Things to do in the San Gabriel Valley, Whittier areas, Jan. 8-15 – The Pasadena Star-News

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Artisan handicrafts take center stage at the Pasadena Bead and Design Show from Jan. 7 through 9 at the Hilton Pasadena. (Courtesy photo)

To market, to market: Wander past the stalls and find locally-grown fruits, vegetables, honey, herbs, loaves of bread and more at Alhambra Certified Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at 100 South Second St., Alhambra. Admission is free. The market is open every Sunday. For more information, call (626) 570-5081 or visit

Creative aging: UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education Program and the Pasadena Senior Center offers a free, eight-week series of “Creative Aging” workshops, designed to help older adults minimize the effects of age-related challenges to cognitive motor skills. The workshops are set from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 13 to March 3, at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. For more information, visit or call (626) 795-4331.

Make it up: Celebrate the makeup industry at IMATS, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9, at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. Explore products, attend demos and learn from industry leaders. Admission is $35 on Jan. 8, $25 on Sunday, or $45 to bundle. For more information, visit or call (360) 882-3488.

Feeling vs. thinking: Leonard Mlodinow discusses “Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, online on Crowdcast, courtesy of Vroman’s Live. Mlodinow, author of “Subliminal,” will explore the new science of feelings and how to maximize its benefits. For more information, visit or call (626) 449-5320.

Winter Frolic: This is the final week for little ones to go “ice fishing,” build winter sculptures, and even go sock skating at Kidspace Museum’s Winter Frolic, a seven-week celebration of the holidays. Ending on Sunday, Jan. 9, Winter Frolic features sock skating, snowflake decorating, and other opportunities to create, explore, paint, dance, and play. Visit to reserve general admission tickets. Kidspace is at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 449-9144.

Bead and design show: Pasadena Bead and Design Show feature a wide collection of artisan handicraft by renowned artists, artisans, and tradespeople offering everything from handprinted fabrics, handsewn clothing, handcrafted beads, and jewelry. The show is set from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door. For more information, visit, or find the show on Twitter or Facebook.

Heart health after cancer: Dr. R. Fernando Roth, cardiologist, will discuss certain chemotherapy and radiation treatments that may have long-term effects on the heart from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Cancer Support Community-Pasadena, 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, Pasadena. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (626) 796-1083.


Lightscape: Tickets are on sale for Lightscape at the Arboretum, set through Sunday, Jan. 16. The Los Angeles County Arboretum will be transformed into a walk-through Winter Cathedral and Fire Garden. Wander past lighted water fountains and more. Admission is $30-$32 for adults, $18-$20 for children 3-12, and free for infants and toddlers up to 2. For more information, visit or call (626) 821-3222.

Museum opening: After nearly two years, Monrovia Historical Museum is finally open. Come and discover Monrovia’s amazing history. Admission is free. Museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Docent-led tours are available. The museum is at 742 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia. For more information, call (626) 357-9537 or visit

It’s in the cards: West Covina Cribbage Club welcomes new members to its weekly meetings at 6 p.m. Mondays, at Denny’s, 1150 S. Seventh Ave., Hacienda Heights. For more information, call Elaine at (626) 330-3170.

A fresh perspective: USC Pacific Asia Museum marks its 50th anniversary with “Intervention: Fresh Perspectives after 50 Years,” original artworks from Antonius Bui, Audrey Chan, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Amir H. Fallah, Akiko Jackson, Alan Nakagawa, and kate-hers RHEE. The display will be a response to the museum’s collection and will run through Feb. 6. For more information, call (626) 787-2680 or visit

At the Norton: “Unseen Picasso,” a small exhibition featuring 16 rare or unique prints by Pablo Picasso, will be on view through Jan. 10, at the small exhibition gallery, main level, of the Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors ages 62 and older. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, students with valid ID, and museum members. For more information, call (626) 449-6840 or visit

At the Homestead: The Homestead Museum, with its landmark homes, cemetery, and gardens, is open for outdoor, self-guided tours from noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Admission is free and masks are required for visitors 2 and older. Indoor tours of historic homes are available. Tour capacity will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Workman House tours will be offered at noon and 2 p.m. and tours of La Casa Nueva are set at 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, call (626) 968-8492 or visit

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Anissa V. Rivera, columnist, “Mom’s the Word,” Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Azusa Herald, Glendora Press and West Covina Highlander, San Dimas/La Verne Highlander. Southern California News Group, 605 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 100, Monrovia, CA 91016. 626-497-4869.