Decorate Your Own Pencil Case at Orchard Supply Hardware @ Orchard Supply Hardware
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Decorate Your Own Pencil Case at Orchard Supply Hardware @ Orchard Supply Hardware |  |  |

On Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. – noon, your neighborhood home, garden and hardware retailer, Orchard Supply Hardware, is hosting a FREE back-to-school event. Stop by your local Orchard to decorate your own pencil case just in time for the upcoming school year! Bring your creativity and Orchard will supply all the materials for your kiddo. To learn more, please visit:

Tour the Historic Brand Library & Art Center @ Brand Library & Art Center
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am
Tour the Historic Brand Library & Art Center @ Brand Library & Art Center | Glendale | California | United States

Sign up for the next tour of historic Brand Library!

Renowned international tour guide, Joemy Wilson, author of “Coming Up on Your Left:, A Tour Guide’s Guidebook,” will share the fascinating story of the Brand Family and the “Miradero” the historic family home that is now Brand Library.

Joemy will also share information about the renovation and historic restoration that took place between 2012 and 2014.

This tour is free, but RSVPs are required. RSVP online

Tour is limited to 25 people.

Meet at the top of the stairs on the west side of the building and wear comfortable shoes!

Tour generously sponsored and organized by Brand Associates.

The New California Landscape Workshop at the Arboretum @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Arboretum Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli conducts a workshop on the new California landscape, focusing on accurate irrigation during the summer heat, colorful summer trees and shrubs, summer meadow composition and includes visits to the Rose Garden to view renovation progress, plus the Herb Garden, the Roots & Shoots Butterfly Hub and the Australian Garden, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35, $25 for members. Reservations are suggested.

Sensory Crafts for Kids at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to an hour of sensory art and craft making from 11 a.m. to noon.

Guided Tour, Concert at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A guided tour visits works representing dialogue in painting and sculpture, from 1 to 2 p.m. A concert features the California String Quartet performing works of the early and late Romantic period, by Schubert and Hindesmith, from 5 to 6 p.m. Both are included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.

Storytelling Session at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm

The bookstore presents a PechaKucha storytelling session, a Japanese style of presentation including viewing of slides as presenters discuss topics such as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections or other interests, starting at 5 p.m.

Pasadena POPS Concert @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm

The Pasadena POPS presents “Gershwin & Friends,” featuring favorites by the composer including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You,” plus works by Gershwin contemporaries including Kern, Bernstein and Copland. Michael Feinstein conducts. Featured soloists are Madelyn Baillio, Jordan Donica and Rachel York. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking (guests may bring their own food, or buy from on-site vendors). The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up.

Opening Reception: China Then and Now @ The Marengo Gallery
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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The Marengo Gallery is pleased to present China Then and Now, a group exhibition featuring recent works by Xu Yong Kang, Zhang Lin, and Liu Ting Ting. In their paintings, the artists attempt to reconcile the past in order to come to terms with China’s current condition. The exhibit will run August 19 – October 14, 2017.

During the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong encouraged young people to focus on the collective rather than their individual identity. He also ordered the destruction of the Four Olds, including Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas. As a result, many historical buildings and ancient relics were destroyed. In their paintings, Xu Yong Kang and Zhang Lin attempt to come to terms with these policies and how they have affected present-day China. After the end of the Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping announced a “one child policy” to reduce population growth in 1979. Liu Ting Ting’s oeuvre depicts only children that result from the one child policy. She believes the policy is detrimental to a child’s psychological health. The policy was phased out starting in 2015; however, the effects of the one child policy still have vast social implications for young people in China. The artists in this exhibit look back at the past with a critical eye and draw comparisons between China’s past and present. Some of the themes presented include a shift from collective to individual mentality, a profound loss of traditional culture, and the effects of past policies on young people in China today.

Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena Summer Concert Series @ Farnsworth Park
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm

The annual concert series features Keys of 88 in a tribute to classic keyboard artists at 7 p.m. Free.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm

The free summer concert series features Americana rock by Katey Sagal at 8 p.m.

Bikes 4 Orphans Race and Barbecue @ Velo Pasadena
Aug 20 @ 6:30 am

The nonprofit charity organization Bikes 4 Orphans hosts a 55-mile race, starting and ending at Velo Pasadena, to help provide bicycles to orphans in third-world countries, so they can get to school faster and safer, starting with registration at 6:30 a.m., followed by the ride at 7:30 a.m. After the race, barbecue is served starting at noon. Registration and cost for the barbecue is $20. Register at

Tea Ceremony Demonstration at Shoseian Whispering Pine Tea House @ Brand Library Park
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Guests are invited to stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see how preparations are made for a formal tea ceremony, followed by the ceremony. RSVP to

Chicano Mural Discussion at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

Gustavo Arrellano leads a panel discussion, “¡Murables Rebeldes!: LA Chicano Chicana Murals Under Seige,” discussing the Chicano civil rights movement and murals that appeared around LA in the 1960s and ‘70s which expressed cultural pride, embodied political action and challenged the status quo, starting at 4 p.m.  The panel includes authors Erin M. Curtis and Jessica Hough, and muralists Barbara Carrasco and David Botello.

Playhouse District Association Summer Jazz Concert Series @ Vroman's Bookstore
Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The annual, free concert series features Kira and the Major 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Vroman’s courtyard.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena @ Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm

The free summer concert series features Latin jazz by Cambalache at 7 p.m.

LA Opera Talk at Pasadena Senior Center @ Pasadena Senior Center
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm

An LA Opera community educator discusses Georges Bizet’s dramatic opera “Carmen” at 1 p.m.

Resiliency Techniques for Cancer Patients at Cancer Support Community @ Cancer Support Community
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Arash Asher discusses strategies to optimize resiliency and well-being, using themes of logotherapy, perspective management, mindfulness, humor and gratitude, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but call to RSVP.

Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm

Adam Walker Phillips discusses and signs “The Silent Second: A Chuck Restsic Mystery” at 7 p.m.

Tween Book Club at Hastings Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch
Aug 22 @ 4:30 pm

Tweens ages 9 to 12 are invited to the Tween Book Club to read great books and meet new friends, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 26.

Pasadena Senior Center Concerts in the Park @ Memorial Park
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm

The free, annual series features Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, at 6 p.m.