Union Station Homeless Services Dinner in the Park offers free Thanksgiving dinner to homeless individuals, low-income people, the elderly and others who simply have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 240-4550 or visit unionstationhs.org.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, presents a stage adaptation of “A Christmas Story,” based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd about the Parkers, whose patriarch wins a very special prize in a contest, and other misadventures during a Christmas season in the mid-20th century. It opens at 8 p.m. Friday and continues through Dec. 30. Tickets are $45 general admission, $40 for seniors, $25 for youth up to age 21. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.
The Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, presents “Bob Baker’s Nutcracker,” the beloved fairy tale performed by the Bob Baker Marionettes, opening at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and continuing through Dec. 31. Tickets are $20, free for children younger than 2. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, hosts Winter Festival featuring family-friendly, festive activities for all ages, benefiting local charities. The festival, from 4 to 7 p.m., includes a tree lighting, a photo booth, a visit by Santa and a performance by Lythgoe Family Panto. Food and beverages are included. Admission is $15, excluding food and drink, or $45 including food and beverages, free for children younger than 2. Call (626) 585-6480 or visit langhamhotels.com/Pasadena.
Caltech and the Planetary Society host a viewing party of the landing of the InSight robotic explorer, built to study the interior of Mars, taking the planet’s vital signs with live coverage by NASA, starting at 11 a.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, Michigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. Guests should arrive by 10:45 a.m. Admission is free, but RSVP to events.caltech.edu. Call (626) 395-4652 for information.
Tom Plate, clinical professor and distinguished scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University, discusses Korean Peninsula cultures and politics from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a Q&A session at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org.
Brad Colerick’s weekly Wine & Song Americana Singer/Songwriter Music Series presents Jill Freeman and Tom Corbett at 7 p.m. at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available at blueguitar.club.
Barry “Big B” Brenner (bigbbrenner.com) plays acoustic country blues at 7 p.m. at Griffins of Kinsale, 1007 Mission St., South Pasadena. No cover. Call (626) 799-0926 or visit griffinsofkinsale.com.