Monthly Archives: May 2015
May 31 2015
CicLAvia Pasadena May 31, 2015 @ciclavia #cicladena @pasadenagov #ciclavia
 

If you are looking for something fun to do, then you have to check out CicLAvia Pasadena.
Starting at 9AM and running to 4PM approx 3.5miles of streets from Old Pasadena to Lake Ave will be closed to car traffic and made available for walking, strolling, skate boarding, bikes, any non motorized traffic.
The event organized by a fabulous team and countless volunteers walking the route and bringing the attention to the community. CicLAvia is funded through Metro.

  • OPENING CEREMONIES AT 8:45 A.M. NEAR MEMORIAL PARK AT HOLLY STREET AND RAYMOND–BE THERE!

 

  • HAVE FUN & BE SOCIAL!
  • TWEET YOUR FAVORITE EVENT PHOTOS TO OUR TWITTER HANDLE   @PASADENAGOV 
  • USE HASHTAGS  #PASADENA  AND  #CICLAVIA @CICLAVIA

Map of events along the route.

Map of street closures

CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro

Music, Art and Cirque du Soleil Highlight May 31 CicLAvia – Pasadena
 Cozy Route Lends Itself to Festival Atmosphere for Bike and Pedestrian Participants

LOS ANGELES–Pasadena will host the largest car-free open streets event in America for the first time when CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.  Participants will use foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power to explore the city.  The event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar Metro Gold Line Stations enabling participants to have a car-free or car-lite day.

CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro is the most walkable CicLAvia to date at 3.5 miles.  The cozy distance will offer participants the opportunity to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures. The main route of Colorado Boulevard will have spurs on Raymond Avenue and Lake Avenue to take participants to local parks. A route map can be found here.

Participants can delve deeper into the route by enjoying CicLAvia’s Pasadena Neighborhood Guide, written by Andrea Richards and designed by Colleen Corcoran. Readers will discover that several buildings in Pasadena’s historic core, the area known as Old Pasadena, are directly related to a turn-of-the-20th-century bicycling craze. In fact, almost half a century before the Arroyo Freeway, there were plans to connect Los Angeles to Pasadena via an elevated bicycle path. The guide can be downloaded here.

CicLAvia’s new partner, Cirque du Soleil, will have a dedicated entertainment area on the eastern portion of the route at a parking lot at 1336 E. Colorado Blvd. promoting their newest touring Big Top show: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™, which will debut in Southern California this fall.  The KURIOS space will include the chance for participants to make stop-motion videos which will place them on the silver screen.

In addition to the Cirque du Soleil location, there will be four CicLAvia hubs, which offer CicLAvia information and merchandise, bike parking and bike repair, free water, restrooms and first aid stations. Each hub will also have entertainment, sponsor booths and more. And, for the first time, CicLAvia is offering free pedi-cab rides between two of the hubs on Raymond Avenue (Old Pasadena and Memorial Park), sponsored by Walden School.

Along the Route Activities to Enjoy at CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro:

MEMORIAL PARK HUB

Food Trucks/Free Bike Valet

Free pedi-cab from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. sponsored by Walden School

Armory Center for the Arts hosts an all ages mixed media art project.

Levitt Pavilion hosts yoga and music in the historic bandshell:

  • 10:00-10:45 a.m. Yoga on the Lawn with Christel Joy
  • 11:00-12:00 p.m. Special DJ set by D’Cipher
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m. Soul Scratch
  •  1:30-2:30 p.m. Off to Farofa
  •   2:45-4:00 p.m. Beat Mosaic

NEAR THE HUB

Buy fresh and buy local at the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue.

Armory Center for the Arts, 45 N. Raymond Ave., opens their doors to show three free art exhibits, music, and a hands-on art activity.

Participants can visit the USCPacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave., for an exploration of bike culture in Asia with art activities and special screening of Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai.  Enjoy a 2 for 1 admission special for all CicLAvia participants.

OLD PASADENA HUB

Food Trucks/Free Bike Valet

Free pedi-cab from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. sponsored by Walden School

Create arts and crafts inspired ornaments at the Side Street Projects and Gamble House wooden wearables workshop.

Art Center College of Design showcases work from Product Design and Transportation Design students. “Design a bike” workshop with faculty member Daisuke Yamaguchi using paper and pre-made wheels.

