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Friday, May 27, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 28 to June 3

Here are free events for May 28 to June 3.

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

The California Senior Games Championships, featuring fierce athletes ages 50 to 90+ competing in nearly 30 sporting events from archery to volleyball, are ongoing through June 26. Come cheer them on!

Meet in front of the Eaton Canyon Nature Center for the guided Family Nature Walk Saturday, May 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Walking shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat are recommended.

Children ages 9 to 12 will use sweet ingredients to create candy sushi Tuesday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

In celebration of LIGO and the 100th anniversary of gravitational waves, a multimedia concert by composer/percussionist Andrea Centazzo Tuesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Caltech's Ramo Auditorium (inside Building #77 on this map) will be accompanied by personal stories of discovery by leading scientists. Although the event is free, tickets are required from the Caltech Ticket Office (first come, first served).

What Happens Next? Paintings by Joan Rita Pounds will be on view from Wednesday, June 1, to Sunday, July 31, in the Fireplace Lounge at the Pasadena Senior Center. Pounds was a successful portrait photographer when she became disabled more than 20 years ago and her ability to walk, talk and perform fine motor skills became limited. She reinvented herself as an artist, holding a paintbrush in her fist, and her works are included in a new book titled "What Happens Next?" with children's stories and illustrations. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see the paintings.

Sunny Tales: Down by the Seaside Wednesday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to noon at Pasadena Museum of History will feature a storyteller regaling tales about the sea to preschool-age children in the Finnish Folk Art Museum followed by each child creating a nautical craft to take home.

The Encore Saxophone Quartet will perform Wednesday, June 1, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

This month's Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum is Wednesday, June 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. Children will celebrate the coming summer by making flower crowns, creating their own sun dials, listening to folk tales about the cosmos inside the Star Lab inflatable planetarium and enjoying a special 6 p.m. performance.

Don't be a bystander during a cardiac emergency! The Pasadena Fire Department and Huntington Hospital will sponsor Sidewalk CPR Day Thursday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Garfield Promenade (street level) at Paseo Colorado. Practicing on mannequins, you'll learn the basics and proper techniques of hands-only CPR, then you'll be able to receive certification,

A new load of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street-tree trimmings will be available beginning Friday, June 3, at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Victory ParkBring your own shovel, container and gloves anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The mulch supply is replenished once a month from February to October and is available to Pasadena residents only.

Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month. On Friday, June 3, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture, Brett Weston: Significant Details and Kat Hutter and Roger Lee: Another California Day plus everything else the museum has to offer.

"Joy" (2015, PG-13) starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro will be shown Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The film is based on the true story of a young woman who founds a business dynasty despite betrayal inside and outside her family. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The first Friday of every month is Free Admission Night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, June 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Drawing, Dreaming and Desire: Works on Paper by Sam Francis and Duchamp to Pop as well as everything else the museum has to offer.

Photo credits: Today, Pasadena Star-News, Sweet Lil You, Andrea Centazzo, Joan Rita Pounds, Fave Crafts, Encore Saxophone Quartet, Kidspace Children's Museum, Sarasota Eventful, Gardening Know How, Crocker Art Museum, Twentieth Century Fox, Norton Simon Museum.

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