NEXT WISPPA MEETING Saturday, April 6 at 9:30. (Come at 9:00 a.m. for conversation and refreshments)South Pasadena is facing a growing budget deficit that will continue to grow if cuts are not undertaken or new revenues are not realized. At our next meeting, the city will be sharing budget information, present potential solutions and ask for input from WISPPA members and the public.
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- Be sure to join your fellow WISPPA members at the Symposium entitled “First 100 Days-Impact on Women” Thursday, March 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. WISPPA is one of the co-sponsors. Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave. A guest reception with heavy appetizers will be held from 6-7 p.m. prior to the presentation. Featured guest speaker is Caroline Heldman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College. Ms. Heldman is co-author of the book “Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?” and has written numerous articles for other publications. City Councilmember Margaret McAustin, District 2, is scheduled to participate along with Commission members. The event is open to all.
- Upper San Gabriel Water District’s new Residential Plant Voucher Program offers qualifying residents a voucher redeemable for up to $250 worth of water efficient, climate-appropriate plants. For program details and to apply for your plant voucher, visit www.ecotechservices.net/usgvmwd-plant-voucher.
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.
Community Meeting on City Budget –Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM. at the South Pasadena Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St. Important community meeting on the City’s five-year budget forecast. The meeting will include an informational presentation and a discussion on options to close an anticipated budget gap.
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/scheduleArroyo 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
SPEF Color Festival – Saturday March 16 at 10:00AM – 3:00 PM A family-friendly event, in the spirit of the Indian Holi Festival celebrating the coming of Spring, that brings together our local communities and families to celebrate with food, music, dancing & fun. The Color Festival is SPEF’s alternative to the much missed annual Fun Fair, with a splash of color thrown in to welcome spring! Admission: $5 + the cost of color Color Bundle: $25.00 includes Admission, T-Shirt, Sunglasses, Bandana, 3 bags of color. For more info, click here.
Arroyo Comedy Show –by Arroyo Comedy Show Team Every Sunday evening at 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM The Arroyo Comedy Show is northeast LA’s newest comedy show located at the beautiful Arroyo Seco Golf Course. The show offers a comedy club experience without the hassle of going to the club. Each week, our comedy lineups are carefully curated to include some of the best working talent in the business. From Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Fallon, Kimmel, Colbert, Conan…you name it, we got it. Arroyo Seco Golf Course 1055 Lohman Lane South Pasadena, CA 91030 Click herefor info and tickets. Age restriction: 21 years.
Symposium entitled “First 100 Days-Impact on Women” , Thursday, March 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.Sponsored by the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. WISPPA is one of the co-sponsors. Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave. A guest reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. prior to the presentation. Featured guest speaker is Caroline Heldman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College. Ms. Heldman is co-author of the book “Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?” and has written numerous articles for other publications. City Councilmember Margaret McAustin, District 2, is scheduled to participate along with Commission members. The event is open to all.
New touring stage tribute to iconic author Ray BradburyFriday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room. “Ray Bradbury Live (forever)” is a tour de force officially authorized by the Ray Bradbury estate and features Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Oberst Jr., who’s appeared in 150 movies and TV shows, as Bradbury, with a special appearance by Stacy Rabon as Maggie Bradbury, Ray’s wife and soulmate. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street in South Pasadena. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The show is appropriate for all ages. For more information please refer to www.southpasadenaca.gov/library or https://raybradburyliveforever.com or call the Library at 626 403-7350.
The South Pasadena Poker TournamentMarch 23rd at 7pmat the War Memorial Building (435 Fair Oaks Ave). Presented by the SPMS Booster club and D.U.D.E.S benefiting the South Pasadena Middle School after school athletic programs. For more information and sign-in visit southpasdudes.com/poker
Community Meeting on City Budget Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 PM. at the South Pasadena Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St. Important community meeting on the City’s five-year budget forecast. The meeting will include an informational presentation and a discussion on options to close an anticipated budget gap.
Shrek the Musical, Jr. Presented by Young Stars TheatreRunning through March 24th. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. For more info and tickets, click here.
NWPC Monthly Meeting: Speaker: Dr. Jennifer E. Walsh Topic: Gender and Politics Monday, March 25 at 6:00 pmBusiness Meeting (All are Welcome) 7:00 pm Program/Speaker Du-Par’s,. 214 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science. An expert in crime policy, her academic publications include Three Strikes Laws (Greenwood Press, 2007), “To Do Justice and Love Mercy: Using Scripture to Guide Criminal Justice Policy” in Is the Good Book Good Enough? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), and “Three Strikes” in The Routledge History of Crime in America (Taylor & Francis/Routledge, forthcoming). Walsh has also published book chapters on affirmative action and the U.S. Supreme Court, the significance of John Locke on the American Founding, and religious freedom in the U.S. and China. She serves as a Fulbright Peer Review expert in political science and is frequently consulted by print and broadcast media on a range of issues related to local, state, and national politics.
Assemblymember Chris Holden’s spring open house will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. at his 600 N Rosemead office. In addition to presenting his annual Women of Distinction awards, he’ll be giving a legislative update. The public is invited and to ensure there’s enough seating (and food) an RSVP is requested here.
Free Women’s Self Defense ClassSaturday, March 30 at 9-10:00 a.m Participants will learn how to defend themselves and escape from critical situations. Instruction will include safety awareness, how to properly hit and kick, how to escape common holds, and how to fight while on the ground. Open to beginners and advanced participants, and to all athletic abilities. Participants are encouraged to attend multiple sessions to strengthen their skills. Free class offered by the South Pasadena Police Department. Participation limited to women ages 18 and up. Must be a South Pasadena resident. War Memorial Building (435 Fair Oaks Avenue, SP) Click Here to Register
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 websiteand 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, April 2 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 NEW LOCATION: Lost Parrot Cafe on Huntington in South Pasadena. $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included
Annual Doggy Day with Cats tooSaturday, 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.
SPARC Spring Fundraiser: A Night of 100 ArtistsSaturday, April 13, 7-10 pmMasonic Lodge 1126 Fair Oaks Ave For more details, click here.
8th Annual Taste of South Pasadena – presented by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena Rotary Club of South PasadenaTuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Grab your wristbands and enjoy fine tastes from all your favorite (or soon to be your favorite) restaurants. This walking event features incredible cuisine from eateries and bakeries up and down Fair Oaks Avenue and Mission Streets. Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! Last year we had 29 restaurants and 10 craft wineries all participating just for you! And we hosted a record 1100 attendees! This year we aim to have over 30 restaurants! Spend time with your neighbors and enjoy a relaxing evening on the town exploring our fabulous city and our terrific food. Children under 7 are free. Live music, your favorite tastes, wine tasting by The Garagiste Festival (additional ticket) and much more! Family friendly and dog friendly. Food wristbands ordered in advance are just $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 7-18. For tickets & more info, click here.
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.
SPARC Gallery exhibition:Here and Somewhere Else: Abstract Paintings by Timothy McMullen Through May 3 at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. For more info, click here.
Save the date: The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation’s Historic Church Tour Saturday, May 4th 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
SPARC Gallery exhibition:A Day in the Life – Plein-Air Paintings by Laurie HendricksThrough May 5,at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall; and Here and Somewhere Else: Abstract Paintings by Timothy McMullen at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. For more info, click here.
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
SPARC Gallery exhibition:Childhood 101 – Photographs by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin Through June 30 at the SPARC Gallery at South Pasadena City Hall; For more info, click here.