Fans in the Stands: Special Olympics World Games Basketball

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Come join Pasadena Magazine at the Special Olympic World Games Basketball event!

Watch amazing athletic feats and do your part by cheering on the athletes of the Special Olympic World Games! Support a great cause and lend your voice to the chorus of cheers at the World Games basketball event. As a Fan in the Stand, you will get a firsthand look at the bravery, strength and joy that optimizes a Special Olympic athlete.

Los Angeles is proud to welcome over 6,500 Special Olympic athletes for the 2015 World Games. As one of the largest philanthropic and sporting events in the world, the Special Olympics hope to promote global acceptance of disabilities through a celebration of athletic achievements.

Head over to fansinthestands-basketball.eventbrite.com to reserve your spot! Follow the World Games on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Fans-in-the-Stands/430156587133745 to stay updated!

July 28, 5:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m. Free. Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90007.

-Sydney Acosta

South Orange Grove: Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

Pasadena Heritage presents a repeat performance of South Orange Grove: Mid-Century living on Millionaire’s Row. This event is a free public lecture on Pasadena’s postwar Garden Apartments where you will learn the story behind the architecture, landscape and interiors.

Once known as “Millionaire’s Row,” South Orange grove Boulevard saw a significant shift in architectural style, from grandiose Victorian-style mansions to mid-century style garden apartments, a result of economic shifts and population boom that occurred in Pasadena following World War II. Due to the success and enthusiastic request from their Preservation Month Lecture and Tour in May, Pasadena heritage’s Preservation Director, Jesse Lattig, will again offer this presentation to the public for free, Monday, July 27th.

Pasadena Heritage is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977, which 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.

July 27, 7:30 p.m. Pasadena Central Library, Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. 626.441.6333 or pasadenaheritage.org

-Gabriela Khowploum

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Explore the Gold Line – Little Tokyo/Arts District

Explore the vast array of culture, shops and food of Little Tokyo and the Arts district, all within immediate distance of the Gold Line.

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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

See some of the most talked about art exhibits in Los Angeles, “Art in the Streets” the “Mike Kelley Retrospective”. Stop by on Thursdays when L.A. residents receive free admission.

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Japanese Village Plaza

 Shop through an arrangement of boutiques filled with Japanese treasures. You can find anything from traditional culture for the adults to kawaii culture for the kids.

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Shin Sen Gumi

 Try some delicious ramen and even customize your own to satisfy all your taste needs.

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Guerilla Tacos

Pay a visit to a gourmet food truck by Chef Wes Avila, where the ingredients vary day to day. It will make you want to come back and again and again to see what new delicacies he has that day waiting for you.

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Sushi Gen

 If you’re looking for something different from your usual sushi stop, come by Sushi Gen. Here you can enjoy a delectable meal where every meal is chef’s choice.

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Ice Cream Lab

If you’re looking for something to fulfill your frozen cravings this summer, try the latest trend in ice cream, liquid nitrogen. Customize your own flavor and enjoy this delicious thick and creamy delight.

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Ozreo Tea & Desserts

 Boba tea drinks are becoming a must try, and something you cannot miss when you’re in the little Tokyo area. Enjoy various sweet tea and milk tea flavors with tasty tapioca balls that will make you crave for more.

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Blacktop Coffee

Need some coffee to help bring back your energy? At Blacktop, they serve San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee where you can get a nice flavor, and an extra kick of some powerful espresso.

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Angel City Brewery

 If the adults are looking for a way to relax after a long day, they can come enjoy a nice cold beer. What makes this place special is their craft beer is brewed fresh on site, with new beers rotating in-and-out daily.

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-Gabriela Khowploum

Screaming for Ice Cream

Summertime and living’s easy… especially with some cold sweets by your side. Here are some dessert places that are guaranteed to cool you down and satisfy that sweet tooth.

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Bulgarini Gelato

Voted on multiple “Best Of” lists, Bulagarini’s gelato has been featured in variety of Los Angeles publications including our very own Food issue last fall. Bulgarini Gelato’s owner Leo Bulgarini is a Rome native and a former sommelier who taps into his knowledge and experience to produce amazing gelatos that will mesmerize your senses. 749 E Altadena Dr., Altadena 626.791.6174

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Carmela Ice Cream

Situated in South Pasadena, Carmela Ice Cream produces artisanal ice creams made without any artificial flavorings or extracts. Flavor-developer Jessica Martarotti blends local farmers’ produce and organic dairy to produce incredible flavors including their most popular flavor salted caramel along with unique flavors like lavender honey and dark chocolate cacao nibs.  2495 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 626.797.1405

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The Coolhaus Shop

With 5 trucks roaming Southern California, you may have caught a glimpse of the silver Coolhaus truck. After successfully making their debut at the Coachella Music Festival in 2009, the ice cream sandwhich shop has opened two brick and mortar locations in Culver City and Pasadena. Visit the store to try their ice creams, cookies and affogatos.  59 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 626.486.2700

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Ice Cream Lab

 Ice Cream Lab is a delicious mix of molecular gastronomy and ice cream. The shop offers made-to- order liquid nitrogen ice cream, by instantly freezing different natural ingredients. The ice cream is considered more flavorful than typical ice cream because the preparation process keeps the integrity of the ingredients used.      16 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 626.808.4874

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Hello Gelato

Hello Gelato offers array of flavors with options like dairy free and fat free gelato that will please all customers. Boasting its excellent service and charming décor, Hello Gelato offers popular flavors like piccomolo cheesecake and tiramisu.   20 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 101, Pasadena 626.744.1788

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Five Acres’ Swanky Party

Looking for a fun, swanky way to liven up your summer nights? Want a night filled with music, drinks, food and fun all around? Look no further! Five Acres is giving you the chance to join them for their ‘Swanky Party’, Friday, July 31st, 2015.

On July 31st, Five Acres will be hosting their ‘Swanky Party’. This will not be your usual Friday night out. Make your summer nights memorable by going to a chic, rooftop party! Right here in Pasadena, you can come to a party most only dream of attending. Feel the warm summer breeze with a cool drink in your hand as you mingle and listen to music while overlooking the beautiful lights of Pasadena. It will be a summer night to remember. This is a limited space event so RSVP is required! Do not miss out on your chance to have a swanky night out.

Five Acres is an organization dedicated to caring for the safety of children and their families. For over 127 years, Five Acres has been dedicated to providing childcare programs and services for children and families in crisis, helping over 8,400 children and families annually. Their mission is to focus on the safety, well-being, and permanency of children that have come to them because of abuse or neglect. Join Five Acres July 31st and be moved by their hard work and dedication to these deserving children and families.

July 31, 6-8:30 p.m.; 867 North Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA, 91103; RSVP Required! RSVP at events@5acres.org or call (626)-773-3809.

-Gabriela Khowploum