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Alhambra Events Calendar

  • By David Barron


The following is a listing of community events at the Alhambra Library and other venues.

1. 2011 Children Summer Reading Program: “One World, Many Stories” from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, July 25

2011 Teen Summer Reading Program: You are Here @ your Library” from Monday, June 13 to Thursday, July 21

Annually, the Alhambra Public Library is host to the Summer Reading Program wherein children 12 years old and younger are suggested to plunge into lighthearted and recreational events, including but not limited to gratuitous weekly participatory family reading events and a chance to earn themed prizes for meeting the requisite minimum minutes as per requested by age group. Not only are middle and elementary-aged students urged to sign-up for the Summer Reading Program, but also students from 12 years to 18 years of age — lending teens a homologous possibility to whet their reading appetite and revolving around the fundamental theme, “World Cultures and Global Travel”.

2. Upcoming Film Screenings
Relish a breathtaking slew of slated movies ranging from children-geared “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Tangled” to mild, PG-13 rated “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Kite Runner,” spanning from July 18 to August 23 in the Alhambra Public Library’s Reese Hall. Make note of showtimes and dates for upcoming film screenings.

Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Reese Hall
Adult Armchair Traveler Movie: “The Kite Runner”

Monday, August 15 at 3 p.m. in Reese Hall
Family Film Afternoon: “How to Train Your Dragon”

Monday, August 22 at 3 p.m. in Reese Hall
Family Film Afternoon: “Tangled”

Tuesday, August 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Reese Hall
Film Screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. The Kite Runner: A 2007 drama film based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel of the same name, The Kite Runner, delineates well-to-do Amir from the Wazir Akbar Khan district grappling and shouldering the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan — the son of his father’s Hazara servant.

3. Wednesday, July 20: Adult Summer Reading Program – Adult Story Time at 12:00 p.m. in Reese Hall
Join in on just one of the Adult Summer Reading Program’s headlining events — Adult Storytime. On Wednesday, July 20th, adults signed up with the Alhambra Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program can lend an ear to Shirley Jackson’s reading of “The Lottery”. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” first published in The New Yorker, has had a roller-coaster history of being dichotomously lambasted and lauded alike because of the preliminary backlash resulting from Jackson’s unorthodox short story scenario.

4. Friday, July 22: Phonics from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Monday, July 25: Phonics from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Literacy Program in the Literacy Center)
Phonics — the all-important fundamentals of using sounds to connect with letters to read and write English — is an integral subject being taught by the Literacy Program in the Literacy Center and being offered on Friday, July 22nd and Monday, July 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., respectively.

5. Wednesday, July 27: Family Story Time at 7:00 p.m.
Labeled as one of the multitudes of costless programs generously and plentifully provided by the Summer Reading *Program, Family Story Time betokens verbatim what the gathering denotatively signals — young, avid boys and girls aged 5 years and older reading alongside paralleling wholeheartedly participating parents. And because Family Story Time is as high-spirited a program as it is a program sincerely and subtlety championing reading and bringing into play prizes as a guise, be on the lookout for a cornucopia of children’s stories, flannel board presentations, songs, and art activities. For more information, call 626-570-3215.

City Calendar/Happenings Downtown and Around Alhambra/Family Excursions

1. Friday, July 22: Free Landlord/Tenant Counseling by the Housing Rights Center from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Alhambra Civic Center Library at 101 S. First St., Alhambra
Boasting lessons on landlord-tenant rights as Alhambra’s Walk-In Clinic, the Housing Rights Center’s mission is to vigilantly shoulder and foster fair housing through education and bolstering to the finish line that amidst discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, disability, age, source of income and other characteristics protected by law, not one person should be subject to any of the aforementioned narrow-mindedness. Meet at the Alhambra Civic Center Library at 101 S. First St., Alhambra every Friday of each month.

2. Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29: Wacky Kitchen Science Summer Camp at Kid Space Museum on 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 91103Watch as your kids magically morph into devilish kitchen scientists before your eyes at Kid Space Museum where pushing the limits of food experimentation is nurtured in these future kings and queens of a world stuffed to the brink with food and joviality. Register for morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions ($250 for each session or $400 for full-day session) and call 626-449-9144, ext. 5201 for additional information.

3. Through August 1: Free Qigong Class, Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Qigong, a 5,000 year-old Chinese philosophy and practice of aligning “qi” or energy, physical activity and consciousness for mental and spiritual health, is taught in a free class offered by Yonemoto Physical Therapy on 55 S. Raymond Ave., Ste. 100, Alhambra 91801.

4. USDA-Sponsored Summer Lunch Program and Recreational Activities

Alhambra, Almansor, Granada, and Story Park are home to the USDA-Sponsored Summer Lunch Program for children aged 1 year to 18 years. Although lunches and snacks will be provided free of charge, arts and crafts sessions have limited supplies and materials and are available based on a first-come, first-serve basis. From Monday, June 20th through Friday, August 26th, meals will be provided gratis accompanied by complimentary arts and crafts classes from the Alhambra Park to Story Park. For more information regarding the Summer Food Program, call 626-570-5081.

1. Alhambra Park, 500 North Palm Avenue
Lunch: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Snack: 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recreation: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts & Crafts: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Tues. & Thurs.)
2. Almansor Park, 800 South Almansor Street

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Snack: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recreation: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts & Crafts: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Tues. & Thurs.)
3. Granada Park, 2000 West Hellman Avenue
Lunch: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Snack: 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recreation: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts & Crafts: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Tues. & Thurs.)
4. Story Park, 210 North Chapel Avenue
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Snack: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recreation: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts & Crafts: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
5. Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition at Gallery Nucleus through Monday, August 1

Gallery Nucleus boasts a Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition opening through Monday, August 1, featuring a collection of work worthy of any Potter-world lover’s zealous esteem and respect with productions from over 50 artists and nearly 100 tributes ranging from paintings to Harry Potter-themed installations. Admission rates are set at $2 per person at the door on 210 E. Main St., Alhambra 91801. For more information, call 626-458-7477.

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