Pasadena weekend: What to do May 16-18

Create a garden, cycle with the mayor, learn about permaculture.

Bike Week Pasadena, concludes with the Amgen Tour on Saturday. Preceding the tour, Mayor Bill Bogaard will lead a "bicycle ride and stroll" down Colorado Boulevard, which will be closed to motor vehicles. Cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters are all welcome to participate. People who just want to jog or stroll, too.

Nature Tails. On Saturday morning, the Eaton Canyon Nature Center hosts its weekly Nature Tails story hour for children age 3-5. Expect stories, puppet shows and nature walks.

Walking tour. On Saturday, Pasadena Heritage is offering a docent-led walking tour along historic pathways and staircases in what is left of the Busch Gardens. Sights include the Old Mill, originally built as a girl's playhouse, and the Grecian Pergola, which was part of the original entrance to the gardens.

Gardening with others. UU Church's 7th Principle Group is creating a school garden at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Most of the drip irrigation system has already been installed. Volunteers are welcome to help with further irrigation work, soil prep and planting on Saturday. Contact Will Gaskill at for details or just show up. Transition Pasadena's Throop Learning Garden meets on Sunday.

Permaculture classes. On Sunday, The Shed is offering two classes by Australian permaculturalist Steve Burns, the creator of Ballarat Permaculture Guild. The guild runs permaculture design courses and skill workshops in Australia. Burns will share his expertise in classes titled Power up your community group and Sustainable children's garden.

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Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in Pasadena. For specific times, locations and other details please see the calendar page of Pasastainable, CA or the event owner's webpage.