ref. by Barbara W. (Summer 2010)


FARMERS MARKETS

Alhambra Certified Farmers Market, Monterey & East Bay State Streets, Alhambra.
Contact: Lizanne Keigley, (626) 570-3242. Sunday 8:30 am.-1:00 pm.

La Canada Certified Farmers Market. Take the 210 to the Angeles Crest freeway exit,
turn left or South (if coming from Pasadena/JPL). Go to Foothill Blvd and turn right.
Several blocks west and across from Memorial Park. Saturday mornings until 1 pm.

Pasadena Victory Park Certified Farmers Market, Sierra Madre & Paloma, Pasadena.
Contact: Hamilton/Sterling (626) 449-0179. Saturday, 8:30 am.-12:30 pm.

Pasadena Villa Park Certified Farmer’s Market, East Villa & Garfield Avenue,
Contact: Hamilton/Sterling, (626) 449-0179. Tuesday, 9:30 am -1:30 pm.

Sierra Madre Certified Farmers Market, Mariposa parking lot west of South Baldwin,
Wednesday, 3 pm -7 pm.

South Pasadena Certified Farmers Market, Meridian & Mission Streets, South
Pasadena. Contact: Greta Dunlap, (213) 244-9190; Thursday, 4:00 pm.-8:00 pm.


FINANCIAL/TAXES

Jeffrey K. Eisen. Attorney at Law, Mitchell, Silberburg & Knupz, LLP, (310) 312-
2000 (office line), (310) 312-3144 (direct line), 11377 West Olympic Boulevard,
Los Angeles. "He is excellent on CA taxes and estate planning. He is willing to
come to your home. He is also helpful in providing CPA's and other advisors on a
large number of financial issues from his extensive law firm. The firm is used by
Caltech's Development Office for gifts and estate planning." Ref. by Alice H.,
(Summer 2010)

Russell H. Johnson, CPA, (323) 255-5656, 301 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena;
russelljohnsoncpa@hotmail.com. “He is so good, I don't even mind having to do the
preparation for our taxes. He sends a worksheet to his clients to fill out before the
meeting and can usually do a standard tax filing in an hour's time. He knows his stuff, is
pleasant and very efficient.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)


FURNITURE (also see Thrift Stores)

Macy’s Furniture Outlet, (323) 227-2659, 3880 North Mission Road, Los Angeles. “Hit or
miss if you find something but can be worth the drive. Head west on Huntington, drive to
Mission Road (about 15 minutes west of Pasadena).” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)




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GARDENING: Landscape Design

Blue Sky Outdoor Environments, 107 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, (626)-683-0663.
cbaffo@blueskyoe.com. “Chris Baffo is a licensed landscape architect. He has a great
eye for space and design. He specializes in large spaces, but he designed a rock and
flower curb strip in front of our house and built in a barbeque, created small raised flower
beds and pathways and selected plants for our small patio. He has also done a lot of
work with the Athenaeum. He is a real pleasure to work with.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer
2010)

Gabriela Yariv Landscape Design, (310) 429-0117. 532 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica
90401. http://www.garielayariv.com. .“Her gardens have won awards and have been
included on garden tours. Gabriela has been published extensively in Sunset Magazine,
Martha Stewart Living, The Los Angeles Times and San Gabriel Valley News. She has
a vast knowledge of architecture as well as plants. ” Ref. by Fran Yariv (Summer 2010)

Integrity Landscaping. (626) 278-3605
“They build walls, clear sites, and bring in new plants and trees if desired. Very
professional, knowledgeable and do excellent work.” Ask for Gil. Ref. By Donna M.
(Summer 2008)


GARDENING: Nurseries

Nuccio's Nurseries, (626) 794-3383, 3555 Chaney Trail, Altadena;
http://nucciosnurseries.com/new.htm. "Specialize in camellias and azaleas." Ref. by
Kathleen S. (Summer 2010)

San Gabriel Nursery and Florist, (626) 286-0787, 632 South San Gabriel
Boulevard, San Gabriel; http://www.sgnursery.com. Ref. by Kathleen S., (Summer
2010)


GARDENING: Tree Care, Trimming & Removal

Western Arborists. (626) 796-6725. “Very professional and artistic tree pruning and they
do a fine job on cleaning up afterward. They are expensive, but if you have a beautiful
old oak tree, they are worth it. They book early so call at least 6 months in advance.”
Ref by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Western Pest Control Specialists, (626) 914-7436. “This is the tree disease control
portion of Western Arborists. They will spray your oak trees annually and treat
surrounding soil for oak root rot. They know what they are doing and will tell you if your
trees are beyond help.” Ref. by Judy c. (Summer 2010)


GOURMET FOOD AND WINE / SPECIALTY SHOPS

The Cheese Store of Silverlake, Chris Pollan, 3926-28 West Sunset Boulevard (off 101,
go north to Sunset), Los Angeles, (323) 644-7511, www.cheesestoreSL.com.


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“Well worth the trip for international and domestic cheeses.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer
2010)

Colorado Wine Company (323) 478-1985, 2114 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.
http://www.cowineco.com. “This is a very nice wine bar with a rotating art gallery. The
owners, John and Jennifer Nugent, are quite friendly and the wine selection is eclectic.
Located within walking distance to Camilio’s California Bistro and the 81 and 181 bus
lines.” Ref. by Jennifer H.P. (Summer, 2008)

Jones Coffee Roasters, 693 S. Raymond, Pasadena (new location: enter on
Edmondson Alley). (626) 564-9291. www.jonescoffeeroasters.com.
Owned and operated by a local family. Their coffee beans come from all over the world
and are roasted locally. They make fabulous rich tasting coffee and offer pastries and
other small delicacies. Going to Jones Coffee Roasters is more than going out for
coffee. It is a coffee experience to be shared with friends or out of town guests. They
have been very supportive of the Women’s Club and gave an outstanding presentation
to us on coffee growing and roasting last year. Check out their new location.” Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Le Petite Vendome Wine and Spirits, 906 Granite Drive, Pasadena, (off Lake Ave,)
(626) 396-9234, http://www.lepetitvendome,com. “Shop to buy good wines, etc. and food
baskets. They even have wine tasting.” Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market, 6333 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, (323) 932-6854,
info@mrmarcel.com. “Fine French food store: expensive but so delicious!” Ref. by
Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods, (626) 403-5751, 921 Meridian Ave., Unit B (enter off of El
Centro), South Pasadena, http://nicolesgourmetfoods.com/home.htm “This is truly a find
as many Caltech foodies know. Great selection of French wines and cheeses, etc.
Great for casual lunches inside or out. Also has selected imported gift items for the
kitchen.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)

PATTICAKES the dessert company, 1900 North Allen, Altadena. (626) 794-1128,
www.patticakesdesserts.com. This family run bakery has a wide selection of delicious
muffins, croissants, tarts, cakes and flourless and gluten free cakes, and of course good
coffee to go with them. Order specialty cakes a day or two in advance. Check them out
on line.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010).

Red Carpet Wine, David Dobbs, (800) 339-0609 & (818) 247-5544, 400 East Glenoaks,
Glendale (210 West to 134; off at Glendale Ave; go north and then left at Glenoaks).
“David is the owner. This is a very good wine store and has general liquor supply, will
deliver; will cater and not charge for what is not used.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

Rose Tree Cottage, 801 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena (at the corner of Bellefontaine),
(626) 793-3337, http://www.rosetreecottage.com. Traditional English Tea Room. Ref.
by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

San Gabriel Superstore, (626) 280-9998, 1635 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel
(on the right hand side just south of Valley). “Best Chinese supermarket and
together with other specialty stores.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)


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Schreiner's, Fine Sausages Inc., 3417 Ocean View Boulevard, Montrose,
(818) 244-4735 “German meat, sausages and other German specialties.” Ref. by Dee
D. (Summer 2010)

Trader Joe’s, http://www.traderjoes.com. Numerous locations throughout the area.
 “Good prices for organic and unusual gourmet foods. Feature quick and easy to
prepare foods, prepared foods and ready to eat salads, good selection of wine and beer.
”Excellent source for fresh cut flowers and ornamental potted plants. Ref. by Judy C.
(Summer 2010)

Whole Foods Market, (626) 351-5994, 3751 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena.
www.wholefoodsmarket.com. “Carries a wide variety of bulk, organic, gourmet foods &
health products. Large selection of gluten free products and specialty flours.” Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)


GOVERNMENT SERVICES

Go to http://www.cit.hr.caltech.edu/postdoc/default/htm for more complete information.

