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Omar MedinaClick here to see more photos by Jeff Kan Lee of the Los Cien Holiday Luncheon. Pictured, Omar Medina.


Giovanni and Diego DREAMers Film ProjectClick here to see more photos by Jeff Kan Lee. Life long buddies Gio Abertolli (left) and Diego Jimenez at the DREAMers Film Project screening at the Human Rights Commission, December 16, 2014. Spearheaded by Christopher Kerosky, the nonprofit aims to tell the story of the DREAMers and how their lives have been changed by DACA, the Executive Order that President Obama issued in 2012.  The purpose is to reach some Americans who may have very inaccurate and stereotypic views of undocumented immigrants. Just released! Click here to see the first video profile of our DREAMers of the North Bay Documentary Film Project. Or if you prefer, you can watch it on YouTube. You can also see their website.

Herman G. HernandezClick here for photos. He’s 28 years old. He’s the first Latino and youngest person to be elected as a trustee on the Sonoma County Board of Education. He will be sworn in on December 4th. Then he will rush back to Guerneville to deliver a speech for the tree lighting to open his hometown’s three day Holiday Extravaganza. His name is Herman Gabriel Hernandez. Click here to read the article in the December 2014 issue of La Voz, "A native Son of Sonoma County" by Craig Davis.

Roseland CupCALLING ALL SOCCER PLAYERS! Players from all over Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dep't, and former professionals competed for the ROSELAND CUP at Elsie Allen High School on November 1. The Roseland Cup Trophy represents the greatness of Santa Rosa and its people — skill, determination, and diversity of those who call Santa Rosa hom e— our ability to overcome challenges in the face of adversity through collaboration and teamwork. The day was full of food, music, and other entertainment. Click here to see pPhotos by Jeff Kan Lee.

Napa Bilingual StorytimeBilingual Storytimes for Kids at the Napa Library. Bring the whole family to these fun and interactive bilingual storytimes held at the Napa Library, located at 580 Coombs Street in Napa, every Tuesday from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Whether Spanish is your family’s first language, or you would like it to be their second language, everyone is welcome! Storytimes are free and no registration is required. Please contact Kelli Crouch at 707-253-4079 [email protected]. Click here to see photos by Jeff Kan Lee

Houghton HallHoughton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House October 18, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Legion of Honor —The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House, an exhibition drawn from the collections of a quintessential English country house. Built in Norfolk in the 1720s for England’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall features suites of grand rooms conceived by architect William Kent as settings for Walpole’s old master paintings, furniture, tapestries and Roman antiquities. “Houghton Hall brings to San Francisco a wonderful array of objects from one of Britain’s great country houses, and reflects the history of this magnificent estate across nearly 300 years, from the 18th century to the present day. It is particularly fitting that this exhibition is being displayed at the Legion of Honor, complementing our recently reinstalled collection of British paintings and decorative arts,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Click here to see photos by Jeff Kan Lee of this fabulous exhibit.

Frank ChongState of the Latino Community 2014, organized by Los Cien, Sonoma County Latino Leaders, "Building Bridges since 2009" was held October 2, 2014 at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Click here to see photos of the event by La Voz Bilingual Newspaper photographer, Jeff Kan Lee. Dr. Frank Chong, President, SRJC, (pictured) spoke on Perspectives on the State of Education for Latinos in Sonoma County along with Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President, SSU.

Herman H. HernandezMany kudos to Herman Hernandez and the Los Cien Steering Committee who organized this inaugural session. The purpose of Los Cien, Latino Leaders of Sonoma County, is to build bridges, creating connection between Latinos and the overall community. Same purpose as La Voz Bilingual Newspaper who started the ball rolling almost 14 years ago. November issue of La Voz will have a feature by Craig Davis on the information that came out of this conference. Click here to see Craig Davis' photos of the event

Alicia Sanchez, KBBF-FMKBBF-FM Bilingual Radio 89.1 FM. One more year and KBBF Radio continues on the air! Being a 100% volunteer force these past three years and despite many obstacles, KBBF has continued to improve and strengthen its operations and programming, forming alliances and developing new programs to further our goal of providing information and education to the community. Thank you so much for your continued support of KBBF. Without your support KBBF would not be able to continue broadcasting. By giving a donation to KBBF, you are participating in helping to serve the community. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to keep this valuable community resource on the air. Go to KBBF-FM.org, or come to the new offices at 1700 Corby Ave., Suite B, Santa Rosa, or mail your donation to P.O. Box 7189, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. From Alicia Sanchez, Board President. Click here to see more photos from the recent KBBF Fundraising event by Ani Weaver.

Anderson CollectionThe Anderson Collection is one of the largest and most outstanding private collections of 20th-century American art in the world, now being shown at Stanford University. Click here to see vignettes of the paintings by Ani Weaver unfortunately taken with a cell phone. Next to the vignette is hopefully the poster that names the artist, date, etc, but they do get mixed up. There are also posters that describe different periods of the art displayed. This online photo gallery is for art students and art lovers who want to see the technique and details of a work of art, how its done. Then go to the museum to see the whole thing, or go to the exhibit's website! Click: anderson.stanford.edu to read about the exhibit and see the paintings.

Save Water!At the City of Santa Rosa DIY event in August 2014, participants Learned practical, ‘do-it-yourself’ solutions from the experts including how to: sheet mulch your water-thirsty lawn; program irrigation controllers; convert to drip irrigation; choose drought-tolerant and native plants; install a greywater system; harvest rainwater; plant a water-wise garden. Master skills and confidence to implement drought-busting solutions to help your garden not just survive the dry months, but actually THRIVE! See how at www.savingwater partnership.org/ AND click here to see photos of the event by Ani Weaver.

Fermentation FestivalLacto-fermented cucumber pickles, green beans, zucchini, carrots and peppers. Click here for recipe from “the kitchn.” Photo by Ani Weaver.

Farm to Fermentation Festival was held August 24, at the Finley Center, in Santa Rosa. Participants learned how to make pro-biotic rich salt brine deliciously fermented sour pickles from many different vegetables. Also, fermented beverages, sauerkraut, cheese and beverage pairing with cider, and other adult beverages. Fermentation is the original form of post-harvest preservation. A lot easier and more healthful than boiling water canning baths! Click here to see photos of the Festival, products, people, methods. For everything you need to know about salt-brine preservation go to: Cultures for Health, information is in English.

Cotati Accordion Festival Andre ThieryCotati Accordion Festival. August 16-17. Click here to see photos of everyone enjoying Sunday's Cajun Zydeco party by Ani Weaver

One City Arts Show - Maria de los AngelesStudents who participated in the One City Arts program created by Maria de los Angeles exhibited their work at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on August 10, 2014. A great time was had by all, listening to live music and eating the palette cake, a rainbow of colors! Click here to see photos by Ani Weaver.

American Craft Council 2014AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL SAN FRANCISCO SHOWAugust 8-10, 2014
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
It was a three-day celebration of all things handmade! More than 225 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country gathered under one roof. A chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft like you’ve never seen before! This show is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies – a must-attend for craft lovers! Click here to see photos of the exhibits by Ani Weaver.

North Bay Organizing Project's NOCHE SABROSA! August 2, 5–10 p.m. Community Church of Sebastopol. Live music with Los Ritmicos, dance lessons with Jose Santa Maria and all you can eat Taquisa/Taco Bar, sangria and wine. Click here for poster in English:/ Haga clic aquí para español. Support the NBOP's good works and have fun too! Click here for photos by Ani Weaver. Click here to see the complete photo gallery.

Jeff Kan Lee - One City ArtsArt as a form of emotional healing:
Free art classes help children cope with Andy López’s death.

Story by A. Vargas, Los Angeles Correspondent (read entire story in English and Spanish in the August issue of La Voz. Click here to see great photos of the One city Arts Project by Jeff Kan Lee and Maria de los Angeles.

Maria de los AngelesMaria de Los Angeles | Fine Art Maria de Los Angeles is spending a brief time in Santa Rosa, over-seeing the "One City Arts" project. She completed a very successful year at Yale University and will complete her Master of Fine Arts degree next Spring. She will be exhibiting, for sale, many new paintings. If you are interested in buying Maria's artwork or commissioning a piece to support her last year at Yale please call her at 707 484-1770 or email her at [email protected] for a private viewing. The art sold this summer will help pay for her supplies and other costs. Thank you for your support! Click here to see more of Maria's paintings. Thanks to Jack Leissring for sending them.

Mariachi Sol de México de José HernándezMariachi Sol de México de José Hernández breaks audience record at the Green Music Center.
On July 31, the Santa Rosa Symphony performed with a special guest, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, at the Green Music Center of SSU. It was the first time in the 87 years of SRS had an audience of 5,000 attendees! Click here to see photos by Craig Davis and Ani Weaver.

