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Celebrate One City, One Story

Celebrate One City, One Story


PASADENA, Calif. — Author Karen Thompson Walker weaves together themes of global change, uncertainty, and adjusting to a new normal in her stunning fictional debut novel, “The Age of Miracles,” a haunting and unforgettable story about coming of age during extraordinary times and about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty. As the focus of Pasadena’s 2013 One City, One Story program, the book has sparked an intriguing blend of community book talks, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, films, lectures and other activities. The community is encouraged to join in these events and participate in the conversation surrounding the book.


Author Karen Thompson Walker will join Jan Sanders, Pasadena Public Library Director, in conversation as they discuss her experiences writing “The Age of Miracles.” A question and answer session from the audience will immediately follow.

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.
All Saints Church, Sanctuary, 132 N. Euclid Ave.

Event parking is available in surrounding parking facilities. All parking is fee based.


• Exhibits: Science Today & Tomorrow
March 1 – 31 • Central Library, North Entry, 285 E. Walnut St.

• Exhibits: Recycled Art
March 1 – 31 • Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.


• Workshop: Going Green! Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose – Let’s Make It Work Again!
Design and make a unique article of clothing or accessory from recycled materials! Then, model
your own personal creation at a fashion show on One City, One Story Day, Saturday, March 23, at
Pasadena Central Library. Bring your own clean recycled materials to use – newspapers,
magazines, plastic bags, old clothing items, etc… Some recycled materials, duct tape, glue and
“notions” will be provided.

Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

Mondays, March 4, 11, & 18 and Wednesdays, March 6, 13, & 20, 3:30 p.m., Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Blvd.

Tuesday, March 12, 4 p.m., Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

• Lecture: Disaster Preparedness for Changing Times: What to Expect and How to Survive a
Major Earthquake
Earthquake 101: Why do we have them? What happens when the BIG ONE (magnitude 7.8
earthquake) hits? How to prepare at home, work and in your neighborhood?
Presented by Margaret Vinci, Office of Earthquake Programs, Caltech.
Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m., San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.

Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

• Demonstration: Cooking for the Apocalypse
Old Town Cooking School’s Deb Swartz will demonstrate her magic with canned and preserved
items and show you how you can still eat well in “The Age of Miracles.” Cooking demonstration,
food sampling and tips and recipes to take home.
Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m., Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.

Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m., Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.

• Film/Television Screening: Early TV Visions of the Apocalypse
Enjoy programs from the “Golden Age of Television” and depictions of the end of the world as we
knew it in the 1960s. View classic episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and “Outer Limits.”
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m., Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.

• Discussion: Mars Curiosity Event
Matt Heverly, mobility systems engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) at JPL, will talk
about the launch, landing, and discoveries of the Curiosity rover on Mars, as well as the unique
experience of living on Mars time and driving the rover around Mars terrain, followed by a question
and answer session.
Monday, March 4, 3 p.m., Villa Parke Branch Library, Villa Parke Community Center Auditorium,
363 E. Villa St.

• Children’s Workshop: Create Your Own OCOS Book
Children in grades first through fourth will create their very own book—from story, to art, to layout
and binding, making a picture book that is durable and long-lasting. Materials will be provided. Led
by elementary school teacher Doris Robin. Space is limited. Call 744-7268 to register.
Mondays, March 4, 11, & 18, 4 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

• Workshop: Write Your Own City, One Story
Writing techniques to write your own OCOS, including highlights of “The Age of Miracles,” presented
by Laurie Richards, Extended Learning Institute Writing Instructor, California State University San
Marcos, and officer and director of the San Diego Book Awards.
Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m., San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd.

• Discussion: Author Experiences
Karen Walker Thompson will share her experiences as an author with college students followed by
a question and answer session.

Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m., Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge (Campus Center), 1570
East Colorado Blvd.

• Discussion: The Slowing: Earth’s Atmospheric Circulation & “The Age of Miracles”
Simona Bordoni, Caltech Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, will join
author Karen Thompson Walker in a conversation about the core idea of “The Age of Miracles,” the
slowing of the earth’s rotation. Bordoni will discuss atmospheric circulation and the effects of rotation upon the planet earth.
Friday, March 15, 3 p.m., Caltech, Baxter Lecture Hall, 1200 E. California Blvd. (Bldg. 77)

• Family Activity: Planetary Crafts
Join us for a special craft project for the entire family centered on “The Age of Miracles.” All
materials will be provided. Presented by a student from the Art Center College of Design.
Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m., Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.

• Discussion: You Are Not Alone - Caring Conversations for Caregivers
Julia’s grandfather became disoriented and suffered from Alzheimer’s in “The Age of Miracles.” Are
you helping an adult family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke or any other chronic
health problem? Join our “Caring Conversations” and receive important information for caregivers
just like you. Presented by University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology faculty.
Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m., Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave.

• Musical/Storytelling Program: Aztec Stories
Michael Heralda will share stories and interactive music that focuses on native beliefs concerning
nature and its cycles of change and transition, the importance of lessons learned from animals and
our connection to the earth and plants.
Thursday, March 21, 3:30 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

• Family Activity: ONE CITY, ONE STORY DAY
Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St.

