All programs and events are free unless noted.
For more information, call (626) 403-2200.
NOW FEATURING
WELLNESS CHECKS CALL PROGRAM
Starts Feb. 16

For ages 65+. Peace of mind is just a phone call away. The City’s Community Services Department is providing older adults ages 65-plus, as well as those with disabilities, with weekly wellness calls to check in, offer resources, answer questions and simply say hello. Participants will receive calls on their preferred weekday and time, usually between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. A relative may request the service on behalf of someone, but the recipient may opt out at any time. To register a loved one, call Angie Padilla at (626) 403-2210.
BETTY CROCKER & HER COOKBOOK
THAT CHANGED HOW AMERICA COOKS
Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
 
For ages 18+. We’re serving up nostalgia as we celebrate America’s favorite cook, Betty Crocker. Join us for an exciting lecture tracing the history of the iconic advertising figure from her debut in 1921 through her current reign over one of America’s popular food websites. Presented by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. For details and to register, visit cityofsanmarino.org/betty.
RECESS AT LACY PARK
Starts Feb. 23
 
For grades K-5. It’s RECess time! Help the kids balance remote learning with twice-weekly after-school activities that encourage them to play, discover and connect outdoors in a structured environment. Offered at Lacy Park in compliance with public health guidelines. Call (626) 403-2200 for more information or enroll at cityofsanmarino.org/register.
 
Weekly beginning Feb. 23 
Activity No. 530219                                      
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
$28 (resident), $32 (non-resident)
DISNEY FAMILY TRIVIA NIGHT
Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

For ages 4+. Be our guest for a special Disney-themed virtual trivia night. Work together with your family or compete as an individual to test your knowledge of the wonderful world of Disney—from early cartoons to the secrets of Disneyland to Walt himself. Register online at cityofsanmarino.org/trivia.
YOUTH
LUNAR NEW YEAR CRAFT
Available Feb. 8
 
For ages 3 and up. 新年快樂! Xīn nián kuài lè! Happy Lunar New Year! Kids can celebrate the Year of the Ox with a free paper dragon puppet craft—and a red envelope. Supplies are limited; for more details and to register, visit cityofsanmarino.org/dragon
VALENTINE’S-INSPIRED OBSTACLE COURSE
Through Feb. 12
 
For ages 3-10. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, kids can hop, skip and hug their way through our new chalk obstacle course at Crowell Public Library (located along the building’s south side). We guarantee loads of fun; plus, it’s the perfect activity for physical distancing. Be sure to wave to the library staff as you go by!
LIL’ PLAYMATES
Starts Feb. 23
 
For preschoolers. Who’s ready to mingle? Toddlers and their parents are invited to come out and socialize at our weekly morning playgroup. The outdoor fun includes sensory activities, crafts, stories and songs at Lacy Park—all in compliance with local health guidelines. Learn more by calling (626) 403-2200 or enroll at cityofsanmarino.org/register.

Feb. 23-March 23
Activity No. 510720       
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
$105 (resident); $121 (non-resident)
LEGO LIVE!
Feb. 24, 3 p.m.
 
For ages 3-10. Calling all kids! Bring your LEGOs and join us in a challenge that tests your building skills and allows your imagination to go wild. The virtual event will be facilitated by a city recreation specialist. Enroll now at cityofsanmarino.org/lego.
TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER
Feb. 25-26 
 
For ages 3-10. The teddy bears have spoken—it’s time for the annual Teddy Bear Sleepover! Pick up your teddy bear craft kit at Crowell Public Library, decorate and stuff the paper bear, and return it for a special Teddy-Bear-only library sleepover. Then join them for a special Facebook Live starlight storytime on Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to (virtually) put them to bed. Return to the library the following day to pick-up your teddy bear, who will bring you home a special surprise. For details and to register, visit cityofsanmarino.org/teddy
VIRTUAL STORYTIMES
Thursdays, 11 a.m.