Sonoma County FairSonoma County Fair 2014! Special Attractions! Carnival, exhibits, contest, fair food, Flower Show, Greentivities, horse racing in the Wine Country. Información en español. Click here to see photos by Craig Davis.

Jewish Free ClinicThe Jewish Free Clinic has a new home!
50 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa 95404 • Phone 707-585-7780. Drawing on Jewish traditions of Tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), we offer free medical care for anyone in need, without regard to ethnicity, race or religion. We offer an atmosphere of respect, empowerment and partnership with our patients, and strive to assist them in attaining full health and well-being. Click here to see photos of the opening of the new clinic by Ani Weaver.

Hispanic Chamber Scholarship winners
Click here to see photos by Owen Scott Shirwo of the 26th Annual Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County’s Scholarship Awards Gala celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding Latino/a students. Havana Nights, June 21, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. The winners are: Janet Anguiano, Sonoma State University; Christian Barbosa, Healdsburg High School; Arlene Carreno, Roseland University Prep; Maria Flores,
Sonoma Valley HS; Luis Cristian Guerrero, Healdsburg HS; Vanessa Guzman, Santa Rosa HS; Jose Guzman Dominguez, Healdsburg HS; Jimmy Juarez, Colgate University; Angelica Lezama, El Molino HS; Jonathan Lopez, Healdsburg HS; Maria Lopez Guzman, RUP; Anabel Mata, Elsie Allen HS; Jasmine Rivera, SRJC; Ana Ruiz Gonzalez, Healdsburg HS; Valentina Salazar, RUP; Laura Sanchez, SRJC; Lesly Sauceda, SSU; Claudia Serrano, SSU; Elisa Silva, RUP; Xochitl Tlatilpa, Clark University.

SRJC Latino/a GraduationClick here to see photos of the first Santa Rosa Junior College Latino/a Graduation reception held on May 23. Students received AA degrees, will be transferring to State Colleges and University or received a GED. Congratulations for the accomplishment and all of the hard work!

Dalia Martinez of "The Naked Pig" Click here to see photos of People of the Month, Dalia Martinez and Jason Sakach, The Naked Pig restaurant, by Owen Scott Shirwo. All pigs are naked unless they're Disney pigs, but at The Naked Pig, the new super-small farm to table restaurant in Santa Rosa, they’re dressed up in delicious dishes such. Nearly everything at the Naked Pig is home made and locally sourced. Moreover, it’s all about the community that all around them. The words “Farm to Table” are emblazoned on the outside of the building, once the Greyhound Bus Depot.

SSU RAZA Graduation 2014Click here to see photos of the Sonoma State RAZA Graduation by Analee Weaver, on May 9, 2014. Congratulations to all the students! Many were the first to graduate in their families and all were grateful to their parents and those who supported them.

Healdsburg Garden TourClick here to see photos of the Healdsburg Garden Tour by Analee Weaver, May 9, 2014. A benefit for many worthwhile charities. Thanks to Linda Pardini of Wells Fargo Advisors for donating tickets to La Voz.

Luz NavarretteLuz Navarrette's retirement party at Bertolini Student Center, SRJC, on April 12, 2014. Click here for photos by Ani Weaver.

Dr. Ellie Galvez' SSU ClassFrom Ellie Galvez of Sonoma State University: Thanks Ani Weaver for visiting my class this afternoon. My Education 295-CIP (Community Involvement Project) is an undergraduate course students can repeat up to four semesters. They read and reflected on an article they chose from this newspaper. La Voz only highlights the positive issues and people in the bilingual community and
also presents both sides on controversial issues. Ani and I were amazed by the response students brought. Our next step is for them to have an article written to be published about their own community work. I love my job experiences with awesome students that promise so much! Click here to see more photos by Ani Weaver.

Black Chamber of Commerce EventClick here to see more photos by Ani Weaver of the Black Chamber of Commerce's Special event. Great music, dance and terriffic food.

Hispanic chamber MixerSonoma County Hispanic Chamber Mixer was held at CPI, California Parenting Institute. Click here to see a few photos of the event.

Jenny ChamberlainMarcos SuarezJoanna PulidoEduardo Vasquez
Two great events this week: Very First Latino Leaders at SSU Club Fundraiser! at Agave Restaurant & Bar, March 4, 2014, and the Hispanic Chamber Young Professionals March Fiesta Mixer at Flipside Steakhouse and Sportsbar, March 6, 2014. Click here to see the photos of the very enthusiastic, articulate, focused and committed young people of our community who attended these two mixers. (And some old folks too!). And while you're at it, check out the La Voz Bilingual Newspaper Facebook page, please "like," and become a member of the group, La Voz Bilingual Newspaper Fans to receive the latest news and job announcements.

Bellevue School Opera a la CarteOpera a la Carte: Bellevue School students participate in a performance of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Opera singers from the San Francisco Opera took the leads. The professional singers are: of course, the one in the dress is the soprano playing the part of Rosina, her name is Maya Kherani; The gentleman in white shirt, red sash, black pants (he does change costumes two times) is playing the part of Count Almaviva, he is the Tenor and his name is Michael Desnoyers. In the tan pants, (he is bald) is playing the part of Figaro, his name is Mark Hernandez. The pianist is Baker Peeples. Click here to see more photos by Owen Scott Shirwo, La Voz Bilingual Newspaper staff photographer. Owen can be reached at 707 539-3940.

Photo GalleryPhoto gallery of the 2014 SRJC HEP GED program graduates. Click here to read a PDF of the story, "Enedina Vera and the SRJC HEP Program. The pursuit of the High School Equivalency Certificate attracts people from all parts of Latin Amer ica who have immigrated to Sonoma County as well as local folks. Some have college degrees from their home countries but wish to be competent in American core subjects or wish to fill in the gaps
in their higher education creden-tials. Others are parents who wish to set an example to their children. Click here to see the photos of the graduates by Michael Amsler. Please add comments if you know these great folks, especially their names!

Photo GalleryPhoto gallery of the 2014 SRJC HEP GED program graduation ceremonies. In 2013 SRJC started up its HEP
Program. HEP, (High School Equivalency Program), is one of fifty federally funded education programs nationwide designed to assist seasonal agricultural farmworkers and their family members in obtaining high school diplomas (GED). HEP also helps students prepare to move on to higher levels of education or training and into more stable and better paid jobs. HEP’s program director at SRJC, Cathy Wilson (right), Beatriz Camargo (left) is its program coordinator. Click here to see the photos of the ceremony and the speaker by Michael Amsler.

SRJC HEP FamiliesPhoto gallery of the families and supporters
of the SRJC HEP 2014 graduates.

Click here
to see the photos by Michael Amsler. So many proud family members and friends. The young ones are next!

Mary Biggs-Redwood Empire IndustriesPerson of the Month for January 2014: Mary Biggs and Redwood Empire Industries. "Each person matters in our community," says Mary. Click here for the heart-warming photos of Mary Biggs working with her intellectually challenged clients by Owen Scott Shirwo, La Voz Bilingual Newspaper staff photographer. Owen can be reached at 707 539-3940. Click here to read the story by Craig Davis in English y en español.


Bellevue School Opera a la CarteOpera a la Carte: Bellevue School students participate in a performance of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Opera singers from the San Francisco Opera took the leads. The professional singers are: of course, the one in the dress is the soprano playing the part of Rosina, her name is Maya Kherani; The gentleman in white shirt, red sash, black pants (he does change costumes two times) is playing the part of Count Almaviva, he is the Tenor and his name is Michael Desnoyers. In the tan pants, (he is bald) is playing the part of Figaro, his name is Mark Hernandez. The pianist is Baker Peeples. Click here to see more photos by Owen Scott Shirwo, La Voz Bilingual Newspaper staff photographer. Owen can be reached at 707 539-3940.

Timothy D. Morse, Sr.La Voz was given some sad news recently, former publisher, Timothy D. Morse, Sr. (Santa Rosa Printing) passed away. He has taught us a lot in the printing industry and touched a lot of people with his charm and charisma, as well as being the idea man behind La Voz Bilingual Newspaper. Rest in Peace, Tim. Click here to read Tim's memorium in the December, 2013 issue of La Voz.

