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Friday, June 8, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 9 to 15

Here are events scheduled Saturday, June 9, to Friday, June 15.

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

Former NFL players Marcus Robertson and Chad Brown, who are John Muir High School alumni, will lead the annual Youth Football Clinic Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Rose Bowl Stadium for children ages 6 to 13 with drills, obstacle course, skill lessons and challenges matches. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Be sure to make reservations for your children right now! The clinic is open only to the first 300 who register. While the football clinic is happening, anyone older than 14 can attend a yoga class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and two high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and 10:40 to 11:25 a.m. Registration is at the same site as the football clinic.

This is simply a reminder for all who have reserved tickets: The annual Open House at Jet Propulsion Laboratory is Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the theme "Explore JPL," the event will take visitors through the wonders of space, life-size models of rovers, JPL's machine shop where unmanned spacecraft are created, the mission control center and all the current JPL missions from Aster to Voyager 2.  No reservations? Sorry, it's too late.

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Pasadena Playhouse will host a community celebration of arts and culture with a block party on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Boulevard Saturday, June 9, from noon to 10 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature live music, food, guided tours, kids' zone, interactive art and more. The block party will be co-hosted by the Playhouse District Association.

The summer reading program for children, teens and adults, with the theme Reading Takes You Everywhere, will kick off Saturday, June 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. with a musical journey around the world in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Theatre Americana invites you to pack your proverbial bags, suntan lotion and sunglasses as you're spirited away to the Rockies, the deep South, tropical islands and romantic cities, all featured in great novels. There also will be games and prizes for the kids. Register for Reading Takes You Everywhere here.

Admission to the USC Pacific Asia Museum is free the second Sunday of every month. On Sunday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. learn about Myanmar through music, dance, puppet performances, art activities, story time for children and more, plus enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Gussy up the family and head to the courtyard at One Colorado to have a free Father's Day portrait taken by a professional photographer Sunday, June 10, from noon to 2 p.m. Availability will be limited to the announced time frame, so plan on arriving early! (Just for fun, the 1896 portrait above is of my great-great grandfather Charles Russell Craig, second from right, and his family. My great-great grandmother Charlotte Reding Craig is second from left and their first-born daughter, my great-grandmother Carrie May Craig, stands at the center.)

The Amazing Dave will perform magic, juggling, balloon twisting and more for young children Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

The Sam Hill Duo will perform music for flute and guitar Wednesday, June 13, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Evelyn" (2002, PG) starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianna Margulies will be shown Wednesday, June 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A man takes on the Irish family law system and the Roman Catholic Church in the early 1950s as he struggles to be reunited with his three children who have been placed in orphanages after his wife abandons the family and he loses his job. The film is based on true events.

The next open forum of PasadenaPhotographicArts is Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. In a multimedia presentation titled "Things I've Learned," Aline Smithson will share insights as a fine art photographer, editor of Lenscratch and an educator. Seating is limited; registration and early arrival are recommended.

"The Post" (2017, PG) starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks will be shown Friday, June 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of The Washington Post, and the newspaper's editor, Ben Bradlee, race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. presidents. The film is based on true events. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you must be 50 or older.

"Rocket to the Moon", a play by Clifford Odets, will be read by resident actors at A Noise Within Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. as part of the Words Within series. While admission is free, reservations are required.


The Pasadena Chalk Festival, featuring hundreds of artists using pavement as their canvas and chalk as their medium, is Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Paseo Colorado.

In conjunction with the Pasadena Chalk Festival, the Pasadena Police Father's Day Car Show Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Green Street between Marengo and Euclid avenues (on the street between Paseo Colorado and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium) will feature dozens of classic vehicles, live music and much more.

Photo credits: Tournament of Roses, eSignLive, City of Overland, Altadena Libraries, Luj Moarf, Craig Family Archives, David D., Bath Recitals, First Look International, Aline Smithson, Amblin Entertainment, A Noise Within.


  1. Even though I'm in Seattle, I still enjoy reading your blog.

  2. Oh, Mike, I'm just seeing this. I'm glad you enjoy it. I still miss Jan every day, and I always will. I hope all is well with you and yours.

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