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PLATINUM CAT

 

What were you doing 20 years ago? We were all undoubtedly shopping for gifts, making holiday plans, and wrapping up all the end-of-the-year work.

Oh, and Brad and Karen, the founders of the orange cat, were sending out the very first issue. From the beginning, they committed to providing parents with a robust list of what's happening around town. It was a resource I turned to many weeks. And a tradition I'm proud to have continued since acquiring it and sending out my first issue on December 16, 2011.

So, here we are, 20 years from its inception and 11 years from its last major reboot. And I'm giving some thought to what's next for this family staple. I'm moving to a new email provider shortly (seriously this time, the previous issues have been addressed). And I'm looking at new, regular features. So, you'll see a few experiments here and there to test content and ideas and regular requests for your input. This only works with your input.

All in all, my goal is to make our platinum year an extraordinary one for everyone who trusts the orange cat with their time!

Rob

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PICKS OF THE LITTER


34th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Your family can join the Pasadena Public Library and the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in a virtual celebration of Kwanzaa through music and stories on December 27 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. Registration is required, and spots are limited.

 


 

Salt Watercolor Snowflakes

Your whole family can join the Santa Catalina Branch librarians for an early celebration of the Winter Solstice by painting salt snowflakes with watercolors on December 20 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. See the event listing for more details.

 


 

Mighty Chondria: Computer Animation Workshop

Your tween (ages 7-12) can join the Hastings Branch librarians in this zoom workshop to learn how computer animation works on December 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Registration is required.

 

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MAJOR ATTRACTIONS


Winter Frolic Is Back!

Visit Kidspace now through January 8 to enjoy its annual celebration of all things winter with Winter Frolic! Your little ones can explore, create and have fun with the things that make winter a unique season and the holidays a joy. Please check the site for Rose Bowl closures before heading out. And we highly suggest getting tickets in advance, as walk-in tickets are limited.



 

And while you're at Kidspace and in a wintery kind of mood, make sure you wear your favorite pair of fuzzy socks and reserve your family's time on the Sock Skating Rink. No skates. No ice. Just sliding fun.

 




Lightscape: Bigger, Bolder, Brighter

Now through January 8, your whole family can be amazed at the LA County Arboretum's annual Lightscape exhibit. The exhibit has grown both in the number of glowing wonders and the length of the trail through the gardens. Keep in mind this does sell out fast, so book your tickets in advance, grab some cocoa and a warm coat, then head out to Arcadia for the evening!
 


 


LA Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow

LA Zoo Lights is back for the 2022/2023 season with another landscape reimagined with lanterns glowing in the shape of animals, flowers, trees, and more! The nighttime fun runs from November 18 through January 22. See the event site for tickets and details.
 



 

Muddy Boot Farm

Kidspace welcomes you and your kids to their new outdoor exhibit, Muddy Boot Farm, where everyone can play growing, harvesting, and selling their crops while learning how farms work and plants grow. The exhibit is free with your paid Kidspace admission or membership. Keep in mind events at the Rose Bowl impact Kidspace, so please check the hours of operation and reserve your arrival tickets in advance.
 

HOLIDAY EVENTS

 

Holiday Tree Decorating

Your family can help the Lamanda Park Branch librarians decorate their tree with a custom ornament on December 17 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. See the event listing for more details.

 


 

A Christmas Carol

Your teens and adults alike can join the Linda Vista Branch librarians for some Christmas caroling cheer with the Christmas Matters Holiday Carolers on December 17 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. See the event listing for more details.

 


 

Hill Avenue Holiday Special

Your family can join the Hill Avenue Branch librarians for this zoom-based holiday special with songs, crafts, and stories by the fireplace. Registration is required, and spots are limited.

 


 

Take & Make: Winter Holiday Sun Catcher

Your family can join the Hill Avenue Branch librarians in making a holiday sun catcher. You can choose from a variety of holidays. Reservations for craft kits are open from December 1 through 31 or while supplies last. 

