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New Territory for South Pas, Tigers Rolling CIF Championship Friday at 5 p.m.

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Photos by Joseph Ruiz.

The South Pasadena High School Varsity Girls Soccer team Friday will play for the program’s first CIF championship in nearly 15 years. The Tigers will face Westminster in a neutral site, 5 p.m. kickoff at Warren High School in Downey.

South Pas knocked off Los Amigos High 4-0 Tuesday night in the Division V Southern Section semifinal at Garden Grove High School. Junior Uma Hornish opened the scoring for the Tigers in the 22nd minute after she beat the defense to a through ball up the center of the field and slid it past the goalkeeper.

Part of South Pasadena’s offensive strategy, Hornish said, calls for the team’s attackers to hug the offside line and look for passes from the midfield or backline to find their way past the opponent’s defense. “From there, as long as we can find our way to the middle of the field,” she said, “we’ll be fine.”

The Tigers caught the Lobos’ backline on their heels a few times in the first half but were unable to convert to widen their advantage, entering halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Senior Emily Dunn doubled the Tigers’ lead roughly ten minutes into the second half when, from the 35-yard-line, she struck a ball over the goalie’s head and into the back of the net. Minutes later, junior Rainey Tilley found herself unmarked, at the front of a pack of Tigers. She didn’t waste the opportunity, nudging a header past the goalkeeper to put South Pas up 3-0.

Hornish wrapped up South Pasadena’s scoring with a low, hard strike for the brace.

Second year head coach Victoria Lathrop was proud of her team’s offensive effort, saying afterward, “I don’t know any other team that puts up four goals in a semifinal match.”

Lathrop knew heading into the semifinal the Tigers would need to stop Los Amigos’ leading scorer, Vidalia Abarca. Abarca was statistically dominant this season, amassing 54 goals on the year. But the Tigers were intent to extend their shutout streak that dates back to Jan. 10. “For us it was about shutting Abarca down, controlling the midfield and feeding our forwards,” Lathrop said, “and we did that tonight.”

Westminster enters Friday’s championship match at 23-3-3. Their leading scorers are Vanessa Campos and Sarah Ralston, numbers 23 and 10 respectively.

BREAKING Measure S Passes in South Pasadena

After an intense 30-day campaign in which many residents and businesses proudly displayed lawn signs urging a “Yes on S,” the community stepped up this week and overwhelmingly voted to approve Measure S, renewing the local parcel tax that provides a critical source of funding to our local schools. I am so grateful that our neighbors had the wisdom to keep class sizes manageable and continue supporting enrichment instruction in STEM, art, music, drama and more.

A community that votes to support its children set us on a path to a better future. South Pasadena has proven over and over again, in good times and bad, that they will provide that support. On behalf of the South Pasadena Board of Education, thank you, South Pasadena for having confidence in the hopeful future we are creating through our schools.  

Of course, our great schools are only one of the many facets that make South Pasadena an exceptional community; we must also give high praise to our excellent fire, police, and city services, our beloved library and many active civic organizations, and, of course, the timeless traditions embodied in our July 4th parade and Rose Parade float.  

I would also like to offer a special thanks to the campaign committee driving the outreach effort. Co-Chairs Sara Shaffer and Saida Staudemeyer assembled an impressive team of parents and business owners who dedicated countless hours of their time to ensure the whole community was aware and engaged. Additionally, we owe a huge thanks to those who, through their financial contributions to the campaign, made it possible to educate the community on the special importance of funding our local schools with local dollars.

Jon Primuth

Board President

South Pasadena Unified School District

Play Poker, Do a Good Deed – Poker Tourney Raises Funds for South Pas Middle School

Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (D.U.D.E.S.) and the SPMS Booster Club will be co-hosting their 4th Annual Main Event Poker Tournament on March 17, 2018. The tournament is a fundraiser to support after-school athletics and educational enrichment at South Pasadena Middle School. 

