Woman Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA) invites the community to its new meeting place at the Senior Center (1102 Oxley Street) with a special program – “South Pasadena’s Hispanic Heritage and Its Influences Upon Local Architecture and Art.”

WISPPA’s monthly meeting day and Cinco de Mayo happen to coincide this year. Taking this into consideration, the organization planned the May 5 program to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

WISPPA is delighted that the speakers will be John Lesak, a well-known local architect who has served the city as both a member of the Cultural Heritage Commission and who currently serves on the Planning Commission, and Jolino Beserra, or, “Jolino,” a widely known artist whose works have been installed in the South Pasadena Public Library.   

After the meeting adjourns, audience members will be welcome to visit the library, immediately next door to WISPPA’s new meeting location to view Jolino’s works.

As always, there will be a social half hour with refreshments from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and in keeping with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, WISPPA will provide pastries from La Monarca Bakery. Local SPHS musicians Kenny Schultz, baritone saxophone and tenor saxophone; Matthew Son, trumpet; Ian Wang, piano; Frank Figueroa, guitar; Max Meszaros, bass; and Ben Fogel, drums will perform some jazz pieces prior to the start of a brief business meeting.

After this, the speakers will present, and there will be a short Q & A session moderated by Judith Harris, WISPPA Secretary. The meeting will be adjourned at approximately 10:30 a.m. WISPPA welcomes everyone from South Pasadena and surrounding communities interested in issues that affect local communities.

Parking for WISPPA’s monthly meetings is usually available in the SPUSD parking lot. The club warns those interested to beware of 2-hour parking restrictions on neighboring streets.

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