Sri Lanka Day Expo celebrates culture and seeks to raise funds for hospital expansion

The Sri Lanka Foundation celebrates the 12th annual Sri Lanka Day Exposition from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Pasadena City Hall, featuring the sights, sounds and flavors of the ancient island nation.

The day includes traditional dance troupes, a fashion show, musical acts, an exotic food festival and a “Pageant of Lanka” parade with floats at sunset along Colorado Boulevard.

This year’s festival also launches the foundation’s fundraising campaign for a capital building project for a hospital expansion in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the country’s largest city.

The Sri Lanka Foundation was founded by Dr. Walter Jayasinghe to promote Sri Lankan culture and raise money for Sri Lankan humanitarian projects. One of those projects, organized by the foundation in response to the deadly tsunami that hit the island in 2004 is to expand the hospital from 22 to 150 beds.

Pasadena City Hall is located at 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena.

For more information, visit srilankafoundation.org.


Riboli Family Wines celebrate 15th year of Stella Rosa with donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation

After 15 years of success with Stella Rosa as America’s No. 1 imported Italian wine, Riboli Family Wines is celebrating by donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

They will be collaborating with the local Los Angeles chapter through the Adopt-A-Wish program, granting a local child’s one true wish.

“Our family has always been dedicated to giving back to the community that supports us, so to be able to help put a smile on a child’s face, is very special for us.” said Steve Riboli, vice president of Riboli Family Wines.

“We are so grateful to Riboli Family Wines for their generous gift,” said Marc Sawyer, development director for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. “Their commitment to our mission will help us fuel recovery for even more children with critical illnesses in LA County.”

For more information, visit stellarosawines.com. n


Kidspace inaugural PLAYDATE set for July 21

Kidspace Children’s Museum will host its inaugural PLAYDATE event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

This after-hours fundraiser invites guests, who are 21 and over, to sip signature cocktails, wine, beer and enjoy tasty bites from event partners.

Attendees will play their way through this one-of-a-kind museum experience while supporting a good cause.

Guests will have the opportunity to dance to tunes by KCRW deejay Dan Wilcox, ride adult-sized tricycles on the Trike Tracks, sing karaoke in Storyteller Studio, participate in an interactive performance with Rumbling Rhythms, and add their mark to the collaborative chalk mural.

Ticket prices start at $75 per person. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

“Kidspace is magical at night, especially during the summer. This event will give adults the opportunity to ‘be a kid again,’ whether it’s building with our blue blocks, exploring our Climbing Towers, or joining a tug of war competition. Our unique environment will inspire them to play while they have exclusive access to the museum,” said Kidspace Chief Executive Officer Michael Shanklin.

This event is made possible by: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., KCRW, Kikori Whiskey, Lyd & Mo Photography, Me So Hungry Truck, Mt. Lowe Brewing Co., Outlook Newspapers, Pasadena Now, Riboli Family Wines, Rumbling Rhythms, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kidspacemuseum.org/playdate.