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Friday, October 4, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 5 to 11

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 11.

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

Each week, Family Fun Saturday at Eaton Canyon Nature Center includes activities for all ages. On Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy a family nature walk, Nature Tails Storytime, a presentation with a live wild animal and creating a nature craft to take home.

Children 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library, Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library and Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Children's Room at Central Library. Barks and Books continues at various branch libraries throughout October.

KPCC Radio will host a community open house with LAist Sunday, Oct. 6, 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, record a testimonial, 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.

The Billy Bonkers show for children will be filled with amazing magic, slapstick comedy and much more Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Violinist Aya Kiyonaga will perform classical works Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (1975, TV-14) starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Fionnula Flanagan will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. New England spinster Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the charge of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892, but the popular consensus was that she was guilty. With scenes written directly from original court transcripts, this made-for-TV film adheres to the popular opinion.

During the Serbian siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s, residents faced the danger of sniper fire and mortar attacks. One such attack killed 22 civilians waiting in line at a local bakery. For each of the following 22 days Vedran Smajlovic, a cellist, played alone in the town square, with a performance for each victim. Join the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, KUSC Classical Radio's Brian Lauritzen and musicians from Salastina Music Society for a program about this remarkable man and his classical memorial to the victims Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Vroman's Bookstore. A discussion about the novel "The Cellist of Sarajevo," inspired by the true events, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Great American Songwriters Series presents "They Reinvented the Broadway Musical: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II" Thursday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Saul H. Jacobs as they feature songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's hit Broadway shows including "Oklahoma," "The Sound of Music," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and more. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to 50 or older.

Andrew & Polly will perform for children Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

The documentary film "Amazing Grace" (2018, G) will be shown Friday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The documentary includes 1972 concert footage of Aretha Franklin performing songs from her best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

Enjoy an evening of art, music, dance, drama and more when ArtNight Pasadena returns Friday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. when nearly 20 arts and cultural institutions will open their doors for free! Hop on/hop off shuttles at every venue will take you door to door, or you can drive, ride your bike or amble at your own speed. Here's the lineup of venues. (Websites with information about their ArtNight Pasadena offerings are linked):
* A Room to Create
* ArtWorks Teen Center
* Jackie Robinson Center
* Light Bringer Project at Day One
* Pasadena City Hall
* Red Hen Press

SAVE THE DATE!

The Latino Heritage Parade and Festival Saturday, Oct. 19, will begin at 10 a.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Prescott Street and end outdoors at Villa-Parke where a festival from noon to 4 p.m. will feature art exhibits, artisans, educational/historical displays, live entertainment, cultural food and more.


Photo credits: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Arcadia's Best, Southern California Public Radio, Billy Bonkers Magic, Aya Kiyonaga, George LeMaire Productions, NBC News, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, Andrew & Polly, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, City of Pasadena.

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