Monthly Archives: December 2015
Dec 13 2015
Think Before You Donate – Organizations Giving Money to the Cause or Putting in their Pockets
 

Think Before You Donate –

Organizations Giving Money to the Cause or Putting in their Pockets

Organizations giving less to the cause they claim to donate.

The American Red Cross – President and CEO Marsha J Evan’s Salary was $651,957 plus expenses.

March of Dimes – It is called the March of Dimes because Only a dime for every $1 dollar is given to the needy.

The United Way – President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

UNICEF – CEO Caryl M Stern Receives $1,2000,000 per year (100k Per month) plus expenses including a Rolls Royce, less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

Goodwill – CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year. Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business. You donate to his business and he then sells the items for PROFIT.  He pays nothing for his products and he pays is workers minimum wage.  $0 goes to help anyone.

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Dec 13 2015
Pasadena Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day
 

Are you looking for a place to eat in the Pasadena area on Christmas Day?

This is a list in progress, which we will update based on restaurants open.

If you have a restaurant you would like added please let us know with a comment below. If you see a location below which is not open on Christmas let us know as well.

Here’s the list:

1. Golden Lion Mongolian BBQ
3681 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone:(626) 796-1832
Colorado and Rosemead
Is having a grand reopening.

2. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Address: 70 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone:(626) 405-4842
Menu: gyu-kaku.com
Only at Gyu-Kaku Southern California locations.

3. The Langham Huntington
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone number (626) 568-3900

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Dec 11 2015
Groupon Deals on Sale Today Only $5 Values over $100! @Groupon @GrouponLA
 

Groupon deals on sale for only $5

200+ Groupon deals are on sale for only $5 (down from regular prices of up to $90 or more).
Including jewelry, wall art, photo books, and more.
Check them out here.

Today only (12/11/15).

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Dec 11 2015
BOGO Free Dozen at Krispy Kreme #‎DayOfTheDozens‬ @krispykreme
 

BOGO Free Dozen at Krispy Kreme

To celebrate the “Day of the Dozens” (12/12), Krispy Kreme is offering a buy one dozen, get one dozen free Original Glazed Doughnuts promotion. This offer is available Saturday, 12/12 only. Must present coupon with barcode.
   Celebrate 12-12-15 internationally in the following participating countries. The offer varies by location. Participating countries include: Dominican Republic, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Colombia. Not valid in Puerto Rico.
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Dec 11 2015
Renegade Craft Fair Grand Park Los Angeles Dec 12-13, 2015 @RenegadeCraft #RenegadeCraftFair #RenegadeLA
 

Our Los Angeles Fair kicks off this weekend in Grand Park! On December 12−13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can shop for the perfect handmade gift, take part in DIY workshops, eat, drink, and be merry!

If you’re in the market for holiday gifts, we’ve got you covered with 300 makers showcasing perfect and unique options for friends and family. The Fair will take place at the centrally located Grand Park, and makers will set up shop amid the trees in revitalized DTLA across the steps from City Hall. Shop for ceramics, apothecary, home decor, leather goods, furniture, stationery, footwear, apparel, art prints, and more. All items featured in the Fair are handmade by emerging and established makers, and they provide plenty of opportunity to support the growing handmade economy.

Looking to get involved in the festivities? Stop in for a photo keepsake from MagBooth, then visit Yarnover Truck just in time to knit up a holiday gift or two. Stop into the Library Store on Wheels to shop eclectic gifts; all sales benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Official sponsor Time Out Los Angeles will host a potted succulent giveaway for those willing to pose for an Instagram photo-op. (Planning a visit? Be sure to visit Time Out’s website ahead of time to register for a giveaway “gift box” from the Fair’s makers, valued at more than $1500!)

