Pasadena Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Multiple Events

 Some events will revolve around cooking. – Courtesy photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

The City of Pasadena is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans with exhibits, demonstrations, book discussions, films, events, lectures, workshops and activities for all ages. Programming is provided by the City of Pasadena’s Pasadena Public Library and the Latino Heritage Committee, in collaboration with the City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department.
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  • “Metamorphosis” by artist Dr. Patricia Jessup-Woodlin  
    Celebrate Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a celebration of life and death.
    Oct. 1 – 31 | Hastings Branch Library, Northwest Windows, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

Community Events

For Adults

  • Workshop – Spanish Conversation Group
    Want to practice and improve your spoken Spanish? Join this conversational Spanish group on Zoom. Volunteers and attendees help you to make personal progress and provide lots of practice speaking in Spanish. For all adults of any Spanish speaking level. Sign up at
    Thursdays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 29 from 2:30-5 p.m. | Zoom
  • Demonstration – Quarantine Quitchen, The Art of Mexican Cooking
    Learn step-by-step recipes and traditions for authentic Mexican cuisine. Recipes available after the online program, call Hastings Branch Library at (626) 744-7262 to get yours. Presented bilingually. Join on Instagram at @pasadenalibrary.
    Friday, Sept. 25 at 11:30 a.m. | Instagram
  • Book Discussion – Pasadena Reads Book Club: “AfterLife” by Julia Alvarez
    Meet to discuss “AfterLife” by Julia Alvarez. “Afterlife” explores the complexities of familial devotion and tragedy against a backdrop of a world in crisis, and the ways in which we struggle to maintain hope, faith, compassion and love. Copies are available through hoopla using a Pasadena Public Library card: Sign up at
    Thursday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. | Zoom
  • Workshop – Crafts with Tosh and Tiff
    Learn how to make delicious traditional Spanish rice, also known as Mexican rice, red rice and  arroz rojo. Join on Instagram at @pasadenalibrary.
    Monday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. | Instagram
  • Book Discussion – Virtual Hill Avenue Book Club: “Slum Virgin” by Gabriela Cabezon Camara
    Discuss “Slum Virgin” by Gabriela Cabezon Camara. Densely-packed, fast-paced prose, weaving slang and classical references, “Slum Virgin” refuses to whitewash the reality of the poor and downtrodden, and jumps deftly from tragedy to comedy in a way that has the reader laughing out loud. Copies of this title are available through hoopla using a Pasadena Public Library card: Sign up at
    Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Zoom
  • Lecture – Hispanic Influence on California Architecture
    Spanish influenced architecture is one of the great Latino contributions to American culture, with millions of examples from California to Florida, built by tens of millions of people, over the last 400 years. This presentation focuses on how the Spanish/Hispanic/Latino architectural design vocabulary evolved over a thousand years and four continents, and how it has been employed in Pasadena. It examines numerous local examples, including the San Gabriel Mission, Castle Green, the Caltech campus, Civic Center, 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival houses built by George Washington Smith, Wallace Neff, and many others, along with more recent Hispanic inflected projects such as the Del Mar Station. Presented by Dave Nufer, program developer and docent with Pasadena Heritage and the Los Angeles Conservancy. The son of a Mid Century Modern builder, he has previously given talks at the library on “The Asian Roots of Pasadena Arts and Crafts Architecture,” and “200 Years of Black Pioneers in Pasadena and Los Angeles.” Sign up at
    Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. | Zoom
  • Book Discussion – Hispanic Heritage Month and One City, One Story Selections & Nominees, 2002 – 2020
    One City, One Story has represented Pasadena’s Hispanic heritage through its selections of books and their authors. If you have missed reading the selections, check them out at the Pasadena Public Library and pick them up at the curbside pickup service. Sign up at
    • 2002 Nominee
      “Tortilla Curtain” by T. Coraghessan Boyle.
    • 2005 Nominee
      “Carmelo” by Sandra Cisneros.
    • 2006 Nominee
      “Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.” by Maria Amparo Escandon.
    • 2008 Nominee & 2009 Selection
      “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” by Luis Alberto Urrea.
    • 2012 Nominee
      “Madonnas of Echo Park” by Brando Skyhorse.
    • 2015 Selection
      “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez.
      Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. | Zoom
  • Workshop – Crafts with Tosh and Tiff
    Tosh and Tiff will show you how to make Papel Picado to celebrate Día De Los Muertos. Join on Instagram at @pasadenalibrary.
    Monday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. | Instagram
  • Demonstration – “Concinando con El Cholo” Sabor Latino
    Enjoy a cooking demonstration highlighting a delicious cultural dish. You will receive the recipe beforehand so that you can follow along. Pre-recorded. For more information and to sign up, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

Film Series

The October film selections celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.Movies are available on Pasadena Public Library hoopla anytime you wish. Log in to hoopla using your email and password and then select “Pasadena Public Library” and enter your 14-digit library card number.

  • “Frida” (2002) R
    A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
  • In the Time of Butterflies” (2001) PG-13
    The story is a fictionalized account for the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists, who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and were assassinated on Nov. 25, 1960.
  • Like Water For Chocolate” (1993) R
    When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
  • Mexico” (1996) NR
    Using text from Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes and ancient Aztec and Mayan poetry, “Mexico” leads viewers on a visual journey through this country’s rich and varied past and present.

