PEN’S 7TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING

Spend a fabulous evening of eclectic foods and wine, live jazz, a silent auction, and a boutique whiskey tasting with the Pasadena Education Network (PEN)! Your mouth will water at the sight of this diverse array of tasty fare!

This eventful evening will not only feature delectable food and tasty wine on April 12. PEN will also be honoring parent leaders Steve Cole, Lydia Finkley, Mikala Rahn, and Tom Selinske for their extraordinary involvement in supporting students from the Pasadena Unified School District. This lively, appetizing event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Celebrity Chef Claud Beltran’s new eatery, Bacchus’ Kitchen. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.penfamilies.org at $75 per person. Want to include the whiskey tasting? An additional $30 will be included.

Founded by parents in 2006, the Pasadena Education Network is non-profit organization. Its mission has been to promote family involvement and participation in public education. Through active education in the PUSD system, PEN’s goal is to secure a high-quality education for all students in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. Many of its programs and services include networking opportunities, parent education programs, and school tours.

April 12, 2015; 5-8 p.m.; Wine tasting: $75, Whiskey Tasting: $100; Bacchus’ Kitchen, 1384 East Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104; Call at (866) 216-7334 or email at info@penfamilies.org

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Education Network

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: Gala Bel Canto

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus presents Gala Bel Canto, on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m., where composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will be honored for their musical contributions to the entertainment and theatrical world. The Academy Award-winning duo has created catchy tunes for hit broadway musicals and soundtracks for animated films including Disney’s record-breaking phenomenon, Frozen. LACC President and Vice Chair, Edward J. Nowak, will also be recognized for his leadership, contribution to the arts, and commitment to the organization.

The eventful evening will include a gourmet three-course dinner, fine wines, and in the spirit of the occasion, musical performances by The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, featuring a few Disney favorites. Guests will have the option to take part in the LACC’s generous “Fund-a-Scholarship” program, which gives students of lower economic backgrounds a chance to participate in the highly prestigious LACC.

For nearly 30 years, The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus has instilled the value of hard work, dedication, and passion for music in children aged 6-18. Choristers of all skill levels study under the tutelage of master teachers, who provide students with an invaluable education in music theory and vocal coaching.

April 14, 2015; 6 p.m.; Tickets $375; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For tickets and more information, visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

-Sara Smola

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Now

Pasadena Magazine’s Women In Business Luncheons

After a sold out Women In Business event last year, we at Pasadena Magazine have decided to have 2 luncheons this year. You won’t have to wait for a whole year to meet and connect with inspiring and influential women. This year’s event will take place at the brand new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center set to open April 4, 2015. The $68 million project offers a dramatically improved experience, replete with six and a half acres of gardens with beautiful facilities. Please join us to be one of the first to enjoy the beautiful Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court & Haaga Hall, designed by Architectural Resources Group. The design of the complex of buildings and gardens harmonizes with the original early 20th-century Beaux-Arts architecture on the property and a perfect backdrop for our Women In Business Luncheons.

Thursday,  October 15th: Join us for another inspiring day of empowerment and friendship. Featuring a lively panel featuring The “Satellite Sisters” discussing the topic of Friendship in Business. The “Satelitte Sisters” host a pod cast on 85 stations and reach about 1 million listeners a week. They have also been featured in Oprah Magazine. The Dolan sisters have worked as teachers and nurses, Fortune 500 business leaders and major university admissions directors, school auction chairwomen and team moms. It is these lives and experiences and knowledge and opinions that the Satellite Sisters bring to their podcast and blog conversations from three very different cities around the globe. Now, they bring their lively conversation, and wise words, to us at a very special Women In Business event.

October 15 -11:30 AM to 2:00 PM Tickets: $125 Table Sponsorships: $800. Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens at the Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court & Haaga Hall, 1800 Orlando Rd. San Marino, CA 91108. For questions about the event or about promoting yourself please call our office at 626.744.0954. Tickets available http://www.womeninbusiness15.eventbrite.com/

ARMORY CENTER OF THE ARTS: OFF THE WALL

Going once, going twice, SOLD!  Get your bidding hand warmed up as the art event of the season approaches.

Join Armory Center for the Arts for an evening of excitement, as they host Off the Wall, their biennial art auction, Saturday, April 11. Throughout the night, bidders will quibble amongst each in hopes of winning one of the 80+ works of art on the auction block from notable contemporary artists including Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Steve Roden, and many more.

In addition to a lively auction, guests will enjoy an open bar and sample culinary delights from the Strolling Supper, a curated selection of hors d’oeuvres from elite restaurants in the community. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting Armory education and exhibition programs.

