6 Halloween Events in the City of Roses

It’s that time again for that Halloween Scare! Don’t forget to scare up a fright; costumes are a must on this frightful night! Still deciding what to do tonight? For the young and brave we’ve harvested the best events of the night:

1. Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration 2014

A frightfully good time to spend with the family! Meet and greet with costumed characters and trick-or-treat at over 100 participating businesses on Colorado Boulevard! Even bring your costumed fury friends over to The Dog Bakery for some canine treats! Also, join us for the screening of Mad Monster Party? Featuring all the groovy monsters-Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, and more!


Friday, October 31, 2014

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Colorado Boulevard

Halloween Movie Screening of: Mad Monster Party?

Friday, October 31, 2014

One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley

Movie starts at 7:30 p.m.


2. Raymond Hill Mortuary- Haunted House

A fifteen-minute walk through a haunted house designed to frighten your soul! You’ll scream, you’ll cry and maybe just die once you see the sights on Halloween Night! With over 50 years in operation this original mortuary is transformed back to its original condition which once carried over 35,000 bodies and have now come back for a haunt on Halloween night!

Online Tickets (until 6 p.m.): $13.00

At the door: $15.00

Front of the line passes: $10.00

Friday, October 31, 2014

7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

1000 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena, CA.


3. Freakshow

The scariest thing about Halloween? Not being invited to the nights  Scariest Halloween Costume Party! Join in where the famously wicked fun begins at a former mortuary and funeral home known for its haunted guests –will you spot the playful phantom prankster responsible for naughty things?

Eden Garden

175 East Holly St. Pasadena, CA.

Friday, October 31, 2014

9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.


Pre-sale tickets starting online at $10.00


4. Spooktacular!

Fly over on a broom or float like a ghost! Just don’t be tardy for the Halloween Party! Family fun with music, crafts, trick-or-treating, games, prizes, food for purchase and so much more!

Free Admission

Friday, October 31, 2014

Orange Grove Park

815 Mission St. South Pasadena, CA.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

5. Dog Haus

Ready to party? It’s the annual Bash! Drinking, dancing, and wearing a mask, come on over for it’s The Dead Mans Party! Join in on the 80’s Prom Halloween Theme with live music, breakers, costume contest, spiked punch, and prom pictures.

Free admission with drinks and food for purchase.

Dog Haus Biergarten

93 East Green St. Pasadena, CA.


Bernstein-Gershwin at the Pasadena Symphony and Pops

The perfect fall evening: Crisp leaves, crisp weather and Pasadena Symphony and POPS! Waiting to hear a piece of this generation’s Mozart? Then join  Pasadena Symphony and Pops in their rendition of Bernstein-Gershwin on November 1st playing at the Ambassador Garden Auditorium.

Hosted by the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Bernstein-Gershwin concerto promises both classical and modern orchestrals to delight the ears and soothe the soul. Hear such classics as Lockington’s “Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare”, Gershwin’s “Concerto in F”, Berstein’s “Candide: Overture” and more! The event will take place at the beautiful Ambassador Garden Auditorium with two showings at 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets start at $35.

For 35 years, David Lockington has amazed audiences everywhere with his superb orchestration. After playin in such prestige locations such as Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, he has come to Pasadena to wow audiences once more. Twice Grammy nomiated pianist Terrance Wilson, famous for such soundtracks as Deus Ex Machina and Metropolis Symphony, will perform the piano in ways you’ve never seen!

November 1st, 2pm and 8pm, Tickets start at $35, Ambassador Auditorium, 131 St. John Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105  For more information, call: 626.793.7172 or visit http://www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org/concerts/bernstein-gershwin/

-Andrew Siribohdi and Jose Florentino

An Evening for the Station Featuring a Beatles/Bash by Muse/Ique


Do you love “Hard Day’s Night”? Wish you could rock out to “Come Together”? Then you won’t want to miss this!

Hosted by Maestra Rachel Worby, this deconstruction of famous Beatles songs hopes to inspire and help men, women and children rebuild their lives. This one night only Fundraiser will showcase famous Beatles songs as you’ve never heard them before. “This collaboration is an opportunity to deepen MUSE/IQUE’s civic and artistic missions,” says Rachael Worby. “Union Station makes all of our lives better. Their fierce advocacy on behalf of every soul in our city is deeply moving, and it is an honor to participate in a fundraising effort for this extraordinary cause.”

For the past 4 years, Muse/Ique, lead by Rachel Worby, is a counter conventional orchestra. Their live events bring together all artists, musicians, and creators of all types. Muse/Ique is a pioneering platform meant for audiences to interact with music in the 21st centuary. To do this, Muse/Ique creates live musical events and outreach programs, aiming to inspire the new Paul McCarthy or John Lennon.

October 29th, 6pm, $40, The Noor in Pasadena, 33 W Green St., Pasadena.
For more information, call: 626.240.4559 or visit http://www.events.org/cpage.aspx?e=77159

-Andrew Siribohdi

Celebrate the Season with a Los Altos Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Is your Thanksgiving dinner missing that perfect centerpiece? Then come help support Los Altos Auxillary and get something that benefits everybody!

 Members of Los Altos Auxiliary are creating beautiful handcrafted floral centerpieces in autumn colors, which are available for purchase this Thanksgiving holiday. All proceeds from the centerpiece sales benefit the boys, ages 6-18, who reside at the Hathaway-Sycamores’ residential treatment facility in Altadena. 

