The Seventh Annual Presentation of Returning Soldiers Speak (Nov. 11 @ 6:30 p.m., The Legion Club of Pasadena, 131 N. Marengo Ave.). “An Evening of Prose and Poetry by Veterans.” Featuring a reception of finger foods, sandwiches, salad and dessert at 6:30 p.m. Then Readings in the Main Hall based on work from therapeutic writing workshops led by Leilani Squire. Please register at SGVFrontline.com.
Gift Shop Holiday Open House (Nov. 10 @ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave.) Decked out in holiday finery, the Gift Shop will put in a festive mood for the season. You’ll find a wide selection of new products. Join us for raffle prizes, refreshments, and much more. Arboretum members enjoy a special double discount for a total of 20 percent off regular price merchandise. Regular admission applies and members are free.
The Contemporary Crafts Market (Nov. 11 @ 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall 300 E. Green Street) Everything is made-by-hand in the U.S.A. with beauty built to last. Today’s modern-day masters are creating museum-quality functional, decorative and wearable art including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, blown glass and fine furnishings. It could be yours! Everything is available for purchase. Even better, this is a chance to meet the artisans and discover the human element infused into everything you see. Tickets are $8 at the door and Veterans get in for free on Veterans Day. Learn more at www.craftsource.org
“To Hell and Back” Living History Event with Duffy Hudson as Audie Murphy (Nov. 11 @ 7 p.m. South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St.) A remarkable Veterans Day Night Living History Event with Duffy Hudson performing in “To Hell and Back” as Audie Murphy, America’s most decorated military hero. Murphy also became a popular motion picture star after WW II. The event will be presented in the beautiful, historic South Pasadena Public Library Community Room. The event is free. For more information call (626) 403-7350
Free Screening of Will Ferrell in ELF (Nov.12 @ 10 a.m., Monrovia Public Library, 321 S. Myrtle Ave.) Share some Yuletide cheer with a free screening of ELF. A multi-generational event for Seniors and Baby Boomers, Friends and Family: Neighbors, Aunts, Uncles, Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and Dad and kids too. Light Refreshments will be served. To reserve your free tickets call (626) 205-4308 or email email@example.com
College Access Plan 10th Anniversary Blast from the Past Homecoming Dance (Nov. 12 @ 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena, 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) College Access Plan (CAP) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a Blast from the Past Homecoming Dance. The festivities include dancing, drinks and a light dinner fare. Cost is $100 per ticket or 10 tickets for $900. Tickets can be purchased at www.collegeaccessplan.org/events
Chamber Music Concert (Nov. 13 @ 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Foothill Blvd.) After a nerve-rattling election season, what better way is there to relax than spending a Sunday afternoon immersed in beautiful classical music? The Avanti Ensemble will present a live Chamber Music concert featuring old favorites by Boccherini and Schumann, along with a world premiere composed by Monrovia-resident David Stern. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $15. For more information, call (626)358-5939
Gong Alchemy Sound Bath (Nov. 13 @ 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Unity of Pasadena 3053 E. Del Mar Blvd.) A sound bath is a group sound healing experience. Jamie Ford works with 17 different gong frequencies. She uses her extensive knowledge of sound healing to put together gong alchemy combinations that yield relatively consistent results. Bring a mat or blanket, and wear comfortable clothes for lying on the floor. Cost is $25, for more information go to the Unity of Pasadena Website or call (626)577-420
Hatha Yoga for Children and Their Caregivers (Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.) Learn techniques to help children relax and focus through stretching and movement. This event is presented by yoga instructor Merry Everest. For more information call (626)744-7272 or go to ci.pasadena.ca.us/library
Paint N Play: Ceramics for Kids (Nov. 14 @ 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Paint N Play Art Studio, 418 Myrtle Ave.) Let your child experience a diverse ceramic projects all related to our favorite Fall season. Turkey’s, Pumpkin and colorful Fall project will be the focus of this seasons workshops! Siblings of all ages welcome. A total art studio experience. For more information call: (626)256-4848
Master’s Series Lecture: Recapping the 2016 Election (Nov. 15 @ 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St.) Dr. Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics, Occidental College, will discuss political implications of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections based on her analysis of Nov. 8 exit polls. Cost is $15. For more information, contact Pam Kaye at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 685-6756
Harry Potter Book Party (Nov. 16 @ 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monrovia Public Library, 321 S. Myrtle Ave.) Calling all young witches and wizards to a Harry Potter celebration! Find your Hogwarts house, then compete in a trivia contest and a scavenger hunt. There will be crafts, snacks, and a photo booth. Costumes are encouraged.
DIY Ornament with Essential Oils (Nov.16 @ 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monrovia Public Library, 321 S. Myrtle Ave.) Join essential oil educator and Holistic Health Coach Kate Garland for this no charge, hands-on make and take class. Learn about staying healthy during the holidays using safe and effective essential oils. Each participant will make a DIY ornament using therapeutic grade essential oils.