A Night to Remember at the 4th Annual Taste of Summer

Want to spend an evening on the coast enjoying delicious food and drink while also supporting a great cause? Look no further than the 4th Annual Taste of Summer!

Hosted by the Fulfillment Fund Leadership Council on July 25th, the event will offer some of the best food and beverage tasting of the summer. The annual gathering will combine the elegant ambiance of the renovated Victorian mansion and the costal beauty of Santa Monica for an unforgettable night. This year, the 21+ event will be catered by celebrity chef Valerie Gordon and music provided by DJ Benjamin Walker.

The Fulfillment Fund uses education to empower students in underresourced areas through instruction and mentoring. Last year’s Taste of Summer raised $90,000 for students and their communities.

July 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.,$85 Early Bird, $100 Advance, $125 General Admission/Door. The Victorian, 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica. (323) 939-9707 or visit fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer.

-Sydney Acosta

Photo Courtesy of fulfillment.org


Rosemary Children’s Services

This year, Rosemary Children’s theme for its 52nd Annual An Evening with Star Chefs is “Giving an Opportunity.” This event is looking to honor those that have helped give lives to the children of now and the makers of the future.

Enjoy an evening meant for the stars located at the beautiful Ambassador Mansion and Gardens – with gourmet food created by the most elite chefs in Los Angeles, live music, dancing, wine, opportunity drawings, and the famous silent and live auction. Jeff Michael from KTTV Fox 11 and Sasha Perl Raver from FX Movie Download, both have signed on to co-host the event along side the smooth jazz of Nina Fetter and The Feds. Become a sponsor for the event or silent auction; volunteer; or simply buy a ticket to help the youth of today. Your help can bring a better tomorrow.

Rosemary Children’s Services builds its foundation as being a place where abused and neglected children can always be remembered. Its mission is to help children, adolescents, and families heal from their pasts and move toward productive, fulfilling futures.

July 25, 2015; 6–9 p.m.; Tickets: $150; Ambassador Gardens; 380 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91129; Call 626.844.3033 ext. 211 or visit http://www.rosemarychildren.org

-Elysha Kaiffie

Photo courtesy of Rosemary Children’s Services

Explore the Gold Line – Heritage Square

Take advantage of our public transportation by exploring shops and restaurants all within walking distance of the Gold Line.



Heritage Square Museum

The museum features eight of old LA’s structures spread across 10 acres of land, where you can check out different buildings from mid 19th century


Lummis House

Just a few blocks from the Heritage Square Museum sits a stone castle built in 1897 by journalist Charles Fletcher Lummis.



The Bike Oven

For a donation, the Bike Oven staff will show you how to fix and improve your bicycle.


The Flying Pigeon

Come visit one of the only US retailers of the popular Chinese bicycle brand. The shop also hosts regular group rides.



Mom’s Tamales

Often visited by LA’s food critic Jonathan Gold, the shop offers all types of tamales ranging from savory to sweet.


La Abeja

Try their ever-famous menudo soup or pork in red mole sauce. With it’s 45 year history, you can’t go wrong.



Antigua Coffee House

Come try the popular sweet and spicy Mayan Mocha. The shop also offers small bites made with sustainably grown ingredients.



You can grab a drink to cool off or hop on the dance floor to heat up the night. The bar offers different DJ’s nightly so you can keep yourself entertained while having a drink or two.

Iris Lee

Colleen Williams 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament


This year take the game of golf to a whole new level! Come to the Colleen Williams 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to compete for prizes and show off your best swing.

This charitable event is an opportunity to enjoy a competitive game of golf while also indulging in the wide variety of festivities offered during the day. Be a sponsor at any level and enjoy gourmet meals, live auctions and golf in the hopes of supporting treatment and recovery services at the Casa de las Amigas. So don’t forget to register! Who knows, you could go home with one of three grand prizes reserved for the best golfers of the day. This will be an outstanding event that you won’t want to miss.

The Casa de las Amigas is a 24 hour non-medical substance treatment center for women with alcohol or drug addiction. This center works to provide these women with the tools and resources needed to lead sober and productive lives. Proceeds from the Charity Golf tournament will give the Casa de las Amigas the resources it needs to help these women recover and build self-esteem as well as an understanding of addiction prevention.

