Descanso Gardens in La Cañada is one of southern California’s most beloved parks, but the area might have been developed into something completely different! Back in the early 1950s when businessman and camellia grower Manchester Boddy was ready to sell his Rancho del Descanso, Walt Disney considered it a possible site for his theme park. Others suggested the land be used as a dump! Yikes! We can be grateful LA County recognized its value as a green space and opened it to the public in 1953. It continues to serve as a necessary and much valued urban retre
Descanso Gardens is well known as home to North America’s largest camellia collection, yet the beautiful Camellia Forest is only one of nine distinct gardens within Descanso’s 160 acres. They range from the rugged Oak Woodland and carefree beauty of the California Natives to the refined five-acre Rose Garden and the tranquil Japanese Garden.
Descanso Gardens is a nationally accredited “museum of living collections.” Its mission is to “offer people an experience close to nature and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.” Plan a visit soon, and be sure to check out their website for upcoming programs and events at Descansogardens.org.
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, (818) 949-4200 Descansogardens.org
The Arts, Food & More!
6 | Montrose Oktoberfest
12 | Art Night Pasadena
13 | Glendorafest
13-14 | Japanese Garden Celebration
17-Nov 11 | The Woman in Black
21 | A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Festivals, Scarecrows…Oh My!
1-20 | Sierra Madre Scarecrow Festival
20 | Santa Anita Pumpkin Patch
20-21, 27-28 | Slightly Spooky Stories
22-27 | Halloween Craft Week
26-27 | Halloween Window Painting Contest
27 | Off The Page Players: Halloween Tales
27 | Downtown Arcadia Halloween Harvest Festival
27-28 | Pumpkin Festival
27-28, 31 | Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
31 | Annual Halloween Carnival
31 | Sierra Madre’s Halloween Happenings
31 | Old Town Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Bash
31 | Trick-or-Treat Along Foothill Blvd.
Splurge on the fancy cinnamon spice tea, fresh-pressed cider for
It’s no fun to turn on the heat for the first time only to realize that the
Take a walk around the outside of your home this weekend and make
Not so in love with your laundry room? For a quick update, bring in a vase of fresh flowers and treat yourself to a new laundry basket you love. Have a few more dollars (and hours) to invest? Hang a new wall shelf to hold your laundry supplies or swap out the light fixture for one that suits your style.
With (typically) more mild weather and golden light, early fall can be
If you grew herbs in your garden this year and they’re producing more
- Wash freshly cut herbs and dry lightly with a dishcloth or paper towels.
- Tie herbs into small bundles using rubber bands, twine or twist ties.
- Hang bundles indoors, out of direct sunlight, until dry and crispy.
- Once fully dried, store your herbs in airtight containers for six to 12 months.
September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and with hurricane season
- Pack disaster kits for your home and cars. The American Red Cross has a good checklist if you need guidance on what to include.
- Plan and practice for an evacuation from your home.
- Make a plan for staying in contact and meeting up with your family.
- Be sure your pets are microchipped or wearing tags in case you get separated.
11 | Taste of Old Pasadena
Participating Old Pasadena Restaurants
5-9pm > Stroll through & sample food from many of Pasadena’s finest restaurants & bakeries!
13 | Taste of Pasadena
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
6-9pm > Enjoy unlimited food & drink tastings from 24 of Pasadena’s stand out restaurants.
22 | Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast Extravaganza
Memorial Park, Sierra Madre
8-11am > Enjoy pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice, friends & neighbors. The revenue generated goes to youth programs & events the Kiwanis sponsor in town.
24 | Taste of Arcadia
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia
5:30-9pm > Fundraiser dishing up fare from 30+ restaurants. No-host bar, raffle drawing & live music.
29 | Taste of ‘Dena
Altadena Main Library
7-9:30pm > Night of delectable beverage tastings & samples from an assortment of local restaurants & caterers.
30 | Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting
Memorial Park, La Cañada Flintridge
3-6pm > 20+ gourmet vendors offer tastes of their delicious cuisine & exceptional wines from around the world.
