There is no meeting in December. Stay tuned for information regarding our January meeting.
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!
- Happy Hanukkah! Sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2. to Monday Dec. 10.
- “It’s Dead” Says Senator Anthony Portantino & Secretary of Transportation Brian Annis Press Conference. Today, Portantino and Annis released the historic final EIR; essentially ending the six-decade conflict. The signed and adopted EIR formally adopts a local street improvement alternative to the multibillion dollar 8-lane tunnel proposed 15 years ago to replace the originally proposed surface freeway route. Click here for article in the SouthPasadenan.
- The LA County Registrar office will hold a series of meetings all over the County seeking public input on where to locate the new voting centers that will replace polling sites in the 2020 election. On Thursday, December 13 7:00pm-9:00pm , there will be a meeting for our area at the H&H Jivalagian Youth Center, 2242 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena. Our area includes: Altadena Alhambra, Arcadia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre and Temple City.
- The South Pasadena Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the hub where officials gather and run the city during a disaster, is undergoing a massive remodel to bring it up to industry standards that will cost about $400,000. This is an issue that many individuals in WISPPA lobbied for in the past few years. For more info, see article in the South Pasadena Review.
- The South Pasadena Senior Center is inviting the community to help bring cheer to SP senior residentswho live by themselves and are housebound and alone for the holidays. YOU CAN HELP. Through Dec 14, donate gift cards to local businesses as well as cookies and candy so that they can assemble meaningful, cheerful and tasty gift baskets. The following is needed: gift cards of $10 to $25 in value from places like McDonald’s, Pavillions, Rite Aid, Target, Trader Joe’s, Vons, wrapped cookies and chocolates (factory packaged and unopened) as well as cash donations to go towards gift card purchases. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Senior Center at 1102 Oxley. For more info, call 626-403-7360.
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
South Pasadena Holiday Tree Lighting Thursday, November 29 at 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mayor Richard Schneider will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. There will be entertainment before and after the tree lighting . Santa Claus will be there along with other fun surpises and activities.
Library Film Night screening of “Best F(r)iends, Volume 1” Thursday November 29 at 7 p.m. The 2018 film, released recently by Lionsgate, showcases the talents of writer and co-star Greg Sestero, a South Pasadena resident. The film reunites Greg with co-star Tommy Wiseau, a cult figure with fans the world over. The duo first joined forces in 2003’s “The Room” and were portrayed by James and Dave Franco in “The Disaster Artist,” a 2017 feature nominated for two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. The Library presentation of “Best F(r)iends, Volume 1” will include an intro by Greg Sestero and a Q&A that also features female lead Kristen StephensonPino, and Carl Kozlowski, the Arts Editor from the Pasadena Weekly. South Pasadena Library Community Room.
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
Executive Forum Luncheon Topic: From 2018 to 2020: How the blue wave can wash Trump out of the White House Friday, November 30, 2018 11:00 a.m. check in/Reception 11:30 a.m. Program and Lunch. Speaker Fred Register is a veteran Democratic political consultant who has run dozens of successful campaigns at every level of California government – from local school boards to State Attorney General. Among his current clients are State Senator Anthony Portantino and Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu. Prior to opening his political consulting business, Register held governmental positions in the LA County District Attorney’s office, the California Department of Justice, and the US Department of Education. For more info, go to www.WomenInLeadershipVV.com The Women’s City Club of Pasadena 160 N. Oakland Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101
Elf Jr. – The Musical Presented by Young Stars Theatre November 30-December 16 at the Fremont Centre Theatre. Back by popular demand! One of the most popular YST shows EVER! “Elf Jr.” tells the story of Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. For tickets and more info, click here.
Pancake Breakfast at Tiger Run Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a pancake breakfast for only $5 on the morning of the Tiger Run. This is a fundraiser hosted by Skills USA, supported by the SPHS Tiger Booster Club. Stop by the SPHS Tiger Booster Club booth from 8-10:30am on to pick up Tigers merchandise – the perfect stop for holiday gifts! SPHS Stadium 1401 Diamond Avenue – South Pasadena
South Pasadena Tiger Run 5k/10k Run/Walk Saturday, December 1 8:00 am – 10:00 am Location: South Pasadena High School Click here to register.
