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GLAMOROUS CAMPING

‘GLAMPING’ AT EL CAPITAN COMBINES THE GLORIES OF NATURE WITH THE COMFORTS OF A HOTEL BY REBECCA KUZINS

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GET YOUR KIDS PLUGGED INTO OUTDOOR SUMMER FUN WITH LOCAL MUSEUM, PARK PROGRAMS BY SARA CARDINE

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MAKE HIKING THE REGION’S BEST TRAILS A PRIORITY THIS SUMMER BY CHRISTOPHER NYERGES

23 SUMMER SOUNDS 29 TEN TITANS OF SUMMER

FROM A SEA OF COOKIE-CUTTER FILMS COMES 10 FRESH IDEAS BY CARL KOZLOWSKI

29 PET FRIENDLY FUN

TRAVELING WITH ANIMALS TAKES A LITTLE EXTRA PLANNING AND RESEARCH BY JANA J. MONJI

ABOUT THE COVER: Illustration by Lee Pettet

EDITOR Kevin Uhrich DEPUTY EDITOR André Coleman PRODUCTION MANAGER Yvonne Guerrero ART DIRECTOR Kent Bancroft JUNIOR DESIGNER Carla Cortez PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Richard Garcia, Teresa Lopez WRITERS Sara Cardine, Carl Kozlowski, Rebecca Kuzins, Jana J. Monji, Christopher Nyerges ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Dina Stegon SALES AND MARKETING Brenda Clarke, Leslie Lamm, Jon Wheat OFFICE ASSISTANT Gina Giovacchinni HUMAN RESOURCES Andrea E. Baker BUSINESS MANAGER Angela Wang ACCOUNTING Alysia Chavez, Monica MacCree PUBLISHER Jon Guynn SOUTHLAND PUBLISHING V. P. OF FINANCE Michael Nagami V. P. OF OPERATIONS David Comden PRESIDENT Bruce Bolkin

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‘GLAMPING’ AT EL CAPITAN COMBINES THE GLORIES OF NATURE WITH THE COMFORTS OF A HOTEL

PHOTOS: Courtesy of El Capitan Canyon

By Rebecca Kuzins

AT EL CAPITAN CANYON, EVEN HOT SUMMERS CAN BE EASY AND BREEZY. YOU CAN SOOTHE YOUR ACHING MUSCLES WITH A SWEDISH-STYLE MASSAGE. SOME OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS HAVE BATHTUBS LARGE ENOUGH FOR TWO PEOPLE, SO YOU AND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER CAN ENJOY A LEISURELY SOAK. AND IN SUMMER, YOU CAN RELAX AT A SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES, JAZZ OR BLUEGRASS CONCERT.

These activities are not available on the usual camping trip, but El Capital Canyon is not the usual campground. Located near El Capitan State Beach, about 20 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara, El Capitan is among a new breed of luxury campgrounds that seek to combine the glories of nature with the comforts of an expensive hotel. Set in a 2,500-acre nature preserve along El Capitan Creek, the campground is open year-round and has facilities for conferences, corporate meetings and parties, as well as accommodations specially for campers. Lodging ranges from continued on page 7

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106 cedar cabins at the high end to less costly lodgings in 26 tents and three yurts. The cabins are priced from $225 to $355 per night and contain kingsized, queen-sized or bunk beds. They are equipped with linens and down comforters, full bathrooms and kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves and coffeemakers. These facilities are spread among four village areas — Stone Pine, Peace Tree, Lone Stone and Shaded Creek. The camp’s tents feature hardwood floors, electricity and queen or double beds with linens and down comforters and are priced at $155 per night. A little more luxurious, the adventure yurts, with queen and twin beds, skylights, small refrigerators and electricity cost $205 per night. Tents and yurts have nearby communal bathrooms for guests’ use. Campers can opt to have an outdoor meal, cooked on a fire pit and eaten at private tables near their lodging, or eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Canyon Market, a restaurant and store located on the campground. Some of the food served at this restaurant is provided by an organic farmer, who rents space at the campground to grow his produce. And campers can participate in more activities than are offered on a luxury cruise ship. “We definitely try to have our guests pursue outdoor continued on page 9

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activities,” says Kendra Summers, marketing and sales manager. “There are open spaces and grassy fields where, for example, families can play soccer.” There are also nature hikes, which culminate in a visit to the camp’s ranch, home to herds of llamas and goats, two sheep and a donkey. A nearby playground provides swings, slides and other equipment for children, as well as a solar-powered swimming pool. Stargazing and storytelling expeditions are conducted by an “archeo-astronomer,” who points out the constellations and tells Chumash Indian stories describing the origin of the stars. Campers can also congregate at Saturday night barbecues, where they can cook s’mores using a special kit for sale at the Canyon Market. Or they can attend yoga classes, have a message or attend the Saturday night concerts held from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition to these on-site pursuits, staff can arrange for guests to go ocean kayaking, horseback riding, whale watching, wine tasting, rock climbing, hiking and golfing, among other activities in the Santa Barbara area. El Capitan’s urbanized accommodations and other amenities will not appeal to camping purists who insist on roughing it in the great outdoors. But if you want to go “glamping,” or glamorous camping, and enjoy nature without any of its inconveniences, El Capitan is a good place for a different type of vacation experience. ■ More information about El Capitan Canyon, including directions from Pasadena, is available at the camp’s Web site, elcapitancanyon.com. PASADENA

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NO MORE TEACHERS, NO MORE BOOKS GET YOUR KIDS PLUGGED INTO OUTDOOR SUMMER FUN WITH LOCAL MUSEUM, PARK PROGRAMS By Sara Cardine

IS THERE ANY CHILD WHO DOES NOT LOOK FORWARD TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, WHO DREAMS OF SLEEPING IN, WATCHING TV AND HANGING OUT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH NOTHING TO DO FOR WEEKS ON END? With summer fast approaching, it’s best to start thinking now of how to unplug your kids from the TV, computer or game console and get them plugged into fun summer adventures that c o n t i nu e d o n p a g e 1 2

