Things to do in the San Gabriel Valley, July 5-12 (2024)

Find healing among the trees at a forest bathing class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Palm Garden of The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. This is the first of a two-day class, with the next session set for July 13. Tickets are $60 for members and $80 for the general public. Debra Wilbur, certified forest therapy guide, will lead the nature immersion experience. Suitable for all levels. No previous experience necessary. For more information, call Joy Yamahata at 626-405-3457 or email

Free First Friday: Admission to the Norton Simon Museum is free from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 5. Enjoy free entrance to the gardens and galleries. The museum is at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, call 626-449-6840 or visit

Mayan yoga: Itzpapalotl is a registered yoga teacher and meditation instructor. Join her for an hour-long session from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Workman and Temple Family Museum, 15415 Don Julian Road, City of Industry. Classes are appropriate for all experience levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel, oh, and water. A suggested donation is $5 per session. Reserve your spot online at For more information, visit or call 626-968-8492.

Come of age: Marjan Kamali discusses her novel “The Lion Women of Tehran” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is free. The book about friendship, betrayal, and redemption set against three transformative decades in Iran, has been called “elegant, tender,” and “beautifully written” by Oprah Daily. For more information, call 626-449-5320 or visit

The festival’s the thing: The Midsummer Shakespeare Festival returns with “La Tempestad” and “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” running for two weekends, Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14 and Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater, East Bonita Avenue and E. 4th Street in Claremont. Tickets are $35 general admission, and a festival pass for both shows is $65. For more information, visit

Night Flix: Sun’s out and summer’s officially in residence at Summer Movie Night Flix set for 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the parking lot between Macy’s and Best Buy of Plaza West Covina, 112 Plaza Drive. Admission is free but registration is required on Eventbrite. Seating is first-come, first-served. A community night market with more than 50 food and retail vendors will open at 5 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8 p.m., or after the sun sets. For more information, follow @PlazaWestCovina on Instagram, or visit

Nights at the Gamble House: Friday Nights at the Gamble House kicks off from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at where else but 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. Tickets start at $5, $40 with wine tasting from Highland Park Wine. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Explore the home’s first floor with docents, bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic while listening to musicians from the Pasadena Conservancy of Music. Parking is free on Westmoreland Place and along Orange Grove Boulevard. For more information, visit

Summer comedy: Sandy Velasco presents “Mixed Nuts Live” a comedy variety show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Blossom Market Hall, 264 S. Mission Ave., San Gabriel. Tickets are $12 plus a $1.60 fee. Parking is free. Grab some dinner from the 13 market vendors, then head upstairs to enjoy the show. For more information, visit

‘Best ABBA since ABBA’: Waterloo: A Tribute to ABBA takes the stage at the next Pasadena Pops concert on Saturday, July 13, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking with the concert set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Larry Blank conducts. For more information, visit or call 626-793-7172.

High note: The Vroman’s Summer Music Series kicks off with the Danny Janklow Quartet performing from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outdoors on Vroman’s Paseo, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is free. Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s ensemble will play jazz, bossa nova, soul and original music. The group includes Danny Janklow, Dennis Hamm, Anthony Fung and Nick Clark. For more information, call 626-449-5320 or visit

World famous shopping: The Rose Bowl Flea Market opens at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 14, at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. General admission hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $13. Explore bargains and special finds from 2,500 vendors. For more information, visit, or call 626-577-3100.

What’s blooming: Roses, orchids, water lilies and lotus are showing off at The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. General admission starts at $25 for adults, $21 for students, $13 for youth age 4-11 and free for children under 4. For more information, visit or call 626-405-2100.

Summer concerts: Most San Gabriel Valley cities are heralding summer with concerts and movies in the park. Visit city websites for more information. All concerts are usually free, and if you play your cards right, you could be dancing all through summer from June through August. Check out swim nights, too, and make this a summer to remember.

Play past your bedtime: Kidspace Museum is open late for its Campfire Music Sunset Series, an evening of live music, dance and art, continuing Friday, July 19, with Cowpoke Country Night. Técnica Arte y Folklore presents Mexican folk dances and ranchero roping while Earthworm Ensemble brings its rocking guitars, fiddles, accordions, drums and vocal harmonies to the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. Shows are at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and the museum will be open until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic or buy food from the café or food trucks. Free with general admission. For more information, visit or call 626-449-9144.

