December Events!

by Jessica on November 24, 2014

 We’re closing out 2014 with a bang!
Tons of events for the family, for kids, for adults…you can bring your pets too!
Happy Holidays, friends! 

Monday, December 1, 6pm
Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition
Impro Theatre presents ” Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition” followed by a Q&A session with the cast. From the darkest corners of reality to the land of the unexplained, “Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition” is a completely improvised show in the style of classic 60’s sci-fi television shows – with a holiday twist. Enter the dimension of pure imagination as the company starts with audience suggestions, combines them with holiday themes, and creates all-new and completely improvised episodes at every performance.

Delightful! Remarkably adroit wizards of improvisation” – Arts in L.A.
Performances at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse December 4-21.

Monday, December 1, 7pm
Panel Discussion on Remembering and Understanding John Muir
In honor of the John Muir Centennial author Elizabeth Pomeroy, Glenn Pascall, Mickey Long, and Thomas Andrews all join this panel discussion. John Muir (1838-1914) was America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.

Panelist bios:

Elizabeth Pomeroy, historian and author of John Muir: A Naturalist in Southern California
Thomas Andrews, former Executive Director of the Southern California Historical Society and a Muir scholar who has a organized a large Muir exhibit currently on display at Azusa Pacific University.

Mickey Long, for many years the lead Los Angeles County naturalist at Eaton Canyon above Pasadena where John Muir walked most often in Southern California.

Glenn Pascall, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter librarian and author of Southern California Mountain Country: Places John Muir Walked and Places He Would Have Loved to Know, currently being run in 82 segments on the Angeles Chapter website.

Tuesday, December 2, 7pm
Vroman’s presents Tim Shriver discussing and signing
Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most

As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy P. Shriver has dedicated his life to the world’s most forgotten minority–people with intellectual disabilities. And in a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, when we’ve lost our sense of what’s ultimately important, when we hunger for stability but get only uncertainty, he has looked to them for guidance. Fully Alive chronicles Shriver’s discovery of a radically different, and inspiring, way of life. We see straight into the lives of those who seem powerless but who have turned that into a power of their own, and through them learn that we are all totally vulnerable and totally valuable at the same time. In addition, Shriver offers a new look at his family: his parents, Sargent and Eunice Shriver, and his uncles, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, all of whom were resolute advocates for those on the margins. Here, for the first time, Shriver explores the tremendous impact his aunt Rosemary, born with intellectual disabilities, had on his entire family and their legacy. (Sarah Crichton Books)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $29.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of Fully Alive.
Tickets cannot be shipped. We are now accepting paid reservations.
You may purchase your tickets online at or by calling the Will Call department at 626-449-5320.
Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from the store location beginning the date of the book’s release, Tuesday, November 11.
Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call table at the venue the evening of the event.
The venue is All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena, 91101.
Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue, while supplies last.

Thursday, December 4, 7pm
Robin LaFevers discusses and signs Mortal Heart
In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.
(Harcourt Brace & Co)

Friday, December 5, 6pm
Special Holiday Story Time featuring The Grinch!

The Grinch returns to Pasadena! This special story time will be followed by a photo op with the Grinch, so bring your cameras!

Saturday, December 6, 10:30am
Jon Klassen reads from and signs Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

With perfect pacing, the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect. (Candlewick Press)

Saturday, December 6, 11am
Vroman’s and the Pasadena Playhouse District Association present Winter Wonderland!

Join us outside on the Vroman’s Paseo for some lively music by St Lucy’s Band, kids treats, crafts and a visit from Santa! Bring your cameras and your lists for this photo op!

The Pasadena Playhouse District will also be hosting Merry Merry Movie at the Laemmle Theater this morning at 10am. They will be screening Arthur Christmas!

Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

For information on how to attend this free showing please visit

Sunday, December 7, 11am
Letters to Santa!

If you are not able to come see him in person, please join us for this special Letter to Santa writing activity. Christmas is only 18 days away but it’s not too late to let Santa know what you are wishing for this year. We’ll supply the stationery for your list and when done just put your letter in our special North Pole mail box that will get sent directly to Santa from Vroman’s.

