Christmas at The Mexican Heritage Center

Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery
111 S. Sutter
Stockton, CA

What’s Up in the Gallery?  Nacimientos & PosadasDecember 10-27th the gallery will be filled with “Nacimientos” (manger scenes) replicating the Christ child’s manger in Bethlehem.  The featured display will be by Gloria Beccera.  Her detailed biblical scenes show the life of Christ from birth through his ascension into heaven.  Member artists Raoul Mora, Gilbert Olivas, Jorge Elizalde will also have displays as well as other community members and parishes.

Posadas: Saturday December 20th - Join the candle light procession starting at 5:00 p.m. in front of St. Mary’s Church in downtown Stockton to the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery.  Afterwards, Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served at the Center.  Tamales will be for sale $20.00 a dozen.

Oral Interview Training – December 13 12:00-3:00  A representative from Washington D.C. Library of Congress will be at the center to train on how to interview military veterans for the purpose of collecting for the national archives.  Anyone interested may attend,  veterans are strongly encouraged to attend.

Board of Directors Election - December 15th at 5:30 at the regular membership meeting.  Open positions are 1st Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary and Sargent at Arms.  Must be a member in good standing and present to vote.  Nominations are open.  Call Nellie Zavala at (209) 982-1656 to make a nomination.

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New 2015 Mexican Revolution Calendars Available

Help support Stockton’s “Joaquin” magazine buy purchasing a calendar or more for $13. each.  These are great for gifts and photos may be mounted and framed after use. Contact the number shown on the photo to order. We can deliver on orders of 3 or more.

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Special Latino Vet Exhibit to Open at Mexican Heritage Center

Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery
111 S. Sutter
Stockton, CA

What’s Up In the Gallery?  Latinos in American Defense- November 11th-28th  This exhibit is a tribute honoring our U.S. veterans of Mexican descent.  Michael Villanueva has devoted much time and energy soliciting and gathering information, memorabilia, and the names of the men and women that have served our country in the military.  The gallery will be filled with photos, personal artifacts, and the stories of some of our local service men and women. The history of our community and our nation will be hung in our gallery for all to see.

Opening Reception – November 14th 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Please, join us as we celebrate together.  Bring a favorite “dish” to share as we join in the camaraderie of our fellow countrymen and women.

December 13th - Owen Rodgers from the Library of Congress will be at the MHC&G.  More details to follow soon.

Elections - Three Board of Directors seats are open for nomination.  1st Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary and Sargent at Arms.  To make a nomination call Nellie Zavala at
982-1656.  Nominations will remain open until December 15th.  Election will take place December 15th at the regular membership meeting.

Next Membership Meeting – November 17th at 5:30

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Invitation to Art Exhibit of Late RCAF Artist, Ricardo Favela

Hola Gente:

 La Familia Favela proudly presents Mr. Con Safos: A Ricardo Favela Retrospective Art Exhibit at Sol Collective, located at 2574 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.  The exhibit features iconic Chicano Art Movement silkscreen posters and sculptures created in a span of four decades by the late Chicano Civil Rights Activist, Sacramento State Art Department Professor, and Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) co-founder.  The exhibit, curated by Xico González, will be on view from October 14th, to November 5th, 2014. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  The reception will featured a Mexica Blessing by Danza Maquilli Tonatiuh, antojitos by Tina Favela, and Raza ritmos by Fast Eddie Salas.


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Invitation to Upcoming Presentation for National Hispanic Heritage Month

I will be doing a presentation for National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Salida library on Tuesday, October 7 at 6pm. The program will consist of song (guitar), lecture and readings of stories and poems from my book “Songs From the Barrio”, and a book signing to end the evening. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.



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New MHC Exhibit “Los Tres Amigos” Opens in September

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It’s Adelita Awards Time Again at Mexican Heritage Center

Purchase your tickets now for this exciting night of presentations to three of Stockton’s outstanding Latino women in recognition of all they do for our community. The term “Adelita” is taken from the Spanish name for those women who fought alongside men or were camp followers during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920.) In our day, these women continue to fight for a better community and a better world. This is also one of the major fundraisers for the center, so you can do your part to support it by purchasing tickets even if you do not plan to attend and giving them as a gift to your family and friends. There is limited spacing so get your tickets now!

Join us in celebrating the

Fifth Annual Adelita Recognition Award Ceremony

Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery

111 S. Sutter St., Stockton, CA

Saturday, September 27, 2014

$35.00 per person (includes dinner)

6:00pm Social

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Ceremony

Award Recipients:

Rosalinda Galaviz

Jonise Oliva

Candelaria (Candy) Vargas

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Making History at Candlestick

Making history sometimes costs a bundle of money and time. We left Stockton for the McCartney, August 14, 2014, closing concert at SF’s Candlestick Park last night at 4pm, thinking that would be plenty of time to grab a bite to eat, and drive the short, 85 mile trip to the event scheduled to start at 8pm. All was well until we hit Hwy 101 North, off the San Mateo Bridge, about 6:30, still plenty of time, we thought, to the short drive past SF International, for the venue.

