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A Hand-Crafted Christmas By Contemporary Crafts Market

October 31-November 2

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes their gifts would be Hand-Made with flair!” A traditional poem with a modern twist means hand-crafted holiday shopping is here. The Contemporary Crafts Market brings the North Pole to Pasadena. Busy as Santa’s elves, more than 200 skilled artisans are creating a hand-crafted holiday for the public. Under the tree will be jewelry, ceramics, furnishings, sculptural glass, shoes and leather goods, textiles and many other All- American originals. The Contemporary Crafts Market proves holiday dreams do come true. Forget malls, traffic jams, mass produced products or snow. At this winter wonderland, meet the accomplished artists who create unique gifts of functional art. Shop for objects of beauty you won’t find anywhere else at prices everyone can afford. There is a story behind everything you see. This is a juried show, which means the work is of the highest quality. Artisans from California and the West set the stage for the very best of American craftsmanship.

Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $8 at the door, children 12 and younger free

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. 

www.craftsource.org

14th Annual Southern California Women’s Health Conference

October 31

The 14th Annual Southern California Women's Health Conference and Expo will feature health screenings, flu vaccinations, more than 80 vendors, and a fashion-show luncheon. Attendees will learn about the risks associated with diseases and ailments that claim the lives of women in epidemic proportions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. They will discover ways to manage risk factors and make better lifestyle choices. Event organizers strive to continue to educate and empower women to improve women’s health and wellness, which starts with bringing these issues to the forefront of the minds of every woman and man. Keynote speakers include Congresswoman Judy Chu and Dr. Robina Smith, a highly respected Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgeon.

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Free; Luncheon is $20, must RSVP in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. 

www.socalhealthconference.com

DESIGNER CON 2014

November 8-9

Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art. The two-day event will feature toys, art, apparel, art shows, exclusive products, panels, presentations and more than 300 vendors.

Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. 

www.DesignerCon.com

Camerata Pacifica (Gold Room)

November 11

Camerata Pacifica is a chamber music ensemble comprised of the finest performers of chamber music from around the world. The ensemble is distinctive for artistic excellence, an innovative approach to classical music and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new compositions, from familiar masterworks to those that have yet to become favorites. This performance features Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D. 899; Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45; and Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65.

8 p.m.; single tickets $45

Pasadena Civic Auditorium Gold Room, 300 E. Green St.

For tickets, visit www.cameratapacifica.org

John Moran Decorative Art Auction

November 18

Auction excitement returns to Pasadena as John Moran Auctioneers presents 500 lots of antiques and fine art consigned from estates and private collections. John Moran Auctioneers, a home-grown, family-owned company in operation since 1969, is a leader in the local and international auction markets, serving clients in Southern California and around the world. At Moran’s monthly sales you’ll discover one-of-a-kind, high-quality items at all price levels, including furniture, silver, porcelain, art glass and pottery, rugs, mid-century modern design, Native American and European paintings and sculpture. Collectors, connoisseurs and casual buyers alike are welcome.

Preview noon, auction 3 p.m.; Free

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

www.johnmoran.com

Malcolm Gladwell, Presented By The Distinguished Speaker Series

November 19

Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for making big ideas understandable and accessible. He is one of the world’s most celebrated thinkers and authors, whose bestselling books “The Tipping Point,” “Blink” and “Outliers” have influenced the way we think about, discuss and view ourselves and our world. His newest book, “David and Goliath,” explores the concept of the underdog, drawing upon examples from the worlds of business, sports, culture, cutting-edge psychology and an array of unforgettable characters from around the world.

8 p.m., Admission by subscription only

Pasadena Civic Auditorium , 300 E. Green St.

www.speakersla.com/

Della One In A Thousand World Tour

November 22

Della Ding is a Mainland China Chinese female singer who developed her career in Taiwan. She is popular in Mainland China and Taiwan, as well as overseas. Della will perform her famous songs in concert, including her popular soap opera theme songs.

7 p.m.; Admission $59, $69, $79, $89, $99, $109, $129, $149, $169 and $199

Pasadena Civic Auditorium , 300 E. Green St.

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, via www.thepasadenacivic.com or at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pasadena Holiday Antique Show And Sale

December 5-7

The Pasadena Antique Show and Sale features rare treasures, antiques, fine art, decorative art and vintage collectibles on display and for sale from quality antique dealers. Select from a wide variety of top quality antiques, fine art, furniture, heirloom jewelry, vintage time pieces, porcelains, bronzes, silver, art glass, crystal, folk art, quilts, rugs, linens and many other unique antique treasures. The seasoned enthusiast, beginning collector or just someone browsing should not miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience so many fine collections all in one location. Established in 1975 by Bustamante Enterprises, this is now Pasadena’s largest and finest event of its kind.

Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission $8, seniors $5, children 12 and younger free

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

www.bustamante-shows.com