WISPAA Newsletter and Events!

WISPAA calendar of events.

Next WISPPA Meeting: Saturday, March 3. . WISPPA will be presenting a panel on homelessness. Come at 8:30 a.m. for refreshments & social time. ​Meeting beings at 9:00 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall) ​ 1050 Fremont Ave.

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
Reminder: Ballots asking registered voters to renew a parcel tax must be must be postmarked by Feb. 27 in order to be counted in the final vote.

The next phase of the General Plan/Downtown Specific Plan Update has begun – If you missed the EIR Scoping meeting which was held on Monday, February 5, you still have an opportunity to weigh in on the issues you would like the EIR to address. Send in your concerns to plansouthpasadena@southpasadenaca.gov. by February 23rd 4:00. For more information and to review and comment on the working drafts portions of General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan at PlanSouthPasadena.org.

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Get involved – The Eclectic 2018 Calling all musicians, artists, vendors and volunteers to join the Eclectic for its 10th anniversary on April 28th! For more information or to sign up, head to theEclectic.rocks. And follow the Eclectic on social media for regular updates: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @SoPasEclectic

Free English Conversation Classes for Adults Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to noon at the South Pasadena Public Library.

South Pasadena Senior Center offers many classes and programs every month. So much so, that there is too much to list separately in our newsletter. Please go to http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/index for the list of events on the City of South Pasadena website.

The Women’s Room at Friends in Deed is in immediate need of these items: women’s deodorant, pull-up style adult undergarments (sizes S-XL), and flip-flops (sizes L and XL). These items can be dropped off at Friends in Deed, 444 E Washington Blvd. at Los Robles, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LIST OF EVENTS: Go to http://www.wisppa.org/upcoming-events.html for updates in between newsletters.
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

An Evening of Comedy with “South Pasadena’s Own” Don Friesen Don Friesen, the star of the hilarious Showtime one-hour comedy special, “Ask Your Mom,” will be making a live appearance in the Community Room on Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. The free program will showcase the talents of the engaging, clever, and just flat-out funny South Pasadena resident. Appropriate for all ages and presenting “One of the best up and coming comedians in the country,” the program is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Friesen’s routines capture the ironies of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best material around. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says “Friesen will leave a lasting comic impression,” and describes him as “offbeat, satirical, self-deprecating and slightly out of control.” 1115 El Centro Street. No tickets or reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served. Click here for more info.

EMILY de Araújo Works on Paper January 6 – February 23, 2018 Artist Talk Sat. February 10 6-7:30 pm. For the works in this show, d’Araújo started with leftovers—projects she had abandoned or rejected earlier because they didn’t fit her vision for her work at the time. Her parameters were: don’t buy anything new, work with what you already have. As she worked toward this exhibition, she returned to old drawings and unfinished prints. Stencils and cut-outs, remainders from former collages were her starting points. Her techniques are a natural outgrowth of my printmaking roots, reminiscent of cut-outs of French modernist Henri Matisse. SPARC Gallery @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1121 Mission.

Community Meeting: Future Pocket Parks : Grevelia St. & Berkshire Saturday, February 10 at 10 – 11:00 a.m. @ Grevalia and 11:30 – 12:30 @ Berkshire. The purpose of these meetings is to obtain feedback and input from residents in the adjacent area, regarding plausible concept designs for the newly commissioned pocket parks. Additionally, this gives residents the opportunity to meet the park designer, David Volz, from David Volz Design Landscape Architects, Inc. Locations: 1107 Grevalia & 2006 Berkshire.

T​oxic & Tainted Love Opening Reception Saturday, February 10th from 7pm – 10pm. On view Feb. 10th – March 10th Join us for our Valentine Exhibition, Toxic & Tainted Love. Love can be as exciting & thrilling, as it is harmful and hurtful. It can create many high and low feelings, but most of all, an unforgettable memory. Curated by A. Huggard This exhibit features a broad range of mediums and styles that depict the danger and passion of the heart. Featuring Vakseen, L. Croskey, Lost Colours, DefectiveBarbie, Chris Lowail, My Wicked Eyes, Sahza Gazova, Jely, Brady Willmott, and Autumn Armstrong. ​Sugar Mynt Gallery · 810 Meridian Ave · South Pasadena
Beginner & Intermediate Golf Clinics at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course Starting Sunday February 11th, 2018 @ 1pm. Learn the Basic Fundamentals of the Golf first 5 Students. Hurry and register, contact Sam at scortez@arroyosecogc.com for price & availability.
2018 Lunar New Year Celebration Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. Award winning Art Troupe from Beijing, China and Worldwide Acclaimed Performers (12th American Tour) Free. South Pasadena Middle School Auditorium 1500 S. Fairoaks. For more information, click here.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Presented by Young Stars Theatre Through February 18, 2018 The perfect show for the month of LOVE! And a fundraiser for YST! Back by popular demand from 2016, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a hilarious and poignant musical, exploring modern American relationships from the first date, through marriage, and beyond. Songs like Cantata for a First Date, A Stud and a Babe, Tear Jerk, and Single Man Drought will leave you sore with laughter, while only moments later you’ll find yourself reaching for a tissue! You may leave the theatre humming the songs, but you’ll be talking about this show for a long time to come. NINE SHOWS ONLY! Don’t miss it! Tickets: $30, Matinees $25 Fridays, Feb 9 & 16 @ 8pm Saturdays, Feb 10 & 17 @ 8pm Sundays, Feb 11 @ 4pm and Feb 18 @ 2pm Special Valentine’s Day Show, Wednesday, Feb 14 @ 8pm. Come Valentine’s Day for a complimentary glass of wine, complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries, and assorted complimentary chocolates! Location: Fremont Center Theatre 1000 Fremont Ave.

