Happy Holiday Events and More from WISPPA

Next WISPPA Meeting: Saturday, January 6th. Chris Holden, California Assemblymember, will be our guest speaker. He will speak at 9AM and business portion of meeting will follow.
INFORMATION OF INTEREST: Please note that all events listed in this newsletter are for informational purposes only. ​It does not imply endorsement or specific support by WISPPA, unless stated otherwise.
  • SPHS Production Almost Maine. WISPPA members attended a performance last Sunday and had a great time! The play is funny and poignant and the students are very talented. There are still two performances left – Friday Dec 8 and Saturday Dec 10. See picture of WISPPA group at http://www.wisppa.org/community-events.html.
  • Want to give back during the holidays? 

    • The South Pasadena Fire Department is proud to continue the partnership with ABC7, fellow Southern California Firefighters and newcomers, the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. Donations of unwrapped toys can be dropped off at various locations: South Pasadena Fire Department lobby 7 days a week between the hours of 7 am – 8 pm; South Pasadena South Pasadena Police Department lobby & City Hall during normal business hours.
    • South Pasadena Senior Center is collecting gift cards, packaged cookies and candy to create meaningful, cheerful and tasty gift baskets for elders who are isolated and homebound. Donations will be accepted at the Senior Center from December 1 – 15. Call 626-403-7360 for more info.
    • Options for Learning will be collecting new toys, canned food and more – they will have a box for donations at Priority One Credit Union through the holiday season.
  • 2018 Winter Recreation Class Online Registration – Now Open! Classes for all ages and interests are available, giving unique opportunities to discover a new skill, passion, or experience! Gor more information go to http://www.southpasadenaca.gov/index.aspx?page=446
LIST OF EVENTS: Go to http://www.wisppa.org/upcoming-events.html for updates in between newsletters.
Wine and Song Series Wednesdays at 7pm – $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30. For more info, go to wineandsong.com/schedule Arroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
Jazz at the Blue Guitar – Thursdays at 7:30pm $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30. For more info, go to www.blueguitar.club Arroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
SPHS Drama Department Almost Maine Friday Dec. 8th, Saturday Dec, 9th. It is hilarious, it is sad, heartbreaking; it’s sort of a romantic comedy but in the best way. It’s people who are full of pain and longing who end up falling in love and it’s beautiful when it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. The audience is going to love it.” For more info, go to https://southpasadenan.com/nick-hoffa-new-direction-for-sphs-drama/. Also, to see article in the South Pasadenan, click here.
Elf Jr., The Musical Through December 17 – THREE WEEKENDS ONLY! Presented by Young Stars Theatre Tickets $25 – GALA Performances $30. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. For more info, tickets and times of performances, click here.
Paint and Pinot Step by step instruction, easy for any skill level Twice Monthly, 5 – 7pm All art materials + wine and snacks are included $50/person. SugarMynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave South Pasadena. For more info, go to ​www.sugarmynt.com/paint-pinot
League of Women Voters Pasadena Area is hosting its annual holiday party and friend-raiser onFriday, December 8 from 3-7 p.m. at the Women’s City Club. For more information and to RSVP visit the League’s website.
Breakfast with Santa December 9 at 9:00 am to 11:30 am Santa is coming to town! Our annual Breakfast with Santa event is fun for the whole family! We will have crafts, music, and a tasty hot breakfast. Parents, make sure to have your camera ready, Santa will be available for photos! Please plan to arrive early; doors will close at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person, children under 2 are free. Everyone in attendance must have a ticket. Pre-registration will begin November 1st, spaces are limited. Register online, or at the Recreation Division office at 815 Mission Street, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. War Memorial Building 435 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena Beautiful Winter Garden Tour Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 noon. Celebrate the season with a private tour and holiday treats and drinks. Fundraiser for SPB beautification projects. The Vega-Avecedo Garden 1628 Camden Parkway. Tickets are $20 and are available on the SPB website or at the door.
Deck the Walls ~ Small Works by Big Artists Opening Reception Saturday, December 9 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Laurie Hendricks Gallery
1504 Mission St., South Pasadena
TEDx Salon Talk “Connection and Communication” featuring speakers Ben Elbaum, Amanda Estavez, and Archer Willems. Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $3 for SPHS students and $5 for non students. To reserve your ticket, email sphsmediators@gmail.com with your name and number of tickets. Talk will be held in the South Pasadena High School Library.
Christmas Mission Market/Alternative Christmas Market Sunday December 10 at 11:30. Unusual shopping opportunity: Represented will be a wide variety of worthy causes – a shopper makes a donation to any of them in the name of or in honor of a friend and is given a handwritten card to give the honoree. Calvary Presbyterian Church 1050 Fremont.