But it was bumper-to-bumper, (it was the middle of commuter traffic to boot). stop and go for the final 7.5 miles to the stadium. 2 1/2 hours later we were still one mile from the stadium! It was already about getting on to 9pm. We were only temporarily relieved when one of the Bay Area stations talked of the massive traffic jams around the stadium that were resulting in a late start for the concert, since McCartney himself was out there somewhere, stuck in traffic, too!

Luckily, one of the local stations was playing the ENTIRE Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, which thoroughly primed us for the concert.

When we arrived at the Stadium, it was nearing 9:30 and we could hear McCartney’s voice booming from the loud speakers inside. Every parking lot was full and car lights before and behind us loomed for miles! As we reached the end of all the parking lots, we began to fear that we might never make it inside! That we might have to drive all the way back to Stockton only to tell friends that we never got in or that by the time we had, McCartney was doing his final encore! “Go, go”, our son said, “don’t worry about me, go.” My wife and I bailed out of the car while Miguel, drove the another mile to a dirt parking lot that shamelessly charged $40 for parking, a mile and a half from the stadium!

A small army of Rickshaws, seating up to three (skinny) people was ferrying people from these outer lots to the stadium entrance for $10. bucks a head, so my wife and I hopped one and made it to our seats by about 10 pm. Miguel also took a rickshaw and joined us about 20 minutes later.

As I gazed around the stadium at the 50,000+ devotees in attendance, I got chills. Sir Paul was bigger than life. The waft of Marijuana permeated the concourses and the stadium. I took a deep breath. The crowd, young and old alike, were pumped up for the show. I couldn’t see Paul, as some kind of lighting or camera booth was directly in front of him but the HD giant screens were sharp and clear. The sound was powerful and the lighting dazzling, as he belted out many of the crowd favorites, “Hey Jude”, “Back in the USSR”, and “Live and Let Die” (complete with fireworks.) The hundreds of cell phone lamps swaying back and forth to the chorus of Hey Jude’s, “La, la, la, la-la-la-la,” was well…. spiritual. Luckily, Sir Paul did several encores so the pain of missing half the concert didn’t hurt quite as much. I worried about the 100s of cars still trying to park and get into the venue before it ended.

As we made our way back to the parking lot, we stopped to rest, and I took a final nostalgic look at the now fully lit “Stick.” We walked half ways, to the lot and decided to take another rickshaw back to the car. And that was that. We had been part of history, at a cost.

The drive back was quick and uneventful and we each shared what we thought was a memorable moment from what we had just witnessed. But Obladi, Oblada, life goes on.

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Al Jazeera America Network’s Series “Borderlands” a Must Watch Series

For all Americans who claim they care about the current border situation and illegal immigration, this new series is a must see. My son, Miguel turned me on to the Al Jazeera America several months ago and I have watched it ever since. For those of us hooked on CNN or Fox, NBC, ABC, or CBS for our news “fix”, Al Jazeera is a breath of fresh air. I pick it up on Channel 347 (Direct TV), but check listings under your local provider.

Flipping channels last night, Sunday, I stumbled on the first in a series of programs titled “Borderland”, that takes a group of six politically and racially diverse Americans on a sort of “field trip” to the border and forces them to meet the immigration crises, up front and real, face to face. In short order, each begins to question his/her preciously held core beliefs about the issue. I can’t wait to the next episode this coming Sunday.

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Mexican Heritage Center: Dia de Muertos Call for Art y Mas

Amigos, the Mexican Heritage center is readying for its annual Dia de Muertos (Day of Dead) show in October. Why not consider entering any relevant/topical  wall art, drawings, paintings, mixed media, or making an Ofrenda (offfering/altar) honoring deceased friends or relatives this year? If you have never made an Ofrenda and would like help, just ask and we have members who can assist you, including myself.

Call for Art

The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery

111 S. Sutter

Stockton, CA

It’s time to get your creative juices flowing.  The annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition, which occurs in the month of October, is accepting entries.  This year’s theme is Carnival de la Catrina.  Artists are encouraged to create a piece inspired by the theme.  Altar spaces will also be available to create an ofrenda for a loved one or special person of interest.  A nominal fee of $25.00 per altar space or $10.00 per piece for artwork applies.    Entry applications are due by September 30th.  For more information please call Niki Smith at (209) 476-9281  or or Angelique Grijalva at (209) 898-6600 or

In the month of November the center will be having an exhibition honoring Veterans of the armed services. We would like to honor those of Mexican descent that have served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Desert Storm.  We are asking for pictures or memorabilia to display in the center. Or you can simply give us the name, dates and branch of service so that it will be displayed on the wall.  If you are interested in participating please call Michael Villanueva at (209) 957-5133 or

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