MAGIC BOX @ THE REEF
SAT APRIL 7 – 11 AM – 5 PM
SUN APRIL 8 – 11 AM – 4 PM
A ‘Comic-Con’ for Foodies! This two-day shopping and educational event offers attendees the chance to meet culinary purveyors, purchase the newest food trends, and experience cuisines from hand-selected vendors including food artisans, cookware and gadgets, restaurants, local chefs, food trucks, craft breweries, wineries, and more.
Foodie Con delivers everything your palate desires all under one roof and all in one fun-filled weekend!
Security Update – How to Spot and Avoid Income Tax Scams
Filing your taxes can be stressful on its own, but today it’s more important than ever to be aware of cybercriminals preying on unsuspecting taxpayers. These criminals count on you being confused by the tax forms coming in the mail, and the amount of information the IRS can request. They use this confusion to try and obtain your personal and financial information. Here are some of the most common tax scams, along with ways to safeguard yourself this tax season:
Phishing is a scam using unsolicited email or a fake website, posing as a legitimate website, to trick you into providing personal and financial information. The email or fake website can also be used to infect your device with malware. These emails and fake websites can even mimic the IRS. Cybercriminals use the information collected to commit identity, or financial theft. Phishing is an effective scam during tax season because many people feel comfortable providing personal information to the IRS.
It is important to keep in mind that the IRS will not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. They also won’t send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click on anything claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise. Official IRS websites have URL addresses beginning with www.irs.gov, so if an IRS site you are looking at has a different address, don’t enter any information, no matter how official it looks. If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, report it by sending it to email@example.com.
IRS Impersonation Telephone Scam
Another common scam occurring during tax season involves callers pretending to be IRS agents. These callers try to convince you to pay an outstanding tax debt that doesn’t exist. They can sound very convincing when they call, and may use fake names and IRS identification badge numbers to sound official. They may even threaten you with jail time or garnishment if you do not immediately settle the debt by sending a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. The caller typically alters the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling and leaves urgent callback requests if the phone is not answered.
The IRS will never call taxpayers demanding payment on the spot, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. The IRS will not demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question, or appeal the amount you owe. They will not require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, and will not threaten to bring in law enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately and contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 to report the call.
Return Preparer Fraud
While the majority of tax return professionals provide honest, high-quality service, there are dishonest preparers who prepare tax returns with the intent of committing refund fraud or identity theft. These scam artists may use flyers, phone calls and/or emails to lure victims with the promise of larger than normal refunds. Once they have your personal information, they may falsify your tax return to obtain a huge refund, which they deposit into their bank account, or use the information on your return to steal your identity. Common victims of this scam are people who are not required to file a tax return, non-English speaking individuals, and the elderly, but anyone can be a potential victim.
Be on the lookout for anyone promising inflated refunds. You should be suspicious of anyone who promises a large refund without looking at your records, a person who asks you to sign a blank return, or someone who charges fees based on the amount of the refund. Reputable tax preparers will not cold call you and promise a large return without reviewing your records. Before choosing a tax preparer, you should ask for their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN, and verify it with the Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers at www.irs.gov.
The Bottom Line. Never respond to unexpected emails or other communications that are supposedly from the IRS. Never provide personal information to someone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be from the IRS. Only provide personal information to the IRS when you are the one who initiates the call. Only provide personal information to a licensed tax professional after you have verified them with the IRS. Following the tips mentioned above will help you from becoming a victim of an income tax scam.
Stater Bros. to Open First Supermarket in Pasadena
Press Release here
San Bernardino, California (January 11, 2018) – Stater Bros. Markets is excited to announce that a retail space located at 1390 N. Allen Ave. (northeast corner of Allen Ave. and Washington Blvd.) in Pasadena will soon become a Stater Bros. supermarket. The Company will take possession of this location in May 2018 ensuring a smooth transition from the current occupant. At 42,000 sq. ft., this retail space will then undergo a major remodel, and reopen as a state-of-the-art Stater Bros. supermarket in fall 2018.
The supermarket will feature:
A Full Service Fresh Meat Department with Stater Bros. famous certified Meat Cutters ready to serve you
A Full Service Fresh Seafood Department with friendly seafood experts to assist with selection
FujiSan Handcrafted Sushi made in-house daily
A Full Service Deli including Cleo & Leo exclusive recipe and always fresh hand-breaded fried chicken, specialty sandwiches and wraps in addition to a full line of prepared party trays
Full Service Hot Bakery with a full selection of Artisan breads and rolls, specialty single serve desserts, Cleo and Leo line of classic cakes and in-house cake decorators to assist with all special occasion needs
A Relaxing Seating Area with USB charging outlets and access to free Wi-Fi
Floral Department for that special gift of fresh flowers, plants or floral arrangements
Garden Fresh Produce Department featuring more than 1,000 items with expanded organic selections and fruit cut fresh daily
Energy-efficient LED lighting in addition to glass doors on refrigerated cases to reduce energy consumption
A décor scheme reflecting Pasadena’s rich history
“We are delighted to welcome Stater Bros. to the City of Pasadena. Stater Bros. Markets provides products and services consistent with the high level of quality the community expects,” Pasadena City Councilmember Margaret McAustin said.
