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Friday, March 17, 2017

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

Here are Pasadena events scheduled Saturday, March 18, to Friday, March 24.

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

Safely dispose of old computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, phones, TVs, microwaves and other electronic equipment at the eWaste event Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in parking lot I at Brookside Park. You may also bring up to five legal-size boxes of documents for shredding. 

March is One City, One Story month -- our annual community reading celebration! Have you read this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning selection "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen yet? OCOS events are scheduled all month long. Coming up: 
  • One City, One Story Cultural Afternoon Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium and the Great Hall at Central Library will include artist Trinh Mai using visual arts as she tells stories about the Vietnamese American experience, Ane Thanh lion dance performance, Vietnamese folktales presented by Barbara Wong, a culinary journey through Vietnam presented by Kim Fay, L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathon Gold sharing his top seven picks for Vietnamese cuisine, and family crafts including dragon-making and a Year of the Rooster keepsake.
  • The documentary film "A Healing, A Journey Back to Vietnam" (1997, NR) will be shown Wednesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film follows several American nurses who served in Vietnam and their return there after the war.
  • Flights of Fantasy Story Theater presents a Vietnamese story hour Thursday, March 23, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.
  • The documentary film "Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25" (2007, NR) will be shown Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The history of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is chronicled.
An afternoon of recitals featuring the music of Franz Joseph Haydn Sunday, March 19, will begin at 1 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and will showcase students from the conservatory's piano department. Haydn is the conservatory's composer of the year.

The Crown City Symphony will perform in concert Sunday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena. The program will feature the Brahms Double Concerto and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 1. 

"America's Got Talent" tapes again at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, March 19, 20 and 21. You can be part of the audience for one or more free tapings as performers from throughout the U.S. audition in front of celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell. Tyra Banks is the new host. Type PCA in the code box for special front-of-line privilege on your taping day(s). 

An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Jacques Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) Monday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. Driven by drink and self-delusion, the poet Hoffman recounts his affairs with three women who represent three aspects of love: the mechanical doll Olympia, the consumptive singer Antonia and the courtesan Giulietta. All the while, four villains who try to ruin him represent four characteristics of malevolence. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Classical mandolinist Evan Marshall will perform Wednesday, March 22, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to a special "Wee Read" program Wednesday, March 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Museum of California Art that will include a storyteller reading the books "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss, plus a lesson in printmaking and a fun craft to take home.

Students in grades 6 to 12 will showcase their intelligence and creativity with interactive exhibits during the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Photo credits: Pasadena Public Library, Thomas Hardy, Crown City Symphony, Fremantle Media, LA Opera, Evan Marshall, Little Simon, US Edu Guides

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