The Armory Center for the Arts  is a one-of-a-kind, nonprofit community art center that promotes innovative thinking and creativity. The extensive class offerings range in style from painting and printmaking to stop-motion animation and ceramics. Students of all ages are welcome to learn and encouraged to create and explore the artistic possibilities. The Armory also supports K-12 educational art programs in the community.

April 11, 2015; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Tickets $175; Armory Center for the Arts; 145 N.Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103;  For a complete list of artists, patron levels and benefits, as well as a list of class offerings, visit armoryarts.org.

-Sara Smola

Photo courtesy of Amor Center for the Arts

SPECTACULAR SPANISH AND A RETURN TO AUTHENTICITY

Though many associate Pasadena with the infamous Craftsman style, Pasadena is also home (pun unintended) to stunning Spanish Revival architecture. Come experience the breathtaking beauty of the curved arches, painted tile, and rustic interiors exclusive to Spanish Revival.

Join Pasadena Heritage on Sunday, March 29, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., as they host Spectacular Spanish, a drive-yourself tour of Spanish Revival architectural gems in the Pasadena community. The tour will feature some of Pasadena’s most extravagant residences, as well as charming bungalows. Upon arriving at each destination, you will be given a guided tour by a knowledgeable docent, who will provide you with intimate details of the style and structure.

Prior to the tour, on Thursday, March 26, Michael Burch of Michael Burch Architects will share his knowledge on the subject with his lecture, A Return to Authenticity. His firm’s professional work relating to Spanish Revival style has been internationally recognized.

Pasadena Heritage, is a nonprofit organization that has worked tirelessly for over 37 years to ensure the city’s historic buildings and sites would not be torn down or destroyed. The Spectacular Spanish architectural tour promotes the society’s goal in making residents aware that buildings or sites with historical value should be preserved and protected.  

Spectacular Spanish, March 29, 2015; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tickets $35-$45. A Return to Authenticity, March 26, 2015; 7 p.m.; Tickets $12-$15. For more information on Spectacular Spanish and A Return to Authenticity, visit pasadenaheritage.org.

-Sara Smola

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

SANTA ANITA MYSTIQUE AND FUN

Women at Work is committed to “helping women reach their full employment and earning potential.” This supportive environment invites you to join them at the Santa Anita Mystique and Fun!

Save the day on Sunday, March 15th! Hosted at the Santa Anita Park in the Club House Terrace, this charming and exciting event offers you a lunch buffet as well as paddock tours. There will also be a hat contest and raffle prices! You will even have the chance to meet the Honorary Chair Ada Gates Patton. The ticket price is $95 and may be purchased online at womenatwork.org or by calling (626) 796-6870. Free valet parking will be available.

Betty Ann Johnson, Barbara Burke, and Marge Leighton were three self-determined, hard-working women who founded Women at Work in 1979. For over 30 years, the organization’s mission has been to empower women who are under-represented in many employment fields. It is the only non-government career and job resource center in Los Angeles.

March 15, 2015; 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Ticket price: $95; Club House Terrace at the Santa Anita Park; 235 N. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 (Enter at Gate 5); (626) 796-6870 or visit womenatwork.org

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo Courtesy of Women at Work

THE 9TH ANNUAL PASADENA TRIATHLON

Get ready to sweat! Challenge yourself and compete with your friends in the 9th Annual Bank of America Pasadena Triathlon, Duathlon, and Rockin’ Reggae 5K! Whether you are new or experienced in triathlons, anyone can join this exciting and rewarding event, including your children!

Taking place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, this family-friendly event returns on March 7th. Test your endurance by swimming, biking, and running! If you are not a swimmer but prefer to bike and run, join the Duathlon; or you can register for the Rockin’ Reggae 5K to simply run. Registration prices vary on the competitions. The price ranges for each competition is as follows: individual entry is from $85 to $115; relay entry is from $125 to $185; youth entry is from $55 to $85; and kids entry is from $30 to $55. For more information on the event and how to register, please visit pasadenatriathlon.com.

The Pasadena Triathlon has partnered up with NextStep, a nationally recognized non-profit organization. This year’s race will focus on making a difference for people living with paralysis and moving impairments. The Pasadena Triathlon and NextStep invite you to “Move for Others” by living up to the challenge of running, biking, and swimming! Don’t miss out in this incredible race!

Saturday, March 7th; Ticket price range: $85-$185 for adults, $55-$85 for youth, and $30-$55 for kids; Rose Bowl in Pasadena; 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103; check out pasadenatriathlon.com

– Andrea Gonzalez