Herman J. HernandezLos Cien Sonoma County Latino Leaders "Now is our time" commemorating it's 4th Year Anniversary Celebration, October 16,2013, 5:30- 7:30 at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Keynote speaker was Raquel F. Donoso, CEO Latino Community Foundaton of San Francisco. What an exciting night! the Latino Leaders of SSU also participated at the event. Thank you Herman Hernandez (Founder of Latino Leaders of Sonoma County) and Gerardo Martin (Latino Leaders of Napa) For recognizing the Latino Leaders at Sonoma State University before everyone at the event tonight. Click here to see photos of the event by Owen Scott Shirwo, La Voz Bilingual Newspaper staff photographer. Owen can be reached at 707 539-3940. Pictured above are Herman J. Hernandez and Geof Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean Power.

Fiesta de IndependenciaFiesta de Independencia held at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in September, 2013. Celebrate Mexican Iindependence Day with food, dance, entertainment and activities for the whole famil. Click here to see photos of the event by Owen Scott Shirwo, La Voz Bilingual Newspaper staff photographer. Owen can be reached at 707 539-3940.

Davis Hawn and BoosterA service dog is the key to independence for many disabled people. Beyond opening doors and flicking light switches, dogs offer companionship and emotional support. Since the service dog concept was founded by Bonita Bergin in 1975, the use of service dogs has spread around the United States and the world. After visiting Cuba in 2011, Bergin University of Canine Studies master student Davis Hawn, (at left) was inspired to bring service dogs to the people of Cuba. With the help of Beatriz de la Osa, (right) a Bergin student from Cuba, the creation of the first Cuban Assistance Dog training facility is underway. It will be called The Booster Center, in honor of Hawn’s yellow Labrador retriever, Booster (with the eye glasses). Click here to see the Flickr photo site for the Bergin Summer 2013 Program Graduation. Click here to read "Diplomatic Service Dog Opens Doors in Cuba and fetches Cuban Student" or "Perro de servicio diplomático abre puertas en Cuba y va a buscar a estudiante cubana"

Aurelio Hurtado

Aurelio Hurtado’s life has been a long march for farmworker’s rights and for those that are underrepresented and consequently disadvantaged. He marched alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and campaigned for Bobby Kennedy. He joined the Native Americans and African-Americans in a quest for justice and helped found the California Human Development Corporation (CHD), a beacon of hope for the poorest of the poor; the immigrant artists of this beautiful landscape we call the North Bay. After 45 years of working for farmworker’s rights through CHD, Aurelio Hurtado retired this past June, leaving a legacy of service that empowers and inspires. We sat down with him to get a glimpse of the man behind the legend.
Click here
to see more photos and to read the article on Aurelio Hurtado.

REFB Summer Lunch Program
REFB’s Hunger-Free Summer Lunch Program
The REFB Hunger-Free Summer Lunch program kicked off at several sites around the county. Each year REFB helps fill the hunger gap by providing free lunch at 46 Sonoma County locations from June 3 through August 9. This year REFB partnered with Champions for Change –Power Play!, the Center for Well-Being and WHOA Farms to provide fun physical activities, nutrition education and freshly picked organic food for participants. At a recent Santa Rosa kick-off event, City Councilwoman Julie Combs read aloud from the children’s book Potter the Otter about an otter who loves to drink water. Lunch is available for all children ages 18 and under, Monday–Friday during lunchtime hours specified per site. Some sites offer breakfast as well. Click here to read more about the summer lunch program and to find locations.
Click here
to see more photos on our gallery.

RUP Portfolio Day
On Friday, May 24th Roseland University Prep High School in Santa Rosa held Portfolio Day, an inspiring end-of-the-year event that we all look forward to. I was honored to be a panelist. Please click here to see great photos of the students, teachers and panelists. If you know the name of the person in the photo, please don’t hesitate to add it, and give your comments on how the day went for you or the event in general—Ani Weaver
On Portfolio Day, students have the opportunity to present themselves in a professional manner to people they may otherwise not have the opportunity to meet.   Having the confidence to do so will serve them well as young college students and up-and-coming young professionals. Each panel consisted of community members and teachers. Students gave oral presentations to groups of panelists in small classroom settings. Panelists gave feedback on students’ oral presentations and overall presentation skills.

Vamos a Nadar
Vamos a Nadar (Let's Go Swimming) returns for its 10th year! This free bilingual program includes swim classes in the pool for children, water safety lectures for parents, and demonstration of lifesaving techniques. Upon completion of the class, children will receive coupons for a two-week course of swim lessons. Click here to see the schedule and learn more about the program.

KBBF Board of Directors
KBBF Mesa Directiva/ Board of Directors: Dr. Ron Lopez, Ph.D., Laura Arreguin, David Janda, Malinalli Lopez, Alicia Sanchez, Josué Lopez, Santos Molina, Michaele Morales, Maria Mendoza, Carlos Lopez
Happy 40th Anniversary KBBF! On May 31, 2013, our nation celebrates the 40th anniversary of a historic event; the birth of its first public bilingual radio station, our very own gem, KBBF 89.1 FM. The radio station started out as the dream of a few idealists, among them a farm worker, a lawyer, a housewife, a professor and a college student who recognized the need for social change and advocacy in the Latino community. For the last 40 years, KBBF 89.1FM has served the community with information, education, commentary and culturally diverse music within a bilingual format. There have been bumps along the road that have served to highlight KBBF’s resilience, strength and dedication to their mission. Click here to read their story. See 208 photos on the La Voz Flicker site of KBBF for the past 40 years—Click here!

Maria de los AngelesClick here to see Maria's paintings on the
La Voz Flickr site.

We have followed the story of Maria de Los Angeles Cornejo since her days at Santa Rosa Junior College and rallied behind her as she raised funds to meet her scholarship obligation to the prestigious Pratt Institute of Art & Design. See her website www.mdlafineart.com. We saw her succeed at Pratt and enjoyed her summer exhibits here at home. On May 14, Maria de Los Angeles will be graduating from Pratt Institute and heading off to Yale University for her masters in fine arts degree. The journey hasn’t been without its share of drama. In February of this year, Maria de Los Angeles along with 34 other seniors, lost all of her work in a raging fire that destroyed several studios in the school’s historic Main Building. Click here to read her story and Artist's Statement.

ExploratoriumOn April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 at the heart of the revitalized San Francisco waterfront radically improving access to visitors from all over the world and dramatically enhancing the size and scope of the museum. With three times more space overall than its previous home, the new Exploratorium will engage the curiosity and creativity of visitors of any age as they explore 150 brand-new exhibits amongst more than 600 that will be on view. For the first time, the Exploratorium expands its investigations into the bay, city, and outdoor landscape. Click here to see 196 photos on the La Voz Flickr site. You'll want to go! Click here to read abaout the SF Exploratorium Opening.

Expanding your Horizons Science Conference for GirlsClick here to see photos by Mathew Canniff
Girls Expanding Their Horizons! Each spring, the Sonoma County EYH (Expanding Your Horizons) Chapter holds a free annual conference for 7th and 8th grade students from Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. Click here to read about science conference for girls in Spanish. Girls Expanding Their Horizons!

Nenita and Lila The Robles Family
Lila Cuevas and Nenita Tapia
(left) and Josefina, Paco and Benjamin Robles (right)
Nenita Tapia and Paco Robles are happy and thriving. They both have Down Syndrome and make use of the various services and resources for the developmentally disabled in our community. There are sports teams, art programs, transitioning services, vacations, transportation, employment services and much more. Contact North Bay Regional Center for more information regarding resources. Click herefor beautiful photos of Nenita and Paco by Ruth Gonzalez and Mathew Canniff.
Click here to read story of Living with Disabilities and Thriving: Nenita Tapia and Paco Robles. Also available as a PDF, click here.

After 43 years, San Francisco’s famous interactive museum is closing up shop at the Palace of Fine Arts to move to Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. To kick off the move the museum decided to take their show on the road. On Sunday March 10th, “On the Road” events were held across San Francisco at the Embarcadero, the Bayview District, and at the Buena Vista Horace Mann School in the Mission. Click here for more photos by Craig Davis.

Click here to read story by Craig Davis, On the Move: SF Exploratorium takes Road Show to the Mission

Cecilia Bartoli Opera Fan? Click here for photos by Ani Weaver of Cecilia Bartoli taken in 2005 at a concert at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, California. Click here for Cecilia's story from the November 2005 issue of La Voz. Thinking of a career as an Opera singer? Click here to read La Voz' story about Lisette Oropesa, 33, American soprano and daughter of Cuban emigrants who made her SF Opera debut in December 2011.

Sonoma County AgropreneurshipEmely Hernández’ dreams are coming true because she has given herself permission to dream. If you dream of having your own business in agriculture or ranching, consider enrolling in the Sonoma County AGROpreneurship Program. Classes begin May 17, 2013. Apply online www.ucanr.edu/bfr2013. Bilingual and/or under-represented individuals are highly encouraged to apply. The Program Includes:
• Customized business training and farming/ranching practices.
• Classes – Fridays twice a month at Shone Farm.
• Field Days – Saturdays once a month at farms.
• Completing a business plan with support from SBDC counselors.
• Work experience opportunities through SRJC.
• Access to affordable farmland and other resources. Click here to read Emely's story.

