Friday, June 18, 2010

Looking for Something to Do?

Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon -- Get up to speed on the latest greywater systems, water-saving techniques and Pasadena Water and Power rebates during a free workshop at La Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd.

Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- A free, traditional Juneteenth Festival at Jackie Robinson Center will focus on healthy living and family fun.

Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. -- Deb Swartz of Old Town Cooking School will show how you to make a wonderful one-dish summer supper using fresh, California-grown ingredients during a free demonstration (you’ll even get samples and recipes). (626) 744-4066.

Saturday, June 19 -- Today’s the first day of the free Summer Reading Club for children up to age 12. With the theme “Make a Splash,” there are activities galore through mid-August including water-themed shows, stories, movies and more. Just sign up at any Pasadena public library, where children can pick up free book bags and reading records. They’ll bring in their reading records to earn different prizes every week.

Saturday, June 19 -- And today’s the first day of the free “Make Waves” summer reading program for teens! Whenever they finish a book, magazine, graphic novel or audio book, they’ll fill out an entry form and drop it in a special box at any Pasadena public library to be eligible for prizes during weekly drawings. They can also sign up for teen “camps” where they’ll learn video game animation, robotics, comic book illustration, dry photography, modern dance and more.

Sunday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -– The free classic-car show sponsored by the Pasadena Police Department will include about 100 vintage vehicles and hot rods made between 1900 and 1974.

Through June 20 -- Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., is closed for installation of a new HVAC system. If this is the library nearest your home, the next closest locations are Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.; San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.; and Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St.

Wednesday, June 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. -– This week’s free film in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., is “Patch Adams” (1998, PG-13), starring Robin Williams in the fact-based tale of an adult in medical school whose methods of treating the sick are not appreciated by the scientific community, although his patients think otherwise. (626) 744-4066.

Wednesday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. -– Representatives from the Social Security Office in Pasadena will discuss benefits for retirement, disability and Medicare during a free talk at Pasadena Central Library, plus how to maneuver through the federal agency’s new website (877) 255-1508.

Thursday, June 24, at 4 p.m. -– Children will love the free Science Lab 3000: Edible Science at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., where they’ll create ice cream concoctions. Registration is required: (626) 744-7262.

Saturday, June 26, from noon to 8 p.m. -– Enjoy Armenian food, music, performances, children’s activities and much more at the free Armenian Harvest event at Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St.

June 28 through July 30 -- It’s summer park time! Weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m., children ages 5 to 14 will have plenty to do in safe, fun environments at six Pasadena parks for a reasonable fee: Brenner (235 Barthe Dr.), Eaton Blanche (3100 E. Del Mar Blvd.), Grant (232 S. Michigan Ave.), Hamilton (3680 Cartwright St.), McDonald (1000 E. Mountain St.) and Madison School Park (515 Ashtabula St.). Register at Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., or at (626) 744-7532.

June 28 to Aug. 13 -- Time for swimming lessons! Register your kids ages 4 to 18 for lessons at five Pasadena public pools for a reasonable fee.

Sunday, July 4, from 2 to 9:30 p.m. -– Celebrate our freedom with music, food and fireworks at Americafest, a full day of safe and affordable activities! Adults $13; children 7 and younger free; active military personnel free (ID required).

Saturday, July 10, at 7 p.m. –- It’s international soccer with two of Mexico’s most renowned teams at the Rose Bowl Stadium: Club América vs. Cruz Azul. Ticket prices vary.

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