Social Security. Pasadena branch: 104 Mentor Ave (corner of Union Street), (800) 722-
1213. Social security number (SSN) is required for any one who works in USA & helps
where ID is needed and also required for tax returns, wages, etc. Alternatively there is
the tax identification number (TIN) for certain cases.

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); 49 South Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena (near
Sierra Madre Villa Gold Metro train station & south of Hastings Ranch Plaza). For
general inquiries phone (800) 777- 0133, for appointments phone (800) 921-
1117. The www.dmv.ca.org website is a good source for drivers new to California.

Dept of Homeland Security, United States Immigration & Services
www.USCIS.gov or http://egov.immigration.gov/CRIS.

California & USA Tax Returns. In USA, state & federal tax returns are due in April for the
prior financial year ending December 31st. Some Federal & state tax return
forms are available from USPS branches & public libraries. However foreigners may
have to file differently forms to locals. Californian state taxes:
http://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutftb/contact.html . Phone (800) 852-5711 within USA or from
overseas (916) 845-6500.

US federal taxes for individuals, http://www.irs.gov/individuals/index.html
US federal taxes for foreigners,
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/index.html
Federal Tax information phone 800- 829-1040. Contact Caltech ISP Dept for help in
March – there are seminars /tax software available.


HAIR SALONS: Children




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Children’s Haircutting, (626) 792-0211 x4306, 401 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. Ref.
by Vilia Z. (Summerl2010)

Little Kuts, (626) 585-9075, 350 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. Ref. by Katie C.
(Summer 2010)


HAIR SALONS: General

Alex and Friends Hair Salon (626) 449-2425, 902 Boston Ct., Pasadena, CA 91106,
alexandfriends@prodigy.net. “Great cuts and color for that extra special occasion.
Salon owner Alex Gallego has been cutting hair for over 32 years and is a truly gifted
colorist and stylist. “Ref. by Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)

Apropos (818) 790-9553, 510 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada. “I do recommend Roger
Westcott for haircuts at Apropos. Roger really likes to do haircuts and he is great on
short hair.” Ref. by Barbara W. (Summer 2010)

Gwen on 2 (626) 355-4255, 24 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre. “Gwen
LoNigro owns her own second floor salon. Terrific stylist and color specialist.” Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Ecco (626) 799-6446, 1017 El Centro St. South Pasadena. “Because I moved I now go
to this salon. It's located around the corner from my house and my stylist lives in my old
neighborhood. Next door is Kaldi, a coffee shop, and the South Pasadena Public Library
is across the street.” “High quality, nice atmosphere.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)

Holiday Hair and Nails, 633 S. Arroyo Parkway, #10, Pasadena, (626) 577-1069.
Located next to Arroyo Carwash. (Cut, Perm, Color) (Full set, Fill, Manicure, Pedicure
and Waxing). Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Architects

Denise Tomlan, Architect, 1826 Fletcher Ave., South Pasadena, (626) 441-4144,
denise@dctarchitect.com. “We have a 1920’s Spanish-style home and we had a great
experience working with Denise for a historically appropriate renovation of our kitchen,
laundry room and two bathrooms. We sailed through South Pasadena permitting
process and we are thrilled with all the design touches/details. I really enjoyed how
smoothly everything went, working with Denise. “Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Thomas Yang, RA (323) 344-7069, 4916 Floristan Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90041.
www.thomasyang-architect.com. “We found Tom to be consistently knowledgeable
and professional. Tom worked very well with our contractors, Duane and Ron Rock. Tom
was invaluable when dealing with engineers and inspectors for the Department of
Building Safety in the City of Los Angeles. Tom also worked with my husband to design
a flood-preventing trench under our split-level ranch-style home. Tom designs homes
part-time, and works for Jensen and Associates for his full-time job. Tom has two
children and he designed his own home in Eagle Rock so he understands how to
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education, please refer to his biography on Jensen and Associates’ website:
http://www.jensenpartners.com/biography/thomas-b-yang-ra .”Ref. by Jennifer H.P.
(Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Air Conditioning Service

Home Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. “Owner John Farrugia replaced our
furnace, air conditioner and ducts. He was always prompt, easy to work with, and highly
competent. John got the permit required by the city of Pasadena and was here for the
inspector’s visit. He also provided and filled out the rebates forms for the city and Gas
Company.” Ref. by Karen. B. (Summer 2010)

La Canada Air Conditioning and Heating, (626) 797-9900 or (818) 790-8000. They put
in a complete, three-zone, central heating and air conditioning system in our 1924 home.
They had to remove radiators, install all the ductwork, cut floor vents and install air
returns. They did a great job installing an energy efficient system. They maintain
everything on a twice yearly service contract. They are prompt, efficient and
professional and call us when it is time for service. I can’t recommend them highly
enough.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: General Contractors and Remodeling

Glaser Construction, 3040 Doolittle Avenue, Arcadia; (626) 574-7613. “I would like to
recommend an excellent general contractor, Mr. Steve Glaser, from Glaser Construction.
He does a fine job and is a lovely person to work with. We added 3 rooms to our
house.” Ref. by Marjorie W. (Summer 2010))

Oak Knoll Construction Services, Michael Kelly, 1117 East Walnut St., Pasadena,
818) 404-6308, hifimike@sbcglobal.net. “We have worked with Mike for years. He
really knows his business, has great referrals and is fun to work with”. Ref. by Fran Y.
(Summer 2010)

Rock Construction, 1245 Valley View Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-3860.
“Rock Construction has been a locally-owned and operated family business for over 30
years. Our dealings with this firm were consistently professional. Duane Rock had
successful dealings with City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety during a
strike (a miraculous undertaking considering the especially circuitous nature of this
bureaucracy). Our extensive remodel project took 8 _ months from start-to-finish. And
we moved stairs, added a family room, and reconfigured our house from 3 bedrooms x
1.75 bathrooms to 4 bedrooms x 3 bathrooms. Rock Construction also worked with us
to design a flood-preventing trench, complete with two sump pumps, under our split-level
ranch-style home. None of the subcontractors affiliated with Rock Construction
displayed any difficulty taking direction from either homeowner, regardless of gender.
Duane Rock is an exceptionally honest contractor with an excellent work ethic. Son
Ron Rock serves as deputy contractor. Both father and son displayed respect for our
opinions and treated our remodel project as a partnership.” Ref. by Jennifer H.P.
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Tim Ryan Construction, 125 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 19, Arcadia, (626) 446-8394.
http://www.timryaninc.com/Index.htm. We used Tim Ryan Construction for our
kitchen/bathrooms remodel and can highly recommend him and his excellent crew. Out
project did run slightly over schedule) but within reason and not due to any delays on
Tim’s side) and there were not budget surprises. Communication was easy either via
email with his office or by phone. Remodeling is never easy, particularly when you live
in the house during the remodel, but working with Tim our project went very smoothly.
He had also worked previously with our architect, Denise Tomlan, who had very detailed
drawings so I think the combination of their two companies worked very well together.”
Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Sunset Construction, Andy Tyler, (cell) (626) 445-8201. sunsetcontractors@hotmail.com
“Andy remodeled a bathroom and den for us in 2002. He was the lowest of four bids and
did a very nice job with a challenging 1923 bathroom. He works with craftsmen who can
integrate new with historic construction. Last year he replaced all our kitchen and
breakfast room tile with granite and travertine and installed new appliances and pull-out
shelves. He is very reliable and pleasant to have around. He personally supervises all
sub-contractors and takes full responsibility for them. He was originally recommended to
us by Water Works in Old Town Pasadena.” Ref. by Judy C. (Fall 2010)

HOME IMPROVEMENT: Custom Cabinetry
Mission Millworks, 829 Mission, South Pasadena, (626) 441-8509. “Whether you need
custom moldings milled, custom cabinetry built or special woodwork for a whole house,
Mission Millworks does a precise job.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Drapes and Shutters

Tom Luginbuhl, (626) 794-5590 x 10, 1614 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena. “Interior
services: draperies, mini-blinds.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

