May 30 2017
Burbank Fire Department: Sidewalk CPR Day #SidewalkCPRLA

Burbank Fire Department: Sidewalk CPR Day

The Burbank Fire Department will provide free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard. Learn how to save a life with a quick lesson from Firefighters and staff from Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can triple a victim’s chance of survival. The Burbank Fire Department is glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our community.

Once trained, citizens are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app to receive notifications that someone nearby needs CPR. For more information, visit

Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency – be a lifesaver! #SidewalkCPRLA

May 30 2017
Pasadena Community Police Academy Program Starts August 3, 2017 @PasadenaPD @PasadenaGov

The Pasadena Police Department wants to invite you to the 45th Community Police Academy(CPA). It starts August 3rd at the Pasadena Police Department and runs through September 21, 2017. It will be every Thursday night from 5:30pm to 9:00pm with the exception of one day class to be determined. If you are interested and would like an application please email Karla Kauhola at or Sarah Presley at

You can also call 626 744-4550 for more information. Class size is limited. We are looking forward to this class and can not wait to get started.

Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen 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

Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:30 pm at the Pasadena Police Department. If you would like to apply for an upcoming class, please contact the Community Services Section at (626) 744-4551 for more information.

*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.

May 28 2017
Total Wine & More Coming to Pasadena @totalwine @626food Pasadena

A conditional use permit of the OfficeMax in Pasadena is now scheduled for hearing with Total Wine & More applying for sale of alcohol at this location.

The nearest Total Wine locations are Long Beach, Brea, Northridge among others. The Pasadena location makes geographical sense and would place it between two BevMo locations one in East Pasadena near Rosemead Blvd, and the other on Arroyo Parkway, near Glenarm.

Total Wine & More is America‘s Wine Superstore® –

Total Wine & More is America‘s Wine Superstore® — the country‘s largest independent retailer of fine wine. We started in 1991 when brothers David and Robert Trone opened a small store in Delaware. Today, we operate 158 superstores across 20 states and continue to grow.

See signs posted on windows of OfficeMax Pasadena. Although we don’t know 100% that the permit will be issued, there’s a good chance it will, and the OfficeMax closing is eminent.


May 28 2017
Pasadena Vons Store at Allen & Washington 2017 – May Close @vons

Some sad news for residents of Pasadena and Altadena who would shop at the Vons grocery store on Allen and Washington Blvd in Pasadena. This Vons location is currently in negotiations with the landlord and is in danger of closing.

This store has been here for many years, and is personally one of the best Vons locations.

There are many shopping options, but recently another Vons closed on Fair Oaks and Orange Grove. This location was vacated by Vons and is being occupied by Vallarta Markets. The Vallarta location is set to open in the coming months.

“1390 N Allen Ave is a parcel of land located in Pasadena, CA and has a legal description provided by the local assessor of LAX:5852004054. This parcel is owned by Alton Plaza Dev Co and can be described as a Shopping Centers.”…

The Vons store at Allen and Washington;

Apparently employees of the Vons location have been notified.
“The employees at Von’s today were told that the store will so be closing soon. A representative from HR was there to tell them that they will be transferred to other stores. This store is the number one store in it’s district and their lease is about to be renewed. The company that owns Von’s seems to be shutting down stores that are leased to the company and not owned by them. ”

Another story is starting to circulate that the Vons on California across from the Huntington Hospital is also in negotiations with the landlord and that if no deal it could be another Vons that closes.

How is it that Vallarta Market is able to negotiate terms and Vons is not?  Does Vons really just want to close unfavorable or markets not performing? Most likely yes. Is Vons parent company Albertsons considering buying Whole Foods?

This from Vons/Albertsons Public Affairs:

From VONS Director of Public Relations:
Thank you for reaching out.
While we are currently having discussions with the landlord to continue leasing our Vons store on N. Allen Avenue in Pasadena, there is a possibility we will be forced to leave the store in the near future. We are disappointed by this situation and sincerely hope we can come to an amicable agreement so we may continue to proudly serve the Pasadena community in this location as we have since 1976.
Jenna Watkinson
Director, Public Affairs

This story is receiving more attention, and we will see how the story develops. Maybe Vons would considering opening at the vacated Ralphs location on Lake in Altadena.

May 21 2017
FrenchiFornia French American Bakery Coming to Pasadena @626food #labakery #pasadenabakery #frenchbakery

Coming soon to Pasadena.


