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Author and human rights activist to receive UCSB’s annual Leal Award

October 23, 2014
Author and human rights activist to receive UCSB’s annual Leal Award

Stella Pope Duarte’s novels and short story collections address barrio life in the Southwest and the role of women in Chicano culture By Andrea Estrada / UCSB Author Stella Pope Duarte is this year’s recipient of UC Santa Barbara’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The award will be presented during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Science Building. The event is free and open to the public. Duarte is the author of the highly praised novels “Let Their Spirits Dance and “If I Die in...
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CSU Channel Islands Professor Jose Alamillo honored for helping undocumented students

October 21, 2014
CSU Channel Islands Professor Jose Alamillo honored for helping undocumented students

CAMARILLO — Jose Alamillo, professor of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands (CI), was honored for his work to help Latinos and undocumented students break barriers and excel in higher education. The Ventura County chapter of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) presented Alamillo with its Access to Justice Award on Oct. 17. The award was one of two given to outstanding community leaders who promote the advancement of Latinos at MABA’s Annual Scholarship Dinner. “What is noteworthy about Professor Alamillo is that he is Mexican-born, he was raised here in Ventura County, he benefitted from the Educational Opportunity...
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Bilingual commentary: Without you I will “die”

October 21, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Without you I will “die”

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor The other day I was listening to the lyrics of a song composed in the 1920s. It caught my attention because of its perspective on love and dependency. Many romantic songs, unfortunately, promote the idea that without the other person, we are “nothing,” or “lost,” or “worthless.”  In this particular song, the singer proclaims that he or she can be...
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Acuña Art Gallery @ Café on A to hold reception for ‘Collective Voices-Abundant Years’ exhibit on Oct. 24

October 20, 2014
Acuña Art Gallery @ Café on A to hold reception for ‘Collective Voices-Abundant Years’ exhibit on Oct. 24

OXNARD — The Acuña Art Gallery @ Café on A will hold a reception for the “Collective Voices-Abundant Years” exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at 438 S. A St., Oxnard. The exhibit, continuing through Nov. 23, is curated by Jacquie Biaggi, Vanessa Acosta and Armando Vazquez. It will bring together some of the most important, creative and talented ceramists, sculptures and artists in area together for this historic arts exhibition, organizers reported in a media release. It is dedicated to Professor Vincent Flocco, who created and developed the Oxnard College Ceramics Workshop. It is also a tribute to...
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Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to present final free Día de los Muertos workshop on Oct. 25 in Oxnard

October 20, 2014
Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to present final free Día de los Muertos workshop on Oct. 25 in Oxnard

OXNARD — The Inlakech Cultural Arts Center will present the final free Saturday Día de los Muertos workshop on Oct. 25 in Oxnard. The workshop isin preparation for the 7th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Camarillo. The workshop will include finishing up craft art projects, altar design and construction, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 126 Amelia Court, Oxnard. The 7th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2052...
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘Free Family Days — Día de los Muertos’ on Oct. 26

October 20, 2014
Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘Free Family Days — Día de los Muertos’ on Oct. 26

SANTA BARBARA — The 25th annual “Free Family Days — Día de los Muertos” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara. The event includes music and dance performances by Conjunto Jardin, Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcoatl, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments. Limited edition t-shirts and tote bags, with original, stenciled designs created by La Cuesta Continuation High School student artists, are also on sale as part of the celebration. The sale proceeds...
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CSU Channel Islands to hold sixth annual ‘Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life’ on Oct. 27

October 20, 2014
CSU Channel Islands to hold sixth annual ‘Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life’ on Oct. 27

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the campus and community to join in the sixth annual “Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life,” on Monday, Oct. 27, at the John Spoor Broome Library, the university reported in a media release. Presented by CI Intercultural Services, the Broome Library, and students of the Art program, the free public event features speakers, dancers, music, face painting, crafts, art exhibitions, and the opportunity to participate in creating a giant sand mural altar on the Library Plaza. Sand Mural Altar Installation – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join...
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Guest commentary: Political Graffiti Part I — I am my sister and brother’s keeper

October 20, 2014
Guest commentary: Political Graffiti Part I — I am my sister and brother’s keeper

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor This week has been a mind blower. The news is filled with Ebola – the hysfrenzyteria around it reminds me of the HIV/AIDS. Homosexuals and Africans were said to have been punished by god. The kooks had a field day. The Ebola epidemic is eliciting a similar response, but not yet as open. Like the gang problem it was okay...
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Luis Alberto Urrea will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Campus Reading Celebration at CSU Channel Islands on Oct. 16