 The event takes place at the War Memorial Building at 435 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadenafrom 6:30 pm to Midnight. To insure a spot, advance registration is recommended at www.southpasdudes.com/poker   

A few years ago, while watching their daughters play soccer, Bill Buckley, a Booster dad, and fellow D.U.D.E.S. member Martin Albornoz decided they wanted to help replace lost SPMS Booster fundraising revenue. “Because of the drought, South Pas Middle School was losing out on the funds their Car Washes used to raise for after-school athletics,” says Albornoz, whose daughter attends the middle school. “We figured between the D.U.D.E.S. and the Booster Club, we could pull off a successful poker tournament to replace that revenue. We never imagined it would be such a hit with the community.” That brainstorming session spawned the Main Event Poker Tournament, which debuted in 2015.

The Main Event Poker Tournament is run like a professional tournament with 10 dealers, increasing blinds and a trophy for the winner. All-you-can-eat food, wine and beer are included–along with $2,000 in chips–for a $100 donation. Players can re-buy and add on chips for the first hour of play. Fans, friends and family who don’t want to play in the tournament but want to support SPMS can buy a Food and Drink ticket for only $25 and enjoy as spectators. Two Black Jack tables with prizes are also available for those not playing in the tournament.

Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (D.U.D.E.S.) is a charitable organization that harnesses the energies of South Pasadena families in order to develop camaraderie and service for South Pasadena schools. For more information about the Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (D.U.D.E.S.), visit www.southpasdudes.com or call (626) 487-7092.

The South Pasadena Middle School Athletic Booster Club is an organization of parents, neighbors, friends, and fans whose goal is to support and enhance the after-school athletic programs at SPMS. For more information please visit https://sites.google.com/a/spusd.net/spms-athletics/booster-club

Dr. Kay Mouradian of South Pas. honored with Legacy Award from ANCA-WR

ANCA Western Region banquet in Burbank. Dr. Kay Mouradian is second from the right.
Photos by Sean Abajian

On February 24 Dr. Kay Mouradian, long-time South Pasadena resident, received the prestigious Armenian Genocide Awareness Legacy Award at the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Western Region’s annual awards banquet. Dr. Mouradian is a Professor Emerita from the Los Angeles Community Colleges, and holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University as well as degrees from Boston University and UCLA.

She is the renowned author of the novel, My Mother’s Voice, a poignant story based on the life of her mother who as a fourteen-year-old girl from Turkey narrowly escaped the Armenian Genocide. Dr. Mouradian also produced the book into a 25-minute documentary designed for high school history and social sciences curriculum. Premiering at the Toronto Pomegranate Film Festival, the film received Honorable Mention in the Dr. Michael J. Hagopian Award category. It was an official selection in five film festivals, and now My Mother’s Voice is being developed into a musical. A scene from the theatrical production was presented at the awards banquet on Saturday.

Dr. Mouradian is an active part of the South Pasadena community and has presented her film and book at the South Pasadena Library on numerous occasions.

Images from the 2018 South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl

Just a few of the images captured at last nights South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl, including author Ann Shen. Photos by Harry Yadav.

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CIF Update: SPHS Boys Soccer Loses in Overtime

CIF Update:  Boys soccer lost to Rubidoux in overtime penalty kicks. Final score 4 Roubidoux – 3 South Pasadena.

Monday 2.26: SPHS to Hold Forum on Teen Depression and Risk Factors for Suicide

A parent forum called “Teen Depression and Risk Factors for Suicide” will be held at South Pasadena High School on Monday, February 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  This information session will be facilitated by the SPUSD Student Support Counseling staff who will teach parents about signs for depression and suicidal ideation and where to go for help.

Facilitators Nancy Goldstein, district school neuropsychologist and Natasha Prime, the district’s “Train Your Brain” specialist, along with Dennis Lefevre, Executive Director of Student Support Services promise an evening that helps parents understand the warning signs and risk factors that may result in depression in teens.  School stress and anxiety will also be covered.  “..Depression is often the result of unaddressed anxiety,” says Lefevre who notes that teens often are faced with stressors that parents may not readily notice.

All South Pasadena High School parents are invited to attend.  There will be a short PTSA business before the forum at 6:30 pm.  The forum begins at 7 pm with a question and answer session at the end.

