South Pasadena Al Fresco Day | August 21

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A new guide to everything South Pasadena is available online just in time for planning your next Al Fresco Day of shopping and dining Saturday, Aug. 21.

According to South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce CEO Laurie Wheeler, the new Guide to South Pasadena is a user-friendly resource to all kinds of businesses that are members of the Chamber. The guide can be found online at

“The new online guide will help you find the best places to eat and shop, as well as the best places to enjoy arts, culture and leisure activities,” Wheeler explained. “In addition, South Pasadena offers personal care servies, fitness establishments, healthcare professionals, various consultants and more. It’s all available online as an easy resource for the community.”

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The guide debuts as the Chamber counts down to another of its popular Al Fresco Days held on the third Saturday of each month to welcome patrons into the city’s small businesses.

Some stores will have goods and services on the sidewalk, others will have their doors open to welcome customers. Many restaurants will be serving food al fresco in addition to indoor dining and takeout orders.

Hours may vary, so customers are encouraged to check in advance with the stores and eateries they may visit. Masks are required indoors, in compliance with health mandates; other protocols may be in place at individual businesses.

Among the attractions and festivities Aug. 21, ”Watercolors,” a solo exhibition of evocative works by artist Jimmy Lee, opens at the South Pasadena Arts Council’s SPARC Gallery with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

The public also is invited to attend the official unveiling and dedication of an original mural of Lakers legend and icon Kobe Bryant Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the 1020 Mission St. complex in the City of South Pasadena. An after party will follow live music through 8 p.m.

Painted by renowned artist Jonas Never and based on award-winning sports photographer Andrew D. Bernstein’s photo of Kobe’s final moments on the court as a Laker, the approximately 15-by-15-foot mural is a joint project commissioned by building owner Thano Adamson of Mission Tile West and tenant Bernstein, co-sponsored by the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC).

For updates on planned activities and entertainment, visit the Chamber website at