For preschoolers. Get comfy and go online each Thursday as Ms. Tera hosts a short-and-sweet storytime featuring fun stories and very singable songs! Offered live on Crowell Library’s Facebook page (@crowellpubliclibrary). 
YOUNG ADULTS
DIY ANTI-VALENTINE’S DOLL
Available Feb. 11
 
For grades 6-12. Are you tired of pink hearts and sickeningly sweet cards? Show everyone just how much love stinks with our DIY voodoo doll pincushion kit. You provide the moody music and some chocolate, and we’ll provide the rest. Supplies are limited; register now at cityofsanmarino.org/kit
ADULTS & OLDER ADULTS
KUNG FU
Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

For ages 18+. Learn the basics of kung fu—stretching, fundamental stances, hand and foot drills, and kicking—from martial arts expert Amina Materfukhina. Instruction is open to all abilities and will be done virtually. Register at cityofsanmarino.org/kungfu, after which you’ll be provided with sign-in details. Offered in partnership with the Chinese Club of San Marino. 
TALK OF THE TOWN
Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.
 
For ages 18+. Shy about speaking in front of groups? Learn at your own pace how to deliver short speeches while receiving coaching for personal growth and a confidence boost. Presented virtually by Toastmasters International. For more information and to register, visit cityofsanmarino.org/toastmasters
REMEMBER WHEN: THE RED CAR
Feb. 17, 3 p.m.
 
For ages 18+. All aboard! Travel back in time and share your memories of the Pacific Electric Red Car trolleys shuttling back and forth on Huntington Drive. The discussion kicks off our quarterly “Remember When” series, which celebrates San Marino’s fabulous past. Offered on Zoom. To register and for more details, visit cityofsanmarino.org/remember.
CROWELL BOOK CLUB
Feb. 19, 5 p.m.
 
For ages 18+. Bookmark this! At our next meeting, we’ll be chatting about Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book,” a whodunit about the mysterious fire that gutted Los Angeles’ landmark Central Library. Limited copies are available. To participate or request a book copy, visit cityofsanmarino.org/bookclub
COFFEE, TEA & CHAT 咖啡,茶及會話
Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m.
 
For ages 18+. Something familiar and something new, connect with your neighbors to learn more about the community and its traditions. The virtual program is presented in Mandarin by the United Charity Foundation. To enroll, visit cityofsanmarino.org/coffee.
ROAD TO CHINESE FLORAL ARTS
Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

For ages 18+. Petals, scents and color: Learn how the traditional Chinese floral arts weave together different methods and approaches to bring formality, symbolism and aesthetics to life. Offered in English by the Chinese Floral Arts Foundation. To register and for more details: cityofsanmarino.org/floral.
WORTH NOTING
BORROWED LIBRARY MATERIALS ARE DUE
Return by Feb. 28
 
After nearly a year of waiving due dates, Crowell Public Library dearly misses its books—so much so that due dates have been reinstated to Feb. 28. Materials can be returned to the book drop outside the library’s rear parking lot. The levy of fines and a general three-week borrowing period for materials goes into effect March 1. For more information, call (626) 300-0777.
CRAIN ART GALLERY
Through March 31
 
Rendered in the Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of life and color, the works of local artist Marian Fortunati are virtually on view at cityofsanmarino.org/art. Fortunati’s commissioned artworks of contemporary landscapes and figurative paintings can be found in collections across the U.S., Europe, China and Australia.  
CURBSIDE PICK-UP
Weekdays (ex. Th.): 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Crowell Library is open, but for curbside pickup only. Now you can order physical library materials like books and DVDs by visiting cityofsanmarino.org/curbside or calling (626) 300-0777. Once you’re notified to pick up the items (usually within one business day), drive to a designated area in the library’s rear parking lot for contactless delivery.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
ONLINE BOOKSTORE

Although the pandemic has temporarily closed the Friends of the Library bookstore, they’ve turned a new chapter with their online bookstore: https://crowellfriends.square.site/s/shop. Among the items available for purchase: puzzles, bestsellers, book grab bags, and more. Please support them as proceeds primarily fund Crowell Library’s Children’s Services function. Happy shopping!
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