Check out all of the fun things to do around town in January!

 

 

Feb 1 & 2 | Rare Books LA
Pasadena Convention Center 1: 2-8pm & 2: 10am
Features more than 120 leading specialists in rare books, fine prints, photography, ephemera & maps. rarebooksla.com
Feb 2 | Lunar New Year Art Market
Arcadia Public Library 2:30-4pm
Receive special APL dollars to purchase supplies to make crafts in celebration of the Lunar New Year! arcadiaca.govFeb 2 & 3 | 13th Annual Museums Free-for-All
Participating Pasadena Museums > 11am-5pm
30+ regional museums join in presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history & science.
socalmuseums.org

Feb 3 | Chinese New Year Festival
Huntington Library, San Marino 10am-5pm
Celebrate the Year of the Pig in the garden with dance, martial arts, music & more. huntington.org

Feb 9 | Great Trivia Challenge 27
Glendora Public Library > 2pm
Teams representing local businesses compete for the title of Trivia Champion. Proceeds benefit programs & services for the library. gplff.org

Feb 9 | Second Saturday: JazzZone
Altadena Public Library > 1: 2-8pm & 2: 10am
Enjoy food, drinks, community fun, along with live smooth jazz from JazzZone!
altadenalibrary.org

Feb 9 | NightGarden: Campfire Stories
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 5:30-8:30pm
Bundle up, enjoy live music & warm up w/hot chocolate, grilled cheese & soup.
descansogardens.org

Feb 9 | 47th Annual Camellia Show
Huntington Library, San Marino 1-5pm
View exhibits, shop for blooming camellias & get expert tips on care, cultivation & more.
huntington.org

Feb 10 | Botanical Valentine’s & Tea
LA County Arboretum 10am & 1pm
A lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day celebrating herbs & flowers.
arboretum.org

Feb 16 | Black History Parade & Festival 
Charles White Park, Pasadena 10am-4pm
Celebrate one of SoCal’s largest Black History parades with bands, dance performances, food & more! cityofpasadena.net

Feb 17 | Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope
Haugh PAC, Glendora 2pm
Spirited dancing, expressive lyrics, buoyant melodies & an earnest story told in a manner that is both universal & unmistakably Irish. haughpac.com

Feb 17 | 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival Gala
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 7:30pm
Spirited dancing, expressive lyrics, buoyant melodies & an earnest story told in a manner that is both universal & unmistakably Irish. missionplayhouse.org

Feb 20 | 100 Years of Women’s Art
Pasadena Museum of History 10am
Tour “Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960,” a landmark fine art exhibition of more than 250 works. creativeartsgroup.org

Feb 22-24 | Tuesdays with Morrie
Sierra Madre Playhouse > 22 & 23: 8pm | 24: 2:30pm
The true story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist who finds out his college professor Morrie Schwartz is dying. sierramadreplayhouse.org

Feb 24 & 26 | Twelfth Night
La Cañada Playhouse > 7pm
A hysterical play of mistaken identity revolving around the comic adventures of shipwrecked twins. lacanadaplayhouse.org

Feb 25 | Monday Movie Night: Sherlock Gnomes
Monrovia Public Library 6-8pm
Dress in your pajamas, bring your blanket, pillow & your favorite stuffed friend to join us! Cuddle up to watch a terrific movie.  cityofmonrovia.org

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 6:48 am
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun

The Tournament of Roses’ Royal Court

Kristen, a semi-finalist
Rose Queen Christina Farrell with the 1999 Court

With its stunning floats, spectacular bands, and high-stepping equestrian units,
the Tournament of Roses is a delightful way to welcome the New Year. The Rose
Queen and her Princesses add a glamorous element to the pageantry.
The Rose Court’s ride down Colorado Boulevard with radiant smiles, their hands
swishing in that iconic figure-eight wave, (elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist:) is what
comes to mind when we think of the Rose Queen and her princesses; but these
accomplished young women participate in nearly 100 community and media
events in the few months leading up to New Year’s Day.
Trying out for the Rose Court is practically a right of passage for teenage girls in
the Pasadena area. Hundreds of young women try out for the Rose Court every
year…the perk is, if they try out, they get to attend the Coronation Ball! My
daughter Kristen was a Rose Court semi-finalist during her senior year of high
school, and our Arcadia neighbor Christina Farrell served as Rose Queen in 1999,
much to the joy and pride of our community. This year’s Queen is a lovely, bright
young lady who loves making a difference.
Over the years I’ve loved the pageantry of the Rose Parade and all of the hoopla
leading up to it. Mike and I like to drive down Colorado Boulevard on New Years
Eve and see all of the crazy people spending the night. They are pretty crazy –
throwing marshmallows at us and shooting silly string at the car. Last year Mike
and I joined in many tournament festivities as guests of our gracious neighbor,
the 2018 Tournament of Roses President, Lance Tibbet. At every event, I
marveled at the poise and stamina of Rose Queen and her Court.
Whether you watch the parade in person or enjoy it “couch potato style”, I hope
you enjoy the pageantry of the Court. And, if you live in the area, do what my
neighbors and I do the minute the B2 Bomber flies over the start of the parade,
run outside, even if your in your pjs, and look up to see that amazing stealth
bomber fly right overhead. You’ll never forget it! That’s how we kick off the New
Year. Here’s to a wonderful 2019!
Fast Facts:
Louise Deser Siskel is 2019’s Rose Queen
This year’s theme is “The Melody of Life”
Chaka Khan will serve as Grand Marshal
The President this year, Gerald Freeny, is the first African American to hold the
position.
The Rose Parade begins at 8am New Year’s Day
Posted on December 31, 2018 at 6:41 am
Sue Cook | Category: Did You Know..., Just for Fun

