Pasadena salutes veterans at Veterans Day celebration

Sunday at City Hall

The Pasadena community is invited to join civic leaders, special guests, military veterans and active members of the US armed forces for a Veterans Day commemoration beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

Former Pasadena Mayor William E. Thomson, chair of the Veterans Day steering committee and a US Army veteran, will serve as master of ceremonies. With the theme “Pasadena Salutes Our Veterans,” the event will include patriotic music and a color guard from a local high school.

The National Anthem will be sung by Monet Bagneris, a singer, songwriter and musician whose grandfather, Marion Meredith Beal, was the first African American to serve at the US Marine Corps national headquarters in Washington, DC.

Cmdr. Corey A. Poorman, commanding officer of the USS Pasadena, a US Navy submarine, will be the keynote speaker.

At 11:11 a.m., the event will conclude with the Condor Squadron of World War II-era T-6 planes flying in formation over City Hall. After the ceremony, Pasadena firefighters will provide free refreshments including hot dogs.

 Sponsors of the event include the city of Pasadena, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 446, American Legion Post 13, US Navy League Pasadena Council, Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

For more information call 626-744-6967.


Pasadena Heritage celebrates Craftsman Weekend with eclectic array of tours

The preservation group Pasadena Heritage will offer several walking and bus tours of the Crown City to celebrate Craftsman Weekend today through Monday.

The tours offer opportunities to see the city from a different perspective than simply driving through in daily life and to immerse attendees in the American Arts and Crafts architecture movement.

The fun kicks off with a pre-Craftsman Weekend Old Pasadena Walking Tour on Thursday and includes a Pasadena Overview Bus Tour and Asian Influence Bus Tour on Friday. Saturday features a neighborhood walking tour of Orange Heights on Saturday and a cemetery sunset dinner and walking tour on Sunday. The tours end on Monday with a post-Craftsman Weekend Pasadena Overview Bus Tour.

Other highlights include the “Surviving Urban Sprawl and 210 Freeway” tour will take place with four morning start times: 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the “Sylvanus Marston and St. Francis Court Highlights Tour” at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday features the “Earnest Batchelder, Wallace Neff and Ruth Shellhorn Designed Fountains” tour at 9 a.m., 2 and 2:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the “Off the Beaten Path” bus tour which leads attendees to discover over 40 sites, objects, people and events that are historically significant, but not generally known or understood runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

For tickets and more information, call (626) 441-6333 or visit pasadenaheritage.org.


Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show offers early start to the holiday shopping season

The show launch for Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Pasadena, located at 168 S. Los Robles Ave. The show features an alliance of artists, artisans, makers, bakers, and specialty purveyors showcasing a gift market extravaganza just in time for the holidays.

The three-day show encompasses handcrafted media and offers a vast choice of holiday gifts and products designed and made by independent artisans and studio artists. Included are clothing and accessories; textile, weaving and artisan handiwork; jewelry, gems and minerals; home goods and furniture; vintage, antique, ethnographic and collectibles, and more.

The hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 online and $10 at the door. Visit ArtsandCraftsShow.com.