The sounds and tastes of the holidays will also surround shoppers as they browse the array of gifts. Community radio station KXLU will be on hand with all kinds of music from indie rock to jazz to surf to holiday hits. Come hungry as a swarm of local food trucks offer up tasty treats like gourmet ice cream, Japanese fusion, Indian street food, Argentine fare, Korean-inspired dishes, Vietnamese food, BBQ, sliders, and grilled cheese. Pre-packaged artisanal offerings such as S’mores, relishes, seasonings, pickles, marshmallows, and coffee also make excellent holiday gifts!

Getting There: The Fair will be held outdoors at Grand Park (200 N Spring St.), off of Broadway and across from the steps of City Hall. You can view a map of the area here, and get directions here. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Holiday Fairs. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber rides using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or visit uber.com/go/RCF2015.

There are several paid parking lots in the area, but parking is limited. The closest Metro stop to Grand Park is the Civic Center/Grand Park stop on the Red or Purple lines. Your leashed pets are allowed to join in on the fun!

Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

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Dec 11 2015
Pasadena New Theater at Paseo Opening February 2016
 

Pasadena New Theater at Paseo Opening February 2016

Pasadena will soon be home to a new 1300 capacity theater.

Scheduled to open February 2016, the new venue located in the location previously occupied by Gelson’s will be known as the The Rose Theater.

Lance Sterling, of Sterling Venue Ventures.
The Rose and will enable local residents to hear well-known rock and country musicians without traveling to Los Angeles. Larger more established acts may not perform at The Rose, but could perhaps do smaller shows.

The 39,000 sq ft space has been upgraded with state of the art sound and lighting costing some $3 million. There will be VIP areas as well as two bars.

With other developments taking place at the Paseo, this is a welcome development to bring more people to the downtown area of Pasadena.

Burke Farrar of Pasadena-based Odyssey Development Services, who is assisting Sterling with city approvals and permitting.

Sterling is leasing the property from DDR Corp., the company that owns and manages the Paseo Colorado.

Gelson’s market closed in 2013.

The first scheduled concert will be Judy Collins on February 14, 2016. Tickets to this and future shows will be available on Ticketmaster.

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The Rose is located at:
300 E. Colorado Blvd #101, Pasadena,  CA  91101
245 E. Green St., Pasadena,  CA  91101

The goal of The Rose is to sell dinners and with that in mind you can start to see the talent for upcoming shows:

2016
Feb 14 – Judy Collins
Feb 19 – Rickie Lee Jones
Feb 20 – The Musical Box-Exclusive Auth by Peter Gabriel Recreation of GENESIS
Feb 26 – Faster Pussycat & Bullet Boys
Feb 28 – Paul Stanley’s Soul Station
Mar 19 – Which One’s Pink
Mar 25 – Young Dubliners
Apr 15 – Y & T
Apr 16 – The Tubes
Apr 22 – Ambrosia
Apr 23 – Puddle of Mudd

These are just the some of the acts booked now.

Revenue from ticket sales pays the performing musicians, Farrar said The Rose will rely on restaurant and alcohol sales to cover its other expenses.

The developer Mr. Sterling owns and operates The Canyon in Agoura Hills as well as The Saban in Beverly Hills.

In terms of food options at The Rose, look for a new franchise of CaliBurger which Sterling purchased, one for each of his properties as well as the full kitchen which will offer a wide variety of items, including steaks, etc.

You can see the types of shows The Rose will host, by taking a look at the other theaters.

The Canyon • 28912 Roadside Drive
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 879-5016 • www.canyonclub.net

The Saban • 8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(888) 645-5006 • www.sabantheatre.org

The Rose Dinner Theater, “where music meets the soul”, see the types of performances which are already booked on Ticketmaster.

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Dec 10 2015
2015 Arroyo Verde Awards
 

Celebrate the 2015 Arroyo Verde Awardees This Sunday

The Arroyo Verde (Green Arroyo) Awards are the most prestiguous local environmental awards. The awards recognize those who have made a valuable contribution to protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco watershed and our local communities during the past year.

The 2015 Arroyo Verde Awards will be presented at a festive holiday gathering sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations (CASO) at LA County Fire Camp #2 in the far northwest corner of Hahamongna Watershed Park, just south of Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Please join us to celebrate nature and our local heroes. Refreshments and networking begin at 5:00 pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm.