Learn about Old Pasadena landmarks with Pasadena Heritage’s coloring pages or create a building with legos and building blocks.

Children can improve their riding skills and knowledge at the kids bike safety rodeo.

The Pasadena Department of Transportation will distribute free bike helmets while supplies last for adults and children who have bicycles with them.

Day One hosts a variety of creative activities: build a 3D bike sculpture out of mixed media, recycled cardboard, tires, create chalkboard art, take a photo at the CicLAvia Selfie Photobooth, and get moving with Zumba (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and yoga (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) classes.

John Muir High School Mighty Mustang Drum Corps stroll along Raymond Avenue

SOUTH LAKE AVENUE DISTRICT HUB

CicLAvia Old School Merchandise booth offers a variety of CicLAvia apparel and items from past events.

NEAR THE HUB

Beyond Colorado at the former Cliff’s Books, 630 E Colorado Blvd., gives away maps of Pasadena and hosts a typewriting station.

Zona Rosa Caffe, 15 S. El Molino Ave., hosts live music from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Capture the CicLAvia experience at The Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse District Association’s complimentary photo booth at 39 S El Molino Ave.

Snap a photo at the Laemmle Playhouse 7’s, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., green screen photo booth and the image will be placed into scenes from iconic films like Breaking Away, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Easy Rider and more.

COLORADO HUB

Food Trucks

“What does the Arroyo Seco look like in your dreams?”  Share a vision for a restored Arroyo Seco at the Arroyo Seco Foundation’s watershed station.

Add your words and images on “why art matters” to the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s temporary mural and pick up a map to explore the city’s public art.

NEAR THE HUB

Parking Lot at 1336 E. Colorado Blvd.:

Create a stop-motion video in Cirque du Soleil’s #Kurios Zone and learn more about its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.

Learn dance moves from MUSE/IQUE’s hip-hop version of “Mambo” from West Side Story. Enjoy impromptu hip-hop and breakdancing performances by MUSE/IQUE artists

Frit and Frat Fuller at Holliston Avenue from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The full Activities Flyer can be downloaded here.

Elsewhere along the route, Metro’s Destination Discounts program offers CicLAvia participants the chance to #GoMetro and save money at select businesses along the route, as well as save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts at the South Lake Hub, by showing their Metro TAP card.

For a full list of Metro Destination Discount businesses visit https://www.metro.net/service/discounts/family-friendly/ciclavia/.

CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro is the second CicLAvia event in 2015.  The remaining two events are CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro (August 9) and CicLAvia – Heart of LA (October 18).

The funding for the Pasadena and Culver City is provided primarily by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as part of a $4 million Open Streets grant that was awarded to municipalities throughout Southern California to sponsor car-free events in 2014-2016.

The program allocates $2 million annually for these types of events within L.A. County. The program seeks to increase sustainable transportation mode share, including transit, bicycle and pedestrian trips, create opportunities for first time transit usage, and encourage cities to develop multi-modal polices.  Other benefits include economic, public health benefits and opportunities to highlight and promote cultural resources.

CicLAvia has held 12 open streets events since 2010 and is recognized as being a world leader in transforming streets into temporary urban parks.  Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in CicLAvia as they connect with their communities, businesses, healthy activity and each other in a way that isn’t possible by car.

About CicLAvia

CicLAvia is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets.  CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other. With the full support of Metro, local governments, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Transportation, the Department of Water and Power, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, CicLAvia is an innovative model for creating new public space and enriching civic life.

Partners include Metro, the City of Los Angeles, City of Pasadena, the Wasserman Foundation and an Anonymous benefactor. Supporters include the Annenberg Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Durfee Foundation and LA 2050.

Sponsors include Cirque du Soleil, Los Angeles County Department of Water and Power, David Bohnett Foundation, Roth Family Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, Tern Bicycles, Walden School, Indie Printing and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Media Sponsors include LA Times, 89.3 KPCC-FM, Time Out Los Angeles, Pasadena Star-News and Laemmle Theatres.

Look for other great events coming later this year, including Heart of LA Ciclavia and Culver City.

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May 28 2015
Taste of the Eastside 2015, May 31 @tasteeastside
 

May 31, 2015, 4-8PM Join us for the 5th annual Taste of the Eastside at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens!

