Virtual Wine Tasting Night

Join SPEF and local business Mission Wines as we explore a collection of fine wines.

South Pasadena’s very own Mission Wine’s will guide you on a virtual wine journey. We will explore three different types of wine, appreciating their appearance, aroma, flavors, structure, and finish.


Nicole’s and Heirloom will be providing fine cheeses and tastes to complete the experience.

There are many reasons to celebrate with wine.

  • Date night with your significant other
  • A virtual night out with friends
  • A special gift to a local friend or family member
  • A gift to your child’s teacher or principal

Visit The Wine Tasting Events Page To Sign Up Today


Virtual Trivia Night

Put on your thinking caps, and get ready for a night of interactive fun.

The South Pasadena Educational Foundation is presenting a 2nd virtual trivia night from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 26. The online event is a fundraiser for all five South Pasadena public schools.

SPEF is working with Trivia LA to host the competition. Four rounds of general trivia will last about 90 minutes.

A person can play alone or on a team. While there is no maximum number of players, it is recommended that a team have no more than eight members.

To play, a host from Trivia LA will first ask each of the questions verbally. Individual players and teams will have an electronic form containing the questions and blank spaces, where they can fill in answers and to email them to the host. Teams will be placed into breakout rooms to discuss and answer questions together, in private.

SPEF will give out spirit awards for energy and enthusiasm. We are looking for funny team names, fantastic team costumes, and zany Zoom backgrounds. Our winners of trivia night will receive bragging rights in the community and fancy SPEF swag.

The competition is open to everyone. You do not have to be a South Pasadena resident to play. Children may play, although the questions are geared toward adults, so the game may not be interesting for students.

The cost is $20 for a single player and $95 for a team.

To sign up before Feb. 24 and for more information go to Or send an email to if you have questions.

Fall Fund Drive 2020

A gift to SPEF will benefit students at all five South Pasadena public schools. SPEF’s annual fall fund drive, happening again this year, is a convenient way for you to help all students in the school district.


In October, every family in the district will receive a fundraising phone call, unless you have already given, and a follow-up email from a SPEF volunteer.

In November, we will show our thanks by placing our lively orange-and-black yard signs all over town. Please join us; any amount you can give is welcome. We can’t do this without you.

Find out more here. 

Food For Thought – September 24


It is less than a week away so you should be planning out your entire day now! 19 of our local restaurants have agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds for the day back to SPEF. This money will go towards supporting the educational excellence in our South Pasadena schools.

Make sure to take a photo of you, friends, and family as your are out there and don’t forget to tag SPEF4kids in the photo – we want to see your out and about having fun ALL DAY!



Google Expedition Virtual Reality – Parti Gras Paddle Raise

Gone are the old days of just looking at boring pictures in a book – that is so 1980’s!  What better way to learn about the Egyptian pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef or the Taj Mahal than actually going there?  Google Expeditions takes our tech-savvy students of the 21st century beyond mere video clips to an immersive curricular experience.  The teacher acts as a guide and leads explorers using 360-degree and interactive 3D images while students wear special virtual reality goggles, allowing the students to be actively engaged in their learning rather than passively reading from a textbook or following a PowerPoint presentation.

For the past two years, Google Expeditions has been used in classrooms across the country to extend learning and help students experience the world in new ways. They can take over 700 virtual field trips all over the world, gain exposure to new career paths and learn about social impact initiatives happening around the globe.  Science teachers can bring cells to life in Inside A Cell, while counselors can help students visit colleges or go on career expeditions by walking in the footsteps of those that do the job.  Students can also be a part of history by walking the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail or be among those fighting for a woman’s right to vote in the Women’s Suffrage in the United States expedition.

Immersion virtual reality is the next frontier in education, and thanks to the generous donations made during the 2018 Parti Gras Paddle, SPEF was able to purchase virtual reality goggles for the students of South Pasadena!

SPEF Food For Thought 2018- Thank You!

SPEF‘s Food for Thought fundraiser on Oct. 17 was a great success — for local restaurants, diners and our school district. Parents and community members turned out in impressive numbers to enthusiastically drink and eat their way through town from early morning to late evening, all in support of our schools and our kids.
“We could not have done it without the 24 local restaurants and tea shops that participated this year, as well as the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce,” said Larry Abelson, who co-chaired the Food for Thought effort this year with Alex Kung, adding, “A huge thank you to all of them for their partnership and support.”
Our local eateries were excited to see all those parents and kids come out to support the cause, so it looks like we will have some exciting food and beverage additions to Parti Gras 2019! Food for Thought is proving to be a win-win-win: a great way to energize our town, drive business to our local restaurants, and raise money for excellence and innovation in our schools.