Things to do in the San Gabriel / Whittier Valley, May 27 – June 3 – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The Norton Simon Museum on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena has reopened but with some temporary closures of galleries and other areas. (Google Street View)

Things to do in the San Gabriel / Whittier Valley May 27 – June 3:

The Monrovia Street Market and Fair is open every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 500 block of Myrtle Avenue between Lemon Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Get some of the best hummus and pita breads, fresh veg and fruit, crafts, and artisan items. The children’s playground, entertainment and some catering services are on hold, but the fair still makes Friday evenings lively in the Old Town. For more information, visit or call 626-386-5306.

Cancer support: A screening of the 2020 documentary “Can you hear my voice?” with the “Shout at Cancer” choir from England is presented online from 5 pm to 7 pm on May 27, courtesy of Cancer Support Community-Pasadena. Free entry. The choir is made up of survivors whose voicemail boxes were withdrawn due to cancer. Their repertoire includes songs by Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone and Tears for Fears. The Peter Edwards Jazz Trio and a saxophone quartet provide back-up music. Director Bill Brummel hosts a live Q&A after the screening. The Cancer Support Community meets at 75 E. Del Mar Blvd, Suite 215, Pasadena. Register in advance here: For more information on Cancer Support Community-Pasadena, 626-796-1083 or visit

Be our guest: The USC Pacific Asia Museum galleries and store are open. Special admission rates are available for a limited time, including ‘pay what you want’ until June 6, and free entry to frontline workers with ID until the weekend of Memorial Day. “We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles” is on view until 5 pm. May 30. Book timed entry tickets online. For more information, send an email to [email protected] 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 626-787-2680.

At Norton: See Paul Gauguin’s 1888 painting “The Swineherd,” on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until November, to the Norton Simon Museum, which has reopened with new protocols and guidelines for visitors. Admission is $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for those aged 62 and over, and free for children 18 and under, students with valid ID, and museum members. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For more information, visit or call 626-449-6840.

Two to reserve: Vroman’s Live features two author events: Christopher Buehlman discusses “The Blacktongue Thief” at 6pm on June 1 (; and PC Cast and Kristin Cast, in conversation with Allison Saft, discuss “Spells Trouble: Sister of Salem,” at 6 p.m. on June 2 ( Register in advance for virtual events on Crowdcast. For more information, visit or call 626-449-5320.

Authors: The Whittier Public Library Foundation presents its “Virtual Authors Fundraiser” five Wednesdays in June. For $ 25, access one of five Zoom lectures with award-winning authors, or access all five lectures for $ 100. The proceeds will benefit the renovations of the central library. Learn the story behind David Ulin’s stories on June 2; Tom Zoellner on June 9; Gustavo Arellano on June 16; Molly Knight on June 23; and Lisa See on June 30. Each conference will also feature a question and answer session. Register at

See green: The San Gabriel Upper Valley Municipal Water District is presenting a free online drip irrigation maintenance and troubleshooting webinar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 3.

50 years at PAM: Get your literary beat at a noon writing workshop on June 1, online at the USC Pacific Asia Museum (PAM). Free entry. Authors Teena Apeles and Andres Richards will guide participants in writing an experience they have had at PAM. Participants will have the chance to submit stories for the “PAM 50 Years Stories Collection”, which will debut online in the fall. Register via eventbrite at For more information, call 626-787-2680.

Babies at the Arboretum: Owls and Ducklings, and who knows what other baby animals you can spy on at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Spring is in full swing in the gardens. The Arboretum is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with the last admission at 6:30 p.m. All guests are expected to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Entrance $ 15; $ 11 for people 62 and over and students; $ 5 ages 5 to 12. For more information call 626-821-3222 or visit

Butterfly season: Just in time for its 25th annual butterfly season, the Kidspace Museum is open, with new guidelines such as on-time ticketed entry and reduced capacity. Find butterfly surprises outside and check out the 2,500 square foot chalk mural that Aleina of Lucky Paws Art Co. adds to it. Admission $ 14.95 for ages 1 to 61; $ 12.95 for people 62 and over. 480 N. Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena. For more information, visit or call 626-449-9144.


Whittier story: The Whittier Museum, owned and operated by the Whittier Historical Society, is open with Los Angeles County Red Level Protocols. Visitors should wear masks and maintain their social distancing. Groups must be members of the same household. Entrance to the museum is free. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 6755 Newlin Ave., Whittier. For more information, visit or call 562-945-3871.

A place to walk: Uptown Whittier Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, a mix of nuts and dried fruits, micro greens, organic herbs, hummus and cheese, eggs, seafood and prepackaged tea. Public health procedures are in place. The market is open 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday at 13018 Philadelphia Street, corner of Bright Avenue, Whittier. For more information, email [email protected]

At the farm: Visit the Homestead Museum, in real life, as they say. The museum, with its iconic houses, cemetery and gardens, is open for self-guided outdoor tours from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Entrance is free and masks are compulsory. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. For more information call 626-968-8492 or visit

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