Artisanal French Bakery – Pastry
Traditional American Pastry
High Quality Coffee
Here is our history: we are two French guys who fell in love with California, that’s why we want to bring you a touch of real French taste. Let’s introduce us: Guillaume, a graduate in French artisanal pastry and bakery. Thomas who has talent in the cooking. We propose you French traditional high qualities pastries and breads making by hand daily with natural and fresh ingredients mainly organic.
We also make American recipies and certainly fusions surprises.
We are looking forward to welcome you. Thomas – Guillaume

This is posted on the window, as the windows are blocked and construction is being completed on the Colorado Blvd location.

The location previously occupied by Yummy Cupcakes, which closed several months ago.

247 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

The property was for lease in Jan 2017.

Bakery goods and dessert items, namely, cakes, cookies, pastries, candies, and frozen confections for retail and wholesale distribution and consumption on or off the premises

A google search results to their trademark of a logo:

I am sure we will see more of FRENCHIFORNIA in the coming months, it sounds very promising.

May 18 2017
May 2017 Pasadena Area Restaurant Closures Red White + Bluezz, Pieology, Souplantation

If you are a Pasadena resident you probably notice restaurant closing and new ones opening.

Recent closures include:

Pielogy on Ssouth Lake Ave

Souplantation on South Lake Ave

Red White + Bluezz in the Playhouse District, their website is longer live.

There may be others but these are some that caught our attention.

May 17 2017
Great Beer Making at San Gabriel Valley Breweries @labrewers #labw9 #labeer

The beer making scene in Los Angeles is making a strong push and there are dozens of new breweries that have opened in the past several years. Micro brews are setting the trends in high quality beers.

Some the notable in the San Gabriel vicinity including some in the San Fernando Valley, SFV, Glendale and Burbank areas.

LA Beer Week June 17-25, 2017

Los Angeles County Brewers Guild

Pacific Plate Brewing Company
1999 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, 91016
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Mt. Lowe Brewing
150 East Saint Joseph Street, Arcadia, 91006
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Alosta Brewing Company
692 Arrow Grand Circle, Covina, 91722
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Congregation Ales
619 North Azusa Avenue, Azusa, 91702
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Claremont Craft Ales
1420 North Claremont Boulevard, Suite 204C, Claremont, 91711
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Sanctum Brewing Company
560 East Commercial Street, Unit 21, Pomona, 91767
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Angry Horse Brewing
603 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, 90640
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Progress Brewing Company
1822 Chico Avenue, South El Monte, 91733
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Highland Park Brewery
5127 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90042
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, 90065
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

MacLeod Ale Brewing Company
14741 Calvert Street, Los Angeles, 91411
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Lincoln Beer Company
3083 North Lima Street, Burbank, 91504
Production Breweries
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

Brewyard Beer Company
906 Western Avenue, Glendale, 91201
Brewery/Tasting Room
Get Directions | See Brewery Details

La Verne Brewing Co., LLC
2125 Wright Avenue #C15
La Verne, CA 91750

Phone: 909-596-5804


May 17 2017
LitFest Pasadena 2017 This Weekend in Playhouse District Free @LitFestPasadena @LightBringerP @playhousedist

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May 9 2017
Silicon Dragon LA 2017 @SiliconDragon
Silicon Dragon LA 2017
July 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: $40 early bird
Tickets here

China – LA Converge

– Hollywood

– VR

– Digital Entertainment

Hear The Latest from Dealmakers, Studio Execs, Startup Founders & VCs

Panels, Chats, Slide Slows, Networking, VIP Reception

Reception Takes Place at the Historic Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Thanks to our Sponsors:

KPMG, Nixon Peabody


May 5 2017
La Espanola VIP Tour and Paella Lunch, Saturday May 20, $50!

Melting Pot Food Tours

Enjoy an authentic experience of Spain!

Please join us for a day you will surely will delight in ~
Melting Pot Food Tours invites you to tour and dine at La Espanola!

May’s special event at La Espanola Meats looks forward to welcoming you and yours!

When and Where
Saturday, May 20, 2017.

11:00am – 2:00pm

La Espanola Meats
25020 Doble Avenue
Harbor City, CA

Parking available in lot and street. Enter through door at parking lot, and meet us right by the patio to the right of the grocery store entrance. Once signed up, you can look forward to a pre-event notice with more details.

la esp meat platter
Curing charcuterie

Ladies and Gentlemen ~ Damas y Caballeros!