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encourage play and learning, and perhaps offer something for you as well. Summer programs and activities throughout Pasadena are plentiful, and many of them take full advantage of the area’s natural beauty and its many parks, recreational spots and museums, offering programs that engage and entertain. Throughout the year, Kidspace Museum encourages young ones to learn about science, nature and art through indoor and outdoor hands-on, interactive exhibits. But starting July 27, the museum will begin four weeks of summer programming in which visitors ages 6 to 11 can take part in a full spectrum of science-related fun, according to Kidspace Marketing Director Tim Scheidler. “These camps are all about creating a general affection for and interest in all things growing and all things outdoors,” Scheidler says. “Running, jumping, crawling, pretending they’re bugs in an anthill — they’re literally getting their hands on nature.” Week one is Arroyo Adventures Camp, which introduces kids to environmental science through a series of fun art and science activities and educational hikes through the beautiful surrounding Arroyo Seco. Week two is Gross! Anatomy Camp, where kids learn what makes humans and animals ooze, smell and scab. Campers will make fake slime and blood while learning about the science of the body. The third week features physics fun in Kidspace’s brand new Physics c o n t i nu e d o n p a g e 1 5

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Forest, a ¾-acre play space that is scheduled to open July 12. Here, a series of 13 interactive outdoor exhibits lets children play with tennis ball launchers, water bottle rockets, pendulums and more as they learn the principles of physical science. The fourth week of camp will feature JPL scientists in an Outer Space Adventure Camp, where campers will learn about the planets, robotics and get to see a Space Rover up close. “We want to make sure kids are not losing what they learn during the school year,” says Scheidler. “We want to make sure they go away with rock solid content but also give them a good, fun experience.” In June, the city of Pasadena’s Human Services and Recreation Department will roll out its 2012 summer programming for children, teens and seniors. Enrichment camps throughout the city let children ages 5 to 13 try their hands at science and computer programs, cooking, arts and crafts or drama. Other teen camps focus in on age-related topics — like job and college preparation, dancing, music and theater arts — and feature fun fieldtrips to LA hot spots. The city also maintains a summer sports schedule for kids who want to learn or brush up on basic techniques in softball, basketball, flag football, soccer and boxing. From June 11 to Aug. 9, communitywide swimming lessons and recreational swim sessions for families and individuals of all ages will be offered at public pools throughout the city. Early bird registration for swim lessons begins May 12 at Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena. For more information on swim programs, call Darrell Walker at (626) 744-7350. The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, will host its 12-week Anderson Adventures Camp H2O from June 11 to Aug. 31 for students in first- through seventh-grade, which can include after-care hours for working parents. From July 23 to Aug. 24, a special needs summer camp will offer safe swim lessons and sensory activities, including arts and crafts, nature walks, therapeutic dance classes and a field trip. For more information on special needs programming, contact Alethea Crespo at (626) 5640330, ext. 425. ■ A comprehensive Summer 2012 Recreation Program Guide will be available online in May. For more information, visit cityofpasadena.net/reserve or call (626) 744-7500. PASADENA

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300 PASADENA Cool down this summer with one of 300 Pasadena's margaritas. Choose from 12 delicious flavors, all $1 off! Order yours blended or on the rocks, salt or no salt, at 300 Pasadena we're all about perfection. Available only until June 10. Join us on Sunday, May 20 from 10am – 2pm for Kids Fest, where kids can come meet Tommy Ten Pin, get 1 free game and shoes, free samples of our Kids Menu items plus a few treats from 300 and other local businesses! RSVP recommended. Call (626) 768-4861 to reserve your space today. 3545 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. www.threehundred.com/pasadena ADVANCED EDUCATION ACADEMY Our mission is to have well educated students who can then take responsibility for their futures. To bring about a love of learning, by ensuring each student fully understands their lessons and experiences using that knowledge by "doing." Further, to teach students the study technology and its practical application to daily studies, so they can enjoy the learning process, become competent "selflearners," and can then go on to gain the additional knowledge needed to achieve their goals. 4490 Cornishon Avenue, #3, La Canada (818) 952-1900 www.aeaschool.com ALL SAINTS CHURCH All Saints’ mission is to make God’s love tangible through Spirituality, Community, and Peace and Justice. Those who join us find us joyfully and energetically challenging one another to live into Jesus’ central message of compassion and respect for the dignity of every human being. All Saints Church is a place where one can learn and practice how to express daily the deep truth of the interconnectivity of all people on the globe. Join us! All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. Visit allsaints-pas.org or call (626) 796-1172. ALTADENA CHRISTIAN CHILDREN’S CENTER At ACCC, the families of the children in our programs who range in age from 2 months to prekindergarten find programs that meet the needs of the whole child within a developmentally appropriate framework. Our family-centered approach helps to nurture healthy partnerships between teachers and parents as we all work together to support the children. We are eager to help families from diverse backgrounds to discover that ACCC is the best place for their child’s early education. Join us for our summer programs which combine fun and learning and nature! Contact Director Toni Boucher at (626) 797-6142 or visit accc-kids.org. ALTADENA STABLES Altadena Stables is a full-service facility, offering a safe and friendly environment for your riding enjoyment. Boarded horses are attended to 24/7 by experienced caretakers who live on the property. The location is next to the Arroyo Seco and its beautiful forest trails. Instruction is provided on reliable stable horses by experienced professionals and trainers who offer lessons, camps, clinics and groups for riders of all ages and skill levels. Visit www.altadenastables.com. (626) 797-2012 PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN In addition to being recognized as a global leader in art and design education, Art Center College of Design serves the communities of Pasadena and Greater L.A. with an array of programs for kids, high school students and adults. Whether you’re expanding career options, preparing for college or simply like to learn, Public Programs provides unique opportunities to develop skills and use problem-solving to explore the creative process. For more information and to register, visit artcenter.edu/makeithappen. BARNHART SCHOOL Join us for our 2012 Summer Session! Our theme this year is Way to go, America! Our program runs from June 25 through August 3. (Session 1: June 25-July 13. Session 2: July 16-August 3). We offer two threeweek sessions. Come to one or both. Great adventures await you! Celebrating its 52nd year of providing quality education as a K-8 independent school, Barnhart is pleased to offer camp Way to go, America! Barnhart School is at 240 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia. Call (626) 446-5588 or visit barnhartschool.org.