15 | Open Arts & Music Festival
3-10pm > Free event featuring artists, performers & local vendors bringing downtown Glendale to life.
15 | Mid-Autumn Festival
Arcadia Public Library
2:30-4pm > East Asian celebration of family, harvest & moon. Lunar stories, activities & moon festival snack!
21 | Teen Fall Festival
Monrovia Public Library
7-8:30pm > Prepare for the season with some balancing, relaxing crafts & enjoy fall-themed snacks.
21-23 | Pasadena Greek Festival
St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, Pasadena
Times Vary > Annual celebration featuring the best in authentic Greek food, music & entertainment.
Crafts, Games & More!
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Checkmate! Chess at the Museum
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
5-7:30pm > Drop by & challenge a friend to a game of chess & learn the rules from a U.S. chess expert.
8 | Creative Arts Group Scarecrow Workshop
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre
10am-4pm > Bring your scarecrow to life at this annual workshop in preparation for the Scarecrow Festival.
8-9 | Rubber Ducky Races
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
11am-4pm > The wackiest, quackiest event of the year! Decorate & race your duck down the stream.
15 | Markham Place Historic Walking Tour
Governor Markham Landmark District, Pasadena
9-11:15am > A guided walking tour of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Pasadena.
16 | Young Living Essential Oils Workshop
Knot Too Shabby, Glendora
1-3pm > Fun & informative class where students make their own lotion, spritzer & lip balm using essential oils.
18 | Battle of the Books
Foothill Christian School, Glendora
6:30pm > Students from grades 6-12 compete in this ultimate Book Trivia Championship.
18 | VR & Board Game Night
Sierra Madre Public Library
5-7:30pm > Bring the family, meet neighbors & play one of the new board games.
Arts & Entertainment
8-Oct 6 | The Gin Game
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Times Vary > In this tragi-comedy, the upper hand is shuffled between two souls over a well-worn score pad.
16 | La Reina de Los Ángeles Reception
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
5-7pm > Celebrate the artists of La Reina de Los Ángeles exhibition with music, drinks & more!
7pm > After the reception, enjoy a screening of the film Chinatown.
17 | Monday Movie Night: Captain Underpants
Monrovia Public Library
6-8pm > Enjoy freshly popped popcorn as we cuddle up to watch a terrific movie with your family.
22-Oct 27 | Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden
Huntington Library, San Marino
7:30-9pm > A contemporary theatrical production set against the mystical backdrop of the garden, lake & pavilion at night.
Did you know the “Hoppiest Place on Earth” is now in Altadena? The Bunny Museum is home to 35,488 bunny objects and counting – you know how bunnies multiply! The charming museum is celebrating its 20thyear, and has garnered scores of awards and accolades including the Guinness World Record in 2011, The World’s Quirkiest Museum in 2010, and “Place Puts The ‘Um…’ in Museum” in 2017.
The Bunny Museum began in 1993 with a plush bunny “given by a boy to a girl because she called him her Honey Bunny.” The boy, Steve Lubanski, and the girl, Candace Frazee, continued to gift each other bunnies of all kinds as tokens of their love after they were married. By 1998 their collection numbered in the thousands! The couple established the Bunny Museum in their Pasadena home, opening it to the public by appointment. The ever-enthusiastic Huell Howser expressed his astonishment at their vast collection when he featured the Bunny Museum on “Visiting with Huell Howser” in 2007.
In 2017, The Bunny Museum moved to its current home in an airy former art museum on Lake Avenue in Altadena. Its displays tell the history of bunnies in advertising, art, entertainment, fashion, film and everyday vernacular. The museum’s collection includes bunny-based figurines, art, toys, antiques, kitchen items, and even live Flemish Giant bunnies. There are nine bunnies from Rose Parade floats, and an age 13+ “Chamber of Hop Horrors” displaying examples of bunny abuses such as rabbit’s feet keychains and bunnies in horror films.
