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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 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.


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 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.

1 comment:

  1. Tooo much to do, I can't decide. What a great place we live in! I'd like you to do a post about what there is for tourists to do in Pasadena on Tuesdays. because I was at the Brown Bag Lunch at the Gamble House last Tuesday along with quite a few tourists from out of town who had found that the short Gamble tour was the only thing open. They were here just for the day, staying in local hotels, and were disappointed that both the Norton Simon and Huntington Library were shut. My friend recommended the Griffith Observatory for the rest of their afternoon.