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Five Hidden Gems in Pasadena

Explore Pasadena Generally, outsiders know Pasadena for Old Town and the restaurants, shops, and bars that line Colorado Blvd. They don’t know that the city has a rich history and is still to this day a center for arts, culture, education, and athletics.

If you really take the time to explore Pasadena, you’ll find yourself immersed in beautiful architecture, impressive art collections, and many other wonderful things, all the while surrounded by the majestic mountain landscapes. Here are a few places to start getting to know the true heart of this beautiful city.

Cal Tech Architecture Tour

The California Institute of Technology is known for its breakthroughs in seismology and its award-winning faculty. However, many people, even locals, don’t know that many great architectural sites are located on the 128-acre campus. The school itself dates all the way back to 1891. Some of its buildings were constructed before the start of World War II. Lovers of history and architecture should take a long walk around the campus; there will be plenty for your eyes and mind to indulge in. Read the rest »

Celebrate the Arrival of Spring in Southern California

California SpringtimeAdmittedly, winter has been incredibly mild in southern California this year, but that does not mean that locals aren’t eagerly anticipating the perks of spring in The Golden State. From fresh blooming flowers to longer sunny days, there’s no better season to get out and explore California.

At SLS Consulting, we can’t wait to join in on some of the upcoming spring events and festivals. Here are some of our favorites for March.

Dana Point Festival of Whales – The first two weekends of March are reserved for celebrating the annual migration of gray whales along the southern California coast. In a single day, up to 50 whales may pass by Dana Point, giving sightseers a rare glimpse of the majestic mammals. This is the 43rd Annual Festival of Whales, complete with parade, sand sculpting, concerts, and environmental activities. Nothing beats a day at the beach, especially if whales are involved!

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SLS Consulting “Race for the Cure” in Susan G. Komen 5K at Dodger Stadium

sls susan g komen 5kThis year, it is estimated that there will be more than 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in U.S. women. With such an overwhelming statistic it stands to reason that many people you know have probably been impacted by cancer in some way, whether through being diagnosed themselves or having a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed. At SLS Consulting, we’ve accepted the challenge and are ready to race for the cure!

On March 1st, SLS Consulting’s staff members will be waking up super early, lacing up their running shoes, and meeting up at Dodger Stadium to participate in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” 5K. While staff members have previously run together in past races, this event will mark the first time that they do so to help raise funds to fight a disease. While the staff isn’t thrilled to be up and at ‘em quite so early on a Saturday morning, the sacrificed sleep is more than worth it to help raise money for cancer research, treatments, and educational programs. Read the rest »

Guess How Many Candy Hearts and Win a Prize from SLS Consulting!

valentines day facebook contestWere you given any of those candy message hearts this past Valentine’s Day? The SLS Consulting staffers were, and have SOOOO many leftover that they decided to make a game out of it for their Facebook fans! We’ve rounded up all of our hearts, counted them out, put them in a container, and are anxious to see which one of our Facebook fans can guess closest to the actual number (without going over)!

From today, February 18th, through the end of the month, February 28th, our SLS Consulting Facebook fans can make their best guesses as to how many candy hearts are in the glass container pictured below. Voting will officially close at 12pm PST on February 28, and the winner will be announced via video a few hours later at 3pm PST.

So what do you need to do in order to be eligible? Well, be sure to like the SLS Consulting Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SLSconsulting), and leave a comment on the post that mentions this contest. And that’s it! Oh, and be sure to share this status with your friends. The more people who guess, the better, and we may even send some consolation prizes to participants who get their friends to join in on the fun as well. Remember though, this contest is EXCLUSIVE to our Facebook fans. While you don’t necessarily have to be a fan in order to make a guess, you DO have to be a fan in order to win. Read the rest »

Looking for Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pasadena?

Pasadena Valentine's DayWhether the thought of Valentine’s Day makes you gag or swoon, there’s simply no avoiding that the month of February is all about romance. It doesn’t even matter if you’re single or married, Valentine’s Day is a great time for anyone to indulge or pamper their loved ones. Fortunately for us at SLS Consulting, there are plenty of fun and creative activities to choose from in our own town of Pasadena to celebrate the month of love and romance.

