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Eaton Canyon

Parks and recreation near Los Angeles, California. Explore the trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and flora at Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena. South Pasadena has a lot to offer — as you can see in our post on South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm — and you won’t want to miss out on the nature and history of this beautiful canyon near the San Gabriel Mountains and Eaton Saddle.

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Within the Angeles National Forest lies the Eaton Canyon where residents and visitors in South Pasadena enjoy hiking trails, a biking trail, and equestrian trails. The canyon was once known as El Precipicio and was named after Judge Benjamin S. Eaton who lived in the Fair Oaks Ranch House in the 19th century.

The Mount Wilson Toll Road trail in the canyon, which was once used as a roadway to travel up Mount Wilson, is open to bicycles. There is also an observatory on the trail. Other trails in the canyon to check out include Bridge, Henninger Flats, Coyote Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and Moist Canyon. Streams like those in the Eaton Wash run through the canyon. Eaton Wash flows into the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo River.

Be sure to stop by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center within the Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park. The park is made up of 190 acres within the canyon that was once used as homesteading land, and is open between sunrise and sunset every day of the week. The center offers resources on the park as well as educational exhibits. The current building was opened in the late 1990s after the damage caused by the Altadena fire of the early 1990s. Today, the center offers an information desk, an auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop and more.

Check the center for programming like the guided walks and special events. In the park, you’ll be able to find the Fire Canyon Ecology Trail and the Mount Wilson Toll Road trailhead. Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery where you, friends, and/or family may learn about the geology, history, and ecology of the park.

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If you are looking for more areas to discover in the canyon, put the Eaton Canyon Falls on your list. This fifty-foot waterfall exists in front of a tunnel that once ran through to the other falls in the area. The trails in this area have been closed since then. If organized activities interest you more, check out the Eaton Canyon Golf Course. The 9-hole golf course was built in 1962 and created by William Francis Bell.

About South Pasadena: South Pasadena is a city of approximately 26,000 people and spans three-and-a-half miles. It is known for its hometown feel and as the location of filming on several Hollywood movies.

Other areas and events to visit in South Pasadena include:

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-The Battery Books & Music

-Arroyo Seco Park

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

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Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse, located at 29 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, is one of the most innovative and oldest theaters in American history. Often called “Hollywood’s Talent Factory,” this 686-seat auditorium is currently the venue for the play God Looked Away, which will be playing until March 19th this month. The play stars Al Pacino and Judith Light in a story about the famous playwright Tennessee Williams working on his last play in Chicago. Don’t miss God Looked Away, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, written by Dotson Radar, and put on by PlayWorks. PlayWorks is an organization that is dedicated to putting on the work of playwrights at various stages of their careers. It also arranges productions and readings for playwrights to get feedback straight from their audiences.

The history of the Pasadena Playhouse starts with the Gilmor Brown Players. They were an acting troupe that came to Pasadena, California in 1917. In 1924, the acting troupe moved into the Pasadena Playhouse, which was newly built with donations. Since 1937, it was named the Official Theater of the State of California, and it is also a Historic Place. Sheldon Epps is the current Artistic Director of the theater.

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Many famous and well-loved Hollywood actors are alumni of the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory,” also known as its College of Theater Arts. Notable alumni include Gene Hackman, Sally Struthers, Leonard Nimoy, Dustin Hoffman, Wayne Brady, and Raymond Burr, to name a few.

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing history of the theater, you can tour the Pasadena Playhouse for free and explore the building. Optional donations are appreciated. Plan on scheduling a tour ahead of time with the playhouse by calling. Some say you might even run into Gilmor, the ghost of the playhouse. While touring the playhouse, you can see sets that are under construction, visit the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, view the theater’s Library, and have a behind-the-scenes experience in the Green Room.

Let them know if you have a special interest, and your tour can be tailored to that area. For example, did you know the Pasadena Playhouse was the first theater in American history to host performances Shakespeare’s complete canon of plays? The playhouse is also home to the Pasadena Playhouse Archives. The collection features historical photographs, play programs, and more materials that date all the way back to the 1910s. Tours can be reserved for individuals or for a group experience.

To learn more about other productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, or productions that are coming soon, check the box office calendar on the playhouse’s website to see what is coming to Pasadena. You won’t be disappointed to attend a Pasadena Playhouse production, known for showcasing amazing talent, presenting groundbreaking work, and contributing to diversity in theater.

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The playhouse is a nonprofit theater that runs on donations. It is also known for its Outreach and Education programming, including the New Generations Theater Access Program. The program makes theater productions available to students who are 18-years-old or younger. This program brings young students to the theater who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts and provides time with the PPST Teaching Artist Corps to promote and advance theater education. In this past season alone, 3,000 students were introduced to the world of theater.

If you’re interested in theater and giving back to the community, you can volunteer with the FRIENDS of the Pasadena Playhouse. Volunteers contribute to important work in the office, with public relations, meals, the theater newsletter, special events, ushering, and more. Also, take a moment to check out the blog on the playhouse’s website, where interviews with actors are featured and casting announcements are made. You can also check in for behind-the-scenes posts on set design and coverage on special events.