 

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm
LA County Fire Camp #2
Northwest Corner of Hahamongna Watershed Park
4810 N. Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103

Directions

For more information, please contact David Banuelas at david@arroyoseco.org or (323) 405-7326

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Dec 10 2015
Growing into a Sustainable Future – A Celebration of International Human Rights Day
 

A Celebration of International Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day Celebration

HOSTED BY THE CITY OF PASADENA & THE UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION PASADENA CHAPTER

FREE FOR THE PUBLIC

Thursday, December 10th

6:30-8:30pm

Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library

285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Reserve a seat with a free ticket today or include a small donation towards the local work of
UNA Pasadena with your ticket. You can also RSVP via Facebook by clicking HERE.

THE GLOBAL IMPORTANCE OF TREES

In a World of Increasing Desertification & Drought

An estimated 12 million trees across California have died in the past year. Come learn what impact
this has on local climate and what Australia did during their 10-year drought. Find out how you can
not only lower your power and water bill, but also make a difference to build
a sustainable future for your community

Enjoy an evening of hot beverages, refreshments, and phenomenal speakers as we
celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

OUR SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

GENE MASUDA, Vice Mayor, City of Pasadena

TORIN DUNNAVANT, Director of Engagement & Partnerships, TreePeople

LEIGH ADAMS, Artist-in-Residence, L.A. Arboretum

PASADENA DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER

Growing into a Sustainable Future

Pasadena Central Library – 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101, United States

 

THE GLOBAL IMPORTANCE OF TREES
In a World of Increasing Desertification & Drought

An estimated 12 million trees across California have died in the past year. Come learn what impact this has on local climate and what Australia did during their 10-year drought. Find out how you can not only lower your power and water expenses, but also make a difference to build a sustainable future for your community.

Come enjoy an evening of hot beverages, refreshments, interactive booths, and phenomenal speakers as we celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! To reserve a seat or donate towards the event, go to: www.bit.do/PASADENA

FEATURING:

GENE MASUDA, Vice Mayor, City of Pasadena

TORIN DUNNAVANT, Director of Engagement & Partnerships, TreePeople

LEIGH ADAMS, Artist-in-Residence, L.A. Arboretum

WENDY DE LEON, Customer Relations Manager, Pasadena Department of Water & Power

Screening of Short Film A STATE OF EMERGENCY

This event is FREE for the public.

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Dec 9 2015
City Council Districts Good or Bad?
 

I am torn on the issue of cities having council districts as opposed to having council members representing all residents.

On one hand it seems to be a way to provide local neighborhood residents a voice and support. On the other hand it seems to be divisive in separating neighborhoods, or having council members feel that if a resident is not in their district why should they help them.

I am sure we will hear more about this.

Pasadena has seven council districts. Voters in Pasadena vote for council member to represent their district. The elected council member must live in the district they “serve”.

Burbank and Glendale have no districting.

Is this something that should be revisited, and why is it that cities of comparable size and neighboring do not have districts?

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Dec 9 2015
Pasadena Museum of History – Holiday Open House: Festive & Fashionable @pasadenahistory
 

Holiday Open House: Festive & Fashionable

December 19 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm

| Free

Adorn yourself with your favorite accessories and join us for a fashionable community free day with complimentary hot chocolate courtesy of Caffe D’Amore and live holiday music by the Ad Hoc Consort. Release your own creativity as you make clay ornaments  inspired by changing fashions at an Art2Go workshop – fun for all ages! View the Fabulous Fashion exhibition and the Edwardian holiday decorations in the Fenyes Mansion.  Tour the Finnish Folk Art Museum. All are invited to be a Member-for-the-Day with free admission and a 20% discount in the Museum Store, where Pasadena favorites will be available for purchase to delight your friends and family this holiday season.

Tickets: Free, no reservations required.

Pasadena Museum of History

470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA

 

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