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

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It’s “A Full house of Kings and Queens” presented by John Aaroe Group Pasadena which benefits the Rosemary Children’s Services, one of Pasadena’s longest serving charitable organization supporting foster youth. 

The charity will be held on Thursday, August 28 at The John Aaroe Group in Pasadena and will have top prizes for poker players. Three different payouts will be awarded for players while non-players can hang out in the patio and enjoy the great food, music and drinks which is included in the donation.

The event will begin from 5:00 p.m. with the tournament as appetizing foods are served including an open bar and a DJ spinning great tunes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm.

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.

RSVP to Jordan Nedeff by Wednesday, August 20th. Jordannedeff@yahoo.com

August 28, 5PM – 10PM, $40 Non-Players, $100 poker buy-in. John Aaroe Group, 42 South Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.755.9291

-Michael Saakyan

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The Kenya Project Dinner Fundraiser

Want to affect positive change just by eating delicious foods, listening to great live music and dancing the night away?

Now is your chance!

Join the In Relation art team on the evening of Saturday, August 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to help travel to Kenya. The event will transport you to Kenya with a “Round the Garden” style dinner party.  Guests will be given Kenyan styled plates and silverware to journey through the gardens of the Manor. Guests will receive unique bites of food, enjoy cocktails, wine and coffee, and delectable sweets from several different local chefs and providers.

The chefs included at the event are Brad Mathews from Fishing with Dynamite, Justin Hernandez from Sonoma Wine Garden, Christoff Elce from Chefosophy, Magnus Stefansson from Gravlax and Kelly Mathews from Pop Up Pastries and Key of Kels. Guests will be entertained by life African-inspired music and drum circles, African dance, fire spinning and a creative presentation by the In Relation team of artists.

In Relation is a group of artists and filmmakers who create positive change by utilizing their artistic freedom. They immerse themselves in communities to understand, learn, collaborate and create at their highest capacity. Coming along with In Relation will be guest artist and native Kenyan, Ngene Mwaura, to feature Kenyan artists in portraits, explore traditional life of the Maasai, paint large scale permanent murals in Niarobi and host community gatherings involve dance, music and healing arts.

August 9, 6:00 p.m. – 11 :00 p.m., $25. The Manor, 466 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, Calif. 91011. www.inrelation.org

-Michael Saakyan

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Ready, set, getFit!

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Ready, set, getFit!

Join Pasadena’s running community for a 5k/10k run ending at the Rose Bowl at the getFit event on Saturday August 16th.

The getFit Campaign is aimed at helping people get connected with Pasadena’s best retailers, professionals and service providers in the Health & Fitness industry. The event also helps runners gain exclusive access to discounts, special offers and give-a-ways from Pasadena’s active lifestyle businesses to help promote a healthy cardiovascular life.

Not really in the mood to run or can’t run? Come on by anyway! It’s FREE and open to all who would like to come on by and watch. It might increase some encouragement or that extra little boost you’ve been looking for to go out there and include some cardio into your day-to-day life.

GetFit is sponsored by Asics, Run with Us Pasadena, Clif Bar, Whole Foods Market and Agent of Change LLC. 

August 16, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., $44 5k, $48 10k. 1001 Rosebowl Drive, Pasadena, Calif. 91103. www.getfitpasadena.com

-Michael Saakyan

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Bokaos Salon/Dream Center Event

Twenty women were celebrated at this years Dream Center by hairstylist Hasblady Guzman of Bokaos Aveda Salon in Pasadena.

The women received a free makeover to inspire them to go out and start new lives by looking for a successful job, find a new home and be reunited with their children. This is the 10th year Guzman has donated her time for a cause she believes in which empowers women to lead better successful lives. 

Guzman has established herself as one of the most respected tastemakers as a stylist. With a fierce clientele, Guzman has been honored as a top hairstylist by Siempre Mujer Magazine and featured on OK!, American Baby, Teen Vogue, American Salon, Modern Salon and Los Angeles Confidential. Owner of a well-established salon, Bokaos Aveda Salon, in Old Town Pasadena, Guzman provides patrons with products with the purest ingredients while delivering great service.

The Dream Center was founded in 1994 and is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month. The organization uses mobile hunger relief, medical programs and counseling to help bring individuals hope and a way off the streets and to a happy life.

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Hearts for Kids 8th Annual Western Round Up

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YEEEHAW!

 It’s the Hearts for Kids 8th Annual Western Round-Up Poker Night and Auction which goes on to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

The event will be Saturday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Los Angeles. Enjoy some grub, drinks and poker provided by Dog Haus. Tickets vary from $75 for individual tickets to up to $1,000 for sponsorships. 

Founded in 1901, The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit hospital for pediatric care. The hospital has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and is among the top five in the U.S. The Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, which is one of the largest pediatric research facilities in the country. It is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Each year, The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides more than 104,000 children with pediatric healthcare.

 August 9th, 6:30 p.m., $75 - $1,000. Saddle and Sirloin Club, 3933 Rigali Avenue, Los Angeles. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/western-round-up-2014-supporting-childrens-hospital-los-angeles-tickets-12104744617

-Michael Saakyan

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"Taste of Summer" Fullfilment Fund Raises 70K

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On Saturday, July 26th more than 400 young philanthropists and guests enjoyed an array of food and drinks at the 3rd annual Taste of Summer Event benefiting the Fullfilment Fund.

Guests were treated to gourmet tastings from restaurants such as Bucato, Pono Burger, Wolfgang Puck and Bestia among others. Guest bid on amazing prizes raising more than $70,000 to support the Fulfillment Fund’s mission. Celebrity guests in attendance were Vanessa Lengies (“Mixology” “Glee”), Jenny Pellicer (FX’s “The Bridge”), Angela Sun (Yahoo Sports ), Celebrity chef Evan Funke of Bucato and Chef Makani of Pono Burger.

The Fulfillment Fund Leadership Council mission is making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities.

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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. http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/the-long-table

-Michael Saakyan

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

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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. http://www.fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer

-Michael Saakyan

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The Huntington Ball

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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. www.huntington.org

-Jenna Gulick

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The Colorado Street Bridge Party Returns

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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 www.pasadenaheritage.org

-Michael Saakyan