Ongoing events

Summertime: Kidspace Campout heralds the start of summer fun at the children’s museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Check out the little tents with tiny grills in the fantasy campground, a blue sand lake for pretend fishing, a mini Golden Gate Bridge for tricycle road trips, lots of water play in the Arroyo Stream and campfire sing-alongs. Visit to reserve general admission tickets. General admission is $15.50 for adults and children older than 1. For more information, visit or call 626-788-8795.

A case for refugees: A suitcase with a bloody handle. A discarded baby sandal. Humaira Abid’s haunting exhibition “Searching for Home” features sculpted wooden creations invoking the global refugee crisis and the lives it upends. The exhibition closes on Aug. 18 at USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Admission is $15 for adults, $15 for students with ID and $12 for seniors 65 and older. Admission is free the second Sunday of the month. For more information, visit or call 626-787-2680.

Turn the page:Stock up on your TBR pile. The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library Bookstore invites all readers to choose from used books, DVDs, CDs, LPs and lots of children’s books. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, closed Friday and Sunday. The bookstore is at the Jefferson Elementary School campus, 1500 E. Villa Ave., between Hill and Allen avenues, in Pasadena. Donations are welcome. For more information, email Adrienne

To market: The new Altadena Neighborhood Farmers Market is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, at Loma Alta Park, 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena. Admission is free. The nonprofit Raw Inspiration offers the market as a way for children to learn the value of organic gardening and healthy eating. For more information, emailinfo@rawinspiration.orgor visit

Farm fresh everything: The Farmer’s Market @ Mt. SAC is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, at Parking Lot B, 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. Sample French pastries from LeHonore’French Bakery, in-season fruits and vegetables, an Asian vegetables stand, arts and crafts along with ready-to-eat dishes such as dumplings. Lots of vendors offer handmade items and plants too. For more information, call 909-869-0701,, visit or find “MtSacFarmersMarket” on Facebook.

Market news: Duarte Farmer’s Market is open from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the southeast corner of the Santa Teresita Assisted Living parking lot, 819 Buena Vista St., Duarte. Say hello to the Carmelite Sisters, shop for dinner, pick up sweet treats and discover new vendors. For more information, visit

Helping hands: Low-Cost Community Counseling Center serves the Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, Norwalk and surrounding areas. It offers low-cost counseling for individuals, couples and families as well as parenting, women’s support and substance abuse groups. For more information, call 562-903-7777, emaillowcostcommunitycounseling@gmail.comor visit

It’s all lapidary: The Pasadena Lapidary Society meets from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, except December, in the Fellowship Hall of Santa Anita Church, 226 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia. All were welcome. For more information, visit, or check out their social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Wednesday night market: Whittier Uptown Association presents Wednesday Night Markets from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, on historic Greenleaf Avenue, from Wardman to Bailey streets. Stroll past local vendors, food and art. For more information, visit or call (562) 696-2662.

Play ball:Pasadena Senior Center sponsors Crown Valley senior co-ed softball teams. Players meet for practice and scrimmage games from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays at Farnsworth Park in Altadena and Thursdays at Arcadia County Park. Players over 50 are welcome. For more information, call Marge Mayotte-Hirn at (626) 377-5631; emailssbslugger@yahoo.comor visit

Local history: Monrovia Historical Museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, at 742 E. Lemon Ave. Come and discover Monrovia’s amazing history. Admission is free. Docent-led tours are available. For more information, call (626) 357-9537 or visit

New horizons: The Arcadia Travelers Club, designed for seniors 50 and older interested in travel and fellowship, is a nonprofit that offers day outings and extended day trips. It is open to anyone for a $10 annual fee. The group meets monthly at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia. For more information, visit or call (626) 821-4377.

It’s in the cards:West Covina Cribbage Club welcomes new members to its weekly meetings at 6 p.m. Mondays, at Denny’s, 1150 S. Seventh Ave., Hacienda Heights. For more information, call Elaine at (626) 330-3170.

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