WISPPA Newsletter December 31, 2018

Ring in the New Year with Wisppa

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As 2018 closes and we look forward to a new year, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for supporting WISPPA and more importantly for supporting our wonderful city. Many of you have donated much time, money and energy not only to WISPPA, but to commissions, committees, South Pasadena non-profits, schools, etc Together we have accomplished a great deal and have made our city better and stronger. (To see what WISPPA did throughout the year, click here to see the meetings or click here to see other highlights on the website)
2019 will bring us new goals and hurdles. I have no doubt that our WISPPA members will rise to the challenge. May the new year bring you and your families much happiness, good health and many treasured memories. Best wishes, Betty Emirhanian
Next WISPPA meeting: JANUARY 12 at 9:30. (Come at 9:00 a.m. for conversation and refreshments) Be sure to join us on the 2nd Saturday of January. Our speaker will be South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. 
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 Delaine Shane!
  • TONIGHT: Join fellow WISPPA members at the SPTOR Crunch Party 2018 on Saturday, December 29 at 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. You can buy your tickets at the door or visit SPTOR site souvenir booth for $50/ticket. If you would like to sit with WISPPA members, please respond to this email and let us know so that Bianca Richards and Dollie Chapman.
  • Homeless Count – join thousands of volunteers to donate 4 hours on one night of a 3 night count of homeless residents in LA County. The annual homelessness count is a huge community undertaking. Every year, a census of the homeless population is taken through the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Count helps better understand homelessness in our region and direct resources where they’re needed most. At least 8,000 volunteers to canvas more than 80 cities and 200 communities across LA County. You can now register for the Count, which will take place January 22-24: Click here for more info or to sign up.
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.
SPTOR Crunch Party 2018 on Saturday, December 29 at 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. You can buy your tickets at the door or visit SPTOR site sourvenir booth for $50/ticket. For more info, go to http://www.sptor.org/crunchparty.html
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
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.
Chutes & Ladders: Terry Braunstein Artist Talk: Through January 4, 2019 SPARC Gallery @ Chamber of Commerce This exhibition consists of 12 assemblages by Long Beach multi-media and photo-montage artist Terry Braunstein. Braunstein is a philosopher as well as an artist — her creative weave of archetypes and ancient myths coupled with modern images found in the contemporary magazines, gives us profound insight. Her creative juxtapositions are often surprising and even humorous, reflecting how our own private, mundane world is connected to all of humanity, and how our life passages and experiences reflect universal themes.
Jane Brucker’s “Fragile Thoughts” will be in the Judson Studios gallery for public viewing from January 9 – January 31. Artist talk on January 9, 6-9pm. Check the Judson Studio’s website for details.
The Community Services Department is hosting the fourth annual Snow Day event on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue. There will be sled runs, a snow play area, a sled area for younger kids as well as a Tot Land area. Refreshments will be sold on site. Wristbands vouchers may be purchased here , pre-sale tickets are $10, and $15 the day of the event. There will be 4-45 minute sessions starting at 10:00 a.m., which can be selected online at the time of purchase. Each wristband is good for 45 minutes of access
to snow play and sled runs. For further questions, contact the Recreation Office at (626) 403-7380. We look forward to seeing you there, and please remember to bring your scarves and mittens! Additional waiver may be required to sign the day of event.
3rd Annual Women’s March on January 19th from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m Pershing Square – Downtown LA• 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles For more info, click here.
Into the Unknown – A Portrait of South Pasadena CYNDI BEMEL, 2018 Through March 3, 2019 SPARC Gallery @ City Hall (2nd floor) “Into the Unknown was born from my passion as a photo-ethnographer and storyteller. I’ve been roaming the city as an integral part of my personal journey, and this documentary project is far from over. Many of the images capture new perspectives of familiar places. I enjoy juxtaposing my images with reflections and textures of our urban landscape combining the old with the new. Experimenting with light and dark enhances the intrigue of the everyday moment. I appreciate how the black and white of my images taps into a deeper vision of what we might otherwise take for granted, a fresh visual interpretation of the day to day. I strive to capture the subtleties of the world and offer an impression of the ever-changing environment that reflects the tremendous vitality of South Pasadena.” – Cyndi Bemel
For the Love of Chocolate Saturday, February 2 at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena. Dinner, entertainment, prizes, auction, and chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! 1424 Fremont.
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, February 5 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 Carrow’s Restaurant RSVP: call 626.441.2339.$13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included