Pasadena Greek Festival returns to Santa Anita Park

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Leave your bags behind and take a quick trip to Arcadia from Sept. 16 to 18 for a taste of Grecian culture with the return of the Pasadena Greek Festival. 

The weekend will include entertainment from the “Olympians,” visual art, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live cooking demonstrations, a live wine chat, Greek folk dancing and lectures about the country’s history and religion, as well as a kid’s fun zone with carnival games, rides and prizes. 
Festival hours are from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 16; noon to 1 a.m. on Sept. 17; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sept. 18. Admission is $5 and children under 12 years old are free. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Park. 
For more details, call 626-600-1672 or visit www.pasadenagreekfest.org. 

(Photo courtesy by pasadenagreekfest.org)

Arcadia’s WWII history and the Santa Anita Assembly Center

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There’s a new exhibit at the Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum that offers up a dark and lesser-known side of the city’s past for examination.

In the 1940s, Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park was the location of a temporary assembly center for Japanese and Japanese Americans, before they were sent to live in internment camps throughout the United States during World War II.

Museum curator Dana Dunn told the Star-News: “You’d be surprised at how many people have no idea that this happened.” From the report by Michelle J. Mills:

Dunn read and was told in interviews that the camp was a clean, organized and a strict place to live. People were told to bring a coat and were allowed few possessions.

“They had the guards up in the towers with guns and barbed wire all around you. You can’t leave and you’re there in the summertime and there’s no insulation in the building,” Dunn said. …

“The one story I hear a lot is about the guards in the tower at night. If you wanted to get up and go to the bathroom, you could do that but the spotlight would hit you, and they’d follow you with the spotlight all the way to the bathroom. You’d go in the bathroom, and when you came out the spotlight was there, and they followed you all the way back,” Dunn said.

There was also an assembly center at Pomona’s Fairplex.

In the photo at top, a child arrives at the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia. More photos below.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. Osamu Miyamoto, Akkiko Nomura and other guests will speak on the Santa Anita Assembly Center.

“Only What We Could Carry: The Santa Anita Assembly Center” runs through Jan. 16. 10 a.m.-4 p.m Tuesday-Saturday. Closed on holidays. Open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31. 380 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia. Admission is free.

Japanese Americans read a poster ordering them to prepare
to be sent to assembly centers across the United States.
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A train leaves the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia,
headed for one of the relocation centers in the United States.
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(Photos courtesy the Arcadia Historical Museum)

America’s Next Topless Model: Photo shoot at Santa Anita more tame than scandalous

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Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Park’s director of community service, gave an interview to the Star-News about the recent airing of an “America’s Next Top Model” episode that featured the model-contestants posing “topless” with a racing horse and jockey.

“I was hoping no one in America was watching — I’ve had a rough day today,” Siberell said of the calls that flooded in after the latest episode of supermodel/talkshow host Tyra Banks’ campy reality show aired. “It’s something I regret. It was awful.”

Poor Pete. While you can feel the heat of his blushing over the head-desk moment just by reading his comments, we really don’t think the photo shoot is worth the hubbub.

The models’ relevant anatomy is all decently covered in the photos, a la a long-locked Lady Godiva. After all, this was a professional fashion shoot suitable for 8 o’clock, prime time television — not Skinemax.

It’s much less of a travesty than, say, this dreadful ANTM shoot.

Judge for yourself. You can see more of the photos, all courtesy of The CW, at the ANTM Web site.

(As a side note: We think the gal in the photo below is a dead ringer for some dark fiend we’ve seen on Goths in Hot Weather. Eh? Eh?)

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