If you’re like me you tend to plan things last minute. There are a number of reasons for this but you’re working on it! Yay google calendar reminders! You have a significant other or maybe a really good friend or family member that you love and adore and you know they like receiving gifts because thats the love language they speak. (Thanks Gary D Chapman for this insight! If you have a chance check out the 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts) You realize Valentine’s Day is a little over two weeks away and you haven’t decided let alone purchased something for your loved one. Haaaaaaaaa!
Don’t fret. We got you friend. We’ll take care of the dinner and the gift! Sat. February 14 @ 6pm Tia Chucha’s & Myke’s Cafe bring to you Meet Me @ Myke’s: A Night of Love & Friendship; A Valentine’s Day fundraiser to benefit cultural arts programming!
Interested supporters can choose from 3 different grab bags. All grab bags include a dinner for two at Myke’s Cafe + a ton of other goodies! For more info or to purchase your grab bag visit: http://bit.ly/1hkJr9h
Much Thanks to our Sponsors!
San Fernando Florist - San Fernando’s Florist since 1927 – Chavez Art
Start the new year right: Sign up for our new Winter workshops (from January through March).
Learn Son Jarocho!
Onsite classes at Tia Chucha’s:
- Intermediate Guitar class for youth
- Beginning Guitar class for adults
- Son Jarocho (traditional instruments, song, and dance from Veracruz, Mexico)
- Yoga for Beginners
Learn to paint a mural!
Offsite Classes at El Nido Family Center provide:
- Beginners Guitar class for youth
- Mural Painting class for youth
- Folklorico Mexican Dance
Register for classes at Tia Chucha’s Orientation Day on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6 to 7pm.
Our Ongoing Programming resumes too including:
- Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl (Step-by-Step Danza)
- Mexicayotl (Indigenous Knowledge Circle)
- In the Words of Womyn (ITWOW)
- Noches de Canto y Poesia (Spanish Open Mic)
- Open Mic
- Reiki Healing
- Group Hiking
- Coacihuah Yaoquizqueh (Women’s Warrior Council)
For a complete schedule of classes, location, days and times, and age check our website calendar or download our class schedule.
So why pay $92+ bucks per ticket to take your children to Disneylandia when you can take them to Winterlandia for FREE!
Meet Mr. Tigger the Chinchilla
Sure there won’t be a mouse running around in red shorts but your little one will get a chance to hold and learn about a real live chinchilla.
Tia Chucha’s 3rd Annual Winterlandia & Marketplace event is a day to invest in community, celebrate our inner child and support a vital cultural space and bookstore by buying local.
Bring your children, family, and friends to enjoy a full day featuring children’s “Arts & Crafts”, a bicycle “Bici Ride”, an educational animal show, and a bilingual, interactive storytelling time with author Rene Colato Lainez, whose books will be available for sale and autographing. Show your support for this independent bookstore and cultural center, artists, and artisans by shopping at Tia Chucha’s this holiday season!
Get more details by visiting our event on Facebook!
Día de los Muertos is an ancient tradition that dates back to pre-colonial México. The indigenous peoples of Mexico honor those who have passed on with celebrations lasting two whole 20-day months.
Under the Mexica tradition the first month or veintena to celebrate the dead is known as Tlaxochimaco:The offering of Flowers, also known as Miccailhuitontli : the celebration of the small dead. The Second veintena is Xoco Huetzi: when the fruit falls, the celebration for the Dead in this month was known as Micca Ilhuitl.
Decorations for these celebrations included flowers of Cempoalxochitl, white and red flowers. Under today’s Gregorian calendar these months would fall under August and September. These festivities were a balance of celebrating life and remembering the dead. With time, these traditions and festivities were synchronized with the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, on November 1 and 2 respectively.
In preparation for our celebration of Dia de los Muertos on Saturday November 2 at the San Fernando Pioneer Cemetery we are having a series of Day of the Dead workshops every Saturday at Tia Chucha’s from 11:30am to 1pm. The last workshop will be held on Nov.2 at the San Fernando Pioneer Cemetery to prepare a community altar at the Dia de los Muertos celebration beginning at 3pm.
For more information regarding Mexica indigenous practices check out Mexihcayotl class on Tuesday nights.
We invite you to join us and learn more about this ancestral tradition!
“La Calavera Catrina”
by Jose Guadalupe Posada
Dia de los Muertos is a time to honor the lives of people who’ve passed on. Traditionally people do processions to cemeteries where vigils, offerings and celebrations are held. Today new forms of active celebration include dressing up in Dia de los Muertos attire. Here are some ideas to inspire you for this day.
1. Explore a “look” based on Dia de los Muertos themed artists’ work. My favorite artist inspirations come from Jose Guadalupe Posada, Sylvia Ji, and Hector Silva.
by Sylvia Ji
2. Find the right threads to wear. You can shop for low cost items at your local Thrift Stores and Flea Markets. Or you can make your attire using fabrics and trims from your local Fabric Stores. Another option is to re-work items you already own to dress up your usual clothes.
3. Come up with face painting designs. Use your researched artwork images as references to guide your face painting. Also check out some online tutorials. Here are two good examples for a Catrina look and Catrin look.
4. Have fun and be creative. Remember this is an evening of remembrance and celebration so have fun with your creative attire!
Come show off your look at our Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 2nd from 3-9pm! We will be giving out free prizes for the first 50 individuals wearing Dia de los Muertos attire! Save the date and check out our facebook for more details.
“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” has received a prestigious 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. The book’s editors, Luis J. Rodriguez and Denise M. Sandoval, will attend the award ceremonies on Saturday, December 7,2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Oakland Public Library Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland CA 94618.
“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” was created in 2013 with a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and individual donations, including from an Indiegogo.com internet campaign. It features essays, interviews, poetry, photography, color art reproductions, and more. Last year the book was selected as a Bronze Winner in the multicultural literature category by the Independent Publishers of America. A 40-minute documentary film of the same name, written and directed by John F. Cantu, has been shown across Los Angeles, California and other cities in the United States. It is presently making the rounds of local film festivals.
We are currently seeking vendors for our Dia De Los Muertos Event coming up on November 2, 2013. If you are interested in applying to become a vendor please email email@example.com with links or attach photo samples of what you plan on vending.
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural is proud to be partnering with the Tucson-based humanitarian aid group, No More Deaths whose mission is to help end suffering in the Arizona – Mexico borderlands by patrolling migrant trails and providing water, food, and medical aid to those in need.
You can help by donating: athletic socks, running shoes, hiking boots, jeans, baseball caps, backpacks, t-shirts, & underwear.
You can drop off you donations at Tia Chucha’s or any of the other partnering organizations including at: Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Espacio 1839, and Mariscos Jalisco in the donation drive to gather new and used clothes. The donation drive will be from July 1-15th, 2013.
For more info visit No More Deaths website or download the flyer.
We are currently interviewing applicants to fill an on-site Bookkeeper position. The ideal person would have the skills and enthusiasm to take our non-profit’s financial management to the next level.
Here’s more details and how to apply: http://conta.cc/173VqqW
Please help us by forwarding the job posting to eligible candidates.