“Stater Bros. is a Company that proudly celebrates tradition and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to establish roots in such a historic and beautiful community,” added Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden. “We look forward to a good working relationship with the City of Pasadena as the extensive remodel process commences and are thrilled to acquaint Pasadena customers with Stater Bros.’ fresh offerings and exemplary customer service when we open this fall,” Van Helden concluded.
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $80 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information, visit staterbros.com.
STATER BROS … PROUDLY SERVING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILIES FOR 81 YEARS
The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo also known as SCALE 16X will take place on March 8-11, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCALE 16X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events. It is the largest community open source and free software conference in North America and draws around 3,500 attendees annually. A wide variety of tech professionals and enthusiasts attend SCALE, from beginners to industry leaders.
Registration for Scale 16X
Tickets will be available Fall 2017. There are several different types of tickets:
Expo Pass: $20 – Provides access to the exhibit hall and free events. The exhibit halls are open on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
SCALE Pass: $85 – Provides access to all SCALE sessions, the exhibit hall, and free events.
Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for online services, including Fiverr pro – a premium verified professionals service, allowing entrepreneurs and business owners to make their business better, stay on budget and get things done in just a click.
Among the services being sold on Fiverr are Creative services, IT helpers, Video professionals, Writers and translators, Sound editors, Business consultants, Web developers, and many more.
The wide range of services, including over 150 sub-categories, many different audiences worldwide. To learn more about Fiverr.
Fiverr® is the world’s largest marketplace for services starting at $5. Fiverr is a unique marketplace with one of the highest conversion rates in the industry!
Fiverr is the home for digital, creative and professional services, providing a one-stop shop for millions of digital services. Fiverr allows entrepreneurs and business owners to make their business better, stay on budget and get things done in just a click. Currently, Fiverr lists more than three million services on its site.
Among the services being sold on Fiverr creative services, IT helpers, video professionals, writers and translators, sound editors, business consultants, web developers, and many more.
The wide range of services, including over 150 sub-categories.
Whiteboard & Explainer Videos – Animated Characters & Modeling – Research & Summaries – Website Builders & CMS – Lyric & Music Videos – 3D & 2D Models – Presentation Design – Online Private Lessons – Web & Mobile Design – WordPress – Local Listings – Ecommerce – Creative Writing
Web Programming – Spokespersons & Testimonials
Chef Ian Gresik along with his wife Nancy Gresik have opened their first restaurant, The Arbour, in the beautiful and historic city of Pasadena. A farm to table fine dining restaurant focusing on local ingredients and exceptional service.
527 SOUTH LAKE AVENUE SUITE 120
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91101
MONDAY – SUNDAY
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Will be opening for weekday lunch soon!
Chef Ian Gresik
Ray Messmer – General Manager
Rose Mendez – Manager
Matthew Haro – Chef de Cuisine
We are currently accepting applications to attend the 2018 Community Police Academy. Classes meet on Thursday evenings from February 22nd – April 12th. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm and class runs from 6:00-9:30 pm at the Pasadena Police Department.
The Community Police Academy (CPA) is an informative, eight-week classroom series that gives an inside look at Pasadena Police operations while discussing the principles of community policing. The purpose of the class is to promote a greater awareness and better understanding of local law enforcement’s continuously changing role in the community.
Presented in a friendly, casual environment, the class covers a wide variety of subject areas including police communications, criminal law and procedures (laws of arrest), street crime enforcement/investigations, field identification, weaponless defense training, youth programs and more. The course concludes with a graduation dinner, where students receive a certificate of completion.
•Minimum 18 years of age
•Live, work or, own property in Pasadena
•No felony convictions
•No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application
If you would like to apply for the upcoming class, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626.744.7650 to be sent an application.
*Citizen Police Academy is not intended to make the participant a police officer nor does the acceptance of an application guarantee a placement in the class.
Phone scam warning in Altadena / Pasadena area, impersonators asking for money to prevent arrest.
Phone scam in Altadena / Pasadena area
This is a warning to everyone about sheriff / police impersonators calling residents and saying, “There is a warrant out for your arrest, and if you don’t pay up, you’ll be arrested.”
