Calling all L.A.-area Star Wars fans

February 22, 2007, 4:34 PM · I know this isn't specifically theme park related, but many TPI readers are Star Wars fans, or at least parents, so I'd like to invite you to join me at a fun event this Saturday night in Pasadena.

It's called "McKinley Goes to the Movies" and it is a silent auction in support of arts education programs at McKinley School, a public K-8 school in Pasadena. (Yep, my kids go there.)

The evening has a Star Wars theme and will feature appearances by Darth Vader, R2D2, Boba Fett and other characters. And several Star Wars-related items will be up for bid, including a Princess Leia wig donated by Carrie Fisher. Here's a partial list of the items available. (I've donated, on behalf of TPI, a collectible Darth Vader watch and helmet from last year's Star Wars Weekends at Disney-MGM Studios.)

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 at the door for adults, $15 for kids. There's plenty of food included with the admission, too. The school is located at 325 South Oak Knoll Ave. in Pasadena. (Once you get there, you might recognize it, as it has been used in filming for Boston Public, the X Files, Legally Blonde, Arrested Development and Without a Trace as well as the upcoming Adam Sandler flick. Heck, it sees more studio action than Disney-MGM ever did....)

Hope to see you there. It's a great school with great kids who certainly would appreciate your support.

Replies (3)

February 23, 2007 at 12:16 AM · Are you calling us all nerds Robert? LoL j/k
February 23, 2007 at 2:10 AM · We stayed at MYtravel Explorer's hotel last October when we vistied Disney Paris for our first time.I would recommend this hotel to people who have a young family, as the facilities were great.
They had a hugh soft play, also a Pirate ship and of course there are the parks a short bus ride away. Tip for getting on buses nobody queues so you just have to push your self forward to get on the buses, could do with more than one bus going at peak times.
Food was fine and reasonably priced,would suggest a visit to the Shopping complex a short tube ride away, Val'd Europe.
The hotel was like a ghost town on the day we chose not to go to the parks, so I would suggest you find something to do on that day as staying in an empty hotel is a bit depressing.
Pool was good, large enough and there were tunnels and slides to keep both children and parents entertained.
Would definately go back again!
February 23, 2007 at 9:00 AM · Wish I could go! My sons and husband are becoming big time Star Wars fans. They went to the FX Show in Orlando and met several Star Wars actors including Ray Park. My oldest son got to do a demonstation with him using lightsabors. It was an exciting day and now he watches Star Wars I almost everyday now (at least the fight scenes). Here is a 1 1/2 minute clip.

This is the longer video. It lasts 12+ minutes. The guy at the end with the loud shirt and weird hat is my husband:)

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