A tradition that stems from the cultural amalgamation of European traditions and Mesoamerican Native traditions, la celebración de Día de los Muertos is a celebration where the living come to spend time with the memory of their deceased loved ones. Universally, individuals and groups share in the culture of honoring their dead. Día de los Muertos is part of that cultural web known through out as “honoring the dead”. On Saturday, November 1, 2014, El Colegio High School would like to extend a welcome invitation to the public to attend the 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebración, presenting ofrendas (small alters) made by school and community members honoring the lives and deaths of Gabriel García Márquez, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Michael Brown and several others.
Last month CNO put out a request from our neighbors to send in suggested titles that would potentially replace the current newspaper name. We received a few suggestions. Below please find the list of suggestions.
The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization would like to welcome one of our newest board members, Salena Acox, Board Secretary. Originally from the Sacramento, CA area, Salena attended Santa Clara University and then San Jose State where she earned her Masters in Sociology. After graduate school she spent some time down in Austin, TX where she managed a state wide AmeriCorps program called “Asset”, which assisted people with special needs in the areas of housing, financial literacy, and assistive technology (tools or devices that improve the lives of people with special needs, such as special keyboards, wheelchairs, etc.)
CNO would like to welcome William Carlisle, or Will, as he is affectionately known. Will is one of CNO’s newest Executive Board Members and also the June feature. He has been serving on the board since February 2014.
Several years ago Rebecca Smith arrived at the crossroads of life. In fact, she arrived several times. It was a pivotal, ever-revolving moment in her life. She was tired of working corporate jobs, she wasn’t happy, and she knew she needed to do something about it. She had aspirations to expand her then very small enterprise of piano-lessons-from-home-with-the-occasional-home-visit into a full-time career in a centralized location, except she wasn’t sure when, how, or where to make her move. One night while having a heart-to-heart with her close friend, Renee Peronne, the two friends wound up engrossed in a name-storming session for possible business names. They came up with many a wonderful name, including the name Blue Tree. Six years later, while dining with Renee at the Chatterbox, she noticed the empty storefront for lease. “We were eating dinner outside at the Box when I looked over and saw it.”
I first met Martín while tending my garden in the summer of 2012. He is perhaps the single most humble recipient of fresh produce from my small garden, and has been for at least two summers. My earliest recollection noticing him takes place sometime in the spring. I was looking out my window and he was walking by my house to the park. It was cold and rainy, and he and his three sons were going to the park to play soccer. Continue Reading