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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Pasadena, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Pasadena, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Pasadena, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Pasadena, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Pasadena, CA

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Pasadena, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers Pasadena, CA

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Pasadena, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Pasadena, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Pasadena, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Pasadena, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Pasadena, CA?

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Get in the Spirit of the Holidays at South Lake Avenue’s HolidayFest

“HolidayFest! Shop, Dine & Win” is back at the South Lake Avenue District in Pasadena on Saturday, Dec. 3 – an all-day event offering activities between 12 and 5 p.m. to encourage community members and guests to support Pasadena local businesses.HolidayFest is how the South Lake Avenue District kicks off holiday shopping and dining every year, offering a diverse and festive mix of free live musical performances. Some of the bands lined up include Quitapenas, a tropical Afro-Latin combo; Dreaming of You, a Selena ...

“HolidayFest! Shop, Dine & Win” is back at the South Lake Avenue District in Pasadena on Saturday, Dec. 3 – an all-day event offering activities between 12 and 5 p.m. to encourage community members and guests to support Pasadena local businesses.

HolidayFest is how the South Lake Avenue District kicks off holiday shopping and dining every year, offering a diverse and festive mix of free live musical performances. Some of the bands lined up include Quitapenas, a tropical Afro-Latin combo; Dreaming of You, a Selena tribute band; and Las Cafeteras, a Chicano band from East Los Angeles that performs anything from Afro-Mexican to Americana, soul to “son jarocho,” and roots to rock and hip hop.

DJ William Reed, recognized as one of LA’s Best DJ’s by LA Weekly, will be spinning family-friendly beats at the venue all afternoon.

Live music will be performed at the Music Stage at Shops on Lake, at 345 S. Lake Ave.

HolidayFest! also features a Santa’s Village, a raffle draw, and holiday airbrush art at Macy’s, at 401 S. Lake Ave. A Holiday Artisan Market at The Commons, at 140 S. Lake Ave., will feature cooking and decorating demos by artisan makers. Also featured are a Winter Workshop with ornament-making and a sketch artist at Pasarroyo on 251 S. Lake Ave., and a Snow Globe station at Burlington Arcade, 396 S. Lake Ave.

New businesses that have recently opened on South Lake Avenue also welcome guests for HolidayFest, among them Marina Pasadena Restaurant, Gaucho Grill Argentine Steakhouse, Cycle Gear, Pasadena Hotel and Pool, Susie Cakes, Twinkle Tea, Gozen Shun Japanese, Restaurant, Sugared + Bronzed, Casper The Sleep Shop, Terra Outdoor Living, Peony Couture, Pasadena Weight Loss Center, One Life Yoga, Ms. Kawaii Eyelash Salon, NailBox Pasadena and Dentists of Pasadena on Lake, among others.

To play Shop, Dine & Win, purchase an item or dine at any of the South Lake Avenue businesses on Saturday between 12 and 5 p.m. Receipts must be dated Dec. 3. Purchases must be made in-person, not online. Once receipts have been submitted and verified, winning participants will be announced via an in-person raffle in the Macy’s Courtyard, at 345 S. Lake Ave. Raffle times are 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Entries do not rollover. If you don’t win, play again.

HolidayFest is presented by the South Lake Business Association.

For more information, visit www.southlakeavenue.org/holiday-shop-dine-win-on-south-lake-avenue. To see a directory of the businesses at South Lake Avenue District, visit www.southlakeavenue.org/directory.

Guests are encouraged to wear a face covering, wash your hands, watch your distance, and stay home if you are sick. To learn more regarding City of Pasadena guidance and protocols, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/covid-19/#guidance-faq-protocols.

Former Paralympic Team USA Swimmer, Pasadena Boys and Girls Club Alum Jamal Hill Talks About His Worldwide Push to Prevent Drowning

Paralympic swimmer Jamal Hill, once a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena and member of the 2018 Paralympic Team USA, will be guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, Nov. 30.The meeting at the University Club of Pasadena is open to the public. It is also accessible virtually.Hill is the founder of the Swim Up Hill Foundation, a movement dedicated to teaching millions of marginalized communities worldwide how to swim. Swim Up Hill focuses on reaching low- and middle-income communit...

Paralympic swimmer Jamal Hill, once a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena and member of the 2018 Paralympic Team USA, will be guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The meeting at the University Club of Pasadena is open to the public. It is also accessible virtually.