CATALINA ISLAND CAMPS Snorkel through sunlit kelp beds. Paddle along the rocky coastline with sea lions and pelicans. Hike into the island wilderness only 26 miles from one of the largest cities in America. There is no end to the fun, friends and activities. Our counselors are carefully selected, trained and supervised to be exceptional role models for your camper. The camp staff brings energy, fun and friendship to every camper, everyday. Join us this summer for your next adventure! catalinaislandcamps.com (626) 296-4040 CHILD EDUCATIONAL CENTER The Child Educational Center offers a wide variety of summer camp experiences that are sure to meet you and your child’s ideas of summer fun! Summer exploration camp has a different theme each week and includes field trips, swimming and special guests. Our partnership with Altadena Stables and Descanso Gardens continues with two weeks of Horse Camp and three weeks of Descanso Discoveries. Adventure Zone will peak your older child's interest with trips to amusement parks, bike riding on the beach and more. 140 Foothills Blvd., La Canada Flintridge. (818) 354-3418 ceconline.org CLAIRBOURN’S SUMMER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM Now enrolling preschoolers through eighth-graders for summer learning! The morning Preschool and the half or full day Kindergarten Programs are designed to help young people be confident, successful learners. The 1st-8th Grade Advantage Program also offers over 45 academic, developmental, and creative workshops between 9:00-3:00. Give your child an advantage today! Register by May 18, 2012. http://tinyurl.com/SummerNow COLEMAN CHAMBER MUSIC ASSOCIATION Alice Coleman founded a series of concerts in 1904 to share the intimacy and immediacy of chamber music with her adopted community, Pasadena. Many thousands have since enjoyed these concerts, which today bear her name. The new 109th season of Coleman Concerts features such pearls of the repertoire as two of Beethoven’s great “Rasumovsky” quartets, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and The Rite of Spring , plus works by Mozart, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Schumann, and others. Call (626) 793-4191. DESTINATION SCIENCE CAMP Pasadena, La Canada, Glendale. Ages 5 to 11. Each weeklong topic includes 20 hands-on science activities that are yours to take home, plus fun games & great teachers. 2012 Topics: Crazy Coaster Science & Sea-fari Park, Robo-Dragon Extreme Techno Challenge, Rocket Powered Mars Expedition and Wild Extreme Physics Fun! Special Offers Enroll in May & Save $10/week!, Enroll in 3 or 4 sessions & save an additional $10 each week, Siblings save additional $5/week. (888) 909-2822 DestinationScience.org DR. MARILYN MEHLMAUER Having smooth, youthful skin is the first step to feeling great about your appearance. Dr. Marilyn Mehlmauer offers a wide variety of solutions for any problem areas on your face. Whether you have lines, wrinkles or acne, we have a remedy to restore the elasticity and refine the appearance of your skin. Visit us and explore our facial rejuvenation treatment options. Schedule your consultation today by calling (626) 585-9474. DRUCKER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT The Drucker School of Management in Claremont offers a world-class graduate management education through our MBA, Executive MBA, Financial Engineering and Arts Management degree programs. Our programs infuse Peter Drucker’s principle of management as a liberal art along with our core strengths in strategy and leadership. We offer individualized, flexible course scheduling, an innovative curriculum focusing on values-based management, and the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty. To learn more, visit drucker.cgu.edu.

THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PASADENA The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena promotes the health, safety, education, social, vocational and character development of boys and girls ages 5 through 17. The club’s goal is to improve the lives of children by helping them build self-assurance and develop leadership skills while reinforcing positive values in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. The award-winning summer program provides Pasadena’s youth with excellent services and activities from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit bgcpasadena.org.

EMMAUS LUTHERAN SCHOOL Since 1943, Emmaus Lutheran School has nurtured students with rigorous academic standards and Christian-based life skills o produce well-rounded students whose academic careers hold no limits. Our graduates go on to schools including John Hopkins University, West Point and USC. Before- and after-school care, sports, student government. Field trips, music, aer, and SMALL CLASSES and INDIVIDUALISED CARE help students become anything that they want to be. Join the Emmaus family! Visit our Web site: emmauslutheranchurch.org or visit 840 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, CA 91801. (626) 289-3662

BUCA DI DEPPO Open daily for lunch and dinner, Buca di Beppo is conveniently located at the corner of Green Street and South DeLacey Avenue in Old Pasadena. Buca di Beppo hosts events of all sizes and offers four different packages to choose from for groups of 20 or more. It’s the perfect setting for any group to experience a fun, energetic and welcoming Italian family style dinner. Buca di Beppo also caters — a perfect fit for business and social events of all sizes. 80 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 792-7272 bucadibeppo.com

FOOTHILL MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT Foothill Municipal Water District, on January 1, 1953, officially joined the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California making water from the Colorado River and eventually from the California State Water Project available to the Foothills. The District is one of Metropolitan’s 26 member agencies and provides more than 60 percent of the water used in the service area. The District covers approximately 22 square miles and has a population of about 88,000 people. PO Box 686/ 4563 Hampton Road, La Canada Flintridge, www.fmwd.com

CAMP SHI’INI Camp Shi'ini is a five-week Native American-themed day camp in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, archery, swimming, hiking, Indian crafts, athletics, and a month-long treasure hunt. Campers are picked up from home in brand new camp vans. Since 1947, Camp Shi'ini has been the “ultimate camping experience” in the greater Pasadena area. We pride ourselves on enthralling adventures, which captivate the hearts and imaginations of our campers each summer. Camp Shi’ini, 1613 Chelsea Road, No. 279, San Marino. Call (626) 922-0945 campshi-ini.com.

