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20th Annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival

Urging to enjoy Halloween indulgences in the great local Pasadena community? Need somewhere to enjoy a spectacular holiday weekend with whole family? Then the 20th annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival is perfect for you!

Hosted by the Circle of Friends and Kidspace Children’s Museum, all ages are welcome to the Kidspace Pumpkin Festival as it returns to Brookside Park October 18-19. Home to more than 20,000 attendees the year prior; carnival games, bouncers, and glorious pumpkin patch have been added to the lineup – which also includes live musical performances. Specially selected food vendors such as In-N-
Out and Shakey’s Pizza will arrive to satisfy cravings for all. Admission is free.
This year’s Pumpkin Festival supports the organization of the museum’s volunteer support group, Circle of Friends. Additionally, more than 350 scholarship children comprise family-focused charities will cherish the outreach and inclusivity. Providing more than 40 hands-on exhibits, joined with programs and activities for children’s growth and development via outdoor spaces, the venue hails community presence since 1979.

October 18-19, 9:30am – 5:00pm. Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. or

Trevor O’Gorman

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Boo at the LA Zoo!

Are you eager to visit a family-friendly go-to destination for the most exciting Halloween event yet? Want to experience everything from “spooky” entertainment to an interactive pumpkin patch with a live photo op? Then this years’ “Boo at the L.A. Zoo is the place for you!

Hosted by the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and sponsored by the 99cent only stores on October 18-19; 26-27, the free festival will include jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, trick-or-treating, and a interactive musical entertainment. You do not want to miss out on feedings for zoo residents including pumpkin filled treats. So dare to be frightful, or on the other hand treat yourself and the family at this wonderful party! Zoo activities are free with $19 General Admission (ages 13-61), $16 for seniors (ages 62+) , and $14 for children (ages 2-12). Zoo admission for members of the LA Zoo is free.This year’s festivities support the mission of the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA).

For more than four decades, the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo, an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

October 18-19, October 25-26,$14-$19. 10am-4pm. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, For more information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca, 90027.

-Trevor O’Gorman

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The 5th Annual Homeboy Industries “Every Angeleno Counts” 5k is an opportunity for the community to walk, run, and stand with thousands of Angelenos to dispel the myth that some lives matter less than others. Homeboy Industries provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women helping them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of the community. Homeboy Industries is taking to the streets of Los Angeles with the start / finish line at Homeboy Industries (closing down several streets in downtown Los Angeles). We are expecting upwards of 5,000 attendees and hosting a huge community event on Bruno Street in front of Homeboy with art, live music, DJs, vendors, kid activities and proceeds provide much needed funds for job training and wrap around services which serve over 12,000 Angelenos every year.

Since 1988, Homeboy Industries has strived to serve every Angeleno who has walked through our doors ready to leave gangs and criminal life behind. Each year over 12,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change. They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes. Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community – knowing they count.

Saturday, October 18, 2014. 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Start / Finish line at
Homeboy Industries Headquarters. 130 W. Bruno Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Visit for more information about Homeboy Industries and the 5k.

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The 23rd Annual Craftsman Weekend

Explore Craftsman Weekend with one of the walking and drive yourself tours. Join Pasadena Heritage on Friday- Saturday October 17th -18th for three special docent-led walking tours through Pasadena’s architecturally significant neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Arroyo with the Arroyo Seco Walking Tour, explore the Monte Vista/Las Lunas Neighborhood during its first featured Pasadena Heritage Tour and stroll through the iconic Pasadena Homes lining the Arroyo on South Grand Avenue.The signature event of Craftsman Weekend is the Craftsman House Tour. This in-depth, drive yourself tour provides the opportunity to experience the rich variety of Craftsman architecture that makes Pasadena a destination for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts across the country. Experienced docents will provide detailed histories of each of the five featured homes while guests examine the natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and exquisite detailing that exemplify the era.