Pavilions Project Community Meeting Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena
Rep. Chris Holden’s Holiday Open House and Shoe Drive, Tuesday, December 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Share good company with fellow community members and participate in our annual shoe drive. We are partnering with Shoes That Fit, a local charity that provides shoes and socks to children in need. Last year we collected over 200 pairs of shoes and socks! You are invited to make a difference in a child’s life this year by donating a new pair of athletic shoes and/or socks (in youth size 10 through adult size 12). While here, you can learn about my legislative priorities and services offered through my district office. Entertainment will be provided by the John Tirabasso Youth Jazz Ensemble.41st Assembly District Office, 600 North Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena 91107. RSVP to 626 351-1917 or www.asmdc.org/holden
ChamberCoffeeChat at SPTOR Float Building Site Thursday, December 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This is a free event, coffee and pastries/donuts/food provided by SPTOR. Get a sneak peek at the float, and the SPTOR team will talk about the float. War Memorial Bldg.
SPARC Holiday Ornament Workshop Thursday, December 14, 6-9 pm SPARC is hosting our 2nd Annual Holiday Party in partnership with Bullseye Glass Resource Center LA. While you enjoy food, drinks, and good friends, you also will be able to participate in their Ornaments in Kiln-glass class. Bull’s Eye will have staff on hand to guide you through two different fun and educational projects in its studio. They’ll be heated in kilns and pieces will be available for pick up a few days later. The Ornaments Workshop is limited to the first 75 people to register! Space is LIMITED, so RSVP to reserve your spot! Bullseye Glass Resource Center Los Angeles is located at 143 Pasadena Avenue, South Pasadena. We look forward to seeing you! Click here to register.
Embroidery Workshop Saturday Dec. 21 3 PM – 5 PM $40 includes materials, snacks, and beverages. Learn the basics of embroidery or practice what you already know and customize a mini hoop with your favorite holiday design. These decorative hoops can be hung as ornaments for the tree or around the house. To sign up, email hendricksgallery@gmail.com. LAURIE HENDRICKS GALLERY, 1504 Mission Street
SPTOR Crunch Time Party Friday, December 29 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. War Memorial Building 435 Fair Oaks Ave. – South Pasadena
Events. Click here for more info. Tickets are $40 a person.
Series of music concerts produced by the Pascale Music Institute (formerly the South Pasadena Strings Program) sponsored by the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. The concerts will include a variety of music from Classical to Jazz and will be held the first Sunday of the month (2017-2018) at the Clubhouse. Professional musicians from the LA Philharmonic and students and faculty of the Institute will perform. Proceeds benefit the Club’s historic Building Restoration Fund. Admission donation requested ($10 adults; $5 students) Details in the flyer below followed by the concert program.
M. Flandia: A Newly Discovered Society of Strong Women and Helpful Men Runs throughJanuary 5 SPARC Gallery @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Gallery hours: BY APPOINTMENT: CALL 626-789-5605 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena www.sopasartscouncil.org
Special Screening of the Award Winning Documentary “SANDS OF SILENCE: Waves Of Courage” Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Also – Q&A with Director Chelo Alvarez-Stehle and Survivor Virginia Isaias. Sponsored by WISPPA, The South Pasadena Library, The League of Women Voters – Pasadena, The Rotary Club of South Pasadena, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Carrie Adrian Cuban and Latin American Fine Art, Holy Family Church, The Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, NWPC Pasadena Area, and Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena. Location: South Pasadena Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Women’s March LA Saturday, January 20 For more info, go to https://womensmarchla.org
Let it snow! The Community Services Department will host the 3rd annual “Snow Day” event.Join us on Saturday, January 20 from 11 am to 3 pm at Garfield Park. We will have sled runs, snow play, crafts, and our Tot Land area for younger children will also be available. Subject to availability, wristbands will be sold for $15 day of the event. Children under 2 years are free with one paid adult. Each wristband is good for 45 minutes of access to snow play and sled runs, there will be four 45 minute sessions. You can select your session on-line, www.southpasadenaca.gov/events . If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Recreation office, 626-403-7380.
Women’s Roundtable Planned Parenthood: 2018 Challenges with Speaker Julianne Hines January 25 from5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Julianne Hines is the executive director of planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley. The Women’s Roundtable is a collaboration among LWV-PA, Women’s City Club, and 50/50 Leadership. Held at the Pasadena Women’s City Club. Everyone can participate in the Social Mixer that follows -appetizer buffet $10 and open bar