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    CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise, Sunday, October 6, 2019 CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise, Sunday, October 6, 2019
    CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise October 6, 2019 - January 12, 2020
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    The Armory Center for the Arts hosts the fourth iteration of the MexiCali Biennial, CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise, a series of exhibitions and related programs taking place throughout the California region north and south of the US/Mexico border that explore the myth of the indigenous Black Queen Calafia and her island "California." 

    The word ‘California’ was first written in the sixteenth-century novel Las Sergas de Esplandian (The Adventures of Esplandian) by Castilian author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvoand, regarded by many to be the etymological source of the region’s name. This chivalric romance exoticizes Queen Calafia and her Black Amazon pagan women, who are armed with golden weapons and ride upon mythical beasts, living on a prosperous island called "California," filled with gold and precious stones. The Eurocentric narrative ultimately ends with the colonization of the land and the subjugation of the queen and her army through marriage and proselytism. 

    The 2018-2020 Mexicali Biennial reactivates the mythology of Calafia and the island of California through artworks that combine fiction and fact to rethink the extended region that was conceived and intended to be – from a colonial perspective – a “Terrestrial Paradise.”

    This particular chapter, the third in the exhibition series, features 29 artists and collectives using diverse aesthetic strategies to engage with the consequences of being in a place continuously framed as a “paradise” through a colonial project of erasure and dominance. Artworks reclaim and rewrite the myth of Calafia to deactivate the concept of the “paradise” and show its contradictions, as well as to outline and re-image the island of California in contemporary times. Futurisms, land poetics, critiques of immigration politics, an analysis of gentrification processes, the myth-making connected to surveillance and militarization, and deconstructions of race and gender are just some of the lines that shape the shore of the island of Calafia.

    Artists in the exhibition are: #SNATCHPOWER, Juan Bastardo, Chelle Barbour, Mely Barragán, Miguel Buenrostro, Enid Baxter Ryce, Chris Christion, Cog•nate Collective,  Nikki Darling and Dean Erdmann, Yutsil Cruz, David de Rozas, Melora Garcia, Invasorix, Maya Mackrandilal, Noé Olivas, Abigail Raphael Collins, Adee Roberson, Mónica Rodríguez, Sandy Rodriguez, Timo Saarelma, Paulina Sánchez, Julio M. Romero, Amanda Trager & Erik Moskowitz, Hillary Mushkin, Chinwe Okona, Jeniffer Pereda, Jessica Sevilla, Diane Williams, and Kim Zumpfe.

    CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise is organized by the curatorial team of the MexiCali Biennial: Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, and Daniela Lieja Quintanar, with coordinator and researcher April Lillard-Gomez. The exhibition is on view in the Armory’s Caldwell Gallery from October 6, 2019, through January 12, 2020.   

     

     

     

     

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    The Container Store Holiday Shop, Monday, November 4, 2019 The Container Store Holiday Shop, Monday, November 4, 2019
    The Container Store Holiday Shop November 4, 2019 - December 24, 2019
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    Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena 1890 – 1930, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena 1890 – 1930, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena 1890 – 1930 November 13, 2019 - July 3, 2020
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    Pasadena Museum of History presents Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena 1890 – 1930, an exhibition that explores the city’s private and public sector development by examining themes such as: Why did people come to Pasadena? Why did they choose to stay? Where did they live and what did they see and do? What local, national, or international influences served as a catalyst for the city’s remarkable transformation? Visitors can see historic images, documents, artwork, clothing, and ephemera, and research compiled over decades by scholars, PMH staff, and volunteers. 

    The 40 years between 1890 and 1930 were a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history. The area changed rapidly from a small agricultural community to a renowned winter resort and bustling young city. Newcomers came for many reasons. They were taken by the region’s natural beauty and the opportunities associated with its growth and potential. It was an appealing place to launch a new venture, or in some cases, to start over. The railroad provided convenient and affordable transportation to the appropriately nicknamed “Crown City.” Luxurious resort hotels sprung up and a town grew, providing opportunities for real estate investments and starting commercial and service businesses. Pasadena was changing significantly, fashioned by a rapidly burgeoning population and its hopes, dreams, and achievements.

