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Wednesday, July 27

Thursday, July 28

Pasadena Bead and Design Show

Hilton Pasadena

168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, 91101


The 18th Pasadena Bead & Design Show features superb artistic beads, gemstones, one-of-a-kind jewelry, designer clothing, jewelry supplies & vintage items. Begins on Thursday, July 28 –and goes through Sunday, July 31, 2016. 

From the start, Pasadena Bead & Design Show has been at the vanguard of the handmade movement with the idea that handwork is the highest form of art. The show has become a living, breathing entity –very popular with gallery owners, designers, and crafters, as well as the community at large –in fact attendees come from all over the world.

The designer products and artisan workshops promoted by the show are inspired –not only – by the contemporary handmade movement but also by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century –products made with careful, meticulous detail, natural materials, and sensuous colors, such as hand printed fabrics, hand-loomed textiles, hand sewn clothing, handcrafted beads and jewelry.

This is an opportunity to shop for these handmade products and buy them directly from the artisans and tradespeople who make them –and at excellent prices. The product list is vast (view product list) and includes unusual items, such as original lampwork beads, hand-cut gemstones, upcycled clothing, felted hats, artwear, hand-dyed silks, raku beads, painted linen, hand tooled leather, and eco-dyed & upcycled clothing. View exhibitor list.

Every exhibitor is carefully chosen –whether they are handcrafters, high-quality merchants, or wholesalers –and it is well known that Pasadena Bead & Design Show brings together the best and hottest products and exhibits them with simple grace.

Over 150 workshops are offered daily, from 8am to 9pm. They are artisan taught and offer step-by-step instruction for all skill levels. Workshop topics and projects for this show will include jewelry design, metal work, wirework, crystal setting, bead making, art clay silver, hand knotting, mixed media, chainmaille, and enameling. View workshop list.

Open to the public --everyone is welcome. Hours 10am-6pm, July 28-31, Hilton Pasadena, 168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena CA. Admission is $10 –which is good all four days. For more information, visit the new website www.beadanddesign.com.

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Saturday, July 30

Friday, August 5

Saturday, August 6

Tanks, Tacos and Twitter: How Food Trucks Feed and Shape Southern California

Allendale Branch Library

1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106


The modern food truck originated in the Los Angeles region as catering trucks that sold snacks and meals to factory workers, and evolved into taco trucks and gourmet trucks that have influenced the food scene locally, nationally, and globally. This lecture shares the history of mobile food in Southern California with a focus on the way that food trucks have shaped eating, working, and living in the Los Angeles region. Mark Vallianatos is an instructor at Occidental College, where he is policy director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. He is co-author of "The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City," and has researched, advocated on, and written about a variety of food issues, including mobile vending, school food, and urban agriculture. The program is presented in conjunction with the Allendale Branch Library’s special collection of culinary books. Light refreshments will be served.

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