Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 23.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Everybody loves to meet firefighters and see big, red fire engines up close. Come to an open house at Fire Station 34 (Del Mar Boulevard just east of Holliston Street) Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. Pasadena Fire Department personnel will lead tours, showcase fire trucks and special equipment, provide disaster preparedness information and much more.
This is Constitution Week! On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Library, exhibits will include women involved n the American Revolution; members of the Martin Severance Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will staff an information table near the circulation desk where they'll provide free gift bags, each with a pocket-size U.S. Constitution, small American flag, U.S. Flag Code and Pledge of Allegiance bookmark; at 1 p.m. everyone will be invited to take turns ringing bells throughout the first floor in celebration of Bells Across America, a national commemoration of Constitution Week.
Learn about the artists and architects who incorporated their ideas for the Arts and Crafts movement into the Arroyo Culture movement and how iconic landmarks such as The Gamble House continue to endure Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library.
An open house celebrating the 25th anniversary of A Noise Within Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include backstage tours, a sneak peek at the rehearsal process, visits with actors and the creative team, and more. Reservations are required (click on the link above).
The third annual Pasadena Loves YA teen book festival Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at Central Library will feature nearly two dozen Young Adult genre authors in panel discussions, Q&A and book signings plus light refreshments and more. Teens may arrive as early as 11 a.m.
Singer/songwriter Glen Phillips will perform Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Constitution Week continues Monday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library where an information table will be staffed by members of the Martin Severance Chapter of DAR who will provide gift bags containing a pocket-size U.S. Constitution, a small American flag, U.S. Flag Code and a Pledge of Allegiance bookmark.
An LA Opera community educator will take visitors through Giuseppe Verdi's gripping and mesmerizing opera "Macbeth" based on William Shakespeare's play Monday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. An Anglo Saxon lord receives a prophesy from a trio of witches that one day he will be king of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his power-hungry wife, Macbeth murders the king and takes the throne for himself in a plot that ends in despair. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.
Calling all teens! If you are an Undertale fan, spend the afternoon playing and creating all things Undertale Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.
"Mrs. Parkington" (1944, NR) starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A woman recounts the story of her life through the rises and falls in the family fortunes.
If you are an immigrant aged 50+, you are invited to attend an eight-week session to become a U.S. citizen Wednesdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. The first four weeks will cover some of the American history and U.S. government questions on the citizenship exam, along with discussions about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; the four remaining classes will cover more questions on the exam as well as how to complete the application for citizenship and have a successful interview.
In celebration of Constitution Week, the one-hour film "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film stars Ian Ruskin with Elliott Gould as the narrator and cinematography/direction by Haskell Wexler. The first 20 people to arrive will receive founding father Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"; one hardcover "Thomas Paine, Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation" will be presented as a door prize. Ruskin will answer audience questions after the screening.
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well trained dogs at Barks and Books Thursday, Sept. 22, at 3:30 p.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library.
The findings of NASA's Cassini mission have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet's dynamic magnetic environment. What new puzzles will Cassini solve? Come hear the stories of the most recent discoveries and the growing excitement over final orbits of the robotic spacecraft Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (Building UU on this map) at Pasadena City College.
Stonehoney will perform southern rock Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Photo credits: Ann Erdman, The Gamble House, Tenth Amendment Coalition, A Noise Within, Pasadena Public Library, CPTV, NBC, Jimmy Vivino, Martin Severance Chapter DAR, LA Opera, TV Tropes, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Immigration Direct, Life of Thomas Paine Productions, Analia Saban, NASA, Stonehoney