Mountain Pine Shutters, (818) 796-5386, 1319 Foothill Blvd., La Canada. “Their
shutters turned out beautifully and the installation was quick and perfect. They even
cleaned up their little mess left from drilling holes in the woodwork.” Ref. by Barbara
W. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Glass

Glass by Jerome, Restoration Specialists, (818) 249-9859, 3451 Ocean View Boulevard,
Montrose. Mirrors, table tops, windows, and shower enclosures. “This is one of my
favorite businesses in or near La Canada.” Dee D. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Hardware

Berg Hardware (626) 793-6161, 495 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena (one block north
of 210). “Small hardware store with good customer service. I’ve gone in holding a
broken piece of hardware and walked out quickly with its replacement.” Ref. by Katie C.,
Summer 2010)


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HOME IMPROVEMENT: Hardwood Floors

Tony Whitehead, (626) 398-0877. “Tony refinished a bedroom hardwood floor for us and
did a beautiful job. He is very fast.” Judy C. (Fall 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Historic Homes

Pasadena Heritage: http://www.pasadenaheritage.org. “If you join Pasadena Heritage,
you have access to their list of carpenters, painters, etc. who know how to deal with old
houses.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010). They now have historic files on many older
homes in Pasadena. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Interior Design

Janet Castro Design Services, (626) 791-4043. Interior designer/landscape designer.
”She is very good. I saw one house she remodeled that was sold to an architect.” Ref.
by Sylvia M. (Summer 2010)

Yvonne Makely, Mission West Kitchen and Bath, 905 Mission, South Pasadena, (626)
799-3503. “When I remodeled two bathrooms and a kitchen, Yvonne handled the
design and details of the work. With her advice, I ordered all my fixtures, tile etc.
through Mission West. I was very pleased with the results and have received many
compliments. She has photos of the work involved.” Ref. by Sylvia H. (Summer 2010)

Pat McNamara, (626) 796-9037, 1375 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena. “Interior and
exterior designer. Expensive but excellent.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

Judith Vogt, Kitchen and Bath Designer. Cell phone (626)437-2957.
judithvogt@sbcglobal.net. “A pleasure to work with, Judith is very intuitive and helped
us figure out what we wanted for our bathroom remodel and the best options possible.
She does only kitchen and baths. She lives in Altadena and has done a full range of
work (on a budget and giving people their dream rooms). She charges by the hour and
passes her designer’s discount on to you.” Ref. By Marcia B (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Lighting

Pasadena Lighting, 731 E. Walnut, Pasadena, (626) 564-1112. “This store has lamps,
lighting fixtures and bulbs for every purpose. They have a complete collection of
catalogs, such as Arroyo Craftsman, and will order specialty lamps and shades.“ Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Painting




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Pedro Zamudio (626) 399-9489). “Whether you want just one room painted or your
whole hose painted, Pedro Zamudio is excellent. He does very good work, is polite,
honest and arrives when he says he will.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Plumbing

F & M Plumbing, (626) 296-1060 or (626) 797-5830, 1493 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena.
Ref. by Barbara B-L (Spring 2010)

Pat Harris Plumbing Inc., (818) 790-3345, 1413 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada. “This is
one of my favorite businesses in or near La Canada.” Ref. by Dee D. (Summer 2010)

Kuttruff Plumbing, (626) 793-0461. “This is a very small business. We’ve found Mr.
Kuttruff totally skillful and honest. Service is prompt and prices reasonable. Ref. by
Natalie C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT; Plumbing and Supply

George’s Pipe and Plumbing Supply Company, Kitchen and Bath Showroom, 99
Palmetto Drive, Pasadena, (626) 792-5547, www.georgesshowroom.com. ‘They are
located a couple of doors east of Mijares. This is the place to go for supplies, whether
you are repairing old plumbing or remodeling a kitchen or bath. Contractors love
George’s because they have or can get all the parts needed for a job. They have nice
showrooms and discount fixtures.” Judy C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Metal Refinishing

Alberto's, Brass Polishing (626) 793-2312, 1436 E. Walnut Avenue, Pasadena.
“Call before going in with your brass items because they only do brass polishing a
couple days a week.” Ref. by Barbara W. (Summer 2010). “Alberto’s refinished a
rusting wrought iron window box for us and did a wonderful job.” It looked better than
new when he was done. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Roofer
Reynolds Roofing Company, (661) 260-1555, Sylmar. Contact: Steve. “Steve installed
the roof over our patio and during the winter rains made spot repairs on our old roof.
He's able to source and match antique clay tiles for Spanish tile houses.” Ref. by Katie
C. (Summer 2010)


HOME IMPROVEMENT: Tile and Stone Setting

R.H. Brown Co. Tile, 3202 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 792-8990. “Larry Cwiak,
the owner, is a master tile setter He works with the entire spectrum of tile and stone,
from 1920’s Batchelder tiles to modern mosaic glass. He is a detail craftsman and
integrates new with old to create an integrated appearance. He did a 1920’s bathroom


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for us, integrating 1920’s Batchelder tile and small ceramic pieces and Batchelder
reproduction tile with modern travertine and repaired a leaking 1920’s Batchelder
fountain for us. He has also done work for Caltech. He is a master of his trade.”
Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010).

Mission Tile West, 853 Mission Street, South Pasadena. (626) 768-2080.
www.missiontilewest.com. “An excellent source for tile and stone including an excellent
selection of stone that work well in historic homes and patios. They can order
Batchelder reproduction tile and decorative pieces. Designers are available to help you
plan your project.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

HOME IMPROVEMENT: Window and Door Screens

Thurston Screen Company, (626) 796-1444, 25B Backus Avenue, Pasadena. “They
came to our home, made screens and installed them in our windows quickly and
Inexpensively. ” Ref. by Karen B. (Summer 2010)

HOUSE CLEANING: Carpets

Gandell’s Carpet and Window Cleaning, 200 South First Ave., Arcadia. (626) 447-4488.
“They did a good job for a good price.” Ref. by Eva S. (Summer 2010)

LaDonne Carpet Cleaners, Donald J. Koopczynski (626) 732-1139, 689 East San
Bernardino Road, Covina. 626-732-1139. Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)


HOUSE CLEANING: Exterior

Ali Cooper (818) 822-2324. “Ali does a great job cleaning house exteriors, patios,
windows, outdoor furniture and what have you.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)


HOUSE CLEANING: General

“Southern California Maid Service is a cleaning service that is very good and reasonably
priced without the need to make a long-term commitment to just one cleaner. It is
excellent when you’d like to have your house cleaned by someone other than yourself! “
Ref. by Allison F. (Summer 2010)


HOUSE CLEANING: Windows

S&A Company, LLC. (formerly Accent Windows). Sam Vierra (626) 298-1805.
samvierra@yahoo.com or Ann Vierra at (626) 357-8477. “Ann takes the reservations.
Sam cleans windows inside and out and also washes window screens. Good, reliable,
fast, careful, honest, reasonable. Sam has been doing my windows and those of many
of my friends for years and does a great job.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010) Ref. by
Allison F. (Summer 2010)

DMS Window Cleaning, Steve Anderson, (626) 357-6043 X23, Cell (818) 612-9213.


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“This is the company that we have used to clean the windows at 415 S. Hill.”
Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)


HOME TOURS

Holiday Look In. This is a fund raiser for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS one
weekend in December. The community is invited to tour four homes and gardens,
decorated for the holidays by Pasadena’s finest floral designers. Enjoy live music at
every home, stroll the gardens and shop at the Boutique. For information and to
purchase tickets visit www.pasadenaholidaylookin.org. Priscilla M. (Summer 2010)


KNIFE SHARPENING

John Powers, j.powers@roadrunner.com, San Fernando Valley, (818) 606-7459.
Itinerant knife sharpener. Will pick up and deliver next day. Scissors, knives, pruning
shears, axes, pinking shears, wood working chisels and gouges. Alice H. (Summer
2010)


LEGAL SERVICES

Lowenthal, Hillshafer & Rosen, LLP, (818) 905-6372, 15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite
1400, Sherman Oaks, www.lhrlaw.net. “Senior Counsel Aturo T. Salinas came to our
home and helped us with a property dispute. We were able to resolve this dispute in an
honest and equitable manner. We did not need to go to court, so we avoided a lot of
unnecessary charges. Mr. Salinas was consistently patient and professional.” Ref. by
Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010).