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Jet Propulsion Lab

If you’re visiting or living in South Pasadena, don’t miss out on visiting the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Managed by the California Institute of Technology since the 1930s, the JPL is a research and development facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1958, JPL launched the United States’ first satellite, the Explorer 1, into space. Later, the JPL would launch Voyagers 1 and 2 on future space missions. Since July 1, 2016, Michael M. Watkins is the current director of this NASA field center.

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The research and development conducted at the JPL supports exploration and research into astronomy, our planet’s atmosphere, and the climate of the Earth. This research broadens our understanding of the ocean and the terrain in which we live. Simultaneously, the technology advanced at the JPL furthers advances in medicine and industry. To learn more, check out the JPL Fact Sheet.

Every year, the JPL features its special event A Ticket to Explore JPL. If you’re interested, mark your calendars for the event, which is taking place from May 20 to May 21 this year. Tickets become available in mid-March. Keep in mind that ticket times are staggered, so the event will not become congested.

The Von Karman Lectures are offered twice a month on a regular basis. Seating at the lectures is limited, but the lectures are free to the public and parking is available for free as well. Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at the Theodore von Karman Auditorium (named after the JPLs original founder) and on Fridays at the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. You can check the events calendar for upcoming lectures.

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Another way to visit the JPL is to take a tour of the facility. Free tours can be reserved to explore the Von Karman Visitor Center, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and the Space Flight Operations Facility. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the Presentation Journey to the Planets and Beyond at the beginning of a tour. Keep in mind that the tours include walking portions and stairs, and that there is wheelchair access available.

South Pasadena is a city of approximately 25,000 people between Pasadena and Los Angeles in the West San Gabriel Valley.

Other historic places to visit in South Pasadena include:

-All-America Rose Selections’ test gardens

-Rose Tournament House

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-Rialto Theater

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Rock On at the Eagle Rock Music Festival

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Eagle Rock has several year-round venues, but every October music lovers converge on this Los Angeles neighborhood for the Eagle Rock Music Festival. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on Eagle Rock’s biggest annual event!

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This local labor of love is now in its 18th year, thanks to the dedicated promoters, nonprofit orgs, and volunteers who have cultivated the event since its humble beginnings in 1998.

In its inaugural year, the festival featured just ten bands, and the audience mostly consisted of families in the neighborhood. This year, the event attracted tens of thousands of fans, and the roster included more than forty musical acts performing on a dozen different stages.

The festival takes over six blocks of Colorado Boulevard, from Eagle Rock Boulevard to Argus Drive. The festival’s epicenter is Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard, but the massive concert has spilled out into auxiliary stages housed in local businesses. Lead organizers are excited to see the festival growing and going strong, but still hope to retain the authentic “charm” of a truly local event. Upwards of nine tenths of the performers are from the Los Angeles area, in keeping with the festival’s local vibe.

The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, a small nonprofit organization that employs just a handful of fulltime staffers, masterminds the annual festival. Planning for the event begins several months ahead of time, early in April, when organizers contact city officials and performers to hammer out a tentative schedule. In keeping with the festival’s neighborhood-friendly ethos, planning is a collaboration between local officials and business owners, the Center for the Arts, and the affiliated nonprofit organizations who oversee year-round music educational efforts.

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Interested in learning more about LA arts initiatives? Read our post about sculpture in Echo Park!

The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock pays for all city permits and services, arrangements which amount to only a small fraction of the planning process for the festival. Admission to the festival is free, but participants are encouraged to give a ten dollar suggested donation, to allow organizers to continue to cover the cost of the festival and continue many of the arts and music programs festival organizers curate in local schools. Each year, more than a hundred businesses, groups, and individuals support the festival with sponsorships and personal donations.

In addition to cultural and community value, the festival is a big financial win for Eagle Rock – the music festival is the single biggest day of the year for local restaurants and shops. Tens of thousands of people visit the neighborhood from all over Southern California, staying to eat, drink, and shop while they listen to local musicians. The integrated structure of the festival, with audiences encouraged to flow freely from stage to stage, is part of the design – many visiting fans use the festival as an excuse to explore downtown venues.

During the festival, Colorado Boulevard becomes a walkable gallery of stages set up for diverse musical acts. As the organizers say, the festival is designed with variety in mind. If you don’t like what you hear, just walk a block down the street and you’ll find something completely different! Annual installations include the Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage, dedicated to hard rock and punk; the Family Stage, for kid-friendly tunes, crafts, and magicians; and the Emerging Stage, which foregrounds indie and local acts.

Local restaurants are generally packed during the festival’s run, and food stalls and trucks crowd the sidewalks. The festival prides itself on having one of the best culinary lineups in the area, and many restaurants near Colorado Boulevard post special menus to celebrate the festival.

Whatever you like to listen to, the Eagle Rock Music Festival has something you’ll love. If you’re planning to visit Eagle Rock, consider scheduling your trip around this vibrant local festival!

Interested in more public arts collaborations? Read about murals in nearby Echo Park!

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