South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast February 20 at 7:00 am – 8:30 am This year’s speaker will be Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries. Oneonta Church 1515 Garfield Ave. – South Pasadena For more information and tickets, click here.

Paint and Pinot Step by step instruction, easy for any skill level Friday, February 23rd: 6pm – 8 All art materials and snacks are included, BYOB $35/person. SugarMynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave South Pasadena. For more info, go to ​www.sugarmynt.com/paint-pinot

PCDA Russian Nights Event Saturday, February 24 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4th Annual Russian-Themed Dinner & Chamber Music Concert, catered by Chef Claud Beltran of Bacchus’ Kitchen. All proceeds from the event helps children with autism and other developmental challenges and their families. For more info, visit www.pcdateam.org or contact Robert Bain at robertb@pcdateam.org

Winter Arts Crawl Saturday, February 24 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Artists and businesses team up to celebrate the winter season with the fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event which offers gallery openings, art activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and special events throughout the business district. There will be an Artisans’ Marketplace near the South Pasadena Historical Museum with artisans showcasing their unique, handcrafted wares. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with festivities for the event. The event kicks off Women’s History Month in March with the theme of “Bad Girls,” based on the book “Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World.” There will be an event map published in the South Pasadena Review (the official guide to the Arts Crawl!) on Friday, February 23, 2018 and more information can be found on the Chamber’s website at www.southpasadena.net. See you at the Crawl!

Jonathon Sadler Gallery Opening Reception -Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location SPARC Gallery @ the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Restoration Concert presenting Los Angeles Piano Sextet Sunday February 25 at 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 Program: Mozart, Poulenc and Thuille. Susan Greenberg, Flute; Michele Zukovsky, Clarinet; Jennifer Johnson Cullinan, Oboe; Judith Farmer, Bassoon; Amy Jo Rhine, Horn; Bernadene Blaha, Piano. Net proceeds are used for the continued enhancement of the Community Room and the Library. Library Community Room 1115 El Centro St. $20 at the door. Additional info 626-799-6333

Women’s Leadership Summit February 27 9:30am – 12:30pm (Registration will begin at 9:00am)​ Now more than ever – women are gathering together to recognize and leverage our talents, ambitions and commitment into collective voices for increasing influence on our communities, culture and civil society. While the need and movement are not new, the momentum is undeniable. Hear from Katie Hill, Deputy CEO of PATH, one of Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit organizations and 2018 candidate for Congress from the 25th District, Emiliana (Emi) Guereca, Co-Executive Director, Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation, DeBorah Smith, executive leadership coach and Jean Huang, Financial Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management Meet and connect with your peers, share and inspire each other through your experience and strategies for being go-to leaders and key influencers Registration Fee: $95 Center for Nonprofit Management 1000 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Click here for website.

5th Special Needs Conference Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 am – 12:30 pm presented by The South Pasadena Council PTA Special Needs Committee and South Pasadena Unified School District. This free conference serves parents of students with special needs, teachers and other professionals, and interested community members in the district and surrounding communities. Learn how to: • find, fund, & coordinate services* • deal with challenging behavior* • explore pathways after high school • teach and practice social communication • understand and manage attention issues *these two panels will be offered with Mandarin/Spanish simultaneous interpretation. RSVP required for interpretation. Register for the conference at http://www.spp4snc.com/conference/ . Detailed information about the program will be posted at that website as it becomes available.

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)

ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 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. Mike & Anne’s Restaurant RSV: 626.441.2339 $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included
“A Celebration of Women In Baseball” Documentary Film Screening Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Presented by the South Pasadena lIbrary, Friends of the South Pasadena Library, and Filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis. Q & A with the filmmaker and starts from the film, umpire Perry Barber, Cameron& Lisa Ely. Includes book signing for “Baseball Pioneers”, Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30. Refreshments will be served. Library Community Room 1115 El Centro .

Annual Spring Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 31 from 11:30am – 2:00pm. The event is located at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave. This event is fun for the whole family, there will be crafts, inflatables, games, and egg hunts. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance to take photos with you! Food will be available for purchase. Preregistration is required and will begin Monday, February 5, 2018. You can purchase your wristband on our website, www.southpasadenaca.gov/events or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St, South Pasadena, (626) 403-7380.

7th Annual Taste of South Pasadena down Mission Street and Fair Oaks Blvd. Tuesday, April 17 from 6pm-9pm. Sponsored by the South Pasadena Rotary Club. Visit www.southpasadenarotary.org/ for tickets and details. • Fun for the whole family. Over 20 of your favorite restaurants participating in Eats on the Streets and a dozen craft wineries sponsored by Garagiste. Proceeds benefit local and international charities