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Latino Writers Collective nominated for international award

By Melissa Arroyo The Latino Writers Collective, an organization of Kansas City area Latino writers seeking to promote Latino arts and culture in the United States, celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016 by launching “Corazon y una lengua peregrina: poesía y narrativa.” The book includes a collection of 11 stories and 28 poems about the Latino experience in the United …

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KCMO arts community wants affordable live-work spaces, study finds

By Melissa Arroyo Members of Kansas City, Mo.’s arts community might soon have more affordable places to live and work, thanks in part to a recent research study. The Office of Culture and Creative Services (OCCS) in Kansas City, Mo., and the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City partnered to contract with ArtSpace, a non-profit art facilities developer, to conduct …

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Young entrepreneur inaugurates Balloon Shop in KCK

Story by Melissa Arroyo and photos by Michael Alvarado On July 13, Abi Rodriguez, her family, members of the community and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Balloon Shop Inc., located at 541 Central Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Originally opened on June 10, Balloon Shop is the fulfillment of a Rodriguez …

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Movie producer inspired by social issues

By Paula Alzate Often, social issues lead people to work for non-profit organizations or volunteer for humanitarian causes. They led Catalina Matamoros to a moviemaking career. Matamoros, 30, has produced a handful of movies – all of them focusing on social issues such as the environment and immigration. The native Colombian’s filmography includes “We Are Immigrants,” which uses animation to …

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Yulisssa Andrea López celebró sus XV años

On Saturday 8th of July  on the Mass  of 1:00pm At the Sacread Heart, Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 2544 Madison Ave. Kansas City MO .celebrated her XV Quinceañera Yulissa Andrea Lopez. Her Chambelán de Honor : Iván Qiñones Her parents are: Andy and Karina Lopez, her siblings are Drew and Penelope Lopez. Grandparents:Patricia Zamora, Tony and Donna Lopez and …

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How to be there for someone going through depression

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo If you believe a friend or loved one has depression, you might be unsure about what your next move should be. Being there for the person is important. And be sure to recognize the signs when they appear, such as feelings of sadness, lack of sleep, lack of interest in activities the person used to enjoy, …

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Farewell to Father Anthony J. Saiki

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thank you so very much for the wonderful receptions this past weekend. Thank you for all of your expressions of kindness, the many cards and gifts, and thank you most of all for your promises of prayer. Be assured of my love for you, and my promise to pray for you! It has been …

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Hector’s Auto Repair hosts soccer watch party

Story by Chara and photos by Michael Alvarado To celebrate the “beautiful game” known as soccer, entrepreneur Hector Solorio hosted a watch party of the June 29 Mexico-Germany Confederations Cup game at Hector’s Auto Repair, located at 801 Prospect Ave. in Kansas City, Mo. “I did it because I wanted people to get together to support our national team,” said …

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Lenexa hosts Latino Art Bravisimo

Story by Melissa Arroyo and photos by Michael Alvarado Each year, Lenexa, Kan., recognizes its Latino population. The city does so by hosting its annual Latino Art Bravisimo to display artwork from local Latino artists. On June 22, there was a reception and awards ceremony at Lenexa City Hall to honor this year’s artists, including Best of show winner Hector …

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Barbosa reaches pinnacle of the culinary industry

By Emiliano Gross A Kansas City area man will soon join an elite group in the culinary industry. In July, the American Academy of Chefs will induct chef Jess Barbosa into its Culinary Hall of Fame in Florida. Barbosa will be inducted as an honorary member, the honor society reported recently in its Academy Connection newsletter. He’ll also be honored …

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