Pasadena Heritage, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in and around Pasadena, California. The organization 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. Its 2,000-plus members are drawn from Pasadena and neighboring communities, and throughout Southern California.

Oct. 17-19. 9am-4pm. Locations vary by day. For tickets and exact location visit:

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John Aaroe presents “A Full House of Kings and Queens” benefiting Rosemary Children’s Services


Mark your Calendars, Thursday, October 9th John Aaroe Charitable Foundation presents “A Full House of Kings and Queens” benefiting Rosemary Children’s Services. Come and have a great night of Poker and/or network for Foster Youth!! Not a poker player? Come enjoy the party! Entertainment, delicious food and open bar! Poker Buy-In- $100
Rebuys- $40 Attendees/Non-Players $40. 100 % of the proceeds will be donated to Rosemary Children’s Services.

The mission of Rosemary Children’s Services is to help children, adolescents and families heal from their pasts and move toward productive and fulfilling futures, by providing the highest quality of therapeutic support, education and permanency planning. Rosemary Children’s Services continues as one of the oldest West Coast charities that helps boys and girls of all ages who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment. Its programs include a Foster Care Program, which helps nearly 400 children, annually, throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, a Non-Public School providing specialized education in a small structured environment, a Mental Health Program to provide individual and group therapy and training in various life skills, and the Residential Program which includes Rosemary Cottage and four group homes.

 Oct. 9th, 2014. 5pm-10pm, John Aaroe Group 42 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105. RSVP to Marcie Sabatella~ 626.844.3033 Ext 211

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AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall

AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall Event Celebrates 40th Anniversary Sponsored by Union Bank and Hosted by NBC4’s award-winning journalist Whit Johnson

AbilityFirst will hold the 40th annual AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall, presented by Union Bank,” a delicious gourmet tasting event, on Sunday, October 5th from 4-7pm at the home of Mary and Bill Urquhart in South Pasadena. Hosting the event this year will be award-winning journalist Whit Johnson, co-anchor of NBC4’s weekday morning newscast “Today In LA.” The event will benefit two of the 25 AbilityFirst locations - AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank Center located in Pasadena as well as the AbilityFirst Pasadena Work Center. Patrons of the event will sample exquisite gourmet cuisine prepared by prominent local Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley restaurants. Fine beverages by California vintners and brewers will also be served. This extraordinary evening will also feature live and silent auctions on items such as an exclusive Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, VIP Rose Parade tickets, tickets to sporting events, shows, television tapings and more, exclusive trips and private wine tastings, gift certificates to local businesses such as restaurants, museums and other services, and unique items for the home.

AbilityFirst, formerly Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, provides programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. Through 25 locations across Southern California, they offer a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs as well as accessible residential housing complexes and an accessible camp, Camp Paivika, for both children and adults.

Sunday, October 5th, 2014. 4pm-7pm. Home of Mary and Bill Urquhart in South Pasadena.Ticket can be purchased online or by calling 626-243-4852.

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The Feast At Baldwin Ranch II


Participating Chefs with wine pairing by San Antonio Winery benefitting Arboretum Youth Education Program.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the second annual Feast at Baldwin Ranch. The event builds upon the success of last year’s Feast, which hosted over 140 guests. This year’s special dinner will take place on the Meadowbrook Lawn on Sunday, September 28th at 5pm and raises funds for the Arboretum’s youth education programs. Over 16,000 school children participate in the Arboretum’s Field Trips every year and more than 50% of them come from low-income, urban households. A team of five chefs, led by Claud Beltran of The Eatery in Pasadena, will prepare local and seasonal dishes. The chefs will include Sushi Chef Ota-San of Japon Bistro in Pasadena, Paul Ragan of AltaEats in Pasadena, Sean Lowenthal of the Little Beast in Los Angeles, and Britanny Turnquist of the Poppy Cake Baking Company. Steve Riboli owner of the San Antonio Winery will offer wine pairings for each course. Sponsor: Whole Foods.

