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Friday, October 17, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Oct. 18 to 24


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct 18, to Friday, Oct. 24.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!   



Bring a picnic to Pasadena Community Gardens Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, children's activities, garden tours and more. Yvonne Savio will be honored for her continued support of community gardens throughout L.A. County.

L.A. electronic indie group Say Say will perform Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado

If you've never been to the elegant headquarters of the Carnegie Observatories -- and even if you have -- don't miss the annual open house Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 5 p,m. Meet the astronomers, learn about exciting discoveries underway, view the sun through a solar telescope, visit the machine shop to see how instruments are built for the Carnegie telescopes, enjoy the beautiful courtyard with refreshments and live music, and much more.


Photographer Robert Dawson will discuss his experiences documenting libraries throughout the nation and present photos from his collection Monday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.

Francesca Lia Block, the 2014 writer in residence at Pasadena City College, will lead writing workshops Tuesday, Oct. 21, at noon at PCC and Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. The workshops will provide focused instruction and practice in the craft of storytelling, from basic writing concepts to character and conflict development. These events are open to the public; you do not have to be a student at PCC or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

This week's free movie in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library is "Ghost Town" (2008, PG-13) Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. starring Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear. A man who dies suddenly and then is revived wakes up to discover he has the annoying ability to see ghosts.


Admission to USC Pacific Asia Museum is free the fourth Friday of every month. On Friday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions "A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century," "Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma" and everything else the museum has to offer.

Celebrate healthy living with fun and informative activities at Pasadena Public Health Department's Food Day Festival in the parking lot adjacent to the building Friday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, games, prizes, food demonstrations. healthy eating, fun physical activities, a community health forum and more.


If you've always wanted to witness a presidential inauguration, now's your chance! In this case it's incoming Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum,, who will be the ninth leader of the institution. The ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at Beckman Auditorium. (building 91 on this map).

SAVE THE DATE!

The Latino Heritage Parade Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will begin at Los Robles Avenue and Howard Street and end at La Pintoresca Park with a festival that will include art exhibits, historical displays, entertainment and much more.


Photo Credits: Prudential Texas Properties, Say Say, Carnegie Observatories, Robert Dawson, IMDB, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Public Health Department, Caltech, Latino Heritage.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mystery History -- Solved!


Liz wins with her 10:07 a.m. Tuesday guess "Building that overland bike path that went through Pasadena?"

In the 1899 photo above, wealthy Pasadena resident Horace Dobbins (in dark suit at right) watches over construction of the elevated wooden bicycle highway that would soon be named after him. At the time Dobbins was a member of the Board of City Directors (known today as the City Council).

In Pasadena and throughout the nation, bicycling had become wildly popular before the turn of the century.

Here are photos of the Pasadena Bicycle Club taking a break during one of their rides in 1887, Arthur P. Smith (front) on a tandem with a friend and Dr. Hiram Reid (an early Pasadena pioneer) and his wife Rachael cycling to church with their grandchildren in 1895.




With about 30,000 bicyclists in the L.A. area, Dobbins had an early vision for a tollway -- 10¢ one way and 15¢ round trip -- that would begin in Pasadena, go past South Pasadena and Highland Park and end in downtown Los Angeles at the Plaza on Olvera Street. He and former California Gov. Henry Markham, a Pasadena resident, incorporated the California Cycleway Company in 1897 and construction began two years later. 

The first mile and a quarter of the Dobbins Bikeway, from near the Hotel Green to Raymond Hill, opened on Jan. 1, 1900.

 
Dobbins would become chairman (now known as mayor) of the Board of City Directors that same year. Here is his photo from the Hall of Mayors:



Here are a couple of additional photos. Note the toll booth at the lower end of the first photo.



The reason the bikeway was elevated was to provide a flat, fast and scenic route for bicyclists so they could avoid obstacles such as creeks, railroad tracks and roads rutted by wagon wheels. 

Here is a portion of the bikeway in 1900 at Bellevue and Raymond behind the Pasadena Grand Opera House:


Unfortunately the completed bikeway never made its way to downtown Los Angeles. In fact, the only portion that was completed went from the Hotel Green in Pasadena to the Raymond Hotel in South Pasadena.  

A new invention -- the horseless carriage -- caused the demise of the bikeway.

Dobbins used the bikeway as a backdrop as he posed on his new-fangled Oldsmobile -- a photo opp he may have lived to regret!


Pasadena has been a bicycle-friendly city for well over 100 years. You can learn more about current City of Pasadena bicycle programs here



Many thanks to Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Highland Park Blog and U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mystery History


Where are we? And what's happening?


