Dec
14
Thu
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm

Jay Paris discusses and signs “Game of My Life Rams: Memorable Stories of Rams Football” at 7 p.m.

Little Candle Productions Live Radio Play @ The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

Little Candle Productions presents the romantic comedy, “Deck the Halls (With Matrimony),” a live radio play in the story of two friends who run a wedding planning business for theme brides, who try to work through the holiday wedding season, when a handsome stranger enters the picture. Things start to fall apart soon thereafter, when they discover his name on their wedding invitations. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the play starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Dec
15
Fri
Health Fair, Free Film at Pasadena Senior Center @ Pasadena Senior Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film is “A Christmas Tale” (2008).

Family Art Night at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Family Art Night, for families with children ages 6 to 10 invites guests to view a work by Aert von der Neer, then use block paper and a glow-in-the-dark sticker sheet to create a scene of what they’d like to do this winter, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.

Dec
16
Sat
Zumba Class at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am

A zumba class for all skill levels starts at 11 a.m.

Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A guided tour visits prints by Rembrandt from 1 to 2 p.m. included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.

Ornament Making Activity at Linda Vista Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Linda Vista Branch
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm

Guests of all ages can design unique, jewel-encrusted ornaments to give away or keep for their own trees, starting at 3 p.m. Call to sign up.

Caltech Film Screening @ Caltech's Beckman Auditorium
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm

The high-definition film “Planet Earth — Deserts” explores the fact that deserts are diverse habitats. Aerial and time-lapse footage illustrates how animals have adapted to environments with little to no water. It starts at 4 p.m. Caltech graduate student of chemistry and chemical engineering Annelise Thompson introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Admission is $10.

Pasadena Symphony Holiday Candlelight Concert @ All Saints Church
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Grant Cooper conducts the annual concert, featuring popular holiday melodies, performed by candlelight, with performances at 4 and 7 p.m. Guests soloist is Broadway veteran Lisa Vroman, with performances by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Donald Brinegar Singers and the LA Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Tickets are $20 and up.

Salastina Chamber Music Series @ Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The chamber ensemble performs “Sounds Genius: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,” from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Conservatory’s Barrett Hall. Brian Lauritzen hosts the performance. A holiday-themed reception follows the concert. Tickets are $32 in advance, $40 at the door, and $10 for students.

Dec
17
Sun
Temple Beth David Presents “Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik” @ Temple Beth David
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Temple Beth David of the San Gabriel Valley will celebrate the spirit of Chanukah this year by hosting a book reading/signing event with Jewish storyteller Scott Hilton Davis. Davis, who was born and raised in Monterey Park, is a storyteller and a seven-time Emmy Award-winning public television producer. At Temple Beth David, he will introduce his newest book Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik. Davis’s book is a collection of eight short stories he wrote  – one for each night of Chanukah —  that celebrate Jewish history, culture, and values. The stories take readers into “Oykvetchnik” (Oy + kvetch + nik), a tiny shtetl town in Eastern Europe. The event is free and open to the public.

Art Making Activity at USC Pacific Asia Museum @ USC Pacific Asia Museum
Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A collaborative paper cut artmaking activity, inspired by Mexican papel picado and Chinese jianzhe,  for all ages runs from noon to 4 p.m. Free.

Lanterman House Open House @ Lanterman House
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The historic Lanterman House opens its doors for a holiday open house, featuring free tours, light refreshments and caroling by the La Cañada High School Choral Singers, and guests can view the “Legacy of Frank Lanterman” exhibition, from 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

“A Christmas Memory” Reading, Advent Evening Service at All Saints Church @ All Saints Church
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Actors Dale Raoul, Raymond Thompson and Jim Jansen read Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” at 2 p.m. The Advent Evening Service features music by The Trouvères, the Youth Chamber Choir, Vox Cambiata and the Canterbury Choir, performing music of Kirchner, Mendelssohn and Esenvalds, starting at 5 p.m.

Stories in the Afternoon at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stories in the Afternoon, for families with children ages 4 to 8 invites guests to hear the story “Frederick” by Leo Lionni, then view a winter scene by Alfred Sisley and create an artwork using foam stickers, color sticks and pencils, from 2 to 3 p.m., included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.

Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along at Lake Avenue Church @ Lake Avenue Church
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm

The church presents Handel’s “Messiah” sing-along, as guests join in singing the classic work, along with a 100-member voice choir, led by soloists Tiffany Rivette, Tessa Studebaker, Jon Lee Keenan, Ryan Reithmeir and an orchestra, starting at 4 p.m. Free.

“A Classical Christmas: An Evening of Holiday Music” at Sierra Madre Playhouse @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

“A Classical Christmas: An Evening of Holiday Music” features a selection of contemporary Christmas songs and classical yuletide favorites, along with select Chanukkah songs, starting at 7 p.m. Performers include Jessica Pierce, flute, Almer Imanovic, guitar, Abram Polilakoff, tenor and Sierra Madre Music Children’s Choir. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, $12 for students younger than 21.

Dec
18
Mon
Pasadena Readers Book Club at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Dec 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Pasadena Readers Book Club discusses “Justine” by Lawrence Durrell from 3 to 4:30 p.m., led by Dr. Merry Pawlowski, emeritus professor of English, Cal State Bakersfield.

Dec
19
Tue
Navigating the College Admission Process for First Generation Families at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm

First generation families for whom English is a second language can get help navigating the college admissions process, with sessions in Spanish and Chinese starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Email jgov@cityofpasadena.net for a reminder.

Dec
20
Wed
Free Film at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm

Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “The Homecoming” (1971).