Weekly WISPPA Newsletter

Week of 10/24/2018

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Next meeting is Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. Conversation and refreshments: 9:30 a.mmeeting. This will be a business meeting only with commission and city council reports, our board election, and a chance to meet Brian Solinsky, the new interim South Pasadena Police Chief. Because we will not have a speaker, this will be a chance for our membership to share their thoughts and ideas for next year. For more info about WISPPA, go to our webpage. This is the last meeting of the year so be sure to come and connect with fellow WISPPA members.
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!
  • The election is less than 2 weeks away. The WISPPA website has a page exclusively devoted to links to resources available to the public to help navigate issues, evaluate ballot propositions and learn about candidates, etc. Check it out here.
  • IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CITY: The City has been made aware that some residents have not received ballots and/or are unsure about their voter registration status for the Nov. 6 election. The Chief City Clerk has engaged in regular communication with the County Registrar’s office since the matter came to our attention several days ago. This morning, the County informed us that that a glitch probably occurred when some addresses were converted from residential to commercial addresses. This appears to only have affected a small group of voters. The system appears to be correcting itself now. Our Clerk’s office was able to locate voter registrations for a few residents that it was not able to locate yesterday. The County also informed us that some sample ballots were mailed out late which would explain why some residents have not received theirs yet. The County is encouraging any voter who is having these issues to contact the Registrar’s office directly so they can resolve it. You can reach the County by phone at (800) 815-2666 or by email at voterinfo@rrcc.lacounty.gov. In the meantime, if you would like a copy of the official ballot, please visit the South Pasadena City Clerks’ office on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 1414 Mission St.
  • SIGN UP for No on UUT Phone Banking WE ARE IN THE FINAL WEEKS & NEED HELP. There will be wine, snacks,scripts to make it very easy to do. Come even if you can only give 30 minutes of your time! Sign up here (Tues, Wed, and Thurs every week through November 1 except October 31).
  • Donate oPUT UP A SIGN FOR “NO ON N” IN FRONT OF YOUR RESIDENCE. Click here to go to the No on Measure N website.
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
Healthy Happy Halloween Hoedown at South Pasadena Farmers’ Market Thursday, October 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. Trick-or-Treat: Many of our farmers and vendors will be decorated for our family friendly Market, and will have special treats! Look for signs that will be displayed on the booths of participating vendors. The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market is located on Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street.
The South Pasadena Library presents Frankenstein Meets Little Women: A Monster Mash Frankenstein Meets Little Women: A Monster Mash recognizes two brave and brilliant female authors who defied convention to write stories that became timeless classics. The two novels have more in common than might be imagined, as do the authors. Shelley wrote Frankenstein as a “ghost” story before Alcott became a famous children’s author, she wrote popular “penny dreadfuls”—stories of romance, crime and the supernatural. The “mash up” of the March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) and Victor Frankenstein and his Monster allows the artists to explore themes of family and belonging, scientific discovery, and the role of women in society, each in their own creative way. Location: Library Community Room 1115 El Centro

  • Artists’ Panel Discussion with Dany Paragouteva, Tim Kirk, and Tony Gleeson Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. Dany Paragouteva, Tim Kirk and Tony Gleeson have all developed their unique artistic approaches through extensive real life experience. What once might have seemed mysterious to them has become a process grounded in the tangible world. They are looking forward to sharing the similarities and diversities in their work.
  • Film Screening: Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
  • Illustrated Talk: “Frankenstein Dissected” by exhibition curator Valerie Weich Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
  • Exhibition Closing Reception and Frankenreads, an international celebration organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 p.m.
Women’s Roundtable Salon Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 pm Mary Ann Lutz, former Mayor of Monrovia, will speak about the challenges and opportunities for women in politics. The Women’s Roundtable Salon is a collaboration between the Women’s City Club of Pasadena and the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area, 50/50 Leadership, and the Commission on the Status of Women. We invite you to join us every 4th Thursday of the month for a short presentation on a current topic affecting women within our local community, followed by a group discussion and opportunities to take action. Guests are invited to attend the WCC Member Mixer afterwards to enjoy a $10 dinner buffet and a no-host bar.
