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      Pasadena is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture and achievements of the United States with a series of virtual programs, events and activities for all ages.

      By News Desk

      The events, programs, classes, and more are coordinated by the Pasadena Public Library and Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. (Library activities are sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library).

      Events are for all ages unless specified:

      American Mah Jongg Club
      Mondays (except May 27)
      12:30 – 2:30 pm
      Lamanda Park Branch Library
      140 S. Altadena Dr.

      All levels of players are welcome. Bring your Mah Jongg set and yearly game card or use the library’s. For ages 18+.

      Tales of Asia and the Pacific Islands
      Saturday, May 11
      2:00 pm
      Allendale Branch Library
      1130 S. Marengo Ave.

      Hear storyteller Barbara G. Wong spin magical tales about mythical Asian dragons that live in palaces beneath the sea, as well as other exciting stories. Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the Year of the Dragon!

      Traditional Chinese Music Performed by Celia Liu
      Thursday, May 16
      4:30 pm
      La Pintoresca Branch Library
      1355 N. Raymond Ave.

      Enjoy the delicate, expressive sounds of the pipa, a traditional Chinese four-stringed lute, played by award-winning virtuoso Celia Liu. She will perform traditional pipa favorites and share her musical journey and the history of pipa in Chinese music. For ages 18+.

      The Architecture of the Huntington’s Chinese and Japanese Gardens
      Saturday, May 18
      2:00 pm
      Lamanda Park Branch Library
      140 S. Altadena Dr.

      This program focuses on the architecture of the buildings within those gardens. These include the recently opened 17th century Japanese country magistrates’ residential compound, transplanted from Japan, and the dozen classical Suzhou-style buildings and pavilions within the Chinese Garden. These buildings were constructed, in large part, by over 60 traditional Chinese craftsmen from Suzhou, who spent over a year working on the project. For ages 18+.

      Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month & National Foster Care Month with the Asian Foster Family Initiative (AFFI)
      Saturday, May 18
      3:00 pm
      Hill Avenue Branch Library
      55 S. Hill Ave.

      Understand the challenges faced by Asian foster children. Discover how you can help these children and families in need. Learn the process of becoming a foster/adoptive family. AFFI is an adoption and foster family agency seeking Asian bilingual and/or bicultural families to meet the needs of Asian foster children. Registration is encouraged, and walk-ins are welcome! To attend, sign up at CityOfPasadena.net/Library/Calendar. For ages 18+.

      Gamelan Merdu Kumala
      Saturday, May 18
      4:00 pm
      Linda Vista Branch Library
      1281 Bryant St.

      Learn about and enjoy Balinese music-making tradition through Gamelan Merdu Kumala, a community gamelan assemble. For ages 5+.

      Chinese Tea Brewing and Tasting: Gong Fu Style
      Friday, May 24
      1:00 - 3:00 pm
      Jackie Robinson Community Center
      1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

      Participants will taste four Gong Fu style brewed teas, including leaves from the Ancient Tea Tree in the Yunnan Province in southwestern China. Presentations on the history, brewing techniques, and benefits of tea will be provided by Wendy Chen and Nathan Epstein, owners of the Callisto Tea House. Open on a first come, first serve basis to the first 50 participants in attendance. For more information, call (626) 744-7300.

      Tea Tasting with Callisto Tea House • Explore the Teas of China, Korea and India
      Saturday, May 25
      11:00 am
      Hill Avenue Branch Library
      55 S. Hill Ave.

      From China to Korea and India, the types of tea are as varied as the countries they come from. Join us and learn more about the benefits of tea, different tea growing regions of the world, tea culture and brewing styles. Presented by Callisto Tea House. To attend, sign up at CityOfPasadena.net/Library/Calendar/. For ages 13+.

      Maps & Music: AAPI Edition
      Thursday, May 30
      4:00 pm
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      Discover some of the locations and music of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

      Sashiko Mending
      Saturday, June 1
      2:30 pm
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      Learn the basics of sashiko mending, a Japanese style of hand stitching, in this hands-on program. Sign up at CityOfPasadena.net/Library/Calendar. For ages 18+.

      Chinese Storytime
      Saturday, May 11
      10:30 am
      Hill Avenue Branch Library
      55 S. Hill Ave.

      Visit a special bilingual Chinese/English storytime. Whether you’re a native speaker or hoping to learn something new, it’s a perfect way to have fun with language, stories and crafts! For ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers.

      Storytime and Art
      Monday, May 13
      3:30 pm
      La Pintoresca Branch Library
      1355 N. Raymond Ave.

      Join educators from the USC Pacific Asia Museum as we explore Asian cultures, arts and practices through storytelling and hands-on art making! This program is free to families with elementary school-aged children. To reserve your spot, call (626) 744-7268, beginning May 1. For ages 5-12.

      Storytime Adventures
      Tuesday, May 14
      10:15 am 
      Hastings Branch Library
      3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

      A fun-filled storytime adventure celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We’ll explore exciting tales with colorful stories, lively music and interactive activities perfect for little ones. We can’t wait to share the joy of AAPI cultures with you. For ages 1-4 and their parents or caregivers.

      Asian American and Pacific Islander Storytime
      Wednesday, May 22
      10:30 am
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      A special storytime featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander stories and authors, then stay to make a craft! For ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers.

      Kwentuhang Pambata: A Bilingual Storytime
      Saturday, May 25
      3:00 pm 
      Lamanda Park Branch Library
      140 S. Altadena Dr.

      A fun and interactive Kwentuhang Pambata: A Bilingual Storytime. We will be sharing Tagalog/English children’s stories, fingerplays, songs and craft. “Samahan kami sa masayang kantahan at kwentuhan.”

      Read with Pasadena Public Library: Asia & the Pacific Islands
      Join a story map tour of library literature celebrating the voices, experiences and contributions of authors of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage – See link for info.

      Drop-in Crafts: Mandalas
      Monday, May 13
      Saturday, May 18
      10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Hill Avenue Branch Library
      55 S. Hill Ave.

      Embrace creativity and mindfulness and celebrate AAPI as you work on a mandala. We’ll provide the supplies and the peace of mind! As supplies last.

      DIY Compass
      Thursday, May 16 
      While supplies last

      Create your own compass! There will be a kit for a DIY compass, an invention originating in Asia over 2,000 years ago. No registration required. Pick-ups begin Thursday, May 16. Kits can be picked up at Santa Catalina Branch Library. For ages 5+.

      Take & Make: Tangram
      Monday, May 20
      While supplies last

      Make your own tangram! A tangram is a puzzle made up of seven particular shapes that can be arranged to form many different designs. All seven pieces must be used, without overlapping, and every piece must touch at least one other. The tangram was invented in China, where it was called Qi Qiao Ban, and brought to Europe and America by trading ships. Make your own puzzle pieces then challenge yourself to recreate a variety of images!  Reserve a kit at CityOfPasadena.Libwizard.com/F/Tangrams. Sign-ups begin on Monday, May 20. Kits can be picked up at Hastings Branch Library. For ages 4+.


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