GERRISH SWIM AND TENNIS CLUB Swim America Programs are all taught by members of the American Swimming Coaches Association, who are certified swimming instructors and experts in the proper development of stroke technique. Does your child deserve less than the best? We teach your child to swim like a pro with expert technique from the very first day in the water. Gerrish Swim and Tennis Club, 2713 New York Drive, Pasadena. Visit teamunify.com. c o n t i nu e d o n p a g e 2 8

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TRAIL MIX MAKE HIKING THE REGION’S BEST TRAILS A PRIORITY THIS SUMMER By Christopher Nyerges • Photos by Danny Laio

IT’S SUMMER. YOU’VE BEEN COOPED UP WAY

canyon, and about two miles up, you’ll see the foundation of an old cabin. Great view.

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CUBICLE. YOU NEED TO GET OUT. YOU NEED TO BREATHE FRESH AIR, REDISCOVER THE NATURAL WORLD ALL AROUND US. But where can you go? You don’t want to drive for hours, and you’re hoping not to have to take out a loan for the joy of spending some time in nature. From Pasadena, there are plenty of trails and places to explore the outdoors, all more or less within a 45-minute drive, depending on where you live. And yes, while you could just “go anywhere,” I recommend that you at least get a trail book or map and do a bit of map exploring first. Let’s begin with all the foothill trails, starting east in Sierra Madre. CHANTRY FLATS

Drive all the way up Santa Anita Avenue, through Arcadia and Sierra Madre, up to Chantry Flats. On weekends, this is one of the most popular places in the local mountains, so see if you can get there during the week. You can hike down into the canyon and see some of the century-old cabins, then hike up to the Sturtevant waterfall, approximately a mile and a half. This is a wonderful hike. In fact, if you are prepared for a longer hike, you could follow the Gabrielino Trail, which leads westward from the falls, back behind Mt. Wilson, and westward all the way to the Arroyo Seco (that’s not a day hike).

You get to the trail entrance for Eaton Canyon via Pinecrest Drive, off Altadena Drive. Park where you can on the street. You can hike up the Mt. Wilson toll road about three miles to Henniger Flats, a great destination with a sprawling campsite, a nursery and a little museum. You can spend the night there, too. If it’s a very hot day, you’d be better off traveling early in the morning or in the cool of the afternoon. You could also hike further up the trail to Idlehour Camp and even further up the trail to Mt. Wilson. From the trail entrance, the Eaton Canyon Falls are also a popular destination, just a mile or so north of the white bridge. If you go to view the falls, stay along the river and please don’t be tempted to climb up on the crumbly cliffs. Hikers are killed or injured all the time when they attempt to scale the sides of the falls. Also note: The Eaton Canyon waterfalls is in the Angeles National Park and is not part of the jurisdiction of the Eaton Canyon Park and Natural Area located off Altadena Drive. COBB ESTATE

Drive to the top of Lake Avenue and park where you can. Hike behind the wrought iron gates and you can stroll around the large flatlands, an old estate now full of native plants and some surviving ornamentals. From here, you can also travel east and take the switchbacks for about three miles through chaparral to the historic site of Echo Mountain, where there was once a popular resort more than 70 years ago. MILLARD CANYON

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Travel north on Baldwin Avenue to Mira Monte Avenue (a block from the very top) and turn right. Park wherever you can near Mt. Wilson Trail Drive then hike up Mt. Wilson Trail Drive. You’ll see the trail entrance. This is a steep trail in sections that offers a great view. There’s a place called First Water, where you can go to the stream and relax, or just hike further up the trail until you find a spot where you want to rest before returning home. For a longer hike, continue up this trail, which eventually meets up with the Mt. Wilson toll road. There you can hike to Mt. Wilson or back down into Eaton Canyon. BAILEY CANYON

Drive north on Baldwin in Sierra Madre to Carter, go left and proceed about a half-mile to Bailey Canyon Park. You could actually just stroll around this smallish park and have a good time. It’s been planted with many of the native plants. You can hike up behind the dam into the

From Loma Alta Drive in Altadena, drive up Chaney Trail to the high point, and then drive down into the river bottom. You can park and hike upstream (to the waterfall) or downstream, where you can view old cabins and a great selection of native plants. This is a pleasant spot to spend a summer day, though parking is limited. ARROYO SECO

There are countless spots along the Arroyo Seco where you can go on short or long walks. If you’re unfamiliar with the Arroyo Seco, it’s where JPL is located at the base of the mountains, and it’s where the Rose Bowl is located. Down by Dodger Stadium is where the Arroyo Seco flows into the LA River, a cement ditch at that point. You can park around the Rose Bowl and hike as long as you wish up the east or west side of the Arroyo Seco. There are horse trails on both sides, and though you’ll see plenty of people along the way, don’t underestimate such “backyard” walks. You’ll be surprised at how rich in details and plant continued on page 20

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life such walks can be. You’ll see areas you never knew existed before you slowed down and opened your eyes. To get to the upper Arroyo, drive north on Lincoln Avenue, then west on Altadena Drive. Park wherever you can at the end of Altadena Drive (it’s a residential area). Hike down the horse trail and head north. There’s a lot of variety as you hike north and numerous side trails you could take for little exploratory diversions. If you are prepared and you have the time, you could hike deep into the Angeles National Forest. In fact, this is the west end of the Gabrielino Recreational Trail, which can eventually take you all the way to Chantry Flats after 28 miles of hiking. ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY

