Jazz on the Green

Need to let loose and dance the night away with some lively jazz music? Want to encourage self-sufficiency and alleviate the effects on poverty? Then come show off your dance moves and contribute positively at the “Jazz on the Green” festive lawn party.

Hosted by Friends in Deed on September 16th and at the historic Castle Green, the Jazz on the Green lawn party will include live Jazz music, hors d’oeuvres, signature martinis and also a silent auction. Michael Haggins will be performing out on the Castle Green lawn, while The Ryan McDiarmid Trio will be playing inside the Castle Green; so wherever your hips lead you, there’s always beautiful Jazz music to dance to!

For the last 121 years, Friends in Deed has been on the mission to alleviate the effects of poverty and to encourage self-sufficiency through the collective efforts of congregations, individuals and community organizations.  This event will directly benefit programs such as The Bad Weather Shelter, The Women’s Room, and The Food Pantry.

September 15, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Tickets: $125. Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. 626.797.2402 or friendsindeedpas@gmail.com

– Hernan Hernandez



If you’re looking to add a new kick to your diet that helps benefit your health, try adding the immunity-boosting spice, turmeric, to your drink. This deep-orange spice that is normally found in Indian cuisine has recently started appearing in steamed lattes, fresh pressed juices, and smoothies. Get your taste of the magic around town!

Eagle Rock Juice Co.

This indie juicery has been serving its signature cold-pressed, nutrient based juices for three years. All of their produce is 100 percent organic, locally grown, and /or pesticide free. Their menu features many turmeric options like The Mt. Royal, a Wellness Shot, and the New Perspective Shot.

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The recently opened Lincoln has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Stop in and enjoy brunch along with a turmeric-laced Golden Latte! This drink option is both savory and sweet. Be sure to order it hot!

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Real Food Daily

If you’re looking for a vegan meal with a cold, tasty smoothie, Real Food Daily is the perfect stop! Order any fresh juice smoothie with your meal and add just a bit of that magic turmeric to any flavor.

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Pressed Juicery

Located in the Indian Colony, you would not want to miss out on the Pressed Juicery’s variety of juice options, including a sweet selection with turmeric. Pressed Juicery is very widely known around Southern California with more than a dozen locations throughout and is known to be delicious.

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Intelligentisa Pasadena

If you feel a cold coming on, be sure to head over to Intelligentisa Pasadena to try their signature Turmeric Tonic. This hot tea is made with turmeric root and ginger, and is sweetened with star anise and throat-soothing licorice. The drink is what you have to thank once your cold is cleared up.

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Whole Foods Market

While shopping at your local organic market, be sure to stop by their Juice Bar. Order the turmeric juice shot for a wake up call while shopping. If you’re not in the mood for that bitter flavor, add the turmeric to a juice for a sweeter flavor!

Café Gratitude

This vegan eatery was the first place to start the turmeric drink trend in Southern California! If you’re feeling brave, be sure to announce “I am Brave” when trying The Brave at Café Gratitude. The Brave is an immunity-booster tonic with turmeric, ginger, oil of oregano and a kick of cayenne pepper. If you’re feeling golden be sure to order The Golden, which has steamed almond milk mixed with turmeric and a bit of honey.

The Punch Bowl

This healthy, organic stop is home of The Golden Idol. This shake is an addictive, but delicious, blend of turmeric, mango, coconut butter, coconut nectar, coconut water, and lime that is lightly spiced with cayenne. The menu features other turmeric-laced options, but The Golden Idol is a favorite among the regulars.

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-Caitlin Pallotta

Seventh Annual Harvest Moon Dinner & Art Auction

Thinking of ways to contribute to our children of the future and enjoy time with others that have the same goal in mind? Be a part of success and join the rest of the community at the Seventh Annual Harvest Moon and Art Auction.

The Professional Child Development Associates is hosting the Seventh Annual Harvest Moon Dinner & Art Auction in order to promote the goal of providing high quality services to children and young adults with autism and other developmental challenges. It will be held on Saturday, September 19th at the home of Mario and Therese Molina in South Pasadena. Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction, enjoy appetizers while listening to music performed by the Pasadena Symphony Quartet. Guests will be served a very delicious dinner prepared by the celebrated Chef Claud Beltran of Claud and Co. The PCDA will also provide guests with a presentation of accomplishments of the organization, along with a live action. Carolyn Watson will be this year’s honored recipient of the PCDA’s Community Service Award. Watson is an internationally recognized designer, restoration specialist, philanthropist, as well as being a parent of a PCDA alumnus. Sponsors such as Lockton Insurance, Odom and Kate Stamps, The Harvey and Ellen Knell Foundation, The Burketriolo Family Foundation and United Agencies Inc., and among others will be present along with 300 other guests. Join the community and join the future of success!