Sunday, December 7, 3pm
Special Holiday Story-Time with a Fairy Tale Princess!

Come enjoy this special Holiday Story Time! The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions are inviting a ravishing, royal surprise guest to enchant the young and young-at-heart with a festive Holiday yarn. This special event celebrates SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, a Holiday Panto featuring Olivia Holt as “Aurora” (Disney’s I Didn’t Do It), Lucy Lawless as “Carabosse” (Xena: Warrior Princess), David Engel as “Nanny Tickle” (Broadway’s La Cage aux Folles), Tamyra Gray as “The Good Fairy” (Broadway’s Bombay Dreams) and Ben Giroux as “Silly Billy” (CW’s Hart of Dixie).

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT performs at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 10 – January 4. Use code VROMANS20 to save 20% on select tickets (excludes Row C and Hot Seats). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Monday, December 8, 7pm
Bob Kato discusses and signs
The Drawing Club: Master the Art of Drawing Characters from Life

Does your cartoon, comic, film, or story need a quirky individual? How about a leading lady? Rogue superhero? By working through the exercises found in this book, acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to draw personality archetypes of any kind – movie heroes, pulp fiction characters, and pop culture stars from every era. Each exercise features a new character type and tackles different aspects of character drawing. (Quarry Books)

Bob Kato will be appearing with the following artists:
John Musker, Disney Feature Animation
Chris Turner, Disney Imagineering
Mike Barry, Disney Imagineering
Will Martinez, Disney Imagineering

Tuesday, December 9, 7pm
Dawn Wells discusses and signs What Would Mary Ann Do

So, what would Mary Ann do? As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann Summers from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells created an unforgettable and beloved character that still connects with people fifty years from the show s debut in 1964. As the good girl among the group of castaways on a tiny island, she was often positioned against the glamorous and exotic Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, prompting many to ask: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann? This book not only helps readers answer that question for themselves but also sends the inspirational and heartwarming message that yes, good girls do finish first. (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Wednesday, December 10, 6pm
Romina Russell discusses and signs Zodiac

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life–so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens–including its beloved Guardian–Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus–the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend–has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho–along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard–must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac? Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs. (Razorbill)

Friday, December 12, 7pm
Marla Frazee discusses and signs The Farmer & the Clown

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.
A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves–and about life! Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a master of the form and the creator of The Boss Baby speaks volumes and will delight story lovers of all ages. (Beach Lane Books)

Saturday, December 13, 11am
Santa’s Workshop Craft Fun

Join us for a fun time of holiday crafts. There will be a variety of crafts to choose from. Little gifts that can be taken home to give to your mom, dad or siblings!

Saturday, December 13, 5pm
Nicole Maggi discusses and signs Winter Falls

Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small Maine town. Things look up when a new family comes to town. But as she begins to fall for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down. Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals. Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest. As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. Suddenly forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make, Alessia witnesses two worlds colliding with devastating consequences. (Medallion Press)

Sunday, December 14, 11am
9th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party

$25.00 + tax
It’s our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! Join us and decorate your very own house that you will get to take home with you! Houses and candy are provided but you are welcome to bring extra candy or anything that might add to the décor of your house. This event is fun for the whole family or a group of friends and sells out every year so don’t wait too long to sign up! To participate please call us at (626) 449-5320 by 12/5/14.

Join us for story time with  every Wednesday & Saturday at 11:30am at
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch!

Thursday, December 4, 6pm
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Literary Trivia Night!

Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition! Free to play, all ages welcome. Refreshments will be served and there are prizes, too!

Saturday, December 6, 11:30am
Special Holiday Storytime featuring the Grinch!

The Grinch makes his way to Vroman’s Hastings Ranch for this special storytime, complete with a photo opportunity. Don’t forget your cameras!

Saturday December 6th, 2-6pm
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Holiday Extravaganza!!
Come one, come all!! Join us for an afternoon of music, cookie decorating, ornament crafting, refreshments & good ol’ Holiday Cheer. There will be eggnog….’tis the season!