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Friday, May 19, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 20 to 26

Here are events scheduled Saturday, May 20, to Friday, May 26.

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

The Spring Awakening Festival at Eaton Canyon Nature Center will feature traditional Native American dancers, drummers musicians, singers, storytellers and artisans plus special exhibits and more Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LitFest Pasadena returns for its sixth year Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with author panels, readings, children's activities, entertainment and more in the Playhouse District and Central Library. Yours truly will be introducing all of the authors on panels in the Friendship Room at the Pasadena Playhouse throughout the weekend. Here's the schedule.

The Pasadena Motorcycle Club, the third oldest motorcycle club in the U.S., will celebrate its 110th anniversary with a street fair Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall with live music, fun activities and much more. (The photo was shot in 1911 at the northeast corner of Raymond Avenue and Green Street.)

"Tango, Soul and Passion" is the theme of a special concert Saturday, May 20, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. Pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will perform works by Astor Piazzolla, Joe Hisaishi, Ryuichi Sakamoto, William Bolcom and Lowell Liebermann.

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music chamber music ensembles will perform Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in Barrett Hall. The ensembles are made up of Quartetto Brioso, Canto Quartet, Quartet Capriccioso, Daghlian Trio, Fuoco String Quartet, Le Dolce Trio, Mellojam Trio, Padula Trio and Presto Quartet. 

The Gamble House and the Pasadena Museum of History will be among the museums opening their doors for free on Museums of the Arroyo Day Sunday, May 21, from noon to 5 p.m.

The annual Caltech chamber music marathon Sunday, May 21, beginning at 2 p.m. in Dabney Hall (#40 on this map) will include works written by composers from Beethoven to Piazzolla. 

The annual Expressing Feelings Through Art juried exhibition at Art Center College of Design's south campus Sunday, May 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. will feature the works of highly talented high school art students. A short ceremony with recognition and refreshments will begin at 3 p.m.

The opening reception for The Art of John Barge III is Sunday, May 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Alkebulan Cultural Center. The artist will do some live painting; refreshments will be served.

The JPL documentary "To the Rescue" will have its premiere Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium (# 91 on this map). Due to a minuscule flaw in the lens of the Hubble Telescope, JPL scientists and engineers came up with an unlikely and ingenious solution...but would it work?

Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to a special Wee Read program Wednesday, May 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Museum of California Art that will include a storyteller reading the book "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. Children will create a related craft to take home inspired by the book "Color Pasadena."

Ruth Kasckow on flute, Leslie Baker on bass, Ken Park on drums and Alan Geier on piano will perform Claude Bolling's Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Piano Wednesday, May 24, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Lost Battalion" (2001, NR) starring Rick Schroder and Phil McKee will be shown Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An American battalion of more than 500 men gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in France during the closing weeks of World War I. The film is based on true events.

Join Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Fire Chief Bertral Washington as they lead a memorial event Thursday, May 25, at 10 a.m. in front of Pasadena City Hall (Garfield side) to pay tribute to Pasadena police officers and firefighters who gave their lives in service to their community. 

Meet and greet Pasadena police officers and volunteers and learn about efforts to deter crime in neighborhoods Thursday, May 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. when the Pasadena Police Department's mobile command post pulls up to Hastings Branch Library


Family Fun Day Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Pintoresca Park will include entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, bounce house, fitness challenges, basketball tournament and more.

Photo credits:Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates, Pasadena Museum of History, Junko Ueno Garrett, Museums of the Arroyo, Caltech, Light Bringer Project, John Barge III, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cantilena Records, A&E Television Networks, City of Pasadena, Jason Clawson

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