Head for the Hills

For mountain bikers, the Valley offers a surprisingly extensive myriad of trails, suitable for everyone from timid beginners to accomplished thrill seekers. continue reading ›

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Petal Power

With planting season in full swing, Tom Carruth, curator of the legendary rose collection at The Huntington, shares his top five artistic varieties. continue reading ›

Last Parcel Standing

This 1945 photograph documents a property known as “The Rancho” that at one time sprawled across most of modern-day Encino. The road in the foreground is Ventura Boulevard. continue reading ›

Concierge on Call

  INSTACART This shopping app allows users to order delivery from outlets ranging from Ralphs to Costco to Petco. The fee depends on size of order and the delivery time. Just like Uber, during busy times, expect surge pricing. To… continue reading ›

The Italian Job

Ask Saverio Posarelli where he learned to cook and you won’t hear the names of fancy cooking academies. “My grandmother. She was a Tuscan nonna and she cooked very simply—straight out of her garden.” He tends to do the same… continue reading ›

Picture It…

As a sommelier, I have been lucky enough to travel to most of the major wine-producing regions in Italy. When the villa rental company, The Thinking Traveller, invited me on a trip to Sicily, it gave me reason to pause. continue reading ›

Glass Master

HOLY VISIONS  It took Earl three months to refurbish the stained glass windows at Community Church at Holliston in Pasadena. “I really love the work I do on churches because it lasts. Plus, I know that… continue reading ›

Holding Out Hope

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE BOB HOPE LEGACY   Bob Hope may have gotten four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But from 1939 to his death at age 100 in 2003, the entertainer’s favorite place in Los Angeles was… continue reading ›

Unconventional Teen

With a friendly smile and a slightly awkward half-boy/half-man demeanor, Jack O’Dea comes off like a typical 18-year-old. But ask him about politics and anything that hints at “boyish” vanishes. “It is… continue reading ›

Sunday Strolling

Nestled between trendy Los Feliz and the suburbia of Glendale, Atwater Village has long been known as a sleepy working-class neighborhood of small bungalows and single-family stuccos. In the past 10 years though, a number of quirky and chic restaurants,… continue reading ›

The Great 'scape

If you commute in Sherman Oaks south of Ventura Blvd., chances are you’ve admired the movie-perfect colonial situated on a prominent corner lot along Valley Vista Blvd. In fact, that’s exactly how the Neely family discovered this 6,355-square-foot dream house,… continue reading ›

The Camping Kitchen

Roughing it never tasted so good. With a little help from our experts, go fish, forage and frolic to your heart's desire and still bring your A+ cooking game to the great outdoors. continue reading ›

Night Rider

Mountain biking after dark? It sounds crazy, but as one nervous Nellie discovered, barreling across the hills after sunset is nothing short of euphoric. continue reading ›

Legal Eagles

When Paul Landau started looking for a second career 15 years ago, teaching seemed a natural fit. Paul, a former entertainment lawyer who had been laid off in a studio downsizing, had always connected well with kids (he has two… continue reading ›

Rising Star

John Lennon’s “Dear Prudence” has been covered by many artists, but Nina Shallman, just 20 years old, somehow manages a fresh, unique spin on the song. In the rendering on her debut album last year, Nina’s clear distinct voice travels… continue reading ›

Hidden Gem

​Toluca Lake used to be known as the home of Bob Hope (priced at $12 million, his five-acre compound is on the market) and the location of the exclusive Lakeside Golf Club where you can see A-list celebs like Justin… continue reading ›

The Pet Shrink

Part therapist, part trainer, animal behaviorist Michael Steinberg has been getting into the minds of cats and dogs for more than 30 years. continue reading ›

Transformational Talent

Meet five talented local artists. Each has a unique and remarkable vision, which fuels creative impulses inspired by ordinary objects the rest of us overlook. Viewing their work is to glimpse a magical, amazing world where the mundane transforms into the extraordinary and takes on new meaning. continue reading ›

First Position

From Justin to Britney to Usher, Millennium Dance has been the premiere spot in LA to train and rehearse. Now well into its second decade, the studio isn’t just surviving, it is thriving—by putting young talent on the front lines. continue reading ›

When in Venice

Need a family getaway but can’t leave town for spring break? From Pasadena to Pacific Palisades, there are several fantastic day trips within an hour’s car ride from the Valley. One of them is the colorful city of Venice. continue reading ›

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