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. Expert Panel and Q & A. Some things everyone can do to improve our natural environment in the time of climate change
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!
- Last WISPPA meeting with Stephanie DeWofe To see the article in the South Pasadena Review and pictures of the meeting, click here to go to the meeting page of the WISPPA website.
- “For the Love of Chocolate” Dinner on Saturday, February 2 at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. is a fundraiser for Woman’s Club charities & scholarships. If you would like to join WISPPA members at a table, please respond to this email.
- The mayoral controversy over women commission appointments. The Pasadena Star Newsran an editorial by Larry Wilson that gave a shout out to WISPPA. Click here to see the editorial.To see the articles in the The South Pasadena Review click here. For the article in The South Pasadenan Click here
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.
An Englemann Oak will be planted in honor of Councilmember Richard D. Schneider, MD’s 2018 term as Mayor on Thursday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. Traditionally, each year the outgoing Mayor is provided a gift. This year, last year’s Mayor, Councilmember Richard D. Schneider, MD has agreed to have a tree planted in his honor instead of receiving a gift. As the tree provides a lasting positive impact on the community, it symbolizes the ongoing impact of each Mayor’s tenure. Going forward, each outgoing Mayor will be able to select the location and species of tree to be planted in their honor and a small plaque will be attached. Remarks by Mayor Marina Khubesrian MD, City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe, and, of course, Councilmember Richard D. Schneider, MD will be part of the planting ceremony, as will photo opportunities. At the Library park in the northeast corner. The public is invited and all are welcome.
Celebration for “The Library Tree” Thursday, January 24 at 4:15 p.m. The gigantic Moreton Bay Fig that was added to the Historic Landmark Register by the City Council in December 2018. The ceremony will take place on the west side of Library Park, near Diamond Street. Remarks will be offered by Mayor Marina Khubesrian, MD; Mark Gallatin, Chair of the Cultural Heritage Commission; Steven Lawrence, President of the Preservation Foundation; David Uwins, President of the Library Board of Trustees; Bill Kloezeman, son of Willem Kloezeman who planted the tree about 80 years ago; and Poet Laureate Ron Koertge who will read a poem. The event will conclude with an acoustic guitar and singing performance by Goh Kurosawa. During the event, acclaimed artist Pete Morris will create a painting of the Library Tree in real time. Pete’s artwork is currently on display in the entryway area of the Library and at Kaldi Coffee across the street. Special thanks to South Pasadena Beautiful.
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.
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
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None Presented by Young Stars Theatre January 25 – Sunday, February 3rd. Click here for more info on dates and times & tickets. A YST Murder Mystery! Agatha Christie’s best selling novel of all time! Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. Youth and Adult Casts! Tickets on sale NOW! Tickets $25, $30 for Gala shows. If you have any questions about this production please call Young Stars Theatre at 626-269-3609.
NWPC Monthly Meeting with Speaker Tracy Van Houten Monday, January 28 6:00: Business Meeting (all are Welcome) 7:00: Program/Speaker DuPars 214 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 Tracy Van Houten is a Rocket scientist @NASAJPL, mom, #STEMinist & ignited citizen. Former congressional candidate in #CD34.
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.
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
Jackie Robinson’s 100th Birthday to be Celebrated with Film Screening at South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m.to 10:00 p.m. In honor of the 100th Birthday of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), a free screening of “The Jackie Robinson Story,” a classic 1950 film starring Jackie as himself will be presented at the South Pasadena Public Library. The free event for all ages will be celebrated in the Library Community Room on Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm on the eve of Black History Month. It is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation. Click here for more info.
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
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.
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.
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.
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