Found: A home for the International Banana Museum collection, formerly of Altadena


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AOL News is reporting today that the 17,000-piece International Banana Museum collection has found a home, after being cast into proverbial exile by the Hesperia Recreation & Parks District, which decided it needed back its rent-free city space.

The museum was first opened in Altadena by “Top Banana” Ken Bannister. It’s been in Hesperia since 2005.

(The photo of Bannister, above, was taken in 1998 in Altadena. He’s holding a banana putter.)

More photos — and the new home of the International Banana Museum — after the jump.


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Quick! Groupon discount on Gamble House tours


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If your friends haven’t yet turned you on to Groupon, maybe they’re not such great friends.

Groupon is a collective of sorts offering daily deals in various communities, including around Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Today’s deal features the historic Gamble House in Pasadena. Through Groupon, you can now purchase two tickets to a one-hour tour of the Gamble House at Westmoreland Place in Pasadena for only $10, a $25 value. Once you purchase your Groupon, you have until July 7 to redeem. This deal is only good toward the 2 p.m. docent-guided tours, which take place Thursday-Sunday and require a reservation at least one week in advance.

For more details on this deal, log on to the Groupon site and join, if you haven’t already done so.

There’s less than six hours to take advantage of this deal, so get to it and sign up. And don’t forget to spread the word to your true friends.

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Women in space: Two astronauts have ties to Pasadena area

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There are a record-setting four women currently in space — two of them with ties to the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area — and we wanted to know more about these trailblazing astronauts.

As the Associated Press reported, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a native of Arcadia, was aboard a Russian rocket last week when it blasted off with two Russian cosmonauts en route to the International Space Station.


And Stephanie D. Wilson, formerly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caada Flintridge, was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as it launched on Monday.

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Nose Diving: Good taste runs in the Family Winemakers sampling in Pasadena


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Nose Diving is a new feature column, in which a novice wine writer fumbles toward grace.


I’m standing just outside the Pasadena Convention Center, cursing my five-inch heels.

There’s a lot of ground to cover here, but grumbling at a time like this seems indecent; it’s not often I have the good fortune to sample wines from more than 200 California wineries.

Even better is that I’ve lucked into riding sidecar with the owners of South Lake Avenue’s Wine Detective as they negotiate their way through the Family Winemakers of California trade tasting.

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All Pasadena, all the time: Follow Rose Magazine on Twitter

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We’re back from the crucible of deadline and ever-so-pleased to announce that this month’s issue of Rose Magazine will be hitting stands very soon on April 14.
Now that the magazine has been put to bed, expect to see a lot more activity from us on this blog. (Hooray!)
And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too, where we hand-curate the best and most important picks from Pasadena-area arts, culture, science and news.