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Friday, June 6, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 7 to 13

Here are my top picks for events scheduled from Saturday, June 7, to Friday, June 13.

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

Make Music Pasadena will feature 150 concerts rotating on stages throughout Old Pasadena, the Civic Center area (including the patio at Pasadena Central Library) and the Playhouse District Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. See road closures here.

Teens are invited to an afternoon of anime, socializing and Japanese snacks Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Pasadena Central Library. This month's anime selection is "Blessing of the Campanella." What happens when a meteor shower gets a little too close to a group of viewers? And who is that strange girl found in the closet afterwards?

Young musicians will perform in recital Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. in room 300 at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Come hear what this sterling young talent has to offer.

The Pasadena Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge begins Saturday, June 7, and continues all summer long with plenty of activities for children, teens and adults. When you click on the link you'll see tabs for each age group.

Pianist/organist Christine Azzoni Dow will perform Wednesday, June 11, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon concert series.

The Academy Award-winning film "Rain Man" (1998, R) starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise will be shown in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library Wednesday, June 11, at 1 p.m. A self-absorbed yuppie hustles his autistic savant brother out of an institution for a cross-country road trip.,

You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "August: Osage County" (2013, R) there Friday, June 13, at 1 p.m. starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor. A family tragedy brings strong-willed women back to the Oklahoma home where they grew up.

Come see what remarkable athletes are made of! With more than 30 competitive events from archery to volleyball, the Pasadena Senior Games are the Southern California qualifying events for the California Senior Games Championships, the winners of which will compete in the National Senior Games in 2015. The Pasadena Senior Games are ongoing through June 29 at venues here and throughout the greater L.A. area. 


More than 600 artists will trade canvas for pavement as they create murals ranging from whimsical to classical during the Pasadena Chalk Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, at Paseo Colorado. Come both days to see the remarkable works in progress from start to finish. 

Photo credits: Buzz Bands L.A., Anime News Network, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Framingham Public Schools, Christine Azzoni Dow, Fan Pop, Spry, Red Bubble.

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