Download the information flyer here: Teen depression forum flyer

Library Winter  Arts Crawl Events Present “Spring Melody” Chinese- American Art  Exhibition

Library Winter  Arts Crawl Events Present “Spring Melody” Chinese- American Art  Exhibition in Community Room  and Lissa Reynolds in “Woman of Independent Means” on Main Floor.

The Library will present 2 separate, simultaneous free events(on different floors) for the Winter South Pasadena Arts Crawl  on Saturday, February 24 at 6 p.m. The Library Community Room (entrance at 1115 El Centro) will open at 6:00 p.m. for an  Art Exhibit entitled “Spring Melody” showcasing the wonderful paintings of Chinese-American artists, Marian Wu and Chris Ho. Also at 6:00 p.m. the 1st floor of the Library (main entrance at 1100 Oxley Street) will open for Lissa Layng Reynolds’ riveting concert reading of  “A Woman of Independent Means.” After the reading, Lissa will be joined by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, the author of both the play and the novel of the same name, for a lively discussion about the critically-praised work.  The events are sponsored by South Pasadena Public Library, SPARC (South Pasadena Arts Council),  and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Marian Wu majored in Chinese Brush Painting while attending Chinese Culture University and taught art in high schools for several years. Marian later obtained an MFA in oil painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Marian has participated in many prestigious art competitions and won numerous prizes, including Second Prize in the National Prize Show in Massachusetts. She has also been awarded First Place and Best of Show in various competitions of the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association and the North Valley Art League. In addition to teachi9ng art for Alhambra Adult School and at Confucius Chinese Language School, Marian has exhibited regularly throughout Southern California and in Taiwan. 15 of her beautiful watercolors of florae will be exhibited in the “Spring Melody” show.

Chris Ho was also born in Taiwan and he moved to LA in 1984. His credits include posts as Vice President of the Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Association, Instructor of Chinese Brush Painting at North Orange Chinese School and Irvine Fine Arts Center, Founder-CEO of the Wildlife Art Fund, and guest artist at  Cal Lutheran and Irvine Universities. Chris has shown his artworks in more than 50 exhibitions in Beijing, Taipei, LA, San Francisco and Sacramento.  In 1998, 2000 and 2010, Mr. Ho displayed over a hundred of his signature tiger and eagle subjects in the National Gallery, Taiwan.  One of Mr. Ho’s tiger paintings was chosen for the 1998 California Lottery Bureau calendar. and in a nationwide contest, the U.S. Postal Service selected one of Mr. Ho’s  works for their “Stamp by Mail” program. Chris Ho’s monkey paintings have appeared on the front page of the Chinese New Year’s edition of the Los Angeles Times-Chinese Daily News. In addition, Chrishas also has been teaching Chinese Brush Painting at Saddleback College since 1997 and his show on the traditional art form is beamed on satellite for Chinese TV.

A special 30-minute concert reading of  Lissa LayngReynolds’ acclaimed “A Woman of Independent Means” will be performed.  Lissa Layng Reynolds previously performed the play for a 6 month run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, before touring the show on the road across the US and Canada. Lissa has noted that she is looking forward to bringing the extraordinary piece to a new generation daughters with the hope they will be inspired to read the novel. After Lissa’s reading, a talk will be presented that will include Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, who wrote the novel and the play.

Girls’ Soccer Moves On to Quarterfinals

Uma Hornish races out to goal scoring opportunity. Photos by Joseph Ruiz

On a night the temperature dipped into the low 40s, the South Pasadena High School girls soccer team Tuesday traveled to Maranatha High School in Pasadena and defeated the Minutemen 3-0. The victory qualifies Coach Victoria Lathrop’s side for a CIF quarterfinal matchup this evening at home against Beaumont High School.

An unassisted goal by Corey Siegal and a header by Lorraine Tilley off a cross from Siegal in the first half put the Tigers in control early. Maranatha responded out of the break with a series of threatening through balls.

From their midfield and back line, the Minutemen sent long passes over the Tigers’ defense, gambling that their attackers would win the loose ball.

Up 2-0, it would have been easy for South Pasadena to fall back into their own half and protect their lead. Instead, the girls proved their best defense was a relentless offense.