October 13, 2014
Luis Alberto Urrea will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Campus Reading Celebration at CSU Channel Islands on Oct. 16

CAMARILLO —  CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome award-winning writer Luis Urrea for the 10th Annual Campus Reading Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Grand Salon, the university reported in a media release. The Campus Reading Celebration is an annual event that unites the campus, community and notable authors in a shared intellectual experience. This year, students nominated and selected Urrea’s 1996 non-fiction work, “By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border,” as the Campus Reading Celebration book. Fitting CI’s dedication to an interdisciplinary curriculum, the book touches on topics and issues...
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UCSB Multicultural Center to present ‘Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form / The Art of Judy Baca’ lecture on Oct. 16

October 13, 2014
UCSB Multicultural Center to present ‘Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form / The Art of Judy Baca’ lecture on Oct. 16

SANTA BARBARA — The UCSB Multicultural Center will present “Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form | The Art of Judy Baca” through Dec. 19 at the MCC Lounge. Baca, a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator, will speak at a lecture in the MCC Theater at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, Baca was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource...
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Bilingual commentary: The Brave Steeds of Helios

October 13, 2014
Bilingual commentary: The Brave Steeds of Helios

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor One recent morning, I found myself thinking about this radiant and mysterious orb that rises and sets every day and without which we could not live. It gives us warmth, but wrinkles and burns our skin; it energizes our food and blesses us with the weather that gives us crops, but it can also beat down on us mercilessly on...
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present ‘Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater – Transforming the World Through Dance’ Oct. 17-19

October 13, 2014
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present ‘Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater – Transforming the World Through Dance’ Oct. 17-19

SANTA BARBARA — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will present Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater in free family performances and dance classes Oct. 17-19 in Santa Barbara County. Dedicated to transforming the world through dance and committed to making their work accessible to all, Contra-Tiempo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St.; and at Santa Barbara Jr. High at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Marjorie Luke Theater, 721 E. Cota St. The company will offer...
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Santa Paula Museum of Art to present opening reception of the 21st annual De Colores Art Show on Oct. 18

October 13, 2014
Santa Paula Museum of Art to present opening reception of the 21st annual De Colores Art Show on Oct. 18

SANTA PAULA — The Santa Paula Art Museum will present the opening reception for the 21st De Colores Art Show — “In Search of Magulandia,” from noon to 4 p.m Saturday, Oct. 18 at 117 N.10th St., downtown Santa Paula. The show is a tribute to the legacy of visionary Chicano artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940 – 2011). The opening reception will feature music by Conjunto Los Pochos led by Magu’s eldest son, Otoño Luján. The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum will then hold a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at 926 Railroad Ave.,...
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Oxnard College Foundation to present Seventh annual Tardeada on Oct. 18

October 13, 2014
Oxnard College Foundation to present Seventh annual Tardeada on Oct. 18

OXNARD —  The Oxnard College Foundation will present the 7th Annual Tardeada at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The event will be followed by the Latino Thought Makers Series’ presentation of Grammy-winning Chicano Rock Band Quetzal at 7 p.m. at the auditorium. Tickets for both the tardeada and performance are $25 general admission, $20 for students. General admission for the tardeada only is $15. Admission for Quetzal performance only is $10 general admission, $5 for students. Sponsored by the Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts. Call 805-986-5813...
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‘Tres Vidas’ with story lines featuring Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufina Amaya to be presented by CLU’s Chamber Music Theatre on Oct. 10

October 6, 2014
‘Tres Vidas’ with story lines featuring Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufina Amaya to be presented by CLU’s Chamber Music Theatre on Oct. 10

THOUSAND OAKS —  ‘Tres Vidas’ with story lines featuring Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks in the Samuelson Chapel. Presented by CLU’s Chamber Music Theatre, the work marries theatrical narrative with chamber music. The performance celebrates the lives, times and work of these three Latin American Women: artist Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Amaya of El Salvador and poet Storni of Argentina. Actress Denise Estrada portrays multiple roles while interacting with the onstage musical trio of Ju Young Lee, cello;...
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October cover story: De Colores Art Show honors Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján

October 1, 2014
October cover story: De Colores Art Show honors Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján

Exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum celebrates 21st year in the city For the 21st year, Santa Paula will play host to the De Colores Art Show, an event that brings together the works of artist from throughout Ventura County and elsewhere in Southern California and the Southwest. However, this year’s event will feature the theme “In Search of Magulandia,” with the opening with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Featuring works by more 30 artists, the show is a tribute to the legacy of visionary Chicano artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940...
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Día de los Muertos time is rapidly approaching