Sonoma County 4HSonoma County 4H invites Latinos "To Make Their Best, Better". A recent study showed that youth engaged with 4H are:Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college; 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities. Please call 707 565.2621 for more information. Joining 4-H is a three step process for adults wishing to volunteer. You must complete enrollment paperwork, attend an orientation, and complete a Livescan. If you would like information mailed to you, send an email to [email protected]. Please include your name, address, and telephone number. Click here to read more about 4H in the February 2013 issue of La Voz. For Ruth Gonzalez' photos of the Olivares family, click here.

Alexis VargasClick here to see photos of Alexis and friends on the La Voz Photo Gallery site. Click here for Alexis' story in HIGH resolution (larger file). Click here to read Alexis' story in LOW resolution (smaller file).
Alexis Vargas Needs Our Help!
Alexis Vargas and her cousin Cristina Garcia
were involved in a tragic accident over the holidays. Cristina lost her mother and is undergoing operations in a Texas hospital. Alexis is stranded in a Mexican hospital with serious injuries and mounting medical bills. Our community is trying to raise funds to help Alexis pay her bills in Mexico and get back home. Alexis Vargas is a Peer Leader, Tae Kwon Do Red-belt, varsity cheerleader and dancer at Elsie Allen High School. She is enrolled in the University Program and aspires to be a television broadcaster. You may donate funds to Redwood Credit Union Account #192288 under Gabriel Vargas. Please check back for upcoming fundraisers. Click here for her story in HIGH resolution. Click here to see it in LOW.

Bernstein Orthodontics See photos of Smile For A Lifetime Foundation recipients and the Bernstein Orthodontics Team. Dr. Rael Bernstein of Bernstein Orthodontics is kicking off the local chapter of Smile For A Lifetime Foundation. A funny story, a sweet reflection; a favorite song, the face of a friend–these are all events that instinctively brighten our mood and make us smile. Most of us don’t have to think about it. We express our joy as it comes. The way it was meant to be. Smiles are taken for granted. Yet there are thousands of children in the United States that fight their expression of joy every day because opening their mouth is too embarrassing and stressful. Their hands rush to their face at the first hint of a smile. Photographs are dreaded and before the click of a camera their well-trained lips form a tightlipped grimace. These children are in desperate need of orthodontic care but cannot afford the cost of
braces and treatment. Children in Sonoma County
now have an opportunity to get their smile back at no cost.For more information read our story on page 5 of our January 2013 issue (low res, smaller file) or read story in high resolution (larger file), or visit Bernstein Orthontics online at www.bernsteinbraces.com






4-H Latino Project. Click here to see photos of the 4-H Banquet and read about the 4-H organization. Dear Latino Leaders, Some of you are already aware of the effort the 4-H Foundation’s Diversity and Leadership Committee. Their initiative is to work with the Latino Community to raise awareness of the 4-H Youth Leadership Program with an outcome of recruiting 4-H Latino Project Leaders to meet our growing youth demographic. Click here to earn more about what 4-H really is, which is more than just Agriculture, it is home and community too. If you are interested in knowing more about the initiative, getting involved or just want to meet with me about it, please let me know by email or call me at 707 953.8532. Best to all of you, Wanda Tapia

Davis Hawn and Booster Worldly Canine ArtWorld Canine Art Exhibit
Davis Hawn's collection of Worldly Canine Art is
now available for viewing upon request at Bergin University in Santa Rosa, Ca. Davis Hawn received his Master's in Canine Studies at Bergin University and returned this month with art that he's collected during his travels. These works of art along with their informative plaques offer lessons in history, geography and sociology. Visit Bergin University at berginu.edu. Click here to see the gallery of World Canine Art:
photos of artwork by Mathew Canniff.

Teachers Strike in OaxacaThe never-ending teacher strike in Oaxaca has a far-reaching effect. While teaching English as a second language in California, Craig Davis found that those students who were illiterate in their native language came from Oaxaca. These students faced a greater challenge in learning a second language.Click here to see more photos by Craig Davis

Leadership Award for La VozLa Voz received the 2012 Fiesta de Independencia Business Award for its positive impact on the Latino community. Photo by Mathew Canniff

Maria de Los Angeles Painting Artist Maria de los Angeles captures the whimsy of the autumn season in this painting. She is a 2010 honors graduate of the Fine Arts program at the Santa Rosa Junior College and just finished two years at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York with perfect grades. Her graduation will be this Spring. Click here to see more of her paintings.

Positive ImagesPositive Images fosters tolerance to lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning
and intersexed youth and young adults of Sonoma County. There are weekly support groups for both youth and family members. Find your resources at www.posimages.org. Click here to see more photos by Nancy Vogl.

Marin Co. Victim-Witness TeamMarin County Victim-Witness Assistance Team
Marin County's Victim-Witness Assistance team is dedicated to helping victims navigate the judicial system from beginning to end. Pictured from left to right: Augustine Orozco, Bilingual Advocate; Ana Macias, Bilingual Advocate; Nilda Fernandez, Supervisor; Yolanda Johnson, Advocate; Rachael Yamanoha, Advocate; Alicia Arce, Bilingual Advocate. Come see them at Marin Civic Center, Room #130. Click here to see more photos by Matt Canniff.

Maria de Los AngelesTwo years ago, we brought you the hopeful story of María de los Ángeles; a young immigrant woman from Santa Rosa who went from studying art at Santa Rosa Junior College to New York’s Pratt Institute on a full scholarship. Maria came back after her first year at Pratt with a palpable passion to learn more about her rapidly expanding world. This summer she returned from school determined to give back to the community that has supported her dreams and hopes. She offered a summer art program for children during the month of July and hopes to continue such programs in the future. All proceeds from her art show at Jack Leissring’s studio during the month of August, 2012 will go towards finishing her schooling at Pratt Institute. Email María at [email protected] or call 707 484 .1770 if you have any questions. Click here to see some of Maria's new paintings and photographs of Maria by Max Kalkman.

REFB Summer Food ProgramRedwood Empire Food Bank and Network for a Healthy California Team Up to Promote Summer Food Program and Active PLAY! Redwood Empire Food Bank and Network for a Healthy California teamed up to launch the Summer Food Program at five different sites in Sonoma County. REFB supplies healthy lunches at 46 sites during the summer for children less than 18 years of age. Network for a Healthy California helped out by coordinating a physical activity section of the kick-off that included a watermelon walk, relay races, a smoothie bike, a hand-crank smoothie machine, melon weight-lifting and the bright and cheerful Nutri-Beast from Kaiser Permanente. According to a study by the American Journal of Public Health, children gain weight more than twice as fast during the summer as they do during the regular school year. The difference between school and summer gain rates was especially large for three at-risk subgroups: Black and Hispanic children, as well as those already overweight. “The study’s findings suggest that children benefit from school’s structured environment, which includes scheduled meals, snacks and recess,” said Jennifer McClendon, Network for a Healthy California–Northcoast Region Program Director.
“In contrast, children at home during summer break may have continuous access to snacks, but are less likely to get consistent or active PLAY! Instead children spend more time watching television and playing video games, which burn few calories.”
Click here to see more photos by Ruth Gonzalez

by Craig Davis
Click here to see more photos by Craig Davis.

RUP ARTArtist Laura Hoffman, Roseland University Prep and Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School Students Create Art Project through The Big Read Grant. Click here to see more photos by Ruth Gonzalez.

Rose ParadeLuther Burbank Rose Parade and festival 2012. Click here to see more photos by Matt Canniff. This year marked the 118th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival. The theme was “Rockin’ Round The Roses” and gave the community a chance to celebrate two classics that never go out of style; roses and Rock N’ Roll! The Gong Family of G&G Supermarkets were this year’s Grand Marshalls. The parade had come close to disappearing in recent years, but several donors have fortunately come forward and ensured that the Rose Parade will go on...

Festival y Desfile Anual de la Rosa
Luther Burbank

Este año se conmemoró el 118 Festival y Desfile Anual de la Rosa Luther Burbank. El tema fue “Rockin’ Round The Roses” (Rockanrolenado las Rosas) y proporcionó a la comunidad la oportunidad de celebrar dos clásicos que nunca pasan de moda ¡las rosas y el rock and roll! La familia Gong, de los supermercados G&G, fueron los mariscales del desfile. El desfile ha estado a punto de desaparecer en los últimos años, pero afortunadamente diversas personas han realizados donaciones que han permitido que nuestro famoso Desfile de la Rosa continúe...

