Tree Time

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek to light Christmas Tree at City Hall

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. for the Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting.

Tornek will light the Christmas tree erected in  the City Hall Rotunda at 6 p.m.

The event includes local singers, dancers, crafts for kids, free snacks and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Donations to needy families can also be made at the event by bringing an unwrapped toy or sports equipment as part of the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Live entertainment includes a return performance from the thundering Wilson Middle School Drum Corps, plus the Robinson Park Tiny Tots Troupe, the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, and performers from Pasadena’s Afterschool Adventures Program. 

Two dance troupes from the after-school program at Pasadena Unified School District are scheduled this year and Monet Bagneris will sing holiday tunes. Light refreshments will be provided by Amara Café of Pasadena.

This great family event is organized by the city’s Human Services and Recreation Department, with help from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Works, Pasadena Water & Power, the Fire Department, Police Department and the City Manager’s Office.

Hot, Baked Turkey

City Hall and most city services closed Thursday and Friday as temps soar

Local temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees on Thanksgiving Day, with a ridge of high pressure that’s entering into the region responsible for the rise in temps, which are just below the 1933 record. That year, Thanksgiving temperatures reached 92 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.. 

City Hall and most city services will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. 

Pasadena Fire and Police departments will continue to be staffed for all patrol, jail, fire, paramedic and other emergency services. 

Pasadena residents and businesses with power emergencies should call the Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) Department at (626) 744-4673 and for water-related emergencies call (626) 744-4138. PWP’s customer service call center will be closed both days, but customers can access their accounts and make payments by phone at (626) 744-4005 or online at The municipal services payment center at City Hall will be closed both days.

The Citizen Service Center,, will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be open to take your calls at (626) 744-7311 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25.

Regular refuse and recycling collection for Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) will occur on Friday, Nov. 24, and Friday’s collection will be on Saturday, Nov. 25.  No pickups for bulky items will be scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, but will resume Friday.

Pasadena Transit and Dial-A-Ride transportation programs will not operate on Thursdaybut will resume regular service on Friday. All parking meters are free and parking time limits will not be enforced on Thanksgiving Day, but shoppers are advised that all regular meter enforcement will resume on Friday, Nov. 24. Violations for overnight parking restrictions, red curb parking and blocking fire hydrants will continue to be issued both days.

All recreation and community centers will be closed on both days, but all parks will be open for picnics, fun and play.  No site reservations are accepted for the holiday.