Details below thanks to the City of Pasadena…
February 1-28: “Black History Month Displays”
—38th Annual Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s Art Contest Winners featuring artwork of students grade 4 through 12. Central Library/Centennial Room, 285 E. Walnut Street.
—A historical view of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the Civil Rights Movement. Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
—A Game of Color, an exhibit of photographs, artifacts, and artwork spotlighting the Negro Leagues, which thrived from he 1920s through baseball’s integration in 1947, and which featured the greatest African-American ballplayers of that era.
Eight Ballplayers from the Negro Leagues, artist Tina Hoggatt‘s suite of linocut and letterpress portraits of African-American baseball icons.
—A display of books available to check out on the Negro Leagues. Present by the Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.Book display featuring stories of prominent African-Americans. Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
—“35th Annual Black History Parade & Festival”
Begins at 10 a.m. at Charles White Park in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. After the parade, the Black History Festival is held on Hammond Street on the north side of Robinson Park from noon to 4:30 p.m. Food available for purchase, activities for kids, displays, music, and other free fun.
—“Robinson Park Recreation Center Ground Breaking Ceremony”
Begins at 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Join local dignitaries and the Robinson family in breaking ground for a major rehabilitation project. The Center renovation project is being designed and constructed to better serve the recreational needs of the community.
—Black History Month celebration and luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Includes soul food and jazz music representing the pride, dignity, grace, and inspiration of African-American heritage. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center Ebony Ladies of Distinction. Tickets: $7, available at the Welcome Desk. For more information, call Dr. Malika Henry at 1.626.840.4493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. PasadenaSeniorCenter.org/special-events.
February 22: “Jungle-Drum Circle with Chazz Ross”
—Travel along on Chazz’s whimsical safari with 26 African djembe drums. You’ll create realistic jungle sounds, play simply rhythms and sing silly songs, all while learning about the amazing culture of African drumming. Time: 1 p.m. Location: La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
Find more info on Chazz at DreamShapers.info.
February 23: “NOBLE Black History Breakfast”
—NOBLE Black History Breakfast with Pasadena Police and Fire departments and the San Gabriel Valley Chapter, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Time: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. For info, call 1.626.744.4547 or 1.626.744.7054.
—”Chocolate Storytime: Tales & Candy Treats for Children”
Join us for an afternoon of storytelling and village building, featuring stories authored by and/or about African-Americans, followed by a chocolate treat. Led by Dr. Ayesha Randall. For ages 3+. Time: 4 p.m. Location: La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
—”Senior Night Out”
Enjoy good food, conversation, and upbeat fun. Time: 7-10 p.m. Location: Pasadena City College Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd. This year’s special Senior Night Out event.
March 12: “Praise Dance & Song Jubilee”
—Music, dance, and fellowship at Metropolitan Baptist Church. Time: 3 p.m. Location: 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
March 19: “Celebrating Women: Afternoon Tea”
—Celebrate Women’s contribution to black history over tea service. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
For all event info, visit CityofPasadena.net/PasadenaBlackHistory.