LIBRARIES

Altadena Library, 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, (626) 798-0833,
http://library.altadena.ca.us

Pasadena Central Library, 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, (626) 744-4052;
http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/central.asp

San Marino Library, 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 300-0777;
http://sanmarinopl.org

South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street, South Pasadena, (626) 403-7333,
http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/departments/library/library.ht


MEDICAL: Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, (323) 660-2450, 4650 Sunset Boulevard, Los
Angeles; http://www.childrenshospitalla.org/ “If your child has a serious medical


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condition and needs to possibly be hospitalized, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles is
outstanding. Our daughter was a patient there for over six months while she received
treatment for a brain tumor. We were consistently pleased with the quality of care given
by doctors and nurses at Children's.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)


MEDICAL: Dermatology

Dr. David Denenholz, 960 East Green Street, Suite 330, Pasadena. (626) 449-4207.
Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery. “ He does a great job looking over skin,
diagnosing and treating small pre-cancers before they become a problem. He also
teaches Dermatology at USC School of Medicine.” Ref. by Judy C. (Fall 2010)


MEDICAL: Diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology

Dr. Dorothea Spambalg, MD, 221 East Walnut Street, Suite 115, Pasadena. She is a
very fine doctor. People will be in good hands. She is very professional and friendly”.
Ref. by Dania T. (Summer 2010)


MEDICAL: Diagnosis

Oak Tree Medical Center, 731 Cordova St., Pasadena, (626) 577-2525.
www.OakTreeCenter.com. Precision spine diagnosis and treatment center. “This free
standing center has advanced scanners for CT and MRI imaging and does precision
image-guided spine procedures. Recommended to me by two physicians as the most
advanced diagnosis and treatment center. Free parking adjacent to the building.” Ref.
by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

MEDICAL: Internal Medicine

Dr. Irina Jasper, Ste 286, 960 East Green Street, Pasadena, (626) 356-0340.
Internal Medicine. There is usually a long wait to see Dr. Jasper, but she is a warm and
compassionate doctor with outstanding knowledge and acumen.” Ref. by Sara J
(Summer 2010).

Dr. Carol Thrun, Internal Medicine, Board Certified. (626) 844-9111, 10 Congress Street,
Suite 202, Pasadena.” Dr. Thrun is exceptionally good. She's smart, caring, unhurried,
and listens. Several doctors have told me that they consider her to be one of the best
internists in Pasadena.” Ref. by Julie W (Summer 2010). “Voted by her peers a few
years ago as among Best Physicians in Los Angeles. She takes lots of time with her
patients and is very thorough in her exams. She makes outstanding referrals when
needed. Her associate Betsy Felser, M.D. also comes highly recommended.” Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Dr. Richard Wear, 65 N. Madison, Suite 800, Pasadena, (626) 397-8323. Ref. by Katie
C. (Summer 2010)




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MEDICAL: Optometry/ Ophthalmology

Eye Place Optometry, 230 S. Lake Ave, #1, Pasadena, (626) 792-9979. “Eye Place
Optometry is the best place to check your vision and order new lenses or frames. It was
very easy to schedule an appointment. During the exam I felt really comfortable, The
exam was about an hour, and I had a chance to ask all my questions. The optometrist,
Dr. Vipapan, is very detail oriented. He also explained everything that he as did it (and I
didn’t even ask for it). I was never pushed to purchase anything at their store. And the
best thing – they accepted my insurance (Blue Cross HMO), and the co-pay was just $5
($35 for contact lenses). And they helped me get my free lenses which I can get every 2
years. They have a convenient location, on Lake, next to Zono Sushi, between Del Mar
and Cordova. Ref. by Kate K. (Summer 2010). “Dr. Vipapan is very friendly, helpful
and professional. He cares a lot for his patients.” Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Pasadena Eyecare Optometry, Ste 102, 80 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 356-8088.
“Professional eye exam with a great doctor who is very knowledgeable, professional and
to the point. Office staff is extremely helpful and pleasant. There is not a very big
selection of glasses but staff is happy to order specific glasses for you to try. Ref. by
Christine K. (Summer 2010)

Dr. John Tassinari, OD. (626) 796-3105, 1368 E Walnut St, Pasadena. “Dr
Tassinari, his associate Dr Christine Chan and experienced staff provides
comprehensive eye exams, vision therapy, glasses & contact lens services to adults &
children for many decades. Within 15 minutes walk of Caltech on East Walnut, between
Hill & Holliston). As it is a thriving practice, pre-booking for appointments is required.”
Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)


MEDICAL: Orthopedics

Dr. Ben Pradhan, 2627 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 797-2002. “Specializes in
surgery of the spine, however, he considers surgery a last resort. He can take X-Rays in
his office and explains a plan of action, refers out pain relieving procedures if needed
and recommends surgery only as a last resort. He has a calm and straight forward
manor and takes the time to figure out what is really going on. Ref. by Judy. C. (Summer
2010)


MEDICAL: Pediatrics

Dr. Neville Anderson Descanso Pediatrics (818) 790-5583, 1346 Foothill Boulevard, La
Canada. Ref. by Laurie K. (Summer 2010)

Huntington Plaza Pediatrics Group, 800 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 110, Pasadena, (626)
795-7051). My girls have been seen by the doctors in this practice for over 12 years
now. We signed on originally with Dr. Audrey Reid but have been happy with
consultations from the other doctors (Ruth Battin and Jennifer Cohen and others) too.
Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)




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MEDICAL: Physical Therapy

Evergreen Physical Therapy, Dave Johnson, (626) 683-8536, 200 Del Mar Blvd Suite
302, Pasadena; Located on the corner of Del Mar and Marengo. “Dave and three other
therapists run a very warm and friendly office. Combined expertise in orthopedics,
manual therapy, pediatrics, women’s health and injury recovery in a most pleasant
atmosphere. Initially, I had a knee injury, but am now in a fitness program, which is
devised for me and helps me work on my own. It is an excellent program and I look
forward to going twice a week. It has helped me in many ways. ” Marjie W. (Summer,
2010) “Beate used moist heat, massage therapy and exercises for my specific problem.
She enabled me to get back to cross country skiing and playing golf again. She has
taught PT all over the world and has written several books on the subject. All the
therapists have advanced degrees in PT.” Judy C. (Summer 2010).


MEDICAL: Pulmonology

Dr. Michael Gurevitch, (626) 486-0181, 39 Congress, Pasadena, Suite 201. Specialty in
Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care. Brilliant doctor with very personal and straight
forward manner. His office has all the latest technology and can interface directly with
Huntington Hospital.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


MEDICAL: Urgent Care

Urgent Care, (626) 795-2244, 401 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. “When our
children need medical treatment after hours (suspected ear infections, etc.) but we
don’t want the long wait in the Emergency Room, we’ve used Urgent Care.” Ref.
by Katie C. (Summer 2010)


MUSEUMS, GARDENS, AND EVENTS

These summaries indicate whether a venue offers free admission on certain days.
These days can change so please double-check with each institution before heading
out.

Free Art and Culture, www.museumsla.org. This website is part of the expanding
ExperienceLA network of cultural web portals and online information. Check them out
for museum hours, maps, programs and free days. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

The Arboretum of Los Angeles County, (626) 821-3222, 301 North Baldwin Avenue,
Arcadia. www.arboretum.org. Free on the third Tuesday of the month. (Summer 2010)

Autry National Center. Free on the second Tuesday of every month. (Summer 2010)

Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from
10 am to 4 pm. www.bowers.org. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Cabrillo Marine Museum, (310) 548-7562, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro;


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www.cabrilloaq.org. Free admission, charge for parking (except on weekdays in winter).
“Aquarium with touch tank, playground and beach just across the parking lot. We
attended their evening running of the grunion (fish that come on shore to lay eggs)
recently and thoroughly enjoyed our visit there.” Ref. by Katie C, (Summer 2010))

California Science Center, (323) 724-3623, Exposition Park, 700 State Drive, Los
Angeles, http://www.californiasciencecenter.org. Admission to Science Center
permanent exhibition galleries is free. Admission prices for the IMAX Theater are
based on age group. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more people.
Ticket prices also apply to three Science Center attractions: the High Wire Bicycle, the
Motion-Based Simulator and the Cave Climb.

