KTLA5 reporter Gayle Anderson gives us a preview of some events taking place this weekend around Los Angeles.
Admission is Free!
Saturday @ 10 a.m.
18th Annual Festival of Books
University of Southern California Exposition Boulevard & Figueroa Street
Readers can meet their favorite authors, kids can watch children’s books come to life, and families can enjoy the fun of reading together at the 18th Annual Festival of Books. There are hundreds of booksellers, publishers, and literary organizations, plus entertainment on multiple stages.
Saturday @ 11 a.m.
College Expo & Student Athlete Symposium
Ontario Convention Center
2000 East Convention Center Way
909 396 0151
Speaking of books and reading, students and student athletes can get information about attending college and paying for college at the College Expo and Student Athlete Symposium at the Ontario Convention Center.
Saturday @ 9 a.m.
Operation Gratitude / California Army National Guard
Volunteers Needed Assembly Day
17330 Victory Boulevard
800 651 8031
Operation Gratitude is looking for volunteers “Assembly Day Saturday.” Operation Gratitude sends 100-thousand care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. Service members deployed to hostile regions of the world, to their children and to veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, and their care givers.
Work includes production of care packages, labeling, taping, custom forming, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons and many other tasks.
Saturday @ 9a.m.
Stop the Pain Teen Summit
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue
909 838 9117
Dave Pelzer, inspirational speaker and author “A Child Called It” , is the keynote speaker at today’s Riverside free teen summit focused on teen issues including dating violence, bullying, and sex trafficking.
Saturday @ 8:30 a.m.
2013 Pasadena Area Games
Aquatics & Basketball Competition
Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue
La Canada Flintridge
213 590 5114
The competition is fierce! There’s swimming! There’s basketball! Support and cheer at the 2013 Pasadena Area Games for the Special Olympics Southern California athletes.
Saturday @ 1pm
Save Your Spine
Forster Physical Therapy
427 Wilshire Boulevard
Got back trouble? You might find some relief at the Forster Physical Therapy “Save Your Spine Class.” The 49-dollar interactive class will teach us stretch and how to prevent our daily activities from doing more damage.
Saturday @ 8 a.m.
11th Annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Pasadena Rose Bowl
323 549 0500 X74765
Get some exercise and help the fundraising for the 11th Annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Actress Holly Robinson Peete and actor Ed Asner are among the participants.
Saturday @ 2 p.m.
Earth Day Celebration & Green Expo
Las Virgenes Creek
26531 Agoura Road
It’s Earth Day weekend. More than 50-exhibitors are teaching us how to protect our environment at the Calabasas Earth Day Celebration and Green Expo. The free festival promises something of interest to all ages.
14th Annual Topanga Earth Day
Topanga Community Club Fairgrounds 1440 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard Topanga
Learn about the earth and celebrate the earth, at the 14th Annual Topanga Earth Day party. Musical performances environmental demonstrations, and healthy treats are part of the fun and Earth Day education.
Saturday @ 11 a.m.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Earth Weekend
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
310 393 6149
Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning the beach and collect a reward for your efforts. That’s FREE admission to Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
Participate in the Nothin’ But Sand Cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Santa Monica Beach/Ocean Park. Earth Day beach cleaning supplies are provided.
3rd Annual California Native Plant Weekend
Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants
10459 Tuxford Street
818 768 1802
This Earth Day weekend might be a good time to learn about California Native Plants. Learn from the experts at the Theodore Payne Foundation’s beautiful spring grounds, check out the hues and scents of the wild flower and native plant property, and save some money on the best native plants in the region!
Saturday @ 8 a.m.
America in Bloom Plant Sale Fundraiser
287 South Briggs Road
Better bring a big truck for the America in Bloom Plant Sale. This is a colorful fundraiser benefitting the Santa Clarita Valley Hospice Group.
La Habra Spring Citrus Fair 2013
321 East La Habra Boulevard
562 697 1704
The 4th Annual La Habra Spring Citrus Fair is filled with rides, shows on two stages, delicious food and fabulous merchandise. Mascots Limon the Lemon, Val the Orange and Hass the Avocado are ready to meet and greet you and the family.
More than 15-hundred costumed performers create the exotic and adventurous English seaport town that is ORIGINAL Renaissance Pleasure Faire. 150 craft booths, rides, games, hearty English ales, fine wines and gourmet food are part of the Elizabethan era fun.
Saturday @ 9:50am
Day Out with Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Fillmore & Western Railway
Fillmore Central Park
250 Central Avenue
866 468 7630
Spend the weekend with Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the world famous Fillmore and Western Railway Company, known as “Home of the Movie Trains.” Take a ride with classic storybook engine.
Butterfly Pavilion Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
213 763 DINO
See 53 butterfly species at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. Learn about the official California butterfly,
the California Dogface, and why California butterflies love California Native Plants.
Saturday @ 9 a.m.
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
1941 Monterey Colonial Residence Designed by Architect Roland E. Coate, Sr.
714 442 3872
Get some decorating ideas and support the music and art programs made possible by the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Visit this year’s home makeover, a 1941 Monterey Colonial Residence Designed by Architect Roland E. Coate, Sr. in Arcadia.
Saturday @ Noon
Operation Warm Wishes Community Potluck & Food / Clothing Drive
Universal Hair Salon
17911 Skypark Circle
714 363 6621
Serving and giving are going on in Irvine at the Operation Warm Wishes Community Potluck, Food and Clothing Drive. Event organizer TyRon Jackson encourages donations of non-perishable food items and clothing items at Universal Hair Salon, where volunteers will also serve meals to the less fortunate as well as free haircuts and clothing.
Saturday @ 1:30pm
Get to Goal
Greater Zion Church Family
2408 North Wilmington Avenue
310 639 5535
How’s that New Year resolution to lose weight and get in shape coming along? Hmmm! Here’s some help! The American Heart Association hosts two hours of heart health awareness in its’ “Get to Goal” initiative at Greater Zion Church Family in Compton. Beginning at 1:30pm, we have access to free blood pressure screening, healthy cooking classes, Zumba classes, food, drinks and dance competitions to encourage a healthy heart.
Saturday @ 7:30 a.m.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
300 East Ocean Boulevard
562 981 2600
And, don’t forget there’s speeding and screeching on the streets of downtown Long Beach…and it’s legal. It’s the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Professional drivers Helio Castroneves, Simona de Silvestro, and Tony Kanaan are among the superstars on the shoreline track.