South Lake Holidayfest set for Saturday

Horse and carriage rides, live music, photos with Santa, holiday characters, carolers, crafts for kids, a themed scavenger hunt and giveaways are just part of the fun at Holidayfest, taking place Saturday at the Shops on Lake Avenue, 345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

Presented by the South Lake Business Association, visitors are invited to celebrate the holidays by taking advantage of in-store specials and promotions at over 50 South Lake merchants.

The music begins at 1 p.m. with Jessica Childress who is known for her great voice and dynamic live show combining traditional R&B with rock n’ roll. Popular psych pop artist James Supercave takes the stage at 2:30 p.m., while Warbly Jets round out the lineup with their infectious blend of rock ‘n’ roll and energetic pop. (Please see a related story on page 22)

“Our holiday celebration definitely gets event attendees in the holiday spirit and invites everyone to explore the district while sharing memories with friends and family. Guests can tackle their holiday shopping lists by taking advantage of special in-store promotions offered on the day of the event,” said Gina Tleel, executive director of the South Lake Business Association.

Pasadena Holiday Fest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Free admission and free parking. For more information, visit southlakeavenue.org.


TofR Foundation now accepting grant applications

The Tournament of Roses Foundation has announced that it is currently accepting applications for its 2018 grant assistance program.

Grant applications,  which will be available to eligible applicants from organizations with nonprofit status that are based in and serving Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Temple City, will be accepted up to 5 p.m. Jan. 25. The foundation’s board of directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in May.

Grants will be awarded in the categories of performing and visual arts, sports and recreation, and volunteer motivation and leadership development.  Forty-two organizations received grants last year.

Since its inception in 1983, the foundation has invested over $3 million in more than 200 Pasadena-area organizations. The grant award maximum is $10,000. The grant awards in 2017 totaled $200,000, and the average grant was approximately $4,400.

To apply, eligible organizations should visit www.ctkodm.com/ptrf/. New applicants will need to enter “apply” for both the “username” and “password.” Returning applicants will use their previously approved username and password. Returning applicants should contact the foundation directly at foundation@tournamentofroses.org for questions on their approved username and/or password.  For more information, visit tournamentofroses.com/foundation/grant.


Veterans group to host fundraiser at Ice House to help children affected by recent hurricanes

The Pasadena City College Veterans Club is raising funds and collecting toys for children affected by the hurricanes that swept through South Florida, Houston and Puerto Rico earlier this year at a special show Wednesday at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena.

Featured comedians include Amanda Seals, Erik Rivera, Dale Jones, Helen Hong and Jackie Fabulous.

The show is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ice House Comedy Club, 24 N. Mentor Ave, Pasadena.

For more information, call (626) 577-1894 or visit icehousecomedy.com.