Congratulations: You made it through the grueling work week. Now it's time to unwind, toss your worries aside and enjoy some Southern California sunshine. Pet hundreds of furry animals and enjoy a slew of eco-friendly games during STAR Eco Station's largest Children's Earth Day event in Culver City; Then, cool off with a refreshing can of Hite beer at a Dodger game. Top that off with an evening under the stars during an outdoor screening of "LA Bamba," courtesy of LACMA and the Montebello Art+Film Lab.
Here's everything you need to know:
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View eye-popping art and spend some much-needed quality family time at the Pasadena Museum of California Art this weekend. Get inspired by a collection of colorful illustrations and newsprint paintings from Flora Kao and Alfredo Ramos Martínez. Be sure to stick around for silk screening activities and crayon doodling sessions influenced by Kao's illustrative piece, "Homestead."
When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
Price: Free with admission; $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for children under 12
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Ditch the car this weekend and participate in CicLAvia's 6-mile bike ride along Wilshire Boulevard and Miracle Mile. Take a breather, grab a water bottle and enjoy a slew of fun community activities, lively performances and food trucks en route to Miracle Mile. Want free, shiny blue CicLAvia pins to sport during the bike ride? Sign up here.
Here's a map of the bike ride.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
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The West Los Angeles Symphony is hosting its 22nd anniversary gala concert, “Strudel and French Pastry” at Royce Hall at UCLA. The performance will be celebrated by internationally acclaimed guest conductor and composer Benjamin Wallfisch. Expect riveting numbers and a performance from featured solist Eric Zuber as he plays “Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.” Enjoy refreshing music and French overtures from Victor De Almeida and a professional orchestra.
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
Catch an outdoor screening of "La Bamba," an iconic film documenting the short life of Chicano singer Ritchie Valens. Valens left a lasting legacy after dying in a tragic plane crash in Iowa with passengers Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. Honor Valens' legacy and listen to great music from Los Lobos during a night out on the green lawn at Montebello City Park organized by LACMA and the Montebello Art+Film Lab.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
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There's still time to get tickets to opening weekend at Dodger Stadium. Grab brunch at a local Echo Park spot (we vote El Compadre) before walking to see the Los Angeles Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants. Tickets are still available to home games Saturday and Sunday.
When: 1:10 p.m. Saturday; 5:05 p.m. Sunday
Price: Purchase tickets here
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