|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.
Feb 9 | Great Trivia Challenge 27
Feb 17 | Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope
Feb 17 | 2019 Chinese Lantern Festival Gala
Feb 20 | 100 Years of Women’s Art
Feb 22-24 | Tuesdays with Morrie
Feb 25 | Monday Movie Night: Sherlock Gnomes
Jan 1-2 | Post Parade Showcase of Floats
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Music in the Chinese Garden
Jan 20 | Robert Kennard: Architect & Mentor
Jan 27 | Silent Sunday Series: Ella Cinders
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.
Keep your tree looking lush until the last ornament is packed away with these tips for watering, using stands and siting
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.
You can saw off some of the tree’s branches and cover garden beds with them to protect plants, or turn them into mulch with a chipper or shredder. If you have the acreage, drag the tree to an out-of-the-way spot for birds and animals to use as cover. Most communities now collect spent Christmas trees and make mulch or compost from them, which they offer back to residents. The saddest end for a tree is for it to be hauled off to a landfill, instead of being turned back into soil — allowed to decompose and feed living creatures, the way nature intended.
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!
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.