Saturday: Former City Councilmember, Current Assemblymember Chris Holden Continues Longstanding Block Party Tradition

Published : Friday, August 3, 2018 | 1:41 AM

Free backpacks will be handed out to children thanks to the Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at Assemblymember Christ Holden's annual Block Party.

Former Pasadena City Councilmember and current State Assemblymember Chris Holden will be hosting his 19th annual Block Party and Resource Fair on Saturday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the 500 block of Jackson Street in Pasadena.

In announcing the traditional event, Assemblyman Holden said free backpacks will be handed out for children, thanks to Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The free backpacks are available while supplies last.

The event is also a great opportunity for community members to learn about and discuss legislative and community issues, while enjoying live music, a classic car show, game trucks and other interesting features. Information on local and state resources will also be available during the event.

Holden has been hosting the block party since the time he was a City Councilmember representing Pasadena’s Third District. When he was elected to the California Assembly, the block party transitioned into a wider activity, as the 41st District has so many cities and jurisdictions stretching from the Arroyo Seco to Rancho Cucamonga. Holden wanted to have other organizations and cities to be part of the block party event.

The Assemblymember said a brief community recognition program is scheduled to start at noon for this year’s block party and resource fair, so those planning to come should allow for time to drive and park, bike, walk, or ride public transportation.

Holden’s office is partnering this year with Go Day One and Bike San Gabriel Valley (Bike SGV) to offer free bike valet service, as a way of encouraging the community to travel green.

Space is limited, so stop by the Go Day One booth, located on the west end of Jackson Street, early to park your bike.

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