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in January!

Jan 1 | 130th Rose Parade
Along Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
8am > Experience the magic of New Year’s Day with this unrivaled celebration!  tournamentofroses.com

Jan 1-2 | Post Parade Showcase of Floats
Along Sierra Madre & Washington Blvd., Pasadena
Mon 1-5pm & Tues 9am-5pm > Get a close-up look at the float designs & learn from the volunteers.  tournamentofroses.com

Jan 2, 3, 5 | Drop-in Winter Art
Sierra Madre Public Library
12-5pm > Draw, color, paste, stamp & create with a variety of materials. Supplies provided.  creativeartsgroup.org

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Music in the Chinese Garden
Huntington Library, San Marino
1-3pm > Enjoy the sounds of traditional Chinese music every Wednesday in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance.  huntington.org

Jan 5 | Art Night With Friends
Craft School, Altadena
7-10pm > Relax, unwind from the week & hang out with friends while doing art; drawing skills not required!  craftschoolaltadena.com

Jan 5, 26 | 2019 Spring Festival Gala
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
7-9:30pm > Galas celebrating Chinese music, dance & more. missionplayhouse.org

Jan 6-11 | Cheeseburger Week
Participating Restaurants Across Pasadena
40 local favorites offer signature burgers, special creations & deals.  pasadenarestaurantweek.com

Jan 9 | Community Game Night
Monrovia Public Library
6-8:30pm > Socialize with other gamers by playing our games or bringing your own. Snacks provided. 18 & up.  cityofmonrovia.org

Jan 12 | Opera Talks
Glendora Public Library
11am-12:30pm > An interactive presentation given by one of LA Opera‘s Community Educators.  cityofglendora.org

Jan 12 | Second Saturday
Altadena Public Library
6:30-8:30pm > Live country music, food, drinks & more. Don’t forget your cowboy boots & hat!  altadenalibrary.org

Jan 12-13 | Camellia Walk
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
10am-4pm > Celebrate the camellia collection during peak blooming season with crafts, music, walks & more.  descansogardens.org

Jan 18-20 | Pasadena Bead & Design Show
Hilton Pasadena
10am-6pm > Buy direct from artisans: beads, art clothing, jewelry, gemstones, textiles & embellishments.  beadanddesign.com

Jan 20 | Robert Kennard: Architect & Mentor
Monrovia Historical Museum
1-3pm > Presentations on the life and struggles of Kennard, founder of one of LA’s oldest African-American architecture firms, in honor of MLK Day. cityofmonrovia.org

Jan 25 | 2019 Faculty Show Opening Night
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre
8am > Meet the artists & enjoy refreshments. Show continues through Feb 22nd.  creativeartsgroup.org

Jan 26 | Chinese New Year Celebration
Arcadia Public Library
2:30-4pm > Celebrate the Year of the Pig with fun stories, activities, a festive craft & more.  arcadiaca.gov

Jan 26 | Les Ballets Trockadero
Haugh Performing Arts Center, Glendora
7pm > World-class company delivers a playful view of traditional classical ballet in parody form. haughpac.com

Jan 27 | Silent Sunday Series: Ella Cinders
San Gabriel Misson Playhouse
2:30pm > A small town girl ill-treated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters enters a local contest to win a trip to Hollywood. missionplayhouse.org

 

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun, Uncategorized

Opening Day at the Great Race Place December 26

 

There’s no need to experience a post-holiday let-down, Santa Anita’s Opening Day will take place on December 26! Join fans in experiencing the thrill of world-class racing, the biggest guaranteed wagering pools in the country, and gifts for fans. The first post time for the day’s blockbuster 10-race program is at 11:30am.

An Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival will feature gourmet beer or cider tastings, and club house admission. Gourmet Food Trucks will be located around the Kingsbury Fountain.

A Family Fun Zone in the Infield will feature Ice Skating, inflatable bouncers, pony rides, face painting, carnival games and more.

Santa Anita will provide free Club House Admission to all college students with current student ID. And along with Mathis Brothers Furniture, Santa Anita will tender four $2,500 college scholarships which will be given away throughout the day. 

All fans will receive a beautiful 2019 Santa Anita Wall Calendar free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 4,000 kids 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult with paid admission. 

For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

Posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:57 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Just for Fun

How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist, only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honor in our homes.

And no matter which kind of tree it is — spruce, fir, pine or cypress — once it’s indoors, the goal is to keep the tree fresh and green. This means keeping the needles pliable and on the tree until the holidays are over. And the only thing that does that is water, lots of it. Think of it like a big, green pet: Just as a dog or cat needs fresh water every day, so does a fresh Christmas tree.

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Did You Know..., Just for Fun, Uncategorized

Fun Things to do Around Town in December

 

Check out all of the fun things to do around town in December!
DEC 1 | South Lake’s Holidayfest
South Lake Avenue, Pasadena
12-5pm
> Enjoy holiday activities, in-store specials, photos with Santa, live music & more!  southlakeavenue.org
DEC 1 | Montrose Christmas Parade
Honolulu & Rosemont, Montrose
6pm
> Celebrate the 42nd year of this annual Christmas parade!  montrosechristmasparade.com
DEC 1 | Breakfast with Santa & Snow Festival
Arcadia Community Center
8:30am-2pm
> Enjoy breakfast with Santa & stick around for the City of Arcadia’s annual Snow Fest!  arcadiacachamber.org
DEC 1-2 | Holiday Look In Home Tour
4 Homes Across Pasadena
9:30am-4pm
> A self-guided tour of four elegant homes & a free holiday gift boutique.  pasadenaholidaylookin.com
DEC 5 | Family Holiday Tree Lighting & Fiesta
City of Hope, Duarte
6:30-8pm
> Enjoy performances, live entertainment, games, food trucks & more! Tree lighting at 8pmaccessduarte.comDEC 6 | Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Old Town Monrovia
Lighting: 6pm; Parade: 7pm
> Watch the holiday decorations light up Old Town!  cityofmonrovia.org
DEC 8 | Glendora Christmas Parade
Glendora Village
9-11:30am
> An old fashioned Christmas parade featuring Special Honorees Citizen of the Year, Robert Davis, & Glendora Hometown Heroes.  glendorachristmasparade.com
DEC 9 | Fenyes Mansion Holiday Open House
Pasadena Museum of History
1-4pm
> Celebrate with festive music, refreshments, exhibitions & the Fenyes Mansion adorned with touches of Edwardian-style holiday decor.  pasadenahistory.org
DEC 15-30 | The Wonderful Winter of OZ
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Times Vary
> A holiday version of America’s favorite modern fairy tale, in the style of a traditional British Family Panto.  visitpasadena.com
DEC 17 | Monday Movie Night: Elf
Monrovia Public Library
6-8pm
> A man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.  cityofmonrovia.orgDEC 26-30 | Kidspace Snow Days
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
Times Vary
> Play in real snow, make snow angels, snowmen & perfect your snowball making skills. Live performances each day.   kidspacemuseum.org
DEC 28-31 | Rose Parade Float Viewing
Rosemont Pavillion, Pasadena
Times Vary
> Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the Rose Parade!  tournamentofroses.com
DEC 29 | Pasadena TV & Film Driving Tour
Pasadena Memorial Park
11am-2pm
> A special three-hour driving tour of Pasadena’s popular TV & film locations.  visitpasadena.com
DEC 30-31 | Rose Bowl Bash
The Bloc Plaza, Los Angeles
30th: 10am-5pm
| 31st: 10am-4pm > A celebration of college football with family-friendly interactive games, a beer garden & more!  tournamentofroses.com

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun

Moonlight Forest Magical Lantern Art Festival

I was thrilled to attend the kick off for the Moonlight Forest Magical Lantern Festival. The Arboretum has been transformed by magnificent lantern art into a wonderland as vividly colorful as Chihuly Gardens. The illuminated displays center on three themes – Magical China, Nature’s Treasures and Children’s World.

Magical China acquaints visitors with Asian culture. Some highlights include the stunning Terracotta Warriors, an enormous Chinese palace, and my favorite, a dazzling Chinese dragon that stretches across Baldwin Lake. Learn about Chinese opera, Chinese zodiac and other traditions.

Nature’s Treasures offers a zoo-like experience right here in Arcadia! Elephants, giraffes, zebras are among the great variety of animals artfully depicted by the lanterns. Flowers and trees round out the nature theme.  