    The exhibition also features the legacy of Museum benefactors Eva and Aldalbert Fenyes. After arriving in Pasadena as newlyweds in 1896, this sophisticated couple quickly embraced the city as their new home. They purchased real estate, developed businesses, and contributed to the cultural and artistic development of Pasadena. Their 1906 Beaux Arts mansion is an important component of the exhibit storyline, providing visitors with a glimpse into what life was like on Pasadena’s landmark Millionaire’s Row in the early 1900s.

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    Santa Photos at One Colorado, Friday, November 29, 2019 Santa Photos at One Colorado, Friday, November 29, 2019
    Santa Photos at One Colorado November 29, 2019 - December 24, 2019
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    One Colorado is providing all-access to Santa this season. It’s a busy time for him, but he’s promised that, as his schedule allows, he’ll pop by special events and host several photos sessions!

    Santa even lets his four-legged friends sit on his lap and share their wishes on Pet Night, Thursday, December 12, 5:00-9:00pm.

    SANTA PHOTO HOURS & PRICING

    Friday, November 29 - 10:00am-9:00pm

    December 5 - December 24: 

    • Thursday & Fridays 5:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Saturdays 10:00am – 9:00pm
    • Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm
    • Extended hours December 23-24

    Pricing: 

    • 1-5 persons @ 10 photos (memory card/download) $20
    • 6+ persons @ 10 photos (memory card/download) $30
    • With your own camera (3 minutes) $15

     

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    Old Pasadena Holidays, Sunday, December 1, 2019 Old Pasadena Holidays, Sunday, December 1, 2019
    Old Pasadena Holidays December 1, 2019 - January 1, 2020
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    Friday Movie Matinees, Friday, December 6, 2019 1:00 pm Friday Movie Matinees, Friday, December 6, 2019 1:00 pm
    Friday Movie Matinees December 6, 2019
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    Friday Movie Matinees


    1:00pm–3:00pm

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts the Friday Movie Matinees series. This week's feature: The House without a Christmas Tree” (1972, NR) starring Jason Robards and Mildred Natwick. A man embittered by the death of his wife is enraged when his young daughter wins a Christmas tree at school, so she attempts to soften his heart. Movies are free and open to all. 

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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am
    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour December 7, 2019
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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Old Pasadena Walking Tour, Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:00 am Old Pasadena Walking Tour, Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:00 am
    Old Pasadena Walking Tour December 7, 2019
    9:00 am–11:00 am
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    Old Pasadena Walking Tour


    9:00am–11:00am

    Pasadena Heritage hosts its monthly edition of the Old Pasadena Walking Tour, the organization's most popular tour. Explore Old Pasadena with an experienced docent, see the renaissance, and enjoy the architectural variety, fascinating history, virtually unchanged alleyways, and all the authentic details that keep history alive in the 21st Century. 

    Pasadena's original downtown, once slated for demolition, is now a shopping and dining destination attracting thousands of visitors every month. Without Pasadena Heritage, this National Register Historic District would have been leveled and all its history and architecture destroyed. Instead, today it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalization in the country.

    Ticket information: The cost for the tour is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required. Buy your tickets  at www.pasadenaheritage.org. To purchase by phone, call Pasadena Heritage at 626.441.6333. Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Please note that the tours are exterior only.  

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    One Colorado Groovy Holiday Kick-Off, Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:00 pm One Colorado Groovy Holiday Kick-Off, Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:00 pm
    One Colorado Groovy Holiday Kick-Off December 7, 2019
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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    One Colorado Groovy Holiday Kick-Off


    7:00pm–9:00pm

    Ring in the Holidays at One Colorado’s Groovy Holiday Kick Off!  A crazy cool night is in store with the band Nutty, which performs their “martini mix” of jazz, swing and lounge. Santa will be there looking sharp for photos, and a photo booth is ready to share the merry moments. Sage Vegan Bistro will be mixing cocktails and "less atomic sips" for the kiddos. 

