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PMH invites all to ‘Happy Birthday Pasadena: Celebrating Our Milestones’

Free cake, activities, exhibits, and fun at Pasadena birthday celebration.
Free cake, activities, exhibits, and fun at Pasadena birthday celebration.
Courtesy Pasadena Museum of History

If anyone knows how to throw a birthday party, it’s Pasadena Museum of History. The City of Pasadena is celebrating its 128th year, and the museum is hosting the extravaganza on Saturday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme is “Happy Birthday Pasadena: Celebrating Our Milestones,” a day that will be shared with more than 100 of the city’s businesses, institutions and organizations that are also commemorating significant anniversaries in 2014. There will be non-stop activities and entertainment for all ages and sensibilities throughout the afternoon. Like all great birthday parties, admission and activities are free.

Though details of the cake—always a spectacular confection—are being kept under wraps, Vons will once again provide the cake and Mayor Bill Bogaard will do the cutting honors at 1:30 pm. Slices of cake are free to all comers, and Jones Coffee Roasters will provide complimentary iced coffee. The Lemonade Brigade will sell beverages and C.K. Farnsworth’s Soda Fountain will sell ice cream sandwiches.

The cake design will represent the 11 Pasadena institutions celebrating significant anniversaries in 2014 and featured in the Crown City Jubilee exhibition: Pasadena Unified School District (140 years), Pasadena Public Library (130), Tournament of Roses (125), Vroman’s Bookstore (120), Mount Wilson Observatory (110), Rose Bowl game (100), Red Cross (100), The Langham Huntington (100), Westridge School (100), Pasadena City College (90) and the Pasadena Museum of History itself, which celebrates 90 years since its founding in 1924.

An addition to this year’s festivities is shuttle service from the free parking areas in Rose Bowl lots F and K (on the southwest side of the stadium) to the PMH campus on Walnut Street at Orange Grove Boulevard. Shuttles begin running at noon and end at 4:30 p.m.. The exhibition galleries and museum store will be open for early arrivals.

Some things to look forward to are music by the Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra from 30th anniversary celebrant Pasadena Conservatory of Music and 50th anniversary celebrant Pasadena Pro Musica; presentations from the Mount Wilson Observatory/Carnegie Observatories; craft workshops by Shumei Arts Council and Art 2 Go; the Finnish Folk Art Museum open house; and the exhibit “Crown City Jubilee,” which features Pasadena institutions that are marking milestones this year.

For a complete list of events and sponsors, visit the Pasadena Museum of History website.

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