Sunday, July 31, 2011

We've been waiting a long time and now...

the tee shirts will be printed this week!

Here's the image that will be on the white tees...

and on the black tees...

Three words; quite a statement.

They'll be available at our table at the Levitt Pavilion this coming Thursday.
Because we are so excited they will be available at a "we are giddy" rate.

$8.50 donation for the black tees and $7.50 donation for the white tees.
Sizes will range from Youth/large to Adult/XXL.

First come, first served.
Too cool.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The weekends, part 2

Tonight is a James/Berta night. We'll probably walk up the street to the Coffee Gallery. Conjunto Los Pochos will be playing beginning @ 8:00.
There might, I do mean might, be a few tickets available.

Saturday - Some tickets may still be available - 626 796 0560
This will take place at the beautiful Women's City Club of Pasadena.

And on Sunday the 4th Annual Armenian Identity Festival will be taking place at Victory Park.
This event is free and will run from noon to 8p.m.

If you get a chance check them out.

The weekends, part 1

The weekends, ah, the weekends. For the last 15 years the weekends are very much a part of my workweek.

Mind you I'm lucky that I do the sort of work that I do - paid and unpaid.

Last Saturday I had a chance to go to our local Obon Festival. I danced, saw Ikebana and Bonsai, and had a chance to see how others were going about collecting and sharing their community history.

Went to Plaza de la Raza, heard La Santa Cecilia, and saw palm trees in a truly different light.

Helped to dispel some of the unwarranted animosity I feel toward dates and the like.

My negative bias - I admit. They've not chosen to offend my sensibilities. I'm just much happier with oak trees, succulents, and cactus.

And yet here was this lovely flowery bit of nature with a clear bluesky for its backdrop.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 28, 2011 planning meeting

Next Planning meeting

Thursday, July 28, 2011

5:30 - 6:30 P.M.

Armory Center for the Arts

145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

Parking available - structure north of Heritage Wine Company

First 90 min. free

then $2/hr - max $6

Comments or questions -

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday choices

Today - an embarrassment of riches.

The Feria de la Familia is going on @ Plaza de la Raza from noon to 6.

Galco's is hosting a Summer Soda Tasting, proceeds to benefit the ongoing fight to keep the Southwest Museum in existence.

Pasadena Buddhist Church has their second day of Obon celebration.

Kan Zaman is sharing Arabic Music.

How lucky to have so many fine, fine choices. Keep scrolling for more info on these events.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Time to dance the evening away!

There will be Obon odori (circle dancing) food booths, some game booths, Bonsai, Ikebana, demonstrations of marshall arts, book sales, taiko, an exhibit on the Buddhist Experience in the WWII Camps, and a photo and video presentation of "Stories of Survival: the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

If you're not in the mood for any of the above, there is always yummy chicken teriyaki!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 21, 7:00 LH @ Levitt Pavilion Pavilion

Drop by as we listen to the sounds of Ximena Sarinana and Carla Morrison.
Concert begins @ 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Planning meeting

Latino Heritage
parade & jamaica
Next General Planning Meeting
Thursday, July 28, 2011
5:30 - 6:30 P.M.

Armory Center for the Art
145 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

For more information:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

10.15.11 Latino Heritage Exhibitors/reference only

Thanks to those of you who have expressed an interest in being a vendor at our jamaica at La Pintoresca Park. While we prefer to only share finalized documents, here is a copy of the form that we are presenting to the Special Events/City of Pasadena.

All information is tentative until we receive their approval. We're posting this so that you might have an idea about costs involved. We'll be ready to take any questions and think we'll have more detailed information from the city by August 1.

So in the meantime, please use this for reference only. The sliding scale has to do with what folks might be selling or sharing.

Remember, this is for reference only. We'll post more as soon as possible.

It's another Levitt Night - Friday, July 8th - SambaDa

If you go to SambaDa's website you'll see images of dancers, guitars, sax, cowboy hats - they describe themselves as being a "magnet of unexpected particles shaved from Brazilian and American Sources".
You'll find words like surfer, capoeristas, and bloco-Afro - all hints about the energy and dancing that will be taking place when SambaDa comes to the Levitt.

We'll be there and hope you'll be there, too.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Deadline: July 8, 2011

Thanks to Council member Victor Gordo and his field rep Vannia de la Cuba for setting up this meeting regarding the Pasadena's General Plan Update. Thanks also to Rozanne Adanto of Villa Parke for providing room for the community to meet. The meeting was coordinated for community members who are most capable and comfortable taking in complex information in Spanish.
This was one of five meeting that took place throughout the city. It has been at these meetings, as well as online, that members of the community have been sharing their vision of the future in Pasadena.

There are aspects of the plan that deal with mobility, density, sustainability, and on, and on. Lots of layers to living in the city. And the survey will have outcomes that stretch from the philosophical to the concrete - literally.

A small factoid shared last week - the vast majority of the surveys received have come from only one district. Good for the folks that shared their preferences and their thoughts. They will undoubtedly have an impact on future choices.

So if you haven't had a chance to read the information and then share you opinion do so as quickly as possible. The opportunity is still available online and the deadline for responding to the survey is this Friday, July 8th.


Four alternatives for future growth in Pasadena have been drafted to reflect community concerns. Which one is your choice?

In order to give people more time to take the survey, the deadline date has been extended to Wednesday, July 13. Please mail your survey by July 13 and give us your feedback on the alternatives! In addition, you can take the survey online at

Help us tell everybody about the General Plan Update! Please forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues.

If you have any questions, please call 626-744-6807.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Quetzal Guerrero at the Levitt, tonight!

We'll be there at 7:00 p.m. with information on Latino Heritage.

Quetzal Guerrero concert begins at 8:00 p.m.

Free concert, cool evening air.

Come on!