CAFAM (Craft and Folk Art Museum): 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. www.cafam.org.
Closed on Monday. Free on the first Wednesday of every month. Ref. by Bianca E.
(Summer 2010)

California Science Center: Exposition Park, 39th St and Figueroa St, Los Angeles,
90037. www.californiasciencecenter.org. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Descanso Gardens, (818) 790-5571, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada.
www.descanso.com

Downtown Art Walk. The second Thursday of each month, from 12 pm to 9 pm. Visits
are free for 25 museums and galleries in Downtown LA. (213) 624-6212,
www.downtownartwalk.org. (Summer 2010)

Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Free entrance but you have to
make reservations for the parking spot ($15). www.getty.edu. Closed on Monday. Open
on Saturdays until 9pm with free parking. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Getty Villa: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Free entrance but
reservation is mandatory at (310) 440-7300. Parking $15 (cash only). Closed on
Tuesday and Wednesday. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)

Hammer Museum. Free on the first Thursday of the month. (Summer 2010)

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, (626) 405-2141, 1151 Oxford
Road, San Marino. www.huntington.org. Free on the first Thursday of the month from
10:30 am to 4:30 pm but advanced tickets are required. Reserve tickets online or call
(800) 838-3006 (Summer 2010)

Japanese American National Museum. Free every Thursday from 5 – 8 pm. On the third
Thursday of every month, the museum is free all day. (Summer 2010)

JPL Open House, www.jpl.nasa.gov Is usually a weekend in mid-May. It’s a great
opportunity to see what is happening at JPL.

Kidspace Children’s Museum, (626) 449-9144, 480 North Arroyo Boulevard,
Pasadena. http://www.kidspacemuseum.org.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), (323) 857-6000, 5906 Wilshire Boulevard


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(next to Page Museum), Los Angeles; www.lacma.org. Free on the second Tuesday of
every month. After 5 pm every day, museum is on a pay-what-you-wish basis. The
Boone’s Children’s Gallery in LACMA West often has hands on exhibitions. (Summer
2010)

Mak Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House: Free every Friday
afternoon from 4-6 pm. (Summer 2010)

Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage) (323)
667-2000, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (in Griffith Park).
www.autrymuseum.org. Free admission on Thursdays after 4:00 pm. and is open until
8:00 p.m. (Summer 2010)

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), (213) 626-6222, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los
Angeles. www.moca.org. Free on Thursdays between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. (Summer
2010)

Museum of Latin American Art: Free every Friday. (Summer 2010)

Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim. (714) 956-8936. www.muzeo.org. (Summer
2010)

Natural History Museum, (213) 763-DINO, 900 Exposition Boulevard (in Exposition
Park, between Figueroa and Vermont), Los Angeles. www.nhm.org. Free on the first
Tuesday of the month. (Summer 2010)

Pacific Asia Museum, (626) 449-2742 x10, 46 North Los Robles, Pasadena; 626-449-
2742 x10, www.pacificasiamuseum.org. Free on the fourth Friday of the month.
(Summer 2010)

Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626)
449-6840. http://nortonsimon.org. Free on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 pm.
Closed Tuesdays. Ref. by Allison F. (Summer 2010)

Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits, (323) 934-7243, 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los
Angeles (next to LACMA), www.tarpits.org. Free on the first Tuesday of the month.

 Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. Open from 10 am to 6
pm. Closed on Monday. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010).

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda, Los Angeles. www.skirball.org.
Free on Thursday from noon to 9 pm. Note that Noah’s Ark closes at 5 pm.
Closed on Monday. Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)


MUSIC: Lessons and Musical Appreciation

Pasadena Conservatory of Music (626) 683-3355, 100 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena..
“Adult music appreciation classes ” Ref. by Karen B. (Summer 2010). “This is a great
place! They offer music lessons for children and adults, on just about any instrument, as



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well as in vocal arts, and music theory, composition, etc. They also have a full series of
adult education classes (12-week music appreciation courses). Topics such as
Beethoven Symphonies, Beethoven Quartets, Chamber Music, Fundamentals of Music
and more. Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.” Ref. by Natalie C. (Summer 2010)

John Wang, violin teacher, (626) 354-0837. “Our daughter enjoys the lessons and is
making progress.” Ref. by Laurie K. (Summer 2010)


MUSIC: Pianos – Sales, Rentals, Tuning, and Repairs

Piano Technician Jim Ogden, (818) 952-3451, 5303 Harter Lane, La Canada.
Registered Piano Technician. Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

Ned Klein, Piano Tuning and Repair. (818) 522-5554, www.QualityPianoTuning.com.
“Ned was recommended by Old Town Music and I have been very happy with him. He
tunes pianos and does structural repairs on them. His 20 years of experience is
apparent.” Ref. by Judy C. (Fall 2010)

T &S Piano Tuning, Todd and Sharon Lyall, (626) 799-3490; “Will tune your piano or
evaluate one you’re considering buying/selling.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Vivian Zhang, Piano Tuner. (626) 695-6010. “She was recommended by Piano
Wholesale.” Ref. by Laurie K. (Summer 2010)

Pianos Wholesale (626) 442-1150, 4923 Santa Anita Avenue, Temple City.
Contact is Jack Herring: jherring@pianos-wholesale.com. “We were
referred to this business by the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Jack Herring
met with us and patiently answered all of our questions. With Jack’s assistance
we were able to make an informed decision about whether to rent or buy and
which piano would best suit our needs. Our daughter was able play all types of
beautiful, antique pianos, including a 1938 Steinway. Most of this complex looks
like a warehouse, but the piano selection is impressive and the staff is incredibly
helpful.” Ref. by Jennifer H.P. (Summer, 2010) “We bought a refurbished piano there a
year and a half ago. We are very happy with it. Ref. by Laurie K. (Summer 2010)

Old Town Music Co., 42 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 793-4730.
www.oldtownmusic.com. “This store is owned by a Caltech family. They rent and sell
musical instruments including small instruments for children and have an extensive
selection of musical supplies and gifts. Their sheet music collection is one of the largest
in Southern California. They also have a program for instrument purchase and upgrade
for growing kids and will apply a portion of your purchase price of an instrument to the
purchase of the next size.“ Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 North Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 221-2255.
http://ca.audubon.org/debs_park.php. Open Tues-Sat. 9 am – 5 pm. Just south of 110
South. “This nature center has a great pond/stream area and shaded woodland area for



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children to play in. You can also borrow equipment (binoculars, art sets, backpacks) for
a nearby canyon hike.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Eaton Canyon Natural Area Nature Center, (626) 398-5420, 1750 North Altadena Drive,
Pasadena; http://www.ecna.org is a 190-acre natural park is located at the base of Mt.
Wilson. There are five miles of nature trails, an equestrian trail, creeks and a waterfall.
The canyon is very lush and has beautiful displays of local flora and fauna. The park is
open daily sunrise to sunset. The Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm except Mondays
and major holiday. Picnic areas, docent guided tours and scheduled walks are available.
No admission charge.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

JPL Hiking Club, http://www.jplrecclubs.caltech.edu/hiking/hiking.html. “Open to all JPL,
Caltech, contractor employees and retirees. Membership is $5 per year. Activities
sponsored by the Club, include day hikes, car camps, backpacks, summit climbs, rock
climbing, snow camps, bicycling, 4-wheel drive trips, canoe/kayak trips, cross-country ski
trips, photo tours, trail building, noontime slideshows, evening slideshows/dessert
socials, wine tasting trips, nature walks, and beachcombing. Anyone may join in Club
activities but in the case of trips with limited available space, Club members and their
guests have priority.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Placerita Canyon Nature Center, (661) 259-7721, 19152 West Placerita Canyon Road,
Newhall. http://www.placerita.org. . “Take the 210 W to the 5 North to Highway 14. One
of the first exits is Placerita Canyon Road. Go 1 1/2 miles east to the park. It sounds far
but it is only about 25 minutes from Pasadena. Small nature center with live animal
shows on Saturdays at 1 p.m. No charge.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, (805) 370-2301, Headquarters
Visitor Center, 401 West Hillcrest Drive,Thousand Oaks. www.nps.gov/samo.
Look for the Outdoor Calendar for various events at http://www.nps.gov/samo/outdoors

Wildflower Hotline, http://www.theodorepayne.org/hotline.html, (818) 678-3533. From
March through May, information is provided about wildflowers blooming in the area,
including Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.


