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Friday, April 10, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 11 to 17


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, April 11, to Friday, April 17.

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

The 15th annual Caltech Jazz Festival Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. outdoors at the Gates Annex (Building 26 on this map) will feature the Hollywood Youth Jazz All-Stars, Caltech Jazz Band and the Nick Broten Group.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the Japanese Cultural Festival including gallery exhibitions, Japanese folk music and dance performances, manga drawing, calligraphy activities and more. 

The opening reception for Pasadena-born and New York-based artist Robert Kushner's "Patois," an exhibition of more than 40 works, is scheduled Sunday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Offramp Gallery.  

Teens are invited to paint their own book boxes using acrylics and papier maché to resemble their favorite books or anything they want to create gifts or keepsakes Monday, April 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call 626-744-4246 to sign up. All materials will be provided.

The award-winning Concitato 415 trio will perform Wednesday, April 15, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

"The Mark of Zorro" (1940, NR), starring Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A young aristocrat disguises himself to become a champion of the oppressed and restore justice in early California.

People of all ages, from children to seniors, will get inspired by nature and create their own unique mobiles using sticks, feathers, shells and other objects Thursday, April 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. All materials will be provided.

You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "Titanic" (1997, PG-13) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the big screen in the Scott Pavilion there Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. A young, engaged woman falls in love with a poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated RMS Titanic.

Take a tour of the Tournament House any Thursday at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. through Aug. 27. Owned by the City of Pasadena, the former Wrigley Estate is home to the Tournament of Roses Association. A docent will lead you through the 18,500-square-foot Italian Renaissance mansion built in 1906. In addition to 21 magnificent rooms, you'll see displays related to Rose Bowl Games, Rose Queens and their Courts and plenty of historic memorabilia, from football trophies to tiaras. Then visit the adjacent Wrigley Gardens with 1,500 varieties of roses.

Photo credits: Foods 4 Better Health, Sam in Japanland, Live Auctioneers, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, 20th Century Fox, IMDB, Tournament of Roses.


  1. Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll visit Offramp.

  2. Yay! Thanks for this great list.
    I guess I'm too old for the book box thingy.