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Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
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The Spring 2017 issue of the Community Services Classes & Programs Guide is available here .

Job Opportunities
Link to City Employment Opportunities
A bulletin board with postings of all current City employment opportunities (pictured) is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall

Sign Up for Library Youth Programs
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The City of South Pasadena Public Library Children's online program registration and notification signup features are available here. For more information, please contact the Library Children's Services at (626) 403-7258.

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Have you found a stray dog? Is a pup in your neighborhood barking all day? Do you want to report a hurt animal? Maybe you are concerned about animal cruelty. The Pasadena Humane Society provides animal control services for South Pasadena residents and are available 24/7!

To learn more, visit their website or call (626) 792-7151 anytime.

Senior Center Events
2017 March April Senior Newsletter  
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center!(South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
More information is available here. 

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Under a new contract with the City, the Housing Rights Center (HRC) is expanding its services in South Pasadena with comprehensive fair housing programming.
The HRC is a nonprofit civil-rights organization that has identified and addressed the challenges of housing discrimination since 1968. The HRC provides assistance to residents with discrimination complaints and landlord-tenant disputes. The HRC also provides outreach and public education, landlord-tenant counseling, housing discrimination investigation, mediation and legal services.

Contact the Housing Rights Center at (800) 477-5977 or (213) 201-0867 for TTY Users.
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626 Golden Streets
Sunday, March 5, 2017
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Join South Pasadena as it partners with the cities of San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa and the County of Los Angeles to host 626 Golden Streets Festival presented by LA Metro. The Open Streets event will help mark the one year anniversary of the opening of the Foothill Gold Line Extension. The original date for the Golden Street Event was postponed due to the wild fires, so we can't wait for Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 9am to 3pm!

This family-friendly, FREE event will open 17+ miles of streets from South Pasadena to Azusa for walking, running, biking, skating, jogging, scooting, strolling, and exploring the 626! Free bicycle valet will be provided along with many fun activities including chalk zones, yoga, and yarn bombing. Don't miss the live music, and a chance to win a folding bicycle! For event information, go to

Click here for traffic and parking information. 

Plan South Pasadena Focus Group Meetings
Tuesday, March 7 , 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Let your voice be heard! Participate in a Focus Group meeting to share ideas about South Pasadena's General Plan and Mission Street Specific Plan.

A joint meeting of the focus groups "Our Natural Community" and "Our Healthy and Safe Community" will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7 pm in the Senior Center, 1102 Oxley St. The meeting will cover topics of community health and public safety issues.

Brad Colerick will perform at the "Our Creative and Our Active Community" Focus Group meetings at on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7 pm at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. The meeting will cover topics of topics of public art and creating spaces for recreation.

CORE Group will meet on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7 pm in the Community Library Room, 1100 Oxley St. This meeting will focus on combining the ideas of the other focus groups to develop a cohesive plan.

All members of the public are encouraged to participate and provide feedback. Click here to learn more about the general plan and ways to participate.

Community Forum on Budget and Priorities
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Community Forum Budget and Priorities 2017 
The City of South Pasadena invites community members to attend a Community Forum on the City's Budget and Priorities on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Residents and community members have the opportunity to participate in an interactive process aimed at identifying the projects and programs the City should focus on during the upcoming year. Doors open at 8:30 am, and the program will take place from 9 am to 12 pm.
The Community Forum is an integral part of the Budget process, providing both an educational component, and a mechanism to receive community input. Residents will also have several opportunities to provide input at the following public meetings  
  • Tuesday, March 21, the City Council and staff will hold a Budget Study Session in the Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street, to review the proposed Capital Improvement Plan as well as staff funding requests for the upcoming year.  


  • May 17 City Council Meeting, staff will present a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
  • June 7 City Council Meeting, the City will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed budget and, potentially, adopt it. Public comment is encouraged at each meeting.


If you have any questions, please contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210 or email

Watershed Restoration Program
Saturday March 11, 2017
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Do you have a passion for the environment and love being out in nature? Volunteer for a Watershed Restoration event in San Gabriel Canyon. 
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm

Conservation crews will plant native trees and clean up the watershed in the Angeles National Forest. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision of children is required. Students can earn community service hours.

Click here for more information about the event.

Summer Camp Med  
Registration for SP Residents Opens Monday, March 13, 2017
Open Registration - Monday, March 27, 2017 
Summer Camp Med 2017
It's time to start making plans for summer! Bring your children to Camp Med! Our program runs from June 12 to August 11, 2017 and will be open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday . Each day will be filled with sports, activities, arts and crafts and most importantly, FUN! We will have weekly excursions, and also some surprise in-house events. Spaces are limited and we are expected to fill up quickly. Registration begins Monday, March 13 for South Pasadena residents ONLY. Open registration will begin Monday, March 27.
Click here for more camp, registration and payment information.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to download an application or pick one up at our Recreation Office, 815 Mission St, from 10 am to 6 pm. We will only be accepting applications submitted in person, please do not e-mail, fax or mail your application.
South Pasadena Farmers' Market Spring Hours
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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The warmer weather and the beginning of daylight savings time all mark the beginning of spring! Flowers are blooming, the weather is warmer, spring is in the air. The South Pasadena Farmers' Market begins its spring/summer hours on Thursday, March 16, and will be open an hour longer; from 4:00 - 8:00 pm.