The first person to guess correctly will win lunch with me -- I'll buy yours and you'll buy mine.

Remember, leave your brief guess as a comment on this blog post but don't try to give the entire back story (that's my job).


I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Oct. 11 to 17

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 11, to Friday, Oct. 17.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 
 

A 50+ career fair and workshops Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center will feature representatives from private companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations who will connect with those looking for part-time and full-time work, plus workshops on resume writing, job searching, interviewing skills, starting your own business and a motivational session. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.


Some of Southern California's best visual artists will showcase their works in a juried art festival during Pasadena ARTWalk Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Playhouse District. ARTWalk also includes live entertainment, hands-on activities for all ages and free admission to the USC Pacific Asia Museum
 

The annual Open House at Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11, and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the theme Welcome to Our Universe, the event will take visitors through the wonders of space.


Teens are invited to Anime Afternoon Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Central Library. Enjoy the Sengoku Collection, Japanese snacks and the newest manga in the library's collection.   

Fishtank Ensemble will perform Turkish, Romanian and Gypsy music Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

 
Bring your family and friends to One Colorado and choose your own masks and props, then stage your tableau in a fun photo booth and enjoy tunes spun by a DJ Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Teen Read Week for ages 13+ is Oct. 12 to 18 with a series of themed programs and activities including Turning Dreams into Reality, Book Swap, Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years? and YA Book Club.

Join Pasadena firefighters in forming a sea of pink around the Rose Bowl Stadium Monday, Oct, 13, during a gentle lap around the 3.3-mile Rose Bowl Loop for breast cancer awareness. Register in front of the stadium's neon sign at 7:30 a.m.; the walk will begin at 8 a.m. 

Students from Westridge School for Girls will join volunteers 50+ to help maintain the grounds of the Pasadena Senior Center Monday, Oct. 13, Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, call 626-675-6706 or email raulm@pasadenaseniorcenter.org. Bring your own gardening tools and gloves. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to participate. 

Elementary-aged children 6 and older will love reading to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

This week's free film in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library is "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) starring Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney and George Sanders Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.. In 1900 a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a special relationship with the ghost.

PUSD's annual College Fair and Career Pathways Showcase is Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Meet admissions representatives from about 100 public and private colleges and universities, get your questions answered about financial aid and learn how to write a stellar college essay and navigate the application process. 

 
We all know the three classical states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. But what is a quantum state of matter, where do we find it and what is it good for? David Hsieh, assistant professor of physics at Caltech, will provide the answers Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. at Beckman Auditorium. (building 91 on this map).

The 2012 documentary film "Justice for my Sister" by award-winning filmmaker Kimberly Bautista will be shown by the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center. The screening, part of YWCA's Week Without Violence, chronicles the unstoppable determination of one woman to see that her sister's murder does not go unpunished.

"Hairspray" (2007, PG) starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Nikki Blonsky will be shown Friday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. Teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

SAVE THE DATE!

If you've never been to the elegant headquarters of the Carnegie Observatories -- and even if you have -- don't miss the annual open house Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. Meet the astronomers, learn about exciting discoveries underway, view the sun through a solar telescope, visit the machine shop to see how instruments are built for the Carnegie telescopes, enjoy the beautiful courtyard with refreshments and live music and much more. RSVP by Oct. 14 to rsvp@obs.carnegiescience.edu or 626-304-0250.


Photo credits: Clovis Senior Center, Playhouse District Association, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Fishtank Ensemble, One Colorado, Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange, Pasadena Now, Daft Daisies, Analia Saban, Black and White Movies, C. Michelle Styles, Phys.Org,  Latin Heat Entertainment, Outlandish, Astronomy Now.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Oct. 4 to 10


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 4, to Friday, Oct. 10.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!


Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall will be transformed into an outdoor concert space Saturday, Oct. 4, for Music Under the Stars, the annual gift to the community from the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. The orchestras will be joined by the JPL Chorus for a celebration of music from Broadway, the movies and the Great American Songbook. Bring a lawn chair and come as early as 5:30 p.m. for family fun (bring a picnic or purchase dinner from gourmet food trucks); the 90-minute concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Jimetta Rose will perform soul, jazz and R&B Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, from, 4 to 8 p.m. is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. You and your children will explore legends and myths of different cultures with constellation creation, mythological monster mug shots and monster mouth-making. A sleight-of-hand magic show will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

This week's film in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library is "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993, PG-13) starring Robin Williams and Sally Field Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. A divorced father disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children.

