Weekly Events

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‘Side By Side By Sondheim’

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The Taylor Performing Arts Center presents “Side By Side By Sondheim,” a moving retrospective of some of Stephen Sondheim’s best known and most beloved music. The performance will run from Dec. 2 – 4 at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (845 W. Colorado Blvd. Monrovia, CA.). This Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of Stephen Sondheim and a must see for diehard fans! Get your Advanced Tickets for “Side By Side By Sondheim” at Brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. – MONROVIA

Events for Dec. 1 – Dec. 7

Dec. 1

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting (Dec. 1 @ 6 p.m., Monrovia Library Park, 321 S. Myrtle Ave.) Kick off the holiday season and join us for the annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony! There will be a beautiful Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 6 p.m. The parade will kick off at 7 p.m., and travels north on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut to Palm Avenue. The parade is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Merchants. For more information please call (626) 256-8246.


1st Annual The Nightmare Before Christmas Fest (Dec. 1 @ 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut St.) Come and share in a family experience while creating a new tradition of viewing a new classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The Library is going to have face painting, snacks, a photo-op with a life size Jack Skellington and Zero, a quiz show where you can test your skills at facts about the movie with a cool “blind” prize and a shared experience viewing “The Nightmare Before Experience.” Enjoy!


Dec. 2

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Dec. 2 @ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Arcadia Transit Plaza, Corner of Santa Clara St. and First Ave.) Celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season with your fellow Arcadians at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. The event includes carolers, crafts for kids, a holiday photo booth, a holiday craft market with local crafters offering their homemade items, cocoa and cookies, and a visit with the jolly man himself, Santa. All activities are free and everyone is invited.


Side By Side (Dec. 2 @ 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monrovia Performance Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd.) Side By Side by Sondheim is a moving retrospective of some of Stephen Sondheim’s best known and most beloved music.  This Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of Stephen Sondheim and a must see for diehard fans. Get your Advanced Tickets for Side By Side by Sondheim at Brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.


Family Christmas Celebration (Dec. 2 @ 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Monrovia, 101 E. Foothill Blvd.) It will be a family oriented and fun-filled evening of favorite holiday classics, sing-a-longs—and a special presentation of Joy! A gospel musical with choir and orchestra by Joel Raney, and directed by David Michael Layne. This will be a night for the entire family to enjoy. Santa will be there—so bring a camera and the little ones.


Dec. 3

Special Movie Premier Event (Saturday Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Unity of Pasadena, 3053 E. Del Mar, Pasadena) A special movie premier event of “The Sound of Unity: The 12 Powers.”  This exciting documentary, directed by NY Times bestselling author and award winning filmmaker, James Twyman brings to life concepts that are spiritual in nature but transcend religion and are universal in application. For more information:  www.unityofpasadena.org.


Chocolate Confections: A Culinary Craft (Dec. 3 @ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave.) Approachable, fresh, and unique ideas to delight your friends and family. Join Sonia Nance as she shares the holidays with her most treasured confection recipes. Beautiful and delicious chocolate novelties from her personal collection intended to inspire the imagination for joyful giving and indulging throughout the holidays. Enjoy lots of samples, a gift from Sonia and door prizes. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Please call (626)821-4623 to register.


Annual Breakfast with Santa (Dec. 3 @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Arcadia Community Center 365 Campus Drive) Enjoy a hearty breakfast, some holiday music and a photo with Santa (limit one photo per child). Breakfast is $10 and will be available in two shifts: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. For more information, please contact the Recreation Department at (626)574-5113.


A Very Marionette Christmas (Dec. 3 @ 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage 380 W. Huntington Drive) Tait Hill and Pullin’ Strings Puppet Productions promises to bring the Museum Education Center alive with the magic of puppetry with two performances of his whimsical show, “A Very Marionette Christmas!” Seating is limited and tickets are first come, first served. Please pick up free tickets at the Museum’s front desk on performance day. This event is sponsored by the Arcadia Museum Foundation.


Dec. 4

A Little House Christmas (Dec. 4 @ 2:30 p.m., Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.) Winters are harsh on the Minnesota prairie, and this year’s storm threatens to block Santa’s visit to the Ingalls’ modest home. This warm, wonderful family play is adapted from several Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” stories and features one of Pa’s famous stories and lots of song and dance. For more information (626) 355-4318.


Dec. 5

Cardmaking Workshop (Dec. 5 @ 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.) Surprise a special someone with a personalized, handmade greeting card. Whether it’s happy birthday, happy holidays, thank you, thinking of you or other sentiment, you’ll create a decorative card in your own unique style and have fun discovering your creativity while workshop leaders help you bring your ideas to life. All materials will be provided. For more information call (626) 795-4331.


Dec. 6

Free Family Night: Celebrate Winter Solstice (Dec. 6 @ 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd.) Come celebrate winter solstice traditions from around the world at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. Join in on the fun and participate in cool winter ice experiments, make your very own apple cider mix, and much more. For more information, please call (626) 449-9144.


Dec. 7

Old Fashioned Wreath Workshop (Dec. 7 @ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave.) Using fresh greens (both the traditional and the unusual) from the Arboretum grounds, plus an incredible variety of greens from the LA Flower Mart, make a wreath to welcome in the holidays.  All wreath materials, frame and wire will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Please call (626) 821-4623 to register.



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