Monthly Archives: March 2014
Mar 31 2014
Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge

Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps.

To catch ’em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, “press start,” and begin your quest.

And, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers.

Mar 31 2014
Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival – May 3, 2014

Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival

Earth Day 


    The City of Pasadena and Armory Center for the Arts invites you to its 12th annual celebration of the Earth and the Arts!

    Free all-ages event in Old Pasadena… Live music from local bands, dancing and an interactive drum circle… Kids and parents get creative with art workshopsEco-friendly exhibitors will display and sell green products and services… Sample tasty treats from popular local restaurants and a “Sustainable Beer Garden”Try something new!

    Go Metro and receive a FREE tote bag! For more details, click here. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Memorial Park Station till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).


    Comedian, Author and KPCC Radio Commentator…
    Sandra Tsing Loh


    11:15 AM   The Subs: Classic Rock Band

    12:15 AM   Ballet Folklorico Sol y Luna: Ballet Folklorico Sol y Luna is a traditional Mexican community based dance group located in the beautiful Valley of San Gabriel, California.

    1:15 PM   Drumtime: Drumtime is a unique and highly effective combination of musical education, physical activity, creativity and community building; it is designed to offer children and teens hand-on experiences in healthy mind and body concepts.

    2:15 PM   Danza Yankuikuitl (New Fire Aztec Dancers): Danza Yankuikuitl is an indigenous Mexican dance group dedicated to preserving and teaching Aztec dance for the purpose of building friendship and understanding.

    3:15 PM   Blackwater Jukebox: LA band who have combined their love of roots music with a modern flair and taste for adventure, transforming traditional music into a savage new beast – darker and more danceable.

    4:15 PM   Bizzart: is an amalgam of contradictory and cohesive elements, a mishmash of sounds that treat the ears to both the good and the bad, the brainchild of DJ Arthur Arellanes.


    12:30 AM   Kan Zaman: volunteer musicians, singers and staff from diverse backgrounds performing a unique, pure and quality traditional Arabic music.

    1:30 PM   Robert Hilton: designs, builds, and plays unique musical instruments. His instruments are often sculptural in nature, but music is the ultimate goal.

    2:30 PM   Clair Mills: has focused her energy on developing interactive music and story time for children. Her performances included: interactive storytelling with puppets, stories with costumes for older children. She engages children in activities to entertain, educate and inspire spontaneous creativity and joy.

    3:30 PM   Artichoke: Local band from Highland Park established in 1998, charming high-energy set for kids and families.

Mar 31 2014
Sarkis Mazmanian – Say Hello to Your Little Friends: How Gut Bacteria Can Be Harnessed as Novel Therapies for Disease

Sarkis Mazmanian – Say Hello to Your Little Friends: How Gut Bacteria Can Be Harnessed as Novel Therapies for Disease

Microbes dominate as the most abundant life form on Earth, occupying almost every terrestrial, aquatic and biological ecosystem on our planet. Humans are no exception. Throughout our lives, we provide residence to symbiotic bacteria, known as the microbiome, on virtually all environmentally exposed surfaces. The vast majority of these microbes are harbored in the gastrointestinal tract where bacteria can outnumber human cells by 10-fold (thus, we are all 90% bacteria on a cellular level!). Many vital host functions are provided by the microbiome, including the synthesis of vitamins, digestion of complex polysaccharides and resistance to infectious agents. Millions of years of co-evolution have inextricably linked the health of mammals to their microbiomes. Therefore, uncovering the evolutionary basis of host-bacterial mutualism represents untapped possibilities to advance our understanding of fundamental aspects of human biology.

Over the past several years, our laboratory has been interested in the connections between gut bacteria and the immune system. Particularly, our work has discovered how the microbiome promotes beneficial immune responses that prevent and treat disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and multiple sclerosis (MS) in animal models. More recently, we have become interested in applying concepts learned from our research of the immune system to link gut bacteria to the nervous system. Along these lines, we have exciting new evidence that the microbiome affects autism in mice, and that specific probiotics provide benefits for behavioral and non-behavioral symptoms of this enigmatic disease. The Watson lecture will explore the fascinating connections between gut bacteria and the two organ systems that are ‘educated’ by environmental cues throughout life, the immune and nervous systems, and describe revolutionary approaches to uncover potentially novel therapies for complex human diseases.

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

Mar 31 2014
Personalized Education 150,000 Students at a Time: Opportunities in Online Learning

Personalized Education 150,000 Students at a Time: Opportunities in Online Learning

Saturday, April 12

Sign in / Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Coffee & Networking with Speakers:
11:15 – 12:00p.m.

