All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Have you ever grown a seriously delicious tomato, squash or bean? Master gardener Yvonne Savio will tell you how to save and sow seeds from your best veggies Saturday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
Assemblyman Chris Holden's annual block party on his street Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature live music, children's activities, free hot dogs grilled by Pasadena police officers, community resource tables and much more.
Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge include the following (and much more!):
- For adults: Traveling to France? Learn simple phrases Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
- For teens: Monopoly tournament with lunch and refreshments Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. on the west patio at Pasadena Central Library.
- For children: Enjoy percussion instruments and discover your inner rhythm Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. in the Donald R.. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library.
- Download Pasadena Public Library's summer newsletter for the full Summer Reading Club schedule.
The Dive-In Movie Fest at the Robinson Park pool continues Saturday, July 26, at 7 p.m. with "Space Jam" (1996, PG) starring Michael Jordan and Bill Murray. Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game against aliens from another planet.
The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961) based on the Edgar Allen Poe tale and starring Vincent Price and John Kerr Saturday, July 26, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A man travels to Spain to learn how his wife died and encounters his insane brother-in-law. Music will begin and food will be available for sale at 7 p.m.
The Four Preps will perform their famous '50s doo-wop songs Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner in the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "Lover Come Back" (1961) starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day Saturday, July 26, at 8:30 p.m. in Hugus Alley at One Colorado. When an advertising executive steals a client from his rival, she tries to beat him at his own game.
In celebration of National Ice Cream month, stop by the courtyard at One Colorado Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. for a free treat.
The Summer Jazz Concert Series in the Playhouse District continues with the Afrotango Ensemble Sunday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.
Pete Escovedo and his group will perform Latin Jazz Sunday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase food at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "Gimme Gimme Octopus" (1973 to '74) Sunday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. This children's TV show featuring live action and special effects aired two years on Japanese TV and each episode is less than three minutes long. Tokora is a red octopus who wants everything he sees. The title in Japanese is "Kure Kure Takora."
The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents the final movie of the season, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958), starring Kerwin Mathews and Kathryn Grant Sunday, July 27, at 8:30 p.m. in Central Park. When a princess is shrunk by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. Music will begin and food will be available for sale at 7 p.m.
La Casita del Arroyo, our historic community meeting house designed by Myron Hunt and built in 1932, has been undergoing extensive renovations since February, including restoration of the historic bicycle velodrome wood paneling. The grand reopening is Tuesday, July 29, at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform a classical music program Tuesday, July 29, at 6 p.m. in the Gold Shell at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase food at the BBQ snack bar.
La Pintoresca Teen Education Center's Super Hero Film Festival for ages 12 to 18 continues with "Iron Man 2" (2010, PG-13) starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow Wednesday, July 30, at 5 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.
Steve Songs will perform music for children (and everyone) Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase food in the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Twentieth century crime fiction in California will be discussed by local crime novelists Denise Hamilton, author of Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2; Julie Rivett, editor of Return of the Thin Man; Judith Freeman, author of The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved; and Tom Nolan, author of Ross Macdonald: A Biography Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library.
Upstream will perform Caribbean music Thursday, July 31, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase food at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (2013, PG-13) starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will be shown Thursday, July 31, at 8 p.m. outdoors at Paseo Colorado. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
The next supply of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street tree trimmings will be available Friday, Aug. 1, 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. Mulch is replenished once a month through October and is available to Pasadena residents only.
Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 1, see the current exhibitions "June Wayne: Paintings, Prints and Tapestries" and "Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena" as well as everything else the museum has to offer.
The first Friday of every month is free admission night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. see the current special exhibitions "In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art in the Himalayas" and "Face It: The Photographic Portrait" as well as everything else the museum has to offer.
The Dive-In Movie Fest at the Villa-Parke Community Center pool continues with "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (2013, PG) with the voice talent of Neil Patrick Harris and James Caan Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. Flint Lockwood has to save his town when he learns his most infamous machine is churning out food-animal hybrids.
Dustbowl Revival will perform Americana music Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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