The Tigers’ midfield began to close more quickly to the ball, too quickly it turned out for Maranatha to continue to set up for deep passes. For the rest of the half, regardless of if the South Pasadena had the ball or not, the girls kept it on Maranatha’s side of the field. The few times the Minutemen were able to get the ball into South Pasadena territory, only Tigers were there to receive it.

South Pasadena put the finishing touches on the game when Emily Dunn found the net with three minutes remaining. A beautiful strike from the left side of the box sent the ball over the goalie’s head and under the top right corner of the goal.

“She is so consistent right now, she’s on fire,” Lathrop said of the midfielder, who scored in the team’s first round game against Glendale last week in the second half to break a 0-0 tie.

Lathrop credits the team’s postseason success to its offensive push between the midfield and attacking line and its impenetrable defense.

Some of the Tigers’ defensive stats this season are eye-popping.

On the year, the girls have outscored opponents 72-5. They allowed only one goal during Rio Hondo League play, and have shut out opponents since Jan. 10.

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Lathrop believes her squad is peaking just at the perfect time.

“The girls want it,” she said after Tuesday’s game. “We sat down in August and the girls mapped out their goals for the season. They wanted to finish in the top two of league. But we ended up winning it!

“None of these kids have gone to the postseason before. So it has been my job to explain to them the importance of this opportunity and how exciting it is. They are just taking it all in right now.”

Senior Isabel Bluml said after the game the Tigers are feeding off the novelty of playing deep into February. “The fact that it has been so long since we’ve been to CIF isn’t lost on us,” she said. “It’s really cool to break a losing streak for the program.”

Beaumont is coming off of a 1-0 victory over Schurr High School, a team the Tigers beat 2-0 during preseason. Their top threat will be Alyssa Romero (#22), who leads the team in goals and assists, with 17 and 12, respectively.

Unfortunately for the girls, the weather Friday doesn’t look to be any better than it was Tuesday, with low 40s predicted again for the evening. Hopefully, the Tigers can use the cold as motivation, just as Tilley said her squad did against Maranatha.

“Honestly, the weather was our motivation,” she said. “I just wanted the game to start so I could run around and warm up. The cold kind of stings your throat when you run.”

“And hurts your body when you hit the turf,” Bluml added.

If the Tigers can continue into March, maybe things will start to warm up.

This Weekend: A Winter Celebration of the Arts in South Pasadena

The Arts Crawl is Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Official South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl 2018
Official South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl 2018

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Artists and businesses team up to celebrate the arts with another fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” on Saturday, February 24, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event which includes art openings and activities, live music, open houses, restaurant specials, and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with light, warmth and cozy gatherings – a perfect way to enjoy the winter season in the South Pasadena community.

The Arts Crawl is kicking off Women’s History Month in March, by celebrating the book “Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World.” The book’s author/illustrator Anne Shen will appear at Marz at 7 p.m. to meet fans and sign books.

Highlights include:

The South Pasadena Library presents a concert reading of “A Woman of Independent Means,” performed by Lissa Layng Reynolds at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The reading is based on the best selling novel by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, who will be present for an informal Q & A.

Inspired by remarkable women who changed the world, Christine Chin leads the family activity, Be Remarkable, where event-goers can put the “whole world in their hands” and create their own “Inspiration Globes.” The event will take place at the South Pas City Hall Courtyard.

A screening of the 1937 classic “Annie Oakley” at 6:30 p.m. will take place at the South Pasadena Historical Museum lawn, presented by Videotheque and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation.

Next to the Walking Man statue nearby, the Artisans’ Alley presents a range of art, gifts and jewelry from Bellagazoo, Precious Few on Earth, Peru Pa Ti, SOPA Studios, Sonali Kolhatkar, Kiser Originals, Kiki Joel, Jane Gotts Handmade, Modkon, Sally Monk, and Polyfaction.

Art and Crafts Exhibits

“Six Years on Mission,” celebrates the work and career of the much beloved artist and gallery owner Laurie Hendricks. Her work will also be on display at Peltier Home. De Milo Design Studio and Letterpress celebrates the famous typographer Beatrice Warde by inking up their antique presses for a special printmaking session.

