All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
A plaque unveiling, musical tribute and ceremony to rename the La Loma Bridge the John K. Van de Kamp Bridge Saturday, June 24, will begin at 9 a.m. on the Arroyo Boulevard side, followed by a walk across the bridge to a special reception before it is reopened to through traffic.
Guest speakers and readers will share memories about local author Octavia Butler and read from her works Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Come for the entire event or drop in for as long as you like. The full schedule is on pages 1 and 2 of the Pasadena Public Library Summer Newsletter. Butler (1947-2006), who wrote the novel "Kindred" chosen for Pasadena's 2006 One City, One Story community reading celebration, broke new ground as a woman and an African American in the realm of science fiction, was the recipient of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award in 1995 and was the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.
The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform their annual Young Artists Concert Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church featuring works by Rossini, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn and Mozart.
The Pasadena Master Chorale will perform "Listening to the Future," an original work by student composers, Sunday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Church, While the concert is free, tickets are required.
"Living Proof" (2008, NR) starring Harry Connick Jr, and Tammy Blanchard will be shown Wednesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Dr. Dennis Slamon devotes his life's work to finding a cure for breast cancer. The film is based on true events.
The opening reception for "Eclipse" in the Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design's hillside campus is Thursday, June 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. In celebration of the total solar eclipse that will take place Aug. 21, the exhibit, which will run from June 30 to Sept. 10, will feature contemporary art as well as astronomical and historical artifacts and NASA projections.
Children are invited to watch the Disney film "Moana" (2016, PG), join in a sing-along and design a Moana image Thursday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
The Levitt Pavilion summer series kicks off with the Bob Baker Marionettes Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Photo credits: Paulick Report, Nan Fuller, Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Master Chorale, Storyline Entertainment, Art Center College of Design, Walt Disney Pictures, Bob Baker Marionettes.