Things to do in San Gabriel Valley, Whittier July 1-8
From AmericaFest to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (rosebowlstadium.com) to the charm of Monrovia’s 4th of July celebration at Library Park (cityofmonrovia.org), America’s birthday festivities list is growing as COVID-19 cases decline and vaccinations increase.
Duarte starts the party early with a fireworks display and Independence Day celebration featuring food trucks and live music, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 3 at Duarte Sports Park, top baseball fields, 1401 Central Ave. For more information call 626-357 -7931 or visit accessduarte.com
Support the West Covina Elks Pancake Breakfast from 8 am to 11:30 am on July 4, at the lodge, 841 W. Merced Ave., West Covina. The cost is $ 5 and includes eggs, sausage, pancakes, orange juice, and milk. For more information, call 626-962-0113.
The Kiwanis Club of Hacienda Heights arrives in town with their “I Love America” caravan at 9:00 am July 4th. This year’s red, white and blue celebration begins at Grazide Elementary (2850 Leopold Ave.) and ends at Los Robles Academy (1530 S. Ridley Ave.) around 10:30 am. The caravan will go at street speed with plenty of opportunities to greet.
Go out and make a noise as the caravan passes. The caravan will pass through 12 school sites, including Grazide Elementary; Mesa Robles College; Stimson Learning Center; Elementary Glenelder; Elementary Bixby; Wilson High School; Newton’s Middle School; Elementary of Los Altos; Elementary Kwis; Los Altos High School; and the Los Robles Academy. The celebration will also pass through Stimson Park; Thomas Burton Park; Los Robles Park; Manzanita Park; and the Stimson Library. For more information, visit the Hacienda Heights ‘I Love America’ Parade Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hhjuly4parade/). The club plans to return to their traditional July 4 parade in 2022.
In Whittier, the spectacular July 4th fireworks show will be featured by Cold Duck, with doors opening at 6 p.m. at York Field, 9110 Santa Fe Springs Road. Reserved spaces inside the park are sold, but the community can enjoy the fireworks from places around the park. 562-567-9430. whittierrec.com
The “United We Stand” fireworks display at La Verne is scheduled for July 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bonita high school stadium, 3102 D St. Registration is compulsory and limited to the first 3,500 residents, limit of six per household . Purchase tickets until July 1 at the Community Services Building, 3660 D. St. Admission is $ 10 each. The Answer, a classic rock band, will perform. A parade is scheduled for Saturday July 3 (bit.ly/2SzL9Sn). For more information visit VilledeLaVerne.org
La Puente Live: The town of La Puente and TccEvent present La Puente Live, an open-air market with food stalls and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, at the corner of Central and Stimson avenues in La Puente. InTheMixx features live music for dancing on July 2nd. Upcoming: The Sedillo Group, July 9; the Impulse group on July 16; the Yanki Azteca group on July 30; the Suave group on August 6; Rhythm JukeBoxx, August 13. For more information, call 562-375-0888, ext. 106 or for Spanish, call 562-368-8368. www.lapuentelive.com/home.html
Movies at the mall: If you’re looking for cinematic goodies, send “Plaza” to 89881 to receive alerts on the “Summer Movie Night Flix” series, courtesy of the City of West Covina and Plaza West Covina. Screenings will take place at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in July, at the rooftop parking lot, 112 Plaza Drive, West Covina. Selections include “Raya and the Last Dragon” (2021), July 6; “The Croods: A New Age” (2020), July 13; “Abominable” (2019), July 20; and “Onward” (2020), July 27. Bring your own garden chairs. There will be dinner offers, games and freebies. One must reserve. This event will follow Los Angeles County event protocols. For more information visit plazawestcovina.com or follow @PlazaWestCovina on Instagram.
Vroman’s Live: Nancy Pine discusses “One in a Billion: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey through Modern-Day China,” about An Wei, an outspoken Chinese citizen called “Forrest Gump of China,” with Michele Zack, at 6 p.m. July 6, online on Crowdcast. Free entry. Register in advance to save your spot and receive an email reminder (bit.ly/35Mdd7R). You can also purchase your copy online. For more information visit vromansbookstore.com or call 626-449-5320.
