Fourth Americas Latino Eco Festival

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Dear friends,

The Americas Latino Eco Festival is a non-profit 3-day festival and most events are FREE and open to all!  This year’s event has something for everyone, including a BioBlitz, environmental film series, leadership trainings, eco-book fair, green impact fair, family day, and of course, a proper Latin Fiesta!

While most events are free, space for certain events is limited.  To register for specific events, please click below.  You will be taken to our Eventbrite portal, where you can select the events you wish to register for and the number of people you want to register.

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Over the last four years, the Festival has – among myriad other accomplishments:

  • Secured more than 20 national feature articles and 30 million media impressions;
  • Worked with dozens of schools in Colorado and engaged more than 3,000 students in our annual K-12 Eco Exhibits educating future conservation leaders on species migrations and climate change;
  • Brought together more than 2,000 advocates, enthusiasts, media, policy-makers and leaders from the world’s leading conservation organizations, including more than 10 Goldman Prize winners;
  • Curated 15 environmental art exhibits with guest artists from Mexico, Cuba, Uruguay, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Spain and the US;
  • Presented more than 10 musical and theater performances, including Grammy, Latin Grammy and MacArthur Genius winners;
  • Conducted leadership training addressing the need to increase the diversity of the conservation and climate leadership;
  • Showcased more than 20 authors, including Pulitzer, Goldman, Champion of the Earth, Newberry, and National Book Award winners;

For more information, please go to www.americaslatinoecofestival.org.

To volunteer for ALEF 2016, please click on the button below.  You will be taken to the Volunteer page on our website, where you can select as many volunteer slots as you are willing, able and available to help us with.  WE REALLY NEED AND APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!  Please help keep ALEF a predominantly volunteer-run festival!

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As an added incentive, we are offering a daily stipend of $25 for anyone volunteering 4 hours per day or more, and $50 for anyone volunteering 8 hours or more.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR VOLUNTEERING!

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

 

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Interview Transcription

Interview with

Takami Peemoeller

at the Audio Information Network of Colorado

October 15th 2016 at 1:18 pm

Hello! You are listening to the Audio Information Network. Thank you so much for joining us for our interview program Conversations with Rossana!

Here we are today and we have a visitor from the City of Thorton: Takami Peemoeller, she is the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator of the City of Thorton that has come to visit us to see what we are doing here at our audio information services. As you know, we provide access to printed material, we turn printed material into audio, so that people that cannot access printed material can listen to what is going on around their neighborhoods and also be aware of what is going on with a deep detail around the world, we read newspapers. We read more than 100 newspapers of the State of Colorado and other publications and today we have Takami here visiting and she is going to tell us what the City of Thorton is doing to help their residents.

Welcome Takami, so nice to have you here.

Thank you!

Yeah, it is nice to be here!

Tell me what is your position and what are you doing to improve the lives of people that live in the City of Thornton?

Great! So I am the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator at the City of Thornton.  I am the liaison for all the non-profit organizations in the city, which basically operate and serve our residents in Thornton, so I am the person for any questions or comments that non-profits have but I also work on community events that we grow with the non-profits for the residents in the city. So one of the annual events is the paint-a-thon which we do in conjunction with the Brothers Redevelopment and we paint the houses of senior citizens and disable people who can’t afford to do it or are not able to do it on their own and we are also gearing up for a fall event that we are doing with the Senior Hub and this event we are also focus on seniors and disable people how wish to clean up their yards and this event we are specifically doing with the City of Thornton residents, but the Senior Hub does this event also with other people in Adams County and Brothers Redevelopment does a paint-a-thon in other cities in Adams Count… so they are resources out there for people that are needing help specially with their homes.  

That is wonderful, because as we aged what I am hearing more and more is that people what to stay in their houses, but they need to do accommodations, they must change a bathroom they must change a way they go out of the house and it is so difficult for them to get this done, because the costs are super high when you want to repair a house.

Yeah, I think that all over Colorado we are hearing housing is an issue not just in Thornton but everywhere, because they are so many people moving to the state every year and they are pushing out a lot of people who are trying to make a leaving and renting out houses and they are getting pushout because they are people that can afford it so yes being able to stay in your house and continue to make upgrades that is a huge part of what neighborhoods services and city of Thornton does we care a lot about revitalizing the neighborhood and having people…mm  making them have pride in their neighborhood and in their house and being able to do it through this programs that is really important to us.

