Weekly WISPPA Newsletter August 21, 2018

Events in South Pasadena

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Next meeting is on Saturday, September 8th (2nd Saturday). We are very pleased that our South Pasadena City Treasurer, Gary Pia, has agreed to come speak about the Utility User’s Tax Repeal. The repeal of this tax will be on the November ballot. Be sure to come to the meeting to find out what this is all about and how the possible repeal will affect our city.
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 Special Event – Behind the Scenes at the Pasadena Playhouse. Be sure to RSVP. If you haven’t received an invitation, please respond to this email and one will be sent to you. CEO and Artistic Director Danny Feldman will be giving WISPPA members and their guests a look behind the scenes on September 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. (Refreshments will be served) There will also be an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the play that afternoon, Native Gardens, at a discounted rate of $40. Make a day of it with your fellow WISPPA members – morning tour, lunch, and then the afternoon play! Look for your invitation in your email in the next few days! WISPPA member Barbara Sinclair has kindly organized this event for us!
  • Clean Power Alliance is seeking qualified applicants for its inaugural volunteer Community Advisory Committee. The Committee will be composed of 15 representatives from seven diverse geographic sub-regions within Clean Power Alliance territory and will advise the Clean Power Alliance Board of Directors on certain policy and planning matters. The Committee is a public body and will be subject to all applicable Ralph M. Brown Act provisions. Clean Power Alliance application deadline has been extended. Clean Power Alliance asks that anyone wishing to apply submit the following form by August 22, 2018. A selection panel will review applications and you may be contacted for an interview. Committee Members will be appointed by the Board of Directors. To help shape Southern California’s energy future, interested residents can apply to be a member the Community Advisory Committee here.
  • Children’s Hospitals’ Pediatric Trauma Programs–SHOE DRIVE FUNDRAISER –Collection Box @ So Pasadena Recreation Office. Help raise funds for the Children’s Hospitals’ (LA & OC) Pediatric Trauma Programs. Through August -Sept. the SJHHS Key Club will be collecting gently used shoes of all shapes, styles, and sizes. The shoe drive collection box is housed in the South Pasadena Recreation Division Office 815 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 M-F 10 a.m. -6 p.m. If you are leaving donations after business hours or during the weekend, please leave a note to the office staff that the shoes are for the collection box. Thanks!
  • Did you know:
    • You can dispose of couches and other large items by calling Athens to schedule a bulky item pickup at 888-336-6100.
    • If you have any old cell phones that you need to get rid of you can contact the City of South Pasadena’s Police Department at (626) 403-7270.
    • Bottles and cans can be recycled at NexCycle in the Pavilions parking lot, or you can call (909) 796-2210 to find other locations.
    • If you have furniture or working electronics you would like to recycle, the ACTS Thrift Store in Pasadena can help. Contact them to schedule a pickup or call (626) 577-4477.
    • For more information on recycling, please visit the City’s website.
LIST OF EVENTS: Go to http://www.wisppa.org/upcoming-events.htmfor the latest info and to access links to the various South Pas calendarsChamber 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
Shop and Eat Like A French Chef -Farmers’ Market Tour and Tasting with Chef Bruno Every Thursday at 4:30 pm $45 per person,, visit BistrodelaGare.com to RSVP . Take a 30-minute shopping tour with Chef Bruno Morin as he guides you through the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market. He will educate and show you how to pick the best produce and seasonal ingredients Provence-style. After the tour, take a seat at the Chef’s table where you’ll enjoy a sampling of hors d’oeuvres and a farm-to-table Pissaladière (French Pizza). Taste your selection of of three wine samples to pair with the meal. Advanced reservation and pre-payment is required in order to attend. PS. Please bring your shopping list and appetites!
An Author Night with celebrated writer Lawrence Grobel, who has penned 28 books on many of the most world’s most famous celebrities, will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm. Joyce Carol Oates has called Larry Grobel “the Mozart of interviewers” and J.P. Donleavy has called him “the most intelligent interviewer in the United States.” A Q & A with Larry will be conducted by Dean Ghaffari, an actor, playwright, and teacher who lives in South Pasadena. A few years ago, Dean performed his living history portrayal of Sal Mineo, “Rebel With a Cause” to a standing ovation at the Library. Audience members will also be able to pose questions. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Autographed copies of Lawrence Grobel’s books will be available for purchase. Special thanks to 210eastsound. For more information please call (626) 403-7350 or click here.
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
MARY OF THE AVENUE – Fremont Centre Theatre August 24, 25, 26 Mary of the Avenue is a light-hearted, yet poignant original musical 30 years in the making! Set during winter in the heart of New York City, it follows Carrie, an eager and engaging young woman as she sets out from her Midwestern town to find her mother who, years before, left without notice. With some help from the press, she connects with Mary who is now homeless. Determined to bring her mom back home, Carrie begins to explore life on the streets, as Mary introduces her to a cast of colorful characters. Mary of the Avenue is timeless, and filled with a range of emotions. Mary of the Avenue just might be the best musical…to ever hit the streets! Click here for tickets.
MOSAIC Presents: Movie Screening of La La Land August 24, 7:30pm – 10:30pm Purchase ticketshere!
