A Crotty Lecture, “A Neglected Document (Really!) of the Salem Witch Trials” by Clive Thomas, emeritus fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, provides a context for the 1692 determination by the Puritan clergymen of the Cambridge Association concerning spectral evidence in witchcraft trials, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free; no reservations required. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.
The Caltech-Occidental Concert Band performs works by Bartok, Robert Jager, John McKay and Alfred Reed at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Occidental College Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock, and at 8 p.m. Saturday in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 395-3295 or visit bands.caltech.edu.
A Pasadena Conservatory of Music concert, “Where Music Meets Art,” features display of a painting by Max Rodriguez, inspired by Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 8,” with cellist Andrew Cook and the Girsky Quartet performing music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Schubert, at 7:30 p.m. at 100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for students and seniors. Call (626) 683-3355 or visit pasadenaconservatory.org.
The Doo Dah Parade, Pasadena’s annual ode to zaniness, steps off at 11 a.m. on Colorado Boulevard between San Gabriel Boulevard and Altadena Drive, Pasadena, headed by Queen Veronika MeowMeowz, with Grand Marshal Juli Crockett. Call (626) 590-7596 or visit pasadenadoodahparade.info.
Ahead of the Nov. 27 opening of the Sierra Madre Playhouse production of the musical “A Christmas Memory,” guests are invited to “The Fruitcake Caucuses: A Democratic Tasting of Christmas” to sample fruitcake and other holiday baked goods from all 50 states. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kersting Court, Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.
The Pasadena Civil War Round Table presents “Thaddeus Lowe and the US Balloon Corps,” a discussion of Lowe’s founding of the Balloon Corps, the precursor to the US Air Force. Civil War experts Steve and Patrice Demory host the event and portray Thaddeus and Leontine Lowe at 7:15 p.m. at Pasadena Public Library’s Central Branch, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Visit pasadenacwrt.org.
Take a relaxing tour of the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s historic Santa Anita Depot with a trained docent from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, for the cost of Arboretum admission of $9 for adults, $6 students and seniors, $4 for children 5 to 12. Free for children younger than 5. Call (626) 821-3222 or visit arboretum.org.
Union Station Homeless Services hosts its annual, free Dinner in the Park for homeless individuals, low-income families and those who simply have no place to go for Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Park, 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 240-4550 or visit unionstationhs.org.