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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am
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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Holiday Tour at Castle Green, Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 pm Holiday Tour at Castle Green, Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 pm
    Holiday Tour at Castle Green December 8, 2019
    1:00 pm–5:00 pm
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    Holiday Tour at Castle Green


    1:00pm–5:00pm

    Visitors are invited to enjoy a self-guided tour of the magnificent 120-year-old Castle Green, one of only two times each year that it's open to the public. Guests can visit 25+ private condominiums, the Penthouse, and the iconic Bridge, as well as the ground floor that's decked in holiday finery. 

    Built in 1898, the Castle was designed by architect Frederick I. Roehrig with influence of Moorish, Spanish, and Victorian elements and has turn of the century glamour and charm.  Today, the Castle has become one of the most cherished historic buildings in Pasadena and remains a majestic centerpiece of the city.

    Caterers will be providing delicious holiday bite size treats from stations throughout our ground floor while supplies last.

    Gates open at 1:00 pm – you can arrive at your convenience through 5:00 pm.

    Please note the antique elevator will not be in service during the event. The landmark is handicap-accessible in all rooms of the first floor, including tea service in the ballroom, restrooms, sunroom, grand salon, Moorish and Turkish rooms, lobby, library, and ballroom, as well as from veranda and lawn. A ramp is located via the back driveway. 

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    Ornament Making + Gift Drive Get Together, Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 pm Ornament Making + Gift Drive Get Together, Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 pm
    Ornament Making + Gift Drive Get Together December 8, 2019
    1:00 pm–4:00 pm
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    Ornament Making + Gift Drive Get Together


    1:00pm–4:00pm

    One Colorado helps our community get into the giving spirit with its Sunday afternoon event: Ornament Making + Gift Drive Get Together for Union Station Homeless Services.
     
    Bring cheer to someone in need! Gather in the Courtyard for the Ornament Making + Gift Drive Get Together for Union Station Homeless Services. Your ornaments will adorn trees that One Colorado donates and decorates for USHS's Family Center, and your donated gifts will make certain Santa pays everyone a visit. To cheer you on, kids from Open Call Performing Arts will serenade the crowd with seasonal songs.

    Gift drive details will be on the One Colorado website soon. Donations may also be made at Patagonia during business hours.

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    Family Free Day at PMH, Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 pm Family Free Day at PMH, Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 pm
    Family Free Day at PMH December 8, 2019
    1:00 pm–4:00 pm
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    Family Free Day at PMH


    1:00pm–4:00pm

    Eveyone is invited to join the Pasadena Museum of History for holiday cheer with a vintage vibe! The museum celebrates theseason and the opening of the exhibit Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930 with a Family Free Day throughout the museum grounds. 

    In addition to the all-new exhibition, highlights include:

    • Performances of vintage music by historian/showman Galen Wilkes.
    • A peek into elegant Fenyes Mansion, adorned with touches of Edwardian-style holiday décor.
    • Traditional holiday festivities in the Finnish Folk Art Museum, hosted by The Finlandia Foundation.
    • Delectable refreshments.
    • A treasure trove of unique and thoughtful gift items for your holiday shopping in the Museum Store.
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    We Olive Sensory Course, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:00 pm We Olive Sensory Course, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:00 pm
    We Olive Sensory Course December 10, 2019
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    We Olive hosts a special Sensory Course each Tuesday at 3:00pm. Come discover California olive oil - learn how to taste olive oil like the professionals, evaluate extra virginity, and pinpoint defects in olive oil. You will never have to worry about cooking with rancid or fraudulent olive oil again!

    The courses are free but requires advance booking; Up to 6 people can be accommodated in each class & they fill up quickly! The Olive Oil Sensory Course is for adults, 21 years of age and over only. Class starts promptly at 3:00pm and late arrivals are not permitted.