Beltran,  who grew up just three blocks away from the Arboretum, recalls it as a place of adventure, “a jungle with a lake, lots of trees to get lost in, and a little Victorian type town and house…and miles to run and hide.” He hopes today’s children will have the same opportunities to explore and benefit from the Arboretum. Learning about food and sustainability and plants and how things grow is an important part of childhood,” Beltran says. “By uniting five local chefs for an evening of food and wine, we hope to raise funds to keep and enhance these programs for kids and cooking programs for adults alike. I hope it [becomes a continuous] effort
with another of these dinners in the spring and then again in the summer and fall.” The Arboretum honors Wells Fargo for their longstanding commitment to children’s education.

September 28, Cocktails: 5:00 pm Dinner: 6:30 pm; LA Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007; visit or contact Wendy Anderson, Event Coordinator at 626-683-8243.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint-Saëns and Beethoven’s 5th Opening Season

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, will launch its 2014-15 season with two evenings featuring the talents of young Australian-born composer Cameron Patrick and Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, in Glendale, will world premiere a work for strings and percussion by Patrick, along with Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, and Saint-Saëns’ seldom-performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian” and on Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Saint-
Saëns’ concerto will feature the LACO debut of Pohjonen, who has been proclaimed an “exciting new talent” by the New York Times. The evening includes Concert Preludes, the pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain that will provide insights into the program’s music and artists, and Music Director Jeffery Kahane will discuss Lines of the Southern Cross with composer Cameron Patrick. The Concert Preludes each night are free for ticket holders, which includes an after performance party where patrons can mingle with musicians and celebrate the season’s opening concert in the lobby with complimentary appetizers and drinks.

September 20 and 21, 2014, Tickets starting at $26; Sept 20: 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale. Sept 21, 7 pm performance - Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. visit or call LACO at 213 622 7001

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LA Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl September 27, 2014


LA Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl raises funds to fight heart disease

Individuals, families, and company sponsored teams from across Los Angeles will come to walk a 5K and 1 mile Survivor route to help raise funds for the annual Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Sept. 27, 2014. The Pasadena event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is one of five events in the Southern California area this month and has already raised $617,000 so far, with a goal of $ 1.7 million help fight cardiovascular disease. At the Expo, Kid Zone will feature activities for the family, including Heart Health education and CPR demonstrations. Sponsored booths will be throughout, with blood pressure screenings “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans,” according to the American Heart Association, where someone dies from CVD “every 39 seconds”, killing women more “than all forms of cancer combined.”

Through events like Heart Walk, American Heart Association looks to help better inform and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and promote “healthy habits, such as walking, as a Attendees will be able to pay tribute to their loved ones at the Wall of Hope.

 Sept. 27, 2014; 8:00 am to 1:00 pm; Free; Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103;  Register online at; Volunteer registration:; Volunteer registration:

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Celebrating Children Awards Reception by Hathaway Sycamore

It’s time for Dodger baseball!

Step up to the plate Tuesday, September 16th at Dodger Stadium to help raise money for the Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser – the Celebrating Children Awards Reception. Attendees will have the rare opportunity of having the entire stadium to themselves as the Boys in Blue battle the Rockies in Colorado. The Celebrating Children event will begin from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will have a meet and greet with Dodger great and six-time National League All-Star Ron Cey. Guests will also have a dinner buffet and a cocktail party at the stadium as well as a live auction, raffles and gift bags. The Celebrating Children Award will be awarded to Annsley and George Strong during the festivities. The Strongs have been actively involved in the charity for years while Annsley has served on the Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board of Directors for 12 years and held the position of Board Chair.

The money raised for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services will help fund the mental-health and other support services to more than 8,500 children, youth, young adults and families.

September 16, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., starting from $150. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Avenue. (626) 395 – 7100 ext. 2516 or visit or email