Homegrown Talent

Singer Mayita Dinos presents special Earth Day-themed concert Sunday at Arlington Gardens

Earth Day is Sunday, and area nature lovers will have a special way to celebrate the occasion on when singer Mayita Dinos performs “The Garden Is My Stage” concert at 7 p.m. at Arlington Gardens, 275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena.

The location holds personal significance for Dinos, who served as the landscape designer for the three-acre grounds, which is the only dedicated public garden in Pasadena.

Dinos will perform standards from the Great American Songbook, along with a mix of English-language classics from her youth considered “New Standards” and Spanish-language songs from her childhood in Puerto Rico. She will be backed by the Rich Eames Trio in a show that features an eclectic array of musical styles including jazz, boleros and hip-hop.

Dinos has translated much of her English-language repertoire into Spanish, and recently performed a sellout show called “Las Tres Divas” with fellow singers Jackie Gibson and Lorraina Marro.

Tickets are $20 for the event, and picnicking is welcomed. Visit


Walk For Kids

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House hosts annual walk Sunday in Central Park

More than 500 people are expected to participate Sunday in the annual Walk for Kids hosted by the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House.

The 2.3 mile walk, which starts at 9:30 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m., will be held in Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

For more information, visit rmhcsc.org/pasadena or call (626) 585-1588. 

‘It Takes a Community’

Altadena Children’s Center hosts ’80s-themed fundraiser April 28

Since its founding in 1982, Altadena Children’s Center’s educators have taught thousands of children the basics of how to communicate, socialize and begin to make sense of the world around them, all through play. As ACC has grown, so too has its understanding of the importance of early childhood education (ECE), including the fact that the return on investment of beginning play-based group education with very young children is 10 times its cost.

Yet, since the costs are extensive, the ACC hosts the annual “It Takes A Community” fundraiser, and this year’s edition, which will have an ’80s theme, will take place at 6 p.m. next Saturday, April 28, at Stardancers, 2333 Lake Ave., Altadena. To mark ACC’s 35th anniversary, the event’s goal is to raise $35,000, and funds will be matched dollar for dollar up to that amount by the Helen & Will Webster Foundation.

Hosted by actress and children’s advocate Jane Kaczmarek, the event will honor Altadena community leader Felita Kealing, who has sent her own children to the school.

Tickets are $95. Visit Biddingowl.com/accitac2018. n

Fit Over 50

Conference on Healthy Aging set for April 28

The free annual Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on the campus of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

The keynote address will be by Dr. Laura Mosqueda, interim dean and professor of family medicine and geriatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The title of her presentation will be “Aging with Purpose: Grace, Meaning and Joy.”

The conference will feature a full slate of workshops focused on common interests and concerns among seniors of all ages.

While there is no cost to attend the conference, registration is required. 

Visit  pasadenaseniorcenter.org/COA or call 626-685-6730 to register or for more information