PCDA is a nonprofit organization that offers a range of multidisciplinary screening, evaluation, therapy and specialized services for children and young adults, birth through 21 years of age, and their families, when there is any concern regarding development or behavior. The Seventh Annual Harvest Moon Dinner & Art Auction and its funds will be provided into needed services for children and young adults with autism and other developmental challenges of now and the future.

September 19, 6 p.m., Tickets: $150. Molina Residence, 1311 Chelten Way, South Pasadena, CA 91030. 626.793.7350 or brandy@pcdateam.org

– Hernan Hernandez


Do you have a loved one that has been touched by heart disease or stroke? Do you want to help in the fight against heart disease? Team up with your family and friends and join the American Heart Association for the Pasadena Heart Walk!

On September 26, the Pasadena community is invited to participate in the annual Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The goal of this event is to encourage a culture of healthy living, while raising funds for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Activities include a non-competitive 5K walk/run, a kid zone, health information, and plenty of other fun and interactive activities and entertainment! You and your loved ones will enjoy a day of fun, while being educated in ways to have a healthier life style. Not only will you be benefiting yourself, but the lives of millions who are currently affected by heart diseases. Heart disease and stoke are America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. Studies have shown that simple physical activity such as walking can help reduced heart disease and stroke. Through the Heart Walk, you will not only learn how to lead a healthier life, but appreciate the one life you have.

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary organization devoted to the fight against heart disease and stroke. Their work involves funding innovative research, fighting for stronger health policies and providing tools and information to help further prevent heart disease and stroke. Take a stand now and join others at the Pasadena Heart Walk to help spread awareness and lead a healthier and happier life.

September 26, Registration only, Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103, 213.291.7102 or HeartWalkLA.org.

-Gabriela Khowploum


Spend your afternoon on Holly Street! It is your one-stop for everything from shopping to food and drinks. Holly Street is located just a step away from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station.




This little boutique is your one-stop shop for home goods, artwork, and handmade jewelry that are sure to wow you or a special someone! Nothing can go wrong when stopping in to this shop, other then spending way too much money.

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Elisa B.

Elisa B. is a Pasadena favorite and the perfect clothing spot for any shopaholic! This shop doesn’t just carry couture and contemporary brands, but also shoes and accessories fit for any occasion.

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The Market On Holly

 If you’re looking for a restaurant with organic, local grown ingredients then The Market On Holly is your go to place. Don’t worry; you can even enjoy Nutella French toast to satisfy the sweeter cravings throughout the day.

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Waffles De Liege

In the mood for waffles topped with your favorite treats like fruit, ice cream, and nuts? Stop by Waffles De Liege for community driven, delicious food. If you are on the run, look out for their food truck roaming around the area.

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Juice Served Here

Weather you are looking for a quick energy booster or a juice cleanse to start over, Juice Served Here has it all. Enjoy a freshly juiced drink made with greens, roots, and healthy ingredients.

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Mignon Chocolate

For a little indulgence of your own or a sweet chocolaty gift, there’s no other place to go than Mignon Chocolate. This chocolate shop is like no other, filled with flavors you can’t find anywhere else.

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-Caitlin Pallotta

Mommy & Me Pampering and Treats Event at Bellacures Pasadena

Are you a mom in need of some “mommy and me” time with your little loved ones? Maybe you and your little ones want something fun and new to do together? Join Bellacures, Pasadena for their Mommy & Me Pampering and Treats Event, this Saturday, August 8th.

Take a day off from your busy schedule to spend quality time with your little ones for a morning of rest and relaxation from the hectic week. You’re invited to sip complimentary champagne while meeting and socializing with other moms. Kids can enjoy making new friends during the fun activities such as complimentary cupcake decorating and treated to glitter tattoos. And of course, guests are invited to indulge in some extra TLC with manicures and pedicures, courtesy of Bellacures. It’s a carefree morning of pampering and quality time for not only you and their kids, but with other moms just like you. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required so RSVP now!

Bellacures is a nail salon that specializes in various manicures and pedicures services. They also offer other services such as waxing and acrylics. Bellacures has been featured in various magazine publications as well as media articles. Don’t miss this opportunity for you and your little one to not only be pampered, but also enjoy some out of the house mommy and me time.

August 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tickets: $64-$99, Bellacures Pasadena, 40 Mills Place, Pasadena, CA 91105, 464.346.4634 or yanna@bellacures.com

-Gabriela Khowploum