“Our popular Thanksgiving Centerpieces are a wonderful way to support the children served by Hathaway-Sycamores.” The Harvest-styled centerpiece is a fresh fall look.  It is created witht the colors of autumn and comes in an attractive ceramic container.  It measures approximately 16″ by 13″. Centerpieces are $75.00 each and orders need to be received by November 14th for delivery on November 24th to homes in La Canada, La Crescenta, Pasadena, San Marino, South Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, Tujunga, and Sunland. For orders outside the delivery area, they can be picked up at Hathaway-Sycamores’ headquarters office in Pasadena on November 25th and 26th from 9am to 5pm. Quantities are limited and orders will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Los Altos Auxiliary is dedicated to supporting the boys at the El Nido campus of Hathaway-Sycamores. Nestled in the hills of Altadena, California, this residential facility provides special education and critical mental health services in an environment that fosters healing and individual growth. They are located in the foothill area north of Glendale, California and are all volunteers.

For questions, please contact: Sue Perry at (818) 790-2385 sueperr@earthlink.net or Carol De Fond at (818) 790-6243 caroldefond@sbcglobal.net

-Andrew Siribohdi

Photos courtesy of  www.losaltosauxiliary.org/centerpieces.

10th Anniversary Gala: A Decade of Caring

The season for holidays, family, friends and most especially caring is fast approaching. Just in time Ronald McDonald House Pasadena will host its “10th Anniversary Gala: A Decade of Caring” to ring in the holiday season.

This years tenth annual gala will celebrate trustees and donors who helped the Ronald McDonald House reach its goal over the past decade. The Gala will include a private reception, dinner, live and silent auction, live band, and the man of the hour, Ronald McDonald himself. The wonderful evening will take place at the iconic Langham Huntington Hotel Pasadena. Black tie required.

Since 1974, the Ronald McDonald House of Charities have helped orphaned children and broken families unite and take care of them. With many charities and services including, but not limited to: family rooms in hospitals, grants, scholarships, and houses allowing sick children and their families to stay together.

Saturday, November 1, 2014; 5:30pm; Tickets: $200, The Langham Huntington Hotel Pasadena, 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106. More info please contact Elizabeth Dever: edever@pasadenarmh.org or at (626) 204-0400 visit

-Andrew Siribohdi and Jose Florentino

photo courtesy of http://www.pasadenarmh.org/?shine-gala.html

The 12th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast

Celebrate racial equality among women with YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast.

The 12th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast will be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel on Monday, October 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.  commemorating the powerful women throughout history who have battled racial discrimination and broken through the glass ceiling.

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley announced Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient, Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals to be the keynote speaker for the event. Emcee for the breakfast will be Emmy Award winner and KTLA 5 News presenter Cher Calvin. The YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast has brought together over 500 community leaders and advocates to share their experiences and support racial justice throughout the community since it started in 2002.

After Brown v. Board of Education struck down racial segregation in public schools in 1954, people of color still feared to receive an education. In 1957, nine African-American students risked their lives to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. One of those nine students was a 15-year-old Melba Pattillo. A large group of angry protesters yelled their hate toward the ambitious students as they were being escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the US Army 101st Airborne Division. These nine students helped strengthen the civil rights movement and allowed equality for all Americans to receive a proper education.

Beals went on to write her memoirs about the events in Little Rock called “Warriors Don’t Cry.” Beals was the Executive Director for the Student Success program at Dominican University of San Rafael in California until her retirement this year. She is also founder and Chair Emeritus of the University’s Communication Department. In 2012, Beals founded a mentoring program for college students called Together on the Road to New Chapters (TORCH).

Emcee for the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, Cher Calvin, has also done a lot for the Asian community. Calvin is a spokesperson and annual Master of Ceremonies for the charity Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches. She has also participated in the Vagina Monologues to help stop violence against women.

October 20, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., $60 each until September 30, $70 after. Pasadena Hilton Hotel, 168 South Los Robles Avenue. (626) 296-8433 or visit www.ywca.org

-Michael Saakyan

The 23rd Annual Craftsman Weekend

Explore Craftsman Weekend with one of the walking and drive yourself tours. Join Pasadena Heritage on Friday- Saturday October 17th -18th for three special docent-led walking tours through Pasadena’s architecturally significant neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Arroyo with the Arroyo Seco Walking Tour, explore the Monte Vista/Las Lunas Neighborhood during its first featured Pasadena Heritage Tour and stroll through the iconic Pasadena Homes lining the Arroyo on South Grand Avenue.The signature event of Craftsman Weekend is the Craftsman House Tour. This in-depth, drive yourself tour provides the opportunity to experience the rich variety of Craftsman architecture that makes Pasadena a destination for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts across the country. Experienced docents will provide detailed histories of each of the five featured homes while guests examine the natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and exquisite detailing that exemplify the era.

Pasadena Heritage, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in and around Pasadena, California. The organization advocates on behalf of historic resources, educates the public about local history and the benefits of preservation, and demonstrates quality restoration through its own preservation projects. Its 2,000-plus members are drawn from Pasadena and neighboring communities, and throughout Southern California.

Oct. 17-19. 9am-4pm. Locations vary by day. For tickets and exact location visit: www.pasadenaheritage.org/craftsmanweekend