Fundraising Festival

American Ceramic Society of Southern California Clay Festival & Gift Show this weekend

The American Ceramic Society of Southern California (ACS So CA) will host its annual “ACS So CA Clay Festival & Gift Show” on Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

The festival features unique handcrafted giftware and art work by ceramic artists from the greater Southern California area. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Arboretum Foundation and the ACS-DC Education Fund.

The American Ceramic Society of Southern California is the premier ceramic artists’ organization in Southern California. Its membership has included historically important ceramists Vivika Heino, Susan Peterson and Harrison Macintosh. It also includes educators who influence the ceramic culture of the United States and mold future ceramicists.

The organization’s mission is providing ceramic education for its members through its newsletters, scholarships, workshops and website.

The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission to Ayres Hall and parking are free, but admission to the Arboretum grounds is $9 for non-member adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors ages 62 and over, and $4 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free.

For more information about the American Ceramic Society of Southern California, visit


Earthly Delights

Creative Arts Group hosts annual garden tour April 14

Garden aficionados can rejoice April 14, when the Creative Arts Group presents the 2019 Art of the Garden Tour. The annual event spotlights five distinctively stunning gardens in the foothill communities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre and San Marino that celebrate the exuberance of spring.

Two Pasadena gardens will feature a mid-century modern style, while San Marino features a 1920s Spanish-style home with a garden that matches that style. The featured Altadena home has a Mediterranean landscape and it is one with lots of color — lots of flowers and a koi pond, outdoor kitchen and yoga studio. In Sierra Madre, it is more of a tropical landscape with palm trees, banana trees and a “Fantasy Island” vibe.

The tour raises funds for Creative Arts Group, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting art education and instruction to all who wish to participate in an enriching art experience. Those who attend the self-guided tour will receive a map that enables them to visit the gardens in any order they wish.

The Art of the Garden Tour takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 14. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of tour. Visit or call (626) 355-8350.


Films, Talks and Walks

Pasadena Senior Center hosts busy week of programs

The Pasadena Senior Center hosts another week packed with fun and informative events. This week’s free Friday Movie Matinee features the Oscar-winning blockbuster “A Star Is Born” at 1 p.m. Friday. It stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the story of a musician who helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism sends his own career into a downward spiral.

Author and TED Talk speaker Ashton Applewhite discusses her book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” in a free talk at 6 p.m. Friday. She will urge listeners to dismantle the dread and mobilize against ageism, which she notes is the last socially acceptable prejudice.

The Scenic Walkers Club meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through April 24. The new group will meet at the center and take a series of leisurely walks to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise.

The Pasadena Senior Center is located at 85 E. Holly St. Call (626) 685-6732 or visit