Weekly WISPPA Newsletter | Week of May 9, 2018

Next WISPPA Meeting: Saturday, June 2 Be sure to join us for our social half hour from 8:30 to 9AM. 
Last WISPPA Meeting: “South Pasadena’s Hispanic Heritage and Its Influences Upon Local Architecture and Art.” Many thanks to John Lesak & Jolino Beserra for two fascinating talks. We also thank the talented jazz musicians from South Pasadena High. It was a wonderful morning filled with music, food, history, and art. To see pictures, go to http://www.wisppa.org/wisppa-meetings.html
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 City of South Pasadena is currently in the process of updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). This plan helps prepare the City by reviewing the hazards and risks associated with its facilities related to natural and human caused disasters. The LHMP has been reviewed by both the City’s Public Safety Commission and the Planning Commission. In addition to these bodies, the document is also available for public review by the City’s residents. Please click here to view the Plan. If you are interested in making a comment on the LHMP, please email them to Acting Captain Robert Bartl of the South Pasadena Police Department at: rbartl@southpasadenaca.gov. The Public Review periods closes on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
  • Water Discoloration Only Temporary – The South Pasadena Public Works Department has recently responded to several customer reports of cloudy and discolored water in certain areas of the City. For more info, click here.
  • South Pasadena Smoking Ordinance Moves Forward South Pasadena City Council amends Smoking Ordinance in first reading to prohibit smoking on all public sidewalks, walkways, parkways, curbs and gutters. For more info, click here.

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
Hello Poets! Vave Studios has an opportunity to host a poetry reading at their studio in South Pasadena. The date is set for Thursday, May 10th starting at 8:30 pm. They are looking for a few volunteers to come a little early to help them set up. For the reading, they have 17 available spots for performers (poetry or music). If you are interested in performing, please reply to this email ASAP to reserve your spot. The set list will fill up fast, so don’t wait too long to let them know! For more information:https://www.pspoets.org
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 towww.blueguitar.club Arroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
A ‘Poetic Doubleheader’ with nationally acclaimed authors Dana Gioia and Ron Koertge will be presented onFriday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room. The free event will not only showcase the two remarkable reading their works, but will also feature lively, complementary video presentations as well. Dana Gioia is the California State Poet Laureate and a South Pasadena resident. From 2003 to 2009, he served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been the USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture since 2011. Gioia is the 2018 winner of the Poets’ Prize for “99 Poems: New & Selected”, published by Graywolf Press in hardcover in 2016 and released in paperback in 2017. The Poets’ Prize is awarded annually by a committee of 20 poets to the “best book of verse published by an American during the preceding year.” Nationally honored writer Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena. Ron is also the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association (ALA) Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, an ALA Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an ALA pick for “one of the ten funniest books of the year.” He’s also a two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature. An adaptation of his 2014 poem “Negative Space” was nominated for Best Animated Short at this year’s Academy Awards, but the honor went to an unknown by the name of Kobe Bryant for his “Dear Basketball”. Ron’s delightful “Negative Space” will be screened as part of the Poetic Doubleheader. The South Pasadena Public Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served and autographed books will be available for purchase.
​Into The Woods, Jr. Presented by Young Stars Theatre Friday, May 11, 18 & 25 @ 7pm Saturday, May 12, 19 & 26 @ 7pm Sunday, May 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.
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
City Budget Presentation – City Council Meeting Wednesday, May 16 7:30 p.m. Do you wonder where your property taxes go? Are you curious about how your City decides which street sections to repair next? The City of South Pasadena, like many local governments, makes these and other important decisions through the annual budget process, which takes place between March and June each year. The City began the process with an online Survey focused on Community Priorities which was released Monday, April 16, 2018. Over 500 responses have been received and evaluated as part of the budget process. On Wednesday, May 16, the City will hold a Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget , where staff will present the City’s finances, review their department budgets, the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, and funding requests for the upcoming year. Council Chambers 1424 Mission Street.
​SPEF Parti Gras 2018 May 19 from 6:00-11:30 pm at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Parti Gras is a great opportunity to spend an evening with friends and neighbors – and with your help, this year will be better than ever! Working together, we look forward to a wonderful, fun evening with the added benefit of giving our South Pasadena schools much-needed support. This year’s event features none other than local DJ icon RICHARD BLADE spinning tunes all night, in addition to a vintage arcade and other 80s themed fun. If you would like to participate in this event by either volunteering or donating items to our silent or live auction please contact PJ Lutz at plutz@spef4kids.org. To purchase tickets, click here.
Operation Cookie Wednesday, Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (alternate: May 22 at 4:00 to 7:00 p.m) Many of you have generously supported “Operation Cookie” in the past and we would be most grateful if you would consider contributing cookies as part of this year’s event. The veterans really enjoy home-made cookies, but donations of local bakery and pre-packaged cookies are welcome. We always need sugar free cookies, too. We also welcome financial support to help defray expenses. This year we will again deliver decorative containers of cookies to patients in Veteran’s Hospitals, to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Military Women in Need, and other groups serving special needs veterans. We remember our homeless veterans as well. You may deliver your cookies (minimum of two dozen) to the Clubhouse at 1424 Fremont Avenue. Convenient curbside service is available both days. We also hope you will be able to volunteer some time with us helping on the cookie “assembly line,” or packing the cookie boxes in cartons, or helping to transport cookies to the various hospitals and veterans groups. For information or to volunteer, call or text: 213-300-9305 / Email: spwc1899@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.
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)
2017 South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Golf Tournament Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 a.m. Lunch, Awards and Drawings follow the tournament. For more information, go to http://www.sptor.org/golf-tournament-info.html.
The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation’s historic house tour Sunday, June 3 from 1-5 pm. Four homes and one garden will be featured on this walking/driving tour. Tickets are $40 in advance at sppreservation.org or $45 the day of the tour at the South Pasadena Historical Museum, 913 Meridian Ave.
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, June 5 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
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.