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What to Do During Carmageddon 2 in Arcadia

Skip the potential traffic nightmare and stay in town. There's plenty going on this weekend right here in Arcadia.

While the first Carmageddon was not actually the end of the world as many Angelinos predicted, perhaps it was that paranoia that kept people off the roads.

Here are some ideas on what to do in Arcadia this weekend, where you're sure to have a good time without getting stuck in traffic.

  • Go to the movies: The AMC 16 is showing a limited release of "Almost Perfect," which premiered at the theater Sept. 21. "Almost Perfect," is a romantic comedy-drama starring Kelly Hu ("Hawaii Five-O") as a woman so tied up with fixing her family drama that it affects her burgeoning romance with an old friend. Popular Hong Kong film star Edison Chen plays Hu's troubled surfer brother.
  • Check out the racetrack: Live racing has returned to Santa Anita Park. Relax, have some champagne, and cheer the ponies on. Also, the track will host a food truck festival Saturday.
  • Tour the Arboretum: The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden has a world-class collection of rare trees and shrubbery — and its in your backyard. Need we say more? Be sure to time your tour to end by 3:30 p.m. The Arboretum will close for an hour before it reopens to the public at 4:30 p.m. for the Arcadia Moon Festival.
  • Arcadia Moon Festival: The Arcadia Moon Festival takes place from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Arboretum. This is a free, family-friendly event celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival. Bring blankets, along with your favorite picnic items, and gaze at the gorgeous autumn moon. There will be crafts for children and some Chinese food and beverages for purchase.
  • Hear a Lecture: While serving as Israel's consul-general to Ethiopia, author Micha Feldmann orchestrated the rescue of more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews out of besieged Addis Ababa during Operation Solomon. He will speak about the experience Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. The federation is at 550 S. Second Ave.

Know of other events happening this weekend? Share them in the comments section or add them to our events calendar.

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