OUTDOORS ADVENTURES: Camping

JPL Hiking Club, http://www.jplrecclubs.caltech.edu/hiking/hiking.html. The archive of
flyers from the JPL Hiking Club from 1996 to 2006 is a great resource for potential family
camping sites. For good family campgrounds look under the car camping flyers:
http://www.jplrecclubs.caltech.edu/hiking/html/flyerarchive.html. For more details about
the club, look at the description listed in the previous Outdoors Adventures category.
The following campgrounds have been recommended by members of the Tournament
Park playgroups who are looking for a fun family campground experience. One general
tip is to be careful of camping near lakes – it may sound like a quiet, country experience
but is quite often marred by noise due to lots of RVs, radios, parties and lots of
water craft (boats, skidoos, etc.). It can be more fun to head for a campsite near a
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OUTDOORS ADVENTURES: Beach Camping

Catalina Island, http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/twoHarbors/Camping.php. ”Rated one
of the Best Campgrounds in the West” by Sunset Magazine, Little Harbor
Campground is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water.
Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor
is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation. I’ve never
camped here myself but one Caltech family with two small children had a great
experience camping here one summer for a whole week.” Ref. by Katie C.
 (Summer 2010)

Leo Carillo State Park, Malibu, “This campground often books up many months in
advance. It is only about a 1 hour drive from Pasadena. I love it there: there are great
trails; beautiful beaches AND clean hot showers for a couple of quarters. There is a
Starbucks 15 min. from the campsite. This place was where I went camping for the
first time, so it is great for first timers and those with little tiny ones who don’t know
what it will be like camping with little ones. I totally recommend it for 2 day camping.”
Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

McGrath State Beach, Ventura. “This is a large flat campground near sandy dunes
about 90 minutes from Pasadena. It can be one of the easier beach campgrounds to
get into. It is a great place to bring a kite to fly on the dunes or a boogie board for the
large sandy beach.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Point Mugu State Park/Big Sycamore Canyon. “One of my favorite beach campgrounds
with beach access and hillside hiking less than 90 minutes from Pasadena.” Ref. by
Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Santa Barbara: El Capitan State Park. “The sites are near the water and several of them
are very big (best sites are 41, 42, 84 and 85). This campground is also connected to
another campground about 2 miles north and is joined by a nice paved bike path along
the water. El Capitan is about 2 hours away from Pasadena and yes, unfortunately you
have to book pretty far in advance.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Santa Barbara: Refugio State Beach.” This is more of a party campground. El Capitan is
a more family friendly.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)


OUTDOORS ADVENTURES: Mountain Camping

McGee Creek, near Mammoth Lakes. Elevation of 7600 ft. 28 tent or RV sites, flush
toilets, piped water, tables, fire rings. The nearest showers are at the trailer park at
McGee Creek Road at 395, or (with a store and restaurant) at Tom’s Place, just a few
minutes away, on old 395. It is a short drive to Rock Creek, Lake Crowley, Convict Lake
and Mammoth Lakes. You can hike, mountain bike, fish, explore back roads in
Mammoth Lakes or just hang out. The Mono basin, Bodie, and Tioga/Yosemite are close
enough for a day trip. Probably around 6 hours drive from Pasadena. From JPL Hiking
Club Archives. http://www.jplrecclubs.caltech.edu/hiking/html/flyerarchive.html.

Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. “Great high-country campground, 23 miles up a



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steep road. No RVs! We’ve camped here several times in July and seen snow nearby.
The stream that runs through the campground is positively freezing. There is lots of
great hiking nearby and this is worth the drive. There’s also a small lodge/restaurant
where you can go if you want to eat out. First come first served. We’ve always tried to
arrive by dinner on a Friday to get a site for the weekend. About a 5-6 hour drive from
Pasadena including 1 hour to drive the steep twisty road.” Ref. by Katie C.
(Summer 2010)

Paradise Campground. “In a valley behind Santa Barbara not far from Lake Cachuma,
is a small campground with a big central grassy area (great for playing Frisbee or
badminton) with access to a nearby river plus fun boulders to scramble on. It is about 20
minutes from Santa Barbara and 5 minutes from the Paradise Store if you need to pick
up basic supplies. A great family weekend getaway and it doesn’t book up as quickly as
beach campsites. Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Pinecrest, Sonora, www.reserveamerica.com. “Friends of mine with 3 children from the
San Francisco Bay Area spent one week campng at Pinecrest Lake near Sonora one
summer. There are water activities plus they show movies outdoors at night for
entertainment. Tip: pick a campsite away from the road. C loop is good and D is OK.
Book in advance for the summer.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Wheeler Gorge, Ojai. “Small campground in a canyon just outside the picturesque
town of Ojai. 10 minute drive to grocery store, ice cream and playground in the middle of
town. We’ve stayed here several times and enjoyed nearby hikes and playing in the
stream that runs across the road in the middle of the campground (bring swimsuits). One
tip is to avoid the campsites (e.g. #9) nearest the main road (Highway 33) since it is a
popular route for loud early Sunday morning motorbike rides. We prefer staying near
campsites #55 and #58 for easy restroom access and morning quiet. Ojai is about a 90
minute drive west of Pasadena.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)


OUDOORS ADVENTURES: Camping Reservations

California State Park Camping Reservations, http://www.parks.ca.gov/ or
http://www.reserveamerica.com. To reserve a campground in a California State
Park, you can book up to 7 months in advance: e.g. to book a popular summer
beach campground for July you can make a reservation starting in January.
National Park Service Camping Reservations, http://reservations.nps.gov/


PETS: Boarding & Grooming

Hayes Kennels, (626) 575-2773, 2429 Central Avenue, South El Monte. Ref. by Alice H.
(Summer 2010)

Pasadena Humane Society, (626) 792-7151 x125, 361 South Raymond Avenue,
Pasadena; http://www.phsspca.org. “Excellent care, reasonable rates, but must be a
member of the Humane Society. Well worth the annual fee.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer
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PETS: Veterinarians and Cat Hospitals

Ky Tang, Best Care Animal Hospital (818) 502-11341140 North Pacific, Glendale.
“Good and very reasonable.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)

Temple City Animal Hospital, (626) 287-1173, 5406 North Rosemead Boulevard, San
Gabriel. Veterinarian Bruce Carlson. Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

West Main Animal Hospital, 2216 W. Main Street, Alhambra. (626) 282-2179. Ref. by
Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Whiskers to Tails, (626) 795-4134, 156 South Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena. “Dr.
Iburg is very kind. Cats only.” Ref. by Kathleen S. (Summer 2010)


PHARMACIES

Flintridge Pharmacy and Medical Supply, 529 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, (818)
790-1802. Ref. by Dee D. (Summer 2010)


PRESCHOOLS & PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUPS

Caltech Women’s Club Preschool Playgroup, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Tuesdays at
Tournament Park. (http://www.facilitiesmanagement.caltech.edu/tournament_park.html).
Brown Gym if it is raining). Offers an opportunity for infants through age 4 to participate
in crafts, song and story time while romping in the park. This group also offers a
supportive environment for parents and caregivers. Sign up in advance to
bring snacks and organize crafts. Membership limited to the Caltech/JPL community.
(Summer 2010)

Caltech Women’s Club Wednesdays in the Park, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon,
Tournament Park, http://www.facilitiesmanagement.caltech.edu/tournament_park.htm
Drop by for playtime in the park for the little ones – infant through school age – and
conversation for the grown-ups. This is a great way to meet people from around the
world, learn more about the area, and share practical information about services and
activities available for families. Rain location: Brown Gym. (Summer 2010)

Calvary Preschool, (626) 799-0385, 1050 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena. “Morning
pre-school which also offers extended hours/full day care for children age 2 years, 9
months and toilet trained through pre-K.” Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Meher Montessori (626) 798-1171, 943 East Altadena Drive, Pasadena. “This is the
only AMI (Association of Montessori International) affiliated school in the Pasadena area.
According to the AMI website, this is the original organization set up by
Maria Montessori to train teachers in the Montessori method. This school is
especially good for children in two-career families. As an AMI affiliated school, Meher
has authentic Montessori materials and the teacher-to-student ratio is superior. The
school has a diverse student population, and children are treated in a kind and respectful
manner. Children are taught that ‘we are all friends here,’ and treat each other