Let’s Go Gardening!
10 - 11 a.m., Children’s Room and Children’s Patio

Why Gardening is Good for Your Health
Urban Farming Advocate, Matthew “Mud” Baron will talk about Muir Ranch, a 1.5 acre garden on
the campus of John Muir High School in Pasadena that offers students the opportunity to learn
about organic gardening and the business components of running a Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) program.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Donald R. Wright Auditorium

Exploring Mars and Living on Mars Time
When the NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on Mars, and the operations team switched to "Mars time"
operations. The Oh family joined them. Bryn and David Oh will describe how their family took a trip
around the clock on Mars time, jumping two time zones every three days, while the rover explored Mars.
11:30 – 12:15 a.m., Donald R. Wright Auditorium

Reiyukai America - Recyclable Crafts
12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Great Hall

Eco-Friendly Fashion Show: Fashion sense straight from the recycling bin *
Design and make a unique article of clothing or accessory from recycled materials! Then model your own personal design. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative fashions.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Donald R. Wright Auditorium

* For ideas on how to create your own recycled fashion statement use newspapers, magazines, plastic bags, old clothing items, paper, trash bags, ribbon, anything you can think of. For more suggestions attend one or all of the Let’s Make It Work Again! programs at Allendale, Lamanda Park and Hastings Branch Libraries.

Make Your Own Comet and Learn about these Ancient Visitors to Our Skies
NASA's Spitzer Science Center Comet Exploration will take you back to the birth of the Solar System, by making a comet - one of the building blocks of our planet.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Great Hall

Danza Azteca Yankuititl
Traditional Aztec dance performance to Mother Earth by Yankuititl.
3 – 3:45 p.m., Fountain Courtyard (weather permitting) or Donald R. Wright Auditorium

One City, One Story Time Capsule
“The Age of Miracles” ended with a time capsule. We’re creating our own One City, One Story (OCOS) time capsule to be unveiled at the 2023 OCOS. Be a part of OCOS history and bring what you would like to contribute to it. Ages 13 - 18.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Teen Central

Disaster Preparedness for Changing Times: What to Expect and How to Survive a Major Earthquake
Presented by Lisa Derderian, Emergency Management Coordinator and Public Information Officer, Pasadena Fire Department
4 – 5 p.m., Donald R. Wright Auditorium


Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. Allendale Branch Library
1130 S. Marengo Ave.

Monday, March 4, 5 p.m. Villa Parke Branch Library (Bilingual)
363 E. Villa St.

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. Hastings Branch Library
3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. La Pintoresca Branch Library
1355 N. Raymond Ave.

Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. Linda Vista Branch Library
1281 Bryant St.

Wednesday, March 20, 3 p.m. Hill Avenue Branch Library
55 S. Hill Ave.

Thursday, March 21, 4 p.m. Santa Catalina Branch Library
999 E. Washington Blvd.

Monday, March 25, 1 p.m. Lamanda Park Branch Library
140 S. Altadena Dr.

Thursday, March 28, 4 p.m. San Rafael Branch Library
1240 Nithsdale Rd.


New Reality or Sci Fi ?
Featuring films that focus on the end of the world, social restructuring, time stoppage and environmental catastrophe.
Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St.

• March 6 • On the Beach (1959) NR
In this doomsday classic, a U.S. submarine led by Capt. Dwight Towers surfaces near Melbourne, where the passengers learn that nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. And it won't be long before radiation kills the Australians as well.

• March 13 • Lord of the Flies (1963) NR
Based on William Golding's famous novel, Peter Brooks's daring film follows schoolboys stranded on an island after a plane crash. Two factions quickly form between the boys -- one being more civilized, concentrating on finding shelter and food, and the other more savage, hunting wild pigs and having fun. Tension builds between the factions' leaders leading to a battle for control of their own micro-civilization.

• March 20 • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) G
A humanoid envoy from another world lands in Washington, D.C., with a warning to Earth's people to cease their violent behavior. But panic erupts when a nervous soldier shoots the messenger, and his robot companion tries to destroy the capital. A sci-fi hallmark that offers wry commentary on the political climate of the 1950s, this Golden Globe-winning classic is less concerned with special effects than with its potent message.

• March 27 • Wall-e (2008) G
In a futuristic world, human beings have destroyed Earth and evacuated the planet, leaving the cleanup to an army of robots they've programmed to do their dirty work. Due to a mishap, the dutiful WALL-E is the only one left. But with the arrival of a female probe, the monotony of WALL-E's existence is broken -- and he experiences love for the first time.

Pasadena Public Library’s annual One City, One Story program is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature in the community, engage participants in dialogue and bring Pasadenans together by promoting greater understanding of differing points of view. All One City, One Story events are free and open to the public. The novel is available for check-out at all Pasadena public libraries and for sale at local bookstores.

For more information, visit www.onecityonestory.com or call (626) 744-7270.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2013, PPL#02-20-13

Catherine Haskett Hany, Communications Director, Pasadena Public Library (626) 744-4207,
Christine Reeder, One City, One Story Program Coordinator (626) 744-7270,



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