The 23rd Annual Craftsman Weekend

Explore Craftsman Weekend with one of the walking and drive yourself tours. Join Pasadena Heritage on Friday- Saturday October 17th -18th for three special docent-led walking tours through Pasadena’s architecturally significant neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Arroyo with the Arroyo Seco Walking Tour, explore the Monte Vista/Las Lunas Neighborhood during its first featured Pasadena Heritage Tour and stroll through the iconic Pasadena Homes lining the Arroyo on South Grand Avenue.The signature event of Craftsman Weekend is the Craftsman House Tour. This in-depth, drive yourself tour provides the opportunity to experience the rich variety of Craftsman architecture that makes Pasadena a destination for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts across the country. Experienced docents will provide detailed histories of each of the five featured homes while guests examine the natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and exquisite detailing that exemplify the era.

Pasadena Heritage, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in and around Pasadena, California. The organization advocates on behalf of historic resources, educates the public about local history and the benefits of preservation, and demonstrates quality restoration through its own preservation projects. Its 2,000-plus members are drawn from Pasadena and neighboring communities, and throughout Southern California.

Oct. 17-19. 9am-4pm. Locations vary by day. For tickets and exact location visit: www.pasadenaheritage.org/craftsmanweekend

HOMEBOY “EVERY ANGELENO COUNTS” 5K COMMUNITY EVENT

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The 5th Annual Homeboy Industries “Every Angeleno Counts” 5k is an opportunity for the community to walk, run, and stand with thousands of Angelenos to dispel the myth that some lives matter less than others. Homeboy Industries provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women helping them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of the community. Homeboy Industries is taking to the streets of Los Angeles with the start / finish line at Homeboy Industries (closing down several streets in downtown Los Angeles). We are expecting upwards of 5,000 attendees and hosting a huge community event on Bruno Street in front of Homeboy with art, live music, DJs, vendors, kid activities and proceeds provide much needed funds for job training and wrap around services which serve over 12,000 Angelenos every year.

Since 1988, Homeboy Industries has strived to serve every Angeleno who has walked through our doors ready to leave gangs and criminal life behind. Each year over 12,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change. They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes. Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community – knowing they count.

Saturday, October 18, 2014. 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Start / Finish line at
Homeboy Industries Headquarters. 130 W. Bruno Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Visit http://www.homeboyindustries.org/5k/ for more information about Homeboy Industries and the 5k.

Easy-Going Holiday Fun!

Urging to enjoy Halloween indulgences in the great local Pasadena community? Need somewhere to enjoy a spectacular holiday weekend with whole family at no cost? Then the 20th annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival is perfect for you!

Hosted by the Circle of Friends and Kidspace Children’s Museum, all ages are welcome to the Kidspace Pumpkin Festival as it returns to Brookside Park October 18-19. Home to more than 20,000 attendees the year prior; carnival games, bouncers, and glorious pumpkin patch have been added to the lineup – which also includes live musical performances. Specially selected food vendors such as In-N-Out and Shakey’s Pizza will arrive to satisfy cravings for all. Admission is free.

This year’s Pumpkin Festival supports the organization of the museum’s volunteer support group, Circle of Friends. Additionally, more than 350 scholarship children comprise family-focused charities will cherish the outreach and inclusivity. Providing more than 40 hands-on exhibits, joined with programs and activities for children’s growth and development via outdoor spaces, the venue hails community presence since 1979.

October 18-19, 9:30am – 5:00pm. Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
kidspacemuseum.org/pumpkin or facebook.com/kidspacechildrensmuseum.

-Trevor O’Gorman

Families Encouraged to Boo at the L.A. Zoo

Are you eager to visit a family-friendly go-to destination for the most exciting Halloween event yet? Want to experience everything from “spooky” entertainment to an interactive pumpkin patch with a live photo op? Then this years’ “Boo at the L.A. Zoo is the place for you!

Hosted by the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens on October 18-19; 26-27, the free festival will include jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, trick-or-treating, and a interactive musical entertainment. You do not want to miss out on feedings for zoo residents including pumpkin filled treats. So dare to be frightful, or on the other hand treat yourself and the family at this wonderful party!

This year’s festivities support the mission of the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). One of seven Zoo departments, the GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles. Zoo activities are free with $19 General Admission (ages 13-61), $16 for seniors (ages 62+) , and $14 for children (ages 2-12). Zoo admission for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association is free.

October 18-19, October 25-26, 10am-4pm. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca, 90027.

-Trevor O’Gorman