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Friday, May 8, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events May 9 to 15

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, May 9, to Friday, May 15.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Come meet the dedicated men and women of the Pasadena Fire Department Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Pasadena fire stations will conduct open houses; at Fire Station 33, 515 N. Lake Ave., there will be demonstrations and activities including live vehicle burns, aerial ladder operations and much more.  

Now that the unmanned spacecraft Dawn has arrived at its second destination after a seven-year journey, celebrate the excitement of space exploration Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside and outside Beckman Auditorium (#91 on this map) with solar telescopes, children's activities, science and engineering presentations, booths representing various NASA missions and much more.

LitFest Pasadena returns Saturday, May 9, from noon to midnight with readings and salon-style author panels in the byways, book stores, wine bars, theaters, coffee houses and streets of the Playhouse District.

Teens are invited to Anime Afternoon Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Central Library. Enjoy the anime television series "Yakitate!! Japan," Japanese snacks and the newest manga in the library's collection.  

The Crown City Symphony will perform Brahms's Tragic Overture, Massenet's Scenes Pittoresque-Suite no. 4 and Weber's Clarinet Concerto Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Pasadena Christian Church, 789 N. Altadena Dr. and Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 74 N. Marengo Ave.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions, martial arts demonstrations and everything else the museum has to offer.

Mothers will be pampered Sunday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at One Colorado with mimosas, massages, music, photo booth fun and much more.

The Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles will perform  a special Mothers Day concert Sunday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Caltech's Dabney Lounge in Dabney Hall (#40 on this map) with works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.
Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff
Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff
Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff

L'Opera Chamber Players will perform Wednesday, May 13, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

"Time After Time" (1979, PG) starring Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to 20th century San Francisco after the serial murderer uses Wells's newly constructed time machine to escape his time period. Wells meets a local woman who helps him adjust and gets caught up in his unlikely story.

Children are invited to use their imaginations and create paper bag kites, then take them outside to soar through the air Thursday, May 14, at 3 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library.

"Annie" (2014, PG) starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx will be shown on the big screen Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A child who lives with a mean foster mom sees her life change when a business tycoon works out a scheme to adopt her.

The Pasadena Community Orchestra will perform Haydn's Symphony No 104 (London) and Lalo's Symphony Espagnole in D Minor, Op.21 Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Photo credits: yours truly, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, LitFest Pasadena, Fan Art, Crown City Symphony, Pacific Asia Museum, Dreamstime, Caltech, USC Pacific Asia Museum, WXXI, IMDB, Circle of Ideas, MXDWM, Pasadena Community Orchestra.

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