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Taste of the Eastside is turning five! Come celebrate phenomenal food with us at the historic Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, where you’ll find our new beer garden, hosted by the Greyhound Bar & Grill, delicious eats from over two dozen local restaurants and food vendors, and music from Raul Campos and more. General admission is from 4 – 8 pm, with VIP entrance (plus swag bag) at 3 pm. Check out what we have to offer at https://tasteoftheeastside.com/

 

Wine from Silver Lake Wine, spirits from Greenbar Distillery, and art by Create LA.

Taste of the Eastside is a rain or shine event! Tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable.

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May 28 2015
@slaters5050 Beer Pairing Dinner Pasadena @5050Beermonger
 

7 Courses. 7 Beers.

Beer Pairing Dinner with Smog City

Join Slater’s 50/50 and Smog City Brewing Company for a 7 Course, 7 Beer Pairing Dinner. You will be joined by Head Brewer Jonathan Porter, Scott Slater, owner of Slater’s 50/50, and Mark Schultz, Slater’s 50/50 Beermonger and Certified Cicerone.

When: June 22 at 7pm

Where: Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena

Price: $50

Reserve Your Spot

Call (626) 765-9700 or purchase tickets online:

Get Tickets Now

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May 27 2015
TEDxPasadena Women – Saturday May 30
 

TEDxPasadena Women – Saturday May 30

Attend a special simulcast of the FIRST TEDxPasadenaWomen Event! See and hear the talks as they are happening on the TEDxPasadenaWomen stage! There will be lunch, raffle prizes and surprise guests! Tickets are $25.

 

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May 27 2015
Apple iOS Text Message Exploit Turns Off and Reboots iPhone and Other Problems
 

This is the text message that is causing Apple users so many problems:

“Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗”

It’s a bug within the Notification System. After a few trials, I found that the phone only resets when the message is received as a drop down notification or in the lock screen.

If the user is viewing their conversations list or is viewing the conversation with the individual who is sending it the phone will not reset.

Your iPhone will shut off. You will restart it and it will start short-cycling the restart process. Then:

– restart the phone by pressing and holding down the home & power button

– keep holding until the screen goes black

– restart the phone again, if it did not already

– once phone starts, delete the offending message

– resist the urge to return the favor of whoever sent it

Apple advises the following to avoid the problem until they update the iOS:

“Users can avoid the problem by turning off text previews on the lock screen.”

If the user is in another conversation and receives the message (it will be a drop down) it will reset the phone.

It also works if your phone is locked and you receive the messageThe temporary fix is tojust turn off notifications for the messages app.But some users are reporting they cannot access other messages from other users.how to access the other text messages.

If your iPhone is getting bombarded with the new Unicode crash message, do this:

Settings>Notifications>Messages>Show Previews⇒OFF

If you receive the problem text message, send a regular text message back to the user, and you should then be able to view the other text messages.

UPDATE, May 27, 12:45 p.m. ET: Apple said in a statement that it was aware of the issue and would make a fix for the bug available in a software update.

It will be interesting to watch how long it takes Apple to release the fix.

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May 27 2015
Good Food Gala – Los Angeles Food Policy Council @GoodFoodLA
 

This looks like a very good event for a good cause.

Please join me in supporting the Los Angeles Food Policy Council at the Good Food Gala, June 11th, celebrating the first five years of impact in creating a more just and sustainable food system in Southern California.  Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food will MC and Raul Campos will DJ, as LA’s finest chefs join host chef Neal Fraser of Redbird to present a locally sourced tasting menu served alongside craft cocktails, beer, and wine at this culinary fundraiser.  ​The kickoff event at Vibiana five years ago, and it was truly spectacular.  ​This year’s gala is sure to be an incredible networking opportunity with food activists and change makers as well as an unforgettable tasting experience.  T​o purchase a ticket or for more information, please go to  www.goodfoodgala.eventbrite.com.

 

The Los Angeles Food Policy Council invites you to join us
for our first ever fundraiser

Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Good Food Gala

Los Angeles Food Policy Council

Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Good Food Gala
on Thursday, June 11, 2015
at the spectacular Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

Celebrate the first five years of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and its collaborative efforts to create a more just and sustainable food system in our region.