    Must sign up 12 hours in advance: Make your reservations online

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    Bob Baker Marionette Holiday Show, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 4:30 pm Bob Baker Marionette Holiday Show, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 4:30 pm
    Bob Baker Marionette Holiday Show December 10, 2019
    4:30 pm–5:30 pm
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    Tree Trimming Party and Holiday Treats, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:30 am Tree Trimming Party and Holiday Treats, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:30 am
    Tree Trimming Party and Holiday Treats December 10, 2019
    8:30 am–11:00 am
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    Conscientious Projector: The Need to GROW, Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:00 pm Conscientious Projector: The Need to GROW, Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:00 pm
    Conscientious Projector: The Need to GROW December 12, 2019
    7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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    Conscientious Projector: The Need to GROW


    7:00pm–9:00pm

    Conscientious Projector film series presents the documentary "The Need to GROW."  Scientists have predicted that humanity has just 60 years to prevent Earth’s life-giving layer of topsoil from becoming entirely and irrevocably depleted. One third has already been lost. 

    This Earth Conscious Life production calls on an array of expert witnesses in its examination of the alarming trend, and follows heartening stories of a renegade urban farmer, an activist child, and a visionary inventor revolutionizing soil restoration as they devote their lives to rescuing our planet’s capacity to grow food.

    A community discussion follows the film. 

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    Cultural Thursdays, Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:00 pm Cultural Thursdays, Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:00 pm
    Cultural Thursdays December 12, 2019
    2:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    Cultural Thursdays


    2:00pm–3:00pm

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts Cultural Thursdays: Great American Songwriters/Popular Christmas Songs and the Stories behind Them.  Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Don Snyder for holiday and seasonal favorites including “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Snow,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” and “The Chipmunk Song.” 

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    Holiday Essential Oil Workshop, Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:30 pm Holiday Essential Oil Workshop, Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:30 pm
    Holiday Essential Oil Workshop December 12, 2019
    6:30 pm–8:00 pm
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    Holiday Essential Oil Workshop


    6:30pm–8:00pm

    Feel better this holiday season with an essential oil workshop at Saje Natural Wellness.  Get an exclusive peak of the store's 2019 holiday products and find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Guests can also enjoy free gift with attendance and  refreshments provided by Pressed Juicery. RSVP online

     

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    Friday Movie Matinees, Friday, December 13, 2019 1:00 pm Friday Movie Matinees, Friday, December 13, 2019 1:00 pm
    Friday Movie Matinees December 13, 2019
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    Friday Movie Matinees


    1:00pm–3:00pm

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts the Friday Movie Matinees series. This week's feature: “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010, NR) starring Doris Roberts and Jewel Staite. Posing as an unassuming toy department clerk, Mrs. Miracle gets to work at making Christmas meaningful for the owners and customers of a financially troubled New York City department store.

    Movies are free and open to all. 

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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am
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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Drag Queen Storytime, Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 pm Drag Queen Storytime, Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 pm
    Drag Queen Storytime December 14, 2019
    12:00 pm–4:00 pm
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    Drag Queen Storytime


    12:00pm–4:00pm

    Drag performer Isabella Xochitl will read excerpts from the children’s book California the Magic Island by Doug Hansen for an all-ages audience. The beautifully illustrated book takes an ecological and historical approach to the story of Calafia by narrating through native flora and fauna. This event will be followed by an activity led by Orange County-based librarian David Lopez. This event is presented in conjunction with the MexiCali Biennial's exhibition Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise, on view in the Armory Center's Caldwell Gallery through January 12, 2020.

