Weekly WISPPA Newsletter | Week of April 25, 2018

Next WISPPA Meeting: Saturday, May 5th at 9:00. Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30. Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. with “South Pasadena’s Hispanic History and Heritage and How These Have Influenced Local Architecture and Art.” Judith M. Harris, WISPPA secretary, will be moderating our panel:
  • John Lesak, a well-known local architect who has served our city as both a member of the “Cultural Heritage Commission,” and who currently serves on the “Planning Commission,” will talk about Rancho San Pasqual, the Garfias Hacienda, and the Flores Adobe.
  • Jolino Bessera is a muralist who created an obelisk and 2 murals for the So Pas 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 at the end of the meeting.
Be sure to join us for our social half hour with food and drink from 8:30 to 9AM. ​ In keeping with our celebration of Cinco de Mayo, WISPPA will provide pastries from La Monarca to eat with coffee and tea and
7 jazz musicians from the South Pasadena High School will be entertaining us!
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!
  • Monterey Road to receive a facelift as construction begins from Meridian Avenue to Orange Grove Avenue Rafael Casillas, interim public works director for the City of South Pasadena, is asking residents to be patient as major roadwork has begun on Monterey Road. Casillas expects the project, funded by Measure R funds, to be finished by early August.

LIST OF EVENTS: Go to http://www.wisppa.org/upcoming-events.htmfor 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
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)
League Day – “Campaign Finance Reform After Citizens United: What Can Be Done; What Should Be Done?”Thursday, May 3 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Bob Stern, “the godfather of modern political reform in California”, will give us some insight into how money influences elections, how we can advocate for greater transparency in political campaigns, and how technology will affect future politics. More details about Stern and online registration are available here. Deadline for registration – April 27.
​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 jeanne.register@charter.net 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.
League of Women Voters Pasadena Area spring luncheon featuring award-winning journalist and executive producer Val Zavala. Friday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Her topic is, “The Changing Media Landscape: From Walter Cronkite to Fake News – Where Are We Headed?” For more information and to make your reservation for what will be a sold-out event, visit the LWV-PA website. Mijares Restaurant 145 Palmetto Drive, Pasadena.
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.
SPARC Gallery: “Frame Story” – Carolie Parker Through May 14 South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1121 Mission Street South Pasadena For more info, go to www.sopasartscouncil.org/sparc-gallery
Operation Cookie Wednesday, May 23 at the Woman’s Club House 1424 Fremont. Operation Cooked delivers decorative containers of cookies to Veteran’s Hospitals, homeless veterans’ centers, the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Military Women in Need and other groups that serve veterans. For info on how you can support Operation Cookie, call or text 213-300-9305 or email spwe1899@aol.com.
Jaz Sawyer Group – special SPARC event (South Pasadena Arts Council) Thursday, – May 24 at 7:30pm Jaz possesses an eclectic and refined personal style of drumming that stems from his deep roots in his Classical, Jazz, West-African and Afro-Caribbean musical training. He has worked with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Jacky Terrasson and Dee Dee Bridgewater in some of the world’s premier concert venues, including The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. Adjacent to the Blue Guitar room is the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar. Or you can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Showtime is 7:30 pm, doors open 30 minutes prior. For tickets, click 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.
SPARC’s Kickoff to Summer Dance Party Saturday, June 16, from 6:30 – 10 pm, Come celebrate with us and support SPARC and the arts in South Pasadena.featuring acclaimed DJ Black Rabbit. The Dance Party takes place at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena. There will be food, drinks and a raffle of wonderful gifts from our local businesses. DJ Black Rabbit has been DJing professionally for 10 years. Originally hailing from Philadelphia Pa and now residing in Los Angeles he brings a unique style of blends and mixes that has been shaped by providing music for clubs, lounges, and private events all over the east coast. He will be setting up video projections of the era that sync up with the music he plays. It should be a fun, exciting evening.Bring your dancing shoes and prepare to boogie down!!! Get your exercise in for the week!!
Tickets: $40 Single Admission $75 Couple Admission Each admission includes a drink ticket and food by To purchase tickets: click here.
SAVE THE DATE: WISPPA COCKTAIL PARTY Monday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. Honored guest and speaker: Stephanie DeWolfe, new South Pasadena City Manager
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 Here.