Please join us for a very special day with our friends at La Espanola Meats, LA’s first family of authentic Spanish-style charcuterie, cheeses, and imported specialties!

We’ll begin with an exclusive tour of their manufacturing facilities, where premium sausages and cured meats are made from the finest traditional recipes used by the top producers in Spain. Alex will be our gracious host, and we promise that you will love meeting his acquaintance.

Kindly be advised that since some of the units in their plant must be kept very cold, you are encouraged to dress in layers for warmth, or simply bring a jacket for touring through the plant. You will receive a pre-event notice with important reminders!

After our comprehensive tour of the plant, we’ll enjoy the Spanish version of abbondanza at the table! We’ll start with tapas of meats, cheeses, olives and imported Spanish baguette then, our main course of freshly-prepared paella mixto ~ complete with shellfish, chorizo, chicken, vegetables, and imported piquillo peppers, will be served. Wine and dessert are also included for this amazing meal in the patio, where we hope you will feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of Spain!

Shopping time is included, for buying your new favorite provisions at a 10% discount in La Espanola’s grocery store. Our own Chef Di is delighted to be your guide, and make recommendations for purchasing some of the most exquisite specialties this side of Barcelona.

We’re bringing you this fabulous day, hosted personally by Diane Scalia, for the terrific all-inclusive price of $50 per person! Advance reservations are absolutely required and very limited, so kindly book your date with us soon! This is a great way to bring friends together, so please extend the invitation.

For more detailed information and to make your paid reservations online, simply click here.

Muchisimas gracias ~

please join us this month
to taste the authentic flavors of Spain!

Lisa and Diane Scalia, Your Hosts
Melting Pot Food Tours

May 2 2017
Altadena Guild’s 66th Annual Home Tour May 7, 2017

Altadena Guild’s 66th Annual Home Tour

On Sunday, May 7th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, The Altadena Guild of the Huntington Hospital will present its 66th Annual Home Tour. This year’s theme is “A Stroll in the Altadena Highlands”. There will be four beautiful homes and gardens to view, each as unique as Altadena itself. The homes are rich in architectural diversity with beautiful gardens.

Other highlights include a complimentary dessert and beverage in the Tea Garden (10:00 am to 3:00 pm); musicians playing throughout the day in many locations; shopping at fine art, jewelry, pottery and gift vendors; and vintage cars from the eras of the homes on tour. Our Bakery will again have wonderful homemade cakes, cookies, pies, candies and jams for purchase. We will have our famous Altadini Pub for some light refreshments including wine, sandwiches and a specially brewed beer for our tour. Coffee and pastries will also be available for purchase in the morning.

Home Tour entrance location is at Highland Ave, the South (Will Call) and North ends of a one-block long street between Mendocino St and Altadena Dr, Altadena 91001.

Tickets are $35 advance sale ($40 day of event) and can be purchased at the Altadena Guild web site at the link below.

Home made baked goods

Beautiful homes to tour

Wine and light refreshments will be available

May 2 2017
New Farmers Market South Lake Pasadena Starts May 2, 2017 @SouthLakeAvenue @626food

Corporate Center Pasadena | 251 S. Lake Avenue | 626-792-5161

Corporate Center Pasadena (CCP) announces a new Farmers Market which will occur every other Tuesday in the CCP Plaza starting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The Farmers Market will be open between 10am and 2pm.

For more information, please call 626-792-5161 or visit Corporate Center Pasadena.

Watch this informative video about South Lake.



Apr 29 2017
Robotics, Computer Vision and Deep AI Transforming the Future with Innovation Today: What and Where are the Robotunities? @EntForumCaltech @caltech
Robotics, Computer Vision and Deep AI
Transforming the Future with Innovation Today: 
What and Where are the Robotunities?
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
8:00 – 9:00 AM Coffee & Networking
9:00 – 11:30 AM Program
Robots impact our lives in diverse ways, already automating distribution, cleaning our floors, swarm-tending crops, assisting the disabled, probing hazardous environments and myriad other applications from security scrutiny to manufacturing our cars and, perhaps, driving them. What underlies the ever-increasing deployments? What do these many “roboticisms” have in common? What’s next?
Underlying the answers is that robots must perceive their environment and decide how to respond, so both computer vision and the new AI’s deep learning neural nets are pervasive and integral elements of robotics.  Against that substrate then, how does an entrepreneur transform a concept for a new robotic application into a viable start up that gains traction? Drawing on their diverse backgrounds, today’s speakers will offer insights to illuminate the answer.