From the Foothill (210) Freeway, exit on Angeles Crest Highway and head north. After about 10 miles or so, you’ll get to Angeles Forest Highway. If you travel up Angeles Forest Highway, the terrain will start to look more like a desert and there are a few turnoffs where you can hike or camp. At the juncture of Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway, you can park and hike up to the old fire lookout at Josephine Peak. There’s no structure at the very top, but it’s an enjoyable hike on a trail that offers many high elevation vistas. You could also continue up Angeles Crest Highway to Red Box, where you can visit the Haramokna Indian Center on weekends. A quarter mile up the road, toward Mt. Wilson, is the beginning of the trail to Mt. Disappointment, but it’s easy to miss, so watch your odometer. ORCAS PARK

Drive west on the 210 and exit on Osborne in Lake View Terrace. This is barely a 30-minute drive west of Pasadena. Go north on Osborne, then east on Foothill Boulevard until you come to the entrance of Orcas Park. Park in the parking area and then you can explore the entire wash, which is part of the Hansen Dam area. You could actually have an invigorating, though flat, hike by doing a perimeter walk around this basin. URBAN WALKS

You don’t always need to be in the woods to enjoy a good walk. I have taken many urban hikes in the Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino and surrounding areas. Generally, I have driven to an area and then hiked in a four-or five-square-block area. Just try it and discover the hidden urban wilderness right under your nose. You’ll see homes you never noticed before and unique flora (and maybe even fauna) that’s so common here. BOOK

Get a book or map before you go and study the trails and your options. I strongly recommend John Robinson’s “Trails of the Angeles” for the local trails mentioned here. NOTES

Always go prepared when you take a hike. Dress comfortably for the season, with a hat if necessary. Carry water, since many of the trail sites don’t have any. And I strongly recommend you carry some simple emergency survival gear, such as a knife, a fire starter, a cell phone and first-aid kit. ■ Christopher Nyerges, author of “Enter the Forest,” “How to Survive Anywhere” and other books, teaches survival skills and hiking at Pasadena City College. He also conducts year-round wild food and self-reliance field trips through the School of Self-reliance. Contact him at PO Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041, or ChristopherNyerges.com. 20 | P A S A D E N A

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WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213) 972-3550 THE OLD MILL 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino 3 (626) 449-5458 Calphil.org June 30 & July 14 & July 28 & Aug. 11 & Aug. 25 – Festival on the Green July 1 & July 15 & July 29 & Aug. 12 & Aug. 26 – Walt Disney Concert Hall TBA – The Old Mill PASADENA SYMPHONY & POPS 117 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-7172 pasadenasymphony-pops.org All concerts on the lawn adjacent to Rose Bowl June 16 – They’re Playing Our Song with Lucie Arnaz & Robert Klein July 21 – Michael Feinstein in Concert Aug. 18 – La Dolce Vita with pop opera group Poperazzi Sept. 8 – Gershwin on the Green with Kevin Cole SUMMER JAZZ SERIES AT DESCANSO GARDENS 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge (818) 949-4200 descansogardens.org

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GRAND PERFORMANCES 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213) 687-2159 Grandperformances.org LEVITT PAVILION 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena (Memorial Park) (626) 683-3230 Levittpavilionpasadena.org

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THINK THE BUFFOONS RUNNING FOR OFFICE THESE DAYS ARE totally hopeless? Imagine having to pick between Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis while deciding who you want as your senator — a choice offered to comedic effect in “The Campaign” (Aug. 10). Looking for outrageous premises in your films? Well, how about a movie in which a teddy bear comes to life — not as a sweet and cuddly friend for kiddies, but as a drinking, swearing, pot-smoking sex machine that serves as your id gone wild? Then head to see “Ted” (July 13), the live-action debut feature from writer-director Seth MacFarlane, creator of FOX TV’s animated hit “Family Guy.” Or what if your kid went missing with her boyfriend and you rounded up a posse that included Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Edward Norton to go find them? These are just three of the promising films being shipped to theaters this summer, the hottest movie-going season of the year. Yet, while countless other movies will offer mindless escape over the next three months (here’s looking at you, “Battleship”) or are hopelessly rehashed takes on the same old ideas like “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a new take on the Spider-Man comics coming out July 13, launching just five years after the last “SpiderMan” trilogy ran its course in theaters. Here are seven more films that seem to break the mold and offer a Top 10 of Originality this summer, in order of their scheduled release: 1.) “The Dictator” (May 16): After duping stupid Americans into believing (and participating in) ridiculously raunchy behavior with “Borat” and “Bruno,” British comic genius Sacha Baron Cohen is making his first truly narrative and fictional American film with this one. He plays a Gadhafi-style dictator of a fictional Middle Eastern country who inadvertently raises hell when he comes to the US for a diplomatic visit and proceeds to smash his way through our system of customs and laws — while also falling in love with a highly liberal woman (Anna Faris) who clearly won’t be part of his 72-virgin harem upon death. 2.) “Moonrise Kingdom” (May 25): After making a brilliant foray into stopmotion animation with “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” quirky director Wes Anderson returns with a live action film that looks to continue his string of unique classics, such as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Rushmore.” In this one, another great ensemble cast — including Anderson vet Bill Murray as well as Anderson first-timers Edward Norton and Bruce Willis — shines while teaming up to catch a preteen couple that’s run away from summer camp together. cont i nued on page 3 4

