Pasadena weekend: October 3-5

Participate in a fundraiser, attend a forum, catch up on some recurring events or slow down with this week's suggestion for a random read.

Tweet treats ... and all that jazz! is the title of a fundraiser on Saturday. Pasadena Community Gardens and the Pasadena and Foothills Chapter of the American Institute of Architects are holding the event to benefit homeless birds, fund architectural studies and grow the community garden. Highlights include a bird-house building competition.

Water worries. Also on Saturday, the Neighborhood Church Green Council is hosting a water forum that will address topics such as community support for local solutions to the effects of the drought as well as the Water Bond on the November Ballot. The speakers are Claire Robinson (Emerald Necklace Group - Amigos De Los Rios,) Conner Everts (Southern California Watershed Alliance) and Alex Nagy (Food & Water Watch - California.)

Exhibition 1. As part of the Pasadena Arts Council's AxS Festival, the Armory presents Karin Apollonia Müller's World’s Edge, a photographic exploration of the intersection between the natural landscape and complex urbanization. Ends next summer.

Exhibition 2. An exhibition at Descanso Gardens in La Canada titled Signs of Life aims to look at water "in all its moods and states." The event is part of this year's AxS Festival, a celebration of the arts and sciences that is held in Pasadena every two years.

GardeningTransition Pasadena's Throop Learning Garden meets on Sunday.

Bicycling. On Sunday morning, Pasadena Cyclery will hold two rides: Gwen's Group Ride and the Sunday Morning Neighborhood StrollFor details see the calendar page of Pasastainable, CA.

Ongoing petition. The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition has initiated a petition for the City to adopt an ordinance to protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and persons with disabilities.

The Arroyo Food Co-op will be open on Saturday morning for pick-ups and shopping. Orders placed online by Sunday midnight will be available for pick-up next Tuesday and Saturday.

Got kids? On Saturday morning, the Eaton Canyon Nature Center is hosting a family nature walk. Bring your small children, walking shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat. Also on Saturday morning at the Nature Center: the weekly Nature Tails Story Hour which includes stories, nature walks and puppet shows for children ages 3-5.

Random read. First published in 1903, Mary Austin's essay collection The Land of Little Rain takes readers into the region between Death Valley and the High Sierras. Those of us who have traveled through this part of the country by car know it as looking dry and forbidding, almost lifeless. But Austin, who walked the area and took the time to look closely, tells us otherwise. In an essay titled Water Border she describes ferns that "shiver under the drip of falls and in dribbling crevices" and "ice-worn, stony hollows where the bighorns cradle their young." And she shows us how the local fauna and flora have learned to thrive — even in the face of little rain.

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