Transforming the future with innovation today: what and where are the robotunities?


Robots impact our lives in diverse ways, already automating distribution, cleaning our floors, swarm-tending crops, assisting the disabled, probing hazardous environments and myriad other applications from security scrutiny to manufacturing our cars and, perhaps, driving them. What underlies the ever-increasing deployments? What do these many “roboticisms” have in common? What’s next?

Underlying the answers is that robots must perceive their environment and decide how to respond, so both computer vision and the new AI’s deep learning neural nets are pervasive and integral elements of robotics.  Against that substrate then, how does an entrepreneur transform a concept for a new robotic application into a viable start up that gains traction? Drawing on  their diverse backgrounds, today’s speakers will offer insights to illuminate the answer.


Keynote Speaker: 


Aaron D. Ames

Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering



Speakers (confirmed): 


Adrian Kaehler, Ph.D.

Founder, Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group

Author: “Learning OpenCV” and “Learning OpenCV 3”


Ryan Sinnet, Ph.D.

Co-founder and CTO

Miso Robotics, Inc. (“Flippy”)


Andy Tomat

Managing Director

Four Pillars, Inc.


Nicholas Wettels, PhD

CEO, Perception Robotics





Michael Krieger, Ph.D.

Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP

UCLA Computer Science

Keynote Speaker
Click on speaker name for bio.
Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Founder, Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group
Author: “Learning OpenCV” and “Learning OpenCV 3”
Co-founder and CTO
Miso Robotics, Inc. (“Flippy”)

Andy Tomat

Managing Director
Four Pillars, Inc.
Perception Robotics
Producer / Moderator
Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP
UCLA Computer Science
General Admission – $20.00   ($30.00 at Door)
Students – $10.00*
Caltech Students – No Charge*
Advance Registration closes at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 12th.  
Registration available at door for $30.00 (General); 
$15.00 Students (other than Caltech). 
*All Students must show current valid ID or will be charged full price at door.
Free Parking Underground:  Right turn at signal on east side of Cahill (turn right at tennis courts); parking lot entrance 75 yards on right.
Bring plenty of business cards for networking! 
Drop one in the “networking list” basket at registration to be included in list distributed after the program.
To register, visit
Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum
Encouraging the growth and success of technology-based 
entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.
Apr 29 2017
Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo April 29-30, 2017 Free Tickets @womensexpouwe

Free Tickets to LA Women's Expo

Explore your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions while you relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find, connect with inspiring Keynote Speakers Sheryl Underwood, Tyler Henry, Kelly Osbourne, MC Lyte, Mackenzie Phillips and re-ignite your inner you. Hundreds of Shopping Pavilions, perfect for unique holiday gift Ideas for every member of your family – and that all important “You”.

Indulge yourself with the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy.

Click here for FREE TICKETS to the LA Women’s Expo on April 29-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The nation’s largest event designed for women, over 1,200 of the best products, services, celebrity speakers, endless retail therapy, it’s the ultimate weekend!

Apr 14 2017
Eat Drink Vegan – Beer & Food Festival Pasadena Rose Bowl May 27, 2017 @eatdrinkvegan @RoseBowlStadium

The Vegan Beer & Food Festival.  5/27 @ Rose Bowl. Unlimited pours of 250+ drinks, over 75 restaurants, marketplace & more. on sale now!

Unlimited pours OF THE REGION’S best CRAFT BEER, WINE, CIDERS, KOMBUCHA, COLD BREW, CRAFT SODAs and, new this year, tea Tastings at The Rose Bowl & Brookside Golf Course on May 27.

WE CURATE 100+ restaurants, food carts, TRUCKS and VENDORs.


tickets ON SALE now

<href=”” data-mentioned-user-id=”4040950394″>@GreenSaturdayLA marketplace lineup is here!! 40+ boutiques, body care & food for you to shop on 5/27.