An Altadena resident was called at their house by a man from 626 area code, local phone number, saying at he was a L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy told our resident they had two warrants for arrest for missing jury duty. They also said a $1000 cash bond was needed to be paid, or they would be arrested.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not call you to demand money for arrest warrants. If you are contacted over the phone and are suspicious, ask for the callers name and employee number and call our station, (626) 798-1131 or whichever police department they are representing and ask to verify the information.
If the caller tells you to put money on a prepaid card and give him the card number. Now your scam-detecting radar is going off the charts. Police departments — and the federal government, for that matter — don’t tell people to pay with prepaid cards. You also know using a prepaid card is like paying cash — once the money is gone, you can’t get it back.
More sophisticated scammers may have caller ID that shows the local police departments name. It may seem like reliable information about the source of a call isn’t so reliable anymore.
Scammers can rig caller ID to look like they’re calling from the police department. Or, really, anywhere — even your own number. Don’t rely on caller ID. It’s not foolproof. Scammers can easily spoof it to try to gain your trust. If it looks like the police are calling, call our non-emergency phone number (626) 798-1131 and call to find out if the story is legit. You’ll soon learn it’s a scam.
Report the imposter to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint Select the category “Scams and Rip-offs” then “Impostor Scams”.
Nothing in history has changed the way we live, work and play like the Internet. The rise in reliability of streaming video and access to high-speed internet has created a powerful new class of media consumers whose disruptive viewing habits are driving an innovative new market in the field of e-Gaming and e-Sports.
Join us for an industry panel discussion on the morning of January 20, 2018 for the opportunity to hear from four e-gaming and e-sports pioneers and entrepreneurs for an insider’s look at this wildly expanding industry. You’ll learn how they started in the business, where are the current industry trends, and what opportunities are out there for game developers and entrepreneurs to enter the e-gaming and e-sports industry.
After 75 Years, The Original Twohey’s in Alhambra Will Close Its Doors February 1st, 2018!
After 75 Years, The Original Twohey’s in Alhambra
Will Close Its Doors February 1st, 2018
(Alhambra, CA), Friday, December 15th, 2017: Located in Alhambra and serving up family-friendly American Fare including their famous burgers, onion rings, award-winning soda fountain hot fudge sundaes, and making memories for 75 years, the original Twohey’sRestaurant will permanently close its doors February 1st, 2018 as the restaurant’s lease was not renewed.
Twohey’s originally opened in Pasadena in 1943, and then moved a decade later to its present location at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra. “After 75 great years, the original Twohey’s Restaurant will close its doors on February 1st, 2018. Sadly, our lease cannot be extended, so with much regret, we must say goodbye. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the City of Alhambra, and all the faithful guests, family and friends that have visited and supported us all throughout the years. Most of all, we would like to thank our incredible staff, as we have been truly honored to have had such a talented, professional and loyal group of coworkers,” states Jim Christos.
For photos of the original Twohey’s Restaurant, please visit the Dropbox link below:
iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
• Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri
Other improvements and fixes
• Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
• Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
• Improves video camera stabilization
• Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
• Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
• Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
• Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
• Improves stability in Calendar
• Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
• Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
• Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
• Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
• Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
• Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
• Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
• Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
• Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
• Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
• Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: <https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222>
If you are on the list for a Tesla Model 3, your wait could be anywhere from a few months, to possibly over a year.
Tesla is now posting estimated delivery times for reservations. If you have a reservation, you login to your account and click on the Delivery Estimator.
Some people have decided to sell their Model 3 reservation and make some money. For what was a $1000 reservation, some people are listing for $2500 or more.
You can see on CraigsList some of the listings in the Los Angeles area.
Tesla is also promoting the used Tesla Model S as an option for those who do not want to wait.
Smart thermostats are an easy way to lower your heating bill this winter. The WiFi-equipped thermostat learns your temperature preferences and automatically adjusts to keep you comfortable all day.
To encourage our customers to “switch and save,” PWP is increasing the instant rebate from $40 to $90 on the industry’s most popular smart thermostat, dropping its price to just $159.99! The PWP WebShop Black Friday promotion is for a limited time, from November 22 to November 29. To learn more, click here.
As we enter the Holiday Season, the Pasadena Police Department would like the public to be aware of an increase in purse and wallet thefts. These thefts have occurred primarily while unaware victims are dining at popular restaurants or coffee shops, shopping at the grocery store, or browsing at busy retailers. While it may seem convenient to leave your open purse in the shopping cart’s child seating area, or hung over your chair at the restaurant, this is when you are most vulnerable.
