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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 18 to 24

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, April 18, to Friday, April 24.

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

Children, tweens and teens are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month with upcoming activities!
  • Budding teen poets 13 to 18 are encouraged to recite their own poetry in a supportive setting Saturday, April 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
  • Children and tweens 9 and older will learn about different types of poetry and pick up tips on how to write their own poetry and create a poetry portfolio Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library
Enjoy a special concert of hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz performed by the Donavan/Muradian Quartet Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library.

People of all ages will enjoy playing rounds of Bingo with tasty treats Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at One Colorado for a chance to win great prizes from nearby shops and restaurants. It's all free with the exception of the final round, which is optional.

An LA Opera community educator will take guests on a journey through Patrick Morganelli's "Hercules vs. VampiresMonday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center (you do not have to be a member to attend). The modern work combines opera with mid-century pop culture, synchronizing opera singers and an orchestra with the 1961 cult film "Hercules in the Haunted World" in which the mythical hero must travel to Hades to retrieve the magic stone that will free his lover from the powers of darkness.

The Lancer Jazz Big Band will perform Tuesday, April 21, from noon to 1 p.m. on the West Patio at Pasadena City College's Center for the Arts (building CA on this map).

"The Sea Hawk" (1940, NR) starring Erroll Flynn and Brenda Marshall will be shown on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. A swashbuckling buccaneer is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to shake up the Spanish armada, but things don't go exactly as planned.

The documentary film "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" (2007, NR) will be shown Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Follow the making of a Steinway grand piano from forest floor to concert hall. Reservations are required

The PCC Gospel Choir will perform Thursday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. on the West Patio at the Center for the Arts (building CA on this map).

Children will celebrate Earth Week by creating a craft from recycled materials to keep for themselves or give to someone else Thursday April 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library. RSVPs are required at 626-744-7268.


An Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Villa-Parke Community Center will include education about recycling, composting and container gardening. Build a birdhouse, attend healthy cooking and salad-making demonstrations and have fun!

Join Bill and Claire Bogaard for a casual afternoon of music, art, children's activities, food trucks and more Saturday, April 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall in celebration of Mayor Bogaard's 16 years of service as Pasadena's first citywide elected mayor. Share your personal reflections by providing your messages here, dropping off notes and letters to any Pasadena public library or bringing them to the celebration.
Click here for more information about both events.

Many thanks to Playbuzz, Rochester Civic Theater, One Colorado, Pasadena Now, Warner Bros., Steinway Company.

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