Monthly Archives: April 2016
Apr 13 2016
Pasadena Police Air Ops hosts the 27th Police Helicopter “Disaster Response” training, Rose Bowl, 4/13/2016

Pasadena Police Air Ops hosts the 27th Police Helicopter “Disaster Response” training, Rose Bowl, 4/13/2016

The Pasadena Police Department’s Air Operations Section proudly hosts the 27th Annual “Disaster Response” training event at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA. Public safety helicopter crews from throughout the southland will descend on the iconic venue as part of a large scale drill aimed at preparing our aerial first responders for all hazards disaster response.

The event (training) is not open to the public but the public can watch a multitude of law enforcement helicopters descending onto the grass lot southeast of Gate A, beginning around 11:00 AM. Sorry, but public access to the helicopters is not allowed.

Media is welcome for interviews and photographs. PIO Lt. Tracey Ibarra will meet media outside Gate A at 11:00 AM. Interviews will conclude at 11:30 AM. If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Ibarra at 661-373-7753 or Air Operations Lt.Michael Ingram at 626-437-3231 after 9:00 AM on day of event.

Apr 11 2016
5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena – presented by the Rotary Club – April 19, 2016

5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena  – presented by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena

Grab your wristbands and enjoy fine tastes from all your favorite (or soon to be your favorite) restaurants. This walking event features incredible cuisine from eateries and bakeries up and down Fair Oaks Avenue and Mission Streets. Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! Last year we had 20 restaurants and over 350 visitors! Spend time with your neighbors and enjoy a relaxing weekend on the town exploring our fabulous city and our terrific food. Children under 7 are free. Live music from Calvin Joe and his band, bounce house and face painting from Kids Klub, YELP table to shout about your favorite tastes and much more!

Food wristbands are just $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 7-18. Adult tickets go to $40 if bought at the door on the day of the event.

Food tasting hours – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Buy tickets here

5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena

Rotary Club of South Pasadena

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Buy your tickets now and trade them in for a wristband! Wristband purchases and ticket exchange at ARO on Mission and Canoe House on Fair Oaks starting at 5:30pm.

Here are the restaurants already signed up for this year!

Canoe House


Gus’s BBQ





Bristol Farms

Oak Tree Inn




Tomato Pie

Vegan Charm


La Fiesta Grande


Cake Sensations

Fair Oaks Pharmacy

Sow House

Cookies & Cream

Heirloom Bakery

More are still being added!


For those wishing for a bit more, we are offering a VIP wine and beer tasting event hosted by Garagiste at Canoe House for adults over 21 years of age. This VIP pre-event requires an additional wristband. We are featuring 14 local wineries (talk right to the manufacturer!). All this for just $20!

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Buy your tickets here and trade them in for a wristband at Canoe House starting at 4:45pm.


Here is some special info for you!

Thank you so much for supporting the 5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena! We are looking forward to a great evening filled with wine, food, and great entertainment. All proceeds support local nonprofits making a BIG difference in our community!

This can also be found on our website at

Will Call Tables

You will find 2 will call tables where you MUST trade your food ticket for a wristband. This wristband will give you access to the restaurants and YOU MUST trade them in to receive a wristband BEFORE you begin your tastings. Will call tables are located at Canoe House on Fair Oaks/Hope and a second table at ARO restaurant on Mission/Diamond. We will be selling additional food and wine tickets at the will call tables while supplies last.


There are plenty of free open lots and street parking in South Pasadena by our will call tables and among the Taste route, so please make use of them, but follow posted parking signs. We can’t be responsible for ticketed or towed cars. If you start at Canoe House, there is a free open lot on the corner of Hope/Mound.


Food Tasting

Restaurants are excited to have you stop in and sample their offerings! They are selecting their favorite dishes to share and will give samples to guests with a food wristband. Food tasting for all restaurants starts at 6:00pm and goes until 9:00pm, with the exception of Canoe House who will be serving food ticketed guests between 5-9pm and Busters who is serving only between 5:00pm – 7:00pm.


Wine Tasting and other important info

The VIP Wine Tasting presented by The Garagiste Festival, is a separate ticketed pre-event (just $20) and is being held at the Canoe House at 805 Fair Oaks Avenue from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. There will be 10-12 artesian wineries and breweries offering wine to ticketholders ages 21+. Everyone is welcome, but only guests with special wine tickets will be allowed to taste. Drinks must stay within the confines of Canoe House and their lot. No open containers can be taken to the city streets.

Evening Program

Live entertainment and community booths too! Yelp, South Pasadena Middle School, Kids Klub and more!

