Weekly WISPAA Newsletter | Week of June 6, 2018

Exciting Events in South Pasadena for summer and after.

No WISPPA meeting in July or August. Mark your calendars – next meeting Saturday, September 8th (2nd Saturday).
Many thanks to all the WISPPA members who attended our meeting last Saturday and gave invaluable feedback on the future of WISPPA. Go to http://www.wisppa.org/wisppa-meetings.html for pictures.
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!
  • WISPPA welcomes new member Shadi Towfighi!
  • Update on Water Discoloration To assist residents with understanding this discoloration issue, the City has developed a comprehensive FAQ. and has an update on the city website.
  • City Passport Service Moves to Library 

    Residents may submit passport applications by appointment only.

    Appointments can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. Call: 626-403-7330. Appointments must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

  • Library to Host Digital Storytelling Workshop to Record Stories about the Freeway 710 Extension Fight The Library hopes to gather stories about the 710 Extension fight and the shining legacy of community activism and engagement that grew out of that struggle. The Library wants to hear from long-time residents and their families, newcomers, artists, community activists, nonprofit organization members, and civic leaders. Only 15 community members can sign up to participate. Community members can sign up for the Library’s two-day workshop to digitally record their stories. It will take place in the South Pasadena Library Community Room on Friday, June 29 and Saturday June 30 from 9 am to 5 p.m. on both days. Click here for more details.
  • Join WISPPA in the Festival of Balloons Parade on the 4th of July. Contact Bianca Richards at bxrichards@ gmail.com for details.


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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
2018 League of Women Voters – Pasadena Annual Meeting Speaker: Fred Register, Political Consultant Thursday, June 7 from 9 am – 1 pm Women’s City Club 160 N. Oakland Ave. Pasadena Reservations are required for all attendees by Friday noon, June 1. No charge for the program; served lunch is optional at $25 per person. Reservations at lwv-pa.org or phone messages at 626-798-0965. Lunches reserved but unused must still be paid. Menu choice: Chicken Piccata or Spinach Ravioli. RSVP on our event page: https://lwv-pa.org/events/ 9:00: Registration 9:30: Annual Meeting 11:45: Lunch (optional) 12:15: Speaker
South Pasadena Farmers’ Market Health and Wellness Festival on Thursday, June 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visit local health care providers and organizations and learn how they can help support your healthy lifestyle. The festival is free to the community as part of a South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce effort to make connections for the community and create a strong local economy. The South Pasadena Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 4 – 8 pm (summer hours). It is located on Meridian Ave. and El Centro Street, south of Mission Street. Find California-grown and certified organic produce in your own back yard, as well as wonderful prepared foods and a festive small-town atmosphere.
An Author Night showcasing “Ali’s Bees,” an award-winning 2017 book and play by Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim. Thursday, June 7th at 7 p.m. The free event for students, family members, friends, and everyone else will open with a talented group of young actors performing a few scenes from “Ali’s Bees” that will bring the story to life. Their half hour performance will be followed by a presentation with author/playwright Solheim, the book’s illustrator Gabby Untermayerova, and a representative from the Council on American Islamic Relations. An interactive Q & A with the audience by the panelists will conclude the event. Cost: Free Location: South Pasadena Public Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St. For more info, click here.
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition. Laurie Hendrick’s piece, “Caffe Vicolo del Cinque” will be on display at the 107th annual Gold Exhibition Show at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles fromJune 10 – July 1, 2018. Collector’s Preview – Saturday, June 9th 5:30 to 7:00 PM Artist’s Gala Reception – Saturday June 9th 7:00 PM For more info, click here.
Sisters In Crimve Chapter Meeting Guest Speaker: Lee J. Stonum & Featured Reader: Jill AmadioSunday, June 10 at 2:00-2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments/ 2:30-4:00 p.m. Program. Defense Attorney Lee J. Stonum will talk about what it’s really like to defend people, navigate the legal system, and work for justice. Got questions? Lee’s got answers. Like Tosca Trevant, the amateur sleuth in her crime series set on Balboa Island, Jill Amadio hails from St. Ives, Cornwall but is nowhere near as grumpy or unwittingly hilarious as her character. Jill was a reporter in Spain, Thailand, and Colombia, and a crime reporter in the United States. Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community. South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena. Free & open to the public. For more info, 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.
Public Hearing -SR710 North Project Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A draft EIR/EIS was released for public comment in March 2015. Based on this new information, a focused RDEIR/SDEIS has been prepared for public review and comment. The proposed alternatives fro the project include: The Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management Alternative (TSM/TDM, the Bus Rapid Transit Alternative (BRT), the Light Rail Transit Aternative (LRT) and the Freeway Tunnel Alternative. Maranatha High School Student Services Center 169 S. John Ave. Pasadena.
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
Movies in the Park June 22, 2018 Movie begins 8:15pm (dusk) The South Pasadena Community Services Department is screening two movies at Garfield Park this summer: June 22 – Despicable Me 3. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low seat lawn chairs. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380 Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue
11th Annual South Pasadena High School Exhibition Through June 22, 2018 SPARC GALLERY @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1121 Mission Street. Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm or by appointment. Please call the Chamber to schedule
your visit at (626) 441 2339.
NWPC-Pasadena Working Council & General Membership Meeting June 25th at 6:00 pm(Working Council) followed by General Membership at 7:00 pm at Mimi’s Cafe in Monrovia. We will be joined by Irella Perez and LIzette Escobedo, two former candidates for Whittier City Council. ​https://www.nwpcgpa.org/
Concerts in the Park Sundays July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us and your community for sweet tunes and good times. Food will be available for purchase or you can bring your own picnic. This event is free. ​ Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue For more info, click here.
Festival of Balloons – Join WISPPA in the parade Wednesday, July 4
Shakespeare in the Park July 19, 2018 Shakespeare by the Sea will be at Garfield Park for a performance of The Winter’s Tale. This event begins at 7:00 p.m., picnics are welcome. Remember to bring blankets and/ or low sitting chairs. Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380
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)
Shakespeare in the Park August 2, 2018 Shakespeare by the Sea will return to Garfield Park for a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. This event begins at 7:00 p.m., picnics are welcome. Remember to bring blankets and/or low sitting chairs. Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380
Our National Night Out event will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at Orange Grove Park. Join us for inflatables, games, food, music and more! This event is designed to strengthen relationships in our community and continue to demonstrate relationships with public safety. Police and Fire Departments and various other city components.
Movie at the Park. On August 10th at 7:00, Movie begins 8:15pm (dusk) Featured movie Coco at Garfield Park. Movie will start at 8:15 p.m. Picnics are welcome, light refreshments will be sold.Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low seat lawn chairs. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380 Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue
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