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Community Meeting on Renters Concerns
Monday, March 20, 2017
For Rent Sign A Community Meeting on Renters Concerns will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Renters, property owners, and the general public have the opportunity to discuss concerns on the costs of renting and owning rental properties in South Pasadena. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.
If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Castruita, Management Analyst at (626) 403-7210 or via email at .
Plan South Pasadena Speaker Series Presents Parking Expert Richard Willson 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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To provide a deeper understanding of the underlying issues the General Plan update will address, the City is presenting a Speakers Series with three national experts. These experts offer perspectives, present alternatives, and stimulate community dialogue around key topics.

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Dr. Rick Willson of Cal Poly Pomona will discuss parking strategies and management at 7 pm. 

The final speaker in the series 
will be Dr. Richard Jackson of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health leading a discussion on Planning healthy communities and will be held on April 18, 2017. All Series events will take place in the City Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street, and are open to all.

Click here to visit the website and stay up-to-date on the Speaker Series and meetings.

Tell us your ideas on the Future of South Pasadena! 
The General Plan and Mission Street Specific Plan are the links between the expressed values and vision of the community and the daily decision-making that affect the physical, social, environmental and economic character of South Pasadena. In order for the City to make the right decision on behalf of our community, we first need to know what you value!

The City invites residents and businesses to take part in a brief survey to tell us your thoughts on the issues that need to be addressed in the General Plan and the Specific Plan, identify where there are opportunities for change in the community, and help define the key objectives for the update process.

 Click here to download the survey or pick up a survey at the following locations:
  • South Pasadena City Hall, 1414 Mission Street
  • South Pasadena Senior Center, 1102 Oxley Street
  • South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street.
Surveys will be available through the end of March, 2017. For more information, contact the City at or (626) 403-7228.
FREE Residential Water Audits Now Available
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Is your water use higher than expected? Do you want to save water, but aren't sure what to do? Then the residential water audit program is right for you. South Pasadena residents can apply to have a representative from WaterWise come to their property and perform a free water audit. WaterWise will recommend ways to save, and provide information on rebates available to assist in reducing water use.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve bases. Properties with the highest water usage will be given priority for audit scheduling. Space is limited, so apply soon to see if you qualify for this free program by contacting the Environmental Programs at (626)403-7311 or

 Click here to learn more ways you can conserve water.

Spring Camp Med
Spring is here! During the break, bring your child to Camp Med for some fun in the sun. We will be open from Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. We have lots of activities, games, sports and crafts planned that your child will enjoy. On Wednesday, we will be heading to Knott's Berry Farm! We serve two snacks daily; campers must bring their own lunch. Sign up today!

Pre-registration is required. Click here to download an application. Register by fax to (626) 799-4920 or at the Recreation Office, 815 Mission Street, South Pasadena from 10 am to 6 pm.

Upcoming Events
Summer Camp Classes
Registration Begins Saturday, April 1, 2017
Summer classes 2017
We are excited to announce our upcoming camp classes scheduled for this summer! We have added new camps such as Chess Club, Spanish Immersion, Rocket Camp, and Jurassic Dinoworld just to name a few. Play-Well TEKnologies will also return this summer with LEGO camps. Each camp class will run for 1 week, from either 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm. Classes will not be held on Tuesday, July 4th. Click here for class descriptions and fees in our Spring Community Services Guide.
Registration for these camp classes begins Saturday, April 1, 2017. You can sign up on-line or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St, Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Golden Hour is the one hour you have after an earthquake to find any neighbors who may be injured and trapped. The "Map Your Neighborhood" training will take place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St. This training will help empower you and your neighbors to develop a plan where "neighbors help neighbors" until help can arrive.

Please bring 1-5 neighbors so that you can work as a team on your plan. Bring your Condo or Homeowner Association representatives too!
Spring Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The Recreation Division will host their annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The event will take place at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave, from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Bring the whole family for a fun day at the park! There will be carnival games, inflatables, and egg hunts for different age groups. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, so bring your camera for a photo! There will be delicious food for purchase as well. The fee for this event is $5 per child; subject to availability, wristbands will be available for pickup at the door for $8. All sales are final. 
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register on our website. For more information, contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.
National Library Week
April 9 to 15, 2017
To celebrate National Library week from April 9 to 15 the South Pasadena Public Library will be offering free events for all ages. Children 5 to 10 can make a new friend by reading to a Library dog at Barks and Books. Connect with your family during a tech-free game night, or create a masterpiece and memories with our all ages Lego Mania.

Registration is required for these free activities. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Reduce Waste Presentation
Friday, April 21, 2017
Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment every day. A presentation will be held at the Senior Center, 1102 Oxley Street on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:30 am. Whether you're at home, on the go, or in the office, there are many opportunities to go green by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.

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Doggy Day with Cats Too!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doggy Day with Cats Too 2017
Calling all dog and cat lovers! We will have an event catered to your furry four-legged friends! Doggy Day will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Garfield Park from 10 am to 1 pm.

The event is the perfect opportunity to discover dog and cat resources in the area. Adoption and rescue agencies, pet groomers and trainers, and retailers will be on-site to provide information on the services and products they offer. Join us in showing appreciation for the dogs and cats in your lives!

Click here for more information or contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.
South Pasadena Community Dodger Night
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Get a group together and join your community for a night of baseball! The Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are happy to announce the return of the Community Baseball Night on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm.
Your Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing against the New York Mets. Tickets are $33 for the Preferred Loge Box and $38 for the All You Can Eat Pavilion. The first 40,000 fans will receive a free tote bag!
Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 26, 2017. Take the Gold Line to Union Station to get on the Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle.
Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.