We are excited to feature Neal Fraser, Chef/Owner of Redbird, VibianaBLD and ICDC, as host chef of the evening. LA’s finest chefs will join Neal Fraser to bring you an unforgettable locally-sourced tasting menu, paired with signature craft cocktails from mixologist Julian Cox using organic spirits from Green Bar Distillery, and local brews by Three Weavers Brewing and the Strand Brewing Company.

The ever-fabulous Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food will serve as MC, and KCRW’s soulful DJ Raul Campos will spin fresh sounds into the warm summer night.

 

Join us in honoring exemplary
Good Food Heroes

MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON | President & CEO, Community Coalition,
LA City Council Member-Elect
STEVE ZIMMER | LA Unified School District Board Member
ROBERT GOTTLIEB | Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College

 

Cocktails & Tastings

NEAL FRASER | Redbird, VibianaBLD (host chef)
MARY SUE MILLIKEN | Border Grill Restaurants and Truck
SUSAN FENIGERMud Hen Tavern, Border Grill Restaurants and Truck
KAJSA ALGER | Mud Hen Tavern
ZACH POLLACK | Alimento
JIMMY SHAW | Loteria Grill
BRYCE FLUELLEN | American Heart Association
 DIEP TRAN | Good Girl Dinette
TARA MAXEY | Heirloom LA
MATT POLEY | Heirloom LA
JASHMINE CORPUZ | Redbird pastry chef
MARIAH SWAN | icdc pastry chef

 Master of Ceremonies

EVAN KLEIMAN | KCRW’s Good Food

DJ – RAUL CAMPOS | KCRW

Event Sponsors

Leadership Level
KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS

 Community Level
FIELD FRESH FOODS
JEFF BIDDLE

Friendship Level
THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT
SOCAL GAS
UFCW LOCAL 770
YUMMY.COM

Ally Level
COOSEMANS LA SHIPPING
CROWELL WEEDON & CO.
GOOGLE

Vendor Sponsors

Community Seafood
Coosemans LA Shipping
Green Bar Craft Distillery
Strand Brewing Co.
Team Friday
Three Weavers Brewing Company
Whole Foods Market

Media Sponsor

Los Angeles magazine

 

Event Committee 

MICHAEL FLOOD | CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
AMY KNOLL FRASER | Managing Partner, Vibiana, Redbird, BLD, ICDC
PAULA DANIELS | Founder, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
M. JILL OVERDORF | Director of Culinary Development
& Corporate Executive Chef, Coosemans LA Shipping
LEAH ROSS | Restaurant PR, Marketing, & Sustainability Consultant,
Customer Communications Consulting

 

FAQ

What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?

  • Train/Metro – Civic Center Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and Union Station are approx. a half mile walk (3-4 city blocks) away from Vibiana’s.
  • Bus – DASH Downtown D bus stops at the corner of 2nd / Main, right across the street from Vibiana’s.
  • Bike – Dedicated bike lane on Main St. Bike valet will be available.
  • Public Parking – Nearest public lots at 340 S. Spring St., 416 S. Main St., 433 S. Main St.

What is the dress code?

Festive, cocktail attire.

How can I contact the event organizer?

Please email info@goodfoodla.org with questions or comments.

 

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May 26 2015
Spice Factory Pasadena Closed – Eviction Notice on Door
 

Spice Factory Pasadena Closed – Eviction Notice on Door

It appears that as of May 21, 2015, Spice Factory on Fair Oaks in Old Pasadena has closed.

There are still various deal sites offering specials, I would verify that the business is still open, but according to the eviction notice and the looks of the place being cleared out on a Saturday evening, it doesn’t look good for Spice Factory in Old Pasadena being open.

80 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
626.460.8929                   

website:  thespicefactory.us

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May 25 2015
Charter Communication Buying Time Warner Cable for $55 Billion
 

Charter and Time Warner have agreed to terms of cash-and-stock deal valuing Time Warner Cable at $195 a share, sources.

The acquisition by Charter, which is backed by Mr. Malone’s Liberty Broadband Corp. , would make Charter the second largest U.S. broadband and pay-television companies with 23 million customers vs Comcast with 27 million.

Would the acquisition of Time Warner by Charter mean that those Charter subscribers in Los Angeles would be able to see Dodger games? We would assume so, but details are forthcoming, and the deal is just be announced so we would expect more details over the next few days, weeks and months.

Needs Federal and State approval.