Hansel and Gretel – holiday opera classic. Saturday Dec. 1, 2:30 & 7:30pm Woman’s Club of South Pasadena 1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena 91030 Engelbert Humperdinck’s fantasy Hansel and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) is a fairy tale opera that follows two young siblings, Hänsel and Gretel, as they get lost in the forest after being chased out of the house for bothering their mother. In their quest to pick and gather strawberries, the children become lost in the woods, reknown for being the home to an evil Witch who eats children. After meeting some other magical characters, the children come across a delicious gingerbread house, where a kind old woman lives. They are invited inside to enjoy a smorgasbord of sweets and treats, only to discover that their host is the evil Witch. She puts a spell on the children, making them eat until their are plump so that she can cook them to perfection. The children manage to conquer the Witch, and their parents find them, all celebrating their freedom. Click here for tickets.
South Pasadena Community Chorus presents the 18th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, December 2 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Calvary Presbyterian Church. The South Pasadena Community Chorus is a stand-alone group and has no official affiliation with the church. Individual sponsors in the chorus, a few church members and friends of the Chorus provide the funds to pay production costs for the professional Orchestra and Harpsichord, Organist and Soloists. Although a donation can be made at the end of the concert, there is no admission charge – it’s a musical gift to the community from the Community Chorus. Soloists slated include Kelci Hahn, soprano; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo; Taylor Jacobs, tenor; and Luc Kleiner, bass. The director and founder of the Chorus, Mike Wilson, is also the Director of Music at the church. The concert, about one hour in length, is followed with a reception in Fellowship Hall. Parking may be available in the church parking lot which opens on El Centro.
Library Winter Holiday Concert featuring the Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. South Pasadena Public Library Community Room 1115 El Centro Street The award-winning, nationally acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra is best known for the young age of its players (4-14), and the unusually high level of their playing. The conductor, Susan Pascale, is also founder and director of the Pascale Music Institute in South Pasadena. The Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, now in its 17th year has been featured numerous times on local and national television. For more information about the Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, call 626-403-4611, or go to Pascalemusic.com.
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.
ShopTalk Breakfast! Tuesday, December 4 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
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.
SPARC’s Annual Holiday Party and Glass Workshop December 06, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Bullseye Glass Co. 143 Pasadena Ave, South Pasadena. Come hang out with friends, enjoy food and drinks Tour Judson Studios Browse several Artisan Booths offering unique holiday gifts for purchase. **Workshop Opportunity – create your own holiday dazzlers out of kiln-glass. $20 per person, RSVP required as space is first come first serve and fills up quickly. Click here to RSVP
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.
South Pasadena Woman’s Club Holiday Boutique and Christmas Store Saturday Dec. 8 from 9:30 – 3 pm at the festively decorated Woman’s Club historic Clubhouse, 1424 Fremont Avenue. This Year, SANTA CLAUS will be there to meet and greet kids and shoppers. New vendors and returning favorites for your shopping pleasure. There will be a club cooked lunch at 11:00 to 1:00 for $8.
Barks and Books (Read to a Dog) at the Library 12/12/2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Library Children’s Room 1100 Oxley Street Children are invited to visit the Library to read animal-related short stories of their choice to dogs from the Pasadena Humane Society Companion Animal Program. Not only does this make reading more fun, it also builds a child’s confidence in reading aloud. Also, the available books will help children realize that animals experience a range of emotions similar to their own and that they have basic needs too. This will, in turn, encourage them to appreciate the importance of treating all animals with respect and kindness. Sign-ups are required.
League Members Annual Holiday Party. Thursday, December 13 at 4:00 – 7:00 PM. There will be delicious food, excellent conversation, and a chance to meet other League members at a festive and happy occasion. Buy a ticket for your chance to win a lovely holiday gift basket! Although this a free event, we do need to have a head-count so that adequate food and drink will be available. So please register now and plan to attend! Click here to register.
Chutes & Ladders: Terry Braunstein Through January 4, 2019 SPARC Gallery @ Chamber of Commerce Artist Talk: December 8, 2018, 6-7:30PM 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.
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.