Always Remember

Area cities celebrate Memorial Day Monday

A handful of events are on tap to celebrate Memorial Day Monday.

From 9 to 11 a.m. the public is invited to attend South Pasadena’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the city’s War Memorial Building (435 Fair Oaks Ave., 626-403-7380,, emceed by Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian. The event features a color guard and a reading of the Pledge of Allegiance by South Pasadena Boy Scout Troop No. 333, with Scoutmaster Bob McClain,. and recognition for those who served.

Remarks will be made by guest speaker former Pasadena police Lt. Phlunte’ Riddle, who is now a psychiatrist. Music will be provided by South Pasadena Brass Band.

At 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn—Glendale (712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 323-340-4742, celebrate the lives and memories of American veterans with the Marching Through History Exposition, an interactive display of historical artifacts, a presidential proclamation read by veteran and Leadership Pasadena graduate Izzy Barakat, a cannon salute by the Richmond Howitzers, a color guard, a keynote speech by Nathan Graesar, executive  director of the 1887 Fund, the US Army California National Guard and opening and closing remarks by Forest Lawn—Glendale Vice President Angie Ray.

From noon to 2 p.m. the Pasadena Senior Center’s Memorial Day celebration features a USO-style theme, with lunch prepared from 1940s recipes, and featuring a performance by the Tap Chicks and dancing to the sounds of the Great American Swing Band. Admission is $12, $10 for members.

The Pasadena Senior Center is located at 80 E. Holly St., Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-4331 or visit

From 4 to 6 p.m. at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge enjoy the stylings of Captain Cardiac & the Coronaries, part of the city’s 2019 Music in the Park Concert Series.

The event is free, with visitors encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs. Extended concerts run until 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call (818) 790-8880 or visit

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy Memorial Day at Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, featuring a presentation by the acting duo Razzle Bam Boom as they perform American history through music. Also hear Memorial Day-themed books read in the Storyteller Studio and contribute to a community memorial with a picture of a military member you would like to honor by adding it to the Memorial Day Pavilion in Central Courtyard. The event is free with admission.

Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit for more information.

Spring at the Castle

Castle Green hosts annual Spring Home Tour on June 2

One of Pasadena’s most historic residences, Castle Green is throwing open its gates to the public for its annual Castle Green Spring Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2.

The event is one of only two times each year that the general public can visit its hallowed grounds.

The tour will explore the grand Victorian building, which was opened in 1889, with its exotic Moorish and Turkish Rooms designed as a place for ladies to write letters during their vacations to Pasadena. Many of the private apartments, each unique in décor and floor plan, will open to the public for the tour.

Vintage swing band Jack’s Cats will entertain as hidden treasures from the Castle’s archives go on display in a pop-up museum.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 on tour day. The Castle Green is at 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 824-8482 or visit and search Castle Green Spring Home Tour.