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accordingly. The school’s director is Sharon Hyde, and she is also the lead teacher. All
the school’s employees have many years of experience at the site.” Ref. by Jennifer
H. P. (Summer 2010)

Pasadena City College Parent Education Classes “These free classes meet usually from
9am - 12 noon once a week at various locations around Pasadena, Sierra Madre, S.
Pasadena and Temple City. Parents or caregivers can bring their child/children and
enjoy playtime, crafts, song time, snack time and discussion. These classes are for
children from birth through age 5 and are a great way for children to have fun in a safe
setting and the parents have fun too.” Note: “Home-schooled are also welcome.”
Referred by Katie C. and Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)

San Marino Community Church Nursery School, San Marino Community Church,
1750 Virginia Road, San Marino. Ref. by Sara .J. (Summer 2010)

Sierra Madre Community Nursery School. “It’s a co-op developmental school, where
parents also participate. The facilities are in a beautiful surrounding. Children can
develop at their own pace and it’s manageable on a small budget. Parents have to
dedicate some of their time and have to be genuinely interested in child development.
Parent education is also given. I’m very happy to have found that place for my son and
for me as a parent.” Ref. by Dania T. (Summer 2010)


RESTAURANTS, COFFEE HOUSES & BAKERIES

Ai Japanese Restaurant,1013 Fair Oaks Blvd, South Pasadena (next to the old Rialto
Theater) (626) 799-0534. I have gone there for 15 years and really like it. All their food
is very fresh, consistent and very reasonable. The Loveboat is a super bargain ($18 –
Dinner for two!). They also have many Japanese customers and that tells us something
right there. Go early or you find a waiting line, and say hello to Fumito, the Sushi Chef.
They are closed on Mondays. Ref. by Regina B-G (Summer 2010)

All India Café, 39 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, (626) 440-0309. “Very good Indian food,
reasonably priced with friendly owners and servers. Aydeth and I often had dinner there
with out-of-town visitors. Indian friends thought it was very good.” Ref. by Anatol R.
(Summer 2010)

Babita Restaurant, 1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd. (between Valley and Freeway 10), San
Gabriel. (626) 288-7265. “Gourmet Mexican restaurant with owner-chef: Roberto
Berrelleza; lunch Tues-Fri, dinner Sun, Tue., Wed, Thu, Sat.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer
2010)

Cafe Verde, 961 East Green Street, Pasadena, (626) 356-9811.
“Small restaurant, no liquor (BYOB), reasonable prices.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)

Camilio’s California Bistro (323) 478-2644, 2128 Colorado Blvd. “This restaurant has
very tasty food, reasonable prices, excellent service and ambiance. Parking is generally
easy. This is great place for a romantic dinner or a private conversation. Located within
walking distance to the Colorado Wine Company and the 81 and 181 bus lines.” Ref. by
Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)



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Celestino Ristorante, 141 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena; (626) 795-4006,
www.celestinopasadena.com. “This is our favorite Italian restaurant. And we're not alone
We see lots of Caltech people there! The food is excellent, prices reasonable, personnel
friendly and helpful. And they have a parking lot, accessible from Hudson.”
Ref. by Natalie C. (Fall 2010)

Divina Cucina, 3730 North Verdugo Road, Montrose, (818) 248-3077. “This family run
Italian restaurant features authentic Italian food in a very nice, casual setting. A small
enclosed patio is lovely for lunch or dinner with friends. Reasonably priced and top
quality food. Closed Mondays. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

The Eagle Rock Italian Bakery, (323) 255-8224, 1726 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.
.“This bakery has consistently tasty and beautiful cakes and pastries. Special
cakes are available by order. Many hard-to-find Italian groceries can also be found here.
Public transportation is easy since this business is within walking distance of the 81 and
181 bus lines.” Ref. by Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)

Fanta Sea Grill (626) 799-5588, 912 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena (corner of Fair
Oaks and Mission) “Extremely casual (paper plates and BYO wine and beer) but
serves fantastic fresh, beautifully prepared seafood with a slightly Asian touch. We are
there several nights a week and are never disappointed.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer
2010)

Fatty’s & Co. (323) 254-8804 1627 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles (Eagle Rock).
http://www.fattyscafe.com. “This establishment has great vegetarian food and
California cuisine, desserts and coffee served in a nice, casual atmosphere. Parking is
difficult, but public transportation is easy since this business is within walking distance to
the 81 and 181 bus lines.” Ref. by Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)

Green Street Restaurant (626) 577-7170, 146 South Shoppers Lane, Pasadena.
http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com. “I’ve been going to Green Street for over 20
years. The food is good and well priced. They have a big selection of excellent salads
served with their own zucchini bread. Their salads are particularly large but you can
share one or order a half. An outdoor patio is the place to eat on a pleasant day.
Parking garage adjacent. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Heirloom Bakery (626) 441-0042, 807 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena. “Breakfast and
lunch dishes, great coffee cake and cupcakes. It’s very close to the Metro
stop, so makes for great entertainment for my toddlers while I enjoy their very strong
coffee.” Ref. By Marcia B. (Summer 2010)

Le Café Beaujolais, 1712 Colorado Blvd,, Los Angeles. “Delicious little French
restaurant. Food is great and the waiters are funny and professional. Ref. by Bianca
(Summer 2010)

Mia Sushi (323) 256-2562, 741 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles (Eagle Rock), CA 90041
http://www.mia-sushi.com. “This establishment is named for the owner’s daughter.
They serve really tasty sushi. It is located near Occidental College so driving to Little
Tokyo, paying top dollar and negotiating parking is no longer necessary. For more
information see their highly-entertaining website.” Ref. by Jennifer H.P. (Summer 2010)



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Mike and Anne’s, (626) 799-7199, 1040 Mission Street, South Pasadena. ‘This
restaurant has exceptional cuisine and a lovely outdoor patio. The Chef was formerly at
the Ritz Carleton.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)

Papa Don's Deli, 626-799-8397, 303 Pasadena Avenue, South Pasadena. ”Classic deli
sandwiches served in a casual, family friendly setting. They even have a play area for
children. Near the Gold Line tracks, north of Monterey Road. Hours: 11am - 3:30pm
Mon-Sat. They also cater.” Ref. By Katie C. (Summer 2010)

Penelope's Cafe-Books-Gallery, (818) 790-4386, 1029 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada.
“This is one of my favorite businesses in or near La Canada.” Ref. by Dee D.,
 (Summer 2010)

Sushi of Naples, 735 E. Green Street, Pasadena, (626)578-1123. The name is odd but it
is authentic and quite reasonable, especially for lunch. I often go with colleagues for
lunch. Anatol R. (Summer 2010)


SENIOR RESOURCES


SENIOR RESOURCES: Care Giver

Felicia Aguirre, (323) 666-3244, cell (213) 804-5137. “After my mother had a stroke
Felicia came daily to bathe her. She drives, speaks excellent English. Reliable.” Fran Y.
(Summer 2010)


SENIOR RESOURCES: Retirement Home
Casa Dorinda Retirement Home (805) 969-8032, 300 Hot Springs Road, Montecito.
http://casadorinda.org. Lorraine Darrow, Director of Admissions and Marketing,
lorraine@casadorinda.com. “Top of the old line..., Julia Childs went there.” Ref. by
Alice H. (Summer 2010)


SENIOR RESOURCES: Senior Services and Assessment

Huntington Senior Care Network, (626) 397-3110. www.seniorcarenetwork.com
“The Resource Center recommends different types of senior services and schedules in-
home assessments done by social workers for a fee. You can also schedule a geriatric
consultation service which is a comprehensive physical and mental evaluation. To
schedule an appointment, call (626) 397-3127. This is a popular service - you might
have to wait several months for an appointment. Dr. Norman Chien is a board certified
geriatrician and director of the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at Huntington Hospital.” Ref.
by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


SHOE REPAIR




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Station Wagon Shoe Repair, (626) 449-9787, 113 W. California, Pasadena, in the
Orangewood Shopping Center near the Post Office. They repair shoes, handbags, coat
zippers. They do excellent repair work done using high quality materials. They have
been in the shoe repair business is Pasadena over 40 years. Ref. by Judy C. (Summer
2010)