That is wonderful… the service that you are providing… ah… mm I would like for you to explain to me how many people are accessing these services, you know, so far and if you can tell about one example of somebody that you help and you made a big difference.

Yeah, so unfortunate Neighborhood Services hasn’t been around for too long, I think that our department was created a long time ago I think that back in 2010 so we can’t say that we helped a lot of people yet but in the paint-a-ton we helped 3 people in the last year we tent to help around that number 3 to 5 every year since we done it. The fall cleanup we do a significantly we cleanup more houses so that tents to be maybe 10 to 20 people are helped through that program. We also have a Help for homes program that serves people as well and I am not entirety sure about the numbers around that, but when you mention people how have benefited for our program one couple particularly comes to mind it is a senior and his wife and they have a family and they have 5 kids but they all live far away…

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Flamenco Denver Dance Company Presents: RAICES II

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Featuring elite Flamenco artists from Spain and the U.S.A. at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. A unique experience that only a few selected guest got to experience thanks to a generous donation from James Bailey, the audience was enchanted with Jose Valle Chuscales-Guitarra, Carlos Andres Menchaca-Baile, Kayla Lyall-Baile, Vicente Griego & Meagan Chandler-Cante, Alejandro Valle-Cajon, Maria Vasquez & Flamenco Denver Dance Company.

If you still want to see them perform just drive down to Denver tomorrow! You will have a second chance this coming Saturday, September 10th at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater located at 1934 South Broadway.  Event starts at 7:30pm and the cost is $30 per person, for more information you can call at 303 832 4846.

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Piano y Mandalas en Boulder Piano Gallery

 

Fantástico Concierto y Exposición por la Paz del Mundo

Dos mujeres venezolanas unidas por el arte desean promover la paz. Sylvia Constantinidis afamada pianista, compositora y directora junto a Silvia Parra artista visual, humanista y sanadora unidas por una pasión: la paz.

El Centro Amistad de Boulder y la Fundación de Artistas por la Paz se unieron para auspiciar la primera presentación de este género donde se combinan el arte plástico y musical. Con este evento se da inicio a la Décima Cumbre de Compañeras que anualmente atrae a mujeres latinas que junto a sus hijas reciben charlas educativas en español para crear comunidad. Si tiene la oportunidad participe este sábado 10 de septiembre de 8am a 6pm en el UMC de la Universidad de Colorado en Boulder.

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Blind guy guides Boulder ghost tour

Boulder, August 25, 2016

Chris Johnson is a blind man.  But that does not prevent him from describing in incredible detail all the main landmarks in Boulder, and the legends – both true and not-so-true – that go along with them. The tour started as usual in front of the Hotel Boulderado with it’s particular ghost story that got everybody’s attention. Chris is a great storyteller and a funny guy full of facts and silly details.

It is surprising what you can learn in a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon driving alone drinking, snacking and laughing. After living in Boulder for the last 13 years this Ecuadorian never knew that the Hotel Boulderado got its name by combining the name of the city, Boulder, and the state, Colorado, to set it apart from other hotels in other cities in the United States that are also called Boulder. It was a crazy thing to do and people at that time were really mad, but it doesn’t matter because as it is this particular hotel is the only hotel called Boulderado in the whole United States. Yeah, Boulder is weird for sure and you need to embrace those little particularities if you want to survive the cold and windy winters that will come soon.

On this particular Thursday afternoon the weather was just perfect and on The Hill were the noise and the crowds of students back in town setting a particular atmosphere. Of course, Robert Redford was mentioned as we went passed the Sink but we learned that he did use to play ball for real. Another fact that got me thinking and will stay in my mind is that the first used book store started here because people in Boulder are cheap more than green. As Chris also told us, it seems that Boulderites love bicycles, as the number almost equals the total population…nuts! As an outsider, one of those that managed to stay thanks to Chief Niwot’s curse, I was amazed by the bloody stories but much more by the particularities of how the city decided to host a University instead of a jail, why the bus doesn’t stop anymore in front of Scott Carpenter’s home to stop people from going there en-masse after the tour ends.

It is just refreshing to know that besides the typical historic details around the old buildings that are so remarkable you get pieces of trivia that help you keep the facts alive. So if you want to learn more and get a scary taste of Boulder get the $27 tour that leaves from the Boulderado every afternoon at 2:30 and at 4:40 and takes you around.

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