$40 Advance* / $50 Door; $10 Full-time students w/ ID  (Caltech Students – Free)

Education has, in many ways, changed very little for 1,000 years. However, suddenly new delivery formats are springing up: from on-demand video education for individuals, to 150,000 person at a time “MOOC” classes. This month the Caltech forum will explore how education is changing rapidly, both in startups and in traditional institutions. Where are the lines between “formal” education and “informal education” and “entertainment” now? What will be the role of the traditional universities in this market? Will they be customers for new content? Competitors? What are the technology gaps and content pain points now? What is working well? Where are the entrepreneurial opportunities? Come to the Forum to hear a wide spectrum of experiences in this rapidly-growing space. (Click on speaker name for bio).

Review Presentations S. George Djorgovski
Professor of Astronomy, Caltech

The Obsolescence of Academia and How to Reinvent It

Artia Moghbel
The Entrepreneur’s View


Hope Kandel
Director, Business Development
Client Events, LearningTimes, LLC
Learning in Virtual Worlds

Joan Horvath
VP Business Development
Deezmaker 3D Printers
Core Adjunct Faculty
National University

Salomón Dávila
Dean, Career Technical Education
Pasadena City College
When is Online Alone Not Enough?

Program Producers:
Joan Horvath
Goran Matijasevic
Julie-ann Pina

Mar 30 2014
North East Trees 2014 Earth Day Fest – May 4, 2014

North East Trees 2014 Earth Day Fest! Now accepting artist and environmental non-profit applications from those who would like to participate.

Join local artists who will be displaying and selling their latest work, along with environmental organizations and sponsors for a FUNdraiser at the Los Angeles River & Gardens to benefit North East Trees. Live music by BullFish and Candice Courtney & David Kowal, craft beer, wine, fresh organic lemonade, activities for kids, a massage / reflexology and tarot area, raffle prizes and more… free admission, free parking. 570 W. Ave. 26 (between Figueroa and San Fernando Road), Los Angeles 90065

NET 2014 Earth Day Fest

SUNDAY, MAY 4 • 11 am – 5 pm
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens
570 W. Ave 26 • Los Angeles, CA 90065
(between Figueroa and San Fernando Rd)

as part of the Mayor’s 1 Million Tree Initiative – see below

Come to the Earth Day fest, where local artists, environmental organizations and sponsors will be exhibiting and selling at this FUNdraiser for North East Trees. Learn what local environmental groups are doing in your area, as well as ways you can get involved.

Join us for a fun day in the gardens with live music, libations, crafts and activities for kids, plant sales, a prize drawing and more. Mama Musubi will be offering bentos, rice bowls, mochi ice cream and more, so bring your appetite! Free admission, and ample free parking on site at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens (formerly Lawry’s California Center), 570 W. Ave. 26 – between Figueroa and San Fernando Road.

10% of all sales will go to NET

Check the event schedule for more details.

North East Trees will have 100 5 gal. trees to give away to City of Los Angeles homeowners at our Earth Day Fest. Trees will be available on a first-come basis, and all trees are suitable for our climate. Bring your driver’s license for proof of residency. The trees are being made available as part of the Mayor’s 1 Million Tree Initiative to make Los Angeles a greener place.

Mar 30 2014
Tesla Motors Showroom Coming Soon to Pasadena @teslamotors

Tesla Showroom Coming Soon to Pasadena @teslamotors

The recently closed Old Pasadena Starbucks (next door to the Barnes & Nobles which also closed) location is currently being renovated to house a showroom for Tesla Motors. The 2700 sq ft location where the existing Model S will be on display. This location will not be used to test drive, but perhaps test drives will be arranged to some location offsite, perhaps where the cars available for delivery and purchase will be warehoused.  Currently Telsa is still filling backorders and production capacity is running around 600 vehicles per week. See the permit here.

The location of the Tesla showroom is on a few blocks away from the Rusnak Pasadena luxury vehicle dealers, including, Porsche, Audi, Rolls Royce, and Jaguar.

The address of the Tesla Motors showroom

1700 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA


Mar 30 2014
April Make and Take Vegan Cooking Class Urban Dinner Social
April Make and Take Vegan Cooking Class

Hey L.A.: Get healthy and eat right!

Cook your week of meals with the Urban Dinner Socials! We’ll make tasty salads, soups, entrees, and desserts – ten plant-based dishes – using local organic produce curated by Whittier Backyard Farms. You’ll take home vegan food for the week:

– Three Hearty Salads
– Two Soups
– Three Entrees
– Vegan Party Cake
– Cashew Ice Cream

Thanks to food TV, we all know what it looks like when contestants get handed a box of food and have to make it work. With us, instead of a mean chef screaming at you, there are helpful crew members providing support while you realize your vision.

We get the best, freshest organic local produce from Whittier Backyard Farms and Strub Avenue Farm. We also provide healthy staples from the Urban Dinner Socials pantry.

We help your team make one of ten dishes to take home for the week – nine other teams make the rest. Limited tickets available for the April 27 Make and Take Cooking Class.


