Oktoberfest at the Santa Anita Race Track (Oct. 1 @ 12 p.m., Santa Anita Race Track, 285 W. Huntington Drive). Break out the lederhosen because the Bavarian bash is back, baby! Join Santa Anita trackside for Oktoberfest that keeps you right in the action. The day will include authentic German food from The Berlin Truck, craft beer featuring some bavarian libations, traditional German music from the incomparable Bavarian Wunderband, and lawn games set up at Clocker’s Corner. Plus, win betting vouchers by competing in classic contests like stein holding, corn toss, and a costume contest. General package costs $30 and VIP package costs $65. Visit www.SantaAnita.com for more details.
College Essays: Stand Out and Get In! (Sept. 29 @ 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Central Library, children’s story room, 285 E. Walnut St.). Discover what admissions committees look for in a candidate. Pick up tips on selecting your essay topic through self-reflection and brainstorming exercises. Learn how to structure your thoughts in an interesting and well-organized way and how to revise your essay to create sophistication and depth. Presented by C2 Education. Event is free. To sign up, email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 744-4246.
Dumpling & Beer Fest (Sept. 29 @ 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 S. Mission Drive). Join us for San Gabriel’s local twist on Oktoberfest! The San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest will feature dumpling vendors and craft beer tastings in the city’s historic Mission District, plus live entertainment from Cold Duck Band and two DJs. In 2015, the inaugural festival was a massive success and was the most well-attended city event in recent memory. This year, the festival promises to be even better, with improvements made based on lessons learned from the first festival. This year there will be 17 food vendors and, for beer lovers, there will be more than 16 craft brews on tap from breweries. Admission into the festival is free. Beer tasting wristbands are available for purchase online at www.EventBrite.com.
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Couples Romantic Date Night – Mediterranean Cuisine (Sept. 30 @ 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saute Culinary Academy, 150 E. Colorado Blvd.). Find a babysitter, because nothing is more romantic than getting messy in the kitchen with your favorite person! Come spend an evening exploring Mediterranean cuisine! Each ticket is $75 per person (must purchase two tickets to attend as a couple). Tickets can be purchased at www.EventBrite.com. For more information, visit www.sauteacademy.com or call (626) 429-2323.
Golden Day’s Annual Vendor Fair (Oct. 1 @ 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Azusa Women’s Clubhouse, 1003 N. Azusa Ave.). One-stop-shop for all your Christmas shopping needs! From beauty, to bling, to housewares, to tasty bites, and so much more! Make it a family fun day! Sponsored by The Azusa Woman’s Club. For more information, contact Jule at (626) 437-1969.
Scrapbooking – Scrapbook Posse (Oct. 1 @ 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.). Scrapbooking enthusiasts are welcome! Come on down join us and learn the art of scrapbooking. Have pictures laying around? Photographs that you always wanted to place on an album? This is the place to be! Event is free and open to all ages.
Fire Prevention Festival (Oct. 1 @ 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sierra Madre Fire Station, 242 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.). Don’t miss the 29th Annual Fire Prevention Festival and Open House, presented by the Sierra Madre Fire Department. There will be a variety of exhibits and displays at the festival, such as emergency medical/firefighting equipment and earthquake preparedness and home fire safety information. There will also be representatives from Sierra Madre Police Department, Sierra Madre CERT, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, US Forest Service, Sierra Madre Public Works, Post Alarm, and others, to answer any safety questions you might have. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, coloring books, and badges for all of the children who attend. There will also be a coloring contest with prizes and a bounce house.
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In-N-Out Cover to Cover Reading Program (Oct. 2 @ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Altadena Library, 600 E. Mariposa St.). The annual In-N-Out reading program will begin Saturday Oct. 1 and will run through Nov. 12. Children ages 4 to 12 can check out and read five library books and receive a certificate for a free hamburger or cheeseburger (you may substitute for a grilled cheese) from In-N-Out Burger!
Cooking With a Real Greek (Oct. 2 @ 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Cisco Home, 474 S. Arroyo Parkway). Learn how to cook with a real Greek! A Greek chef of the day Maria Dimakos will be making stuffed grape leaves – dolmades, yogurt cucumber dipping sauce – tzatziki, and a milk custard pie – yalatopita. Don’t let this be all Greek to you and join us for some delicious Greek cuisine. Maria has been featured on the Cooking Channel and MyBakingAddiction.com. For recipes and inspiration follow her on Instagram (@OnePlateRevolution). Admission is free, register at www.EventBrite.com.
Beginner Playwright Workshop (Oct. 3 @ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Citibank Community Room, 2350 Honolulu Ave.). Are you interested in writing stage plays? Have you ever wanted your work be read aloud on stage? Then let’s begin. Join us for a six-week crash course in the industry of theatre. Meeting every Monday, you’ll learn how to write scripts, analyze them, study the success of past Playwrights, and take the road to becoming a professional Playwright yourself. Instructor Eugene Cordell will be leading you through the 10-page play format, group discussion, and readings. He is a playwright and founder of the Azure Lorica Foundation – a nonprofit for the arts. Please reserve your seat prior to the event. Contact us via email at email@example.com.
Rising Stargirls: Astronomy Workshops With Dr. Shields (Oct. 4 @ 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., 50 N. Hill Ave., #301). Created for girls ages 10 to 15, this workshop will explore constellations in the night sky, planets in and outside of our solar system, and the unseen mysteries of the universe. We will use writing, theater, visual art, and our own personal stories and lives to process what we learn and discover. Bring your open minds, unique backgrounds, and a sense of adventure! Please enroll by contacting Jomie at the YWCA Pasadena via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Color Me Calm: Adult Coloring Club (Oct. 4 @ 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road). Color yourself calm at the Arcadia Public Library! Coloring is a relaxing, stress-relieving, and fun activity. Join your fellow color enthusiasts and color away your troubles on the first Tuesday of every month. Coloring sheets and colors will be provided by the library. Already working on a coloring book? Have a favorite color pencil brand? Feel free to bring your own supplies. Expect soothing music, warm drinks, and a full hour of calm coloring. Join us in the library conference room. Sessions are open to adults, 18 years of age and older. For more information, call (626) 821-5569.
Free Health Screenings (Oct. 5 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Central Library Audotorium, 285 E. Walnut St.). Registered nurses from Huntington Hospital will provide free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, referrals, and health education. Screenings are free and open to all ages.