Weekly WISPPA Newsletter January 16, 2019

A calendar of events put together by Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action

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Next WISPPA meeting: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 9:30. (Come at 9:00 a.m. for conversation and refreshments) We will be holding our annual community connections event. This year we are highlighting the Natural Side of South Pasadena.
Following are the 2019 meeting dates – be sure to mark your calendars: Feb 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, September 7, October 5, November 2. We will be dark in June, July & August. These dates are also listed on our website under the tab WISPPA Meetings.
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!
  • Sandbags and sand are available free for South Pasadena residents for pickup at Arroyo Park (South), 614 Stoney Dr. near the Gazebos/Picnic area. Limit 10 sandbags per household. A shovel is available for use on site.
  • South Pasadena Beautiful is launching an initiative to create a new sustainable low-water garden at the South Pasadena Post Office. The project will unfold in two phases, dying trees and grass in front of the building will be replaced with disease-resistant shade trees and colorful, California-friendly planting. The second phase will renovate the large lawn area to the side of the building with a new seating area and low-water plants and trees selected for their ability to attract birds and butterflies. SPB is seeking to raise $35,000 for this project. Monetary donations from the community and volunteering on special planting days will help us realize this project together, for the benefit of the city. Click here for more info and to donate.
  • 100% Green Power Coming Soon to South Pasadena. A Clean Power Alliance presentation will be held Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. 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.
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
The Community Services Department is hosting the fourth annual Snow Day event on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue. There will be sled runs, a snow play area, a sled area for younger kids as well as a Tot Land area. Refreshments will be sold on site. Wristbands vouchers may be purchased here , pre-sale tickets are $10, and $15 the day of the event. There will be 4-45 minute sessions starting at 10:00 a.m., which can be selected online at the time of purchase. Each wristband is good for 45 minutes of access to snow play and sled runs. For further questions, contact the Recreation Office at (626) 403-7380. We look forward to seeing you there, and please remember to bring your scarves and mittens! Additional waiver may be required to sign the day of 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, with opening receptions to be held at both galleries on January 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about the artists, click here.
3rd Annual Women’s March on January 19th from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m Pershing Square – Downtown LA• 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles For more info, click here.
David Shannon – Caldicott Award Winning Chidren’s Book Author and Illustrator Presentation Sunday, January 20, 9:00 am Fremont Centre Theatre This New SPARC Literary Project will occur every other month on Sunday mornings @ The Fremont Centre Theatre. Doors will open at 9:00 am for coffee and pastries and conversation, followed by the Author’s presentation and book signing. Bring your children. It is an event not to be missed.
Restoration Concert: Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu Piano Quartet performing the works of Dvorak and Faure in the Library Community Room on Sunday, January 20, at 4:00 p.m. Presented by The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. The quartet features violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Michelle Gasworth on viola, Ross Gasworth on the cello, and pianist Ines Irawati. Tickets are $20 at the door. The Friends’ Restoration Concert Series brings world-class musicians to South Pasadena in the lovely setting of the historic Library Community Room. Proceeds from the concerts are dedicated to the ongoing enhancement the Library. For more information, visit the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library website or call (626) 799-6333. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. www.southpasadenaca.gov/library
NEXT GEN Bus Study Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4 pm – 7 pm Help Metro design the new bus system, and get a free TAP card.* You might even win a transit pass! You’ll meet with Metro staff, learn about the study and share your thoughts on how to improve LA’s bus system. We want your thoughts on bus routes, frequencies, day and times of operation. Stop in any time during the workshop hours. For more info, click here. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E Holly St Pasadena, CA 91103
Women’s Roundtable Salon featuring Rosalind Oliver: The Challenges of Immigration and the Border Crisis. Thursday, January 24 at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ms. Oliver is a former Supervising
Attorney of the Los Angeles office for Kids in Need of defense (KIND). Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, 50/50 Leadership, and the Commission on the Status of Women at the Women’s City Club. We invite you to join us for a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Free to attend RSVP Required Minimum dress code of business casual required for all Club events. Free parking located off of Madison, second driveway south of Walnut. This event is intended to educate attendees and create a safe place for a diversity of opinions in a civil manner. We believe in listening to one another with courageous curiosity to create a better future together. Questions? (626) 796-0560 Click here to register.
Moment with the Mayor on Wednesday evening, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the SP Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Marina Khubesrian will share her ideas and vision for South Pasadena as she begins her term as Mayor. Keeping our business district filled with customers visiting the shops, boutiques and eateries that reflect the uniqueness of South Pasadena is important to her. She welcomes ideas and thoughts to help South Pasadena thrive. 1121 Mission Street. Please call the Chamber at (626) 441-2339 to reserve your seat at this free event.
Jane Brucker’s “Fragile Thoughts” will be in the Judson Studios gallery for public viewing through January 31. Check the Judson Studio’s website for details.
8h Annual “For the Love of Chocolate” Dinner Saturday, February 2 at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Fundraiser for Woman’s Club charities & scholarships. Dinner, entertainment, prizes, auction, and chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! At the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena – 1424 Fremont. Enjoy a delicious catered dinner by Fresh Gourmet, fabulous jazz entertainment (music and dance), and the simple joy of chocolate. Click here to purchase tickets
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.
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, February 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
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