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Patio World presents The Long Table, a Playhouse District Food and Wine Celebration

Enjoy great food and company with over 300 guests delectable food prepared by the greatest chefs. Wine tasting will accompany the dinner featuring a special selection of wines and also ice cold beer will be available as well. Food will be prepared by RedWhite+Bluezz, Le Cordon Bleu College, El Portal, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, Urth Caffe and Settebello Pizzeria. The dinner will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will have reserved seating and open seating.

The Playhouse District is a cultural haven located in the center of Downtown Pasadena between Old Pasadena and the South Lake District. Covering over 34 city blocks, it is home to world-class theatre, art galleries, cultural facilities, Zagat-rated dining facilities and many more. The Playhouse District is an eclectic, cosmopolitan community rich in history and architecture. It combines tradition and class with cool modernity.

July 26, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m., $85 - $95. 561 E. Green Street.

-Michael Saakyan

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3rd Annual Taste of Summer presented by The Fulfillment Fund Leadership Council


Life’s a beach!

Save the date for the 3rd annual Taste of Summer event on Saturday, July 26 at the Victorian in Santa Monica.

The summer’s best food and drinks will be served as patrons party by the beach at the majestic venue, the Victorian. The emcee for the event will be KABC’s Food Reporter and food coach to the stars, Lori Corbin. The honorary chairs will be celebrity chef, Bucato’s Evan Funke, and managing partner, Ed Keebler along with Pono Burger’s Chef Makani and Paul Martin’s American Grill.

Tickets are available now to guests 21 and over and offer a variety of advanced and VIP entrees. 

The beach party is hosted by the Fulfillment Fund Leadership Council which aims to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. Sponsors include Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP and DirecTV.

July 26, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., $125 - $195. The Victorian, 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica.

-Michael Saakyan

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The Huntington Ball


On Saturday, September 6, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will celebrate its Renaissance with a black tie affair! 

This year’s event will include opportunities to socialize and dine amidst the Huntington’s gorgeous landscaping and architecture. Additionally, guests will be treated to libations, dancing and stunning decorations for a truly glamorous night. All proceeds will be used to support The Huntington as it continues to blossom as an intellectual, artistic, and natural landmark.

The gala will celebrate the Huntington’s Renaissance under the leadership of Robert A. Skotheim and Steven A. Koblik, who have guided the Huntington for 26 years. Over this time, the beautiful gardens and intellectual collections of the Huntington have been revitalized and shared with the public in new, educational and exciting ways. The Huntington has truly immersed its guests in culture, ranging from elite collections of art and literature to peaceful and flourishing gardens.

September 6, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $1,000 each, $500 for members of The Huntington’s Society of Fellows. The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino. 626.405.3412.

-Jenna Gulick

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Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo


Lions and tigers and indie bands, oh my!

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will be having an evening of concerts with indie bands on Friday, June 27, July 25 and August 22. The event is called Roaring Nights and will also have a full bar, dining from L.A. food trucks, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and a DJ dance party. Also part of the event is a new “Animal Artistry paint Party” where attendees express their creativity by painting their favorite animal on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir.

The line up for the event includes music by Strangeheart and DJ V Money for June 27, Kiven and DJ Caroline D’Amore on July 25 and WE ARE TWIN with DJ V Money on August 22. Various food trucks from all over L.A. will include Coolhaus, Lobsta Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck and many more.

Friday, June 27, July 25, August 22. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., $18, GLAZA members $15. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr. (323) 644 – 4200

-Michael Saakyan

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The Colorado Street Bridge Party Returns


The Colorado Street Bridge Party returns Saturday, July 12! 

Pasadena’s biggest block party will be featuring a night of dancing, vintage Mustangs, children’s activities, drinks and food. Live music will be on three stages throughout the event. The park stage will include The Freelancers, Gary Foster and Donovan/Muradian Quintet. The second stage will have Kids These Days and Mercy and the Merkettes while stage 3 has  Stinky Felix, ? and the Wisterians and Snotty Scotty and the Hankies.

Food will be provided by Big Mama’s Rib Shack, Bling Bling Dumplings, Memory Lane Cuisine and more. A variety of free activities and entertainment are offered for children such as face painting, cookie decorating, craft and coloring tables, special musical entertainment.

The Colorado Street Bridge Party is presented by the Pasadena Heritage whose mission is to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural and cultural resources for the city of Pasadena. Pasadena Heritage has over 2,000 members and is one of the cities largest membership organizations.

July 12, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., members $14, child $6. Non-members $16, child $8. Children under 7 FREE. Colorado Street Bridge, an extension of Colorado Blvd. west of Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 441-6333

-Michael Saakyan

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The LA Street Food Fest


Foodies unite at the 5th annual LA Street Food Fest, which will be held on Saturday, June 28. 

Nearly 100 award winning top chefs, restaurants, gourmet food trucks, street stands and carts will provide all you can eat samples of their most delectable dishes. Attendees can sip ice cold beer from Angel City, Golden Road, Singha, Stella and many more. Five “Caroline on Crack Approved” bars are available for anyone over 21 who would like to enjoy a signature cocktail with their food samples. An Ice Cream Social will be available featuring the city’s best frozen treats as well as a new Iced Coffee Lounge which will feature a dozen local roasters.