SPARC Gallery @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
hosts a reception for Jonathan Sadler’s art show, “Shuttered.” Ellen’s Silkscreening & Embroidery hosts an open house where you can meet artist Caitlin Clarkson, who created the Arts Crawl poster, and other artisans. Vave Studios feature paintings by Betsa Bland-Richards and Carrie Hirsch,​ plus colorful ceramics created by Leslie Plunkett.

Sugarmynt Gallery presents “Toxic and Tainted Love,” a group show, including Vakseen, Lupe Flores, Lost Colours, DefectiveBarbie, Chris Lowail, My Wicked Eyes, Sahza Gazova, Jely, Brady Willmott, and Autumn Armstrong. Arroyo Outdoor highlights the work of Carolyn Watson, an internationally recognized designer and restoration specialist. Plus they will have a chalk drawing activity on the sidewalk and a sale.

Bissell House B & B hosts an open house from 2 – 5 p.m., offering a booking discount for a stay in the 19th century “Millionaire’s Row” mansion. After 5 p.m., Juli Hoyman shows how to make your own earrings and designer Rebecca Kelley shares her passion for art and cars.

Old Focals, specializing in the art of eyewear, boasts the world’s largest collection of vintage frames, and features the exclusive designs of founder Russ Campbell. For the Crawl, the shop will also exhibit the prints of Robert Ducky and other artists.

Live Music & Entertainment

Hotbox Vintage, at its new location at 1127 Mission St., presents a spoken word event with SPARC, with poets and storytellers doing two performances – at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Carl Weintraub, includes performances and readings by Kurt Stern, Dublin Galyean, Gordon Henderson, Laurie O’Brien, John Binder, Steven Gutierrez-Kovner, Natalie J. Graham, Sara Borjas, Danielle Mitchell, Rick Leddy, and La Poeta Violeta.

Good Citizen Media and the Munch Company team up for live music and karaoke while Kaldi Coffee and Tea presents singer songwriter Tisa Adamson. Kidd’s Jewelry Heist partners with the Dinosaur Farm for a Vintage Vinyl Party and sale, spinning “Country Gold”. They also offer bracelet making and face painting.

The South Pasadena Music Center hosts a music marathon throughout the whole event. At Dual Crossroads, meet “Bad Girl” owner Jennifer Maimone, a published author of horror stories and also a special effects artist. Retreat features a jewelry trunk show, live music & refreshments.

For the Foodies

Mission Wines hosts a 1 – 5 p.m. pre-party with a beer tasting and Shucks Oyster Bar. The work of local artists Corey Miller and Horacio Rodriguez will also be on display. Across the street, La Fiesta Grande features a ceviche appetizer special, and a $1 extra shot with a margarita order.

Aro Latin hosts a late night happy hour from 9:00 p.m. – close.
Crossings offers all night happy hour drink specials from 5:30 – 10 p.m. and Radhika Modern Indian offers food specials from 9 – 11 p.m. A new café in town, Simplee Boba, features a variety of special Matcha drinks and treats.

Stop by Moo on Mission for a special ice cream flavor in honor of “Bad Girl” activist Dolores Huerta.

Food trucks will be parked on Mission Street for Crawlers looking for a quick bite, including B & R Burgers offering old-fashioned burgers and fries, and Sierra Fusion featuring a variety of street tacos.

Businesses offering specials and sales during the event include:

Camille Frances DePedrini features a female fashion designer window display & offers a 15% discount, as does Rue de Mimo. Mission Street Yoga honors Maya Angelou by offering a “phenomenal woman” discount of 15% on yoga purchases and will highlight the poet’s famous quotes.

Rosebuds and Rosestuds honors “Bad Girls for Science” and artist Frida Kahlo’s Mexican style, while Duncan Taylor USA offers 20% off of all art & furniture.

Park and Ride

Patrons can park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian Ave.) or take the Metro Gold Line where the South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.

More information can be found online at www.SouthPasadena.net, or visit the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena”.