An Old-Fashioned Holiday at the Queen Anne Cottage (Dec. 11 @ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave.) Stroll down memory lane and view treasures and furnishings normally seen only through the windows of the charming Victorian-era cottage. The dwelling, decorated in its’ Christmas finery, has become a Southland tradition for holiday visitors. Tours will be available throughout the day. Visitors will learn about the history of the Queen Anne Cottage. For more information call (626) 821-3222. -ARCADIA
Events for Dec. 8 – Dec. 14
Sounds of Christmas 2016 (Dec. 8 @ 7 p.m., Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Ave.) Come join Sounds of Christmas 2016, as 20 young artists from the Small Beginnings, Crescendo, and Drum-Central programs take the stage to showcase their voice, piano, and drumming talents with Christmas melodies and rhythms. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Parking is free. For more information please call (626) 398-8005.
A Cinderella Christmas (Dec. 8 @ 7 p.m., The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave.) Panto at The Playhouse , now in its fifth year, has become a “must do” holiday tradition for Southern California residents. A Cinderella Christmas is the latest Holiday Spectacular presented by The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Panto in the style of the traditional British Panto. A Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages, and the timeless tale of Cinderella will feature comedy, magic, dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees.
Christmas Craft Workshop (Dec. 9 @ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Knot Too Shabby, 302 S. Myrtle Ave.) There’s nothing like homemade decor for the holidays. Learn how to create your very own holiday decorations. During this workshop, you will learn how to create pom-poms for holiday garlands, large burlap bows and gilded glass jars that we will turn into ornaments. Not only will these be great decorations for your home, they can be used as package adornments or given as gifts. All supplies are included. Cost is $45. For more information call (626)305-9398.
Monrovia Street Fair (Dec. 9 @ 5p.m. to 9 p.m., Monrovia Street Fair and Farmers Market, 612 S. Myrtle Ave.) Come out and join the festivities for this wonderful evening of family fun. There will be lots of food, craft and eclectic vendors selling all sorts of treasures plus our wonderful truck full of beautiful yarns.
Winter Book Party in Celebration of Jan Brett (Dec.10 @ 2:30 p.m., Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte Road) The weather is getting colder and winter will soon be here! Get into the winter spirit by listening to a few wintry tales written by children’s author Jan Brett, doing some fun winter crafting, and enjoying a cool snack. This event is for all ages.
Family Bird Walk (Dec.10 @ 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave.) Join instructor Julia Ray for a family-fun bird walk. The walks are open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) and all levels of birding knowledge. Bring your binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, and join our experienced birder and naturalist for a fun morning of finding and watching our fine-feathered friends. Please call (626) 821-4623 for more information.
Beginning Brush Lettering (Dec.10 @ 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Knot Too Shabby, 302 S. Myrtle Ave.) Always wanted to have pretty handwriting to decorate envelopes, make creative signs, or jazz up your holiday cards? Join this fun workshop where you will learn the basics of modern brush lettering in a fun and creative environment. You will receive a workbook with lettering guides and instructional tips and techniques as well as sheets to take home and practice. All supplies are included. Cost is $60. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockin’ Holiday Celebration (Dec.11 @ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rockin’ Rollers, 38 E. Montecito Ave.) Come Rock out and do your Holiday shopping! Make merry with live music an open mic, food, drink, and cheer. There will be tons of participating vendors and products for sale including music lessons, beauty and wellness services, raffles and much more.
Ornament Painting (Dec.12 @ 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.) Design and paint your own Christmas ornament to decorate your tree or to give as a gift. All materials are provided. This workshop is led by artist Janell Mithani and is for teens and adults. Cost is free. For more information and to sign up, call (626) 744-6510.
Arcadia Highlands Home Owners Association annual meeting at Highland Oaks Elementary School, 10 Virginia Drive Arcadia on Monday Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
Homeless Memorial Service (Dec.13 @ 6 p.m., All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave.) Each year, thousands of homeless men and women die on the streets of our nation due to illness, exposure or violence, many from our very own community of Pasadena. These individuals die without the dignity and respect they deserve. Please join All Saints Church as everyone honors and acknowledge their lives and membership in the human family. If you can’t join, log on at 6 p.m. to watch the service live at www.allsaints-pas.org/worship/streaming/.
Holiday Tamales (Dec. 13 @ 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Salute Culinary Academy 150 E. Colorado Blvd.) Have you always wanted to learn how to make tamales? Now is your chance to learn. The class focuses on the traditional preparation of authentic tamales. The tamales are prepared in the handmade and traditional fashion using cultural ingredients. Come learn how to make tamales in class so that you can duplicate them for your holiday parties. Cost is $75, call (626)429-2323 for more information.
South Pasadena’s 2016 State of the City Address (Dec. 14 @ 6 p.m., South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St.) Throughout the past year, South Pasadena City Council and staff prioritized environmental stewardship and governmental efficiency. Mayor Diana Mahmud and the City of South Pasadena (City) invite residents and community members to consider the results of this focus at the 2016 State of the City Address. The program will include a presentation with a short reception to follow. Cost is free. For more information call (626)403-7210.