 

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May 24 2015
First Muir Ranch Farm-to-Table Supper of 2015! June 6, 2015 @MuirRanch
 

We’ve all be waiting for it…

and it’s finally here… 

SAY HELLO JUNE!

HELLO JUNE

Join us in June for our first Farm-to-Table Supper of the 2015 Season!

CELEBRATING THE SPRING HARVEST

AT MUIR RANCH!

Saturday, June 6, 2015    5-8pm

CASH ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR

PLATE 38

SPECIAL MENU COMING SOON!

by GUEST CHEF – JOB CARDER

OF PLATE 38!

Made with MUIR RANCH garden veggies

and genrous support from

our friends at

LA SPECIALTY PRODUCE!

LA. SPECIALTY PRODUCE

Enjoy a locally grown and harvested, sustainable,

plant-based supper, while supporting 

Muir Ranch student jobs!

PARKING: Behind John Muir High School at 1905 N Lincoln.   Park in rear Student Lot, enter at Canada Ave.

HEELS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MULCH PATHWAYS

Your tax deductible dinner ticket purchase helps to support our summer internship program at Muir Ranch.

Get your tickets now, 

FOR A SEAT AT THE TABLE WITH US

You don’t want to miss it!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: https://muirranchhellojune.eventbrite.com/
SPECIAL MENU COMING SOON!
from GUEST CHEF – JOB CARDER OF PLATE 38!

Made with MUIR RANCH garden veggies
and genrous support from
our friends at LA SPECIALTY PRODUCE!

Enjoy a locally grown and harvested, sustainable,
plant-based supper, while supporting
Muir Ranch student jobs!

PARKING: Behind John Muir High School at 1905 N Lincoln. Park in rear Student Lot, enter at Canada Ave.

HEELS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MULCH PATHWAYS

Your tax deductible dinner ticket purchase helps to support our summer internship program at Muir Ranch.

GRAB A SEAT AT OUR TABLE

You don’t want to miss it!

 

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May 24 2015
PennySaver Closes Doors After 53 Years
 

PennySaver recently acquired by OpenGate Capital closed the doors of the PennySaver laying off over 700 employees. Many of the employees having worked for the company for over 10 years.

There is no comment from the OpenGate or any of the executives left with with Open Gate/PennySaver.

I am sure there are businesses with insertion orders for advertising in the weekly publication.

This is the press release from OpenGate, The founders  Brandon Ligthart and Matthew Kinser, sold the company, in 2013, the acquisition .  PennySaver USA was acquired by OpenGate Capital in September 2013 and completed in May 2014.  Liz Gaier, PennySaver USA’s CEO. The latest blog posting has no mention of the closing.

PennySaver USA provides print and digital, hyper-local marketing and advertising services to California-based and nationwide customers. PennySaver USA is one of the largest and most well-recognized weekly local advertising publications in North America. The business serves more than nine thousand unique advertising customers, distributes 85 million inserts, and reaches more than nine million households weekly. The digital division of PennySaver USA provides marketing products and services that target consumers on desktop, tablet, and mobile applications. The online classifieds, coupons and business directory website, PennySaverUSA.com, hosts nearly 4.4 million listings nationwide and offers several advertising options. The digital division also supports thousands of small and medium sized businesses by providing full-service website hosting and creation, SEO, and business directory listing management services under its PowerSites® and Local Business Listings product lines. The division also provides qualified lead generation services via SEM (search engine marketing) and interactive display advertising.

The Monthly Mailer will continue to operate from its Hermosa Beach headquarters and all employees will stay with the business.

OpenGate Capital Media Contact
Alanna Chaffin
Email: achaffin@opengatecapital.com
Telephone: +1 (310) 432-7000

OpenGate Capital Business Development Contact
Joshua Adams
Email: jadams@opengatecapital.com
Telephone: +1 (310) 432-7003

PennySaver USA Media Contact
Drew Fortin
Email: dfortin@pennysaverusa.com
Telephone: +1 (714) 577-4367

OpenGate has locations in Los Angeles:

INVESTOR RELATIONS & MEDIA INQUIRIES

Ms. Alanna Chaffin
Principal
admin@opengatecapital.com
+1 310 432 7000

Los Angeles
10250 Constellation Boulevard, 17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: +1 310 432 7000

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