ST. LOUIS HISPANIC CALENDAR
FOR MARCH 2018
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It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Mrs. Rosa Schwarz, former President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis and Honorary Consul of Peru in St Louis for many years, who passed away on March 5th, 2018. Rosa, a beloved Peruvian lady was a beacon of hope to so many Hispanics in St. Louis, always helping the one in need, no matter who that person was, she would go out of the way to provide for them. A generous spirit and promoter of the arts, Rosita, as we liked to affectionately call her, in her capacity as President for the Hispanic Arts Council from 1996 to 2012, helped bring to St. Louis high profile Hispanic artists and sponsored concerts and arts exhibits. For her inspiring role in the St. Louis Hispanic Community she received many awards and recognitions, such as the ORDEN Al MÉRITO DEL SERVICIO DIPLOMÁTICO DEL PERU JOSÉ GREGORIO PAZ SOLDÁN in 2010 from the Peruvian Government. We will miss Rosita’s smile, happy spirit, generosity, and love for Flamenco music, but we will always have her in our hearts. Requiescat in Pace.
At 24, Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana seemed to come out of nowhere to win the prestigious, hotly contested 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition. She may have been a dark horse, but her captivating sound and bold creative vision have been nurtured by some of jazz’s most insightful talent scouts. Born in Santiago, she was a teenage standout on the Chilean jazz scene when an encounter with Danilo Perez left the pianist so impressed he recruited her for Berklee College of Music. Focusing on improvisation and composition, she studied with heavyweight saxophonists like Joe Lovano and Greg Osby. But her mentors don’t get all the credit for her rapid rise. Her grandfather was a thriving swing saxophonist in 1950s France, and her father competed in the 1991 Monk Competition that launched Joshua Redman’s career. Her style is a straight-ahead / modern jazz.
HIGH SCHOOL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE OFFERED BY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. DEADLINE MAY 1, 2018. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.
High School Hispanic Leadership Institute offered by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Application Now Open, deadline May 1, 2018. Full tuition available.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis Foundation has established the Hispanic Leadership Institute for high school (10th-12th grade) students as a select program for 15-20 individuals to develop leadership skills and give back to the St. Louis community. The purpose of this program are the followings:
-Identify Hispanic leaders and develop their leadership skills
-Create a network of Hispanic student leaders interested in giving back to the community
-Provide new networks and opportunities for Hispanic students
To be eligible to participate in the High School Hispanic Leadership Institute program, students must:
-Currently be enrolled in grades 10th– 12th
-Show a strong interest in further developing their leadership skills
-Be able to commit to a full-time experience
-Obtain a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher
Tuition is $1,000. Participants accepted into the program will receive full-tuition scholarships from the HCC STL Foundation and partners.
Students will receive:
-A $500 stipend upon completion of the 6-day program
-Transportation to and from the host location as needed
-Complimentary breakfast and lunch each session
The Hispanic Leadership Institute sessions will begin on Monday, June 11th and conclude Saturday, June 17th, 2018. Sessions will be held from 8:30AM – 4:30 PM.
Applications are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (CT) For more information, please, visit: https://www.hccstl.com/…/2…/03/HS-HLI-Application-web-18.pdf
THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS AWARDED ITS ANNUAL ON MAY 1st, 2017 THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL AWARDED ITS ANNUAL 'JOHN F. GARGANIGO SCHOLARSHIPS' ON MAY 1st, 2017, TO 5 LATINO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS WHO WERE PART OF THE ANNUAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FREE 'PUERTAS' COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AWARDEES!
The HAC 'JOHN F. GARGANIGO SCHOLARSHIP' each year awards students of the Washington University 'PUERTAS PROGRAM COLLEGE PREP,' an outreach program serving the Hispanic community in south St. Louis. The award ceremony took place at Washington University in St. Louis. HAC partnered with the WU program in 2007 to benefit Hispanic low income students who take the annual college prep program. The scholarship program takes its name from Dr. John F. Garganigo, former Professor of Latin American Literature at Wash Univ. Romance Languages & Literatures Department who is an advocate of social justice. ANHEUSER-BUSCH CO. is the major sponsor of this scholarship funding. Awardees of the scholarship for 2017 are, Viviana Garcia, Oscar Moreno, Jessica Barreras, Rigoberto Ramirez Reyes and Karla Ximena Flores, pictured from left to right, plus WU Mentors Carol Pazos & Ashley D'Acosta and HAC Board member Ms. Sandra Knight, Counselor at Forest Park Community College. HAC congratulates all the awardees!
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HONORED PRESIDENT OF HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL VIRGINIA BRAXS WITH THE MBL 'SEAT 21' AWARD WHICH IS GIVEN TO A COMMUNITY LEADER WHO EMBODIES THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE'S HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT, WHILE AWARDING ALL STAR PLAYER ADAM WAINWRIGHT WITH THE NOMINATION FOR THE NATIONAL MBL 'ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD' ON SEPTEMBER 13th, 2016 DURING A PRE-GAME CEREMONY.