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    One Colorado Holiday Open House & Artisan Market  , Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 am One Colorado Holiday Open House & Artisan Market  , Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 am
    One Colorado Holiday Open House & Artisan Market December 14, 2019
    11:00 am–5:00 pm
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    One Colorado Holiday Open House & Artisan Market


    11:00am–5:00pm

    One Colorado businesses open their doors for a Holiday Open House, offering lots of festive in-store events and promotions. Select One Colorado shops will also host Courtyard pop-ups, while the restaurants serve up food and Happy Hour promotions. Right around the corner from the Courtyard, in Douglas Alley, artisans from LOST ART L.A. will be selling unique collections of one-of-a-kind ceramics, jewelry, home décor, and accessories.  Live music throughout the day keeps things merry and festive! 

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    Old Pasadena Yappy Holidays, Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:00 pm Old Pasadena Yappy Holidays, Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:00 pm
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    2:00 pm–4:00 pm
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    Old Pasadena Yappy Holidays


    2:00pm–4:00pm

    ​Old Pasadena Yappy Holidays is a delightfully festive doggy meet-up for our city’s adorably cute pooches!

    The free event takes place on Big Bang Theory Way alley and features photo ops galore, Santa’s elves ready to pose for pics, giveaways, treats and samples from The Dog Bakery, live music performed by The Holly Street Stompers, and the chance to say hello to local Instagram doggy Celebrity Guests!

    What to expect: 

    Pups are encouraged to dress in their holiday finest - See photos of the 2018 Yappy Holidays for inspiration!

    This event is for well-socialized and leashed dogs only. Please do not bring any other types of pets. 

     

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    Trudie Strobel: A Life in Tapestry, Saturday, December 14, 2019 Trudie Strobel: A Life in Tapestry, Saturday, December 14, 2019
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    The Armory Center for the Arts shares the art and life story of Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel with its exhibition Trudie Strobel: A Life in Tapestry. The opening reception is Sunday, December 15 from 3:00-5:00pm. All are welcome. 

    While Trudie began stitching to process the story of her survival, her experiences as a child of the pogroms (Russia) and then the Nazis, she continued stitching until she had created vast tapestries of the history of the Jewish people. Curators Maya Savin Miller and Lila Dworsky-Hickey have created an exhibition that displays these tapestries in hope of sparking greater interest and knowledge about genocide. The viewing of Trudie’s work and a telling of her story provide the opportunity to expose more people to this visceral form of genocide education. Ultimately, we strive to foster greater awareness and empathy as individuals see the Holocaust through the personal eyes of a survivor’s artwork. And as the horrors of oppression and genocide have continued to impact many other cultures and people throughout the world, it is more important than ever that our awareness be a call to action.  

    This project is supported by the Dragon Kim Foundation, the Righteous Conversations Project, and the Remember Us Project.

     

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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am
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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:00 pm Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:00 pm
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    4:00 pm–5:00 pm
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    Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas


    4:00pm–5:00pm

    Enjoy Holiday mariachi music with the mujeres of Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas. These talented lovelies perform at well-known mariachi dinner shows, including La Fonda “La Casa del Mariachi,” Jose Hernandez’s Cielito Lindo Restaurant, and Ixtapa Cantina in Pasadena. They are also the go-to band for cultural venues throughout Los Angeles, including LA Plaza de Cultura. 

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    How Will Voting Change?, Monday, December 16, 2019 1:00 pm How Will Voting Change?, Monday, December 16, 2019 1:00 pm
    How Will Voting Change? December 16, 2019
    1:00 pm–2:00 pm
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    How Will Voting Change?


    1:00pm–2:00pm

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts a presentation with the Pasadena League of Women Voters, "How Will Voting Change?"

    Voting Systems for All People, a new, more secure and transparent voting method, will debut in 2020. Los Angeles County, which has more registered voters than 42 states, will give the new system a test run in real time during California’s presidential primary in March. Learn how you can receive an interactive sample ballot, vote at any voting center in the county, and register and vote the same day. Q&A will follow the presentation.

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    We Olive Sensory Course, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:00 pm We Olive Sensory Course, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:00 pm
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    We Olive Sensory Course

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    We Olive hosts a special Sensory Course each Tuesday at 3:00pm. Come discover California olive oil - learn how to taste olive oil like the professionals, evaluate extra virginity, and pinpoint defects in olive oil. You will never have to worry about cooking with rancid or fraudulent olive oil again!

