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Friday, October 19, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 20 to 26

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

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

The annual Fall Festival at Victory Park Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. will be filled with plenty of free family fun, including live entertainment, costume contest for children and families, inflatable game row, art activities, toddler corral, Kreepy Kreatures and much more. There will be nominal fees for food and certain activities, such as train rides around the park and pony rides.

The 2018 Third@First concert season kicks off with Beethoven and His Mentors Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with an event that will pay homage to the musical giants on whose artistic shoulders Beethoven stood. Works will include Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, Haydn's Cello Concerto in C and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Bring your dog(s) to the Growl-O-Ween costume contest and parade for canines and their human companions Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Dog Bakery. RSVP here or call (626) 440-0443 so they can reserve a free goody bag for your pooch. 

KPCC Radio will host a community open house Sunday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum at Southern California Public Radio. Tour the broadcast studios, take photos with your favorite KPCC hosts and reporters, meet and mingle with fellow public radio fans, connect with community partners, enter to win giveaways and much more. RSVP here.


A bubblologist will entertain and educate children ages 5 to 12 by sharing the science behind bubbles during Bubblemania Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Park.

Violinist Philip Vaiman and guitarist Kenton Youngstrom will perform Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Catch Me If You Can (2002, PG-13) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An FBI agent is on the trail of a young man who committed fraud and other crimes while posing as a practicing doctor, lawyer and airline pilot. The film is based on true events.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center, MUSE/IQUE guest artists will explore the dreams and memories of a simpler time when you had few worries, your time was nobody's but your own and your favorite songs were recorded on 45s. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you need to be 50 or older. Sign up for this event at the Welcome Desk for an opportunity to receive free ticket vouchers (while supplies last) for the Oct. 28 CAR/TUNES concert at Art Center College of Design's hillside campus. 

Staff from the Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department will be at the grassy area next to the playground at Central Park Thursday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with pop-up play activities for children ages 5 and younger including circle time, dances and games.

Mummies and zombies will invade La Pintoresca Branch Library! Children of all ages and their families are invited to create their own costumes for the filming of the library's fifth annual zombie movie Thursday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Materials for costumes will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Children of all ages and their families will create spooky Halloween crafts Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

Teens who like to write are invited to Teen Writers Meetup Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room at Central Library. Meet other teens, do a few writing exercises, talk about writing, bounce ideas around and share your work. The next Teen Writers Meetup will be Thursday, Nov. 29.

Overboard (2018, PG-13) starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez will be shown Friday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. In this remake of the 1987 original, a rich, spoiled playboy from Mexico's wealthiest family mistreats a single mom he has hired to clean his yacht, then falls overboard, wakes up with amnesia on the Oregon coast and is unwittingly subjected to payback from the woman. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do need to be 50 or older.

Teens are invited to A Stranger Things Mystery, a dinner party and mystery event Friday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Library's Teen Central where they will solve a crime by prowling the book stacks, hunting for clues, unveiling the truth and possibly apprehending the culprit . Registration is required. Costumes are welcome.


Photo credits: City of Pasadena, Southern California Public Radio, Borde Hill Garden, Pastimes for a Lifetime, DreamWorks, MUSE/IQUE, Samorzady, I Heart Arts n Crafts, Pantelion Films, Colorado Springs Business Journal,  

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