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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Amigos of “Joaquin” Magazine, the only fully Bilingual journal of its kind, is (and it’s no secret) struggling financially to keep afloat. To this point, the magazine has offered its services absoltutely free but the printing is costly. So please join us on Wednesday for this luncheon/Mixer Fundraiser at Cancun Restaurant in Stockton from 11:30-1. Cost is a $20. donation for any meal on the menu. There will be silent art auction (a photo of Cesar Chavez by our own Arturo Vera) and raffle prizes available.

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So What’s New at the Mexican Heritage Center?

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

What’s Up in the Gallery?  Painting with Light is the current exhibit featuring photographs from the works of Steve Montalvo, Arturo Vera, James Sobredo, Raoul Mora and Joy Neas.  These local photographers capture with their lenses a variety of themes from stunning landscapes to cultural events and artifacts.  Come take a look.  The show runs from June 4th – June 28th.  The meet and greet reception will be held this Friday, June 13th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Members are encouraged to bring an appetizer  or beverage to share.

Stockton Arts Commission Grant- The Stockton Arts Commission has granted $5000.00 to the MHC&G.  This award will be used to fund a production of the Franklin High Youth Theater.  We are looking forward to a wonderful production put on by our local youth and teachers.

The County has also awarded a grant to the MHC& G of $15,000.  That grant will be used for a After School Action Arts Program.  Great things are happening!

Kudos to Gracie Madrid for her great grant writing skills.  This will surely enhance our center and take it to the next level.

New Intern at the Center- The MHC&G would like to welcome Celia Castro to our center.  Celia is a Masters student at San Francisco State.  She will be using her skills to update our website, design a professional newsletter and create an exhibit commemorating El Barrio Chivo.  We welcome Celia with open arms and look forward to working with her.

 Next Membership Meeting -June 16th at 5:30 p.m.

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Suffer The Little Children: A Tragedy of Immigrant Children

In any discussion or debate over the  complex issues of illegal immigration there is little talk about one segment of victims that may well be hardest hit by its consequences: children. While it is obvious that adults suffer the perils of treacherous geography, criminal assaults, unscrupulous Coyotes, and even death, there is a surge in unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central and South America who have been apprehended at the border for attempting to cross illegally in the US.

It is easy for Americans to picture our children playing safely in the streets, throwing water balloons at one another, riding bikes, or in their warm, air-conditioned homes watching TV entranced by their cell phones and electronic games. But few of us can imagine them taking their few possessions, stuffing them in a knapsack, and heading out on a treacherous thousand mile trek across deserts and mountains, to another country with only a couple of sandwiches and a bottle of water in hand, can we?

Yet according to figures, from 2008-2011 and average of 6-7500 children were apprehended attempting to cross the Mexico-US borders by the INS. In 2012, over 13,000 – in 2013 over 24,000 – and estimates are that over 90,000 unattended children will be detained in 2014!  Thus, it is welcome news that the Senate has just awarded the Obama administration $2B to help address the issue. But how far this money will go and exactly how it will be spent remains to be seen. This, issue while serious in its own right, does not address the untold trauma caused by children in the US, whose parents have been deported, and are left to the mercy of family and friends to care for them.

Recently, because detention centers at the border are already overflowing with illegal immigrants, excess detainees, many of them children, are being bussed to Texas and California only to meet angry mobs of Americans denying them entrance into their states or cities. It appears that the vast majority of these kids hail from Central and South America who are fleeing to the US due to poverty and to avoid the lure and violence of gangs in their countries. Many have relatives in the US and some of these may be fortunate enough to be reunited with them. Obama has called it a “humanitarian crisis.”

But many Americans just don’t want to hear the reasons why immigrants from the South are clamoring to enter the US. For them, the easy solution is “round em’ up and ship em’ back”, a primitive method dating to the beginnings of the 20th century, one which has obviously not worked. “Illegals” have been rounded up, bussed, flown and herded into box cars in mass deportations. A large majority of these just turned around, and re-entered the US.

These Americans fear for themselves: “They bring crime.” “They bring disease.” “I got mine, by God. That’s all that counts.” But how can we comfortably eat from our full plate with so many hungry eyes watching us? Even the eyes of our own poor and homeless haunt us. If it weren’t for the red stoplights that force us to make eye-to-eye contact with the derelict at the corner asking for money, we would never even acknowledge they exist.

To help get a perspective on this issue, let me take the liberty of recommending a few must-see films: “Sin Nombre” (Without Name), the powerful HBO documentary “Which Way Home?”, and the documentary “Dying to Get in”, for starters.

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Invitation to Artist’s Studio and Garden Art Exhibit

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time: 9am to 4pm
Where: 1768 W. Sonoma (off of Pershing Ave.), Stockton

How do artists overcome this difficult time in our economy? Do artists still create art or just focus on surviving this unpredictable economy by getting a 9 to 5 job? Creating art doesn’t have to be forgotten. Using your creative skills can help working artist survive these difficult times.OPEN Artist Studio to the Public

Come and meet artist ERNIE MARTIN, and enjoy the delightful creative atmosphere of her Garden Art Exhibition and working Studio. All art work will on sale.
Ernie is a single mom using her creativity as a manicurist in the day time and an artist at other times of her life.

This exhibition is a culmination of her 40 years creating art. She finds inspiration in the materials she encounters which are transformed into wood carvings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pen & ink, walls, tile mosaics on table tops, hand sown bags, hand painted furniture, assembled bird houses, and much more.

Free to the public!

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