Hill is the founder of the Swim Up Hill Foundation, a movement dedicated to teaching millions of marginalized communities worldwide how to swim. Swim Up Hill focuses on reaching low- and middle-income communities of color that are at the greatest risk of drowning. To date, the organization has established partnerships across the United States, as well as international programs in Colombia, Portugal, and within countries in Northern Africa.

As a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Swimming Medalist for Team USA, Hill uses this global platform to provide swimming education resources, opportunities, and inspiration to millions around the world, including young people with disabilities.

Hill struggled with some basic movements as a boy. At age 10, Hill was hospitalized after becoming paralyzed when he got the flu. He was later diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, an inherited condition that causes nerve damage.

After the diagnosis, he and his family kept the condition secret, and he did not talk about it openly until after he switched to Paralympic swimming, encouraged by his coach, Wilma Wong.

“My disability isn’t something most people can see,” Hill said in September 2020 when he was already with Team USA. “I don’t fit the stigmatic view of disability, or what people may consider a Para athlete to be. When I joined the Paralympic movement, it allowed me to really own myself and my truth. I had really been hiding in the shadows and had never talked to anybody about my condition for 12 years, through competing at high school and college. I never wanted to be the guy who wanted to make any excuses.”

Now 27, Jamal Hill still trains at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena for at least five hours a day, five days a week. Out of the pool, he focuses on strength training, using resistance bands to do chest presses, dead lifts, and bent-over rows.

In 2021, Hill received the Cullen Jones Aquatic Athlete of the Year Award, presented by Diversity in Aquatics.

This September, he was named by the United Nations a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, one of 17 global young leaders selected for the 2022-2024 term.

To RSVP for Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting at the University Club, call (626) 683-8243 or email office@pasadenarotary.com.

To access the meeting via Zoom, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83134340493?pwd=OFlqb25BZ0hhQlJJaEdMQzJLQmJYUT09. The meeting ID is 831 3434 0493 and the pass code is 846541.

Despite Unprecedented Challenges, South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge Move Closer To Completing Self-Built Rose Parade Floats

Neighboring cities of South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge have been renowned for their self-built Rose Parade floats which have won them many awards through the years.But for the upcoming 2023 parade, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting funding challenges have put these local self-built float builders short on volunteers and cash, but not on passion and pride.In a first for the record, the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses said they were having trouble raising funds to build their 2023 float, which is...

Neighboring cities of South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge have been renowned for their self-built Rose Parade floats which have won them many awards through the years.

But for the upcoming 2023 parade, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting funding challenges have put these local self-built float builders short on volunteers and cash, but not on passion and pride.

In a first for the record, the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses said they were having trouble raising funds to build their 2023 float, which is called “Spark of Imagination.”

“We felt the crunch certainly, not probably to the need or to the level of Downey at this point, but the pandemic really affected all of us. We had multiple fundraisers that were in-person and we’ve been hosting a car show for many years. When we started, we were one of only three car shows in the whole San Gabriel Valley in October. It’s canceled indefinitely. We never recovered from it. That was one of our big fundraisers,” Brant Dunlap, Chair of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses told Pasadena Now in August.

Dunlap was referring to Downey, another city with a self-built float which was struggling to raise funds for their float and turned to their city council for help.

In September, the city council of Downey voted to donate $30,000 to the Downey Rose Float Association to go towards their 2023 parade float.

Thankfully, the situation has improved for the better since August and Dunlap said in a recent interview that this year’s float funding is complete.

“This year’s float funding is completed. I am not going to lie, we thought last year was pretty tough. This is equally as tough. Cost is outrageous and this could be our most expensive float we’ve ever built.”

Dunlap admitted that the pandemic has made it more and more difficult for cities with self-built floats. He said it has been a struggle trying to complete the roster of volunteers, and the costs have almost tripled compared to 2019.

“Roses have gone up threefold, steel and wood have more than doubled. So what would’ve been $60,000 to put a float down the road is now costing closer to $90,000,” he said.

‘Spark of Imagination’ – South Pasadena

“It’s basically about thinking out of the box, doing things that aren’t necessarily perfect, having some fun and learning why you’re doing it,” Dunlap said as he described the design of the float.

“We will have a couple of lab mice, and they’ll be doing experiments in the front of the float. And meanwhile in the back of the float, we’ll be having a house with some gears and a funky clock and boots flying around doing nothing, and spinning pinwheels. And that’s where the Rube Goldberg design will tie in as well.”

Named after a popular cartoonist in the 1920s, a Rube Goldberg design or machine is a chain reaction-type machine or contraption intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way.

