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It’s Dry and Warm Today — Get Outside! Experience Saturday’s Great Hahamongna Paint-Out and Walkabout

Published on Mar 18, 2023

[Image courtesy Arroyo Seco Foundation]

As Hahamongna Watershed Park in California turns 30 this year, the California Art Club and Arroyo Seco Foundation have teamed up to create a unique and exciting event Saturday to commemorate the milestone. The Great Hahamongna Paint-Out and Walkabout is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Promises to offer something for everyone — after weeks of cold atmospheric-river days.

More than 30 artists from the California Art Club will create new works inspired by the park’s natural beauty during the event. Visitors can watch the artists at work or even “paint along” at public art stations and activity tables for children. The resulting artwork will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History.

But that’s not all; visitors can also join a guided walking tour of the park’s trails, stopping at environmental learning stations along the way. These stations will provide insights into the recreation, habitat, wildlife, and water resources of this rare spot near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco. Environmental and recreational groups such as the Pasadena Audubon Society, Outward Bound Adventures, Arlington Gardens, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, and Friends of the Los Angeles River will staff these learning stations.

Elaine Adams, the Executive Director of the California Art Club, said the Arroyo Seco is an essential natural environment that once supported the region’s early indigenous people and now provides a haven for the community. She said that the artwork created during the Great Hahamongna Paint-Out will send a strong message about the importance of preserving this rare natural resource for future generations. 

Arroyo Seco Foundation Executive Director Tim Brick said the event commemorates the founding of the Hahamongna Watershed Park in 1993 and is one of several planned to mark the park’s three decades. The Great Hahamongna Paint-Out and Walkabout will take place in the park’s Eastern Parking Lot on North Explorer Road, which was formerly a parking lot for the neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The event is free and open to the public.

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