Valentine’s Day and Beyond | WISPPA Weekly Newsletter February 14, 2019

February and beyond will be a busy time for South Pasadenans with a bevy of events to attend

NEXT WISPPA MEETING SATURDAY, MARCH 2 at 9:30. (Come at 9:00 a.m. for conversation and refreshments) This will be a business meeting with updates on the city council, commissions, etc. We will also discuss a possible name change. There will be also time to discuss issues of interest to the membership.
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. To the best of our knowledge, the information contained in the newsletter is accurate and reliable as of the date of publication; however, we do not assume any liability whatsoever for the accuracy and completeness of the information. Please let us know if any corrections need to be made. Thank you!
  • WISPPA welcomes new member Carrie Miller!
LIST OF EVENTS: Go to for the latest info and to access links to the various South Pas calendars: Chamber of Commerce, The City of South Pas, and The Senior Center classes and programs.
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 Arroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
Winter Arts Crawl on Saturday, February 16, 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The theme for the Winter Arts Crawl celebrates love – “All You Need is Love”. Stores, eateries, galleries and other merchants will be presenting exhibits, live music, open houses, artisans, food & drink specials, art activities and more. Bring the folks you love to the town you love and visit the shops you love (and discover some new places to love!) This free “neighborhood-night-on-the-town” will feature an interactive art activity in the City Hall courtyard and the Artisans’ Corner near the South Pasadena Historical Museum. For more info on the Arts Crawl, click here.

