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Saturday, April 26

Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Rose Bowl Stadium

1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, 91103

8:00am to 1:00pm

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the US, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

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The Original Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

East Pasadena

Colorado Blvd. and Vinedo Ave., Los Angeles, CA


Known as the twisted sister of the traditional Rose Parade, Doo Dah began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade, which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country, was named by Readers Digest as America’s Best Parade, and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die!

WHAT YOU’LL SEE: Colorful favorites slated to make their appearance are the Mile-High Bed, a parody of not-so-traditional airline behavior, Disco Drill Team (original American Bandstanders), USA Beard Champions, Flying Baby Cannon, Candy Girls, Dr. Steele’s Army of Toy Soldiers, beer-boosting rockers Drunk in the Garage, Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, The Billionaires, Vegetables of Laguna Beach, Backyard Skeptics, Human Pool Balls, Petroleum Bonaparte, OC Norml’s Mardi Grass, Songbird Robot Brigade, and the legendary Snotty Scottie & the Hankies leading the pack.

Last year, dozens of inventive, if zany, art cars and floats accompanied a legion of frolickers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets, old and new entries this year also include Easy Acres Chicken Sitters, combined bands of the 35th Dragoon Guards, Boo-Boo Kitty, KidSwap, Auto Focus-Famous Director, A Moveable Feast, Pool Balls, Howdy Krishna, Girls Drawing Girls Pin-Ups, Charlie and Pearl the Unicorns, Horses on Astroturf, Klingon Assault Group, and much, much more! Yes, another Doo Dah is here to help you forget your humdrum existence!

Want to take mass transit to the Doo Dah Parade?  Take the Metro Gold Line to Sierra Madre Villa Station. Head west toward Sierra Madre Villa Ave, turn left and walk down Sierra Madre Villa Ave .2 miles. Turn right onto Colorado and walk one mile to the start of the parade!

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Alicia Silverstone discusses and signs The Kind Mama

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one's "baby house" in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester.

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Sunday, April 27

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2014



Pasadena’s restaurant community opens its doors to guests from throughout Southern California for the fourth Pasadena Restaurant Week. The Pasadena Chamber is sponsoring the event which takes place from Sunday, April 27th through Friday, May 2nd.

Find out why MyLife.com named Pasadena the best mid-sized city for dining in the United States. Pasadena’s favorite, most unique and finest dining destinations offer prix fixe menus, special meals and deals during Pasadena Restaurant Week. Return to an old favorite or try someplace new. Taste the best Pasadena has to offer at unbeatable prices. Pasadena Restaurant Week offers menus and venues to suit every appetite, budget and craving.

Pasadena Restaurant Week is a citywide event featuring the cuisine of many of Pasadena’s top dining establishments. Participating restaurants will offer fixed price dinner and/or lunch menu items for visitors. Dinners will be three-course meals while lunches will consist of two-courses. Depending on the venue and menu offered, meals will be priced at either $26, $35 or $44 for dinner or $15, $20 or $25 for lunch. (Some prices may vary.) Alcoholic beverages, gratuity and tax are not included in the price unless specified by the individual restaurants in advance.

Pasadena Restaurant Week showcases Pasadena as a restaurant destination. The week-long dining event reminds Southern California that our local restaurants offer dining experiences to satisfy all tastes at every price range. Chefs and restaurateurs are offering their finest lunch and dinner dishes at special prices throughout the week.

Participating restaurants will be preparing special meals at extraordinary introductory prices. Two course lunch meals are available at $15, $20 or $25 depending on the restaurant. A three course fixed price dinner is available at $26, $35 or $44. Some participants will offer a special deal or discount instead of the fixed price menu. (All prices are subject to change, as not all venues can provide meals at these prices.)

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Tuesday, April 29

Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series: Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church

301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 91103


In the 1950s, no one was writing about California (much less Los Angeles) architecture. Critics didn’t take California architecture seriously and thought nothing of value would come from the Golden State.

But then Esther McCoy proved them all wrong.

For “Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.” on April 29, 2014, writer Susan Morgan presents a discussion on the life, times and work of McCoy and her groundbreaking (and now classic book) Five California Architects which changed the world’s impression of the West Coast.

“McCoy’s book and her writings made everyone sit up and take notice of what was happening in California and Los Angeles,” says Morgan “She put West Coast Modern architecture on the map.”

Through her 60-year career, McCoy wore many hats: she was author, lecturer, screenwriter, architectural preservationist and exhibition curator. Morgan points out that McCoy’s life parallels the changing times; her life charted the progressive edge of American idealism from the utopian spirit of Jazz Age Greenwich Village through the radical evolution of post-war architecture. In addition, McCoy was also an authority on Mexican and Italian architecture of the period as well.

A companion tour of the Ester McCoy Collection at the Greene and Greene Archives is slated for May 3, 2014. Visitors will be able to view McCoy’s library that includes more than 500 books, periodicals and rare and unusual examples of architectural publications of the times. Highlights of this collection are the many personal autographs and author dedications to McCoy which illustrates her numerous friendships and influence in the architectural world.

“Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.” takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103. Lecture tickets are $30 per person, $25 for FOGH members. Because of the limited seating, reservations are recommended.

“The Esther McCoy Collection” is on May 3, 2014 with tour times at 10 and 11:30 am. Tour details will be announced to ticketholders only. $25, $20 for FOGH members. To purchase tickets for lecture and/or tour, visit www.gamblehouse.org.

About Susan Morgan
Susan has written extensively about art, design and cultural biography. Her book Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader published in 2012 was the first anthology about McCoy. With support from the Graham Foundation, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution, Morgan is currently researching the life and work of McCoy. She’s a contributing editor for Aperture and www.eastofboreneo.org, a collective online art journal and archive.

About the Friends of the Gamble House (FOGH)
A support group of the University of Southern California, the FOGH is composed of individuals, corporations and organizations dedicated to the financial support of the Gamble House. Membership fees and Friends-sponsored events help fund the education and restoration programs of the Gamble House.

About the Gamble House
Built in 1908, the Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved example of the work of renowned Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene. The Gamble House is an internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, in the style of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Gamble House is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California School of Architecture.

The Gamble House is open for public, docent-led, one-hour tours Thursday through Sunday, noon – 3:00 p.m. and for specialty tours and programs, closed on national holidays. For more information please visit www.gamblehouse.org.)

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