Sizzle Pie

Chickpea & Olive

The Healthy Junk

Butchers Daughter


Taqueria la Venganza

Broken Spanish


Donna Jean

Sweetfin Poke

Scoops Westside

Peaceful Provisions

Block Party x Cena Vegan

Cafe Gratitude

Trejo’s Tacos


Sumo Dog

Donut Friend

Beer Belly

Mandoline Grill

Charlie’s Brownies



Berben and Wolff

Word of Mouth

Yeastie Boys Bagels


Kogi BBQ


Abbot’s Butcher • AvocaToast • Baby Love Sweetery • Beetchup • Bling Bling Dumpling

Border Grill Truck • Casa • Clara Cakes • Clean South • Clover Juice •Colima Coconuts

Diablo Pops • Divine Dips • Donut Farm • El Machete • Evolve Bakery • Fatsquatch

Follow Your Heart • Grilled Cheese Truck • IEATGRASS • India Jones• Indie Jams • Infinity Sauce

Jaycelab• Kelly’s Croutons • Kettle Chips • Kind Kreme • Leaf Cuisine • Les Beaux Chocolats

LIVEAT Chocolate • Love You Latte • Lundberg Family Farms • Mama’s International Tamales

Mod Foods Co. • NadaMoo • Pizzanista! • Pies By Domonic • Plant Food For People •

Power Plant Jerky • Proper’s Pickle • Pudding Truck • Ridiculous Baking Co • Riot Grill

Rowe of Venice • Shojin • Shugah Mama • Smart Pressed Juice • Snackrilege

Southern Fried Vegan • The Sushi Conscious • The Vegetarian Blog

The Walrus and The Hedgehog • Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies • Urban Ramen

You Are Loved Foods

+ more To be Announced


  • Food is not included with passes


Apr 12 2017
8th Annual LA Food Fest hits the Coliseum on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 @LAFoodFest

Your favorite tasting event is back. The first, the original 8th Annual LA Food Fest hits the Coliseum on Saturday, June 10th!


The first, the original, the 8th Annual LA Food Fest is back!

Saturday, June 10
2p – 7p
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 

VIP Doors at 2pm
GA Doors at 3:30pm




Dust off those stretchy pants.
We’ll see you there!


Save $15 with Early Bird tix on sale now through Sunday, April 23.

As a thanks to our fans for your many years of loyalty, all early bird ticket buyers will be entered to win some awesome prizes like a tricked out URB-E, signed copies of the new ‘Adventures in Starry Kitchen‘ cookbook, complimentary VIP ticket upgrades, and more.

Winners will be announced on Monday, April 24!

URB-E is the global leader lightweight foldable electric vehicles and our favorite way to get around town, especially when we Go Metro! Designed in Pasadena. Built in California. Patented Worldwide. Be automatically entered to win one of these bad boys when you buy early bird tickets!

Apr 7 2017
LitFest Pasadena Expands in Its 6th Year – May 20 & 21, 2017 @LitFestPasadena

LitFest Pasadena is May 20 & 21, 2017!


LitFest Pasadena Expands in Its 6th Year

(April 7, 2017) LitFest Pasadena, the city and Southland’s free literary arts festival, celebrates its sixth year with a weekend of events, authors’ panels and readings on May 20 & 21, 2017. LitFest Pasadena is presented by Light Bringer Project and Literature for Life.

LitFest will unfold again on the sidewalks and in the storefronts, corridors and unique venues of the highly walkable Playhouse District. Vroman’s Bookstore and the Pasadena Playhouse will serve as anchor points, as the festival continues its legacy of featuring Pulitzer Prize winners, L.A.’s most diverse and exciting authors, and eclectic discussion panels.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Renowned food critic Jonathan Gold will lead a panel exploring The Legacy of Julia Child, Pasadena’s own legendary chef, writer and television celebrity. This event is also co-sponsored by the L.A. Times Food Bowl.
  • Gary Phillips will moderate Sunshine Noir, a panel of crime and mystery writers who will unearth a trove of crime, danger, mystery death and, even evil, in the land of sunshine, surf and optimism.
  • Sci-Fest L.A. joins LitFest this year, treating audiences to dramatic readings of the works of finalists competing for the Roswell Award which will be presented live and in-person. A Tomorrow Prize will also be presented to outstanding emerging writers of our L.A. County high schools.
  • Award-winning author and journalist, Jean Guerrero, will discuss her experiences reporting out of hostile environments in Latin America, with panel Conflict Zone Reporting For Young Female Journalists.
  • Fusion-Ha!: Manga Influences on American Comic Books Hear all about it from our expert panelists as they discuss the impact manga and anime have had on comics and culture. Guests panelists from Nickelodeon’s show Avatar the Last Airbender, to Marvel and DC’s manga-influenced artists Babs Tarr (Batgirl), Annie Wu (Black Canary), and Kris Anka (Captain Marvel).

