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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2012

Events & Updates

The United Pasadena Food Bank serves a free hot dinner to anyone who’s hungry from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Jackie Robinson Center and Thursdays at Villa-Parke Community Center. Restaurants, volunteers and private donors keep the meals coming. (626) 744-6530

Enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, art and food at the 5th annual Armenian Identity Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., sponsored by the Armenian Community Coalition. (818) 913-6320 or www.acc-us.org.

Get your tickets now for the 10th annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles Ave. The $60 tickets benefit the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley. (626) 296-8433 or www.ywca-pasadena.org.

Pasadena Heritage stops traffic on the Colorado Street Bridge from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, with live music, food, vintage cars and family activities marking the group’s 35th birthday. Tickets ($13-14.50) go on sale June 15. www.pasadenaheritage.org or (626) 441-6333.

Pedal 24, 63 or 85 miles through Pasadena during the Gran Fondo Giro’d’ Italia. Visit the expo Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, in Centennial Square, where the big ride starts at 7 a.m. Sunday. Spectators welcome! www.gfgiro.com.

Fill up on locally grown fruits and vegetables at the new Playhouse District Farmer’s Market at El Molino Avenue and Union Street. Find flowers, eggs, honey, bread, cheese and more from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 26. (626) 744-7509 or (626) 449-0179.

Public art has brought color, diversity and interest to every corner of the city. Have your say on 10 new policy recommendations for the city’s Public Art Master Plan this summer at www.cityofpasadena.net/arts/Public_Art_Master_Plan. (626) 744-7547.

Time for the District 3 Chris Holden Annual Community Block Party. Head outdoors for free food, raffles, music and fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, on Jackson Street. Call 744-4738 to reserve a spot for free emergency response training during the block party.

Check your citrus trees regularly for the Asian citrus psyllid, a disease-carrying pest that destroys fruit and kills tree. Visit www.californiacitrusthreat.org for photos and tips or call (800) 491-1899.