Starting in June, volunteers have been helping build the core of the South Pasadena float. By the end of November, the float should be ready for the final floral decorations. Dunlap said the front deck has been completed, and over a week ago, they put up a giant magnifying glass with the words “Science Fair” written on the glass.

“South Pasadena Tournament of Roses is the oldest self-built float in the Rose Parade, having constructed and decorated their floats since 1893.”

‘There’s always enough, but there’s never enough’

In La Cañada Flintridge, Ernest J Koeppen, President of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, said fundraising is an ongoing challenge, but so far so good.

“We all experience it. We all have our patterns and our processes (for fundraising). It is probably the biggest challenge every year to keep that process current and new. We used to do monthly backyard events, and now we’re doing quarterly public events. We kind of spread the gamut and we’re trying to keep the public face of the float in front of the public all year long, as opposed to just showing up at the end of the year when people come out and decorate,” Koeppen elaborated.

When asked about volunteers, Koeppen said that they have a full board and ample people to build their float “Secondhand Shenanigans” on time. But, they always need more volunteers to keep up the standards of their inventive and creative self-built floats year after year.

“Like the fundraising, it comes and goes in waves as to how many people you have (to build),” Koeppen added.

‘Secondhand Shenanigans’ – La Cañada Flintridge

In August, Koeppen said construction of their 2023 float, “Secondhand Shenanigans,” is proceeding smoothly, with anywhere from eight to 12 volunteers working onsite on a typical day.

“If you look at the rendering of the float, you’ll see a picture of a child in the window of the house, looking outside. What he’s done is he’s moving on to school, to college, whatever his next phase of life is and has taken all of his old toys and old remnants and put them outside. And a rambunctious group of raccoons has come to take advantage of what the child’s movement in life is offering them, which is giving them something to play with and move on. So it’s all in the theme of moving forward in a positive direction,” Koeppen said about the design of the float.

“What is left behind by one is taken up by someone else.”

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association has been building floats for the Rose Parade since 1978.

In the 2022 Rose Parade, the city won the Crown City Innovation Award. The award was first given in 2008 and encourages risk-taking and new float building techniques that attract the crowd’s appreciation.

When La Canada Flintridge won the Crown City Innovation Award in January, they were only the second non-commercial float to ever win the award.

“We did go all out last year and pushed the boundaries and really pushed a lot of people to think it was worth it,” Koeppen said. “I mean, if you’re going to do this, go for it. Raise the expectation of the end game and raise all ships with the tide and the parade gets better. The show gets better for everybody.”

In his most recent interview, Koeppen told Pasadena Now that La Cañada Flintridge’s self-built float had passed the mechanical review by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

“We had no issues, no flags, and drove properly up and down the street, both the large float and the satellite. Passed with flying colors, which was a great milestone and made everybody happy.

Koeppen also gave an update about the construction of the float.

“The superstructure is done. So the primary house and the overall framework is about 99 and a quarter percent done. And now we’re starting on the mechanized and animatronic characters. The characters are largely done, probably in the 60%, but the mechanization is what’s being worked on now. The target is to have the body, the super structure foamed by Thanksgiving and the characters and mechanizations be done by then so that we can start mounting them after the foaming takes place. So tight schedule, but still on it.”

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Local Nonprofits Urge Pasadenans to Not Overlook Giving Tuesday

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Giving Tuesday, which is observed on Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a day of heightened generosity when people donate to their chosen charities.It was initiated in 2012 by Henry Timms, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Center in New York City, with the goal of encouraging people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.Local nonprofit organizations including Pasadena Human...

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Giving Tuesday, which is observed on Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a day of heightened generosity when people donate to their chosen charities.

It was initiated in 2012 by Henry Timms, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Center in New York City, with the goal of encouraging people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Local nonprofit organizations including Pasadena Humane, a community-supported animal resource center and Pasadena Senior Center, (PSC) a donor supported organization focused on improving the lives of older adults, are participating at this year’s Giving Tuesday.

Kevin McManus PR and Communications Manager at Pasadena Humane said Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for the animal loving community to show their support to Pasadena Humane’s lifesaving programs and services for animals.

According to McManus, every $1 donated to Pasadena Humane becomes $4.

“We have a really generous donor who’s going to basically make every dollar that is donated in the next five days count as $4 because it’s a huge matching campaign. So we’re really excited,” said McManus. “If we can raise $75,000 before the end of day on Tuesday, then it’s going to get triple matched basically.”

The money that will be raised by Pasadena Humane will be used to help provide food, shelter and medical care to animals in need.

The community has until midnight on Tuesday to donate to the nonprofit.