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 
Women in Leadership Vital Voices Executive Forum Luncheon Friday, October 26 11:00 a.m. Updates on Getting out the Vote. Pasadena Woman’s Club. Cost: $55. For more info, click here.
Canvas Concert Series directed by Ariana Solotof Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. The South Pasadena Woman’s Club will be the site of spooky classical music concert that the whole family will enjoy. Children will enjoy seeing the young players of the Los Angeles Children’s Chamber Orchestra, ages 9-13, conducted by LA Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman. Also featured will be a one-act opera entitled “The Last Silent Voice,” by local composer and S. Pas resident George N. Gianopoulos. The concert, entitled Verklärte Nacht, will begin with the Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, a fiery piece performed by Niv Ashkenazi and Leah Kohn. Concluding the frightening program is Dmitri Shostakovich’s chilling String Quartet No. 8. The audience is invited to wear costumes, and the performers will be giving candy to any youngster who dares to approach them. Adults wearing costumes will be rewarded with free wine, and there will be refreshments for purchase, to benefit future Canvas concerts. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children, at the door. The concert starts at 7 pm on Friday, October 26. The South Pasadena Woman’s Club is located at 1424 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena 91030. The Canvas Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pasadena Showcase House, and a matching grant from the Los Angeles Children’s Music Foundation.
Halloween Spooktacular Friday, October 26 at from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The event will be located at Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission Street, South Pasadena. Join us for games, arts & crafts, music, inflatables, and more! Make sure to bring a monstrous appetite, there will be plenty of food available for purchase. Make sure to bring the whole family, this event is free! Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office (815 Mission Street) at (626) 403-7380.
League Day: Recycled Water: A Reliable Source in Unreliable Times Thursday, November 1 at 9 am – noon Speaker: Robert Harding the Resource Planning Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is responsible for development of long-term water resources plans and the co-project lead lead for the Regional Water Recycling Project with the Los Angeles Co. Sanitation District. He is also the SCMWD Desalination Program Manager. He has worked in engineering, water transfers, and groundwater storage programs. Although we have seen some rain, we are still in a drought situation in Southern California. This presentation is especially relevant as we face more years of learning ways to save and recycle water. Women’s City Club 160 N. Oakland Ave. Pasadena Optional Lunch at 11:30 for $25. To reserve or for more info, click here. 
Author Night – New York Times Bestselling True Crime Author, Steve Hodel – “Black Dahlia Avenger III” Thursday, Novermber 1 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm The veteran LAPD homicide detective will present his four-year follow-up investigation into Los Angeles’s infamous 1947 Black Dahlia murder that has confounded legions of law enforcement agencies, mystery readers, and armchair investigators for more than a half century. A major new discovery will be released at the Library Author Night. Location: South Pasadena Public Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call 626 403-7350.
Restoration Concert Sunday, November 4 @ 4:00pm Oboist Phil Ayling and Friends 100 Years of Hollywood Film Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St. $20 at the door
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.
ELECTION DAY!!! Tuesday, November 6
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, November 6 at 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Join us each month for our ShopTalk Breakfast! 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 businessCarrow’s Restaurant RSVP $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included. To RSVP, email info@southpasadena.net.
