Here are highlights of upcoming events sponsored by the City of Pasadena. All events are free.
Saturday, Sept. 12
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The family-friendly water conservation fair at Allendale Park will include demonstrations, information about how to save water and plan drought-tolerant gardens, lots of freeebies, food prepared by our very own firefighters, children’s activities and plenty of fun.
Monday, Sept. 14
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Are you trying to get a grant but don’t know how to begin? Staff from Flintridge Foundation will be on hand at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., to show you how to generate targeted lists of funding prospects in seconds. Reserve your spot by calling (626) 449-0839.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
*4 p.m. – Children 5 to 12 will be transported to the Hawaiian Islands by the music of Kimo West, one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists, at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 744-7262.
* 6:30 p.m. – What do you get when you seat a full-time parent next to a retired machinist, a graphic arts student and a nurse who works the night shift? Enlightening conversations! Lend your voice during a series of community workshops about the General Plan during which you'll help map out the most important qualities and characteristics of Pasadena and define the community’s most pressing issues. Tuesday’s workshop will be at Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 744-4009.
* Also at 6:30 p.m. – A proposed city ordinance would require the monitoring of water used in the irrigation of grass, shrubs, trees and other plants in landscaped areas on very large public and private properties (equivalent of about 43,000 square feet of landscaped area on public and commercial properties and 5,000 square feet of landscaped area on residential properties). Learn more about it during a public meeting at the Salvation Army Tabernacle Fellowship Hall, 960 E. Walnut St. Enter the parking lot from Mentor Avenue. (626) 744-6880.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
* 1 p.m. – This week’s film in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., is “Pay It Forward” starring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt in the true story of a boy who responds to a school assignment with a plan to help three people who will help three more, and so on, in an ever-widening circle. (626) 744-4066.
* 6:30 to 8 p.m. -- What do you think about density in Pasadena? Architectural design? Traffic? Hear what the future has in store during the first in a series of community talks at PCC’s Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd. Panelists on Wednesday will include Dowell Myers, USC professor of policy, planning and development, and director of the Population Dynamics Research Group; Lisa Padilla, principal of CityWorks Design in Pasadena; and Bill Huang, director of the Pasadena Housing Department. After a conversation among the panelists, there will be plenty of time for Q&A. The speaker series is among many activities organized in association with Pasadena's General Plan update. (626) 744-4009.
Friday, Sept. 18
If you’re interested in providing input on a marketing plan for Northwest Pasadena, today’s the last day to sign up! (626) 744-6750.
Any day through Oct. 11
Take one or more of the self-guided MoveAbout Tours on your own or with family, friends or neighbors. The final day for taking the tours has been extended by popular demand -- the guidebooks are flying off our public counters so we've done a second printing. (You're seeing it here first; I'm not announcing the extension until Monday.) Download the entire guidebook or print it out one tour at a time. Be sure to get your "passport" pages stamped at the stops that are listed so you'll eligible for prizes at our big General Plan open house in November. Be sure to turn in your guidebooks, complete with your written impressions, no later than Oct. 12. This is one of many activities planned in association with Pasadena's General Plan update. (626) 744-4009.