Book DriveFor Elena Lev, summer fun includes many hours of reading. Elena is a seventh grader at Brook Haven School in Sebastopol and an avid reader. In March 2013, Elena will have a bat mitzvah, a Jewish coming of age ceremony. For the required community project, she wanted to combine her love of reading and desire to help other kids. So Elena organized a book drive to benefit children who don’t have many books at home to read over the summer.
Elena’s initial goal was to collect 1,000 books from students at Brook Haven School in Sebastopol to give to students at Abraham Lincoln School in west Santa Rosa, a neighborhood school where many students don’t have many books at home. Elena inspired the community around her and far-surpassed her initial goal. Click here to see photos by Ben Lev and Deb Gomes.

Happy Mother's Day bouquetA Mother's Day Bouquet from Master Gardener Ani Weaver's garden. Click here to see photos by A. Weaver.


Native American DancerImmigration Reform March and Rally in Santa Rosa. Click here to see photos by Mathew Canniff.
May 1st isn’t just May Day. It’s also International Worker’s Day and an opportunity to march through the streets of American cities and be heard. This year’s march through downtown Santa Rosa included Occupy protesters as well as labor and immigrant rights activists. Many protesters complained of income inequality, illegal deportations and license laws.

El 1ro. de mayo es el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores y una oportunidad
para marchar por las calles de las ciudades de los Estados Unidos y que nuestra voz sea escuchada. La marcha de este año llevada a cabo en el centro de Santa Rosa incluyó a los protestantes del Movimiento de los Indignados, así como activistas de los derechos de los trabajadores e inmigrantes. Muchos de los protestantes se quejaron de desigualdad en el ingreso, de las deportaciones de personas indocumentadas y de las leyes para la obtención de licencias.

IMBDClick here to see Fotografías de /Photos of the International Migratory Bird Day activities from past events (IMBD).
Click here to read the article by Natasha Kerr and see the beautiful illustrations by Ron Lopez and Brian Love in the May 2012 issue on pages 1, 6, 10 and 11.

Kelseyville Wrestling TeamKelseyville High School Wrestling Team:
Fila de atrás / Back row: Asistente del entrenador / Assistant Coach Willy Turner, Aaron Copsey, Cameron Serrano, Gabriel Rodríguez, Entrenador / Head Coach Rob Brown, Asistente del entrenador / Assistant Coach Elvis Cook, Cristian Gomora, Adryan Segura, Alfonso Reyes, James Umbrello y / and Hayden Turner. Fila del frente / Front row: Juan Flores, Wences Rojas, Jeffrey Ponce, Jacob Martinek, Cristian Ponce y / and Eugene Mitchell. See more photos by Dawn Smith

Roseland Collegiate Prep Open HouseRamiro Sánchez, quien ingresará al 7mo. grado y actualmente estudia en la Primaria de Roseland explica porqué eligió a la Preparatoria Colegiada de Roseland.
Ramiro Sanchez, an in-coming 7th grader from Santa Rosa’s Roseland Elementary tells the audience why he chose to go to Roseland Collegiate Prep.
An open house introduced Roseland Collegiate Prep, a college-preparatory charter middle and high school, to the Santa Rosa community. Roseland Collegiate Prep will alleviate demand for more than 100 families on Roseland’s waiting list and provide Santa Rosa students with greater access to a high-quality, college preparatory public high school. Through a partnership with the Ursuline community, Roseland will be utilizing the former Ursuline High School campus and further expand its 130-year legacy of community dedication. Led by incoming principal Amy Jones-Kerr, RCPrep will prepare students for broad community service with a focus on social justice and environmental issues. Click here to see more photos by Ani Weaver

Canstruction Community members gathered at Coddingtown Mall on March 17 for the Canstruction event in which sculptures were built out of cans of food and then all the cans were donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Organizations throughout Sonoma County joined in on the friendly sculpture-building contest while the judges, including Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares and Supervisor Efren Carrillo, voted for their favorite creations. The public voted for the People’s Choice Award which went to Sonoma Country Day School, and everyone was also invited to participate in games, sample healthy snacks, and receive information regarding food scarcity, nutrition and exercise. The event was co-hosted by the Network for a Healthy California, the largest nutrition education program in the country, and by the Redwood Empire Food Bank which provides meals to 70,000 Sonoma County residents each month. Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff

Compact for SuccessCompact for Success. Dreams of college are becoming a reality with Compact for Success, a partnership between Lawrence Cook Middle School, Elsie Allen's University Prep program and Sonoma State University. Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff and the Compact for Success Program Photographer.

Marin County Victim Witness Program TeamBreaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence
Marin County Victim Witness Assistance Program Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff. The Marin County Victim Witness Assistance Program is launching a campaign against domestic violence. Their advocates help victims through every step of the judicial process. Domestic violence usually begins in childhood. Boys who witness their mother's being abused are twice as likely to abuse their own loved ones as adults and girls are much more likely to enter abusive relationships if they witnessed their mother be abused. Stop the cycle. Speak up.

SF Legion of Honor The Cult of Beauty

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum current exhibit "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900" showing until June 17, 2012. A circle of 19th-century romantic bohemians and maverick artists — including Danta Gabriel Rossetti, Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore, William Morris, James McNeill Whistler and Oscar Wilde— sought nothing less than the creation of a new kind of art, freed from their restrictive society. Discover the riches of the Aesthetic Movement in an exhibition showcasing the finest paintings, furniture and decorative arts of this extraordinary era that invented the concept of lifestyle and brought beauty into the middle class home. Click here to see vignetters and photos of the paintings in the exhibit at the press preview by Ani Weaver.

Accessorizing your PetAccessorizing Your Pet. Rusty ("Rusty O'Doggie") and Red ("The Red Baron" above) modeled the latest doggie fashions. Red looked strong and athletic in the red vest and ready for adventures at the lake in his yellow life jacket. Rusty donned a blue, knit sweater for a cozy look and a smart waterproof coat with glow-in-dark trim for evening walks around town. Read article about pet accessories in the March 2012 issue, page 3. Click here to see more photos by Ani Weaver

Miguel Castillo
Miguel Castillo, CERT team member. Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff.

A group of 60 Elsie Allen High School students enrolled in Sonoma County of Education’s ROP Public Safety course are becoming TEEN- Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. These students will in turn train other students and family members in disaster response preparedness. This was made possible through a $50,000 grant awarded to Sonoma and Mendocino schools by State Farm Insurance Company. Sixty public and private high schools in the counties of Sonoma and Mendocino will be directly impacted and thousands of students and their families can benefit from this program.

Occupy Santa Rosa

Occupy Protesters marched from Roseland to downtown Santa Rosa and forced the closure of Wells Fargo Bank. People of all ages and nationalities united to express their discontent with the state of the economy and immigration law. Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff.

MartinLuther King Day

The community gathered to celebrate Martin Luther King's life with music, art and much love. It's a wonderful experience for the entire family. See you there next year! Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff.

Mr. Music at Sheppard School

Andrew DeVeny works for the Mr.Music Foundation bringing music to Sonoma County schools. Recent budget cuts have cut many of the classes. These youngsters sat mesmerized watching Andrew sing and play his guitar. When it was their turn to perform, they sang their hearts out, pumped their little fists in the air and stomped the ground to the beat of Mr. Music. Click here to see photos by Mathew Caniff.


Glen Weaver's love of books inspired the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile. He travels throughout the county giving away books to people of all ages. He visits senior centers, homeless shelters, community events and low-income areas. Click here to see photos by Mathew Caniff.


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Roseland fire Station Xmas Party

December 3, 2011, Roseland businesses and residents came together to spread Christmas cheer to local children. The Love Choir sang Christmas carols as children enjoyed getting free face painting, books, goodie bags, photos and snacks. Even Santa showed up for the annual event.
Click here to see photos of the event and Love Choir by Ani Weaver.

Bergin University

La Voz learned a lot about assistance dog training on their recent visit with students and instructors at Bergin University. People from all over the world come to gain an education that will allow them to open up their own dog assistance centers. Golden Retrievers and Labradors are the only breeds bred to be assistance dogs. These canines are hard working, empathetic, low arousal and enjoy pleasing people. Bergin University of Canine Studies is located on 1215 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, California 95407 USA. Call (707) 545.DOGS (3647) or email [email protected] for more information. Click here to see more photos by Ani Weaver

Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett aka Mr. Music and the Love Choir. Come and sing old favorite songs with the Love Choir at 8:00 pm Wednesdays at Subud Hall in Sebastopol. "Nobody has more fun on Wednesday nights, and it's cheaper than therapy," says Jim. "Music is higher learning. Tests have proven that kids who are taught music do well in other subjects like math and science. but music for its own sake is truly higher learning. It teaches us something emotionally as well as intellectually. Music is a joy maker." Jim Corbett created the Mr. Music Foundation which has six teachers working at 10 schools reaching more than 2,000 kids a day. More about Mr. Music programs at Roseland and Sheppard Elementary schools in Santa Rosa in a future issue of La Voz. You can check out the Love Choir at www.LoveChoir.org.
Click here to see more photos of the Love Choir's thanksgiving by Ani Weaver.

