Friday, October 31, 2008
The above home is the Best Of Halloween award winner in the Monrovia Community Services Halloween Home Decorating contest. There were 24 homes participating this year with winners in 9 different categories.
Congratulations to all the participants and winners this year. It's easy to see that a lot of time and effort went into these decorations and they look great!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The truth is, this is the band playing at the 2008 Hot Rod and Custom Car Show last Saturday afternoon.
500 days, 500 photo's. Can ya believe it?
The real 500th post celebration will be on a much smaller scale.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This is one of the props used in this years Haunted Hikes in Monrovia Canyon Park. This is no store bought hearse either, this was built by Ed Cunningham, one of the park volunteers. Our go to guy for the seemingly impossible.
The hikes were a sellout, got overwhelmingly positive reviews from those that bought tickets, and now they are done for another year.
Here's a look at what the hearse looked like with lights ready for the hikes to start.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Professor Kenneth G. Libbrecht (above) is a physics professor, chairman of the physics department at Caltech and husband to Rachel, one of the Canyon Park staff.
Professor Libbrecht was the guest speaker at last nights Monrovia Canyon Park volunteer meeting. In the photo he is answering questions about the science of snow crystals and snow crystal photography.
He shared some fascinating information on his research into snow crystals and some absolutely AMAZING photographs. No one else is taking photo's like these.
Be sure to visit his website at snowcrystals.com for more info. His books are also available at Amazon.com.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This isn't necessarily Monrovia specific but you can find these letter grades on the restaurants, markets and pretty much any businesses that have food for sale. They reflect the results of periodic inspections by health inspectors from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The "A" grade, of course, being best.
The inspections are required and so is the posting of the grades. The department has a website that allows you to search many different ways (business name, city, etc.) to find not only the score of any businesses you're interested in but also any problems that may have been found.
For Monrovia, out of 179 businesses listed, 164 had an "A" rating and only 1 had a rating below a "B". Great job!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
A new, good bookstore is always high on the list of new businesses that residents would like to see come to town. According to the city website and the city managers report, the above building may become home to not just a good bookstore, but the Bookseller of the Year for 2008.
It seems that Vroman's wants to open a store in Monrovia and Monrovia wants Vroman's. Let's hope this becomes a done deal soon. The building above even looks like a bookstore.
I've bought many books at their Pasadena stores and gone to many booksignings at their main Pasadena store. I would definitely shop at Vroman's Monrovia.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The morning sun working its way down the new building facade.
Most recently this building was The Tax Doctor. I'll always think of it as Kustner's Pharmacy.
Looking through the upper windows, with the brick interior walls and all that nice early morning light, I could easily see the upper floor as the new headquarters, studio and workspace for Gem City Images. Sponsorship opportunities anyone?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I doubt there's a home more integral to the history of Monrovia than this one. It's known as "The Oaks" and was built in 1885. The home was built for William Monroe, one of the city's founders and the man the city was named after.
You may not be able to read the sign in the front yard from this angle but the house is available for lease. That the home of a city founder in a city with pride in its historic homes could be tenant occupied seems unusual to me.
Lease info here.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
A few of the recently replaced Blue Star banners along Huntington Drive honoring Monrovians currently serving in the armed forces. The old banners had become noticeably weathered. These banners line all the main thoroughfares in the city.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Laurie at Glimpses of South Pasadena posted a response to my hedge trimming post that showed not just precision trimming but actual topiary. I've been on the lookout ever since for some local topiary, Monrovia style, that could hold its own against her photo. I think I may have found it. I especially like the trees with the rings.
This one's also unique in that it isn't even on the property but out in the parkway.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Converging lines of a bridge leading to a picnic area / campground.
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