Map of the Taste route

At the will call table, you will receive a complete map of the restaurants. There is a walking path and a shuttle/driving path.

Van shuttles

We highly encourage our guests to walk, but for those who need a lift, we have free van for those needing an extra lift. Please inquire at the Canoe House registration table.

Have a wonderful time and thank you for supporting our community in this fun and fabulous way!

Rotary Club of South Pasadena

Apr 11 2016
A Ticket To Explore JPL – 2016 #jplopenhouse @NASAJPL

Listen up, Space Fans!

JPL is announcing a new approach to that one special weekend a year when we open our doors to the public and put on display all the ways we are exploring the solar system and beyond.

It’s called “A Ticket to Explore JPL.” And to be a part of it, you MUST have a ticket. We’re trying this new approach because the enormous public response to our traditional “come one, come all” “Open House,” has been – well – overwhelming. We’re committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience, so we’re trying this experiment.

“A Ticket to Explore JPL” will take place the weekend of June 4th and 5th. Tickets are free but limited and they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The maximum number of tickets per family is five. And to enter JPL you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.

Tickets will be available as of April 25 at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on JPL’s Special Events web page ( where you can also find additional information.

Hope to see you at A Ticket to Explore JPL, but remember make sure you have a ticket.

4800 Oak Grove Drive

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mail Stop 186-113
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone: (818) 354-1234
Fax: (818) 393-4641

› Directions to JPL

Apr 11 2016
Altadena Library – The Art and Delight of Water Harvesting w/Leigh Adams



ALTADENA — Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library.

Please join us for an invigorating evening with local artist, educator, and water conservationist, Leigh Adams.

Leigh has reconfigured her Altadena yard to capture and hold as much water as possible. She utilized resourceful measures to turn an arid hillside into an oasis of fruit trees, herbs, and edibles. Leigh will explain water capturing techniques you can try at home; such as bioswales, hugelkultur, French drains, grey water, and more. She will also speak of conservation measures that have worked for her…and the enjoyment she has experienced along the way.

Leigh Adams’ love of art and children and her commitment to doing public art with children have resulted in a variety of differing art installations and activities.  Although most of her work is done in the Pasadena, California area, Leigh has traveled and worked with children in Mexico, China and Central America for many years.

Whether teaching folk arts, language or life skills, Leigh believes that cooperative learning, achieving consensus and building new skills (which can result in public acknowledgement) are some of the greatest gifts we can give our children and our society. She currently is active as artist in residence and teacher at several local schools.

As arts become less and less available in our schools, Leigh believes it is incumbent upon us to make opportunities for hands-on learning available to our young people.  Public installations are an excellent way to elevate children’s belief in themselves, their self worth and the value of their efforts.

Currently Artist in Residence at the LA County Arboretum, she completed a 960′ mosaicked “DreamSnake” using tiles glazed by children at the Arboretum and at area schools, colleges and clubs. Leigh is available for garden design and commissioned work. She is also developing Crescent Farms as a demonstration garden for the LA Arboretum.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 7:00pm

Apr 10 2016
All NEW LA Food Fest at Exposition Park July 8-10, 2016 @LAFoodFest #lafoodfest #stretchypants

Get your stretchy pants ready! The all new LA FOOD FEST hits downtown this July…


The all new LA FOOD FEST hits downtown with a kick off dinner July 8 and the main event July 9 and 10 at Expo Park!

Save the date and stay tuned for more of the mouth watering details coming soon.

Visit the website  (HERE!) and be first to know when tickets go on sale later this month!

Apr 8 2016
LeBron James Is Blaze Pizza’s Newest Team Member #MeetRon @KingJames @BlazePizza

LeBron James Goes Undercover As Pasadena Pizza Store Employee

LeBron James Is Blaze Pizza’s Newest Team Member #MeetRon

In between games in Los Angeles, LeBron James put in work on his off day. And by work we mean becoming Ron, the newest team member at Blaze Pizza. #MeetRon

The 31-year-old James is an investor in Blaze Pizza.

Apr 1 2016
Tesla Model 3 Pre-Orders At 200,000 Stock Up @teslamotors

Tesla has just made history with the first ever pre-order of a vehicle being ordered by many sight unseen.

Close to 200,000 people have plunked down $1,000 for a vehicle that will cost a minimum of $35,000 and will hopefully be available late 2017.

There are some very impressive stats and some who are naysayers of what Tesla is doing. But Tesla is redefining the auto industry.

