Next WISPPA Meeting: Saturday, May 5th at 9:00. Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we are pleased to announce two speakers: Jolino Bessera is a muralist who created an obelisk and 2 murals for the South Pasadena Library. Jolino will be providing a 30 minute talk about the Hispanic influences upon his art, and about the reflections of this along with other influences in his murals. For those who are interested, Mr. Bessera will also lead tour of library.
John Lesak is on the faculty of the USC School of Architecture. He also serves on the South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Commission and is a Director with the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation, He will talk about Rancho San Pasqual, the Garfias Hacienda, and the Flores Adobe.
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 member and South Pasadena School Board Member Suzie Abajian was one of 12 remarkable women honored by Congresswoman Judy Chu at her 9th annual Congressional Women Of The Year Award Ceremony. Go to http://www.wisppa.org/awards.html to see pictures and learn more about Suzie.
The City of South Pasadena has joined the State of California and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District in raising awareness about the most deadliest creature on this planet: The mosquito! Between April 15 and April 21, South Pasadena citizens should take the time to prepare their home for a potentially busy mosquito and virus summer. Last year, mosquito bites made hundreds of people in L.A. County sick. It is up to each resident and business owner to do their part to make their property mosquito-free. Here are three simple habits you can start today: Toss out any stagnant water around the home weekly. Mosquitoes use your blood to lay her eggs on stagnant water. Stagnant water can be found in small containers such as buckets, old tires, and plant saucers. Mosquitoes will also use swimming pools if the water isn’t pumping or if the pool has chlorine in it. Going outside? Use insect repellent – People who want to avoid those embarrassing mosquito bites should keep a can of repellent next to the door. Mosquitoes can bite anytime during the day and at dawn and dusk. Look for ingredients that have been proven effective: Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus, DEET, or IR3535. You only need one of these ingredients in the bottle. Screen them out – Mosquitoes and flies can enter your home and make your life miserable. Be sure to check your window and door screens for any tears. Repair them today so your warmer days are not filled with mosquito bites.
City Launches 2018 Community Survey. This weekend, the City of South Pasadena releases a Community Survey to help determine the top priorities of residents. Feedback from residents will be used to inform the budget and strategic planning process as the City prepares its 2018-2019 Budget for adoption. This short survey will take ten minutes or less to complete. A random sample of residents will receive an e-mail over the weekend asking them to complete the City’s Community Survey. Residents who do not receive a survey e-mail may attend one of the following six events to complete the survey. Staff will be present and have iPads available for residents to use to fill out this short questionnaire. This Community Survey closes on April 30. Here are the six events: 1) Farmers’ Market on April 19th and again on April 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the City’s Booth 2) Daily Senior Luncheons on April 16th, 17th, and 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center 3) Earth Day Toddler Storytime (first half is one-to-two years, and second half is two-to-three years) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library 4) Doggy Day on April 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Garfield Park 5) Earth Day Expo on April 22nd from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Eddie Park 6) The Eclectic Music Festival on April 28th from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gold Line Metro Station
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.
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
City of South Pasadena Celebrates Earth Day Week The City of South Pasadena is proud to announce its lineup of Earth Day Celebration events, featuring garden tours, a student art exhibition, and more. Earth Day Celebration events are co-sponsored by South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, South Pasadena Beautiful, and Athens Services. Thursday, April 19 Succulent planting at “Green Thumb Thursday” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room Earth Day Student Art Exhibition from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room Spirited discussion of sustainability topics from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the City’s Farmers’ Market Booth
Friday, April 20
FREE South Pasadena Community Garden Tour from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 1028 Magnolia Street
Saturday, April 21
FREE Dumpster Day for getting rid of unwanted items from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the 900 Block of Arroyo Drive
FREE E-Waste Drop Off from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Golf Course
Sunday, April 22
South Pasadena Beautiful Self-Guided Sustainable Garden Tour from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., beginning at Eddie Park Earth Day Expo and South Pasadena Beautiful Plant Swap from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Eddie Park
The Adams Family – A Musical Comedy April 20, 21, 22 Presented by the South Pasadena High School. Auditorium South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena. General Admission is $15, children under 12 $10. Tickets may be purchased online at sphsasb.org, in the SPHS student bank after noon, or in the SPHS Main Office.
Doggy Day…with Cats Too! Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Garfield Park The event is the perfect opportunity to discover dog and cat resources in the area. Adoption and rescue agencies, pet groomers and trainers, and retailers will be on-site to provide information on the services and products they offer. Join us in showing appreciation for the dogs and cats in your lives! For more information, please contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.
AAU: Retired Senator Carol Liu – “A Day in the Life of” illustrating the listening, meeting, negotiating and managing that goes into the busy life of a public official. Saturday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Women’s City Club . RSVP by April 6 to Suzanne Burger email@example.com. $25 cash or check at the door. Women’s City Club 160 N.Oakland Ave. Pasadena
SPEF Color Festival @ SPUSD School District Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Join us to celebrate Spring with a burst of color! A family-friendly event, in the spirit of the India Holi Festival celebrating the coming of Spring, that brings together our local communities and families to celebrate with food, music, dancing & fun.SPUSD School District – 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena Entrance Fee: $5.00. The powder is additional with a variety of prices to fit all.The Color Festival is SPEF’s alternative to the much missed annual Fun Fair, with a splash of color thrown in to welcome spring. For more info, go to www.spef4kids.org
SPARC Gallery: “Frame Story” – Carolie Parker April 16 – May 14 Artist Reception – Saturday April 21 6:00 – 8:00 pm South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1121 Mission Street South Pasadena For more info, go to www.sopasartscouncil.org/sparc-gallery
South Pasadena Chinese-American Club’s 29th Annual Dinner Dance Saturday, April 21 Reception 6:00, Dinner 6:30 NBC Seafood Restaurant 404 S. Atlantic Blvd. Monterey Park Dinner, Dancing, & Music. $68/Person To purchase tickets, click here.
