Pictured: Dickens Village holiday festival lights up Sierra Madre

 
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Sierra Madre held its annual Dickens Village holiday festival on Saturday in the city’s charming downtown shopping district.
In Kersting Court, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony was followed by the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Is there a town better suited to the glow of holiday cheer? Unlikely, we say.
For unique holiday gifting in Sierra Madre, visit the boutiques we featured in our February Shop the Block spread: Attitude! and La Bella Rouge, for women’s clothing and accessories; B.la, for stationery and stocking stuffers; and Savor the Flavor, for gourmet goodies.
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Shop the block: Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture, 1020 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Bellini’s domain encompasses all types of furniture for babies and children, and the boutique on Mission Street is filled with exquisite cribs in decorated display vignettes.
Here you’ll find the perfect gift for a baby shower or for your own little one, from elegant armoires for storing away diapers and wipes to stylish, pint-size hair accessories by Sweet Caroline.
A portable playhouse for the whole family, the Makai Sport Hut is a lightweight, collapsible tent that pops open right where you need shade. The hut fits a family of four and comes in bold, cheerful colors.
Bellini is a chain retailer, but the South Pasadena store is populated with friendly locals who’ll remind you how welcoming it can be to shop in a charming town.
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Role-playing at JPL: Send your name to Mars and build your own space mission without leaving home

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As part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, you can now send your name on a microchip to Mars. That’s right: This is your (probably only) chance to go to Mars, even if only in name.
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The Mars Science Laboratory rover, which will be exploring the red planet to determine if its environment is habitable, heads to Mars in 2011. Your name could be there, or be … not on Mars.
Less real, but with even more interactive fun for you and the kidlets: Build your own space mission on the JPL Web site.
You get to:
  • Design your Mii-like scientist/engineer
  • Equip your laboratory with data-capturing devices
  • Choose an orbiter or rover as your spacecraft
  • Outfit it with more information-gathering instruments
  • Select a destination like Mars, Saturn, its moon Titan or Earth
  • Launch your rocket — with a countdown and everything
  • Study your destination and collect data and samples to send back to Earth
And, at the end of it all, NASA always requests that you build a new mission! How’s that for positive reinforcement? (And, no, I have not played it three times already today.)
That’s me, below, in my casual-Friday look. I actually use two of those three instruments in my real-life job.
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Jumping Jellyfish children’s boutique makes the leap to One Colorado

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Jumping Jellyfish is featured in our fall issue, and, as of press time for the magazine, the children’s boutique was nearing a transition from its shop on Fair Oaks up to the One Colorado complex. Well, the leap has leapt. The new address is below.

Above and below, check out some of the achingly adorable finds you’ll be able to nab there. It’s sugar, spice, everything nice. (The photos were taken at the former location.)

34 Hugus Alley, One Colorado
(626) 578-1838
www.jumpingjellyfishkids.com

Follow Jumping Jellyfish on Twitter.

(Photos by Keith Birmingham)

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