How to Understand and Lead Effective Boards. Wednesday, November 7, 8:30 – 10 am. The Pasadena Executive Roundtable will host Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, to discuss an unconventional view of how to understand and lead effective boards. Is asking a group of busy people to give their time, talent and treasure simply unrealistic for the 21st century? What does volunteer governance mean and why do so many nonprofits struggle to create and maintain effective boards? How do we cultivate leadership that is engaged not only in organizations, but are advocates for causes, communities and social change? Join us for a visionary discussion on boards and how they affect the future of the nonprofit sector. Click here to register. The Pasadena Senior Center’s Scott Pavilion, 85 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
Finding and Fixing Leaks – Free Workshop Wednesday, November 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. South Pasadena Library Community Room 1115 El Centro, South Pasadena To reserve your space, email Valeria@usgvmwd.org at or call 626-443-228
South Pasadena High School presents “The Laramie Project” by Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project. Runs two weekends: Fri Nov 9th & Sat Nov 10th, 7pm, and Fri Nov 16th, Sat Nov 17th, 7pm and Sun Nov 18th at 2pm. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. The fallout from Matt’s murder on his family, his friends, the local Laramie community, the national LGBTQ+ movement, and the country at large was profound and spawned countless songs, essays, films, and one seminal play: The Laramie Project. Location: The Little Theater, South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena. General Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased online at sphsasb.org, in the SPHS student bank after noon, or in the SPHS Main Office.
SPARC Gallery “Sara, Mary Kori, Tom, Emma A series of Portraits by Ken Fandell. Through November 9 For more info on the exhibit, go to www.sopasartscouncil.org/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.
Beauty and the Beast Jr. Presented by Young Stars Theatre Through November 11 at the Fremont Centre Theatre. Beauty and the Beast JR. tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. For more information, go to www.fremontcentretheatre.com/ . 
Ron Koertge with Charles Harper Webb: Yellow Moving Van Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Ron Koertge’s Yellow Moving Van is a collection of relaxed and buoyant and sometimes very funny poems that address Desi & Lucy with the same courtesy as Walt Whitman. The author celebrates his roots in the Mid-West and a few pages later stops off in Transylvania. These poems like to sometimes embrace and sometimes confound expectations, and they all stand together as enemies of the murky and pompous. There is apparently no subject — Prometheus, a fifty foot woman, or Death himself — that is unwilling to fall under his spell. (University of Pittsburgh Press) . Event address: Vroman’s Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena,
Registration for the 2019 Earthquake Brace+Bolt (EBB) program will be open Through November 13, 2018.Applicants will be notified in early 2019 about acceptance into the program. If you haven’t retrofitted your house, you could receive up to $3,000 toward an EBB seismic retrofit. To qualify for reimbursement, a permit must not be issued or retrofit work started before being selected to participate. Check the list of neighborhoods and ZIP Codes to see where the 2019 EBB program has expanded. For more information click here.
In honor of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day in November, the South Pasadena Public Library is hosting Suicide Is Everyone’s Business: A Mother’s Grief Memoir and Suicide Prevention Awareness programon Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.min the Library Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street. Former South Pasadena resident Susan Auerbach discusses her book about the aftermath of the suicide of her son, 21-year-old Noah Langholz. She bears witness to the devastation of traumatic grief for those left behind while offering insight and inspiration to help survivors heal and help others to understand their experience. She is joined by Sandri Kramer, a suicide prevention specialist, who shares information and tips on warning signs for suicide and how to help those who may be at risk. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event.
LA County Women’s Leadership Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 29 are now open. Details here.
Anthony Portantino’s 2018 Women in Business Legislative Update and Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 which will take place at the Castaway in Burbank. The Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon was started by former State Senator Jack Scott while he served in the State Assembly and it has been an annual event passed down through State Legislators. The Women in Business Awards honor local women whose exceptional abilities have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District. This year’s keynote speaker is Dee Dee Myers, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Warner Brothers, and the first woman in our nation’s history to be White House Press Secretary. For more information on our event, please contact the Senator’s District Director, Talin Mangioglu, at (818) 409-0400 or email at Talin.Mangioglu@sen.ca.gov.
Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9 am to 11 am at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Avenue. This event is fun for the entire family! Expect arts & crafts, fun, and a delicious breakfast. Parents, make sure to have your camera ready, Santa will be available for photos. Please plan to arrive early as doors will close at 9:30 am. Tickets are $15 per person, children under 2 are free. Register at the Recreation Division office, 815 Mission Street, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, or visit our website www.southpasadenaca.gov/recreation to register on-line. Spaces are limited and all sales are final.