Double Fun

Two Saturday events honor Pasadena’s Latino community

Pasadena’s Latino community has long been a vital and vibrant part of the city’s fabric. This weekend, two events will pay tribute to those contributions, as the Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica and the Festival de Arte y Cultura both take place on Saturday.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Los Robles Avenue and Prescott Street in Pasadena before heading south along Los Robles and ending at the Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St. The Jamaica, or community fair, runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the center, with the theme of “Embracing Our Latino Military Servicemen and Women.” The Jamaica features live entertainment, art exhibits, children’s activities, food and short films.

Attendees can continue the fun by heading to the festival at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave. That celebration honors the diversity of All Saints’ Latino parishioners and the community at large with a festive afternoon celebrating Latin American roots, art and traditions, including food, folkloric dance and family activities from 4 to 8 p.m.

Call (626) 583-2734 or visit

Zest for Living

Pasadena Senior Center’s annual fundraising gala honors R. Scott Jenkins

On Oct. 28, the Pasadena Senior Center will host its annual Zest Gala, an event that will not only raise money for the center’s programs, but also honor prominent local attorney and community leader R. Scott Jenkins.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction will take place during a 5 p.m. reception, which will be followed by dinner and the program at 6 p.m. Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, will serve as mistress of ceremonies. In addition to the silent auction, two tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” at the Pantages Theater will be awarded to the winner of a drawing.

Pasadena native Jenkins has been an attorney since 1979 and joined the renowned local law firm Hahn & Hahn in 1985. He is a partner in the firm and specializes in business, real estate and land use entitlement issues. He served as president of the Tournament of Roses during its landmark 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game in 2014.

He currently chairs the Rose Bowl Management Committee, and serves on the boards of directors of Forest Lawn and Huntington Hospital. For 12 years he served on the board of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which provides the food that is distributed by the Pasadena Senior Center to low-income older adults every week.

Tickets are $200 per person. To receive an invitation to the Zest Gala or for more information, email or call (626) 685-6756.

Steering the Ship

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus names new artistic director

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) has named Fernando Malvar-Ruiz as its next Artistic Director, a position he will officially assume on Aug. 1, 2018. He will replace Anne Tomlinson, who will step down at the end of the 2017-18 season after leading the organization for 22 years, becoming the third artistic director in LACC history.

Malvar-Ruiz has served as music director of the Princeton, New Jersey-based American Boychoir since 2004, leading them through 200 performances amid numerous annual national and international tours that included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic among many others. The LACC is one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs and is noted for its bel canto sound.

The LACC serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from 50 communities across Los Angeles via six choirs: its Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir. Visit