No-Kill LA ADOPTION WEEKEND: Southern California brims with barker- and kitty-placing rescue events, but this mega happening at the La Brea Tar Pits is one of the largest. How "largest"? Over 1,000 cats and dogs -- and puppies and kittens -- make for the Wilshire-close park to meow/woof their way into a new family member's heart. Fees to adopt start at fifty bucks, and that includes spay/neuter, shots, and more. Informational and product booths cluster around the Miracle Mile green space, too. Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9.
AFI FEST: If you're in the heart of Hollywood, you're in the heart of AFI FEST presented by Audi, and how. Several theaters, including The Dolby and The Egyptian, will be welcoming movie stars and audience members who nabbed those free, free, free tickets to see the up-and-coming big films. Q&As and special presentations 'round out the fine film-glam time. And will you spy special honoree Sophia Loren? The fest rolls on through Nov. 13.
CITADEL OUTLETS TREE LIGHTING: There are a few "biggests" when it comes to kicking off the yuletide just off the 5 Freeway: The Citadel possesses "the world's biggest bow" -- it's the ginormous red topper you can see from way far up the 5 -- and "the world's tallest live cut Christmas tree." Eye that 115-foot wonder, catch a whole caboodle of musical acts, and get the ho-ho-ho-ing going on Saturday, Nov. 8.
What to do, where to go and what to see
STILL FALL, THOUGH: The middle of November is one of the most charmingly controversial times of the year. On the one hand you do get a bevy of tree-lightings, but there is still corn to shuck and pies to eat. Old Pasadena is going the autumnal route with a free-to-attend daytime bash that has some twangy bluegrass and egg tossing and square dancing. Square dancing! Yep, we may want to hug the changing-of-leaves season a little closer. Sunday, Nov. 9.
LOS ANGELES AQUEDUCTS CASCADES: History mavens and followers of LA's fascinating water stories will make for Sylmar on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9. That's when the Department of Water and Power open up the Aqueducts Cascades to visitors, in honor of its 101st anniversary. Staffers'll be on site to talk William Mulholland, the Eastern Sierra, the drought, and all pertinent matters, so arrive full of questions.