Bradfest II featuring Twanguero, Rose’s Pawn Shop + more Saturday August 25 at 5:00pm Twanguero and Rose’s Pawn Shop will ignite another magical evening in the Arroyo for the 2nd annual Bradfest (aka Summerfest). Also appearing will be I See Hawks in LA, Abby & the Myth, and the Pasadena Playboys. In addition to all the music on 2 stages from 5 to 10pm, there will be a song circle/acoustic jam near the 1st tee. Plenty of fun for the whole family including the par-3 golf course, mini-golf, driving range, and other activities. The Arroyo Seco Grill will be firing up the barbecue, in addition to their regular menu plus craft beer, special wine selections, and full bar. Click here for tickets.
NWPC Greater Pasadena Area meets on Monday, August 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the back room at Dupar’s Restaurant, 214 S Lake Avenue.
SPARC Gallery Exhibition – Shelley Stephens – It’s About Time Exhibit: Through August 31, 2018The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present the exhibition Shelley Stephens-It’s About Time at SPARC Gallery, located at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street. MICRONAUT, an independent curatorial design firm in South Pasadena, has organized the exhibition.SPARC GALLERY @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1121 Mission Street South Pasadena, CA 91030. Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm or by appointment. Please call the Chamber to schedule your visit at (626) 441 2339.
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, September 4 at 8:00 to 9:15 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 $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included
LWV – Voices from the Front Lines of Voter Engagement and Empowerment Thursday, September 6, 8:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Our three panelists for League Day were selected for their experience in mobilizing people to be aware of the issues that matter to them and then vote. Each panelist will tell about his/her group’s experiences and best practices for motivating and empowering communities in our current environment. After Q & A with the audience, each table of participants will discuss and plan specific activities to help people in the Pasadena area get registered, informed, and then vote. Our panelists: Michael Lawson is the current President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL), local chapter of the national Urban League (UL), Giovany Hernandez is a civic engagement specialist from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Hilda Coleman is a co-founder and publicist-coordinator of the Rise to Reunite movement in Pasadena, which supports and advances the cause of immigrant families Program: 8:00: Registration 8:30: Served breakfast (optional) 9:00 Program 10:15 Table Discussions 10:45 Brief business meeting for by-laws change Reservations are required for breakfast ($25) and close on August 31 at midnight. All others may register through Wednesday, September 5. (This allows us to plan for enough seating) Coffee only will be available for $2.
RSVP on our event page: https://lwv-pa.org/events/ or leave a phone message at our office: 626-798-0965. 160 N, Oakland Avenue, Pasadena
(Enter parking lot from Madison, second parking lot south of Walnut. Parking is limited; please consider carpooling.)
South Pasadena Police and Fire Department Open House Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Cost: Free 1422 Mission Street
Cruz’n for Roses Classic Car Show Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Mission Street Between Fair Oaks and Meridian, South Pasadena The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee invites you to their 14th annual Classic Car Show along legendary Route 66 (Mission Street). The show will feature hundreds of hot rods, custom cars, and classics, as well as a raffle, trophies, refreshments, food, exhibits, and vendors of all sorts. Car clubs and car enthusiasts are invited to join in the fun and display their cars. Independent judges will award trophies in all 18 car categories. For more information or to register your vehicle, visit www.sptor.org.
Congresswoman Judy Chu invites us to join her for her annual banquet on Monday, September 17 at Ocean Star Restaurant in Monterey Park. Since they expect to sell out, RSVP ASAP to Heather or Drew at rsvpforjudychu@gmail.com or call 310-477-8081 or go online.
San Gabriel Valley Water Forum Tuesday, September 18 7:30 am – 1:30 pm This educational event is open to the public, city officials and businesses. The program and luncheon will feature experts in the water industry who will cover important water topics on climate and water supply conditions, Delta sustainability, storm water capture, and recycled water. The participating partners include San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Water Quality Authority, Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, and NBC 4. Note for the first time the SGV Water Forum is approved for four (4) Continuing Education Contact Hours by the State Water Resources Control Board.Tickets. Tickets are $75 each, but a limited number of complimentary tickets have been reserved for students, teachers and school administrators in the San Gabriel Valley. Click here to register or contact us at (626) 443-2297 to reserve your ticket. Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
SPARC gARTen pARTy Saturday, September 22 3:00 to 6:00 p.mHosted by Mary and Bill Urquhart. Food & Drink provided by Crossings and Griffins of Kinsdale.
Museum Day in Southern California. September 22 Pasadena Star-News reports on local and area museums offering free entrance that day and how to get tickets.
ASID Pasadena Home & Garden Tour October 7th, 10:00am – 4:00pm The semi-guided tour will give design enthusiasts a glimpse into Pasadena’s rich culture, showcasing three diverse home and garden styles. A personal take on a designer showcase house, this tour takes you inside real properties throughout Pasadena and South Pasadena. Plus, a pop-up market dubbed First Stop, will feature local shops, food trucks, designers’ vendors, and free design consultations. Your first stop is at 1020 El Centro St. in South Pasadena! Buy your Earlybird tickets through Sepember 15th for a discounted pricehere! PRICE Non-Member: $37 Through 9/15
CERT Basic Training – 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 Here.