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Friday, July 5, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events July 6 to 12

Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 6, to Friday, July 12.

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

Every week, Family Fun Saturday at Eaton Canyon Nature Center includes activities for all ages. On Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy a family nature walk, Nature Tails Storytime, a presentation with a live animal and creating a nature craft to take home.

"It's Showtime at Your Library! is the theme of this year's summer reading program for children, teens and adults through Aug. 3. Register here. In addition to reading, there are plenty of events and activities at Central Library and all branches. Here are events scheduled July 6 to 12:
  • Learn all about the L.A. River Saturday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot behind Central Library. The River Rover will take visitors through a tour of the river's past, present and future, plus you'll experience the interactive watershed table, design the river as you want to see it in the future and much more. All ages are welcome.
  • Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to make their own stop-motion movies with LEGOs Saturday, July 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library
  • Children ages 5 to 12 will enjoy "The Three Little Pigs: A Puppet Musical Monday, July 8, at 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library and Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at San Rafael Branch Library. The fun show teaches the timeless lesson that hard work and dedication pay off.
  • The Billy Bonkers show for children ages 5 to 12 will be filled with amazing magic, slapstick comedy and much more Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library and 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Babe" (1995, G) starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski Saturday, July 6, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A piglet finds himself on a farm where he is adopted by a border collie and slowly adjusts to his new home, but when he discovers the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, he devotes himself to becoming a useful resident of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. for DJ music, fun activities for all ages and free ice cream courtesy of Paradis while supplies last.  Bring a beach chair or blanket and an alcohol-free picnic.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Captain America: Civil War" (2016, PG-13) starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. Saturday, July 6, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. A newly formed team of Avengers continues efforts to safeguard humanity, but when politicians want to direct the team, the new status quo fractures the Avengers as they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Arrive early to secure your seats. Free popcorn from iPic Theaters will be available while supplies last.

Tuesday Musicale presents "A Vocal Extravaganza" Sunday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library featuring singers Ingrid Helge, Diana Briscoe, Gwendolyn Brown, Marina Battifora, Carol Lande, Ruth Ridenour and Maria del Pilar Gomez, accompanied by pianist Geraldine Keeling.

The Playhouse District Association's Summer Jazz Concert Series presents the Elliott Caine Quintet performing bebop, boogaloo and Latin jazz Sunday, July 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store.

"The Stray" (2017, PG) starring Michael Cassidy and Sarah Lancaster will be shown Wednesday, July 10, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A stray dog comes out of nowhere and impacts a family struggling in many ways. 

Parks After Dark presents "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" with the voice talents of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez Wednesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke. Everyone's favorite monster family embarks on a vacation aboard a cruise ship so Drac can take time off from managing the hotel, but the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when his daughter Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the ship's mysterious captain who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and an alcohol-free picnic.

The Great American Songwriters series  presents "Penniless Immigrant to American Icon: Irving Berlin" Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Saul H. Jacobs for this fun, interactive musical journey through the life and work of Irving Berlin, featuring hit songs he wrote for iconic Broadway musicals including "Annie Get Your Gun," "Holiday Inn" and "Betsy," plus songs he wrote for popular recordings including "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Always," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and "Say It Isn't So." You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

The documentary film "Apollo 11" (2019, G) with archival footage of Buzz Aldrin, Walter Cronkite and others will be shown Friday, July 12, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The film, 50 years in the making, features never-before-seen, large-format footage of one of humanity's greatest accomplishments: successfully sending a manned spacecraft to the moon. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Clueless" (1995, PG-13) starring Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash Friday, July 12, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Two rich, pampered high school students whose most important priorities are wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible take a new girl under their tutelage with the goal of transforming her from a geek to a fashionista and boosting her popularity.

Photo credits: Shantae Latrese, City of Pasadena, Universal Pictures, Marvel Studios, Living His Word, Ganna Sorbat, Pure Flix Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation, Songwriters Hall of Fame, CNN Films, Paramount Pictures.

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