Out and About

Galleries, Libraries and Museums:

Art Center College of Design. Revolving exhibits of work of students and professional artists; sculpture garden. At 1700 Lida St., (818) 584-5000.

The Gamble House. Masterpiece of Greene and Greene architecture, furnished in the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Also a bookstore and research library devoted to American and European architecture from the 1850s to the 1920s. At 4 Westmoreland Place, (818) 793-3334 or (213) 681-6427.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Historical and literary books, documents and rare manuscripts from Britain and the United States. Art collections housed in former home of industrialist/transportation tycoon Henry E. Huntington include British and 18th-Century European art. Twelve types of gardens, including Shakespearean and Japanese. At 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, (818) 405-2100.


Kidspace. Children’s participatory museum. At 390 S. El Molino Ave., (818) 449-9143.

Norton Simon Museum. Art collection spanning 2,500 years and including Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture and European masterpieces. Works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso. At 411 W. Colorado Ave., (818) 449-6840.

Pacific Asia Museum. Changing displays of the arts of Asia and the Pacific Basin housed in a traditional Imperial Palace-style building. Chinese courtyard garden, children’s gallery and research library. At 46 N. Los Robles, (818) 449-2742.

Pasadena City College Art Gallery. Exhibits of works by students and professional artists. At 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., (818) 578-7412.


Pasadena Gallery of Contemporary Arts. On the Caltech campus, 1201 E. California Blvd., (818) 356-4371.

Pasadena Historical Society and Museum. Turn-of-the-century mansion, furnished with antiques and Pasadena memorabilia. Houses the Finnish Folk Art Museum. At 470 W. Walnut St., (818) 577-1660.

Pasadena Public Library. Main branch at 285 E. Walnut St., (818) 405-4052. Also eight neighborhood branches.

Parks and Recreation:


Brookside Golf Course. A 18-hole championship course, a par-70 course, practice putting green and driving range. At 1133 N. Rosemont Ave., (818) 796-0177.

Central Park. Two lawn-bowling greens and a clubhouse. At 275 S. Raymond Ave., (818) 578-9165.

Hamilton Park. Tennis courts, basketball court and playground. At 3680 Cartwright St., (818) 797-1114.

Pasadena Ice Skating Center. At 300 E. Green St., (818) 578-0800.


Pasadena YMCA. Indoor pool, weight room and courts for racquetball, handball and squash. At 235 E. Holly St., (818) 793-3131.

Performing Arts:

Ice House. Three-act comedy and music. At 24 N. Mentor Ave., (818) 577-1894.

Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. Saturday-evening concerts October through April. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., (818) 449-7360.


Pasadena Playhouse. Recently restored 700-seat theater. At 39 S. El Molino Ave., (818) 356-PLAY.


Arroyo Seco. Nature walks to observe native plants, animals and birds. For information and map, contact Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, (818) 794-1866.

California Institute of Technology. General campus tours Monday through Friday and architectural tours on the fourth Thursday of the month. Leave from 315 and 551 S. Hill Ave., respectively, (818) 356-6228.


El Molino Viejo. First water-powered grist mill in Southern California and other exhibits relating to California’s history. At 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino, (818) 449-5450.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Two-hour tour of spacecraft assembly area and mission control; reservations required. At 4800 Oak Grove Drive, (818) 354-8594.

Wrigley Mansion. Tour Italian Renaissance-style former home of chewing-gum tycoon William Wrigley Jr. Serves as headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn. At 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., (818) 449-4100.

Annual Events:



Rose Bowl Game. Championship college football between Pac-10 and Big Ten conferences. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, (818) 449-4100.

Tournament of Roses Parade. Downtown area streets. Call (818) 449-4100.



Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Showcase House of Interior Design. Tour of a house recently redecorated by local interior designers and landscape architects. Address varies from year to year, (818) 792-4661.


Fourth of July Fireworks Show and Independence Day Celebration. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, (818) 577-7208.



The Youth Concert. The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs for fourth graders from Pasadena and other San Gabriel Valley cities. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., (818) 796-2591.


Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Parody of Tournament of Roses Parade. Downtown. Call (818) 796-2591.



Pasadena Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Look-In” House Tour. Walk through four houses decorated for the holidays by professional florists. Call (818) 793-7172.

Pasadena map inside back cover. Next in your hometown series: Santa Barbara, July 13.