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Explore The Gold Line – Del Mar Station

Discover the unknown of Del Mar Station as you venture off the track to find a few of Pasadena’s hidden gems.

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The Luggage Room Pizzeria

Enjoy of gourmet wood-fired pizza on your stop at the Del Mar Station. This elegant pizzeria invites you in with its crystal chandeliers, but keeps you coming back with its mouth-watering pizzas with equally as tasty toppings including roasted tomatoes, shaved fennel, lemon zest and homemade mozzarella.

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La Grande Orange Café

Kale is rising in popularity so there is no doubt you will find it on the menu at La Grande Orange Café. The shredded kale and quinoa salad is one of the best found around town. But, if you’re looking for something a little less healthy, try the tender short ribs, served on fresh, homemade tortillas, or in hash form with potatoes and two over easy eggs.

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Stone Brewing

Quench your thirst at one of Pasadena’s best-kept little secrets. Save the two-hour drive to San Diego for their notorious craft beer and get your favorite Stone Brew right here at the Del Mar Station plaza. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this nondescript location; you won’t want to miss it.

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Stats Floral Supply

Get in to any holiday spirit by visiting Stats. They carry all your decorating needs from Halloween supplies to cute Christmas snowmen. If you’re looking to outdo your neighbor this holiday season, stop in and stock up.

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Distant Lands

Before your next big adventure, find all your essentials at Distant Lands. Whether you’re trekking through the mountains, venturing abroad, or going on a weekend getaway, this travel-centric shop has everything you need from maps to clothing.

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Incycle Bicycles 

If you’re looking to burn off a couple extra calories after the holidays try going for a bike ride as an alternative to the gym. A leisurely ride around Pasadena’s Central Park on a trendy cruiser is a fun and effective activity. But, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, Incycle also has both mountain and road bikes for the thrill seekers.

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Neon Retro Arcade

Play all your old gaming favorites likes Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong at the Neon Retro Arcade. Bring in the whole family to show them what being a kid for you was like as you relive the memories. The best part about this arcade is that it’s “free play” for just $10 per hour.

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Flour+Tea

This stop is a tea house-bakery hybrid café that serves delicious teas in many flavors. It doesn’t stop there; they also have artisan cakes and mochi bread that are simply delightful. If you’re in need for a quick energy booster, stop in for their afternoon tea (Mon.-Thurs., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.), which includes a small tea with a cake slice or two cloud pastries, sure to get the job done.

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– Caitlin Pallotta

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THE LA CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS

Does your child have the voice of an angel? The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is welcoming children ages 8-12 and young men to audition for its nationally-recognized choral music education and performance program. Who knows? Your child just might make the cut!

Held at LACC’s headquarters in the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, auditions for the 2015-2016 season may vary. The Treble Choirs auditions will take place from June 4th to the 7th. The Young Men’s Ensemble (YME) will host their auditions on August 17. A $50 fee will be charged for each audition to help LACC cover costs.

Request for an audition today by filling out and mailing the Audition Information Form! For more information and access to the audition forms, please visit http://lachildrenschorus.org/audition.shtml.

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus offers children and young men with changing voices the chance to develop their musicianship skills. Through comprehensive programs and one-on-one vocal coaching, children have enjoyed their experiences in creating choral music and building camaraderie. LACC also provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate in its national and international touring program, as well as giving children the chance to experience the stage through collaborative performances with some of the world’s most prestigious companies such as the LA Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Treble Choirs: June 4-7; Young Men’s Ensemble: August 17; $50 per audition; 585 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101; Call 626.793.4231 or email at info@lachildrenschorus.org.

– Andrea Gonzalez

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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

Its Back! The 17th Annual Day of Thoroughbred Racing

Heart thumping, hooves stomping, off to the races, and off they go! Saddle up for it’s that time again for the annual race hosted by Villa Esperanza Services!

You’re cordially invited to join Villa Esperanza Guild at the 17th Annual Day of Thoroughbred Racing on Saturday, February 28th 2015 at the Club House Terrace at Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA 91007. Tickets $125 per person -can be purchased online at Villaesperanzaservices.org or call 626-449-2919×135.

Since 1961 Villa Esperanza has been dedicated to providing love, care and hope for individuals with disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Villa Esperanza offers a range of services to a diverse, disabled population across all age ranges supporting both children and adults. Villa Esperanza Services has been at the forefront of serving 24 school districts, and over 41 cities in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

February 28, 2015.. Club House Terrace at Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA 91007. Tickets $125 per person online at Villaesperanzaservices.org or call 626-449-2919×135.

– Stephanie Hurtado

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Dinners from the Heart

Hathaway-Sycamores has been dedicated to touching the lives of thousands of children and families who struggle with mental-health issues and serious life challenges. For three days, this organization will host its 24th Annual Dinners from the Heart fundraiser. We encourage you to take part of this charity event and make a difference in a child or youth’s life.

Become a caring member of the community by dining in one of Pasadena’s 40 outstanding dining establishments, including AKA Bistro, Café Pinot, and El Cholo. On Febraury 24th, 25th and 26th these restaurants will participate in Dinners from the Heart to raise funds for Hathaway-Sycamores’ comprehensive continuum of therapeutic and other support services. Diners will vary from $75 to $250 per person in each restaurant. These prices include a complimentary bottle of wine for each party of two! You can make reservations by contacting Andrea Sica at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516, or at AndreaSica@hathaway-sycamores.org. Each participating restaurant has limited seating so do not wait to make your reservations! For a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org.