Kids and grown-ups alike will be charmed by Children’s World. A stunning color-changing frog, charming Panda Paradise and vibrant Candy Tunnel are a few of the whimsical displays. Children also have the opportunity to create crafts with paint and dough.

But that’s not all! Chinese acrobats and dancers perform nightly, and a great selection of food trucks and bars offer refreshment to round out your Moonlight Forest experience.

You’ve got to come see this amazing fantasy of light for yourself! The Moonlight Forest runs Wednesdays – Sundays now through January 6, 2019. Visit arboretum.org for tickets. Your get 15% off if you get an Arboretum membership. It pays for itself and you can enjoy the Arboretum year-round with your family. Enjoy!

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 10:05 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Just for Fun, Uncategorized

Fun Things To Do Around Town in November

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun

Descanso Gardens, An Urban Retreat

The Japanese Garden opened in the 1960s, and features plants native to Asia.

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

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Did You Know..., Just for Fun

Fun Things to do Around Town in October

The Arts, Food & More!

6  |  Montrose Oktoberfest
Montrose Shopping Park > 12-10pm
Live music, rides, games, food & more – and say hello to the Podley agents working the barrels!  oktoberfest.montrosechamber.org

12  |  Art Night Pasadena
Various Museums Across Pasadena > 6-10pm
The city’s most prominent arts & cultural institutions open their doors for free.  artnightpasadena.org

13  |  Glendorafest
North Glendora > Village 5-9pm
Glendora’s 5th Annual beer tasting event with local craft brews, food trucks & live music.  glendorafest.com

13-14  |  Japanese Garden Celebration
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 9am-5pm
Celebrate Japanese arts & culture with this festival with entertainment for all ages.  descansogardens.org

17-Nov 11  |  The Woman in Black
Pasadena Playhouse > Times Vary
Witness Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story that has kept London’s West End on the edge of its seat for the past 28 years!
pasadenaplayhouse.org

21  |  A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
Old Town Monrovia > 5-8pm
Local vendors showcase their best in a festival of food, music & spirits.  facebook.com/atasteofoldtownmonrovia

Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Festivals, Scarecrows…Oh My!

1-20  |  Sierra Madre Scarecrow Festival
Across Sierra Madre
Times Vary1-19: Voting & Judging   5: Kickoff Party
7: Free Scarecrow Bus Tour   20: Winners Announced
creativeartsgroup.org

20  |  Santa Anita Pumpkin Patch
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia > 12-4pm
Pumpkin patch with a Family Fun Zone for your little jockeys.
santaanita.com

20-21, 27-28 Slightly Spooky Stories
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge > 11am
Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with a family-friendly telling of your favorite surprising & slightly spooky stories. Costumes encouraged!  descansogardens.org

22-27 Halloween Craft Week
Glendora Public Library > All Day
Get into a spooky mood with Halloween crafts.
cityofglendora.org

26-27  |  Halloween Window Painting Contest
Downtown Sierra Madre
26: 2:30-6pm, 27: 7:30-10am >  Community youth paint business windows throughout the downtown area. Judging & awards on the 27th.
sierramadrecivicclub.org

27  |  Off The Page Players: Halloween Tales
Monrovia Public Library
2-3:45pm >  Young ghosts & goblins will enjoy these fun stories.
cityofmonrovia.org

27  |  Downtown Arcadia Halloween Harvest Festival
First Avenue, Downtown Arcadia
11am-5pm >  Festival w/pumpkin patch, spooky stories, magic show, free balloons, face painting & chalk art fun.
downtownarcadia.org

27-28 Pumpkin Festival
Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
9:30am-5pm >  All are invited to enjoy carnival games, a pumpkin patch & live entertainment.  kidspacemuseum.org

27-28, 31 Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Old Pasadena > Times Vary
Pumpkin decorating, costume contests, trick-or-treat & more!
oldpasadena.org

31  |  Annual Halloween Carnival
Finkbiner Park, Glendora > 5-8pm
Trick-or-treat around the Village. Stay for games, food & prizes.
cityofglendora.org

31  |  Sierra Madre’s Halloween Happenings
Downtown Sierra Madre
3:30-5pm > Trick-or-Treating   5pm > Costume Parade
5:30pm > Costume Contest
cityofsierramadre.com

31 Old Town Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Bash
Library Park, Monrovia
Times Vary > Ghoulish fun for all! Trick-or-treat, costume contest plus a dog costume contest for furry friends.  cityofmonrovia.org

31Trick-or-Treat Along Foothill Blvd.
846 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge
3-5pm > Stop by our office + participating merchants to trick-or-treat!

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 11:27 pm
Sue Cook | Category: Events Calendars, Just for Fun