Divine immersion: The USC Pacific Asia Museum presents “Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong”, which opens July 8 to October 3. Dong is an Oakland-based Taiwanese American artist who identifies as a 21st century continuation of Wen-ren, the Chinese cultural lineage of intellectual-scholars. Hours: 11 am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday; closed on July 4th. Admission is $ 10; $ 7 for people 65 and over and for students with a valid ID. 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, call 626-787-2680. pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu
Start planning for fun: Celebrate the opening of almost everything, and see if your city sponsors summer park concerts, free outdoor movies, and other seasonal traditions. Summer concerts return to the Civic Center in West Covina starting July 10. For more information visit westcovina.org. The Town of Glendora launches its summer concert series on July 11. cityofglendora.org for more information. The town of Diamond Bar has also announced concert dates. Some concerts are only open to residents, so be sure to check out the city’s website or social media.
Avant-garde: The Glendora Woman’s Club invites the community to its “Sunflowers, Sunshine and Styles” fashion show featuring costumes through the decades on September 21st. Tickets cost $ 40 and the reservation deadline is September 7. For more information, call Chris Ohrmund at 909-598-0554.
Bubble Planet at the Kidspace Museum: The museum presents an outdoor summer experience with bubble-themed activities, until early September. Hours: 10 am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Timed ticket entry is required for all dates. Admission $ 14.95 for ages 1 to 61; $ 12.95 62 and over. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. For more information visit kidspacemuseum.org or dial 626-449-9144.
At the Norton Simon Museum: Discover Paul Gauguin’s painting “The Swineherd”, on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until November. Hours: from noon to 5 p.m. from Thursday to Monday. Entrance $ 15; $ 12 62 and over; free for those 18 and under. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, 626-449-6840. www.nortonsimon.org
History of Duarte: In a new exhibit, Allan Heller shares his collection of acetylene gas lamps, known as carbide lamps, which cavers used to light their way while exploring caves and working in mines. He will also share his collection of bottles. Find out why some bottles turn purple after being exposed to the sun. See how cavers find their way through pitch black caves and mines. The museum is located at 777 Encanto Parkway in Duarte and is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Free entry. Masks must be worn in the museum. For more information, call 626-357-9419. www.ranchodeduarte.org
Pickleball time: The Town of La Cañada Flintridge has started the town’s pilot pickleball program at Glenhaven Park. What is pickleball? It is a paddling sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and is usually played on a badminton court with a slightly modified tennis net. Pickleball takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays; 9 am-1pm on Wednesdays; and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. The pilot program will last two months. For more information visit CityofLCF.org/Pickleball-Pilot-Program
Summer at the Arboretum: The Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the last admission at 6:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Entrance $ 15; $ 11 for people 62 and over and students with ID; $ 5 for 5-12 year olds. All unvaccinated guests should wear face masks. For more information call 626-821-3222 or visit arboretum.org
Whittier story: The Whittier Museum, owned and operated by the Whittier Historical Society, is open. Visitors should wear masks and maintain social distancing. Groups must belong to the same household. Entrance to the museum is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 6755 Newlin Avenue, Whittier. For more information visit www.whittiermuseum.org or call 562-945-3871.
Get your summer reading on: Pasadena Public Library is celebrating 100 years of its summer reading program and adults can have fun too. Originally called the “Vacation Reading Club,” the program has fostered a love of reading among the city’s smallest readers since 1921. This year’s theme is “Reading Colors Your World!” Children, adolescents and adults are invited to register online at https://pasadena.beanstack.com/reader365 or stop by Allendale, Hastings, Hill Avenue, Lamanda Park, La Pintoresca, Linda Vista, San Rafael or Santa Catalina Libraries to register in person. Participants receive a free book with registration (while stocks last). The Pasadena Public Library Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. For more information, call 626-744-4066.
At the farm : The Homestead Museum, with its iconic homes, graveyard, and gardens, is open for self-guided outdoor tours from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Entrance is free and the mask is mandatory for visitors 2 years and older. Interior tours of historic houses have resumed. Tour capacity will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Workman House tours will be offered at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and La Casa Nueva tours are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Homestead specializes in the history of greater Los Angeles between 1830 and 1930. The museum is located at 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. For more information call 626-968-8492 or visit homesteadmuseum.org
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