Sunday, April 27
4:00-7:00 p.m.
3048 Fletcher Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
$95 online ($80 pre-sale tickets available)
$140 at the door

Buy Tickets here


How this Class Saves You Money:

Our week of meals ***costs half, or less*** than a similar week of meals delivery service. And, unlike other make and takes, your meals include a class to build your skills. We help you prevent waste, too: If you shop at the farmers market or have a produce box subscription, exciting but unfamiliar foods can languish in the fridge. We’ll help you with strategies to get these foods on the table.

How This Class Saves You Time:

Shopping for (or growing) local food takes time – this class taps into the seasonal sourcing expertise of Whittier Backyard Farms. ***They do your shopping for you*** and get you the freshest food on the market. We train you to plan 30-minute vegan menus, and crowdsource the time it takes to prepare your week of food. Shopping and cooking that could take 20 hours is ***finished in three hours.***

How this Class is Good for Your Health:

With food ready-to-eat in the fridge at home, you can avoid the temptation of eating out. Eating home-cooked healthy vegan food means you skip conventionally-farmed foods, chemicals, and denatured ingredients. In this class, learn how to commit to your ***healthy daily diet.*** We also address allergen-free cooking. And of course, we cook fresh, organic, GMO-free produce.


Learn to make fresh, tasty, satisfying vegan food using seasonal produce, and take home food for the week. In this class:

– Learn healthy cooking

– Take home food for the week

– Save time and money

– Cook a CSA produce box of vegetables

– Support locally grown food

– Cook with the seasons

– Practice no-waste cooking

– Eat more plant-based food

– Avoid dietary allergens

– Learn vegan kitchen hacks

– Cooking with a group is fun!


Cooking with the Seasons:

In this class, you’ll learn to work with local, seasonal foods from Whittier Backyard Farms and make food for your week. ***Peak season food*** can be unfamiliar, and you don’t always have the time or skills to deal with unfamiliar vegetables. We’ll show you how to incorporate any seasonal foods into your menus.

Build Your Kitchen Skills:

We’ll provide over 100 of our own ***original recipes*** to inspire your creation, and the chef and kitchen crew will share their kitchen skills and recipe strategies. We’ve worked with cooks at all levels for over four years. This class accommodates the new cook, the adventurer, and the seasoned foodist.

Be Your Own Personal Chef:

You don’t have time every day to cook a fancy meal, but ***30 minutes*** a day is all it takes to cook something simple and delicious. We’ll show you how to do this with 6-10 ingredients per dish. We’ll also show you how to include veggies in your menu if you only have ***five minutes*** to cook!


Mar 30 2014
L.A. Kitchen – Partner with regional farmers and produce suppliers @thelakitchen

Event Details

L.A. Kitchen is ready to launch a revolution! Please join us on May Day for our ‘Demo/Cation,’ as we prepare to demolish old approaches to feeding and uplifting Los Angeles, and begin construction of our new 20,000 square foot, two-story, processing kitchen where we’ll pioneer new ways of Empowering, Engaging and Nourishing this great city. If you wait until May 2, you will need to wear a hardhat!

Join us at our BRILLIANT new space at 230 W. Ave 26. Meet some of our key partners who are helping make this exciting new enterprise a reality, and learn about the pilot programs we’ll be launching this spring.

The future is coming L.A., and it’s in the Kitchen. Come see it now!

L.A. Kitchen will partner with regional farmers and produce suppliers to purchase or recover fresh fruits and vegetables, and transform it into nutritious snacks and meals that will strengthen the community. L.A. Kitchen’s job training program will prepare unemployed individuals, particularly youth aging out of foster care and older adults exiting the prison system, build careers in the culinary industry. The meals prepared by our staff, students, and an army of volunteers will be distributed to area social service agencies, concentrating on programs that support our aging population.

L.A. Kitchen will reclaim healthy, local food that would otherwise go to waste, and use it to empower, nourish, and engage the community.



Mar 30 2014
Mom’s Tamales – Los Angeles – Pasadena – Best Tamales

BEEF: Hand shredded beef cooked in a mild red sauce.

Hand shredded chicken made with a tomatillo,  jalapeno and cilantro sauce mixed with other herbs and spices.

Hand shredded chicken in a mild brown mole sauce

Monterey jack cheese with freshly cut jalapeno strips. We can also do plain cheese.

Fresh spinach, stir fried together with tomato,

Crushed pineapple mixed inside the tamal.

Fresh spinach, stir fried together with tomato,   onions and spices topped with monterey jack cheese.


3328 Pasadena Ave
Los Angeles CA, 90031


Earns a letter A from the health department.

Mar 27 2014
Best Buy Daily Deals @bestbuy

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• The #1 retailer and most trafficked website for consumer electronics.
• Free shipping on orders $25 and up.
• Popular Deal of the Day features at least one hot deal every day.

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