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GOODMAN FAMILY DAYCARE Jacqueline Goodman is the proud owner of the Goodman Family Day Care Preschool, which serves the San Marino and Pasadena area. In 2010, her program was named "The Best Preschool Day Care in Pasadena" in the Pasadena Weekly. She has volunteered and served in her community most of her life serving as church Bible school teacher, PTA member, Girl Scout Troop assistant leader, National Charity League board member, working with the homeless, with senior citizen programs and on the Junior League of Pasadena, and this is a short list of accomplishments! Call Jacqueline for more information on her Summer Camp Program at (626) 578-1815. HIGH POINT ACADEMY High Point Academy will be offering a number of enrichment classes, including edible art, classic American cinema, community action, mock trial, rock climbing, forensic science, time travel adventures, drama, cooking, puppetry, woodworking, photography, jewelry, sports and more! Our summer school continues to offer options for incoming kindergarteners during the summer. High Point Academy, 1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road, Pasadena. Call (626) 798-8989 or visit highpointacademy.org INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT IEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our nation's most talented young people in pursuing their full academic and personal potential while promoting academic rigor, high standards, excellence in the arts and educational innovation. IEA initiatives foster intellectual curiosity, the acquisition of knowledge, confidence, creativity, responsibility and moral decisiveness. The following programs are available: Apprenticeship Program, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, IEA/h-bar Academy & Yunasa Summer Camp for the Gifted. (High Potential Pre-School Program is currently in development). Visit www.educationaladvancement.org for more information on these and other programs and services. THE INSTITUTE FOR GIRLS’ DEVELOPMENT An empowering summer of workshops for girls and young women! Mind, Body, Spirit, Friendship (Grades 3-5): Fun art, dance & skills! Be R.E.A.L. (Relationships: Extraordinary, Authentic, Loving): Middle school girls gain great friendship tools. Teen SoulCollage®: Foolproof creativity in authentic self-expression. Teen Writers Workshop: Nobody will believe it until you write it. Teen Yoga & Mindfulness: De-stress your body & brain. Workshops take place in our beautiful historic building, off of the 210 freeway on the edge of old Town. 95 N. Marengo Ave., Ste. 100, Pasadena 91101. (626) 585-8075, ext 108. www.InstititueForGirlsDevelopment.com JOY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL Joy Christian Preschool has open enrollment year round for 2 year olds to kindergarten. Our summer program is from June to Aug. Our hours of operation all year are Monday to Friday 6:30am to 6:00pm. We look forward to hearing from you. 425 N. Sierra Madre Villa Ave. Pasadena (626) 795-4608 www.JoyChristianPreschool.org JUSTINE SHERMAN & ASSOCIATES, INC. Justine Sherman & Associates serves the speech-language and educational needs of individuals throughout the greater San Gabriel Valley community. We design customized treatment plans with personalized measurable goals achieved through individual therapy sessions or classes conducted by our certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and supervised aids. Our collaborative relationship with families, educators and health care professionals ensures the best opportunity for client success and supports our philosophy of holistic treatment. www.justineshermanslp.com or (626)355-1729 KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Kidspace Children’s Museum proudly presents the Grand Opening of Physics Forest, July 12, 2012. Physics Forest is Kidspace’s largest expansion since opening the new space in 2004. Explore this outdoor, interactive world of physics, featuring 13 new and exciting hands-on exhibits, designed to inspire children to be the innovators and creators of tomorrow. From ball drop launchers, giant levers, and swiveling kaleidoscopes, there will be activities to touch, teach, and ignite children’s love of science. At Kidspace Children’s Museum, discover science, explore nature, create art - your adventure awaits! Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org. LA CAÑADA PREPARATORY La Cañada Preparatory focuses on each student’s needs through an individualized curriculum. Low teacher-to-student ratios have led to outstanding results with students learning at an accelerated pace. Classroom work is accompanied by enrichment programs that include art, music, Spanish, computer science, physical education and the performing arts. Each campus features a state-of-theart computer lab along with a fully equipped art room. La Cañada Preparatory, 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit thelearningcastle.com. LA MUSIC ACADEMY Founded in 1996, the LA Music Academy College of Music is regarded as one of the premiere music schools in the world for students who desire an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the school offers AA degrees and diplomas in music production (music producer major) and music performance for drums, bass, vocals or guitar (guitar performance major and artist development emphasis). LA Music Academy, 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Visit lamusicacademy.edu or call (626) 5688850 or (800) 960-4715 (US only). LINEAGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Lineage Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is a community hub offering specialized dance classes, theatre, music and dance performances, fundraising events, film screenings and more. LPAC is home to the Lineage Dance Company, a contemporary dance company dedicated to raising support and awareness for nonprofit organizations and making the arts accessible to all. Join us all summer for special classes, events and performances for the whole family! LPAC is at 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena. Call (626) 844-7008 or visit www.lineagedance.org. LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS Los Angeles Children’s Chorus provides quality choral music instruction to young people ages 6-18. Check out what LACC is all about at an OPEN HOUSE on April 28th, 11am-12pm, and experience the Concert Choir at a free SOUTH AFRICA TOUR SEND-OFF CONCERT on July 1st, 7pm. Also in July, LACC

