Paging Teen Writers to the Library

Teens who fashion themselves as a novelists or poets, or who simply love writing, are welcome to meet others with the same passion at the Teen Writers session at Pasadena Central Library. The free workshop is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the library’s Teen Central.
There will be writing exercises, discussion about writing and an opportunity to bounce ideas around and share work with peers.
Stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be considered for the Teen Zine.
For more information, visit ci.pasadena.ca.us/library or call (626) 744-4066.

No Joke: Comedians Support Pasadena Humane Society

A showcase of popular comedians, including John Caparulo, Huck Flyn and more, will star in a fundraiser for the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Ice House Comedy Club.
Caparulo is known as the under-dressed everyman on the E! show “Chelsea Lately.” “Cap,” as he’s known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Comedy Central Presents,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Next Generation of Blue Collar,” and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show.”
His first one-hour special, “Meet Cap,” was released in 2009 and premiered on Comedy Central the same year. More recently, Caparulo appeared as part of Ron White’s “Salute to the Troops” on CMT, a network on which he became well-known as the host of “Mobile Home Disaster.”
Tickets are $15-$22 and benefit the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA.
For more information, call (626) 577-1894 or visit icehousecomedy.com/event.cfm.

Adaptive Art Reception This Saturday

“We Belong” in Pasadena is the theme for this year’s Adaptive Art Program art show with an artists’ reception from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the Armory Center for the Arts located at 145 N. Raymond Ave.
Original artwork from the program’s participants will be on display at the Armory from July 22 to Sept. 8. The free art show celebrates the artists’ work and the theme of connection and community with skillfully depicted, colorful artwork, featuring acts of kindness, caring and inclusion.
The free opening reception is an opportunity for a first look at the original artwork, along with an opportunity to meet some of the artists and to purchase booklets of the exhibit, while supplies last, for a suggested $10 minimum, tax-deductible donation to the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation, prpf.org. Light refreshments will be served.
This year’s cover is by artist Maria Escobar of Pasadena whose use of geometry and color blocking creates a rhythmic backdrop for a scene depicting an unlikely friendship between a monkey and a lonely goldfish, who yearns to be a part of the outside world. The drawing is titled “We Belong.”
For the duration of the special exhibit, the Armory’s Community Room will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Visit armoryarts.org/webelong for more information, or call (626) 792-5101.
The city’s Human Services and Recreation Department provides the Adaptive Art
program for artists with disabilities who live in the greater Pasadena area. Visit cityofpasadena.net/humanservices for more information.

Muir High School Pep Squad Holds Clothing Fundraiser

The John Muir High School Pep Squad has been invited to participate in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday, Nov. 23. To help support the trip, the students are reaching out to the community for donations of unwanted clothes to help raise money.
The group is accepting the following clothing items: baby clothes, blouses, belts, bras, caps/hats, jeans, pants, purses, skirts, shoes (all kinds), shorts, socks and ties. The following household items are also welcomed: hand towels, body towels and pillow cases.
To donate, put clothing items in trash bags or small bags. Drop bags off on Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at John Muir High School in the Pep/Dance Room, which is located on the corner of Forest (between Toolen and Wyoming) behind the boys basketball gym.
For additional information, call (626) 390-3646.

Summer Season of Concerts at Levitt Pavilion Continues

A great season of concerts under the stars will be featured June 29-Sept. 3 at Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly in Pasadena.A great season of concerts under the stars will be featured June 29-Sept. 3 at Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly in Pasadena.The mission of Levitt Pavilion Greater Los Angeles and Pasadena is “Community Through  Music.”

The goal is music accessibility for all, creating stronger and more connected communities, while celebrating the diversity of cultures, promoting appreciation of the arts, and enriching family values through free concerts each summer for the community.The Friends of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2003 to present 50 summer concerts annually. Admission is always free, making live music and the arts accessible to all.

The concerts feature a diverse lineup of artists, from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers. Programming is designed to appeal to all tastes, bringing people from all walks of life together to share an evening of great music. As music fills the park, so do families, friends and neighbors from the surrounding area, creating community through music. Since 2003, more than 1 million people have gathered on the lawn at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena to picnic on the grassy lawn and enjoy music under the stars.
Upcoming events:• Jimmy Webb, Saturday,  July 22, 8 p.m.• Lao Tizer Band, Sunday,  July 23, 7 p.m.• The Party Animals, Thursday,  July 27, 7 p.m.• Perla Batalla, Saturday,  July 29, 8 p.m.• The Chambers Brothers  featuring Joe and Willie  Chambers, Sunday,  July 30, 7 p.m.

PEF Helps Students Avoid the Summer Slide

By Max Zeronian
The Outlook

Photo by Max Zeronian / Outlook Kim Enriquez has students raise their hands to pay attention to her next instructions in the Introduction to First Grade course.
Photo by Max Zeronian / Outlook
Kim Enriquez has students raise their hands to pay attention to her next instructions in the Introduction to First Grade course.

Pasadena Unified School District is committed to helping students avoid summertime slipping.
The district offers a Summer Enrichment Program to stimulate more than 1,300 students academically. Known as SEP, the program gives students in grades pre-K-12 opportunities to gain experience for the coming school year.
SEP is run by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting PUSD for the past 14 years.
“We have what’s called the summer slide,” PEF Executive Director Patrick Conyers said. “Students fall behind in the summer when they don’t have any academic activity.”
PEF’s goal is to give students the opportunity to continue their education during the summer.
To provide tuition assistance to those in need, the foundation fundraises in the community. About 40% of SEP students receive some form of tuition assistance. For the past seven years, PEF has partnered with local businesses to provide students with the best experience possible.
Teaching these programs are a combination of industry experts and Pasadena teachers.
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Kidspace Free Family Night Celebrates Space Discovery

Space fans of all ages can celebrate astronomers at Kidspace Children’s Museum’s next free Family Night, from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The event at the museum will honor science pioneers, such as astronomer Maria Mitchell — discoverer of “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” — through comet art, and building a viewer for the 2017 Aug. 21 solar eclipse and more.
At 6 p.m., an interactive presentation is scheduled in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
The free Family Nights are intended to highlight cultures and traditions from around the world. Crowds and long admission lines can be expected during summer months.
For more information, call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspace­museum.org.

Upcoming Kidspace Events

Events for July at Kidspace:
Early Learner Programs: Garden Buds — Seeds & Sprouts, Saturday, July 22, 9:30-11 a.m.: This garden class will provide budding botanists with hands-on experiences designed to cultivate their relationship with plants and nature. Participants will plant in the Harvest Corner, create art with nature, practice scientific observations, and taste some healthy snacks. The class is for children ages 30 to 42 months. Fee is $30 per child. Register online at kidspacemuseum.org.
National Dance Day is Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m-2 p.m: Join Kidspace for this annual celebration founded by the Dizzy Feet Foundation to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. Learn and practice the official routine at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. At 12:30 p.m., class members will put the practice to good use for an all-Kidspace dance party. Activities are free with admission.
Kidspace is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. in Brookside Park. Admission is $13 for adults and children. Free for children under 1 year. For more information about Kidspace exhibits, events and other activities, visit kidspacemuseum.org.