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  • Looking back at a 2003 Spiel des Jahres winner - Alhambra
    Looking back at a 2003 Spiel des Jahres winner - Alhambra
    This one - the multi-award-winning Alhambra - is a game that has not come under my literary scrutiny, primarily because until recently, I have never owned a copy. It's a game that I've played and enjoyed for many years and each year,...
  • TORF grant recipients
    Tournament of Roses Foundation awards $100,000 to 28 local non-profits
    Six first-time winners are among the 28 recipients of grants from the Tournament of Roses Foundation for 2014, awarded at a reception on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Tournament House. Pres. Nancy Neal Davis distributed checks totaling $100,000 to 28...
  • South Pasadena, Alhambra, Torrance, LA, Beverly Hills shine in 2014 Rose Parade
    South Pasadena, Alhambra, Torrance, LA, Beverly Hills shine in 2014 Rose Parade
    Even when they don’t bring home trophies, Rose Parade floats sponsored by cities contribute a great deal of pride to the community. They represent a slice of the city’s life and outlook, and plenty to delight the eye of viewers on the...
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    Visit the Alhambra in Granada, Spain
    "A pearl set in emeralds," is a memorable line of Moorish poetry describing Granada, Spain's magnificent poetry in stone and gardens known to the world as the Alhambra. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Alhambra began as a fort...
  • Rose Parade floats promote hometowns and fantasy destinations
    Rose Parade floats promote hometowns and fantasy destinations
    The Downey Rose Float Association visited an English fairy garden with “Dew Drop By,” while the City of Alhambra, Calif. took2013 Rose Parade viewers to Granada, Spain. Whether through daydreams in a backyard hammock or via Radiator...
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    Board Game Review: Alhambra
    My board game group decided to get together for a bonus night last night. My friend Michael had recently purchased Alhambra, published by Queen Games. Alhambra won the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) in 2003. In my opinion, any game that wins...
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    Southern California cities get a boost from Rose Parade entries
    Civic pride and an opportunity to show off the history and beauty of their hometowns is reason enough for Southern California cities to form Tournament of Roses float associations and raise money and volunteer hours for entries in the Rose Parade...
  • Alhambra in play - Blue player's prespective
    Alhambra - simple mechanics combined with a solid amount of strategy
    Alhambrais a board game for two to five players. It has a very simple set of base mechanics which is combined with a solid amount of strategy that will keep gamers coming back time and again.Alhambra was originally released in Germany where it won...
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    Rose Parade floats: Cities display icons and promote the American dream
    Every year, cities in the Los Angeles area use the Rose Parade as way to bring their community together and have fun designing and building a float that reflects their town. Awards are icing on the cake.Some cities copy iconic buildings or...
  • Good old fashioned ice cream:  Fosselman's in Alhambra
    Good old fashioned ice cream: Fosselman's in Alhambra
    There’s nothing like licking an ice cream cone on a hot summer day to make you feel better. In fact, licking an ice cream cone any day of the week would bring a smile to your face! If you live in Alhambra, then you already know about...
  • Shandong beef roll
    101 Noodle Express: It's all about the beef roll
    If you live on the East side aka East L.A., but more specifically Alhambra, you have probably passed by 101 Noodle Express thousands of times as you cruised down Valley Boulevard right before you hit New Avenue as you head east. It’s located...
  • Fireworks
    Free Fireworks in Alhambra - July 4, 2011
    Feeling patriotic? Watch "the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air" - a.k.a. free fireworks - on July 4th, at 9PM in Alhambra's Almansor Park.Due to budget cuts, many of the usual places (Marina Del Rey!), can't afford to...
  • A two-item combination at U2 BBQ
    Field trip: Chinese barbecue in East LA
    For a city its size Tucson offers an unusually broad range of "ethnic" restaurants, but there are still things we can't get here. Although this is possibly the best place for those looking for a real Mexican taco on this side of the...
  • It's a Wonderful Life: a Love Radio Play
    Alhambra, It’s A Wonderful Life – a live radio play
    The scene is Bedford Falls in 1948. George Bailey, a small town banker with big dreams, sacrifices his own ambitions for those around him, continually showing kindness throughout his life. After a devastating mishap he must try to realize that...