Day of the Dead

Candy skulls, Indian corn, flowers, food, crosses, candles, images of the Virgin of Guadalupe and photos of deceased loved ones adorn bright tablecloths across Old Courthouse Square. This is a time of remembrance. A time to honor those who have come before us. The Day of the Dead exhibits were up Nov.1 and Nov. 2 from 10am to 8pm. Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff

Assistance Dogs in CubaDavis Hawn and his dog Booster visit a Havana, Cuba School. On a mission to boost relations with Cuba through the use of Assistance dogs/En una misión que busca impulsar nuestras relaciones con Cuba a través del uso de perros para la asistencia. Click here to see more photos by Davis Hawn y Claudia Laborde.

de Young Renaissance Masters

The De Young Museum in San Francisco is now hosting the Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Over fifty paintings by some of the most well-known Venetian painters from the sixteenth-century including Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Andrea and Mantegna. These works are considered to be some of the most celebrated European art collections. The exhibit runs from October 29, 2011– February 12, 2012. Click here to see close up photos and details of the paintings taken at the Press Preview by Ani Weaver.

Rusty and Red

Brenda Hawks-Ficco of www.hawkesphotography.net offered pet photographs in exchange for a donation to Social Advocates for Youth (SAY). Contact Brenda at 707.823.6537 for senior portraits and weddings. Click here to see more of Brenda's photos of La Voz mascots The Red Baron and Rusty O'Doggie. Red has a red collar (of course) and Rusty's is blue.

Zenaida Gonzalez

English language learners are opening doors of opportunities for themselves and their children. Lorri Bodganski and Eleanor Welch teach ESL at businesses in Sonoma County through the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's WHEEL (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) program. The students pictured in the gallery are enrolled in Lorri Bogdanski's basic English class through Santa Rosa Junior College and the CBET program. This is a night class held twice a week in an elementary school classroom. Latinos face more challenges in this country when they don't speak the English language. Click here to read the article in the October, 2011 issue on pages 4, 5 and 11.Above: Zenaida Gonzalez. Click here to see more photos by Mathew Canniff

Todos Comen. Everybody Eats.“Everybody Eats/ Todos Comen” was a bilingual play facilitated by “The Imaginists Theater Collective” in association with Landpaths/Bayer Farm. Click here to see photos and read story by Mathew Canniff.


Chops Teen Center

Click here to read story and see photos by Mathew Canniff on Chops Teen Club's Rolling Bones

The “Rolling Bones” made its debut amid a gala of food and live music at the Chops Teen Center on Friday the 23 of September. The car created by a group of teens was a true beauty with an enormous skull, trailed by its bones. It was unveiled to the awe of the crowd, dwarfing those who had created it and sending shivers down the spines of the competition, which would later do battle on the sizzling steel rails.

Los “Rolling Bones” hicieron su debut en un evento de gala donde hubo comida y música en vivo en el Centro Chops Teen, el pasado viernes 23 de septiembre. El carro, creado por un grupo de adolescente, era una verdadera belleza formada por un enorme cráneo, con un camino de huesos. Fue develado ante el asombro de la audiencia, superando hasta los mismos creadores y causando fuertes escalofríos que se sentían por toda la columna de la competencia, posteriormente dicho carro daría la batalla sobre los rieles de acero.

SAY Sunflower Garden BBQ

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) has
changed lives and inspired others for 40 years! Congratulations! SAY has been helping disadvantaged youth find opportunities for employment and housing. Thank you! Click here to see photos of SAY Sunflower Garden BBQ 2011 by Ani Weaver

Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that serves over 74,000 children nationwide. They provide a rock music program and instruments for students that live in low-income communities. Teachers donate their time to train and teach music to willing students. Matt Pope is one of these teachers. He is a third grade teacher at Flowery Elementary in Sonoma and a volunteer music teacher for Little Kids Rock. Click here to read the story in the September 2011 issue of La Voz.Click here to see photos by Kathleen Stuart.

JobLink SonomaWorks Open House

Sonoma County JobLink and SonomaWorks Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony. These organizations are vital to the job seekers and low-income members of our community. Speakers included Mike McGuire, 5th District Supervisor; Efren Carrillo, 4th District Supervisor; Shirlee Zane, 3rd District Supervisor; Scott Kincaid, Chair of the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board; Jo Weber, Director of the Sonoma County Human Services Department and Karen Fies, Director of Employment and Training Division, Sonoma County Human Services Department. Ulla and Erin (above) greet guests. Click here to see photos by Ani Weaver

De Colores

Cristina Briano and Maria Cuevas reunite as the folk band "De Colores". Click here to read the story in the September 2011 issue of La Voz. Click here to see more photos by Craig Davis.

Ezekiel Peña

Ezekiel Peña once again wowed the crowds at this year's Sonoma County Fair. Click here to read the story in the September 2011 issue of La Voz. Click here to see photos by Craig Davis

LFAC Sunset Soiree

Listening for a Change celebrated their annual fundraiser this month with the assistance of students from Roseland University Prep. Above, guest Sandra Pardo.
Click here to see photos by Ani Weaver

Classic Cars going to Pebble Beach

These classic cars were on their way to the world famous car show; the Pebble Beach Concours d' Élegance. Click here to see photos by Ani Weaver

SRJC Adelante Mgrant Ed Summer Academy 2011

SRJC Adelante Migrant Education Summer Academy 2011. The local Migrant Education Summer Academy, SRJC Adelante, was started in the summer of 1980. The program includes six weeks of instruction and one week of field trips to Sonoma State University, the Exploratorium and Lake Sonoma. This year 290 children aged 12-18 participated in the Migrant Education Program. Middle school students are taught courses in Pre-Algebra, basic math skills, English Language Development, English, Life Sciences, Leadership . Electives include Ballet Folklorico, flute, art, soccer, etc. High School students are offered computer classes, CAHSEE English preparation, English Language Development, English, Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Biology, Physical Science, Yearbook, Ballet Folklorico, World History and US. History. Migrant Education is a Title III, Part C federally funded program. Click here to see photos by Ruth Gonzáles.

Big Brother/Sister event

The La Voz big three — Flor Emert, Teresa Foster and Dr. Marisol Munoz-Kiehne on the occasion of the Big Brother Big Sister fundraising and volunteer event at a beautiful winery in St. Helena. We will have more about this wonderful project in the next issue of La voz.
Click here to see the photos by
Ani Weaver and Dan Lambert.

Sonoma Marin Fair Click here to see photos of the
Sonoma Marin Fair by Craig Davis.

Click here to read about the Fair in
the July, 2011 issue of La Voz.


Harmony Festival

Harmony Fair
visitors enjoyed chanting,
drumming, dancing and lessons on living Green
at the Fairground in Santa Rosa.
Click here to see photos of the Fair and
Krishna Das concert by Ani Weaver

Cinco de Mayo 2011

Cinco de Mayo story and photos
by Mathew Canniff

Long before I could see the perfectly polished low-rider cars glinting in the afternoon sun, the sound of drums and the smell of bierra and roasted corn welcomed me to the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa. Flag waving-senoritas and matracas-spinning muchachos welcomed me into the pulsing crowd of thousands who turned out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the newly appropriated Sonoma County Land which once was the home of Albertson’s Supermarket. My mind was drawn to the sensory extravaganza that magically rises out of the blacktop once a year. If I didn’t know any better, I’d never guess that I was in a defunct parking lot. Row after row of vendors selling everything you could want to eat, wear or give to your amor were encompassed by the pounding rhythms of a drum squad on one side and the sweet sounds of a crooning singer on the other. Beautiful Cinco de Mayo princesses floated through the crowds, catching the eye of everyone as they dazzled the masses with their stunning eyes and smiles. There were tacos and tortas, roast corn and garbanzos, little niños wearing as much ice cream on their faces as they managed to get into their mouths but most of all, a peaceful feeling of unity, celebration and freedom. I left with a smile on my face and my head swirling with the memory of awesome cars, food and music but most of all, of La Raza.