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offers First Experiences in Singing—a small group class in vocal and musical development for ages 6-7. 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101, www.lachildrenschorus.org, (626) 793-4231. MARANATHA HIGH SCHOOL One summer … 3 great programs! Sharpen your academic or athletic skills, or pursue your dream of performing on Broadway! Maranatha High School is offering 3 diverse programs for students 4th – 12th grade. Summer Academy (grades 7-12) offers a variety of academic courses. Challenge Camps (grades 4-9) help kids develop their athletic skills while training with high school coaches. “So You Wanna Go to Broadway” gives students (grades 7-9) the chance to audition and appear in a theatrical performance. For information, visit www.maranatha-hs.org/summer. OJAI WINE FESTIVAL Come soak in the beauty of Lake Casitas while participating in one of the most enjoyable wine festivals in California on Sunday, June 10, at the Ojai Wine Festival. Wine and beer tasting, food, live music and dancing, arts and crafts vendors, free boat rides, a premiere Wine by the Glass Lounge and a silent wine auction are just some of the fun you can experience at our 26th annual event. Visit ojaiwinefestival.com. PASADENA CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET Tuesdays — Villa Parke Center Saturdays — Victory Park Enjoy fresh local fruits, vegetables and farm products! If you have never been to a Farmers Market, you are in for a real treat.You'll love the experience of buying directly from the farmer that grows the food. What you'll love even more is the fresh, delicious taste of locally grown, nutritious fruits, vegetables and farm products. Our certified vendors only sell what they grow. Or, to put it another way, they won't sell you anything that they did not grow.You know where your food came from and who grew it for you! The market is cash only, and we accept EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer). Open rain or shine. Call (626) 449-0179 or visit pasadenafarmersmarket.org. PASADENA DANCE THEATRE Pasadena Dance Theatre offers two summer intensive programs. From June 11-22, PDT’s Advanced Intensive is a pre-professional program designed for serious dance students ages 14-18. Students are admitted by audition only. From July 2-27, the Conservatory Intensive is for students between 8-18 years of age with varying technical levels. PDT’s faculty is comprised of experienced professionals with years of teaching experience. Curriculum includes: hip-hop, ballet, jazz, Pilates, pointe, contemporary, repertoire, and, classical ballet and Ballet for Boys. Visit: www.pasadenadance.org or call (626) 683-3459. PASADENA LANGUAGE CENTER Learn Arabic, Armenian, ASL, Cantonese, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. We offer small group classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Our language programs include weekly and weekend immersion lessons or private instruction. Our classes are affordable so anyone can learn a new language. Pasadena Language Center, 46 Smith Alley, Suite 240, Pasadena. Call (626) 844-5003 or visit pasadenalanguage.com. PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY Spend your summer at the library! We have something for all ages from storytimes for little ones to activities for children, teens, adults and families. Our annual Summer Reading Club for children and teens runs from June 9 to August 4. Going on a road trip? Check out our eBook and audio book selection. Taking a staycation? Pick up a DVD from our Media Box to enjoy at home. Visit www.pasadenapubliclibrary.net. PEANUT GALLERY IMPROV This is your opportunity to break out of your shell, and participate in classes that are more fun than you can imagine! PGI is a space where adults and kids develop skills in the performing arts which include improv, acting, voice, and music. If you've never performed on stage before or you're a seasoned professional, try one of these classes and you'll be wanting more! This program teaches kids anti-bullying techniques, self esteem and team building skills. Check out our website for our calendar of classes and summer camps. www.peanutgalleryimprov.com 626-453-6408. 3750 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite A, Pasadena. PRO FITNESS NETWORK At Pro Fitness Network we offer personal training and Pilates. Choose from one-on-one sessions or our lower priced small group sessions (with just 3 clients, for just $30 a session!). Your program is always customized for your needs. We also offer weight loss, Acupuncture and massage. Our massage therapists specialize in techniques for the relief of muscle related pain such as sore back, frozen shoulder, chronic pain and sport injuries. We will work on your problem area to restore your muscles to optimal performance. Pro Fitness Network, 183 E. Glenarm Street # 101, 107 & 108, Pasadena, CA 91105. (626) 7997243. www.profitnessnetwork.com PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL Providence High School is located right next door to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. We offer a full college prep program including, media, medical, and technology focus programs. PHS equips students with the self-confidence and perseverance to succeed academically and socially. We are offering a summer program which includes academic and enrichment classes. Here at PHS, you will find out what inspires you! Please contact Reece Talley for details at reece.talley@providencehigh.org (818) 846-8141 Ext. 406. THE SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD – SUMMER BOOT CAMP Spend part of your summer at The Second City Hollywood! Work out your creative energies, make new friends, learn improv, sketch and musical improv, all while having loads of fun and laughs! 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PET FRIENDLY FUN TRAVELING WITH ANIMALS TAKES A LITTLE EXTRA PLANNING AND RESEARCH By Jana J. Monji

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Never assume that your dog — even a lap dog in a carrying bag — is welcome. It always surprises me that people audaciously bring their little pooches into places like Nordstrom without a second thought. Don’t give dog owners a bad name. Dogs are usually welcome at your local pet stores, but not at all parks. Don’t be a road warrior. Your dog has needs, and if it gets restless, find a place to park and take a stretch. If you have a nervous animal, prepare now by enrolling in doggie socialization classes and learn how to crate your pet. A dog that’s used to strangers and strange situations around your home and the local park will do much better than a dog that is regularly confined to a backyard. Our dogs take daily trips to the park and occasional forays to Caltech and other places. They are supposed to sit and stay when meeting people. The older dog has passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test. At home, we have sturdy plastic crates. For travel, we invested in collapsible crates that pack easily in the back of our car. Collapsible crates are made of tough canvas but might not be an option if you dog is a chewer. If you have to leave your dog briefly in your hotel room, if it’s crated, you don’t have to worry about property destruction or a staff member inadvertently letting it out. We also have our dogs trained to sit in the back of the car with their safety belt/harness. Should there be an accident, you don’t want your dog thrown continued on page 32

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out of the car. There are some safety devices for smaller dogs that function more like a cross between a child safety seat and a soft crate. I haven’t tried any of these, but that’s another option. There are several Web sites that list dog-friendly hotels, motels, restaurants and beaches, such as DogFriendly.com, BringFido.com, Petswelcome.com and GoPetFriendly.com. Be sure to check ahead, because some hotels only have a few rooms available for dogs or have a weight restriction. There might also be an additional fee. Then there’s misleading advertising. One boutique San Diego-county hotel advertised a nature walk and acres of beautiful lawns. The nature trail was a short 5-minute walk around their pool, and you couldn’t walk on those open fields — by yourself or with your dog, unless you were golfing. On the bright side, we found an extended stay hotel in Las Vegas that was a short drive from the strip that had a nice lawn in the middle of the complex and was next door to a park on a road that wasn’t too busy. Motel 6 and La Quinta are also two pet-friendly hotels, but what they offer can differ depending upon the location. ■