 


 

Take & Make: Winter Scene Shadowbox

Your whole family can join the Hastings Branch librarians in making a holiday-themed shadowbox. Craft kit reservations open December 4, and kits are available through December 17 or while supplies last. 

 


 

Take & Make: Star of David

Your family can join the Santa Catalina Branch librarians in celebrating Hanukkah by making a glittering Star of David. Craft kit reservations open December 5 and are available through December 31 or while supplies last.

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STUFF TO DO

Children's Winter Bingo Reading Challenge

Your kids (ages 4-12) can join the Children's Winter Bingo Reading Challenge from the Altadena library from December 1 through January 7, 2023. Kids complete five activities in a row from their bingo card to collect a prize. If they complete all 25 activities, they get a free book while supplies last and are entered into the Grand Prize Raffle. See the event listing for details.

 


Winter Stories

Your kids (ages 3-5) can join the Santa Catalina Branch librarians for stories celebrating the arrival of winter on December 21 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. See the event listing for more details.

 


 

T-Shirt Painting

Your family can join the Villa Parke Community Center Branch librarians in making a holiday-themed T-shirt on December 21 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. You bring a plain white shirt, and the library will provide the paint. Registration is required. See the event listing for more details.

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The Case of Windy Lake and other great books featured in our events are available from our online book shop. And, if that wasn't good enough, every purchase supports a local, independent book store.
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NINE LIVES EVENTS

 

These events are regularly scheduled, and many do not require registrations. That said, please check with the event host in case of holidays, weather, COVID, or other reasons to cancel or reschedule.
 




Board Game Night

Your family can join others and the Altadena librarians in an evening of board game fun on Mondays through December 19, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. No registration is required.

 


 

Chess Night

Your family can join other chess lovers and the Altadena librarians in an evening of chess-inspired fun on Tuesdays through November 22, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. No registration is required.
 


 

Afternoon Games

The whole family is invited to the Villa Parke Community Center Branch Library to play games, from board games to giant dominos. The fun happens on Tuesdays, from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM.

 


 

Infant & Toddler Storytimes

Your little ones (ages 0-2) and their caregiver can join the Pasadena librarians weekly at 10:30 AM for 20 minutes of reading, rhyming, and singing fun! 

Lamanda Park Branch - Tuesdays

Allendale Branch - Wednesdays

 


 

Preschool Storytime - Pasadena Public Libraries

Your kids (ages 3-5) can join the Pasadena librarians weekly for a selection of stories, songs, crafts, or a short movie. Activities vary by branch.

Villa Parke Community Center Branch - Tuesdays, 10:30 AM till 11:30 AM

Santa Catalina Branch - Wednesday, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

San Rafael Branch - Wednesdays, 11:00 AM till 11:30 AM

Lamanda Park Branch - Thursdays, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

Linda Vista Branch - Thursday, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

Hill Avenue Branch - Saturdays, 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM

 


 

Family Films

Villa Parke Community Center Branch hosts a family movie for you on Thursdays, from 3:30 PM till 5:30 PM. Please contact the branch at 626-744-6510 for the movie title. And this is a BYOS (bring your own snacks) event.

 


 

Video Game Club

Your Teen (age 14-19) can stop into the Hastings Branch Library Meeting Room on Thursdays, from 4:00 PM till 6:00 PM, for some gaming fun on the Nintendo Switch. They can make new friends and learn fair play every week. No registration is required. Must play well with others.

 


 

Crafting with Tish & Tosh

Join the Pasadena Library online for some all-ages crafting fun. You'll learn new crafts all year round. The crafting fun happens on every-other Monday on Instagram Live from 3:00 PM till 3:30 PM.

 



Teen Switch Hour

Your Tweens (ages 8-12) can join the Altadena librarians for some Nintendo Switch fun playing Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Smash Brothers every Thursday from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM in the Main Library's Community Room. The library has a limited number of systems available. You are welcome to bring your own Switch. .

 


 

STEAM Team

Your Tweens (ages 9-12) can join the Hastings Branch librarians on the third Monday of most months (Thanksgiving being a usual exception) from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM to learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Registration is required, and spots are limited. 

 

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