2018 Sustainable Garden Tour and Plant Swap Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:00 PM 4:00 PM Six gorgeous homes will share their gardens with the public on this not to be missed garden tour. This year the tour will begin at Eddie Park. Our popular FREE plant swap will take place at Eddie Park from 1 – 4 pm. Everyone is invited to bring a plant and take a plant! Tickets are $10 per person (children are free) and can be purchased at Eddie Park the day of the tour or in advance online here.
Asian Pacific American Gubernatorial Debate Friday, April 27 from 7:00-8:30 pm Please join the 1st ever APA-focused California Gubernatorial Debate, right here in Pasadena! You will have a chance to hear from all of the potential candidates, and most importantly NWPC-CA endorsed candidate, Delaine Eastin. You can get your tickets by clicking this link. Pasadena City College 1570 East Colorado Boulevard Sexson Auditorium Pasadena, CA 91106
SoPas Jam Friday, April 27 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Youth Commission is excited to showcase local bands to perform at the 2nd annual teen concert. The Minorities, Bad Posture, and Chilli Pepper Bandicoots will perform at Garfield Park 625 1/2 Stratford Avenue. Refreshments will be available for purchase and admission is free. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380
Unused or expired Meds? Turn them in for safe disposal on Saturday, April 28 10:00 to 2:00 at the South Pasadena Police Station
The 10th Annual Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk! Saturday, April 28 Get your dancin’ shoes ready! Live music, featuring the “kings of swing” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and over 50 other live music acts will perform all over town. This is a FREE, family-friendly event with something for just about everyone! There will be art activities, exhibitions, an Artisans’ Alley, kids’ activities, food, and more! Visit your favorite store or discover something new! Visit the festival website, www.theEclectic.rocks , now for the full lineup and for all planned events so you can plan your afternoon and evening in South Pasadena.
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m !Come by for a delicious breakfast and a chance to meet some other local business people. Mike & Anne’s Restaurant RSV: 626.441.2339 $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included
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)
Into The Woods Jr. Presented by Young Stars Theatre May 4 – May 27, 2018 Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5 @ 7pm GALA ~ Includes after party Tickets $30 Friday, May 11, 18 & 25 @ 7pm Saturday, May 12, 19 & 26 @ 7pm Sunday, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 @ 2pm & 6pm Into the Woods Jr. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever. Tickets $25 www.fremontcentretheatre.com If you have a question regarding Into the Woods Jr. or Young Stars Theatre’s Summer Drama Camp, please call 626-269-3609.
The NWPC of Greater Pasadena is pleased to announce that its upcoming 39th annual Spring Champagne Brunch will honor Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Schools, who is a candidate for Governor. The Brunch will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. This event is our Political Action Committee fundraiser and allows NWPC of Greater Pasadena to support women candidates. Please help women candidates by sponsoring our Brunch as follows: Benefactor — $500.00—4 tickets to the Brunch Patron — $250,00—2 tickets
Sponsor — $100.00– 1 ticket. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 626 798-8109.
The 2018 United State of Women Summit will be held in Los Angeles May 5-6. Find more information and tickets here. The United State of Women Summit isn’t just a conference — it’s a powerful gathering of women and allies from across the country who know their energy and power will break down barriers that stand between women and full equality. On May 5th and 6th, thousands of women will convene in Los Angeles to inspire and be inspired, to motivate and be motivated, to teach and to learn. Attendees will connect with leading organizations to channel their energy into action, leaving with new ideas and partners, hands-on training, and the tools and resources they need to make change at all levels.
CERT Refresher Training – Registration Open – May 12, 8:00am to 12:00 pm This 4-hour course reviews the CERT Basics including Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Search and Rescue, Hazardous Material, and other Incidents. To attend this class, you must have completed CERT training MORE than one year ago, and bring your CERT graduation certificate from your previous training location.- South Pasadena Fire Department (817 Mound Avenue, South Pasadena) – Please wear comfortable clothes (shorts OK) and sturdy shoes. Register here.
Community Baseball Night on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:10 pm. Get a group together and join your community for a night of baseball! The Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are happy to announce the return of the Community Baseball Night. Your Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing against the Texas Rangers. Tickets are $36 each for the Preferred Loge Box and $41 each for the
All You Can Eat Pavilion. The first 40,000 fans will receive 60th Anniversary Collector’s Card Set: The 90’s! Tickets can be purchased on our website, www.southpasadenaca.gov/events or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St. Our ticket sale ends on Friday, May 25th. **Tip: Take the Gold Line to Union Station to get on the Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle.
CERT Basic Training – Registration Open – Oct 6, 13, 20, 8:00am to 1:00pm each day This 12 hour course teaches the CERT Basics including Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Search and Rescue, & Hazardous Materials. Must complete all 3 classes to graduate. In 95% of all emergencies, a neighbor, co-worker, or bystander is the first person at the scene of an emergency. Would you know what to do? – South Pasadena Fire Department (817 Mound Avenue, South Pasadena) – Please wear comfortable clothes (shorts OK) and sturdy shoes Register @ https://www.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t1.wcs?clientid=SPASADEN&siteid=1&leaguesid=2179