Ya Ka Ama

Click here to see Amy Lemmer and Ya Ka Ama Community Garden photos by Mathew Canniff
Amy Lemmer is working hard to rebuild the Native American Community Garden that went dormant after it lost funding during the recession. It is located in Forestville, Ca and serves Native Americans in several counties. The garden could serve as a wonderful educational tool for youth and adults
seeking a healthier lifestyle. Amy also hopes to sell produce at local Farmer's Markets.

2011 Rose Parade

2011 Rose Town Hoedown! Three generations of the La Tortilla Factory's Tamayo family kicked off the 117th Annual Rose Parade. In recent years, concern over the parade's feasibility had mounted as sponsors dwindled. This year's celebration came back as strong as ever with a multitude of participants, stunts, bands and multicultural dance troupes. Hope to see you next year! Click here to see photos by Mathew Canniff

Ana Carreno

La Tortilla Factory
held a WHEEL kickoff celebration this month. They will be participating in the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's acclaimed WHEEL program which stands for Worksite Held Employee English Learning. Several business, including the Filtration Group, the 4 C's and Amy's Kitchen have already seen the benefits of bringing English classes to the workplace. Employees are better able to communicate at work, in the community, at home and with their childrens teachers. This exposure also helps employees transition into other community classes. Click here to see photos by Matt Canniff.

Carlos Tamayo, presidente de La Tortilla Factory, invitó a sus empleados a que participen en el programa de Empleados Aprendiendo Inglés en el Centro de Trabajo (WHEEL, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Cámara de Comercio de Santa Rosa. Vea la galería de fotos. Haga clic aquí para ver fotos de Matt Canniff.

Christine CastilloVerity of Sonoma County organized the march honoring victims of sexual assault and survivors who have turned around to help other victims. Verity's Executive Director, Christine Castillo, Supervisor Shirlee Zane and District Attorney Jill Ravitch spoke to the crowd about the importance of lending a hand, working together and speaking up against sexual abuse. Click here to see photos by Matt Canniff.

Verity del condado de Sonoma organizó la marcha de “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” (Camina una milla en sus zapatos) la cual rinde un homenaje a las víctimas y sobrevivientes del asalto sexual. La directora ejecutiva de Verity, Christine Cas-tillo, los supervisores Shirlee Zane, Efrén Carrillo, Mark McGuire y la fiscal de distrito Jill Ravitch hablaron sobre la importancia de proporcionar ayuda, de trabajar unidos y de levantar la voz en cotra del abuso sexual. Haga clic aquí para ver fotos de Matt Canniff.

Balenciaga and spain, de Young, SF

Balenciaga and Spain Exhibit at the de Young Museum
''Balenciaga and Spain examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, the Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large for Vogue, is guest curator. Objects are drawn from museum and private collections in France, Spain, and the United States, including the FAMSF collection.'' Click here to see photos of the press preview event by Ani Weaver.

Cesar Chavez Health Fair 2011

Cesar Chavez Health Fair 2011.
The break in the weather made it easy for families to attend the health fair in Roseland. Kids participated in the bike rodeo, face painting and rock climbing. Some attended the dental check-up clinic while others gathered at the Bookmobile for free books. Chicana Latina Foundation was giving away refurbished computers while the Bike Peddler gave away a baby blue bike. Many county agencies and nonprofits turned out to help the community grasp resources available. Hope to see you there next year! Click here to see photos by Matt Canniff.

Latino  Family Summit

Sonoma State University's Latino Family Summit
attracted over 611 parents and students. If you missed this year's resource fair please watch for it next year! Click here to see photos.

Olmec: De Young Museum

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico.
(Click on the statue above to see the photos from the press preview taken by Ani Weaver). Over 100 objects drawn primarily from Mexican national collections are presented at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, February 19 to May 8, 2011.
Click here to read the article in La Voz on page 15 of the February issue

Davin Cardenas

Listening For A Change
awarded Davin Cardenas their first annual Jessica Flores Foster Award. The award honors a civically engaged person under the age of 40 in the community and is in memory of their former board member and gifted attorney, Jessica Flores Foster. Click here to see photos of the award ceremony and event by Ani Weaver.

WIC Program

Redwood Empire Food Bank
has opened up a WIC-only store next door to their headquarters on Industrial Drive in Santa Rosa, CA. The store offers WIC customers an easy, efficient and private way to shop for their groceries using WIC vouchers. Click here to see photos by Matt Canniff

Simcha Sunday

Sonoma County’s Yiddish Culture Festival
was held at the Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, February 27, 2011. It celebrated all things Jewish! The event featured workshops, music, language and dance lessons for all ages. Above is a photo of the Challah (egg bread) baking contest. Click here to see photos by Ani Weaver.

Rusty's birthday

When Rosie O'Doggie died in February 2009, La Voz lost it's mascot. However, we now have two! Rusty O'Doggie and The Red Baron celebrated their first birthday with special mystery-flavored treats in the company of La Voz staff members, Fran, Dina, Ruth and Ani (not pictured, but taking the photos). Click here to see photos by Ani Weaver.

Pulp FashionPulp FashionPulp Fashion

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Pulp Fashion an installation of paper gowns, fabrics, accessories and shoes now showing at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco.

Isabelle de Borchgrave is an extraordinary Belgian artist who creates the luxurious fashions of old by manipulating, cutting and painting paper. Her attention to each minute detail will leave visitors awestruck. Every item including shoes, jewelry and veils are made of paper. To see the fabulous photos by Analee (Ani) Weaver, click here.

I have a dream...
MartinLuther King Celebration

CalServes Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Taylor Elementary School in Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa's newly elected mayor, Ernesto Olivares was the guest speaker at this year's Calserves Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Over 400 children performed skits, read poems and sang songs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The students attend Kawana, Taylor, Bellevue, Wright, RL Stevens, Sheppard and Meadow View Elementary schools and participate in CalServes tutoring and after school programs. Click here to see photos by Matt Canniff

Mike Garcia, SRJC

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sonoma County
recognized La Voz Bilingual Newspaper at their December Membership Appreciation Event. Above: Mike Garcia, Graphic Designer, Public Relations Santa Rosa Junior College showing off one of his great ads in La Voz for the Spring semester, 2011. Click here or on the photo above to see the photos by Ani Weaver.

Los Reyes Magos
Efren and the KingElizabeth, Maggie and Benny
Dia de Los Tres Reyes in Roseland. Residents in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa celebrated the epiphany with a trip to Roseland Elementary School for the annual hot cocoa with rosca bread and gift giveaway. Elizabeth Jovel and Maggie Le Clerc founded the popular event 22 years ago and continue to organize the event with the help of Maggie's son, Benny. Above: Roseland Family; Supervisor Efren Carrillo and one of the Kings, King Roger; Benny, Maggie and Elizabeth.
Click here or on the photos above to see photos by Matt Canniff.

Gus Garcia

¡Video de emocionante documental!

"Una Clase Aparte" Una experiencia estadounidense sobre la discriminación, el atrevimiento y la democracia. Gus García, en la foto, (vea la página 11 en La Voz de diciembre, 2010)
tomó el caso de Pete Hernández, presentando la apelación que llegó a la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos y aseguró la victoria de la igualdad de derechos para los mexicanos-estadounidenses en 1954. Antes de que se llevara a cabo este hito en la historia de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos, García era conocido por sus esfuerzos por terminar la segregación de los hijos de los mexicanos-estadounidenses en las escuelas que estaban ubicadas en los estados de California y Texas. También fue consejero legal de la League of United Latin American Citizen (Liga de los ciudadanos latino-americanos unidos) y del American G.I. Forum.

Thrilling documentary video! "A Class Apart". An American Experience of Discrimination, Daring and Democracy
Gus Garcia, above, (See page 10 of the December, 2010 issue of La Voz)
took the murder case of Pete Hernandez, arguing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and securing an equal rights victory for Mexican Americans in 1954. Before the landmark trial, Garcia was known for his work ending segregation of Mexican American children in schools from California to Texas. He was also the legal advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens and the American G.I. Forum.

MTKD Summer Camp

Estos pequeños tuvieron la oportunidad de tomar clases de Artes visuales, Escritura, Matemáticas, Inglés, Ciencias Ambientales y Concientización Cultural al participar en el Programa de Enriquecimiento de Verano del Instituto Multicultural de Tae Kwon Do de Gerardo Sánchez.

These young children had the opportunity to take lessons in the visual arts, creative writing, math, English, environmental sciences, and cultural awareness by participating in Gerardo Sanchez’s Multicultural Tae Kwon Do Institute’s Summer Enrichment Program.

