Celebrate the Year of the Pig with an array of events this weekend and next

There are many ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the Los Angeles area, with this weekend and next offering some of the best events in the San Gabriel Valley in honor of the Year of the Pig, which officially starts Feb. 5.

First, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave. in Pasadena, hosts a free Lunar New Year Festival at 10 a.m. Sunday. Performances include a Lion Dance and martial arts presentation from the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Association, classical musicians from the Pasadena Symphony, and a special delegation from the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music performing a variety of traditional and contemporary music and dance pieces. There will also be art activities, food trucks and a musical petting zoo. Call (626) 449-2742 or visit pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu.

Huntington Library will also host a wide array of events in its lavish Chinese Gardens, with lion dancers, mask-changing performers, martial arts demonstrators and Chinese music, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.

But the biggest events of all are on Feb. 9, when LA’s Chinatown hosts the 120th annual Chinese New Year parade and festival. The main event is the Golden Dragon Parade, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. from Hill and Ord streets to Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Call (213) 617-0396 or visit lagoldendragonparade.com.


Jackie Robinson Center hosts screening of ‘Mudbound’ in Black History Month film showcase Feb. 10

The Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Jackie Robinson Community Center are teaming up to host a Black History Month film showcase from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the center, located at 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena.

The no-charge community event will feature the acclaimed 2017 film “Mudbound,” in which two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and life after war. The movie was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Mary J. Blige, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song.

The event will also feature free refreshments, plus a discussion with three special guests. Screenwriter, producer and actor Sy Richardson will be joined by Pasadena City College professor  Dr. Christopher D. West and writer/producer/director/philanthropist Tasha Proctor Standridge.  


Sierra Madre Civic Club offers educational awards to high school seniors

The Sierra Madre Civic Club is offering Education Awards to high school seniors who plan to attend a college or trade school. Last year, the five recipients represented LaSalle and Pasadena High Schools. Since 1944, the Civic Club has been actively serving and enriching the Sierra Madre community through volunteering and philanthropic projects.

All funds raised are distributed annually to local community organizations and to the recipients of the Educational Awards. Applicants must reside in Sierra Madre, or work in Sierra Madre, or attend a school in Sierra Madre. Eligible candidates must complete the application form provided by Sierra Madre Civic Club, which includes questions about interests and a personal statement. Candidates are required to provide two letters of reference.

Applications are available in the Sierra Madre Library, at Sierra Madre City Hall, from college counselors at local high schools, or at lefler.sharon@gmail.com.

Completed application packets must be received no later than March 29.

Visit sierramadrecivicclub.org. 


Lucky Boy opens after fire closes restaurant for two weeks

A venerable Pasadena restaurant is here to prove you can’t keep a good boy down.

A Lucky Boy, that is.

Lucky Boy restaurant, located on Arroyo Parkway, right next to Trader Joe’s, has been in business for more than five decades. But an early January kitchen fire added an asterisk to its lengthy local historical record, forcing the popular eatery to close for two weeks to make repairs.

As of Jan. 25, things were back to normal, with cooks whipping up their signature burgers, burritos French fries, onion rings and zucchini fries for adoring fans.

Lucky Boy is located at 640 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 793-0120. A second Lucky Boy location is at 531 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 793-7079.

Visit luckyboy.com.