The city of Pasadena recently celebrated its past and envisioned the future with a free community party that showcased an emphasis on science, technology and creativity. Mayor Terry Tornek, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Chris Holden, City Council members Gene Masuda and Tyrone Hampton, and Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson cut a ceremonial slice of cake to start the proceedings.
The massive cake nearby, a vanilla/chocolate/strawberry confection, was decorated with edible vintage photos of historic Pasadena and served free to all attendees, thanks to the generosity of Baja Ranch Supermarket. Meanwhile, Star Wars Stormtroopers patrolled the grounds to the delight of fans of all ages, youngsters made personal robots and enjoyed other games and prize opportunities. Science fiction enthusiasts immersed themselves in the “Dreaming the Universe” exhibition.
In Mayor Tornek’s words: “Happy birthday, Pasadena — keep looking up!”