    The courses are free but requires advance booking; Up to 6 people can be accommodated in each class & they fill up quickly! The Olive Oil Sensory Course is for adults, 21 years of age and over only. Class starts promptly at 3:00pm and late arrivals are not permitted.

    Must sign up 12 hours in advance: Make your reservations online

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    Old Pasadena Ambassador Guides: What Do They Do?, Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:00 am Old Pasadena Ambassador Guides: What Do They Do?, Thursday, December 19, 2019 10:00 am
    Old Pasadena Ambassador Guides: What Do They Do? December 19, 2019
    10:00 am–11:00 am
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    Old Pasadena Ambassador Guides: What Do They Do?


    10:00am–11:00am

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts a presentation titled "Old Pasadena Ambassador Guides: What Do They Do?" Meet some of the Guides who cover Old Pasadena on foot, Segways and bicycles while providing a friendly, welcoming presence in their bright yellow shirts and warm smiles.

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    Friday Movie Matinees, Friday, December 20, 2019 1:00 pm Friday Movie Matinees, Friday, December 20, 2019 1:00 pm
    Friday Movie Matinees December 20, 2019
    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    Friday Movie Matinees


    1:00pm–3:00pm

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts the Friday Movie Matinees series. This week's feature: “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984, NR) starring Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney. A woman and her three children help Santa save his workshop at the North Pole from being destroyed due to nearby oil drilling. Movies are free and open to all. 

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    Senior Center Health Fair, Friday, December 20, 2019 9:00 am Senior Center Health Fair, Friday, December 20, 2019 9:00 am
    Senior Center Health Fair December 20, 2019
    9:00 am–11:00 am
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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour, Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:30 am
    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour December 21, 2019
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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Old Pasadena Walking Tour, Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:00 am Old Pasadena Walking Tour, Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:00 am
    Old Pasadena Walking Tour December 21, 2019
    9:00 am–11:00 am
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    Old Pasadena Walking Tour


    9:00am–11:00am

    Pasadena Heritage hosts its monthly edition of the Old Pasadena Walking Tour, the organization's most popular tour. Explore Old Pasadena with an experienced docent, see the renaissance, and enjoy the architectural variety, fascinating history, virtually unchanged alleyways, and all the authentic details that keep history alive in the 21st Century. 

    Pasadena's original downtown, once slated for demolition, is now a shopping and dining destination attracting thousands of visitors every month. Without Pasadena Heritage, this National Register Historic District would have been leveled and all its history and architecture destroyed. Instead, today it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalization in the country.

    Ticket information: The cost for the tour is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required. Buy your tickets  at www.pasadenaheritage.org. To purchase by phone, call Pasadena Heritage at 626.441.6333. Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Please note that the tours are exterior only.  

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    One (Colorado) Snowy Night, Saturday, December 21, 2019 6:00 pm One (Colorado) Snowy Night, Saturday, December 21, 2019 6:00 pm
    One (Colorado) Snowy Night December 21, 2019
    6:00 pm–8:00 pm
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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Christmas Luncheon , Wednesday, December 25, 2019 12:00 pm Christmas Luncheon , Wednesday, December 25, 2019 12:00 pm
    Christmas Luncheon December 25, 2019
    12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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    Christmas Luncheon


    12:00pm–2:00pm

    Oh what fun it is to attend the annual Christmas luncheon at the Pasadena Senior Center!  On Christmas Day, the 2:00pm the center’s Scott Pavilion will be adorned with jolly décor and overflow with holiday spirit as guests feast on a fun and festive meal with their families and friends. Doors will open at 11:45am. Live music of the season will be performed, and Santa will be on hand to spread Christmas cheer.

    Prepaid reservations must be made at the Welcome Desk or at www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org no later than Saturday, Dec. 21.