  • SPARC will be “Igniting Creativity and Illuminating the Arts” with an interactive event for the public at the South Pasadena City Hall Courtyard. Participants will wrap and hang glow-in-the-dark necklaces, provided by SPARC, on artist Aaron Therol’s framework to create a light sculpture based on this year’s Arts Crawl theme. SPARC’s two galleries at the Chamber of Commerce and at the City Hall will also be open to visitors.
  • South Pasadena Library Presents “Chasing Trane” Screening and Live Jazz. a Film/Live Jazz/Art Show that starts in the Community Room at 6:00 p.m.It will showcase an art exhibit of paintings by Sam Pace and a live musical performance by Mark Hatch and Group 5. “Chasing Trane,” the acclaimed documentary about extraordinary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane with start at 7 p.m. followed by a Q & A with John Scheinfeld, its award-winning director.
José B Ramirez: Art for the People (SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall) and What’s News: The Front Pages of Merwin Belin (SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce). Both exhibitions run through March 1, 2019 For more information about the artists,click here.
Event with Elizabeth Warren Monday, February 18 Doors Open at 6:00 PM – Event goes from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to bring your friends and family along too. Tickets aren’t required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission will be first come, first served. RSVP HERE: Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California 91203-2610
South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast: “Hope in Transition Tuesday February 19 at 7:30 a.m. Door of Hope Eecutive Director, Rev. Megan Katerjian will be the guest speaker. At the Holy Family Church. To purchase tickets, click here.
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 Arroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
League@Nite on Thursday, February 21, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center. This is the 1st League of Women Voters evening event.Even though this event is in one of our cities east of Pasadena, it is for all of our members. It will be a fun night, giving an opportunity to meet other League members and have your voice heard as to the direction our League will take in the coming year – 2019-2020. What an important year it is! We’ll have pizza and salad and lots of good conversation. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
Arroyo Comedy Show – Beth Stelling by Arroyo Comedy Show Team Sun, February 24 at 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM The Arroyo Comedy Show is northeast LA’s newest comedy show located at the beautiful Arroyo Seco Golf Course. The show offers a comedy club experience without the hassle of going to the club. Each week, our comedy lineups are carefully curated to include some of the best working talent in the business. From Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Fallon, Kimmel, Colbert, Conan…you name it, we got it. Arroyo Seco Golf Course 1055 Lohman Lane South Pasadena, CA 91030 Click here for info and tickets.
NWPC Monthly Meeting Monday, February 25 6:00 pm Business Meeting (All are Welcome) 7:00 pm Program/Speaker Our Program Speaker: Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Ph.D. Superintendent/President , Pasadena City College. During the business meeting, members will vote on new Executive Board Members: President, VP of Candidate Support, Communications and Secretary to fill the remaining terms through 2020, Mimi’s Cafe, 500 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia, CA 91016
“Coexisting with Coyotes” on February 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. sponsored by the South Pasadena Animal Commission. The Pasadena Humane Society will be providing a Visual Presentation and Q&A at the South Pasadena Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro. Our communities are teeming with native wildlife. Years of drought and warmer weather have caused wild animals, like coyotes, to venture further into our communities in search of food, water and shelter. Join Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Lauren Hamlet (Wildlife Coordinator) for a presentation on coexisting with coyotes. Topics will include how to make your property uninviting for coyotes, keeping your pets safe in coyote prone areas, and hazing techniques to use if you encounter a coyote. All are welcome to this free event.
Otter Story Hour A live storytelling event held in the basement of a pub, Griffins of Kinsale, from 7 to 9 pm usually on the first Monday of the month. Visit the website and our Facebook page Our Otter storytellers pull up meaningful experiences from the depths of their lives, crack them open on their heart to expose what is tender and get them off their chest. When they do this we are all nourished, strengthened, enlivened. They re-mind us what we love about life. We can’t help watching.
Shrek the Musical, Jr. Presented by Young Stars Theatre Running March 1 through 24th. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. For more info and tickets, click here.
SPARC Gallery Opening: Tim McMullen March 2 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Runs through May 3. Click here for SPARC website.
Into the Unknown – A Portrait of South Pasadena CYNDI BEMEL, 2018 Through March 3, 2019 SPARC Gallery @ City Hall (2nd floor) “Into the Unknown was born from my passion as a photo-ethnographer and storyteller. I’ve been roaming the city as an integral part of my personal journey, and this documentary project is far from over. Many of the images capture new perspectives of familiar places. I enjoy juxtaposing my images with reflections and textures of our urban landscape combining the old with the new. Experimenting with light and dark enhances the intrigue of the everyday moment. I appreciate how the black and white of my images taps into a deeper vision of what we might otherwise take for granted, a fresh visual interpretation of the day to day. I strive to capture the subtleties of the world and offer an impression of the ever-changing environment that reflects the tremendous vitality of South Pasadena.” – Cyndi Bemel
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 a.m. Featuring a speaker on a topic of interest to small business. Come by for a delicious breakfast and a chance to meet some other local business people. You’ll leave by 9 with some insights and hints you can use for the benefit of your business Carrow’s Restaurant RSVP: call 626.441.2339. $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included
Spring 2019 Watershed Restoration Events Sat. Mar. 9th, 8am to 12pm and Sat. Apr. 6th, 8am to 12pm Click here for flyer.
Restoration Concert Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Ben Powell Jazz & Classical Violin Tickets $20 at the door . Check the websitefor more details. South Pasadena Library Community Room.
Symposium entitled “First 100 Days-Impact on Women” , Thursday, March 16 from 7-8:30 p.m.Sponsored by the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. WISPPA is one of the co-sponsors. Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave. A guest reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. prior to the presentation. Featured guest speaker is Caroline Heldman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College. Ms. Heldman is co-author of the book “Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?” and has written numerous articles for other publications. City Councilmember Margaret McAustin, District 2, is scheduled to participate along with Commission members. The event is open to all.
Free Women’s Self Defense Class Saturday, March 30 at 9-10:00 a.m Participants will learn how to defend themselves and escape from critical situations. Instruction will include safety awareness, how to properly hit and kick, how to escape common holds, and how to fight while on the ground. Open to beginners and advanced participants, and to all athletic abilities. Participants are encouraged to attend multiple sessions to strengthen their skills. Free class offered by the South Pasadena Police Department. Participation limited to women ages 18 and up. Must be a South Pasadena resident. War Memorial Building (435 Fair Oaks Avenue, SP) Click Here to Register
Annual Doggy Day with Cats too Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Garfield Park. Disc Dogs of Southern California will return for a dog performance, and vendors will be available to provide information and services for your pets. For more information contact the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380.
Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue. Kids will have a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, enjoy playing games, arts & crafts, inflatables, and much more. Wristbands vouchers may be purchased here . Pre-sale tickets are $6, and $8 the day of the event. For further questions, contact the Recreation Office at (626) 403-7380.
The next 626 Golden Streets event is on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Following the success of the first 626 Golden Streets event in 2017, the City was awarded a Metro Grant to host another open streets event. The event will start at the Mission Street/Meridian Avenue Gold Line Station in South Pasadena, through the downtown business district in the City of Alhambra, and end at the San Gabriel Mission in the City of San Gabriel. The event will temporarily open stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to San Gabriel for people to walk, jog, skate, bike, and more. For more information please visit: