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!
South Pasadena City Council members will conduct a public hearing TONIGHT, February 6 regarding the establishment of a permit fee for sidewalk vending. There be also be a Second Reading and Adoption of an Ordinance, Amending Chapter 34 (Trees and Shrubs) of the South Pasadena Municipal Code, The council meeting, open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street. To see the agenda packet, click here.
Last WISPPA meeting. Our community connections meeting on the Natural Side of South Pasadena was a great success. Click here to see pictures! If a newspaper article comes out this week, that will be posted as well.
Library Seeks Public Input for their New “Library of Things” The South Pasadena Public Library will be launching its own Library of Things, a collection of non-traditional items available for library cardholders to borrow. Borrowing from a Library of Things is a sustainable, money-saving practice that gives library users free access to items they may only need once in a while or during a certain season. The Library of Things also supports learning new skills and can provide the tools needed to complete a special project. What items should be in the Library of Things? Take the Library’s quick two question survey and tell them what items you would like to see. Go to the Library website to take the survey.
South Pasadena Public Library Gets a First Floor Makeover In February the South Pasadena Public Library will undergo minor renovations to its main floor. These include combining circulation and adult reference services into a single desk, removal of the old desks, and installation of new flooring in the entry area. A single desk will streamline customer service, giving library users a convenient “one stop shop” where they can get all the help they need. In addition, new computer workstation furniture will double the number of public Internet computers currently available. Each workstation will have desktop electrical outlets and USB ports for charging mobile devices. Noise and disruption will be minimal, and the Library will operate during normal hours throughout the project except for an all-day closure on Tuesday, February 19. In addition, most public internet computers will be out-of-service from Tuesday, February 5 through Thursday, February 7
LIST OF EVENTS: Go to http://www.wisppa.org/upcoming-events.html 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.
A Mini-Exhibit of Paintings by Iconic Los Angeles Artist Leo Politi Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm One night only! Paul Politi, son of the artist, will be in attendance. South Pasadena Library 1115 El Centro Street. The life of author and artist Leo Politi exemplifies his love for beauty, humanity, and preservation. Politi’s works also show his strong interest in LA’s history and his passion for diverse cultures at a time that predated the multicultural movement by many decades. Politi’s books and paintings captured Los Angeles people, communities, and landmarks, suspending them in time for future generations.
An Author Night showcasing true crime writing partners, Frank Girardot and Lori Orr Kovach will be presented at the South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. The free event will focus on their new scorcher, “Burned: Pyromania, Murder, and a Daughter’s Nightmare” published by Wild Blue Press. In addition a mini-exhibit of paintings by iconic LA artist Leo Politi will be on display during the event. Click here for more info.
League Day: Foster care in the school system and the challenges and barriers to success. Thursday, February 7 8:30 – Registration/ 9:00 – Breakfast/ 9:45 – Speakers/ 11:30 – committee Reports. Speakers will include Jeanette Mann, a League member who has been the co-chair of the All Saints Church Foster Care Project; Randall Trice, a former foster youth who is now working at Pacific Clinics and is a senior at Azusa Pacific University; and Mikala Rahn, the founder and CEO of Learning Works which provides alternative education to at-risk youth. Please join us for an interesting and informative morning. Breakfast, optional: Caprese Omelette, potatoes and popover. Coffee only $2.00/cup. Parking free, using lot on Madison Ave. side of building. Overflow parking, please check with WCC for a permit. Click here to RSVP by Feb 2
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
Restoration Concert Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Almanova Duo Flute & Guitar Tickets $20 at the door . Check the website for more details. South Pasadena Library Community Room.
Fundamentals of Nonprofit Governance February 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jericho Road presents Fundamentals of Nonprofit Governance or “Yikes, I’ve joined a board and now what am I supposed to do?” Topics will include board basics, including overview of the social sector, the role of a board, and responsibilities of board members, both as a group and as individuals. Open to people who are currently on boards, would like to join a board, or nonprofit staff who work with the board. Cost is $45. Register here. Held at the Western Justice Center, 55 S. Grand Avenue.
CASA|WASY is inviting you to a personal tour of women in the arts at the Pasadena Museum of History! Wednesday, February 13th at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m You’ll also get a tour of Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860 –1960. Click here for tickets.
A Clean Power Alliance presentation will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro. The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is California’s new, locally operated electricity provider for communities across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The CPA’s program objective is to provide options for a higher level of renewable energy content at competitive rates. The CPA purchases energy on behalf of its member agencies where energy is procured from mostly non-polluting, clean and renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power (no coal or nuclear power). The City Council has set the default energy mix for South Pasadena at 100% Renewable/GHG Free (for residential customers, effective February 2019). Customers will still be able to opt in at their preferred energy mix options offered by the CPA. The CPA will provide four written notices to customers when beginning service so that you can make informed decisions regarding the type of electricity you want. Southern California Edison continues to deliver power, read electric meter, send monthly bill, and provide the same maintenance and other services. Please click here for more information on the Clean Power Alliance.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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 12pmClick here for flyer.
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: www.626goldenstreets.com