October 1, 2014
Día de los Muertos time is rapidly approaching

Workshops already in progress to prepare items for Day of the Dead celebrations throughout the region By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 Soon the aroma of marigolds and copal incense will waft through the air, beckoning spirits to cross over the thin veil between life and death. Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead is upon us with a growing number of celebrations planned for the 805 region. It is a time for Hispanic families to prepare their ofrendas / altars — collect the photos of the dearly departed, make sugar skulls, create some of their loved...
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Local

October 1, 2014
Local

SANTA BARBARA — Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is seeking produce donors and volunteers for the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. Foodbank is calling out to community members with harvest sites (orchards or gardens) in south Santa Barbara County, and volunteers to help harvest, with the goal of harvesting over five tons of produce, the organization reported in a media release. Backyard Bounty Day is an opportunity to enjoy harvesting produce at ranches, historic estates and backyards in the region, while helping Foodbank serve one in four people throughout the county, the organization reported. “We are...
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Commentary: As Hispanic high school dropout rates fall, 4-year degrees lag

October 1, 2014
Commentary: As Hispanic high school dropout rates fall, 4-year degrees lag

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 Given all the news that funding for public education continues to suffer from the “Cut government spending” crowd, it is surprising that a new Pew Research Center report indicates that Hispanics and blacks are leading the trend of reducing the overall high school dropout rate. In a report written by Richard Fry based on newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s dropout rate for 18-to-24 year olds reached a record low of 7 percent in 2013, down from 12 percent reported in the year 2000. While Hispanics still have the...
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Guest commentary: From Selena to Cristela: Our moment is now

October 1, 2014
Guest commentary: From Selena to Cristela: Our moment is now

By Miguel Orzoco / Guest contributor Nearly 20 years ago the Latino community lost one of its greatest performers. Selena Quintanilla Perez, the embodiment of our aspirations and dreams, was tragically taken away. She was only 23 years old. We lost not only one of our brightest stars, but also someone who was like family. We knew her. We connected with her … she was us. At the time of her passing, Selena was starting to cross over to English-language radio — finally, one of our own would be one of the greatest ever, in both Spanish and English,...
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Bilingual commentary: Trust, permission and sales

October 1, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Trust, permission and sales

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor As I continue studying digital marketing (I plan to launch a marketing blog in the near future), I am becoming intensely aware of the changing philosophy behind salesmanship. Whereas in the past (and unfortunately to the present day) people in sales were trained to “convince” prospects to buy, and counter their every objection with something clever, and sometimes practically humiliate...
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Business: The benefits of business podcasting

October 1, 2014
Business: The benefits of business podcasting

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) mall businesses, understand the importance of establishing an online presence. Identifying new content strategies can help keep a company’s name and business motto fresh in the minds of consumers. Search engine optimization, or SEO, and social media use can greatly improve a business’ online visibility. Podcasting is another tool small businesses have at their disposal. Podcasts, often referred to as on-demand audio content or audiocasts, are usually short audio or video clips. Typically they’re episodic and are released at key intervals. Podcasting enables listeners to determine when and where they would like to receive...
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Local business information

October 1, 2014
Local business information

> The California Employment Development Department will present an “Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar” from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the EDD Tax Office, 4820 McGrath St., Suite 200, the organization reported. The seminar will include information on the common misconceptions about independent contractors, ways to combat payroll tax fraud, how to distinguish between employees and independent contractors and other information. There is no charge for the seminar. RSVP by visiting www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_tax_seminars/ or by calling 866-873-6086.   > California Lutheran University will present the Entrepreneur Speaker Series program “Blue by Design: How Blue Microphone creates products...
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Avoid Halloween makeup allergies and other reactions

October 1, 2014
Avoid Halloween makeup allergies and other reactions

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) What are the horrors of Halloween? Many might say encountering a gruesome ghoul or a blood-sucking vampire is the most horrific part of the holiday. However, an allergic reaction can be just as scary as ghosts and goblins come Halloween. The candy a child eats, the makeup kids use as part of their costumes or even the costume itself can cause an allergic reaction. Parents and kids need to be careful and exercise their due diligence to avoid possible allergens.   Makeup According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Halloween makeup...
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Local health information

October 1, 2014
Local health information

> Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. will provide information on Covered California and free health screenings at selected locations throughout the month of October in various locations in Ventura County. Visit http://www.clinicas.org/outreach/calendar/2014-10 to find times, dates and locations of upcoming screenings.   > Gold Coast Health Plan will present “Baby Steps Program by Ventura County Medical Center” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 3291 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, Large Auditorium-Hospital Cafeteria. Gold Coast Health Plan will provide information regarding Medi-Cal Managed Care, health education and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to all participants, hosted by the...
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