Things to do in the San Gabriel Valley, Whittier on June 3-10 – The Pasadena Star-News

Things to do in the San Gabriel Valley/Whittier, June 3-10.

Free for seniors: Pasadena Senior Center offers free events in June via Zoom, including a class on financial fitness, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 3; and a discussion on common foot problems at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10. Registration in advance is required, but membership and Pasadena residency is not. All participants will receive an email link for each activity. Those with no WiFi or email address can call 626-795-4331. The center will also hold its monthly food distribution from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, June 4. For more information, visit or call 626-795-4331.

World adventures online at the library: It would be virtually impossible not to have fun at two events offered by the Los Angeles County Public Library system. First, join Alfredo Ortiz as he weaves music through his experience of migrations, hardships and successes. The composer and author will perform on the Paraguayan harp and reflect on the cultural and musical heritage of South America. Catch “World Adventures with my Harp,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 3. Also, chef and culinary historian Hae Jung Cho presents a kimchi workshop, 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Learn how to prepare water and cucumber kimchi in this event for adults. For more information, visit, and click on “Virtual Programming.”

Family movies: Join the fun at the Azusa Drive-In movie series, presented by the city’s Community Resources Department. Movies are shown at 8 p.m. Fridays at Northside Park, 601 W. 11th St. in Azusa. Space is limited. Cost is $10 per vehicle. The June lineup includes “Black Panther” (2018), June 4; “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” (2019), June 11; “Heavyweights” (1995), June 18; “Holes” (2003), June 25. For more information, visit or call 626-812-5280.

Paletas for all: Latin Grammy Award-winning musician Lucky Diaz and artist Micah Player weave a summer treat around the picture book “Paletero Man,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, via Crowdcast on Vroman’s Live. The book is full of music, kindness and ice pops, and makes for a great storytime. Register in advance for free here: . Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320.

Master series – Ancient Egypt: Seniors 50 and older are invited to join Timothy Doran, associate professor of ancient history at Cal State Los Angeles, as he examines Egyptian history from prehistoric times through the death of Cleopatra in 30 B.C. This Masters Series, offered by the Pasadena Senior Center, will be online via Zoom from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, June 8-29. Admission for the seven-week term is $60 for nonmembers. To register, visit and click on “Masters Series Lifelong Learning.” The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for social services and critical services for seniors in need. Limited occupancy in the library, fitness center, computer lab and billiards room. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. 85 E. Holly St., 626-795-4331.

Author authors: Whittier Public Library Foundation continues its “Virtual Author Series” Wednesdays in June. For $25, get access to one of five Zoom talks with award-winning authors, or get access to all five talks for $100. Proceeds will benefit the Central Library renovations ( Learn the story behind the stories from Tom Zoellner on June 9; Gustavo Arellano on June 16; Molly Knight on June 23; and Lisa See on June 30. Each talk will feature a question-and-answer session, too. Register in advance at

Family movie night: Get your tickets to the parking lot edition of Family Movie Night. Bring your dinner (preferably from a local restaurant) and chairs to catch “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020) at dusk, Saturday, June 26, at the parking lot of the old Alpha Beta on Hadley Street and Comstock Avenue. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Monday, June 7. Doors open, 6:30 p.m. A concession stand from the VolunTEENS will sell prepackaged items. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. To register, visit For more information, call 562-567-9430.

Save the date: Glendora Woman’s Club invites the community to its “Sunflowers, Sunshine and Styles” fashion show featuring costumes through the decades, on Sept. 21. Tickets are $40 and reservation deadline is Sept. 7. For more information, call Chris Ohrmund at 909-598-0554.

Ongoing events

Babies at the Arboretum: Baby horned owls and ducklings, and who knows what other baby animals you can spy at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Spring is full swing at the gardens. The Arboretum is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with last entry at 6:30 p.m. All guests must wear face masks or coverings and practice social distancing. For more information, call 626-821-3222 or visit

Butterfly season: Just in time for its 25th annual butterfly season, Kidspace Museum is open, with new guidelines, such as ticketed time entry and reduced capacity. Find butterfly surprises outdoors and check out the 2,500-square-foot chalk mural as Aleina, from Lucky Paws Art Co., adds to it. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Closed June 7-10 and open to members only on June 11-12. Time ticket entry is in place for now. Admission $14.95 ages 1-61; $12.95 ages 62 and older. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, visit or call 626-449-9144.

Whittier history: The Whittier Museum, owned and operated by the Whittier Historical Society, is open. Visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing. Groups must be members of the same household. Admission to the museum is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturday. 6755 Newlin Ave., Whittier. For more information, visit or call 562- 945-3871.

Be our guest: The galleries and store at the USC Pacific Asia Museum are open. Reserve timed entry tickets online. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $10; $7 ages 65 and older and students; free for ages 17 and younger. A “pay-as-you-wish” admission through June 6. For more information, email 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 626-787-2680.

At the Norton: See Paul Gauguin’s 1888 painting “The Swineherd,” on loan from Los Angeles County Museum of Art through November, at the Norton Simon Museum, which has reopened with new visitor protocols and guidelines. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission $15; $12 ages 62 and older; free for ages 18 and younger. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, 626-449-6840.

Farmers market: Uptown Whittier Farmers Market offers fresh fruit and veggies, mixed nuts and dried fruit, micro-greens, organic herbs, hummus and cheese, eggs, seafood, and pre-packed tea. Covid-19 public health procedures are in place. The market is open from 8 a.m. to12:45 p.m. Fridays, at 13018 Philadelphia St., corner Bright Avenue, Whittier. For more information, email

At the Homestead: Visit the Homestead Museum, in real life, as they say. The museum, with its landmark homes, cemetery and gardens, is open for outdoor, self-guided tours from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free and masks are required. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. For more information, call 626-968-8492 or visit

Family fun: The Monrovia Street Fair and Market are up and running, from 5 too 9 p.m. Fridays in the 500 block of Myrtle Avenue between Lemon Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Get some of the best hummus and pita bread, fresh veggies and fruits, crafts and artisan items. The kids’ play area, entertainment and some food services are discontinued, but the fair still makes Friday nights lively in Old Town. For more information, visit or call 626-386-5306.

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