Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015

The Special Olympics World Summer Games have not returned to the United States in over 16 years, however this is the year that all that changes. So come one come all to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games and be one of the half a million estimated to turn up to the greater Los Angeles area starting on July 25th. This year will feature over 7 thousand athletes with intellectual disabilities from 170 nations all-competing in 25 Olympic-type sports.

Over 100 communities across Southern California have signed up to serve as Host Towns that will celebrate a three-day ceremony for the athletes competing in the games. The ceremony includes entertainment, recreation, and a cultural exchange at their Host Town, in order to welcome and celebrate the athletes that have traveled from far away to compete in the games. A few Host Towns include Arcadia who will host Kyrgyz Republic, Trinidad, and Tobago, Glendale will be hosting Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Armenia, and yours truly, Pasadena, will be hosting Singapore and Namibia. The Chief Executive Officer, Patrick McClenahan, invites the public to witness the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in hopes that the games will make it so that the athletes are praised for their talents rather than pin holed because of their disabilities.

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) will be a milestone event of a long-lasting movement, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to create a world that is not dominated by those who are excluded but by those who are included. The biennial World Games are the flagship event of the Special Olympics Movement, and this summer, the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event will come to the world capital for media and entertainment.

July 25, 3 p.m. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. La2015.org

-Elysha Kaiffie

photo courtesy of specialolympics.com.au

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SUMMER SOUNDS, CURATED BREWS , + BAR BITES AT THE 6TH ANNUAL LA VEGAN BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL AT THE ROSE BOWL!

The Famed Rose Bowl will host the 6th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival on May 16, 2015 for the first time. The 6th Annual LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival will be headlined by Jamestown Revival and The White Buffalo, the one-day celebration toasts the region’s finest beer makers, bands, and thoughtfully-sourced restaurants. Guests will enjoy pours from over 65 breweries and 40 food vendors while relaxing in the picturesque Southern California weather.  The 21+ event will provide guests a limited edition Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival glass to enjoy unlimited pours of over 100+ different beers. General Admission($50) includes event admission, entry at 1PM, 4.oz Glass, and unlimited pours. VIP($80) includes admission to the event, separate event entrance, early noon entry, 4.oz Glass, exclusive and unlimited pours, access to VIP lounge. Non-drinking GA ($30) includes admission to the event at 1PM, 4.oz Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival Glass, and Kombucha tastings.

Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival, also operates successful Los Angeles music venues including the Fonda Theatre, El Rey Theatre, Shrine Auditorium, Club Nokia and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.  Beginning as an independent punk rock promoter in the early 1980s, Goldenvoice grew to be the preeminent alternative promoter in Southern California by forging strong relationships with both bands and music fans.  Goldenvoice promotes over 500 concerts a year in California, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii and Canada.

May 16, 2015. 1pm. General Admission: $50; VIP: $80; Non-Drinking General Admission: $30; RoseBowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Drive Pasadena, CA 91103 for more info: www.veganbeerfest.com 

Mother’s Day at the Castle Green

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! And if you want to spend a special day with fun filled activities then the green castle tour is the place to be. You will get the chance to see the most amazing and beautiful architecture right here in Pasadena. Hosted by the City of Pasadena, On Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 1 pm to 5 pm, our historic Castle Green will host its Spring Tour. This Mother’s Day, the event at the Castle Green Tour.
Tickets are $30.00 per person and children are free  will include touring the fabulous public rooms including the Grand Salon, the Moorish and the Turkish room and more 15 other unique apartments. It will also include opportunities to see the rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh Derngate wardrobe. It is part of a collection of one of the residents showing it for the very first time.

Supporting and helping the Green castle are the nonprofit organization are The Friends. This organization is dedicated to preserve and restore the historic honor of this building. The castle was built during the Victorian era. It is a 113 year old Nationally Recorded Historic Monument and now a treasure here in Pasadena.

May 10, 2015 1 pm to 5 pm Mother’s Day at the Castle Green Tour 99 South Raymond Ave. Old Pasadena 626 824-8482