It would be interesting to see if Chevy with the upcoming Bolt release takes a similar tactic with pre-orders.  I doubt that Chevy will garner even half the pre-orders the Tesla has managed to score in less than 24 hours since the online ordering went live.  We could see the number of pre-orders break the half a million mark in the coming weeks or even days if the media runs with the story and it goes mainstream.

There are some very interesting development that could make the Model 3 a real winner without cannibalizing the other models as many have speculated.  Although the Model 3 is the low end of the Tesla line it is by no means a low end vehicle.  It will compete squarely against similarly priced vehicles from BMW and Mercedes.

The Model 3 will end most hopes the Nissan LEAF has to survive in the EV market, and if the Model 3 doesn’t end them, then the Chevy Bolt will.

The Fremont, CA plant Tesla owns is capable of producing 500,000 vehicles per year.  This sort of volume production would put Tesla squarely up against larger auto companies.

At the core of the Tesla vehicles is the battery packs, which will be produced at the currently in construction Gigafactory 1, located in Nevada.  Production is slated to being this year.  The capability of this plant will exceed worldwide production of 2013.




Apr 1 2016
Masters of Taste Brings Food Festival to Pasadena Rose Bowl – April 3, 2016 – Tickets @mastersoftaste @eatdrinkla

L.A.’s Top Master Tastemakers

Savor The Finer Things On The Field Of The Historic Rose Bowl

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

(Los Angeles, CA), Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016:  The time has come to celebrate and savor the finer things in life at this year’s Masters of Taste, a new and exciting outdoor, luxury festival set to make its inaugural debut on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the Historic Pasadena Rose Bowl.

Masters of Taste will bring L.A.’s Top Master Tastemakers together for one afternoon to celebrate all realms of taste. Approximately 2,000 influential food and beverage enthusiasts from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area are expected to attend this exciting festival. This year’s Masters of Taste will include the finest fare from L.A.’s top Culinary Masters and restaurants, an array of delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s most notable Sweet Masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 25 Beverage Masters which will include bartenders from top cocktail bars, wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices, hand roasted coffee; plus lifestyle activations, live entertainment and much more.

The beneficiary of Masters of Taste will be Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families with services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. Since 1973, Union Station Homeless Services has helped thousands of people who were once homeless and without hope. 100% of the proceeds from this year’s event will directly support Union Station Homeless Services.

The Masters of Taste 2016 participating Culinary Masters and Restaurants include:

118 Degrees  Chef Jenny Ross (Tarzana)

Alexander’s Steakhouse  Chef Matt Bata (Pasadena)

Ayara Thai  Chef Vanda Asapahu (Westchester)

BierBeisl  Chef Bernhard Mairinger (Downtown Los Angeles)

Birch  Chef Brendan Collins (Hollywood)

Celestino  Chef Calogero Drago (Pasadena)

Claud Beltran & Co and Bacchus Kitchen & Eatery  Chef Claud Beltran (Pasadena)

Crossings  Chef Lalo Sanchez (South Pasadena)

HACHÉ LA  Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers (Silver Lake)

Hamasaku  Chef Yoya Takahashi (Los Angeles)

Hyde  Chef Chris Crary (Hollywood)

Inotheke  Carolos Tomazos (Santa Monica)

Made in Brooklyn  Chef Sean Popock(Los Angeles)

Magnolia House  Chef Evan Colter (Pasadena)

Noor  Chef Ryan Morrison (Pasadena)

Osawa  Chef Shigefumi Tachibe  (Pasadena)

Ozu East Kitchen  Chef Paul Yi (Atwater Village)

Redbird Chef Neal Fraser (Downtown Los Angeles)

Sangers & Joe  Chef Eduardo Pineda (Pasadena)

Say Cheese  Chef Glenn Harrell (Silver Lake)

SOL Cocina  Chef Tia Baker (Playa Vista)

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern  Chef Isaias Peña (Los Angeles)

The Perfect Bite Co.  Chef Teri Valentine (Glendale)

The Raymond 1886  Chef Tim Guiltinan (Pasadena)

Toca Madera  Chef Raymond Alvarez (Los Angeles)

WAFL Truck  Chef Ozan Cay (Los Angeles)

Wax Paper  Chef Peter Lemos (Elysian Valley)

Wood & Vine  Chef Kyle Schutte (Hollywood)


The Masters of Taste participating Sweet Masters include:


Sweet Masters: A select group of L.A.’s Sweet Masters will come together for one afternoon to showcase an assortment of delectable desserts such as handcrafted buttery toffees from Alique Gourmet Toffee, an array of delicious desserts from Butter Cake Shoppe, gourmet single-origin chocolate and vanilla ice creams from Choctal, the finest globally-procured cacao from Chocolate Stars USA, authentic Danish pastries from Copenhagen Pastry and the finest Filipino inspired custards and confections from Crème Caramel. Helados Pops Ice Cream will be serving their homemade ice creams and sorbets made with only the finest quality ingredients, Kelley’s Kookies will be presenting their gourmet cookies made from traditional recipes, while Sprinkles cupcake bakery will be serving their irresistible famous cupcakes and showcasing their new ice cream cart.