To donate, visit: https://give.pasadenahumane.org/give/440110/#!/donation/checkout

Aside from Pasadena Humane the community can also donate to the PSC.

Donations to the nonprofit will greatly benefit seniors in so many ways, Akila Gibbs, Executive Director at PSC said.

“We have to raise money to pay for all of our programs and we have over 50 programs that we offer on a weekly basis. And so that money really helps us,” Gibbs said.

“We have lots of programs, health lectures and a health fair – all of those things that are free to the community cost us money. So when we raise money like this, it can help us to continue to provide services like that and many others.”

According to Gibbs, Facebook will match PSC’s Giving Tuesday collections.

“If we were to raise $10,000, they would give us $10,000, which is really generous,” said Gibbs.

Click the link below to donate to the PSC:

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“Authentically Yours, Pasadena” Shines Spotlight on Small and Independent Businesses for Holiday Shopping Season

Welcome stations at Pasadena small businesses to distribute canvas shopping totesPASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena and Visit Pasadena have announced this year’s holiday season campaign, “Authentically Yours, Pasadena,” to celebrate small and independent local businesses. The campaign kicks off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, with welcome stations at small businesses across the city to inspire visitors and community...

Welcome stations at Pasadena small businesses to distribute canvas shopping totes

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena and Visit Pasadena have announced this year’s holiday season campaign, “Authentically Yours, Pasadena,” to celebrate small and independent local businesses. The campaign kicks off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, with welcome stations at small businesses across the city to inspire visitors and community members to shop small and dine local. Welcome stations will be stocked with canvas shopping totes, gifted on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Pasadena is lucky to have so many wonderful locally-owned shops and eateries that make this city a beloved gathering place for celebrations, special events, and seasonal festivities,” said Kristin McGrath, executive director of Visit Pasadena. “During this joyful season, we encourage visitors and our Pasadena community to support local talented makers and curators. Come experience Pasadena’s authentic, local flavor while shopping for gifts and dining out.”

“The ‘Authentically Yours, Pasadena’ campaign amplifies the people, places and great finds that give Pasadena its vibrancy and personal flavor,” said David Klug, City of Pasadena’s economic development director. “Shop small and dine local to discover the special connections and one-of-a-kind treasures found only when you #ShopPasadena.”

Welcome Station Locations

Civic Center Area FrenchiFornia, 247 E. Colorado Blvd.

College Commercial Area Daisy Mint, 1218 E. Colorado Blvd. Bubble Puff & Tea, 1543 E. Colorado Blvd.

East Washington Lavender & Honey, 1383 E. Washington Blvd. Southern Roots Gifts, 1387 E. Washington Blvd. Sidecca, 1389 E. Washington Blvd.

Hastings Commercial Area Good Luck Wine Shop, 3225 E. Foothill Blvd. Han’s Beauty Shoppe, 3644 Foothill Blvd.

HeArt (South Fair Oaks Health & Arts Commercial Area) Jones Coffee Roasters, 693 S. Raymond Ave. April Blooms, 14 E. Bellevue Dr. Cervecería Del Pueblo, 141 W. Bellevue Dr., Suite 100

Lamanda Commercial Area Colores de Mexico, 2493 E. Colorado Blvd. My Pet Garden, 2245 E. Colorado Blvd.

Lincoln Commercial Area Highlight Coffee, 2071 Lincoln Ave. Semolina Artisanal Pasta, 1976 Lincoln Ave.

North Lake Commercial Area Roma Market, 918 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena Roots, 867 E. Washington Blvd.

Old Pasadena Lather, 40 W. Colorado Blvd. MAUM General Store, 13 Douglas Alley Neon Retro Arcade, 28 S. Raymond Ave. Homage, 100 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Playhouse District Banter & Bliss Candle Co., 450 E. Colorado Blvd.Mercadito Monarca, 696 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 19 Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.

South Lake Avenue The Bee Cottage, 496 S. Lake Ave. Float Pasadena, 380 S. Lake Ave.

Walnut Commercial Area Pasadena Cyclery, 1670 E. Walnut St.

For more information about the “Authentically Yours, Pasadena” holiday shopping campaign, visit www.visitpasadena.com/shoplocal.

About the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nonprofit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a leading meeting, convention and leisure travel destination. With over 650 restaurants—more per capita than New York City—for guests to enjoy, including shopping and entertainment, Pasadena offers something for everyone. For more information about planning a trip to Pasadena, contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 307-7977 or visit www.visitpasadena.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @VisitPasadena.

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