Also featured at LitFest will be The Humor & Heartbreak of L.A. with panelists Nina Revoyr, Lian Dolan, Christopher Noxon, Dana Johnson, moderated by David Ulin; Writing Indigenous California from Island of Blue Dolphins to an American Genocide, featuring Luis Rodriguez with panelists Greg Sarris, Dr. Melissa Leal, Rose Davis, moderated by Shonda Buchanan.

Prominent California African-American authors will discuss Writing in the Time of Black Lives Matter with Altadena novelist and LitFest co-founder Jervey Tervalon We are also pleased to welcome Brooke Binkowski, Managing Editor of Snopes.

Other panels have been designed to touch upon various facets of our literary and social-cultural landscape with such topics as Making Space, Holding Space: When Community is not just a Marketing Team, HUIZACHE Latino lit magazine, Cute Filipinos on a Saturday Afternoon, Running and Writing: The Soul’s Escape, The Kurdish Trilogy, and the L.A. Cookbook: How the City Eats and Cooks.

The Pasadena Public Library joins LitFest for the first time as the Donald Wright Auditorium will host Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre with a storytime entitled “It’s all how you look at it.” This will be followed by a creative crafts workshop for young adults and children, provided by Reiyukai America.

For more information on participating as a sponsor, community partner or volunteer, call Patricia Hurley at (626) 590-1134 or by email Author spokesperson Jervey Tervalon can also be reached at (626) 827-5491 or by email

Facebook: LitFestPasadena Twitter: @LitFestPasadena Instagram:#litfestpasadena

Apr 3 2017
Food Forward’s 7th Annual Spring Melt April 22, 2017 @LAWeekly @foodforwardla #foodwaste

40% of food in America is wasted, while 1 in every 7 Americans faces hunger. LA Weekly’s official charitable partner, Food Forward, presents a simple solution to this issue — and invites you to join the fight on April 22 at the 7th Annual Spring Melt.

Come eat, drink, be merry, and party in support of an organization that harvests food, fights hunger, and builds community. Every year, Food Forward donates surplus produce to over 1.5 million Southern Californians in need — all thanks to supporters like you.

Admission to this benefit event is $150 and includes unlimited fare from favorites like Clementine, Smog City Brewery, porridge & puffs, Ventura Spirits Company, Sweet Rose Creamery, and many more — plus a tax-deductible donation to support this crucial work.

Tickets are nearly sold out, so don’t delay. Grab yours today!


Food Forward invites you to eat, drink, and be merry in celebration of another fruitful year!

Make a difference in shaping the future of our food system while you dine, imbibe, and vibe at Food Forward’s 7th annual anti-gala, The Spring Melt.


Saturday, April 22 from 7 PM to 10 PM at the historic Charlie Chaplin soundstage at The Jim Henson Company studio lot in Hollywood. Pre-event reception for Sponsors and “Fruitanthropist” ticketholders begins at 6 PM.


The Spring Melt brings fine food and exquisite spirits together in abundance, supporting Food Forward’s efforts to bring fresh, free produce to over 100,000 people in need each month.

All-stars from Southern California’s food and beverage scene will delight you throughout the night…

And that’s only just the start. The Spring Melt is a feast for all senses:

  • Interdisciplinary video artist Jesse Gilbert transforms the space through site-specific visuals
  • DJ Dennis Owens of The Good Foot brings the sonic funk
  • Explore tactile matters through hands-on culinary projects

Please note: This event is for guests 21+, and parking is not included with purchase of admission. Reserved parking is available for advance purchase via Eventbrite for an additional $20.

Your impact:

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, up to 40% of food in the United States is wasted. At the same time, 1 in 6 Americans lack adequate access to food. Food Forward presents a simple solution to this disparity by connecting surplus produce with the food insecure people in our communities. Admission for one provides over 1,000 pounds of produce to people in need, and a Fruitanthropist Ticket provides over 2,500 pounds!

Looking to make a bigger impact?

Corporate and family sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here or contact Annie@FoodForward.Org for more information.