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through empirically researched and validated instructional methods. With 20+ years of combined educational practice, credentialed teachers and licensed educational professionals, we work to improve your child’s skills in academics, conceptualization, creativity and comprehension.Through SMLC, you can encourage the development of your child’s achievement. 38 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC Grammy® Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music presents its Summer Festival at The Huntington. From July 14 – August 26, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm, SCM offers lush programs under the summer stars, with French Impressionist and French-influenced composers, inspired by the 100th Anniversary of famous cookbook author and chef, Pasadenaborn Julia Child. The Huntington Tea Room Executive Chef Jon Dubrick has prepared special pre-concert dinner menus influenced by Julia's recipes or bring a picnic dinner. For more information and to order dinner and concert tickets visit www.swmusic.org or call (800)726-7147. SPACE – SOUTH PASADENA ARTS CENTER Change your life today by exploring the world of art. Classes feature unique hands-on projects, experienced teachers and small class sizes. We offer workshops and classes for children and adults, including painting, drawing, collages, mixed media, ceramics, creative writing, photography and more.The South Pasadena Arts Center is at 1506 Mission St., South Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 441-4788 or visit spaceartscenter.com. SPARTAN ALLSTARS Spartan Allstars is a summer sports day camp held at La Canada High School in La Canada. Camp is designed to introduce a broad range of sports and activities to campers, teach children the value of cooperative team sports, encourage individual excellence, and value the spirit of healthy competition and sportsmanship. Our expert staff will modify activities to enhance the individual skill level of both the novice and seasoned camper. Camp is open to incoming 1st-6th graders. The Junior Counselor program is available to 7th-9th graders who want to gain work and leadership experience while working alongside an expert coach. www.spartanallstars.com 818-445-8263 SUMMER ART ACADEMY Cooking Camp returns to La Cañada High School this Summer! Starting June 18th, the Cooking Academy invites your kids to take an exciting culinary journey during our various one-week summer Cooking Camp sessions, each taught by experienced Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs. Classes will fill quickly as it is our second year in La Cañada! This is also the first year that Cooking Camp is offering classes for adults on Friday and Saturday nights beginning June 22nd and 23rd. Enroll in both delicious programs online at summerartacademy.com and create a freshly baked family memory today! Call us at (866) 507-COOK for more information! SUPERCAMP SuperCamp increases, grades, confidence & motivation. Academic pressure to stand out. Social pressure to fit in. It’s not easy being a teen. Bobbi DePorter created SuperCamp 30 years ago to help kids succeed in learning and life. Straight A or struggling, kids build confidence and grow. SuperCamp works. Parent Patty M. says,“We saw a jump in grades … the things she learned about her worth are of lasting value.” Visit www.supercamp.com or call 1-800-285-3276. TOM SAWYER CAMPS Tom Sawyer Camps is one of the pioneers in youth camping in Southern California. The camp maintains the strong commitment that every child should experience carefree, constructive activities in the out-of-doors like Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. Positive reinforcement from caring adults, the thrill of horseback riding and the chance to go out and get dirty are some of the reasons that thousands of children reflect upon their Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher experience with food and happy memories. Visit tomsawyercamps.com or call (626) 794-1156. WALDEN SCHOOL Join us for an exciting summer of water play, obstacle courses, talent and fashion shows, crafts, pool parties, barbeques, science projects, and most thrilling of all, your very own appearance in the Annual Walden Summer Camp Film. Students will explore, create, and learn while enjoying all of the summer activities that allow children to excel and grow in a nurturing, non-competitive atmosphere. At Camp Walden, a child's natural wonder is cultivated with creative, child-led activities and projects. Campers will savor a meaningful summer experience and craft extraordinary camp memories. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.waldenschool.net or call 626-792-6166

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3.) “Rock of Ages” (June 15): The smash Broadway rock musical adapted for the big screen, this movie has a bevy of superstars stepping out of their comfort zones (including Tom Cruise in assless chaps and Alec Baldwin in a mullet) to sing the ’80s’ most ridiculous hair-metal classic tunes in the midst of a tale of stars rising and falling in the late-’80s LA music world. 4.) “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (June 22): This is based on a ridiculous bestselling book that mashed up historic fiction with a zombie horror story, but I don’t know much about this one. The concept alone makes this a must-see for me. 5.) “Savages” (July 6): Once-legendary, now-lame writer-director Oliver Stone (“Platoon,” “Wall Street”) hopes for a comeback with this sex, drugs and violence-laden Quentin Tarantino-style crime film based on a hit novel of Don Winslow. In it, two young California drug dealers launch a war on a Mexican drug cartel led by Salma Hayek and Benicio del Toro after the cartel kidnaps a girlfriend of one of the dealers. That’s one girl who both guys are involved with, completely aware of the share. Told you this was out there. 6.) “Sparkle” (Aug. 17): This is the movie that Whitney Houston filmed a mere three months before her tragic February death. It’s a remake of a 1976 cult classic, with Houston playing the protective mother of a young rising singer (played by former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks) while battling her own demons of addiction. The parallels to Houston’s own struggles, combined with the curiosity factor of how Houston handled herself on-screen, will bring out plenty of curious viewers in addition to genuine Houston fans seeking one last chance to see her shine. 7.) And finally … “Expendables 2” (Aug. 17): Yes, I know I promised to focus on original films instead of sequels, but as a red-blooded American male, I have to mention this one. Sylvester Stallone follows up his triumphant 2010 action-fest, which had him sharing the big screen with his legendary ’80s rivals, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, for the first time (albeit with both in mere cameos), with a new adventure that places all three men squarely together in large ass-kicking roles. And as if that wasn’t fan boy heaven already, Stallone answers the complaints of the first film’s fans by adding Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude van Damme to a mix that already included Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren. Can a mere movie screen contain that much firepower? ■ 34 | P A S A D E N A

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