A highly respected mental health and welfare agency, Hathaway-Sycamores has a broad range of programs and services that seek to help the needs of children and families. With 11 different locations throughout Southern California, this nurturing organization gives hope and healing to over 7,000 lives a year! Hathaway-Sycamores has been licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division and certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

February 24th, 25th, and 26th; Ticket price range: $75-250; for a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org; call at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516 or email at AndreaSica@hathaway-sycamores.org

– Andrea Gonzalez

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5 Events helping Spread the Holiday Cheer this Thanksgiving Day

It’s that time again to bring out the Turkey and holiday cheer! May you have many reasons for love, laughter, and joy this Thanksgiving holiday! Around this time of year it’s a great time to extend a helping hand to those in need as well. We’ve tracked down a few events for you to give back in this joyful and festive holiday.

1. Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive

Family, friends, turkey, pie, and food, food, food! Thats what Thanksgiving night is all about so come work up your appetite and join in on all the action before all the festivities begin! The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge invites you to join them on their 21st annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run and Food Drive. This Thanksgiving event has been a local tradition and a community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types! Please bring only non-perishable food items for donations.

Admission:
5K Regular: $35 (Before Tuesday November 25th)
5K On-Site: $40 (Cash & Checks Only)
Kids 1 Mile Regular: $15 (Before Tuesday November 25th)
Kids 1 Mile On-Site: $20 (Cash & Checks Only)

Thursday November 27th 2014
Registration starts at 7:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Park in La Canada Flintridge
1301 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/thanksgiving-day-run-food-drive-tickets-12547348457?aff=eivtefrnd

2. Giving Back For All We Have Received

Everyone deserves to enjoy a plentiful feast of good food, family, and friends! Join Jacobs Deliverance Foundation Corporation in providing Thanksgiving meals to Veterans, Families in need and local Homeless. Lend a helping hand, provide a meal for someone in need, and help fill a turkey basket -Lets come together and give back for all we receive.

Meal ticket Donation: $5
Wednesday November 26th 2014
12pm (noon)
Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/giving-back-for-all-we-have-received-tickets-13361764397?aff=eivtefrnd

3. Join the The Pasadena Senior Center for another year of its Thanksgiving tradition providing beautifully decorated tables, and a delicious Thanksgiving meal specially prepared by Chef Vince -all the holiday favorites; roasted Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, salad and more! Cooking and clean up is all taken care of, simply join us for an evening of thanks!

Thursday November 27th 2014
85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103
12 p.m.

http://www.oldpasadena.org/gc_calendar_detail.asp?cal_id=2652

4. Tofurkey Trot

Spread the peace! Turkeys need love and peace too! Join us at the Tofurky Trot Run, designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting plant based diets. The 5k run, trot, or walk is open to all levels of physical fitness.  It’s a great day to enjoy the company of fellow plant eaters and highlight the benefits of plant based diets on this largely carnivorous holiday. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable, vegan, and other food items and their furry animal companions!

Admission:
$25 Pre-Registration
$30 On-Site Registration

November 27th 2014
9:00 Start time
Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Lot K, Pasadena, CA

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tofurky-trot-2014-rose-bowl-tickets-11578065305?aff=es2&rank=4

5. Union Station Homeless Services’ Annual Dinners-in-the-Park

The best way to give thanks is to give back. For more than 40 years, community volunteers who are hungry to help have helped Union Station Homeless Services serve thousands of free meals to homeless and low-income adults and families, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal.

Volunteer registration for Thanksgiving is now closed, but the agency is still in need of non-perishable food donations. A Wish List of much needed items can be found at http://unionstationhs.org/?p=3570.The community is invited to drop off these supplies (in the indicated sizes) at 412 S. Raymond.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Health Department regulations, Union Station Homeless Services is no longer able to accept turkey or prepared food donations at the event.

Volunteer Suggested Donation: $10
Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014.
Noon start time
Central Park, Pasadena
Corner of Del Mar Blvd. and Fair Oaks Avenue

http://unionstationhs.org/event/dip_2014/

Stephanie Hurtado and Jose Florentino

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PCDA 3rd Annual Toy Drive

Christmas comes but once a year, let’s get together for some holiday cheer! Grab all your dolls and holiday gifts, join us with your generous spirit to spread extra love and holiday spirit!

The Professional Child Development Associates invite you to it’s 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit children with Autism and other developmental challenges starting Wednesday, November 12th through Sunday, December 21st 2014 at participating businesses: PCDA, Arroyo Insurance Services, American Red Cross, Bea’s Knees Pasadena, Christian Service Ministry ABVM Pasadena, Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena Massage Company, Real Food Daily. Run With Us, Stats, Stats Vape Shop, The Old Town Shaving Company, Whole Foods-Foothill & Arroyo. We ask donations be new, unwrapped, and NOT battery operated.

PCDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improve the lives of children and young adults who have autism and other developmental challenges, through leadership in family-centered, multidisciplinary services and professional training as a team under the direction of Diane Cullinane, M.D, developmental pediatrician and Mimi Winer, R.N., M.S., child development specialist.

Wednesday, November 12th – Sunday, December 21st 2014 at participating businesses.

-Stephanie Hurtado

Photo Courtesy of PCDA