If you plan on taking the traditional or want to do something a little less conventional way, here are some of the top ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Pasadena.

Quirky and Creative

You could go the time-honored route of giving your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day card and flowers, but why not spend an evening doing something new to help keep your relationship (romantic or otherwise) fresh? Wine and Canvas is a mobile business in which artists host a number of painting classes every month at a variety of venues in the U.S.

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How to Prepare for Your Super Bowl Party

Pasadena Online MarketingThere’s nothing quite like getting together with family and friends and watching one of the country’s greatest sport events. When a Super Bowl party is going on, everything is as fine as can be, but the lead up to it can be quite stressful. You have to think about guests, food, fun fare, and so many other factors. Whether this is your first shindig or your tenth, you can follow these preparation tips below to make things a bit easier on yourself.

Spread out the work. Do not commit all of your preparation time to the day before the Super Bowl. Perhaps work throughout the whole week. Not only will this make the work easier and less anxiety-inducing, but it will also grant you more room in case some unexpected issue arises. Read the rest »

The Best 2013 Christmas Lights Displays in Southern California

Despite the holiday promotions that seem to appear earlier and earlier in the year, for many southern Californians, the first signs of Christmas often appear as twinkling lights adorning a neighbor’s front yard.
California Christmas LightsOf course, every year, families are faced with the same dilemma of locating the most dazzling displays of holiday lights. It has even become a tradition for many to drive through various neighborhoods in order to take in the most brilliantly lit and decorated houses in town.

In order to help in this journey, we would like to highlight the best of the best when it comes to Christmas lights in southern California.

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5 Places to See Snow in SoCal

Southern California MarketingWinter is finally here in southern California, but while cold weather may have only temporarily invaded the Southland, don’t expect any snow flurries. Of course, nothing says wintertime like bright, clean snow. So, if you’re trying to get into the spirit of the season, you may need to go on the hunt for the perfect winter memory.

Snow may be hard to come by in southern California, but you can find it if you know where to look. At SLS Consulting, we love getting into the season and have created a list of some of the best places to go to find snow this season.

Big Bear – One of the most popular places to play in the snow in southern California, Big Bear offers the classic winter experience. The ski slopes will be running for months and cabins of all sizes dot the city. Take your winter gear and set aside a few days to embrace the snowy experience. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, hike, or just relax, it’s possible in Big Bear. Nearby Lake Arrowhead also offers top quality winter sports and relaxation experiences.

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The Hidden History of Thanksgiving

Pasadena ThanksgivingThanksgiving is just a week away. Of course we all know the story of how the Pilgrims and the Native Americans gathered at the Plymouth Colony (also spelled Plimoth) in 1621 to share a meal and give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

However, did you know that the first official Thanksgiving in the U.S. was held two centuries later?

That’s just one of the many little known facts about one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With the day almost here, we take a look at some other insights into Thanksgiving that you may have never heard.

Creating a Holiday

Actually, the “first” Thanksgiving was described in a letter written by Edward Winslow, the leader of the Plymouth colony in 1621. Unfortunately that letter was lost and was only rediscovered in the 1800s. It wasn’t until a Boston publisher named Alexander Young printed Winslow’s brief account of the 1621 feast and dubbed it the “First Thanksgiving” that the seeds of the holiday we know today were planted. That was in 1841.

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Celebrate Turkeys this Thanksgiving

LA County Marketing CompanyFor most Americans, the thought of Thanksgiving brings up fond memories of the dinner table piled high with delicious food, the family all gathered together, and the blissful snooze-fest after a full feast. However, the pièce de résistance of this favored holiday for many is, of course, the turkey.

But while countless websites and TV shows talk about creative and unconventional methods for preparing a turkey dinner, one place in particular puts a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving by bringing this iconic bird to the table in a whole new way.

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates thousands of farm animals from industrialized farming. Cows, chickens, pigs, and turkeys are allowed to roam free at one of the organization’s three shelters located in Orland and Acton in California, and Watkins Glen, New York. Each of the shelters offers guided tours and educational materials that highlight the realities of modern farming, as well as the animals’ stories of survival.

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