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Happy 127th Birthday Pasadena & 100th Birthday Colorado Street Bridge

Happy 127th Birthday Pasadena & 100th Birthday Colorado Street Bridge

 “Happy Birthday Pasadena: Celebrating Bridges”  Celebrating Pasadena’s 127th Birthday & 100th Anniversary of Historic Colorado Street Bridge 


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Please join us for a special double celebration this year as the Pasadena Museum of History and the City team up for “Happy Birthday Pasadena: Celebrating Bridges” from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, June 22, marking Pasadena’s 127th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the iconic, beloved Colorado Street Bridge.  

Enjoy Birthday cake with the Mayor and City dignitaries, arts & crafts workshops and storytelling for kids, live music, nonstop entertainment, and activities that explore our City's "bridges" to Community, Exploration, Health, History, Imagination, and Understanding. Pie n' Burger, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will have a food truck offering their best-loved family fare. Raffles and prizes will round out a not-to-be-missed day of celebration. Mark Your Calendars and Save the Date!      

 For more information about this very special event, please www.pasadenahistory.org or call (626) 577-1600, ext. 10. 

The gala cake cutting is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.; further details about this year’s cake extravaganza is being kept tightly under wraps! The cakes, all courtesy Vons/Pavilions, will reflect the themes highlighted at this year’s Happy Birthday Pasadena event. Stay tuned for updated information closer to day of the event.

  Event is FREE; no reservations required. Happy Birthday Pasadena” takes place at the Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St.  

Special Children's Activities 

We are thrilled this year to welcome three outstanding organizations to assist us in exploring the art, innovation, and science of bridges with our youngest visitors!

  • Kidspace Children's Museum will host a hands-on bridge-building workshop with different types of materials to discover which work well, which do not, which structures are more successful and why. A weight test will let us see if our bridges could accommodate passengers safely.  Have fun while learning the physics behind bridges - why certain structures work and why some bridges collapse!  Our youngest visitors will join the fun, building bridges with blocks.
  • Side Street Projects will invites children and family members to create an imaginative bridge from the perspective of the surrounding wildlife, using biodegradable materials. Use your imagination! How would a fish design a bridge? What would a butterfly do? Using the format of a suspension bridge, kids will create a combination 2-D/3-D project inspired by the Arroyo Secco wildlife below the Colorado Street Bridge.
  • We Tell Stories will present three storytelling productions on the Museum Stage at 1:30 pm-- all around our theme of 'bridges."  WTS performances blend storytelling and audience participatory theatre to bring world folklore, fairy tales, literature, legends, and mythology to joyful life.

Displays & Entertainment 

Nonstop activities, displays and entertainment will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to enjoy and explore all things Pasadena!

  • The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will keep party-goers on their toes with a variety of dances and demonstrations.  Join in or sit, relax, and enjoy the show!
  • History "Pods" have become a defining and much-anticipated feature of Happy Birthday Pasadena events.  This year we celebrate Pasadena's physical bridges and use the concept of bridging to explore other facets of our City's vibrant lifestyle:
    • Bridges to Community - Meet Pasadena's community of Bloggers!  They are our eyes and ears; they share Pasadena-related thoughts, images, inspirations, and news from unique perspectives.  Here's your chance to chat with them in person.
    • Bridges to Exploration - From Pasadena to Mars and beyond: JPL representatives will amaze, enlighten, and inspire you!
    • Bridges to Health - Did you know that many early Pasadena settlers came here seeking health cures?  Our amazing medical history comes to life in this presentation.
    • Bridges to History - Our oconic landmark, the Colorado Street Bridge, is 100 years old in 2013.  Pasadena Heritage will preside over a display that celebrates this milestone and all of our City's physical bridges.
    • Bridges to Imagination - Kidspace Children's Museum and Side Street Projects will keep youngsters fully engaged in imaginative, hands-on projects.  Meanwhile, Gold Bug, Old Pasadena's neo-Victorian emporium, will amuse, engage, and delight the imagaination and senses of visitors of all ages.
    • Bridges to Understanding - The Pasadena Sister Cities Committee will feature details about our special relationships with Ludwigshafen, Germany; Mishima, Japan; Jarvenpaa, Finland; Vanadzor, Armenia; and Xicheng District, Beijing, China.
  • "World's Smallest Motor" - In 1959 famed CalTech physicist Dr. Richard Feynman offered a $1,000 prize to anyone able to make an operating electric motor only 1/64th of an inch cubed (about the size of a speck of sand).  Pasadena's William McLellan, a CalTech graduate and miniaturization specialist, successfully claimed the prize just a year later, effectively ushering in the field of nanotechnology.  The McLellan family recently donated the tiny motor to PMH, and we are presenting in in a special display -- mounted under a microscope -- in the Archives on this celebratory afternoon. 


Look for the special 100th anniversay "Bridge Book" by famed photographer Tavo Olmos  www.tavoolmos.com coming to local bookstores and the museum soon! 

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Posted: 6/17/2013 09:00:00 AM
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