SHOPPING: Craft Supplies

Hiromi Paper International, http://www.hiromipaper.com. 2525 Michigan Ave Unit G-9,
Santa Monica, (866) 479-2744 or (310) 998-0098. “Specialize in Japanese papers,
many handmade and unique papers for art and conservation. Prices reflect the unusual
products. Check out the web site, or make a day of it and go to the Santa Monica
Museum of Art and buy paper at Hiromi. The retail store is located in the located in
Bergamot Station.” (Summer 2010)

Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1155 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, (626) 431-2850.
“Crafts, photo album and scrapbook supplies, floral & party supplies. A good place to
buy kids crafts and holiday craft supplies.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)

Stats Home Decorative Center, 120 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 795-
9308; www.statsfloral.com. “Purchase holiday decorations in bulk.” Ref. by Judy C.
(Summer 2010)

Swain’s (818)243-3129, 537 N. Glendale, Glendale, CA 91206
http://www.swainsart.com/index.html. “A huge art supply store, check their website for
an idea of all they offer. They have a broad selection of paper and watercolor paper in
stock, and a wide range of supplies from fine art to creative toys.” Ref. By Marcia B
(Summer 2010)


SHOPPING: Camping Gear

Caltech Y. http://www.caltechy.org/service/rentals./outrent. “Offer incredibly low cost
equipment rentals for camping or outdoor adventures. They rent tents, sleeping bags,
sleeping pads, skis, camp stoves, bear barrels, etc. Most items are $3 or less.”
Ref. by Katie C. (Summer 2010)

REI, Recreational Equipment Company, Arcadia (626) 447-1062. www.rei.com.
“This nationwide chain specializes in outdoor equipment and clothing. Membership is
not required, but as a member, you receive an annual rebate based on your year’s
purchases. They have several sales each year. They also rent equipment.” Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)


SHOPPING: Children’s Clothing

Children’s Place, 455 South Lake, Pasadena. “The clothes are lovely and they have
sales 2 or 3 times a year.” Ref. by Bianca E. (Summer 2010)




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Justice, Located in the Santa Anita Mall, next to Nordstrom’s on the second floor.
www.shopjustice.com. “This is a great place for trendy clothing for young teens. They
have a substantial sale several times a year.” Ref. by Judy C. (Summer 2010)


SHOPPING: Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor Elegance, Patio Design Center, 3795 Damien Ave., La Verne, (909) 325-8834,
www.outdoorelegance.com. “This extensive showroom has a wide selection of excellent
patio furniture and accessories. They will also order from catalogs for you.” Ref. by
Judy C. (Summer 2010)


SHOPPING: Picture Frames
Anthony’s Art and Frames, 2466 Huntington Drive, San Marino. (626) 614-8340.
“Expert custom framing. Anthony caters to the interior design community. He has done
all our special framing for over 20 years. He is a real framing artist.” Ref. by Judy C.
(Summer 2010)


SHOPPING: Produce

Figueroa Produce, 6312 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.
Owner: Ruben Perez, Phone: (323) 255-3663.
http://www.figueroaproduce.com. “I have been in this store several times with my
children, and I am consistently impressed with the customer service, the quality of
meats, cheeses, produce, and the prices. This store features organic produce from
South Central Farmers Co-op. Mr. Perez informed me that they plan to open another
store in Eagle Rock. Figueroa Produce carries farmers’ market quality items at low
prices, and they accept all major credit cards.” Ref. by Jennifer H. P. (Summer 2010)

Sprouts Farmer’s Market. “On Rosemead just north of Colorado (on the
West side of Rosemead) has a nice selection of produce at very reasonable prices.”
Ref. by Julie W. (Summer 2010)


SHOPPING: Religious Articles and Books

The Flowering Tree, Religious Articles and Books, 2264 Honolulu Ave., Montrose,
(818) 249-4004. Ref. by Dee D. (Summer 2010)


THRIFT SHOPS & CLASSIFIED LISTINGS

Bargain Box, (818) 790-6467, 4607 Oakwood Avenue, La Canada (next to the
Library). “Great buys on small household appliances, kitchen items, linens, clothing,
books, and sporting goods and toys. Also, a great source for jewelry and collectibles.”
Ref. by Barbara W. (Summer 2010)

Bargains Los Angeles, www.bargainsla.com. “The premiere bargain hunting, bargain
shopping & sample sales guide to the Los Angeles Area.” (Summer 2010)


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Caltech Baby Furniture and Household Equipment Loan, 234 South Catalina Ave.,
Pasadena (behind 230 South Catalina, just North of Del Mar Avenue). Caltech and JPL
families and employees and their significant others can borrow maternity clothes, cribs,
strollers, high chairs, baby swings, baby bathtubs and toys as well as household items
such as pots and pans. A nominal donation is requested for some items (cribs $20,
lamps $4). Other items are free including children’s toys and clothes. Donations of new
and gently used items are welcome. Open only on Thursday morning from 10 am to 1
pm. (Summer 2010)

The Caltech Today Classifieds are open to any member of the Caltech community. Only
Caltech/JPL faculty, staff, students and alumni with valid Caltech or JPL email
addresses may advertise. Household items, furniture and used cars are posted every
week by Caltech fellows. It is worthwhile to look at it regularly. For more information:
http://today.caltech.edu/gc/domain-top?domain=for_sale. (Summer 2010)

Craigslist, http://losangeles.craigslist.org. “A useful website for finding everything.
Chose Furniture and Household and you’ll get a lot of choices.” Ref. by Katie C.
(Summer 2010)

Good Will, 183 Altadena Drive and 112 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (Summer 2010)

Huntington Collection, 766 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena. (626) 535-2468. “Thrift shop,
especially good for used furniture and household items. A good day to go is Thursdays
when they get new items. This is also a good place to donate your unused furniture,
household items and good recyclable clothing. They will schedule a pick-up for furniture.
Proceeds support the Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network.“ Ref. by Judy C.
(Summer 2010)

Salvation Army, 56 West Del Mar Avenue, Pasadena. (626) 577-4649. Thrift shop,
“It is especially good for used furniture and baby/kids toys. The good days are
Thursdays and Fridays when they get new items into the store.” (Summer 2010)

The Yellow Pages. Many thrift shops are on Colorado Blvd. between Lake Ave. and
Rosemead Blvd. (Summer 2010)

Tips: Yard and Garage Sales: check local newspapers like Penny Saver and Pasadena
Star News for yard and garage sales. These occur when individuals sell their used
clothes, furniture, toys and household items in their own yard/garage. Sometimes whole
neighborhoods have sales on the same weekend. This is a fun and friendly way to find
great deals. (Summer 2010)


TRANSPORTATION: Airport

World Class Sedan Service, Inc. (866) 716-0444. “These drivers are absolutely reliable
for getting you to and from local airports. Their Lincoln Town Cars make the passenger
feel like a celebrity.” Ref. by Barbara W. (Summer 2010)




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TRANSPORTATION: General

Caltech Transit Guide, transitguide.caltech.edu. “Lists public transport options for
Caltech community within Pasadena, LA & California. There's a lot of relevant
information for commuters in these areas.”

Experience L.A, www.ExperienceLA.com. “LA’s Official Cultural Calendar and Trip
Planner.” (Summer 2010)

Not for Tourists, http://www.notfortourists.com/losangeles.aspx. A compilation of
information about Southern California including transportation systems,
governmental infrastructure, shops, restaurants, and nightspots. (Summer 2010)


TRAVEL & TOURS

Bi-Coastal Travel, (310) 649-2326, 5757 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles.
“Bi-Coastal Travel is a great resource for discounted first and business class
tickets (for coach, too). I deal with Michelle.” Ref. by Fran Y. (Summer 2010)

The Healthy Traveler Clinic, (626) 584-1200, 1250 E. Green Street (between Wilson
and Chester), Pasadena; www.healthytraveler.com. “Vaccinations, prescriptions
and travel supplies; expensive but convenient.” Ref. by Alice H. (Summer 2010)


VIDEO STORE / RENTAL

Videotheque, 1005 Mission, South Pasadena. “Has an amazing collection of videos –
many foreign videos and hard to find videos. The sales people are unusually helpful too,
If you need to rent or buy a video, this is the place to do it.” Ref. by Julie W. (Summer
2010)




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