This year’s participating Beverage Masters include:


Brewmasters:  Beverage Masters who specialize in barley and hops will be presenting top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests to sample, sip and savor all throughout the event, including Southern California favorites Alosta Brewing Co., Bootlegger’s Brewery, Iron Triangle Brewing, Indie Brewing Company, and Golden Road Brewing. Other fine breweries included in this year’s event are Elysian Brewing from Seattle, the famous Goose Island Beer Co. from Chicago, Northwestern favorite 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Missouri’s Shock Top, and the Cabo-inspired Baja Brewing Company, along with internationally acclaimed Brewmaster Stella Artois and Stella Cidre.


Wineries:  A specially curated collection of Wine Masters will be showcasing their finest varietals including Alexander Valley Vineyards from Healdsburg, Paso Robles’ Anglim Winery and premium boutique winery Ascension Cellars, Ventura’s Four Brix Winery; who will be pouring their top internationally-inspired blends, along with Napa’s Sequoia GroveJamieson Ranch Vineyards, and Toluca Lake’s Spin The Bottle Wine Studio.  Ste. Michelle Estates will be featuring special selections which will include 14 Hands WineryANEW RieslingChateau Set. Michelle WineryMichelle Sparkling and MOTTO WinesGolden State Wine Company will be showcasing wines from Abadia RetuertaLoring Wine Company and Viña Alberdi; and there will be even more to taste from Lodi’s Van Ruiten Family Vineyards, Thousand Oaks’ Vinemark Cellars, and San Antonio Winery will be presenting tastes from Stella RosaBodega Sangria and Diama Sparkle, a new sparkling Prosecco.


Bars & Spirits:  Some of L.A.’s top bartenders and cocktail bars will be creating first-rate craft cocktails showcasing the finest spirits, including a premium barrel-aged cocktail bar provided by Erik Lund and Alexander’s Steakhouse, signature handcrafted cocktails from Head Barman Peter Lloyd-Jones and 1886 Bar, special spiked breakfast cereal cocktails from Nighthawk’s Giovanni Martinez, and handcrafted DesMaDre tequila cocktails prepared by Beverage Director Colin Pflugradt of the newly opened SOL Cocina in Playa Vista. Mixologist and Sommelier Adam Seger will be introducing the newly launched Balsam Luxury Vermouth, while Hooch, the private members-only cocktail app, will be hosting a Snow Leopard cocktail bar, and there will be additional cocktails to enjoy throughout the event from Brugal Rum and Kikori Whiskey, and much more.


Non-Alcoholic Beverages:  A variety of premium non-alcoholic Beverage Masters will also be on hand for those who wish to hydrate, caffeinate or regenerate, featuring the “bevolutionary” Bai who will be presenting their antioxidant juices, teas and water infusions, hand roasted, ethically-sourced coffee including a Kyoto iced coffee, espresso and blood orange cappuccino from the newly opened Demitasse in Hollywood, the deliciously healthy, raw and undiluted Kombucha Dog, all natural, refreshing and energizing sparkling beverages from Diabolo and fresh, cold-pressed juices from Nekter Juice Bar, ZICO premium coconut water and Boxed Water.


Corporate Sponsors:  Masters of Taste is made possible through the generous support of our corporate sponsors, which include HomeStreet Bank, Judith L. Chiara Foundation, Western Asset Management, Capital Group, TD Investment Company, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Bank of America, The High End, Wells Fargo, Westport Construction, Kauffman Wealth Management, Citizens Business Bank, Tsan Tsung Memorial Foundation, Massage Envy, Hahn & Hahn LLP, Arroyo Insurance Services, Individual Food Service, Laemmle Theaters, Lenox Advisors Inc., California Linen Services, Yelp, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News.


Ticket Information:  Masters of Taste will take place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016. A VIP Power Hour will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and General Admission will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets to this event are only available for guests 21+ and over. For more information on Masters of Taste or to book your tickets directly, please visit


Location:  Pasadena Rose Bowl – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103.


Transportation and Parking:  Guests are encouraged to utilize car services – taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc. – since this event does serve alcoholic beverages. Complimentary parking will also be available at the event.




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