If you’re looking for a fun and novel place to visit, hop on over to The Bunny Museum, 2605 Lake Avenue, Altadena CA 91001, (626) 798-8848.
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Summer Movie Series
Memorial Park > Times Vary
2: Cars 3
9: Lego Ninjago
Villa-Parke > 7:30pm
2: Lego Ninjago
9: Early Man
4: Library Park > Back to the Future
11: Kiwanis Park > CoCo
Street Food Cinema
4: Pasadena > The Mask
11: Glendale > Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
18: Pasadena > Casablanca
25: Arcadia > Bridesmaids
Memorial Park > 8pm
10: A Wrinkle in Time
Rooftop Cinema Series
18: Jurrasic Park
25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Memorial Park > 6-8pm
5: Pat O’Brien & The Priests of Love.
12: The Skinny Ties
Finkbiner Park Bandshell > 6pm
5: Full Petty Fever
La Cañada Flintridge
Memorial Park > 6-8pm
5: Woodie & The Longboards
12: Brian Lynn Jones & The Misfit Cowboys
19: Pacific Coast Highway
26: Hot August Nights
Farnsworth Park > 7pm
4: Deja Vu
18: Greg & The Gallows
25: The Blue Breeze Band
City Hall West Lawn > 6:30pm
2: Yard Sale
9: Cash Up Front
Saturdays at Station Square Amphitheater
Sundays at Library Park
Villa-Parke > 5:30-7:30pm
11: Latin Fiesta
Norton Simon Museum > 5-6pm
4: Debussy: The Painter of Sound
11: Baroque, Classical & Romantic Traditions
25: I See You, I Hear You: Santoor, Tabla, Raga
Friday Night Twilight
Glendora Village > 6-8pm
3: Moonlight Madness Sale
10: Mystery Event in the Bus Plaza
17: 50’s Night
24: Game Night
31: Community Giveback Charity Event
Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival
Memoral Park > 7:30pm
3, 4, 11 & 18: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
End of Summer Carnival
Eisenhower Park, Arcadia > 10am-2pm
8: “Greatest carnival on Earth.” Play carnival games & win kid-friendly prizes!
Arboretum Summer Nights
LA County Arboretum, Arcadia > 5-8pm
10: Crafts, live music, food trucks, lawn games & more in a natural, serene setting.
Classic Car Nights
Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena > 6-8pm
10 & 24: Classic car show with burgers, live music, a raffle & all-ages fun. 24th will feature the annual Chili Cook-Off!
Playhouse District Third Thursdays
Pasadena Playhouse District > 6-9pm
16: See, hear & play! Featuring music, dancing, art, food specials, games & more.
Flashback Car & Motorcycle Show
Glendora Village > 6-11pm
18: 31st Annual classic car show featuring trucks, hot rods, a kids’ fun zone & incredible food.
Play Music on the Porch Day
Altadena Library > 4-6pm
25: Jam with local musicians on a beautiful summer afternoon. All skill levels welcome!
Narrated Tours of Historic Monrovia
Monrovia Community Center > 10-11:30am
25: Guided tour with city historian & storyteller extraordinaire, Steve Baker.
End of Summer Celebration
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada > 5:30-10pm
29: The gardens stay open late for this end of summer celebration. Cold drinks, music & more!
One of the highlights of Sierra Madre’s charming annual Fourth of July Parade is the chance to see the city’s renowned Search and Rescue Team march down Sierra Madre Boulevard.
Did you know the team was founded over 65 years ago? In 1951, a young hiker was lost in the local mountains, and it took a disorganized group of volunteers three days to find him. Their nearly futile search inspired Larry Shepherd and Fred La Lone to establish the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team in August of 1951.
Over the years, and with help from the community, the group’s equipment evolved from a 30-foot length of rope and a flashlight to the best first aid equipment and mountaineering gear available. This well-trained volunteer team has responded to thousands of calls for help in the wilderness and saved many lives throughout the United States and in Mexico.
To learn more about the team, visit smsr.org.