      

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    South Feast Asian Dinner, Thursday, December 26, 2019 5:00 pm South Feast Asian Dinner, Thursday, December 26, 2019 5:00 pm
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    5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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    South Feast Asian Dinner


    5:00pm–9:30pm

    Bone Kettle presents a special holiday celebration feast featuring acclaimed chefs Isa Fabro and Saeng Douangdara, who are joined by Bone Kettle’s executive chef Erwin Tjahyadi and sous chef Donna Famisan. The prix fixe dinner showcases mouthwatering dishes from Laos, Philippines, and Indonesia. 

    One night only with three seatings available. 

    MENU

    Laotian trio of Appetizers- Chef Saeng Douangdara

    • Khao Niew Dum
    • Thummakthang Khao Poon
    • Hoo Moo Tawd

    Javanese (Indonesian) Main Course- Chefs Erwin Tjahyadi & Donna Famisan

    • Indonesian braised veal cheek
    • Sambal Goreng Prawns
    • Turmeric Rice Cake with Garlic Krupuk

     Filipino Dessert- Chef Isa Fabro

    • Bibingka
    • Crema de Fruta
    • Champorado

    Pouring

    • Filipino Craft Beers from Palaweño Brewery

     

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    1:00 pm–3:00 pm
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    Friday Movie Matinees


    1:00pm–3:00pm

    The Pasadena Senior Center hosts the Friday Movie Matinees series. This week's feature: “Love Actually” (2003, R) starring Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley. Stories about various couples in London are interwoven throughout the film, which takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

     Movies are free and open to all. 

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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour

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    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour

    to
    Presented by: Melting Pot Tours
    Stops throughout Old Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    424.247.9666
    www.meltingpottours.com


    Adults $79; Children 5-12 yrs. $65

    Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves.

    Here's what you can expect on the Old Pasadena Food Tour:

    • Cafes and restaurants specializing in world cuisine (Middle Eastern, South American, Indian, Oaxacan)
    • An artisan ice cream shop
    • A shop filled with teas from around the world
    • A California olive oil store and cafe
    • A handmade soap kitchen

    Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings. The tour concludes back at the original starting point. The food samples along the way are filling enough so that for most people lunch afterward is not necessary.

    Tours run weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-2:00pm.

    SPECIAL OPMD DISCOUNT: Save 10% on Adult Tour tickets with the promo code VISPAS2019 - good through December 31, 2019.

     

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    New Years Walking Tours December 30, 2019 - December 31, 2019
    10:00 am–12:00 pm
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    10:00am–12:00pm
    Presented by: Pasadena Walking Tours
    Locations throughout Pasadena
    Pasadena, CA 91105


    Adults $20; Children (ages 5-12) $5; Toddlers (4 and under) free

    One of Pasadena's main claims to fame is its New Year's festivities. Since 1890, Pasadena has shown off its best in the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade, celebrating its balmy winters and abundance of fresh flowers with music, marching entertainers, and floral-bedecked floats.

    Pasadena Walking Tours guides take visitors on a stroll through some of Pasadena's "parade landmarks" and share stories about the people who started and continued this tradition, and shaped New Year's in Pasadena as we know it today. You'll also learn about the history of the Rose Bowl game, as well as other activities and sports that have played a role in past years.

    Starting at the Wrigley Mansion - the headquarters of the Tournament of Roses and beginning of the Parade route - tours walk down Orange Grove Boulevard, formerly known as "Millionaires' Row," and stop off at the Colorado Street Bridge, before continuing on the parade route down Colorado Boulevard and into Old Pasadena.

    Two tours are offering, one each on Monday-Tuesday, December 30-31. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 

     

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    Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade, Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:00 am Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade, Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:00 am
    Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade January 1, 2020
    8:00 am–10:30 am
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    Tournament of Roses - Rose Bowl Game, Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:00 pm Tournament of Roses - Rose Bowl Game, Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:00 pm
    Tournament of Roses - Rose Bowl Game January 1, 2020
    1:00 pm–6:00 pm
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