A HAND UP

Volunteers sought for 20th Annual Back to School Event on Aug. 7 at Santa Anita

The nonprofit Foothill Unity Center helps over 1,200 low-income students prepare for a successful school year each year through its annual Back to School Event at Santa Anita Park Race Track.

These students in grades K-college are provided with new backpacks, clothing, school supplies and even professional haircuts and manicures, helping them have higher self-confidence and readiness to learn.

Volunteer registration on a first-come, first-served basis until the total number of needed volunteers is reached. Volunteer opportunities are available for adults and youth on both Monday, Aug. 6, and Tuesday, Aug. 7.

To register for volunteer shifts, visit foothillunitycenter.org/back-school. For questions, contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@foothillunitycenter.org. The Foothill Unity Center is located at 790 Chestnut Ave., Monrovia.

FUN AND FOOD

Pasadena Senior Center offers month filled with activities and courses

The Pasadena Senior Center offers another jam-packed month of activities and courses throughout August at its location at 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

First up is the center’s monthly Food Bank from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, offering low-income individuals ages 60 and older two boxes of food with proof of income and a California ID. All who attend are asked to bring a personal shopping cart to carry their goods.

The center’s Friday Movie Matinees series starts off this month at 1 p.m. Friday with the Oscar-winning film “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in a seriocomic take on disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. The faith-based biopic “I Can Only Imagine” will be shown at 1 p.m. Aug. 10, recounting the inspiring true story behind Christian-rock band MercyMe’s beloved, chart-topping song that has brought hope and the power of forgiveness to many.

The week’s special events end at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 and 15, with health insurance counseling featuring unbiased information about Medicare, Med-gap, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and Cal Medi-Connect. Appointments are required; call (626) 795-4331.

FINAL BOW

Pasadena Museum of California Art provides plenty of fun ahead of October closing

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is closing its doors for good on Oct. 7, but it has plenty of activities happening until that fateful day. In fact, August is the museum’s Family Fun Month, with six different events planned to help families beat both boredom and the summer heat.

The museum is presenting tours of its current exhibitions, “Brody Albert: Strata,” “Judy Chicago’s Birth Project: Born Again,” and “Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California” throughout its operating hours from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The museum also offers its summer book sale this weekend, from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, in addition to free admission as part of its ongoing Free First Friday series.

The PMCA is also teaming up with Kidspace to celebrate the rich and diverse history of California art at the children’s museum’s Free Family Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Kidspace, located at 480 N. Arroyo  Blvd., Pasadena. Finally, it offers two events in its ongoing PMCA 1234 series of interactive events.

The Second Saturday Spotlight, “Get On Your Soapbox,” features LA-based graphic designer Silas Munro teaching the basics of contemporary graphic design and lettering as attendees can customize a soap box to take home. Finally, the Free Third Thursday event, “California in Their Own Words,” takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 and features a reading of contemporary African-American poetry and prose as well as a reception courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

The PMCA is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Visit pmcaonline.org.