Click here to see photos of the event.
Photos by / fotos de Gerardo Sanchez

SRJC Floristry Program

Diversity enriches our community.
The Latinas enrolled in Santa Rosa Junior College's Floristry program are as varied as the flowers they work with. Some are mothers while others are recent high school graduates. All are driven to create and succeed.

Click here to see photos of flower arrangements from Sonoma County's 2010 Harvest Fair and members of the Floristry class.

Butterfly Walk for Cockayne Syndrome

Cockayne Syndrome
is a rare genetic disorder characterized by poor growth, microphely, premature aging, sensitivity to light, neurological delays and shortened lifespan. Despite the rain, Team Bella of Santa Rosa, CA gathered at Spring Lake to raise awareness and funds to the genetic disorder affecting one of our own.

Click here to see photos of Bella and of the event by Ruth Gonzalez

NAMI Media Champions Award

Ani Weaver, Rosemary Milbrath and Trula Le Calle:(See La Voz October 2010 issue page 1) La Voz Bilingual newspaper was honored with the National Alliance for Mental Illness "Media Champions" award for unbiased, accurate reporting of mental health issues.
Click here to see photos of the event by Analee (Ani) Weaver and Ruth Gonzalez.

Efren Carrillo

Listening for a Change(See La Voz September 2010 issue page 5-6) celebrated its fundraising Soiree at Schlumberger Winery. Click here to see photos of the event by Analee (Ani) Weaver. Above: Efren Carrillo, 5th District Sonoma County Supervisor.

Fiesta de Independencia 2010

Fiesta de Independencia (Celebrating Mexican Independence Day at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Click here to see photos of the event by Ani Weaver and Matt Canniff.

Flaco Jimenez at the Cotati Accordion Festival
Cotati Accordion Festival
Mask at Accordion Festival
Click to see absolutely gorgeous photos of The Cotati Accordion Festival, 2010.
Photos by Analee (Ani) Weaver.

The Cotati Accordion Festival
(See La Voz September issue page 10) celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year on August 21 and 22 at La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati. The nonprofit, multi-cultural, multi-generational party featured some of the festival’s all time favorites such as Flaco Jimenez, Dick Contino and Polkacide. Don’t miss the polka tent, the Zydeco Dance Party, the jam tent, the vendors, the arts and crafts, the array of food booths, along with the beer and wine.  For more information call Scott Goree at (707) 664-0444 or email at [email protected]or check out www.cotatifest.com.

National Women's History Project

Click to see photos of the NWHP event in Santa Rosa. Photos by Ruth Gonzalez. National Women's History Project celebrated the anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Read story on page 11 of the September, 2010 issue of La Voz.

SAY Sunflower Garden

Click to see photos of the SAY Sunflower Garden in Santa Rosa.
Photos by Analee (Ani) Weaver and Ruth Gonzalez

Social Advocates for Youth's Youth Employment Center created the Sunflower Garden in downtown Santa Rosa. The garden employs a crew of four and supplies fresh vegetables to Catholic Charities across the street.

Mask by EddieClick to see photos of Chops Teen Center Summer Art Gala, 2010 by Matt Canniff.
Teens at Chops showcased their achievements during the Summer Art Gala on July 23, 2010. Chops is a great place for local teens to take classes such as pottery, culinary and martial arts or to just hang out playing ping pong, basketball or video games. Check out their activity guide. They're located behind Aroma Roasters in Old Railroad Square, 6th St. in Santa Rosa.

Caroline BanuelosCeleste Austin

The Living Room
has been serving homeless and at risk women and children since 1993. They are located in downtown Santa Rosa on Cherry St. Pictured are Caroline Banuelos and Celeste Austin.

La Luz
Mujeres Motivan!
Noris Binet's stress reduction class at La Luz Bilingual Center motivates, educates and inspires Latinas to live their potential. Photos by Ruth Gonzalez.

Juliard Park Summer Concert Santa RosaClick to see photos of Juliard Park Summer Concert, 2010. Photos by Matt Canniff.

The Poyntlyss Sistars entertained a large crowd with music from the 50's, 60's and 70's in downtown Santa Rosa's Julliard Park. The summer concert series is free every Sunday afternoon during the summer. Bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket. Purchase coffee, wine or beer from vendors under the tent. Other band concerts will feature Indie music!

Sharon Duoa, VOICESCordero Lee, VOICES
Click to see photos of VOICES, 2010.
Photos by Matt Canniff.
VOICES provides young adults with a support network by supplying a place where they can cook themselves a meal, use computers and receive direction on a variety of issues. It is a support network for emancipated youth.

Sonoma-Marin Fair

The Sonoma-Marin Fair featured fun and games for all ages! Click to see photos of the Sonoma Marin Fair, 2010. Photos by Matt Canniff.

Action Assembly

Click to see photos North Bay Sponsoring Committee's Action Assembly, 2010.
Photos by Analee Weaver

¡Más de mil personas! Nueve congregaciones y diversas instituciones de la comunidad, oficiales elegidos y candidatos para el gobierno del estado,  el condado y oficinas locales se dieron cita bajo el auspicio del Comité Patrocinador del Norte de la Bahía, el martes 25 de mayo de 2010. Los participantes presentaron casos relativos a preocupaciones comunes y declararon su intención de fundar un cuerpo políticos de instituciones que actúen en forma unidad sobre aspectos críticos para el bienestar público en los Condados de Sonoma y Napa.

Over a thousand people! Nine congregations and community institutions, elected official and candidates for state, county and local office met under the auspices of the North Bay Sponsoring Committee, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Participants presented stories of our common concerns and declared its intention to found a political body of institutions committed to acting together on critical issues for the public good in Sonoma and Napa Counties.

Roseland Cinco de Mayo 2010

Click to see photos of Roseland Cinco
de Mayo celebration 2010.

Photos by Ani Weaver.

Elsie Allen High School Lobo  Community Fair 2010

Click to see photos of Elsie Allen High School Lobo Community Fair 2010.

Photos by Matthew Canniff.

Rose Parade Santa Rosa 2010Click to see photos of the Santa Rosa Rose Parade 2010.
Photos by Matthew Canniff.



Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race

Click to see photos of the Amgen Tour of California 2010
by Matthew Canniff. The rain didn't stop the cyclists or their fans from crowding downtown Santa Rosa during the second stage of the Amgen tour of California. Photos by Matthew Canniff.

Peruvian boy Girl selling dolls
Click to see Pam Chanter's photos of the Amazon Basin. Uno de cada cinco niños en el Amazonas muere antes de cumplir cinco años ya que el agua que beben es insalubre. 99% de la poblacion no tiene agua salubre y la mitad de sus muertes son debido a esto. Usted puede ayudar donando a APECA, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) de Santa Rosa o Gallery Textiles. Vea la página 10 en
La Voz de Mayo, 2010.

One in five children in the Amazon Basin dies before the age of five due to unsafe drinking water. Ninety-nine percent of the population lacks clean drinking water and half of their deaths are attributable to this. You can help by donating to APECA, Engineers Without Borders Santa Rosa or Gallery Textiles. Turn to page 10 for more info and www.lavoz.us.com for photos.

Also in the May 2010 issue are Matt Canniff's photos from the Pasitos Playgroup "La Kermesse" and the Santa Rosa's first annual Earth Day Fair.

Grow your own garden!

Photo by Ani Weaver, a head of lettuce growing in her garden, May 2010.

Al principio de la primavera a lo largo del Condado de Sonoma se lanzó la campaña iGROW, esta campaña promueve que se cultiven, consuman y compartan alimentos saludables. iGROW ofrece recursos para ayudar a los residentes del condado para que empiecen sus propias hortalizas o jardines donde cultivarán sus propias frutas y verduras, comparte consejos para cultivar frutas y verduras en el Condado de Sonoma y conecta a los residentes del condado con jardines comunitarios locales, ofrece clases para saber cómo cultivar frutas y verduras, organiza eventos y ofrece recursos para encontrar alimentos locales.

Earlier this spring, Sonoma County launched iGROW, a county-wide campaign that promotes the growing, eating, and sharing of healthy foods. iGROW offers resources to help county residents start their own food gardens, shares tips for growing food in Sonoma County, and connects county residents to local community gardens, food-growing classes, events and sources of local food.

Click to see photos of food and flower gardens.

Purple IrisClick on this linkto see Matt Canniff's photos of the César Chávez March and Health Fair and the Cloverdale school protests from the April issue of La Voz. Click on Ana Gabriel's below to see her concert in Santa Rosa in December, 2009, photos by Rafael Perez, SRJC. The gallery has photos from The Filtration Group, Elsie Allen High School and Roseland University Prep Women's Soccer, Bayer Farm and the Handcar Regatta in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square.

soccer haircutAna Gabriel Boy with Flag

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