The next supply of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street tree trimmings will be available Friday, Oct. 10, at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Victory Park. Bring your own shovels, containers and gloves anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The mulch is available to Pasadena residents only. This is the final opportunity until February 2015.


Enjoy an evening of art, music, dance, drama and more when ArtNight Pasadena returns Friday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. Nearly 20 of Pasadena's most prominent arts and cultural institutions will open their doors for free! Hop on/hop off shuttles at every venue will take you door to door, or you can drive, ride your bike or amble at your own speed. Here's the lineup:

* A celebration of nature and art, a workshop with the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and more at Kidspace Children's Museum
* A glimpse into China's dramatic cultural changes through art from the 1960s to 1980s at USC Pacific Asia Museum
* A rotating lineup of dance artists from the greater L.A. area at ARC (A Room to Create) Pasadena  
* ArtNight shuttles and musical entertainment at Pasadena City Hall
* ARTrhythm at Paseo Colorado with a Peruvian trio, African rhythms and steel drummers
* Contemporary Masters IV and live music at Pasadena Museum of History 
* Current exhibitions with music by Buddy Zapata at Armory Center for the Arts 
* Displays and videos of Jackie and Mack Robinson plus music by Roscoe Lee Owens JazzZone at Jackie Robinson Center 
* Faculty art exhibition, live music performances and more at Boone Family Gallery at Pasadena City College's Center for the Arts
* Freewaves: Question the Projection at Sidestreet Projects 
* Iron works and abstract paintings by Luis Ituarte and abstract landscape and figure paintings by Parvis Payghamy at Aahoo Art Gallery
* Jess and Robert Duncan's lifelong artistic partnership, feminist photography and the Kosmic Krylon Garage at Pasadena Museum of California Art
* Luminosity presented by Light Bringer Project at Day One featuring mammal and ice sculptures, creative works from Room 13’s student-driven studios, an exhibition of African American prints, a drawing-with-light experience, music, edibles and much more. 
* Make prints with DIY screen printers and join the Monster Mash-up workshop at artWORKS Teen Center
* Meet local authors, artists and storybook characters and enjoy musical performances, craft making, comics creators and more at Pasadena Central Library
* Music, Shakespeare and dance at Lineage Performing Arts Center 
MUSE/IQUE at The Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park
* Open house at Norton Simon Museum
* REALSPACE at Art Center College of Design's Williamson Gallery featuring artists who explore the same natural world that scientists study
Seventh annual art show featuring Southern California visual artists at Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Sing-along show tunes and "Kiss Me, Kate" art exhibition at the Pasadena Playhouse
* Still life paintings, indoor and outdoor sculpture, wall hangings and live music at Offramp Gallery

SAVE THE DATE!

Some of Southern California's best visual artists will showcase their works in a juried art festival during Pasadena ARTWalk Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Playhouse District. ARTWalk also includes live entertainment, hands-on activities for all ages and free admission to the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

The annual Open House at Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11, and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the theme Welcome to Our Universe, the event will take visitors through the wonders of space.


Photo credits: Ann Erdman, Bandcamp, Kidspace Children's Museum, IMDB, Garden Splendor, ArtNight Pasadena, Playhouse District Association, JPL

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mystery History -- Solved!

I stumped everyone this week, which means the next Mystery History photo will be easier to identify.

In the 1923 photo above, a couple looks at a brand new car that would be raffled off for 50¢ a ticket during a Pasadena Elks Lodge carnival at the then-vast Tournament Park.

I don't know the make or model of the car. Anybody?

The carnival included rides, a sideshow...




...a trained chimp named Consul the Wonder...


...bathing beauties...


...and pony cart rides.


Tournament Park was simply called the Town Lot until the City of Pasadena changed the name in 1900 in commemoration of Tournament of Roses activities that took place there until the Rose Bowl Stadium opened in 1922.

Those New Year's Day activities, attended by thousands, included the famous chariot races...


...college football (this is the 1902 Michigan vs. Stanford game)...


...and the parade (this one was in 1893).


The park was donated a few years later to Caltech by the City of Pasadena. Caltech soon expanded its campus south, across the street on California Boulevard, to include a track stadium, baseball stadium and more, which gobbled up most of the acreage at Tournament Park. It is now a small neighborhood park.

Back to that carnival that started this post, here is the iconic Elks Lodge on Colorado Boulevard in 1936...


...and in more recent times:



 Photo credits: Pasadena Public Library, Huntington Library, Chris and Kevin.