All vendors have been hand picked to bring the best of the best to the LA Street Food Festival. A VIP hour admission is available for true foodies who would like to get the party started early. With one ticket either VIP or general admission, patrons will be able to enjoy different types of culinary samples without having to pay additional fees. Children 7 and under get in free with a paying adult ticket.

June 28, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., $80 VIP, $55 General Admission. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.

-Michael Saakyan

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Colleen Williams at the 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament

Join NBC news anchor Colleen Williams at the San Gabriel Country Club Monday, June 16 for the 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament.

The schedule for the event includes silent and live auction, barbeque lunch, helicopter ball drop, golf awards, tournament dinner and many others.

The charity is to benefit the women of Casa de las Amigas which provides a safe, clean and sober environment to help women in recovery by helping them reach the goal of becoming alcohol and drug free. Using an integrated healing program for body and mind, Casa de las Amigas uses a homelike environment in the aid of recovery.

The facility center was the first in Pasadena to specifically cater to women who struggle with addiction. Since 1967, Casa de las Amigas has helped hundreds of women achieve their goal of a sober, healthy and productive life. 

June 16,  9 a.m., starting from $75, San Gabriel Country Club 350 E Hermosa Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91775(626) 792-2770

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Rosemary Children’s Services 51st Annual Evening with Star Chefs

“Bon appétit!” as founder of “An Evening with Star Chefs,” Julia Childs, would say. The event is Pasadena’s oldest and most respected culinary benefit. Attracting over 600 prominent sponsors every year, “An Evening with Star Chefs” aims to help “at-risk” youth in southern California by providing them with programs such as special education services, foster care and adoption.

Saturday, June 21st will mark its 51st annual event at Pasadena City Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Top chefs from around the San Gabriel Valley will be providing samples of their best gourmet dishes for attendees. All proceeds from the charity event will be going toward the foster children and youth of Rosemary Children’s Services. The annual event will have dancing to live entertainment, wine, specialty libations, opportunity drawings and a top-notch silent and live auction.

Rosemary Children’s Services was founded in 1920 by the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena. The agency is committed to provide compassionate and therapeutic services to “at-risk” children. Every year Rosemary Children’s Services provides service to over 450 children throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County.

Saturday, June 21, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m., $150. Rosemary Children’s Services, 36 S. Kinneloa Ave, Suite 100, Pasadena CA 91107,

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Pasadena Symphony and POPS Summer Concert Series

Do you love great music?  Do you enjoy the glitz and glamour of classic American music? Well get ready for 5 events that showcase the most exciting music of our times.

The first of five events will be held on June 7th, and will feature “Feinstein’s Favorites”, a selection by POPS’ Principal Conductor, Michael Feinstein.  Also on the bill for that evening, vocalist, Laura Osnes.  The following event dates are: June 28th with Broadway’s Leading Ladies, July 19th “Michael Feinsten sings Gerswhin”, August 16th “Hooray for Hollywood”, and September 6th “New York, New York”, all happening in the city of Arcadia at the L.A. County Arboretum.  At the POPS, there will be definitive performances of great songs in classic arrangement, and sparklingly orchestras to carry a freshness and excitement that always galvanizes the audience.

  The Pasadena Symphony and POPS performs in two of the most extraordinary venues in the United States: Ambassador Auditorium, known as the Carnegie Hall of the West, and the luxuriant Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden.  A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region for over five decades through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras of over 250 gifted students in grades 4-12 from more than 50 schools all over Southern California.

Saturday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. (gates open) 7:30 p.m. (concert starts), $20 and up,  LA Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007,

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Pasadena Magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Business Luncheon


Join Pasadena Magazine and Wells Fargo for an exhilarating afternoon full of female empowerment and networking at the 6th annual Women in Business Luncheon. It will feature a lively panel discussion on the topic of women and philanthropy. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 26 from 11:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Langham Huntington Hotel. Lunch, gift bags and parking will be provided with ticket.

L.A. Times bestselling author of “Helen of Pasadena” and “Elizabeth the First Wife,” Lian Dolan will moderate the panel. Dolan is also an award-winning radio personality for the show “Satellite Sisters.”

Among the panelists will be not-for-profit organization Aid Still Required’s founder Andrea Herz Payne. Their mission is to continue aid for countries that have dealt with natural disasters and human crises such as Indonesia and Sri Lanka even after they have left the headlines news.

Chanel Boutakidis of the child services organization Five Acres will be the second panelist at the luncheon. Boutakidis has worked for years as a family and child therapist and has a vision that every single child should be allowed to have a safe, loving and permanent family.

The final panelist is former model and actress Amie Satchu. She started her own business manufacturing wings and hair extension; her vision was to give back to her customers who were losing their hair from cancer treatments. Satchu started her own foundation called the Foundation for Living Beauty.

Thursday, June 26, 11:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., $100. The Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106.

-Michael Saakyan