June 25, 9 a.m- 6 p.m., $75 Tournament Dinner Only, $175 Tee Sign Sponsorship, $275 Golfer Registration, more prices available on website. San Gabriel Country Club, 350 E Hermosa Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91775. 626-792-2770 x 10 or visit https://www.casadelasamigas.org/golf for more info.

-Selorm Kploanyi

Photo courtesy of https://www.casadelasamigas.org/golf

4th of July!

July 4th has finally arrived! We’ve collected a few options for you to add to your itinerary.

1. AmericaFest


Come and spend your 4th at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. This festival includes live motorcycle stunts, musical performances by a Grammy nominated Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band and teen Idol star Ian Thomas, an Elvis Tribute, a viewing of Despicable Me 2 and the largest firework show in Southern California. Also there is just an area outside just for your kids with food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides.

July 4, 2015. 2p.m-9:30p.m. Firework show starts at 9p.m. Tickets $13-$25, children 5 yrs and under free. Pasadena Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena 91103. http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/americafest

2. 31st Annual Fourth of July Parade.

If you’re looking for a fun balloon float parade on July 4th, then look no further. This parade starts at 11a.m. but includes an opening ceremony 30mins prior to the start time. Each float must include some balloons, so come drift over to South Pasadena where you’ll be blown away by these floats.

July 4,2015. 10:30a.m. Free admission. South Pasadena Library,1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena 91030.

3. Sierra Madre Fourth of July

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Come join Sierra Madre in celebrating 4th of July with several events you can enjoy with the whole family. This fun filled day begins at 8a.m. with a firecracker fun run, followed by a parade and finishes with a community picnic that includes music, food trucks, games, and more.

July 4, 2015. Prices, and times vary. All locations in Sierra Madre 91024. sierramadre4thofjuly.wordpress.com

4. 626 Night Market


If a parade isn’t what you’re interested in, then come to the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States. Hosted at the Santa Anita Park, guests can enjoy hundreds of local food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions. This event appeals to all ages, so come enjoy with your entire family.

July 3rd-5th, 2015. 4p.m.-1.a.m, except ends at 11p.m. on the 5th. Tickets $3. Children 6yrs and under free. Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia 91007. http://www.626nightmarket.com/home

-Krista Meaglia

Photo courtesy of dailyridge.com

5th Annual Poker Bowl

The Cancer Support Community gives Pasadena a chance to play a game of poker with a purpose at their 5th Annual Poker Bowl. Throw in your chips for this elegant event in support of The Cancer Support Community of Pasadena. This all inclusive event captures the luxury of a night at the casino with perfectly restored automobiles surrounding sparkling cocktails and delicious meals catered by The Dog Haus. Guests will enjoy the thrill of Texas Holdem and the possibility of winning one of eight fantastic prizes reserved for the best players of the night. All proceeds of the event are vital in enabling the Cancer Support Community of Pasadena to provide free support for those facing cancer. This non-profit has helped more than 2,000 people in the greater Pasadena community every year affirming their belief that no one should face cancer alone. Don’t miss your chance to have a great amount of fun while making an event greater difference. June 25, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., $50 non-players, $100 for rebuys, $125 for 35 and under, 250 for 35 and over. The Flying Garage, (address emailed upon ticket purchase). 626-796-1083 or visit www.cscpasadena.org -Selorm Kploanyi

6th Annual LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting Event

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Feeling Hungry? Make room for some of the best food Los Angeles has to offer at the 6th Annual
LA Street Food Fest.

The LA Street Food Fest’s Summer Tasting Event makes its return to the Pasadena Rose Bowl with nearly 100 award winning vendors including world class chefs, gourmet food trucks, and dishes from LA’s finest restaurants. Indulge your taste buds with signature cocktails, handpicked treats and an ice cream social to bring out your inner foodie child. Attendees will also get to cast their votes for the 2015 People’s Choice Award in the Street Food Cook-Off. So don’t miss out!This is one tasty summer event that you won’t want to miss.

The LA Street Food Fest hosts a series of events that promote small businesses and give them a platform showcase their goods and services to the LA community. Their ultimate goal is to unite the people of LA and create events that “do more than just entertain”.

July 11, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., $90 VIP early admission, $60 General Admission. The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103 or visit lastreetfoodfest.com.

-Selorm Kploanyi

Photo Courtesy of lastreetfoodfest.com