ST. LOUIS (News release) – This year, Major League Baseball has designated a seat in each ballpark, known as SEAT 21, to a well-known or local hero who embodies the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente. Cardinals SEAT 21 Honoree, Virginia Braxs, currently serves as the President and Treasurer of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC). The Council is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting the excellence of the Hispanic culture through arts and education. Ms. Braxs has dedicated her life to providing opportunities for the Hispanic community through her work at the Hispanic Arts Council and has been an ambassador to the Hispanic Community for the Cardinals since 2013. Ms. Braxs was recognized alongside Wainwright during the Sept 13tht’s ceremony before the game against the Chicago Cubs.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright was named the St. Louis Cardinals 2016 nominee for the prestigious national Roberto Clemente Award in the same on-field ceremony. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. It is the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. Through his charitable foundation, Big League Impact, Wainwright has raised more than $1 million to help provide basic needs for individuals in St. Louis and around the world. Previous Cardinals to win the Roberto Clemente Award include Carlos Beltran (2013), Albert Pujols (2008), Ozzie Smith (1995), and Lou Brock (1975).
AWARDEES OF THE 'UNIVERSIDAD YA!' SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HONORED AT A CEREMONY BY THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS AT ANHEUSER-BUSCH HEADQUARTERS ON JULY 6TH, 2015! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Pictures: from left to right: Maria Guadalupe Acosta, Daniela Hinojosa, the President of the Hispanic Arts Council Ms. Virginia Braxs, Mr. Gonzalez accepting for her daughter Ms. Vanessa Gonzalez, Mrs. Patricia Heltmeyer accepting for Luisa Castaneda and Ms. Fatima Arabia.
CARDINALS CARE AND TSUNAMI WAVES, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS, SPONSORED A LATINO KIDS VISIT WITH CARDINALS ALL STAR PLAYER CARLOS MARTINEZ AND TREATED THEM WITH TICKETS TO THE GAME ON JULY 6TH, 2016, A VISIT TO THE FIELD, A PRE-GAME PRACTICE AND HOT DOGS AND SODAS. A REAL TREAT!
The Hispanic Arts Council, Cardinals Care and Tsunami Waves, a program sponsored by Panamenian all star Cardinals player Carlos Martinez, hosted a day at the Ballpark for Latino kids in St. Louis on July 6th 2016. Carlos treated us with tickets for the game, a visit to the field and sodas, hot dogs and chips. Generous and gracious Carlos took the time to greet all the kids and their parents at the dougout, gave us T-Shirts, patiently signed authographs, chatted with the kids, took pictures with everybody and went twice to look for baseballs to sign for all the kids! THANK YOU CARLOS FOR YOUR TIME, GENEROSITY AND FOR CARING ABOUT THE KIDS.
See more pictures in our Photo Gallery clicking HERE!
PARKWAY AREA ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY OFFERS FREE ESL CLASSES (ENGLISH CLASSES) FOR ADULTS AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN CERTAIN DISTRICT AREAS. PLEASE, CHECK THEIR SCHEDULE AND ADDRESSES BELOW!
Parkway Area Adult Education and Literacy offers over 30 free ESL classes for adults. Classes are held at the main center, and several churches and schools located in our district area:
Brentwood, Bridgeton, Clayton, Creve Coeur and Manchester. Classes serve beginning, intermediate and advanced students. There is an emphasis in all classes on life skills. We also teach reading, writing, conversation, idioms, and citizenship preparation. Classes are morning, afternoon and evening classes Monday throughFriday. Registration and testing for placement takes about three hours and must be completed before students begin class. For class schedule information, directions or additional questions, please call Parkway Adult Education and Literacy at 314-415-4940 or please visit our website.
THE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS:
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Every Tuesday, a bilingual SMALL BUSINESS MENTOR is available by appointment at 314-664-4432 to answer questions about your small business issues or to assist with business start-up. Mentors are provided by SCORE and sponsored by the US Small Business Administration. For more information, contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louisat 3611 South Grand Blvd. Suite 105 St. Louis, MO 63118. Phone: 314-664-4432. Se Habla Español.
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
Join the HCC Tuesdays from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Business to Business Roundtable, where business owners and entrepreneurs can come and make connections and find new outlets for their services. The roundtable is looking for people who are in the construction, real estate, and IT industry. For more information, contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis at 3611 South Grand Blvd. Suite 105 St. Louis, MO 63118. Phone: 314-664-4432 . Se Habla Español.
THE PARKWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE FREE CLASSES FOR ADULTS IN SEVERAL SITES OF THE CITY. REGISTRATION IS OPEN THIS WEEK AND ALL YEAR ROUND.
The Parkway adult education & literacy offers free English as a second language classes for adults, 17 years or older. Learn English in a friendly atmosphere through: conversation, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing. Also Citizenship, American customs, GED and TOEFL classes are offered as well. Registration is open all year round. ESL classes are offered in different venues this fall: Clayton High School, Faith Baptist Church, Manchester United Methodist Church, Mers-Goodwill, and Fern Ridge High School. For class schedule CLICK HERE, for directions CLICK HERE and more information, call 314-415-4940 or visit
FREE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULT IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY IN ST. CHARLES, AND CITIES OF WENTZVILLE AND TROY, REGISTRATION OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND. SEE BELOW INFORMATION.
FREE ESL classes for the adult immigrant community will start very soon. Please, share the information below with your community. Adult Students have to enroll in the program before the student starts classes again, please see below the opening schedule at all sites. Registration is now four (4) full hours. Registration will start at 9:00am or 5:30pm - Students will not be accepted after 9:00am or 5:30pm. Plan in registration for 4 full hours.
This year the attendance policy will be enforced and strict. Please, come and register ONLY if you can come to class every week for at least a full semester. If you cannot come to class weekly, if you are not sure about your schedule, please DO NOT register! If you miss one class without notifying your teacher or without a medical certificate, you will not be accepted into the program again.
Please, inform your contacts, relatives, friends and community about these FREE ESL programs.