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Friday, December 5, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Dec. 6 to 12

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 6, to Friday, Dec. 12. 

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

The Festival of Lights is commemorated for eight days beginning Dec. 17. Enjoy special displays celebrating Hanukkah now through Dec. 31 at Central Library, La Pintoresca Branch Library and Linda Vista Branch Library during regular hours.

The Playhouse District's Merry, Merry Movie event Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 10 a.m., will include a free screening of "Arthur Christmas" (2011, PG) at the Laemmle Theater (popcorn included!) plus children's activities and photos with Santa. Be sure to click on the link for important details and instructions.

Festivities at South Lake's Holidayfest Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. will include carolers, live music, children's crafts, carriage rides, a scavenger hunt and more.  

Traditional and original music of the season by Los Angeles area songwriters will be performed Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Donald R Wright Auditorium at Central Library.
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film "The Polar Express" (2004, G) with the voices of Tom Hanks and Steven Tyler. See the movie plus enjoy a special Christmas train show Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.

The holiday literary festival and Christmas tree lighting at Allendale Branch Library Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. will include refreshments and a stellar roster of poets and authors who will explore the true meanings of the holidays in works ranging from irreverent to spiritual.

Enjoy the harmonies of indie folk rock group The Wild Reeds Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.There will be yummy treats and Santa will pop in for some impromptu photo opps.

Children can come for a visit with Santa and special treats Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Paseo Colorado

This week's film on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library is "The Christmas Candle" (2013, PG) starring Hans Matheson and Samantha Barks Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. In an enchanting English village, legend has it that every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle that creates a Christmas Eve miracle for whoever lights it.

Enjoy Random Acts of Music performed by a Pasadena Symphony string duo Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Everyone is invited to make requests and converse with the musicians. 

See up and coming comedians perform in rapid fire (four minutes each) on open mic night at The Ice House Comedy Club Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

Enjoy a staged reading of an adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Museum of History followed by a Q&A.

Mayor Bill Bogaard and the United Nations Association Pasadena Chapter will host a community event in honor of International Human Rights Day Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. International Day of Light and Light-based Technologies is the theme.

Help decorate the Christmas tree at Lamanda Park Branch Library Thursday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m. and enjoy treats and family fun.

"The Red Shoes" (1948) starring Moira Shearer and Anton Walbrook will be shown on the big screen in the Scott Pavilion at Pasadena Senior Center Friday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The Christmas tree lighting event at La Pintoresca Branch Library and La Pintoresca Park will include crafts, caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa Friday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  Festivities at Hastings Branch Library will be on the same day at the same time.

Photo credits: Time and Date, Freedown Wallpaper, South Lake Business Association, The Wild Reeds, IMDB, News 9, Noel Noel Noel, Crafts for Kids, WKVI.

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