Halloween At Centro Infantil

Halloween At Centro Infantil

by Jacqueline Tovar

On October 31, 2016 the children from Centro Infantil were dressed as cute cats, skunks, witches and bats. The teachers did a good job in preparing all the accessories for the children. All teachers used their imagination and creativity to dress up and paint all our children’s faces. The children that were dressed as cats had a nice tail attached to their clothes, handmade cat ears and had their faces painted. The children dressed as skunks also had handmade tails and masks. The children dressed as witches had handmade hats and had their faces painted. The children dressed as bats had really cool capes made out of black plastics bags. It was nice making all these costumes with the help of our students. We were able to show them how you can make a lot with the material we have in our Center. Also, they had fun going upstairs to the high school and asking for candies.

Maritxa Vidal enters Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame

Maritxa Vidal enters Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame

by Kevin Garcia, Program Coordinator for UIC Integrated PASEO

Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s own Maritxa Vidal, who is a Midwest Representative for TransLatina Coalition of Illinois, will be inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is an organization which honors and celebrates notable members of Chicago’s LGBT communities. Inductees are selected by current members of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame, who reviewed nominations from the public. The reception will take place November 9th at the Chicago History Museum starting at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

 

15th Annual Haunted Paseo Boricua Humboldt Park Take Over!

15th Annual Haunted Paseo Boricua Humboldt Park Take Over!

By Janeida Rivera

This year marked the 15th anniversary of Humboldt Park’s Halloween tradition of converting the Paseo Boricua business district into a corridor of Halloween inspired cultural interactive activities, learning opportunities, family friendly performances and safe trick or treating on Division St between Campbell Ave and California Ave. About 400 children and their families were able to trick or treat for candy and healthier snack alternatives as part of our Healthy Kids Halloween initiative at over 35 local businesses and organizations along Paseo Boricua. Division Street was decorated with hay bales, corn stalks, unique Puerto Rican influenced decorations including large paintings of skeletons with Puerto Rican flag eye patches, bomba drums carved like jack-o-lanterns, festive vejigantes by local artist Lebster Pabon, artistic scarecrows by muralist Cristian Roldan and a selfie wall painted by Puerto Rican artist Veronica Velez.

To celebrate our 15th year of Haunted Paseo Boricua, this year’s theme included a “Haunted Quincenera Main Stage” hosted by local rapper Pinqy Ring and Puerto Rican B96 radio host, Gabriel Ramirez! Main Stage hosted a costume contest for prizes for the “Best Family, Best Child and Best Toddler” costumes with prizes sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Ciclo Urbano! Costume winners went home with board games, a children’s bicycle and razor scooter. Performers including hip hop and spoken word duo and activists Lester Rey and Logan Lou, singer/song writer and producer, Che Guevara and Singer Ricardo Suarez serenading families with original music.

Haunted Paseo Stations included Puerto Rican scary story telling at Urban Theater Company/Batey Urbano, face painting, games with prizes by El Rescate and Vida/SIDA, Urban Agriculture worm culture give away by Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, children’s books as treats by Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care, Musical Chairs and Zumba by Muevete at the Diabetes Empowerment Center, Fortune Telling by La Bruquena Restaurant, Dancing Vejigantes at Africaribe Cultural Center, and Photos by local photographers Elias Carmonas, Charlie Billups and Carlos Munoz.

Haunted Paseo Boricua would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for their contributions and volunteers and making Haunted Paseo Boricua memorable and a success this year: The Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, UIC’s Puerto Rican Studies Course and Roberto Clemente Community Academy. View our Flickr album of more than 300 photos here: http://bit.ly/hauntedpaseo2016
Photos by Carlos Muñoz and Charlie Billups

City College Visits were a Success!

City College Visits were a Success!

For the past month, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Affordable Care Act has been visiting two of the City Colleges of Chicago: Wilbur Wright College and Richard J. Daley College. Our In-Person Counselors were able to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and to assist dozens of students who were currently uninsured and not enrolled in affordable health insurance.

Remember, that young adults can stay on their parents private health insurance plan until they are 26, even if they get married, have or adopt a child, start or leave school, live in or out of their parents’ home, aren’t claimed as a tax dependent or turn down an offer of job-based coverage. However, if they are eligible for Medicaid, they must complete their own application once they turn 19.

January 31st, 2016 is the last day to apply through the Health Insurance Marketplace, don’t leave it to the last minute!