Top Cop Comes to Town

Becerra and Holden Host Community Reception Tonight at Pasadena City Hall

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will team with state Assembly member and former Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden for a community reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight, July 13, in the City Council Chamber of Pasadena City Hall, 100 Garfield Ave.

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will also speak at the event.

“California Attorney General Becerra has a vitally important job to protect our shared California values,” said Holden. “This event will provide an excellent opportunity for the community to hear from him directly and ask questions.”

Becerra was sworn in as the state’s attorney general in January. He succeeded Kamala Harris, who was elected to the US Senate last November. He will serve the final two years of Harris’ term.

Becerra served in the US House of Representatives since 1993 and was the first Latino to serve as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means. 

Saving Lives

American Red Cross calls for emergency blood and platelet donations through July 25

Facing an unexpectedly large shortfall of blood donations, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to donate and help save lives. The months of May and June produced 61,000 fewer donations than needed, resulting in an extensive series of blood drives being added in Pasadena and surrounding cities through July 25.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director for Red Cross Blood Services.

The Pasadena Blood Donation Center, located at 133 N. Altadena Dr., Suite 103, is open weekly for donations from 12:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays and 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 

In addition, radio station KLOS-FM will sponsor additional hours with drives from 1:45 to 8 p.m. July 19 and 20 at the center.  The center will also host an additional drive from 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. July 23, and a final drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25 at the Pasadena Hilton, 168 S. Los Robles Ave.

For more information on drives in surrounding cities, and to schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

Alive with Art

South Pasadena Arts Crawl features exhibits, sales and performances at 25 locations

Local arts lovers will find plenty to explore and enjoy amid the South Pasadena Arts Crawl, a free event held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 25 shops and restaurants in the Mission Street Business District, located along Mission Street, Fremont Avenue, Fair Oaks Avenue and Hope Street.

The free event will feature recent paintings by artist members of the South Pasadena Arts Council, a closing reception for Karen Green at SPACE Arts Center and several other group shows and exhibitions at the SPMC Gallery, Fremont Gallery, Tah Gallery and SOPA Studios. There will also be artisan demonstrations and special sales at participating locations throughout the district.

One of the evening’s prime attractions is an exhibit of Chinese-themed contemporary paintings and sculptures by artist Shenping Wang from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library, 1115 El Centro St. The event will also feature a musical performance by Judy Ying, on the guzheng, a 21-string plucked instrument.

Live music will also be performed by Brad Colerick and Friends at two locations, while families can enjoy pumpkin painting and watch a scary movie projected on the wall of the Meridian Iron Works Museum, 913 Meridian Ave.

For more information and a complete map of participating venues and events, visit