Memorial Day morphs into a three-day weekend with plenty of things to do in Pasadena. Here are some of your options:
1. Add-on to the Memorial Day Tribute Wall – You can share a photo (copies only), a note, or the name of a loved one lost in battle on La Pintoresca Library Branch’s Memorial Wall. This is a free activity, open to all ages. The Library is located at 1355 North Raymond Ave.
2. If you are in active duty, or part of the National Guard or Reserve military personnel, you and your family can enjoy free entrance from Memorial Day through Labor Day to the following museums in Pasadena: The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Gamble House. This is because they are part of the 2014 season of Blue Star Museums. Enjoy!
3. Take a stroll through the 2-acre Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, which is open to the public only on the last Sunday of every month (this Sunday May 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is $7.50 with reservations, which you can make at www.japanesegardenpasadena.com. Children under 12 are free. You can also choose to pay $17.50 to include both admission and a Tea Ceremony that will be held at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
4. Attend the “Repair Café” at the Armory Center for the Arts this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.. You can move from station to station to receive the benefits of yoga, Reiki, meditation, Qigong, and more, free of charge. The Center is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave.
5. Join the Memorial Day Barbecue and Dance at the Pasadena Senior Center from noon to 2 p.m. The Great American Swing Band will perform and the lunch will include hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and ice cream. All for $10. Call (626) 795-4331 for reservations.
Enjoy Memorial weekend! We should get some fabulous weather. Be safe, merry, and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.