The thieves involved in this criminal enterprise are very good as stealing without being detected and very fast! They are often standing right next to you, seated behind you, and he/she is often having one of their accomplices casually chatting with you as they swiftly reach into your purse and take your wallet. It is not until the victim reaches for his or her wallet that they realize it was stolen. and the thieves have already rung up hundreds of dollars in fraudulent purchases on your credit cards.
Be aware that thieves will look like every other average shopper and have been both male (wallet-grabbers) and female (distractors). Past cases have indicated they are well or casually dressed in blazers, black women’s leather jackets and polo shirts; they like to wear sunglasses (even when indoors) and they are often talking on their cell phones while loitering suspiciously. They usually won’t have shopping bags or shopping carts so they can maneuver quickly and vacate the premise.
1. Have a watchful eye
2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and who is standing near you
3. Be alert for overly friendly persons
4. Keep your purse zipped closed and/or wallet secure, in your view and preferable with your hand over the zipper opening
5. If you see suspicious activity, please alert your local law enforcement agency promptly
WHAT: The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade celebrates 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena this Sunday, November 19th. On Doo Dah day, over 90 unique entries will be joining in the fun from all over Southern California.
Dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats will accompany a legion of revelers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets with a memorable cast of eccentrics, disruptors, political pundits, lone wolves, and steam punks, comprising a legion of merrymakers.
WHEN: Doo Dah steps off at 11am. Immediately following the event, many after-parties will take place in the Parade vicinity.
WHERE: (Official address: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107)
The Parade loops along Colorado Boulevard, between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, in East Pasadena.
COST: The event is always free-of-charge to the public!
MORE INFO: This year’s lineup includes The Billionaires, Danse Macabre, The Eye, Bildge Rat, Flying Baby Homerun Border Crossing, The Aloha Oy Vey Ukelele Marching Band, Radioactive Chickenheads, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, Unicorns with Palace, L.A. Derby Dolls, Kilt Brigade, Cyclops, Free Thought Society, Let’s Paint and March TV!, Saucer from Bakersfield, Partying Parrotheads, Murrugun the Mystic Sword Swallower, Trashion Show, Kid Swap, Pony Baloney Express, Fish Tank Dress, Black Sabbitch, Count Smokula, Lady DJ Sparkle Pony, Howdy Krishna, The Butler, The World’s Tallest Girl Scout, Recumbent Revolution, DubRobot, Doo Dah’s 2017 Queen Imani and Grand Marshal Marty Coleman, among many others. Secret Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the North Pole icon, will close the conga line and ring in the holiday season. And… not a rose will be harmed in the making of this parade!
EVEN MORE INFO: Known as the twisted sister of the conventional Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country was even highlighted in last year’s Wall Street Journal. It was also named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die.
PARKING: Plenty of easy street parking is available surrounding the area. Parade route is 1 mile west of the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station. Take a city bus directly to the area. Call Uber or take a Metro bike!
FOOD TRUCKS: (2636 E. Colorado Blvd.) Include Street Tamales, Rice Balls o’ Fire, Mr Softy’s Ice Cream and The Deli Doctor. They will be located next to Poo Bah Record Shop.
MERCHANDISE: Official 2017 Doo Dah T-Shirts will be for sale by vendors along the parade route, and vintage ones too! Support the Parade!
OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: (179 N. Vinedo St.) American Legion Post 280, just 2 blocks north of Parade, immediately following the event. New Astroturf, more live bands, Doo Dah Royalty, dancing, cheap food and drinks!! $3 cover.
UNOFFICIAL DOO DAH AFTER-PARTIES:
PooBah Records, one of Pasadena’s favorite independent music stores, will feature live in-store DJ at 2636 E. Colorado Blvd., on the parade route.
The famous Colorado Bar, located right next door at 2640 E. Colorado Blvd. will feature live bands, along with salty chips and drinks!
Plate 38, hosts Queen Imani for lunch immediately following the parade at 2631 E. Colorado Blvd at Sierra Madre Blvd.
For more information go to: http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info
EXPLORE + CONNECT + COLLECT
Pasadena’s Premier Contemporary Ceramics Event
Xiem Fall Studio Sale showcases the skill and passion of
53 studio artists associated with Xiem Clay Center.
Come meet the artists, discover new talent and browse hundreds of
unique hand-made ceramics, with a wide range of prices.
Shop local handmade ceramic art and design for the holidays…and leave inspired!
EVENT: Xiem Fall Studio Sale
ARTISTS: Xiem Studio Members and Students
DATES: November 17th & November 18th
HOURS: Friday 17th, 6pm – 9pm and Saturday 18th, 10:30am – 4.30pm