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Westside Christmas Party brings together more than 100 families

By Roberta Pardo Around 103 families participated in the Annual Westside Christmas Party held at the Tony Aguirre Community Center on Dec. 7. Children and parents enjoyed activities such as photos with Santa, holiday face painting, family craft activities, and decorating stockings. Jorge Coromac, Westside Community Action Network executive director, said the event is a collaborative effort. “This annual event …

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Church honoring the Lady of Guadalupe still going strong

By Tere Siqueira Almost 30 years ago, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church was on the verge of closing. But in December 2019, as many Hispanics prepare to observe the Day of the Virgin of the Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), the Kansas City, Missouri, church on Madison Avenue continues to serve parishioners, albeit under a different name: Sacred Heart-Guadalupe Parish. …

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Paulo Ramirez, KC Spanish radio pioneer, dies at 81

By Roberta Pardo Paulo Ramirez Sr., 81, died Nov. 30 at home, surrounded by his family. Founder of Radio Canonazo (Cañonazo in Spanish), the Kansas City area’s first Spanish-only station, Ramirez became a pioneer of area Hispanic radio. It was his dream to have a solidified Spanish station, so he started by playing Spanish music on Saturdays on WHB 810 …

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Henry Corona Jr. dies at 81

By Roberta Pardo Henry Corona Jr., a founding member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City (HCC), passed away Nov. 8. Known by family and friends as “Hank,” Corona was born Aug. 19, 1938, to Henry Corona Sr. and Carmen Corona. In 1977, he started the Corona Litho Co., running the family business for 36 years. During …

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Downtown Overland Park Rings in the Holiday Season

Overland Park, Kan. – Mark your calendars and plan on joining Mayor Carl Gerlach for the 2019 Overland Park Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, November 15, 4:00-8:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place under the clock tower on the 7900 block of Santa Fe in Downtown Overland Park. Holiday music and entertainment include the Dickens Carolers, Santa Claus, …

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Applications open for KC BizFest 2020

By Chara Some Kansas City area students will soon have an opportunity to learn multiple skills and business techniques. The application process has begun for KC BizFest 2020, a training period scheduled for Feb. 12-14, with a graduation ceremony set for Feb. 15. During the training, students will learn about entrepreneurship, leadership, business plans, communication and team roles. During the …

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Our Lady of Hope hosts Veterans Day event

Roberta Pardo On Monday (Nov. 11), Our Lady of Hope Catholic School in Kansas City, Missouri, hosted its annual Veterans’ Day celebration. That day, first- and eighth-graders dressed up with uniforms from the military and each explained what the uniforms stood for. Principal Mary Delac said events like this help kids learn the importance of the holiday. “I want our …

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The Kansas City Latin Music Summit to be held at Knuckleheads’ Garage

Kansas City is undergoing a period of real artistic achievement and one of its current talent riches is in Latin music.  Ten bands will combine forces into a fifteen-person super-group for a concert at Knucklehead’s Garage on Saturday, Nov. 9, as a fundraiser for 90.1 KKFI-to demonstrate the power of collaboration through several genres.  This will be a two-hour show …

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Day of the Dead celebrated in Central Avenue parade

Photos by Community Faces KC by Steve Yates The Central Avenue Betterment Association hosted a Day of the Dead Celebration on Nov. 2. Held on Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, the celebration included a parade. Prior to that, the event attracted a good number of people to enjoy of other entertainment such as a calavera face painting and offering …

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Hispanic Bar Association to host youth symposium

The Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City (HBAGKC) is hosting its annual youth symposium this Saturday (Nov. 2). Held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, the symposium is geared to Hispanic high school, undergraduate or graduate students interested in attending law school and becoming a lawyer. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will hear from law …

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