Food Forward Thanks Our Generous Melt Sponsors:

Ralphs & Food 4 Less

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Julie and Steve Bram
David Broering / NFI Logistics
California United Bank
City National Bank
Mark Borman and Karen Hermelin
Haltrecht Family
Pam and Evan Kaizer
The Original Farmers Market
Umpqua Bank
YH Advisors

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Melt 2016

Melt 2016

Apr 3 2017
Union Celebrates 3 Years with Incredible Lineup for Guest Chef Dinner – April 10th @Union_Pasadena @626food

Join Us…
reUNION Guest Chef Dinner

Duff Goldman, Michael Voltaggio, Brooke Williamnson and Nick Shipp

 Monday,  April 10th @ 6p

On Monday, April 10, prominent Chef/Co-Owner Bruce Kalman and Partner Marie Petulla of UNION, a Pasadena restaurant staple and beloved dining destination, will play host to a chef reUNION celebrating three years of success and adoration from its loyal guests. The evening will feature a thoughtfully prepared three-course dinner created by Chef Kalman who will be joined by his closest chef friends, including season six “Top Chef” winner and ink. restaurant Owner Michael Voltaggio; Pastry Chef, Owner of Charm City Cakes, and Host of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” Duff Goldman; this season’s “Top Chef” Winner and Chef/Owner of Tripel, The Hudson House, and Playa Provisions Brooke Williamson; and Upper West Executive Chef Nick Shipp.

Since its opening in 2014, UNION has plated some of the most beloved dishes in the city utilizing locally sourced ingredients and root-to-leaf cooking techniques. Paying tribute to UNION, Chef Bruce will unite his signature Northern-Italian style of cooking with Voltaggio’s modernist cooking techniques, Williamson’s signature California-inspired cuisine, Goldman’s imaginative approach to baking, and Shipp’s expertise with contemporary American fare for this magical night.

Featuring one seating at 6 p.m. for $125 (excludes tax and gratuity). To complement the meal, UNION’s seasoned sommelier and winemaker George Pitsironis will be on hand to pair each course with a dynamic glass of wine for $45 encouraging guests to expand their wine palate.

WHEN:           Monday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
*One seating only

PRICING:        $125 per person excluding tax, gratuity / $45 wine pairings

TICKETS:      Please email or CALL 626.795.5841 to reserve

WHERE:         UNION
37 E. Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Mar 31 2017
Make Music Pasadena Hiatus for 2017 @MMPasadena

News comes from the organizers of Make Music Pasadena. A fabulous free event that is attracts thousands of people to various parts of the city.

Make Music Pasadena is an all-day all-ages FREE annual music festival, organized by Old Pasadena Management District and Playhouse District Association.

There are other music festivals, but this is likely one of the largest free festivals around.
It is unfortunate that sponsors could not step and even organizers of the Arroyo Seco Weekend would not be willing to sponsor at least a stage or two of the festival to promote Arroyo Seco Weekend, $150,000 is a drop in the bucket for a multibillion dollar organization like AEG, which makes millions from Coachella and StageCoach in April.
With Arroyo Seco Weekend schedule for June 24 & 25 weekend, tickets are on sale, and there’s no indication how many tickets have been sold, but supposedly there is a cap, as the event is taking place on the Brookside Golf Course, not inside the Rose Bowl.

We hope that Make Music Pasadena returns in 2018.

Here’s the posting on the Official Make Music Pasadena website this morning:
After nine years of bringing free music to the streets of our city with Make Music Pasadena, Old Pasadena Management District and the Playhouse District Association, co-producers of the festival, have made the difficult decision to put the event on hiatus for 2017 and to evaluate its future viability.

Current funding sources are not sufficient to finance an event that is entirely free to the public. Due to exponentially rising costs in conjunction with a significant lack of funding from sponsorships and donations, Make Music Pasadena faced a $150,000 budget deficit, making it impossible to produce the festival for 2017. A proliferation of local and national music festivals has also made it a challenge to secure both talent and local media attention within a limited budget.

The producing organizations remain hopeful that sufficient sponsorship might be achieved for a 2018 event, and altruistically-inclined white knights are encouraged to contact either organization to discuss details. That’s not to say that Pasadena will be without live music this summer: We are delighted that the Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival will join in the tradition of bringing local, regional, and national acts to the people of Pasadena.


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