For Teens

  • Teen Activity – Loteria Game Night
    Teens 15 years old and older can join this virtual Loteria. Registration required. For more information and to sign up, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Friday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. | Zoom
  • Teen Activity – Virtual YA Book Club: “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika Sánchez
    In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join a discussion of the book, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika Sánchez. Reading the book is not required to attend the meeting, but you will get a fuller discussion experience if you read the book. For teens only. To sign up, go to:
    Thursday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. | Zoom

For Families

  • Children’s Activity – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Social Media Storytime
    The library wil share books by Hispanic and Latino American creators.
    • Preschool Storytime
      For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Join on Facebook at
      Monday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. | Facebook
    • Toddler Storytime
      For ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Join on Instagram at @pasadenalibrary.
      Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. | Instagram
    • Preschool Storytime
      For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Join on Instagram at @pasadenalibrary.
      Thursday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. | Instagram
    • American Sign Language (ASL)
      Join on Instagram at @pasadenalibrary.
      Friday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. | Instagram
  • Family Activity – A Taste of Fiesta La Pintoresca
    Get a taste of Pasadena’s upcoming annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with INCA the Peruvian Ensemble along with special craft instructions. Pick up your craft materials during curbside hours while supplies last. Join on Facebook at To view the recorded performance afterward visit
    Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. | Facebook
  • Children’s Activity – Lucha Libros
    Second graders can join the start of this bilingual Spanish/English book bonanza. Meet on Zoom to learn about the Lucha Libros reading competition, create a lucha libre mask, and take a sample Kahoot quiz. Then you will check out a book for October, and return each month on the third Wednesday to answer questions about the books read and earn points and prizes. To sign up go to:
    Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:15 p.m. | Zoom
  • Event – Latino Heritage Scavenger Hunt
    Explore Pasadena on a scavenger hunt featuring clues highlighting Pasadena locations of significance to the Latino community. Local dignitaries will deliver the clues by video clips. Prizes will be awarded. Pre-recorded. For more information, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Thursday, Oct. 1 – Saturday, Oct. 17
  • Children’s Activity – “Lil’ Libros” Loteria for Children
    Join us for Virtual Loteria. For children ages 3+. Registration required. For more information and to sign up, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. | Zoom
  • Children’s Activity – Nathalia Sings
    Listen and dance to original Spanish/English bilingual songs from Nathalia. Great for toddlers, kids and the whole family. Join on Facebook at
    Monday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. | Facebook
  • Family Activity- Take and Make Crafts inspired by Hispanic Heritage
    Reserve a craft online at from Monday, Oct. 5 – Thursday, Oct. 8, then pick it up at a branch of your choice, take it home to create and have fun. You will receive an email when your crafts are ready for pickup.
    Monday, Oct. 5 – Thursday, Oct. 8
  • Children’s Activity – Preschool Storytime Online! Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 
    Share family-friendly stories, songs and make an easy craft for little hands. Sign up at
    Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. | Zoom
  • Children’s Activity – Spanish Storytime/Hora de Cuentos en Español
    Join on Facebook at Special focus on Hispanic Heritage related books. For ages 2-5.
    Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 21 & 28 at 4 p.m. | Facebook
  • Children’s Activity – Lil’ Libros Bilingual Storytime
    Enjoy a bilingual storytime featuring Lil’ Libros “Super Torta” read by author and illustrator Eric Ramos. For more information, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Family Activity – South American Adventure
    Join aninteractive, musical, and multicultural storytelling adventure where audiences experience the geography, music, cultures, legends, and languages south of the U.S.A. Sign up at
    Monday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. | Zoom
  • Family Activity – Amate Painting
    Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about a traditional Mexican folk art, Amate paintings, then find out how to make your own Amate paintings at home. For elementary kids and their families.Sign up at
    Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. | Zoom
  • Event – Fiesta La Pintoresca
    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month virtually at the annual Fiesta La Pintoresca celebration featuring a live performance by INCA the Peruvian Ensemble. Band members will be available after the performance to answer questions. A special craft will be available while supplies last and may be picked up beforehand at the library during curbside hours. Sign up at
    Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. | Zoom
  • Workshop – Making Sugar Skulls
    Discover the significance of sugar skulls in Mexican culture and how you can make your own using supplies at home. This program will be pre-recorded and posted on YouTube. It will be available for viewing after 10 a.m. on Oct. 15.
    Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. | YouTube
  • Children’s Activity – Celebrating Our Heritage
    A special program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with traditional stories, music and crafts. For preschoolers, parents, and childcare providers. Sign up at
    Thursday Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. | Zoom
  • Event – “Best of” Compilation of Past Latino Heritage Parade Hits
    Enjoy viewing a compilation of videos from past Latino Heritage parades explaining the history and significance of the parade. Fan favorite clips from past parades will be presented in a “best of” celebration. Pre-recorded. For more information, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.
  • Family Activity – Arts and Crafts with Mercadito Monarca
    Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with an arts and crafts project. Kits will be available for pick-up while supplies last. Participants will make the craft along with virtual instruction. Registration required. For more information and to sign up, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.
  • Family Activity – Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Drive-In Movie Celebration  
    Enjoy watching Disney’s “Coco” from the comfort of your car. The film will start at dusk. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, visit or call (626) 744-6530.    
    Friday, Oct. 30 at dusk

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September 24, 2020

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